What are the Accents? (Tea'mim - Cantillations)
In the printed editions of the Hebrew Tanakh there are about 26 different signs that appear above and below the Hebrew words. These signs are known in Hebrew as Tea'mim. It indicates 'stress/accent,' and also 'tune/melody.' The accents were developed around 600s-900s C.E. The accents have three roles: 1. Marking the musical intonations for the liturgical reader of the biblical text 2. Marking the accented syllable of the word 3. Marking the syntactic relationship between words (like the comma, period, etc. in the modern writing system

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