Zondervan – A Reader’s Hebrew Bible

This looks good. Though I’m not sure why they added numbers to every word they parse, the complicates the Hebrew text a little. Surely they could have just used the verse numbers and you would have been able to match the footnote to the verse and find your word. And what is with the greyed out words? Is that helpful? (follow the link below to get a pdf sample text)

The cover looks quite functional and gaudy. Aesthetics really matter, especially with Bibles. The official BHS is one of the most beautiful books I own. I treasure the copy that my parents in-law gave to me in 2001. I look forward to seeing a copy of this new Hebrew Bible “IRL”.

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

Zondervan – A Reader’s Hebrew Bible

Here is a surprisingly honest review by the editor:

It is unusual for the typesetter of a volume to review it. It is perhaps even more unusual for a volume’s typesetter to also be one of its principal editors. Both are true in my case. Although I obviously have a vested interest in A Reader’s Hebrew Bible, as the review below will demonstrate, I believe I am uniquely positioned to review the volume in a way that time constraints would forbid to most users.

Exegetical Thoughts and Biblical Theology: A Reader’s Hebrew Bible: A Review by its Typesetter

The Reader’s Greek New Testament” for me however, while being a great idea, seems to be a bit of a dud as they didn’t include the UBS cross references nor the UBS indexes of quotations and allusions. These are some of the most useful elements of the UBS Greek NT. Whenever I read the NT I always want a footnote telling me where the OT quotes are from. The NRSV fails here also.

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