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Nequdot (also termed puncta extraordinaria) are para-textual dots written above certain letters and words in the Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible. In the Pentateuch these dots occur in ten verses: Gen. 16.5; 18.9; 19.33; 33.4; 37.12; Num. 3.39; 8.10; 21.20; 29.15; Deut. 29.28. They also are seen at five other sites: 2 Sam. 19.20; Isa. 44.9; Ezek. 41.20; 46.22; Ps. 27.13. The existence of the dots is flagged in Masora Parva in the margin of Masoretic codices by the abbreviated note נקוד (i.e., נקודות nequdot). These supralineal dots are a different order of marking from the Heb…

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Diamond, James S., “Nequdot”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 05 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000235>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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