INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MASORETIC STUDIES (IOMS)

הארגון הבין-לאומי לחקר המסורה‮ ‬

The International Organization for Masoretic Studies (IOMS) was founded in 1972 in Los Angeles by the late Prof. Harry M. Orlinsky together with a group of Masoretic scholars, as an international non-profit organization to promote scholarly study and research of Masora and every field connected with it. 

For twenty years, until his demise in 1992, Orlinsky served as President of the Organization, contributing to the promotion of Masoretic studies and scholarship and organizing and chairing the first nine International congresses. 

IOMS International Congresses are based mostly on papers of individual scholars who seek small circle discussions with colleagues in the very specialized fields of Masora, text transmission, Bible manuscripts, vocalization and accentuation in all systems (Tiberian, Babylonian, Palestinian) and everything connected to Biblical text philology.

In addition to the usual regular sessions, special “workshop” sessions are planned from time to time, aimed at encouraging the study of Masora and making it more accessible to scholarly research circles of other biblical fields. It is intended to draw the attention of colleagues in all fields of biblical studies and to demonstrate how they can benefit from the progress in Masora research.

IOMS' International Congresses are being held in conjunction with the congresses of three scholarly organizations: the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT),  the World Union of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).

The President of the IOMS  is Prof. Aron Dotan (Tel Aviv) and the vice-president is Prof. Emilia Fernández Tejero (Madrid).

 

The members of the Steering Committee are: Prof. H. Scanlin, Secretary/Treasurer (Allentown, PA); Prof. Geoffrey Khan, Editor (Cambridge, UK); Prof. M. Ortega Monasterio (Madrid); Prof. E. J. Revell (Oxford).