nann I am not clear on how you can present "a solid majority" of Masoretic mss as evidence. There are several hundred (perhaps more than a thousand) Masoretic mss, most of which have not been adequately collated. Ginsburg described 60 of them in his Introduction, and used 75 in the sidenotes...
Not to disagree with you, but I would greatly appreciate the names, etc., of the books you are quoting, as I feel I should get copies.
Hi Shoonra, we have Adam Clarke, the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and what we can find from:
Benjamin Kennicott (1718-1783)
Giovanni Bernardo De Rossi (1742-1831)
Adam Clarke (1762-1831) goes back to his 1811 Bible commentary, which was the same in the 1830s, with it showing up now in the Adam Clarke commentary sections on the verse. Here is the HTML commentary and the 1811 section.
ADAM CLARKE'S BIBLE COMMENTARY -
(Typos fixed, city of Reuben, remove a Deuteronomy, italics not inserted, remove hot links under words)
Verse 35. "Dimnah with her suburbs, &c."
It is well known to every Hebrew scholar that the two following verses are wholly omitted by the Masora; and are left out in some of the most correct and authentic Hebrew Bibles. Between critics there is no small controversy relative to the authenticity of these verses; and those who wish to see the arguments at large on both sides, must consult the Variae Lectiones of Deuteronomy Rossi on this place. Dr. Kennicott, who is a strenuous advocate for their authenticity argues thus in their behalf: "Verses 41 and 42 of this chapter tell us that the Levitical cities were forty-eight, and that they had been all as such described; so that they must have been all specified in this chapter: whereas now in all the Hebrew copies printed in full obedience to the Masora, which excludes two verses containing four of these cities, the number amounts only to forty-four. "The cities are first mentioned, in the general, as being thirteen and ten, with thirteen and twelve, which are certainly forty-eight. And yet when they are particularly named, ver. 13-19 gives thirteen cities; ver. 20-26 gives ten cities; ver. 27-33 gives thirteen; ver. 34-36 gives four cities; and ver. 35-36 gives four more, all which can make but forty-four. And what still increases the wonder is, that ver. 40 infers from the verses immediately preceding, that the cities allowed to the Merarites were twelve, though they here make eight only, unless we admit the four other cities expressed in those two verses, which have been rejected by that blind guide the Masora. In defiance of this authority these two verses, thus absolutely necessary, were inserted in the most early editions of the Hebrew text, and are found in Walton's Polyglot, as well as in our English Bible. But they have scarce ever been as yet printed completely, thus, And out of the tribe of Reuben, A CITY OF REFUGE FOR THE SLAYER, BEZER, IN THE WILDERNESS, with her suburbs, and Jahazah with her suburbs, Kedemoth with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs; four cities. See on this place my edition of the Hebrew Bible, where no less than one hundred and forty-nine copies are described, which happily preserve these verses, most clearly essential to the truth and consistency of this chapter. See also General Discourse, pp. 19, 26, 54." Though this reasoning of Dr. Kennicott appears very conclusive, yet there are so many and important variations among the MSS. that retain, and those that reject these verses, as to render the question of their authenticity very difficult to be determined. To Dr. Kennicott's one hundred and forty-nine MSS. which have these two verses, may be added upwards of forty collated by Rossi. Those who deny their authenticity say they have been inserted here from 1 Chron. vi. 78, 79, where they are found it is true, in general, but not exactly as they stand here, and in Dr. Kennicott's Hebrew Bible.
The Holy Bible: First book of Moses called Genesis-Fifth book of Moses called Deuteronomy (1811)