Hebrew Bible (Text)

A number of Hebrew bibles are available to the student and to the scholar that come in a variety of formats. If you don’t (yet) own a Hebrew Bible in Hebrew, have a look at the online bibles below.


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The website of the German Bible Society (original German site) provides online access to an edition of the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible, the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, or BHS, as preserved in the Leningrad Codex, and supplemented by masoretic and text-critical notes.

The English website academic-bible.com lets you read the BHS bible text online, too.


Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS)

You may want to purchase the hard copy.

The Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, or BHS, is an edition of the Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible as preserved in the Leningrad Codex, and supplemented by masoretic and text-critical notes. It is published by the Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft (GermanBible Society in Stuttgart.

 

 

 


Mechon Mamre – Hebrew Bible

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Five free online resources for learning Torah:

  • The Complete Hebrew Bible (Tanach) in five editions in Hebrew (including one with cantillation marks), English (JPS 1917), parallel Hebrew and English (voweled Hebrew and JPS English), and parallel Hebrew and French (voweled Hebrew and Rabbinat French).  The beginning (the 5 books of the Torah plus Joshua and Judges) of a Hebrew Bible with vowels and popup commentaries on difficult words and phrases.  The Torah in Aramaic (Targum Onqelos on the Five Books of Moses) with vowels or without vowels as well as a parallel Hebrew and Aramaic Torah by weekly readings (parashiyot).  Tiqqun Qore’im with letter only text of the Torah and Megillat Esther with vowels and cantillation marks appearing when the mouse is over words and disappearing when the mouse moves off of them.
  • The RaMBaM’s Complete Restatement of the Oral Law (Mishneh Torah) in editions in Hebrew without vowels and Hebrew with vowels, and the beginning of it in English as well as in parallel Hebrew and English
  • Four major authoritative sources of the Oral Law (Mishnah, Tosefta, Yerushalmi, and Bavli)
  • An encyclopedia in English of Torah basics (Torah 101)
  • Search engines to find what you need in these resources in Hebrew and in English; you can easily enter Hebrew with vowels or even cantillation marks for searching either our site or the whole Web with Google using our javascript “keyboards” and your mouse

Seven free offline resources for learning Torah:

  • Our MTR DOS-based program for the PC including Mishneh Torah, Bible, Targum Onqelos, Mishnah, Tosefta, Yerushalmi, and Bavli in Hebrew with its own search engine with Hebrew interface (or optional English interface)
  • Our individual HTML Bibles in ZIP files in either Hebrew with cantillation marks, Hebrew with vowels only, Hebrew without vowels – masoretic spelling, Hebrew without vowels – full spelling, or verse-by-verse parallel Hebrew and English, or English only
  • Our HTML Mishneh Torah alone in a ZIP in Hebrew or our Mishneh Torah with links to a complete included Hebrew Bible in a larger ZIP in Hebrew
  • Our HTML version of the four major authoritative sources of the Oral Law (Mishnah, Tosefta, Yerushalmi, and Bavli) in a single ZIP in Hebrew
  • Our Bibles and Mishneh Torah for the Pocket PC
  • Our Bibles in either Hebrew or English and Mishneh Torah in Hebrew for the Palm Pilot
  • Our Torah 101 encyclopedia of basic information about Torah observance, Jewish practices, holidays, people, and beliefs in a single ZIP in English

Hebrew OT on Bibleserver

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Hebrew-English Interlinear ESV Old Testament

ESV-Interlinear-BibleHebrew-English Interlinear ESV Old Testament lets you study the Hebrew Bible in its originial Hebrew language. The Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) Hebrew text is laid out word-by-word above an English gloss showing the basic meaning and morphology of each word. The ESV (English Standard Version) text is presented separately in a column alongside the Hebrew and English gloss. Additionally, the Hebrew-English Interlinear ESV Old Testament also features important notes from the BHS critical apparatus related to the textual tradition of the ESV. This is a great tool to compare Hebrew and English quickly and conveniently.

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JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh

The JPS Hebrew-English TANAKH features the oldest-known complete Hebrew version of the Holy Scriptures, side by side with JPS’s renowned English translation. Its well-designed format allows for ease of reading and features clear type, an engaging and efficient two-column format that enables readers to move quickly from one language to another, and an organization that contemporary readers will find familiar.

The Hebrew text of this TANAKH is based on the famed Leningrad Codex, the Masoretic text traceable to Aaron ben Moses ben Asher, ca. 930 CE. Ben-Asher researched all available texts to compile an authoritative Bible manuscript. In 1010 CE his work was revised by Samuel ben Jacob, a scribe in Egypt. Lost for centuries, the manuscript was eventually discovered in the mid-nineteenth century and became known as the Leningrad Codex. This edition adapts the latest BHS edition of the Leningrad text by correcting errors and providing modern paragraphing.

The English text in this TANAKH is a slightly updated version of the acclaimed 1985 JPS translation. Wherever possible, the results of modern study of the languages and culture of the ancient Near East have been brought to bear on the biblical text, which allows for an English style reflective of the biblical spirit and language rather than of the era of the translation.

This edition also includes an informative preface that discusses the history of Bible translation, focusing on the latest JPS English translation of the Holy Scriptures. It is the result of a 30-year interdenominational collaboration of eminent Jewish Bible scholars. Readers are sure to appreciate one of the most intensive projects in the history of The Jewish Publication Society.


Biblia Hebraica Quinta is the fifth edition of the Biblia Hebraica and when complete will supersede the fourth edition, the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS). Like the third and fourth editions, it uses a text based on the Leningrad Codex; the text has been corrected against colour photographs of the codex taken in the 1990s.
Unlike previous editions, it includes a commentary explaining the Masorah and discussing the significance of the textual variants in the footnotes. It also contains the Masorah magna, which was not in the first three versions and only available in a supplementary volume in BHS. Another change is that it rarely cites variants from Hebrew manuscripts collated by Benjamin Kennicott and C. D. Ginsburg; the editors, following the work of Moshe Goshen-Gottstein, believe that such variants are of little value.
The work is currently being published in fascicles:

  • The first fascicle (general introduction and The Five Megilloth, part 18) was published in 2004. The books are in the same order as in the Leningrad Codex and BHS, namely Ruth, Canticles (Song of Songs), Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes), Lamentations and Esther.
  • The second fascicle (Ezra and Nehemiah, part 20) was published in 2006.
  • The third fascicle (Deuteronomy, part 5) was published in September 2007.
  • The fourth fascicle (Proverbs, part 17) was published in February 2009.
  • The fifth fascicle (The Twelve Minor Prophets, part 13) was published in November 2010.
  • The sixth fascicle (Judges, part 7) was published in March 2012.

   

 

    

Eisenbrauns web page predicts that the entire Hebrew Bible will be completed by 2020. The German Bible Society makes the same prediction on web pages for the fascicles of the Twelve Minor Prophets and of Proverbs, though the German Bible Society web pages for some of the earlier fascicles still predict 2015.


Torah (Hebrew Bible) – Kindle Edition

The Torah refers to the Five Books of Moses, (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) and literally means “Instruction”. This e-book, translated from Hebrew to English is intended for all those interested in learning about the Torah. Many Christians, Muslims, and even Jews that do not know Hebrew, but do know English will start here. If you purchased this e-book to compare it to the Christian Bible or Qur’an, you will find some differences from your Bibles, but the over all meaning has been persevered. I hope the Torah helps answer the questions that led you to here in the first place.

— Simon Abram


 

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Biblia Mirecurensia is a reader-friendly version of the Tanakh, specially designed for readability and navigability. It can be used either in print, or preferably on mobile devices such as tablets or e-readers.

Its main features are:
– it is an eclectic text, in PDF or Word format.
– it uses modern signs of punctuation, making it similar to modern Hebrew as regards ease of reading.
– it has clickable headlines and bookmarks, thus affording easy navigation throughout the whole Bible.
– it provides companion documents, such as reading plans + mp3’s.

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