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May 28, 2018 Timothy Jenney

Hebrew Text Criticism: A Case Study (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #165)



Hebrew text criticism requires working with texts in multiple languages. Fortunately, Accordance Bible Software and its extensive original language resources makes that task easier. Join Dr. J in this episode as he tackles the age-old problem of Deut 32:34-45. Does it prophesy a Day of Judgment, as the Samaritans argue? Or is it a more general promise that God will avenge his people, as found in the Massoretic text? The textual variants in these verses make all the difference.

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Mar 16, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Biblia Hebraica Quinta: Proverbs Released

BHQ Proverbs cover We are pleased to announce the addition of Proverbs to the ongoing Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ) release for the Accordance Library.  If you have already purchased the BHQ, Proverbs is a free update that can be downloaded via Check for Content Updates in Accordance.

The Biblia Hebraica Quinta is an ongoing project that will eventually succeed the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia when complete. The BHQ edition also includes the additional Masorah magna and parva, based on the annotations found in the original Leningrad Codex, as well as a critical apparatus and commentary explaining the Masorah.

In Accordance, all these elements are broken up into separate modules in the Accordance Library so that users can arrange them in any way necessary to facilitate specific study needs. The image below displays all five modules synced using the Tab Ties feature in Accordance as merely one of an infinite number of possible ways to arrange the BHQ components for flexible study. Of course, all off the additional modules can also simply be incorporated into a workspace zone using the Add Parallel button above the primary BHQ text.

BHQ Proverbs
Click on the above image for a fullscreen view of the Accordance BHQ workspace.

Proverbs is now included with the already released BHQ editions of Deuteronomy, Megilloth (Ruth, Canticles, Qoheleth, Lamentations, Esther), Ezra and Nehemiah. The Twelve Minor Prophets is in the works and forthcoming.


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Jan 18, 2012 Rick Bennett

New Release: Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ)

As the name suggests, the Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ) represents the fifth in a series of texts of the Hebrew Bible that started in 1906. The fourth edition, Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) was finished in 1977 and has remained the standard Hebrew text for scholarly research since then. The BHS followed a single manuscript, the Leningrad Codex, but introduced a new apparatus and reproduction of the Masorah. The BHQ follows suit, improving upon the text (still based on the Leningrad Codex) and addresses similar but, in many cases, more exhaustive material. In addition, the Commentary on the critical apparatus brings an extremely valuable angle to the text and decisions that lay behind its reproduction in the edition.

The Accordance edition follows in-line with this century-long tradition in promoting academic inquiry into the text of the Hebrew Bible, but in a new and exciting fashion. We discussed at length how best to weave together the various components of the BHQ in a fashion that, in the end, creates an intuitive and powerful combination not easily attained in the print edition.

This first installment includes three fascicles: Deuteronomy, Megilloth (Ruth, Canticles [Song of Songs], Qoheleth [Ecclesiastes], Lamentations, Esther), and Ezra & Nehemiah, with two more planned in the immediate future: Twelve Prophets, and Proverbs — which will be offered as a free upgrade to all who purchase it now for $149.99. Future installments will be available over time and priced accordingly.

In order to get a first-hand feel for this exciting resource, check out the following screencast.