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Philip Brown
12-11-2007, 11:57 PM
Hello All,

In May 2008 Zondervan will be releasing A Reader's Hebrew Bible, a companion volume to its Reader's Greek New Testament.

Key elements of this volume
Text: Leningrad Codex minus masorah
Words glossed: all words, excluding proper nouns, that occur less than 100x (Hebrew) or less than 25x (Aramaic).
Glosses: Derived primarily from HALOT & BDB. Holladay, DCH, and others used
Proper nouns: Occurrences <100x are screened in gray for ease of identification.
Kethib/Qere: Kethib and Qere marked by raised K and Q respectively. Kethib are vowelless, Qere are pointed.If you are interested in previewing the volume, I have posted a preview of it on my website here (http://www.apbrown2.net/web/ARHB/RHB_Preview.pdf), which includes the TOC, Introduction, and parts of Genesis, Amos, and Ezra.

As noted in the introduction, BibleWorks was the workhorse for the production of this volume. I am very grateful for Michael Bushell's support for this project. Without BW and Mike's help, the project would never have made it to press.

If you have comments or questions about the volume, please direct them to readershebrew@gmail.com.

Adelphos
12-12-2007, 01:00 AM
In May 2008 Zondervan will be releasing A Reader's Hebrew Bible, a companion volume to its Reader's Greek New Testament...

Thanks for posting this, Philip. I have their Reader's Greek New Testament which is bound in Italian Duo-Tone. Do you know if the Hebrew Reader will also be bound in this material?

In case anyone is interested, this material is very nice material. It actually feels good to touch it, and it is very flexible and nimble, and yet stiff enough to keep it from flopping all over the place.

I also found the typeface in the New Testament edition to be easy on the eyes, and the format is very friendly.

I hope the Old Testament edition will therefore be like it.

Philip Brown
12-12-2007, 08:34 AM
Hi, Scot,

Yes, RHB will be bound in Italian duo-tone, and the format follows RGNT with at least one significant exception--I did not use an italic face for the text or glosses.

RHB is already "up" on Zondervan's website (http://zondervan.com/Cultures/en-US/Product/ProductDetail.htm?ProdID=com.zondervan.97803102697 48&QueryStringSite=Zondervan) and on Amazon here (http://www.amazon.com/Readers-Hebrew-Bible-Philip-Brown/dp/0310269741/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1197462658&sr=8-1) (where it is wrongly listed as a paperback).

Adelphos
12-12-2007, 09:50 AM
Yes, RHB will be bound in Italian duo-tone, and the format follows RGNT with at least one significant exception--I did not use an italic face for the text or glosses.

Then you can list me as a buyer. I don't think the italics for the glosses will make any difference whatsoever. In fact, it might be better without them. Can't wait to add it to my library.

ingosorke
12-12-2007, 01:09 PM
Looking forward to the RHB! And glad they changed the font for the Greek 2nd edition. Not sure why publishers (UBS, Zondervan) go for italics in Greek; not my personal preference when such clear crisp clean fonts are available (like Bwgrkl!) . . .

I've made a suggestion to Zondervan: publish/bind the Hebrew and Greek Reader's editions together, with basic lexicons in the back (the Greek 2nd edition has one, but doesn't include all terms).

Ingo

Adelphos
12-12-2007, 02:27 PM
Looking forward to the RHB! And glad they changed the font for the Greek 2nd edition. Not sure why publishers (UBS, Zondervan) go for italics in Greek; not my personal preference when such clear crisp clean fonts are available (like Bwgrkl!) . . .

I had no idea there was second edition of the RGNT, but I'm glad to hear they've done away with the italics. They are a bit much.

I won't be getting the second edition, however, for the only reason I bought the first one was because of the Italian Duo-Tone cover, plus it was on sale and I got it cheap. Probablly because there was a second edition by then and thus the first edition was significantly discounted.

In any case, I don't really need the reader, and I've read my Greek TR so many times that the variants and the rough Greek in the RGNT critical text jump out at me like roaring lions, and I'm so totally comfortable with my Greek TR that I 'spect I'll continue to dance with what brung me on that score.

On the other hand, the Hebrew might be a bit more intersting, even though I would rather not see another rendition of the Leningrad Codex, but since it's also in Italian Duo-Tone, count me in. FWIW, I wouldn't buy it otherwise. Shallow of me, I know.

Anyway, I think your suggestion about a combined reader is a great idea (as long as it's also in Italian Duo-Tone :cool:), and one I imagine they will implement at some point and time, especially if the two readers do well individually in the market place.

Also, I think those who need the reader would benefit a great deal from a basic lexicon at the back because I think the frequency cut-off still leaves many people having to go to a dictionary/lexicon anyway. Having it in the back of the reader would save a little time and effort.

Ben Spackman
12-15-2007, 11:59 AM
Thanks much for posting this! I saw the UBS equivalent of the Greek Reader's edition at SBL, and hoped someone was doing a Hebrew version.

The preview is very useful. I will definitely be buying this and recommending it to others.

SCSaunders
12-16-2007, 06:57 PM
This looks REALLY REALLY good! Thanks for the heads up. :)

SCSaunders
12-16-2007, 07:03 PM
RHB is already "up" on Zondervan's website (http://zondervan.com/Cultures/en-US/Product/ProductDetail.htm?ProdID=com.zondervan.97803102697 48&QueryStringSite=Zondervan) and on Amazon here (http://www.amazon.com/Readers-Hebrew-Bible-Philip-Brown/dp/0310269741/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1197462658&sr=8-1) (where it is wrongly listed as a paperback).Wow! That is a very good price. May '08 seems like a loooooooooooong ways away.

SCSaunders
12-27-2007, 04:57 PM
Just got done pre-ordering RHB off Amazon. I'm looking forward to this. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a "slam dunk" decision. The $ is too good.


Went ahead and ordered the 2nd Edition RGNT as well.

SCSaunders
12-31-2007, 05:13 PM
Amazon is my friend. :)
http://i19.tinypic.com/6q282df.jpg

Philip Brown
12-31-2007, 10:10 PM
For those interested, I received my advanced (author's) copy just before Christmas! What a treat!

The English-leather look and feel of tan Italian Duo-tone with silver gilded pages and silver embossed title really make it a handsome volume and a delight to handle. I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out.

The gray screening of proper names came through distinctly without looking fuzzy or blurry.

Appendix A, a short lexicon of all Hebrew words occurring over 100x, has already come in handy as I encounter high-frequency words with low-frequencies senses in certain stems (verbs).

SCSaunders
01-01-2008, 01:27 PM
For those interested, I received my advanced (author's) copy just before Christmas! What a treat!

The English-leather look and feel of tan Italian Duo-tone with silver gilded pages and silver embossed title really make it a handsome volume and a delight to handle. I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out.

The gray screening of proper names came through distinctly without looking fuzzy or blurry.

Appendix A, a short lexicon of all Hebrew words occurring over 100x, has already come in handy as I encounter high-frequency words with low-frequencies senses in certain stems (verbs).I can't wait! The pdf's you let us check out are excellent. I think this is going to do very well, helping a lot of folks accomplish their work. If you can, email me your signature. I'd like to glue it into my copy when it comes.

Joshua Luna
02-17-2008, 07:32 AM
Wow, this sounds amazing Phillip! The PDF looks *excellent* and a I was shocked at the price. Two thumbs up on the Italian Duo-tone as well as dumping the italics. The lexicon in the back also deserves two thumbs up for the very reason you pointed out.

So now my concern: does it lay flat? Specifically in Genesis.

I had to get the Torah version of the ABC Reader's Lexicon because the full Bible version was so large it made reading Genesis & Exodus difficult because the book would NOT stay open. I know the Greek Reader at ~570 pages is fairly thin and remains open in Matthew with no problems... so I am hoping!! If not... any potential for smaller volumes? (e.g. just the Torah).

Last question: Any chance of a PDF version? being able to print out a couple pages and to carry around sounds ideal... heh, I will probably do that with the PDF pages you already have up :P

Again, GREAT work! While I like ABC, it takes up a lot of room having a full sized BHS and the full ABC on a desk. Having the Hebrew text with reader lexicon data (for every word 100x and under no less) is an accomplishment. The fact it looks so clean deserves nothing less than two thumbs up.

ingosorke
02-18-2008, 02:22 PM
Previously mentioned . . . but may be you (Philip) have an insider track with the publisher: I'd like a NT Reader's edition/Hebrew Reader's edition combo.

Thanks, no fries. Just plain Greek/Hebrew in one volume.

:) Ingo

Philip Brown
02-18-2008, 03:35 PM
Previously mentioned . . . but may be you (Philip) have an insider track with the publisher: I'd like a NT Reader's edition/Hebrew Reader's edition combo.


I don't have an insider track on this, but the editor, Verlyn Verbrugge, has mentioned the possibility a couple of times. So, I'm hopeful. I would like a combo edition as well.

Philip Brown
02-18-2008, 08:39 PM
So now my concern: does it lay flat? Specifically in Genesis.
...
Last question: Any chance of a PDF version? being able to print out a couple pages and to carry around sounds ideal... h

Thanks for the positive response. Yes, it does lay flat in Genesis, with use. The binding is tight enough that it takes a little use.

I don't expect Zondervan to make a PDF version available.

SCSaunders
02-28-2008, 08:17 AM
Amazon just notified me that my RHB has already been shipped, estimated arrival on March 3, 2008. If you do the math, this is way, way, way before May.

For those who haven't checked, Amazon has an amazing price.


FYI.

Joshua Luna
02-28-2008, 08:56 AM
Woohoo! I pre-ordered mine the other day from Amazon and I just checked and it has shipped yesterday as well. I am very exited :)

I agree on the price as well. ~$30 for a nearly 1700 page book, great type setting, and excellent cover is an absolutel STEAL. The fact it consolidates ABC and BHS (for devotional purposes) and is updated in a number of ways is a huge plus for me :)

Ken Neighoff
02-28-2008, 12:11 PM
SCSaunders yours will arrive one day before mine:eek:

Ben Spackman
02-28-2008, 02:20 PM
Woohoo! just ordered mine :D One left in stock, it says...

Michael Hanel
02-28-2008, 08:52 PM
Woohoo! just ordered mine :D One left in stock, it says...

Ack. It said there was one copy left when I ordered too. I wonder if they will follow Solomon's wisdom to determine who gets it. I say you should get it, you might need it more ;) Seriously though, it now says it is on pre-order, so we'll see what happens with other orders. I'm sure someone at some seller database is thinking, "We sold all those Hebrew Bibles already?? Clearly this market is much larger than we thought!"

ingosorke
02-29-2008, 01:01 PM
Or is that an Amazon marketing trick?

Better buy it NOW, only ONE left . . . :rolleyes:
And who knows when we might get more!


But then again, if they were Microsoft they'd get sued for doing that.
Ordered mine months ago and waiting for the mail like a Mac-fan waits for Macworld.

Ingo

P.S. Did get the UBS Greek New Testament, A Reader's Edition (different from Zondervan's) in the mail today. Love the font (not italicized), layout, running dictionary and back lexicon. Twice as thick as Zondervan's, and 2x+ as expensive though. Made in Germany ;)

Philip Brown
02-29-2008, 11:37 PM
I just received word from Stephen Salisbury at Westminster that he received his copies of A Reader's Hebrew Bible today. I'm delighted to hear that it is shipping earlier than expected.

I would encourage users to do two things: (1) read the introduction (http://www.apbrown2.net/web/ARHB/RHB_Preview.pdf) carefully, and (2) read the review of the volume I posted on January 23, 2008 here. (http://exegeticalthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/01/readers-hebrew-bible-review-by-its.html) I will do my best to get the errata list promised in that post finished and available soon.

I also welcome reports of errata. Please report them as comments on this blog post (http://exegeticalthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/02/readers-hebrew-bible-errata-reports.html) or to readershebrew@gmail.com. If errata is posted as comments to my blog, other users will be able to see what has already been reported.

Happy reading!

SCSaunders
03-01-2008, 08:57 AM
Got my copy from Amazon yesterday! It is beautiful. Coupled with the RGNT I purchased a couple months back, "twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies bookshelves."

Very nice job Mr. Brown. Very nice job indeed!

Time to go read my eyeballs dry.

Michael Hanel
03-01-2008, 12:25 PM
My copy shipped yesterday.

ingosorke
03-01-2008, 09:52 PM
I broke down and got one at my Seminary bookstore. Sorry amazon . . .

What a superbe work of scholarship and, indeed, piece of art! Thanks Dr. Brown! A little surprised that it took the publisher so long to see its value and market.

Love the BW 7 font adaption too. Comparatively much better than the RGNT IMHO (hey Zondervan, BW has a nice Greek font too, you know ;)).

Just a few maps and the end would have been nice, but I see the cost risk in adding color.

I foresee much usage -- far beyond any commentary or other secondary tool.

Thanks again. Ad fontes!

Ingo Sorke

Assistant Professor of Religion
Southwestern Adventist University

Joshua Luna
03-03-2008, 06:35 PM
Phillip,

This is an absolutely stunning and beautiful volume! And I am already finding it extremely useful in sections of the Bible where my vocabular is weak (e.g. Proverbs). Consolidating two books into one (ABC's Reader Lexicon and my Hebrew Bible) and some nice improvements make this an instant classic.

Also, thanks for your review. I look forward to the 2nd edition although the issues you noted are very minor for my purposes and don't detract from my purchase. I have to rate this my #1 book purchase in the last 12 months. Great job!

Philip Brown
03-03-2008, 08:00 PM
The list of places in Genesis where a typesetting code mistake resulted in segol + sub-linear accent being replaced with tsere + sub-linear accents is now available here (http://www.apbrown2.net/web/ARHB/Genesis_Errata.pdf).

I formatted the list so that it could be printed on a single sheet of paper, double-sided.