For the last couple of years, I’ve been collaborating with my good friends, Don Vance and Yael Avrahami, on a publication for Hendrickson. It’s a Hebrew Reader of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia—something we believe will make a great tool for students of Biblical Hebrew.
Basically, the reader will include the entire BHS text (ie. the Masoretic Text of Codex Leningradensis), and the bottom of each page will feature footnotes with vocabulary and parsing details (in place of the text critical apparatus) in textual order. Each word with a footnote is marked within the BHS text with a notation. The layout of the footnotes is presented in a format that is visually easy to follow (two columns, each verse with its own paragraph). We deal with all vocabulary occurring 200 times or less, and aim for contextual glosses. We also employ a parsing code that gives full parsing details of all words marked. The whole Hebrew Bible is covered and will be bound in a single volume.
The reader is designed to enable students of Biblical Hebrew to read the text without continual recourse to another resource in order to get the meaning of words. It is a tool that does not spoon feed, but rather gives enough information for the reader of the text to figure things out on their own, and to do so relatively quickly. We hope that this tool will get people reading the text, acclimatising to the language, improving their reading proficiency and comprehension skills, and feeling generally more comfortable with the Hebrew Bible.
Date of publication: To be announced. The Hebrew Bible is A LOT of text, folks. Much of it has been completed already, but there’s still a way to go.