Hebrew Bible for Kindle – Contents

This is the second post in a series on the new Hebrew Bible for Kindle (or Nook) from Miklal Software Solutions.   In the previous post, I discussed the developer and here I will discuss the contents.

As with any other Hebrew Bible, you are obviously getting the text of the Law, the Prophets and the Writings.  The text contains all consonants, vowels and cantillation marks.  However, there is no text critical apparatus.  So, while this text will be adequate for the purpose of general reading, you will need another version with a text critical apparatus for the purpose of scholarly work.

As per the ordering of the books, they follow the order found in most English Bibles.  In my view, this is neither a strength nor weakness, but merely a matter of interest.  With an electronic text like this one, the reader finds his or her place in the text by using the linked table of contents in the front.  It is not like you are flipping through and trying to find the book that you want to read from.  The only way that this would be a problem is if a person was trying to read the Hebrew Bible cover to cover from a Jewish perspective.  In other words, placing the prophets last would affect the way one would view the overall message.

This Hebrew Bible also comes with a glossary.  It is not linked within the text using the normal Kindle dictionary look up feature, but it seems like it would be easy enough to use.  There is a description below of how to use the gloassary.  Of course, if you had to do this often enough, it would become tiresome, but for those readers perhaps a hardcopy of the Reader’s Hebrew Bible would work better.

Against this background, the following is the publisher’s description from the Amazon.com website:

Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) Basic Description

Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) is a complete Hebrew Bible in an aesthetically pleasing Hebrew script. It contains all of the consonants, vowels, cantillation marks (accents), and other symbols. It follows the text of the Leningrad Codex as digitized by the J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research. This is the same manuscript underlying Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) and Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ).

Navigating the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh)

There are several options for navigation, all of which are covered in greater detail in the book’s preface.

First, there is a fully interactive Table of Contents. You can click on a book and then on the appropriate chapter within that book. You can then flip the page to get to the desired verse if need be.

Second, clicking the 5-way controller to the right will advance you to the next chapter. Clicking it to the left behaves similarly.

Third, you can navigate directly to a particular verse by clicking on Index in the menu. For example, to navigate to Genesis 12:3, type “ge 12 3” in the Find box. The book abbreviations are listed in the book’s preface. This option is not available on first generation Kindles and might not be available on Kindle applications.

The Comprehensive Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Glossary Basic Description

The Comprehensive Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Glossary contains glosses for every lexeme (word) in Biblical Hebrew (over 8000) and Biblical Aramaic (over 700). It integrates lexicographic research from BDB (The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament), HALOT (The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament by Ludwig Koehler and Walter Baumgartner), DCH (The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, edited by David J. A. Clines), and other sources to present the best of contemporary scholarship, easily surpassing 19th century glosses such as those found in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Here are some of its characteristics:

– It integrates contemporary definitions with traditional interpretations.
– It lists definitions in order of descending frequency.
– It aligns proper names with the spelling of most current English Bible translations.
– It updates archaic meanings to modern norms of language.
– It provides glosses for precisely the verbal stems that appear in the Bible.
– It provides separate glosses for all homonyms.

Navigating the glossary

First, there is a fully interactive Table of Contents. Clicking on a link for a letter of the alphabet provides you with another hyperlinked list of two-letter combinations beginning the word.

Second, clicking the 5-way controller to the right will advance you to the hyperlinked list for the next letter of the alphabet. Clicking the 5-way controller to the left behaves similarly.

Third, you can navigate directly to a particular glossary entry by clicking on Index in the menu and typing in a prefix (“h ” for Hebrew, “a ” for Aramaic) followed by the consonants of the lexeme (word) in transliteration. The transliteration scheme is in the book’s preface. For example, to find the Hebrew word ben, “son,” type “h bn”. This option is not available on first generation Kindles and might not be available on Kindle applications.

Limitations

Due to platform limitations with regard to Hebrew, the Hebrew/Aramaic text cannot be resized. It is similar in size to the larger of the two popular sizes for print editions of BHS. It is optimized for use on the Kindle device in portrait mode; lines might be shorter than ideal on the DX and some Kindle applications. The Hebrew text cannot be searched.

Publisher

Miklal Software Solutions, Inc. provides software solutions for biblical studies, Semitics, and digital humanities.

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5 Replies to “Hebrew Bible for Kindle – Contents”

  1. Wow, thank you! I had no idea this was out there. I just purchased it and can say after a preliminary peruse that it’s well-worth the $9.99. Thank you!

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