Review by Ryan Ho
As Th.M. students at Dallas Theological Seminary, we spend a lot of time working with the Greek and Hebrew languages. Because of that, we’re always looking for new tools and new texts that minimize our workload. Zondervan’s two new Bibles, A Reader’s Greek New Testament and A Reader’s Hebrew Bible, are two of the newest and most popular language texts available today.
A Reader’s Hebrew Bible includes the complete text of the Hebrew and Aramaic Bible using the Westminster Leningrad Codex (4.4). It includes footnoted glosses (derived from HALOT and BDB) of all Hebrew words occurring one hundred times or less, as well as stem-specific glosses for verb forms such as Qal, Piel, and Hiphil. Ketib/Qere readings are both noted in the text and differentiated appropriately.
Similarly, A Reader’s Greek New Testament, 2nd Edition, includes footnoted definitions of all Greek words occuring 30 times or less. The Bible includes a mini-lexicon of all words occurring more than 30 times as well as footnotes offering comparisons with UBS4.
As noted on both Bibles, the footnotes eliminate the need to look up definitions and therefore allow the user to read the Greek text more quickly and to focus on parsing and grammatical issues. Both Bibles feature a handsome Italian Duo-Tone binding. If you’re working with either the Greek or the Hebrew texts at all, you need to pick up these Bibles today!