Zondervan has released its anticipated A Reader’s Hebrew Bible, the counterpart to their New Testament Reader’s Bible. I picked up my copy this past week and it is splendid. I will be replacing my BHS that I bring to church with this one since it gives glosses in the footnotes and other convenient features. Some of the most conspicuous features include:

– 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.
– Complete text of the Hebrew and Aramaic Bible using the Westminster Leningrad Codex (4.4)
– Footnoted glosses of all Hebew words occuring one hundred times or less (twenty-five or less for Aramaic words)
– Stem-specific glosses for verb forms (Qal, Piel, Hiphil, and so forth)
– Glosses derived from HALOT and BDB.
– Ketib/Qere readings both noted in the text and differentiated appropriately.
– Proper names occurring one hundred times or less are printed in gray scale for immediate recognition.

   And did I mention it is pretty? A handsome Italian Duo-Tone binding, and a nice large font size so you won’t have to go blind reading Hebrew.

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