Apr 17, 2010

A Reader's Hebrew and Greek Bible

Jesse Hillman at Zondervan was kind enough to send a copy of the brand new
A Reader's Hebrew and Greek Bible. Here are a four things I like about it.

1. It looks like a Bible. This means that I can take it to church without feeling self-conscious about carry an original language text. I am not embarrassed about knowing the languages, I just think that one needs to be careful about how's actions can be perceived and we certainly want to avoid any suggestion that people cannot trust the English translations that they are using.

2. I like the fact that has both Hebrew and Greek. I am a proud owner of Zondervan's separate volumes of Hebrew and Greek, but now I have them both in one volume.

3. I like the fact that the Bible appears to be well-made and sturdy.

4. I like the good-size Hebrew font, although I do wish the Greek font were a bit larger.

Concerning the actual content, here is the product description:

This combined A Reader's Greek New Testament and A Reader’s Hebrew Bible offers the following features: • Complete text of the Hebrew and Aramaic Bible, using the Westminister Leningrad Codex

• Greek text underlying Today’s New International Version—with footnotes comparing wherever this text is different from the UBS4 text • Footnoted definitions of all Hebrew words occurring 100 times or less—twenty-five or less for Aramaic words—with context-specific glosses • Footnoted definitions of all Greek words occurring thirty times or less • Lexicons of all Hebrew words occurring more than 100 times and Greek words occurring more than thirty times • Eight pages of full-color maps separate the OT and NT sections Ideal for students, pastors, and instructors, A Reader’s Hebrew and Greek Bible saves time and effort in studying the Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament. By eliminating the need to look up definitions, the footnotes allow you to more quickly read the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek text. Featuring fine-grain black European leather binding, A Reader’s Hebrew and Greek Bible is a practical, attractive, and surprisingly affordable resource.

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