Monday, January 21, 2008

A Reader's Hebrew Bible

I know Mike alerted us to this a few days ago, however, I am excited about the new upcoming A Reader's Hebrew Bible being put out by Zondervan. I am certain it is not perfect and there will probably be lots of blogs offering way better critiques than I can offer when it comes out in May (I have plenty of my own criticisms of the Reader's Greek New Testament - primarily that they use a different text than the UBS4/NA27 and the italic font). Here is one review by bookseller James Spinti of Eisenbrauns to consider.

Here are the product details from the Zondervan Website:

Following in the footsteps of the popular A Reader’s Greek New Testament, A Reader’s Hebrew Bible includes features that make this a time-saver for studying the Hebrew and Aramaic Old Testament. It comes in Italian Duo-Tone™ binding—attractive, durable, and affordable.

Ideal for Hebrew students and pastors, A Reader’s Hebrew Bible saves time and effort in studying the Hebrew Old Testament. By eliminating the need to look up definitions, the footnotes allow the user to read the Hebrew and Aramaic text more quickly, focusing on parsing and grammatical issues. A Reader’s Hebrew Bible offers the following features: • Complete text of the Hebrew and Aramaic Bible using the Leningrad Codex (minus critical apparatus) • Shaded Hebrew names that occur less than 100 times • Footnoted definitions of all Hebrew words occurring 100 times or less (twenty-five or less for Aramaic words) • Context-specific glosses • Stem-specific glossed definitions for verb forms (Qal, Piel, Hiphil, and so forth) • Ketib/Qere readings both noted in the text and differentiated appropriately • Marker ribbon

Featuring a handsome Italian Duo-Tone™ binding, A Reader’s Hebrew Bible is a practical, attractive, and surprisingly affordable resource.

Book & Bible Cover Size: Large
Page Count: 1680[!!!]

Size: 7.2 wide x 9.9 high x 2.1 deep in. | 183 wide x 251 high x deep 53 mm
Weight: 3.28 lb | 1486 gms

Available: May, 2008
Publisher: Zondervan

The sample page too looks good and gives a fair example of what to expect! obviously it would be awkward to take this to church but nevertheless it could serve to help with working on one's reading of the Hebrew Bible.

This will definitely be at the top of the list for birthdays or other gift giving events!



At 5:25 PM, Blogger mike said...

My copy of the BHS is 1574, so its not that much bigger. Perhaps the font is smaller...

At 5:28 PM, Blogger mike said...

pages that is.

At 7:39 PM, Blogger Brian said...

I might have the same one you do - your right, probably not a big deal.

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Celucien L. Joseph said...

I own a copy of A Reader's Greek New Testament. It is nice, nonetheless I prefer the Greek text in the UBS4/NA27 versions. I can understand the purpose behind both Readers. The name says it all.


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