The J.D. Price Accent Database

 

 

The JDP version in BibleWorks is similar to the WTM version with Accent Sensitive Searching turned on. The difference is that (1) the accent codes are from the work of Dr. J.D. Price and (2) you do not have to have Accent Sensitive searching enabled to use it. Just make JDP your search version.

 

The JDP accent codes are laid out somewhat differently than the WTM. Instead of two sections separated by a plus sign (primary codes + secondary codes) there are four. The JPD codes look like this:

 

Primary Codes + Secondary Codes + Accent Codes + Qere/Kethib Code

 

All but the Accent Codes are the same as for the normal WTM database. The JDP Accent codes come as a pair of characters. Each pair represents one accent. The codes are case sensitive. They are as follows:

Each accent has a two letter code: the first letter identifies the accent name, the second letter
identifies the accents hierarchic rank and whether the accent functions near or remote:

For the prose books, the second letter means:

0 = no accent
a = Rank-5 : conjunctive accents
b = Rank 4, near : Geresh, Legarmeh
B = Rank 4, remote: Pazer, Great Telisha
c = Rank-3, near : Tebir, Pashta, Zarqa, Yethib
C = Rank-3, remote: Rebia
d = Rank-2, near : Tiphcha
D = Rank-2, remote: Zaqeph, Great Zaqeph, Segolta, Shalsheleth
e = Rank-1, near : Silluq
E = Rank-1, remote: Athnach


The lower case code represents near disjunctives,
and upper case code represents remote disjunctives.



The following are the two letter codes for each accent.

 

Prose books

Poetical Books

Xx

 no accent

Xx

 no accent

Ae

 Silluq

AF

 Silluq

BE

 Athnach

Ee

 Rebia Mugrash

Hd

 Tiphcha

Fe

 Great Shalsheleth

ED

 Zaqeph

BE

 Ole WeYored

FD

 Great Zaqeph

CE

 Athnach

CD

 Segolta

Id

 Dechi

DD

 Great Shalsheleth

Gd

 Sinnor

Lc

 Tebir

DD

 Great Rebia

Jc

 Pashta

JC

 Pazer

Kc

 Yethib

Lb

 Legarmeh-Azla

Ic

 Zarqa

Kb

 Legarmeh-Mahpak

GC

 Rebia

Ma

 Munach

Mb

 Geresh

Na

 Mereka

Nb

 Garshaim

Ra

 Mahpak

OB

 Pazer

Pa

 Tarcha

PB

 Great Pazer

Sa

 Azla

QB

 Great Telisha

Oa

 Illuy

Rb

 Legarmeh

Qa

 Galgal

Sa

 Munach

Ta

 Little Shalsheleth

Ua

 Mereka

Wa

 Sinnorit

Ta

 Mahpak

Ua

 Sinnorit-Mereka

Va

 Mereka Kephula

Va

 Sinnorit-Mahpak

Xa

 Azla

 

 

Ya

 Little Telisha

 

 

Za

 Galgal

 

 

Wa

 Darga

 

 


For the present time in the poetical books, there is an ambiguity between Little Rebia and Great Rebia. The WTT numbers do not distinguish them, and they can only be distinguished by examining the context.

 

For details on Dr. Price's work see:


James D. Price, The Syntax of the Masoretic Accents in the Hebrew Bible (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1990).
---, A Concordance of the Hebrew Accents in the Hebrew Bible (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1995), 5 vols.