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A Reader’s Hebrew Bible
Brown II, A. Philip and Bryan W. Smith, editors

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008 pp. xxiii + 1,652. $49.99


Description: 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. 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

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Hebrew

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Review by Hallvard Hagelia
Published 5/23/2009
Citation: Hallvard Hagelia, review of A. Philip Brown II and Bryan W. Smith, eds., A Reader’s Hebrew Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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