Re: Response to Everson Phoenician and why June 7?

From: E. Keown (
Date: Sat May 22 2004 - 17:24:47 CDT

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           Elaine Keown

    Dear James Kass:

    > Would it be possible for you to explain how a *few*
    > people using a separate Phoenician block, who don't
    > exchange data with each other as far as you know,
    > and who don't exchange data with "true Semitic
    > scholars" as far as anyone can tell, wreaks havoc on
    > the unifiers?

    In the 1960s, an intrepid French Jewish studies
    scholar, Gerard Weil, computerized one Hebrew Bible
    manuscript---the Leningrad Codex---for the first time.

    Since his time, as far as I know, Leningrad has been
    re-encoded 7 times....each encoding is different...

    I'm not making this up, I really wish I were....

    What they did differently was partly the 'accents' as
    Unicode calls them. But in addition, people 'read'
    Leningrad differently...Leningrad is in pretty good
    shape, I think, but it has brown spots, faded letters,
    partially erased letters, places where the scribe (who
    as excellent) made an occasional obvious error, and so

    So people who really know this stuff--Aron Dotan, Kirk
    Lowery, Prof. Kaufman, Alan Groves, etc.---can all
    quote these variations at great length to people such
    as myself, who learned to read Hebrew with *their*
    edited text using a really heavy square script font in
    a fancy paper book.

    Recently Kirk Lowery decided to make a completely
    un-edited version of we'll see--Elaine

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