“Pointing to the Accents in the Scroll”: Functional Development of the Masoretic Accents in the Hebrew Bible

  title={“Pointing to the Accents in the Scroll”: Functional Development of the Masoretic Accents in the Hebrew Bible},
  author={Sung Jin Park},
  journal={Hebrew Studies},
  pages={73 - 88}
It is widely recognized that the accents developed by the Masoretes have three functions: they mark (1) stress, (2) musical notations, and (3) punctuation. However, the order in which these functions developed remains contestable. The present study demonstrates that indication of stressed syllables was a secondary rather than primary function that became dominant at a relatively late stage. It is most likely that the punctuational function of the accents for recitation gave rise to other… 
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