What sefer discusses the details pertaining to the writing of Nevi'im and Megillos (i.e., how the paragraphs are broken up, where there are "special letters", etc.)?

  • Only Megillot and not the rest of Ketuvim? – Double AA Jul 30 '12 at 14:57
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    Can you specify what you are looking for that isn't found in korenpub.com/EN/categories/tanakh – Double AA Jul 30 '12 at 14:59
  • @DoubleAA I don't have access to the Koren edition right now. In any case, I was looking for something that discusses the details, not just a list of פתוחות וסתומות. – Dave Jul 30 '12 at 16:09
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    @DoubleAA Let's say I was a sofer, and I want to sit down and write myself a set of Na"ch scrolls. I wouldn't feel comfortable just following any particular edition of Na"ch (even a very accurate one), as there are many important particulars which can't be conveyed in that format. For example, Rambam gives specific directions for the writing of Az Yashir -- it has to be 30 lines, and the phrases need to be staggered in a certain way. Looking in the Koren might give me the general idea, but I wouldn't really understand what's required. – Dave Jul 30 '12 at 16:22
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    @DoubleAA - Also, in some cases there are ambiguities or disagreements or alternate traditions, and I would want to be educated about these rather than relying on the decision of the editor of the Koren. – Dave Jul 30 '12 at 16:26

Minchas Shay is a commentary on Tanach that focuses on the correct reading (both k'siv and k'ri), including such things as paragraph breaks. (I don't know for certain that he comments on every sefer or which, but I know he does on many.) He does leave some questions open, mentioning both sides, and even where he takes a side I don't know whether sof'rim follow his decisions — but he is considered an authoritative source.


Meschet sofrim which is part of the mesechot katanot in bavli. It was written during the timesvof the geonim.

  • Is an English translation of that available on the Internet? – Adam Mosheh Jul 30 '12 at 15:30
  • Does masechet sofrim list all the petuchot and setumot in Nach? – Double AA Jul 30 '12 at 15:38
  • It is not comprehensive. As a random example, I didn't see a word about how Megillas Eichah is to be written. – Dave Jul 30 '12 at 16:15

I recommend listening to Rabbi Wieder's Intro to Bible shiurim on YUTorah.org.

  • Does he list all the paragraph breaks and big/small letters in his Shiurim? – Double AA Jul 30 '12 at 15:38
  • I doubt that he lists all of them, but I do think that he does discuss them tangentially and why they are significant. But I never listened to these shiurim, so go see for yourself. – Adam Mosheh Jul 30 '12 at 15:40

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