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Biblical Hebrew: Basic Resources

Resources for Hebrew (and Aramaic) students at all levels.

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The resources listed on this page have been grouped into the following broad categories, listed in order of appearance on this page:

  • Beginning Textbooks
  • Intermediate Textbooks
  • Hebrew text (Critical editions)
  • Hebrew text (Readers' editions)
  • Supplementary Resources

Intermediate Textbooks

Hebrew text (Critical editions)

The Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS), an update of G. Kittel's 1906 Biblia Hebraica (BHK), is the standard text used for translations in the BJU Hebrew program. The text is nearly an exact copy of the Masoretic Text as recorded in the Leningrad Codex.

Although BHS is the current standard, other critical editions exist. The German Bible Society (publisher of BHS) is producing a new critical edition titled the Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ), while the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University is producing the Hebrew University Bible and Oxford University Press is producing the Oxford Hebrew Bible.

Hebrew text (Readers' editions)

The primary benefit of these Reader's editions is the footnotes with basic dictionary glosses for less-common terms located at the bottom of each page. This can be immensely helpful, but students need to realize that these helps are off-limits for most class translation assignments.

Supplementary Resources

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