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Resources for Hebrew (and Aramaic) students at all levels.
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הַשָּׁמַ֗יִם מְֽסַפְּרִ֥ים כְּבֹֽוד־אֵ֑ל
וּֽמַעֲשֵׂ֥ה יָ֝דָ֗יו מַגִּ֥יד הָרָקִֽיעַ׃

Accurate Old Testament exegesis demands an understanding of biblical Hebrew, the original language of the majority of the OT. This guide lists resources available at the Mack Library for Hebrew students of all levels. Some of the included sources also address biblical Aramaic.

Selected BJU Hebrew Courses

 

Beginning 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.

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Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (paperback) - Karl Elliger, Willhelm Rudolph, eds.
ISBN: 1598561626
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) Paperback Edition offers the student a more affordable way to study Biblical Hebrew while maintaining all of the features available in the standard and compact editions.

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Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (compact hardback) - Karl Elliger, Willhelm Rudolph, eds.
ISBN: 1598561634
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) Compact Edition is identical in content to the standard edition (including the critical apparatus in Latin and the foreword in multiple languages); however, its size makes it exceptionally convenient for the student of Hebrew to carry and use. Its portable size in no way compromises the readability of both text and critical apparatus, which retains a bold, clear font.

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Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (Standard hardback) - Hans Bardtke, Karl Elliger, Wilhelm Rudolph, Gérard E Weil, Hans Peter Rüger, eds.
Call Number: REF 221 B471eL
ISBN: 3438052180
This edition is larger than the compact and paperback editions. Although the larger format is more readable, students generally prefer the other cheaper editions.

 

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.

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A Reader's Hebrew Bible - A. Philip Brown, Bryan W. Smith, eds.
Call Number: REF 220.44 R2273
ISBN: 0310269741
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. - Publisher.

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A Reader's Hebrew and Greek Bible - A. Philip Brown, Bryan W. Smith, Richard J. Goodrich, Albert L. Lukaszewski, eds.
ISBN: 0310325897
This combined A Reader's Greek New Testament and A Reader's Hebrew Bible offers the following features: Complete text of the Hebrew and Aramaic Bible, using the Westminister Leningrad Codex; Greek text underlying Today's New International Version---with footnotes comparing wherever this text is different from the UBS4 text; Footnoted definitions of all Hebrew words occurring 100 times or less---twenty-five or less for Aramaic words---with context-specific glosses; Footnoted definitions of all Greek words occurring thirty times or less; Lexicons of all Hebrew words occurring more than 100 times and Greek words occurring more than thirty times; Eight pages of full-color maps separate the OT and NT sections Ideal for students, pastors, and instructors, A Reader's Hebrew and Greek Bible saves time and effort in studying the Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament. By eliminating the need to look up definitions, the footnotes allow you to more quickly read the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek text. Featuring fine-grain black European leather binding, A Reader's Hebrew and Greek Bible is a practical, attractive, and surprisingly affordable resource. - Publisher.

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