Should Moses Be Called Moshe?

A new edition of the Hebrew Bible edited by the late Jonathan Sacks Hebraizes its names in a way that bibles almost never do. Why, and what’s at stake?

A carpet page of the Leningrad Codex, the oldest complete Hebrew Bible.

A carpet page of the Leningrad Codex, the oldest complete Hebrew Bible.

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Jan. 12 2022
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