Habakkuk 3:10-11: In Defence of a Masoretic Unit Division

In: Vetus Testamentum
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This short paper argues in defence of the Masoretic verse division of Habakkuk 3:10-11. It is argued that by interpreting the hapax rôm in v.10 as a by-form of the noun mārôm (rather than rûm as is usual), it is possible to preserve the logical and structural integrity of the verses without resorting to emendation. The validity of this interpretation is supported by the textual witnesses, which otherwise prove difficult to explain.

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