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I have heard that there is a small number of textual differences between Teimani torah scrolls and Ashkenazi/Sefardi ones. What are these differences? If I encounter a manuscript of unknown origin and want to know if it's Teimani or Ashkenazi/Sefardi, where are the places I should check?

This question arose from an apparently-erased vav in this manuscript that DoubleAA pointed out -- ויהיו (page 7v top of the third column).

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google.com/… doesnt have all the variations in spelling but gives variations in he way it is written...it is a word doc – MoriDoweedhYaa3qob Apr 10 '14 at 23:39
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The nine places where a different letter appears are:

  1. מנש(ו)א Genesis 4:13 Ashkenazi/Sephardi vs. Temoni

  2. מעינ(ו)ת Genesis 7:11 Ashkenazi/Sephardi vs. Temoni

  3. ויהי(ו)‏ Genesis 9:29 Ashkenazi/Sephardi vs. Temoni

  4. ת(י)עשה Exodus 25:31 Ashkenazi/Sephardi vs. Temoni

  5. האפ(ו)ד Exodus 28:26 Ashkenazi/Sephardi vs. Temoni

  6. בשמ(ו)ת Numbers 1:17 Ashkenazi/Sephardi vs. Temoni

  7. חדש(י)כם Numbers 10:10 Ashkenazi/Sephardi vs. Temoni

  8. בע(ו)ר Numbers 22:5 Ashkenazi/Sephardi vs. Temoni

  9. דכ(ה|א)‏ Deuteronomy 23:2 Some Ashkenazi/Sephardi vs. Some Ashkenazi/Temoni

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This list may not have been the same 500 or 1000 years ago, so it isn't a perfect method for dating/identifying an old manuscript. – Double AA Apr 11 '14 at 5:46
This answer is only about differences in spelling, not layout. – Double AA Mar 6 at 4:47

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