What Are Those Floating Dots Doing in My Hebrew Bible?

Amid the familiar clutter of vowels and cantillation marks, a few strange dots appear. They have no obvious function, and yet they go back thousands of years. Their purpose is . . .

Pickwick Publications.

Pickwick Publications.

Observation
July 12 2019
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It’s something I’ve noticed many times in the Bible without ever stopping to wonder about it.

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