2 May 1894 Death of Ezekiel Margoliouth, Translator and Cantillator of the Hebrew New Testament #otdimjh

On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 10.49.12 The Holy Gospel of Matthew

As the Messianic Jewish movement looks for authentic synagogal worship and liturgy, it would do well to consider the revision of the Hebrew New Testament by Ezekiel Margoliouth, who added traditional cantillation marks to the verses. Below is an example which any bar-mitzvah or bat-mitzvah who has done their homework should be able to render with the nusach (melody) of an Ashkenazi mode.

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 10.49.25 Matthew 1:1-4 with cantillation marks

Bernstein notes [p351]:

Margoliouth, Ezekiel, was a very remarkable man, a typical Jew, and a typical convert to Christianity. As an Hebraist he was equal to any of his day. He had a profound knowledge of the Talmud, rare even [352] amongst Talmudists. It was, however, in the composition of modern Hebrew that his chief talent lay, and competent scholars often spoke enthusiastically of the elegance of his rabbinic writings.


Like his namesake, Dr. Moses Margoliouth, he…

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