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Chanting the Hebrew Bible, Second, Expanded Edition
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In this encyclopedic text, completely revised and updated in this second edition, Joshua R. Jacobson presents the history of the ancient Jewish tradition of chanting the Bible and a comprehensive explanation of cantillation practice with its grammatical rules and regional variations. His unique step-by-step system of analysis shows how chanting dramatizes and interprets the meaning of the biblical text. Jacobson also provides complete notation for performing all six musical systems, an extensive guide to pronouncing biblical Hebrew, and pedagogical tips for cantillation teachers. 

Chanting the Hebrew Bible, Second Edition, will be invaluable to anyone interested in chanting, from beginners to advanced readers—from haftarah readers who want to chant from the Torah, to Bible students seeking greater insight into Masoretic texts, to Torah chanters who wish to fine-tune their skills, fill gaps in their knowledge, and understand the system they have known only intuitively until now. 

This second edition features a week-by-week guide to Torah, haftarah, and megillot readings for Shabbat and holidays; useful new examples and exercises; a new comprehensive general subject index; a new, easy-to-read, clear Hebrew font; and a link to a new website with audio recordings and video lessons.

Chanting the Hebrew Bible will continue to be the definitive work on Torah chanting—the most authoritative guide and reference on the subject.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Dedications, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-20
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  1. Acknowledgments, Epigraphs
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. How to Use This Book
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. Transliterations, Translations, and Text Sources
  2. pp. 25-30
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  1. 1. Cantillation
  2. pp. 31-54
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  1. 2.1. Parallelism
  2. pp. 55-58
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  1. 2.2. The Primary Dichotomy: Siluk and Etnaḥta
  2. pp. 59-72
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  1. 2.3. Level Two: Tippeḥa
  2. pp. 73-80
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  1. 2.4. Conjunctives
  2. pp. 81-90
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  1. 2.5. Substitutions
  2. pp. 91-96
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  1. 2.6. Level Two: Zakef
  2. pp. 97-118
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  1. 2.7. Level Two: Segol
  2. pp. 119-132
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  1. 2.8. Tevir
  2. pp. 133-146
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  1. 2.9. The Remote Conjunctives of Tevir
  2. pp. 147-156
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  1. 2.10. Revia‘
  2. pp. 157-170
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  1. 2.11. Pashta
  2. pp. 171-196
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  1. 2.12. Zarka
  2. pp. 197-210
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  1. 2.13. Level Four: Geresh
  2. pp. 211-228
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  1. 2.14. Level Four: Legarmeh
  2. pp. 229-238
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  1. 2.15. Level Four: Pazer
  2. pp. 239-246
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  1. 2.16. Level Four: Pazer Gadol
  2. pp. 247-250
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  1. 2.17. Telishah Gedolah
  2. pp. 251-258
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  1. 3. Pronunciation
  2. pp. 259-342
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  1. 4. Canon and Masorah
  2. pp. 343-374
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  1. 5.1. The Te‘amim
  2. pp. 375-390
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  1. 5.2. Two Te‘amim on a Single Word
  2. pp. 391-402
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  1. 5.3. Troubleshooting
  2. pp. 403-412
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  1. 5.4. Parsing the Hebrew Bible
  2. pp. 413-446
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  1. 5.5. The Pedagogy of Cantillation
  2. pp. 447-454
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  1. 6.1. Interpreting the Te‘amim
  2. pp. 455-472
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  1. 6.2. Torah
  2. pp. 473-574
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  1. 6.3. Haftarah
  2. pp. 575-640
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  1. 6.4. The Festival Megillot: Song of Songs, Ruth, and Ecclesiastes
  2. pp. 641-688
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  1. 6.5. Esther
  2. pp. 689-738
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  1. 6.6. Lamentations (Ekhah)
  2. pp. 739-766
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  1. 6.7. Torah for the High Holiday Morning Service
  2. pp. 767-796
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  1. 7.1. Comparison Chart
  2. pp. 797-802
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  1. 7.2. The Ideal Reader
  2. pp. 803-806
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  1. 7.3. Guide to the Readings
  2. pp. 807-834
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  1. 7.4. Glossary
  2. pp. 835-846
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 847-862
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 863-875
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