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A Reader's Hebrew Bible Imitation Leather – January 29, 2008

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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.

About the Author

A. Philip Brown II (PhD, Bob Jones University) is Professor of Bible and Theology at God’s Bible School and College in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bryan W. Smith (PhD, Bob Jones University) is Bible integration coordinator at Bob Jones University Press.

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Product Details

  • Imitation Leather: 1680 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Bilingual edition (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310269741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310269748
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 2.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Imitation Leather
Summary: A Reader's Hebrew Bible is an indispensable tool for learning to read biblical Hebrew. Seminarians and ministers will love this attractive and handy reader for use in the classroom and in personal study. There is no better Hebrew tool on the market for growing the beginner's skill in reading and meditating upon God's Torah.

Why A Hebrew Reader?

Seminary is not designed to teach you all you need to know about biblical Hebrew. Rather, seminary equips you with the tools necessary to begin the long journey of reading right to left, thinking in parallelisms, observing inclusio's, and following word plays throughout the three quarters of the Holy Scriptures known as the Old Testament. Seminary, then, is simply the beginning of a lifetime of reading and meditating upon the Tanakh "day and night" (Psa. 1).

Once you have begun the arduous journey you are then confronted at every point with a stiff either/or: Either regularly use and grow your Hebrew, or lose it. Inductive study (i.e. reading) is the only possible path for maintaining and growing your Hebrew. Learning a language means using a language. There are no shortcuts.

How, then, can the seminarian or minister navigate this either/or fork in the road? You guessed it ... by reading the Hebrew Bible!

"But wait!" You cry. "I've just about lost all my Hebrew skill! It's been years since I was flipping flashcards and parsing qal paradigms!" Or, perhaps you are staring at your next semester's class schedule pondering whether to start this Hebrew journey in the first place. Fret not on either account; The Reader's Hebrew Bible was written just for you.
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I've got both the first and second editions of the Reader's GNT companion volume. Either is a great value for the money, but neither comes close to the quality and usefulness of the Reader's GNT published by UBS -- the real deal. So I was a bit hesitant to purchase Zondervan's Reader's Hebrew Bible.

My hesitation was overcome by the fact that I use my UBS RGNT on a daily basis for devotional use, but don't read the Hebrew text in the same way as frequently because of the need for a lexicon nearby. A reader's lexicon helps, but it's still a clunky way to read, and because Hebrew vocabulary is so much larger than NT Greek, there are few of us who will ever be able to simply read with no lexicon around. So seeing what a reader's GNT did for me, I ordered this.

I'm very pleased. It hast the same cheap binding and paper as the companion RGNT, but the fact that it's duo-tone (basically PVC plastic) does mean that despite being flimsy, it should hold up for a long time. They seem to have overcome the typeface problems present in both editions of the RGNT. This font is very easy to read. I have not found the proper names being in gray instead of black to be a problem -- they're not that light and the purpose is to make proper names used less than 100 times stand out so that the newbie doesn't waste time trying to parse them. That's the whole point: to gloss the words so the reader doesn't have to. The more you read, the more you learn, and the more often you read and learn the more Hebrew sticks in your mind.

The fact that this text is that of the Westminster edition of Leningradensis is great. They essentially cut and pasted from Bibleworks 4.
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Zondervan has finally come out with a Hebrew equivalent to the Reader's Greek New Testament. For those that liked its Greek predecessor, this is a wonderful addition that will help students of the Hebrew Bible read in the original languages. Words used less than 100 times in the Hebrew Bible are listed in footnotes at the bottom of the page (except for proper nouns). This will require an intermediate knowledge of Hebrew Grammar and vocabulary, but that that's the point. It's not an interlinear, it's a reader! There is also a short list of all words used more than 100 times in the appendix, in case you forgot some of your more common Hebrew vocabulary. The only immediate downside I can find is that the binding is a bit stiff and not of the quality that one might expect for a Bible. But that's a minor issue for such a huge undertaking!
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By tippy on November 7, 2013
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This review focuses mainly on two things: the quality of the binding and the paper. Positively, this volume follows the same idea in the UBS reader's GNT. The font is acceptable, the lemmas are adeqate. The paper quality is OK at best, and the corners are square cut, which is odd, to say the least. Rounded corners would not only be better aesthetically, but less prone to bending. The silver gilt edging is cheesy. The binding is sewn, but of a very poor quality. Since the volume is not only a reference but designed to be read daily, the publisher should have raised the bar quite a bit as to these issues so that the thing would last. Mine has already split at the top end of the spine near the back of the book.
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