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Reader's Hebrew And Greek Bible (Apr 2010)

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Ideal for students, pastors, and instructors familiar with the biblical languages, A Reader?s Hebrew and Greek Bible saves time and effort in studying the Bible. Definitions for Greek and Hebrew words that occur less frequently appear as footnotes on every page, allowing the user to read the text quickly and to focus on parsing and grammatical issues (rather than paging through lexicons!). Presented in a beautiful fine-grain black European leather.

Publishers 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."

Item Specifications...

Pages   2256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.65" Width: 7.04" Height: 2.4"
Weight:   4.15 lbs.
Binding  Leather, Imitation
Release Date   Apr 11, 2010
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310325897  
EAN  9780310325895  
UPC  025986325893  
Point/Type Size: 0.00

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Only One Disappointment  Apr 29, 2010
I've been eagerly waiting for the Reader's testaments to be combined, and here it is! The font and format pros and cons are similar to the separate volumes--clear, well-sized font, helpful footnoted glosses for unfamiliar words and a glossary for the most frequent occurrences. My only disappointment with this product is the cover/binding: although made of true leather, the material is stiff and appears to be less durable than the individual testaments, and already I can hear mine crackling inside the spine. I'm worried the binding won't stand the heavy use I intend to give this excellent tool.
A Great Tool for Daily Greek and Hebrew Reading  Apr 22, 2010
I was thrilled when I heard that Zondervan decided to combine A Reader's Greek New Testament and A Reader's Hebrew Bible into one volume. As someone who owns and uses those volumes on a routine basis, I am glad to have them in a single, convenient volume.

This is an exceptional tool designed to make the actually reading of the Bible in the original languages much more accessible for those who have had instruction in Greek and Hebrew. As someone who teaches Greek and Hebrew to those preparing for ministry, I urge all of my students to purchse and use this as their primary Greek and Hebrew text. Armed with this tool, a pastor/student is equipped to integrate the original languages into their daily routine. There are several features of this volume that are particularly helpful.
1) The footnoted, English glosses of all words that occur less than 100 times in the Hebrew Bible and 25 time in the Greek New Testament. This saves countless time searching through a lexicon for the rarer words.
2)Inclusion of a list of glosses for words that occur more than 100 time in the Hebrew Bible and more than 25 time in the Greek New Testament . This feature is found at the end of the Scripture text and is arranged alphabetically (I use this feature more than I care to admit).
3)The gray text used to indicate uncommon proper names in the Hebrew.
4)Contextually sensitive glosses in the New Testament.
5)Readable font. I find that the size of the Hebrew text is especially helpful for reading.

Some reviews have noted that there is no textual apparatus in the Hebrew text and a half-hearted effort in the Greek text. I think that in someways this assists the volume in maintaining its focus on being a tool for reading the text. The introduction acknowledges that the importance of an edition with full textual apparatus for serious Hebrew scholars. Pratically, though the Hebrew textual apparatus is rarely of any exegetical importance in Hebrew and where it is of importance in the New Testament the various options have been set forth, though in a limited way. All in all I am glad with the decision that was made with regards to the apparatus.

With regards to the cover issue, noted in other reviews, it seems to me that Zondervan found themselves caught in between the idea of producing a volume as a Bible that someone might carry to church and producing a tool for study. I personally think that it would be better to produce this as a simple hard back. This is my only quibble.

In all, I am grateful for the excellent resource and glad that it has been made available.
A Critical Review of Zondervan's 'A Reader's Hebrew and Greek Bible'  Apr 17, 2010
'A Reader's Hebrew and Greek Bible' (RHGB), published by Zondervan, combines the celebrated A Reader's Greek New Testament: 2nd Edition and A Reader's Hebrew Bible into a handsome single volume which vastly improves portability and ease of use. This edition, edited by A. P. Brown II and B. W. Smith (Hebrew Tanakh), and R. J. Goodrich and A. L. Lukaszewski (Greek New Testament), aesthetically features black, fine-grain European leather, crisp, manageable pages, and readily intelligible font on a clean interface.

The text of the Hebrew Tanakh ("Old Testament") is based on the Leningrad Codex (L). Regrettably, it contains no text-critical notes. However, at the bottom portion of each page, provided glosses are intended to aid the reader in ameliorating comprehensibility of the Hebrew phraseology. Understand that these are not necessarily complete lexical definitions, but merely glosses which suggest the particular sense(s) seemingly employed within a given context. The glosses, according to the book's introduction (pp. xviii-xviv), are based on The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT), the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon (BDB-HEL) and, in some cases, "alternative lexical sources." Additionally, the definition of some infrequently (100 times or less) occurring Hebrew terms are footnoted.

The Greek New Testament utilizes the Greek text *underlying* the TNIV. This text, highlighted in the book's introduction, has developed via two phases. Phase I: In the mid-1980's, Edward Goodrick and John Kohlenberger III compiled the Greek text underlying the New International Version (NIV). That text deviates from the UBS 3rd Edition (UBS3) wherever the NIV translators made differing textual-critical determinations. Phase II: That same text underwent revision as Gordon Fee reviewed and analyzed the critical text of the NIV during the 1990's, adjusting it according to textual-critical determinations made by the Today's New International Version (TNIV) committee. The final product became the Greek text underlying the TNIV. This Greek text was used in 'A Reader's Greek New Testament', and has been unalterably retained in this edition.

Conveniently, variations between this edition's critical Greek text and that of the UBS 4th Edition (UBS4) are footnoted in the textual apparatus, located collectively within a section also containing glosses for certain Greek terms. The definitions used for the Greek glosses are based on those found in Warren Trenchard's The Complete Vocabulary Guide to the Greek New Testament, and each was systematically crosschecked to ensure suitability for the given context. A brief perusal reveals that the textual apparatus contains not only the deviating UBS variants and some helpful glosses, but also some significant variant readings from other manuscripts. Painfully, however, the manuscript witnesses for each variant reading are not cited. Instead, the apparatus lazily asserts that "Some MSS add..." or "Earlier MSS read..." etc. Definitions of some infrequently (30 times or less) occurring Greek terms are footnoted. The final (and likely the most unexpendable) feature of the apparatus is the inclusion of Old Testament citations and parallels.

Overall, this Bible leaves much to be desired. One surprising shortcoming, especially given this book's premium price tag, is the suspect quality of the bookbinding. In comparison with the NIV Study Bible, Large Print [Large Print] (Leather Bound) which features rounded corners and a durable binding that gives a rather solid impression, the new RHGB, an even thicker tome, has a noticeably softer and thinner (i.e. cheaply produced) cover without rounded corners, and the leather in the corners already protrudes somewhat from inside the binding, thus heightening the potential risk of defective and short-term defunct binding. Therefore, if you're still planning to purchase a copy of the RHGB, prospective owner take note: handle with care.

Otherwise, this is an acceptable (albeit unexceptional) Zondervan publication for the average layperson, student, or aspiring scholar literate in both Hebrew and Greek who is comfortable with its critical apparatus, its questionable production quality, and its ambitious price tag. Overall, this product receives 3/5 stars.
Amazing Resource for Students of Biblical Hebrew/Greek!  Apr 16, 2010
The intent of this Bible is to increase the reader's ability to pick up the Greek/Hebrew texts and read without a continual need to refer to lexicons and look up unfamiliar vocabulary, and for this purpose the Reader's Hebrew and Greek Bible excels!

The Greek New Testament text used is that underlying the Today's New International Version (TNIV) New Testament. There are places where this text differs from the main reading presented in the United Bible Society (UBS) text, based upon decisions made by the TNIV translators to utilize some of the multitude of textual variants detailed in the UBS text. In each of these instances, the TNIV and UBS texts are listed side-by-side in a footnote for reader's to compare. The Hebrew Old Testament text comes from the Westminster Leningrad Codex, which differs from the standard BHS critical edition in only a handful of places (e.g. only 12 consonantal variations total). The definitions used in the footnotes and mini-lexicons at the end of each testament are derived from the standard lexica--BDAG, Louw-Nida, LSJ, and Trenchard for the NT; HALOT and BDB for the OT.

As far as the mechanics of this Bible go, the leather used is very finely grained but very thin. While I expect it to loosen/soften up with use, out of the box the cover is fairly stiff. Overall, I would say the leather is of higher quality than that typically appearing as "Genuine Leather" in most contemporary Bibles but not nearly as nice as one would find in a high-end (e.g. Cambridge) Bible. Only time will tell if this thin real leather will stand up as well as the more robust Duo-tone covers used in the separate volumes. The pages are (thankfully) not ultra-thin and are gilded in silver, which nicely accents the black leather cover. The binding of this nearly 2.5" thick Bible is sewn (hooray!), so I expect to be able to get many years of use out of it before rebinding. Also, there are two ribbon bookmarks (hooray!) and a typical complement of maps, which are located in between the New and Old Testaments. A standard Greek font (i.e., NOT italics like USB or the Reader's Greek NT, 1st ed) is used that is slightly smaller than the font of the UBS or large-print Nestle-Aland texts but larger than that used in the standard Nestle-Aland edition. The Hebrew font is larger than the standard size BHS but slightly smaller than the large-print BHS. I find both fonts very readable. The only concern I have about how the Bible was put together is that the cover has square corners versus the more typical rounded corners found on leather bound works. It remains to be seen how well these will hold up through lots of use.

Overall, an amazing resource for students of biblical Hebrew and Greek!
Great resource  Apr 15, 2010
With everyone else I agree that the cover is cheaper than expected. However, the price is comparitively low if you look at what the others cost individually (or any hebrew-greek single volume for that matter). I'll take the cheap cover for $10 or $20 off. I highly reccomend this resource; it's been hard to put down ever since I recieved it.

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