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July 1, 2013 / attilashrugs

Naqod: Dat Dot At Num. 29:15
I found this amazing resource online. I was researching the Naqod in today’s Parsha, Pinchas. At Numbers 29:15 occurs one of the strange “Extraordinary Dots” which appear in 10 places in the Torah. Their meaning or meanings are unclear.
In this case the extra dot appears over the second vav in the word vav ayin sin raish VAV final nun. The verse “One tenth a tenth for one lamb for each of the fourteen lambs.” It is taken to mean a tenth of an ephah (of fine flour) for EACH of the fourteen lambs.
By clicking on the link the extremely detailed discussion of this singular point is accessed from a text written in 1910. In brief it attributes the naqod to scribes taking into account the variant manuscripts. Other than the now standard Masoretic Version, there were many many variants. At this particular verse many do not have the repetition “a tenth a tenth”. Some have more than one naqod.
This all is interesting. But. Before I looked into the whys and hows of the naqodoth (plural) I played numerology theories. I found an interesting answer not relevant to textual variants but meaningful numerologically.
The verse mentions 14 lambs. If one counts 14 letters before the VAV Naqod and 14 letters afterwards both are dalet. Dalet Vav Dalet. This is a spelling used by or for David. ד ו ד. Interesting, but more. The gematria (number value) is 4 + 6 + 4 = 14. 14 = the number of David, the number of lambs and in Matt. 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.
So this naqod marks a letter from which 14 letters can be counted backward and forward that produce the name David and the value 14. A number the Gospel writer of Matthew linked to Yeshua.
The ten nequdoth of the Torah;

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