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On the last page of the book, again following an old tradition of
Jewish writers and scribes, Mandelkern wrote a colophon in the
style of the Psalms. The title and first few lines run as follows:
A song of ascents of Shelomoh on the labor of the Temple
of the Holy, when the entire work had been accomplished.
Remember, O Lord, all the sufferings, all the days of wan­
dering and dejection of Shelomoh who pledged to the Lord
a vow for the language of His sanctuary.
As Mandelkern himself had realized, it was inevitable that a
concordance of this magnitude and scope, despite the painstak­
ing work of its compiler, contained errors and omissions, though
far fewer than in any of its predecessors. The author managed to
insert about two dozen corrections in the form of a footnote to his
introduction after the work had already been set in type, and he
continued to collect notes on additional corrections until his
death. After the publication of the concordance, several Jewish
and Gentile scholars also began to make additions and
corrections, many of them published in learned journals but of­
ten existing only as manuscript notes. This activity continued for
more than five decades, and the amendments were gradually in­
corporated into subsequent editions of the work.
A large number of corrections was published as a separate
monograph by the Swedish theologian Sven Herner in 1909,46
and these, as well as Mandelkern’s notes and other additions and
corrections by several scholars and rabbis, were printed as an ap­
pendix to a second revised edition, edited and published by F.
Margolin in 1925.47 Of interest to the English reader is a later
giving rise to the spurious name Jehovah, where the initial letter ’ [yod] (pro­
nounced as a semivowel, i.e., as
in “yes”) was transliterated
(and later
cording to its Latin pronunciation before a vowel. The variant vocalization
Yahwe, first found in the late 16th century, has been used since the 19th cen­
tury by Bible scholars who based themselves on the probable pronunciation of
the tetragrammaton in ancient times as indicated by linguistic evidence and
comparisons with the practices of the Samaritans who do not have an injunc­
tion against the pronunciation of the name of God.
46 Herner, Sven.
Verbesserungen zu Mandelkern’s grosser Konkordanz.
Lund, 1909.
144 p.
47 ...urrpn ^DVI
Veteris testamenti concordantiae hebraicae atque