But I do not think this an improvement on the present Masoretic text.
But it is now conceded to be a Masoretic roll, probably of European origin.
One thing is certain; Jeremiah cannot have written what now appears in the Masoretic text.
Such seems to be the best way of taking a verse which is far from clear as it stands in the Masoretic text.
A system of original punctuation is thus virtually demonstrated, confirming the Masoretic division.
It is evident that this is no better than a kind of punning upon the words of the Masoretic text.
The way in which names have been tampered with is an interesting study, and often conceals Masoretic secrets.
Its bearings on the Masoretic text, therefore, are profoundly important and interesting; these Dr. Ginsburg discusses.
The latter agrees with the Masoretic text: the former gives one hundred and sixty-seven instead of one hundred and eighty-seven.
From him is derived the present method of reading Hebrew, by what is usually known as the vowel points in the Masoretic text.