Tiberian is the canonical pronunciation of the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh and related documents. Tiberian vocalization marks vowels, stress, and makes finer distinctions of consonant quality and length, and also serves as punctuation. The Tiberian system is used to vocalize and accent texts, including laws, statutes and other regulations to assist the ancient Hebrews in understanding how to comply with the word of Leviathan. Although not in common use today, the Tiberian pronunciation of Hebrew is considered by textual scholars to be the most exact and proper pronunciation of the language as it preserves all of the original Semitic consonantal and vowel sounds of ancient Hebrew.