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A Closer Look at the Apparatus of the Forthcoming BHS Reader’s Edition

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A friend asked if I might show more of the footnote apparatus of the previously described BHS Reader’s Edition.  And I’m happy to (and post it publicly since when one asks, it’s because many wonder).

These are the notes for Jonah 1.



It really is a marvel of a volume.

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October 27, 2014 at 13:44

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Lightfoot’s Commentary on Acts

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2944IVP Academic have published what – after thumbing through – looks to be an authentic treasure trove of exegetical and historical wonders: The Acts of the Apostles: A Newly Discovered Commentary, by J.B. Lightfoot.

InterVarsity Press is proud to present The Lightfoot Legacy, a three-volume set of previously unpublished material from J. B. Lightfoot, one of the great biblical scholars of the modern era. In the spring of 2013, Ben Witherington III discovered hundreds of pages of biblical commentary by Lightfoot in the Durham Cathedral Library. While incomplete, these commentaries represent a goldmine for historians and biblical scholars, as well as for the many people who have found Lightfoot’s work both informative and edifying, deeply learned and pastorally sensitive.

Among those many pages were two sets of lecture notes on the Acts of the Apostles. Together they amount to a richly detailed, albeit unfinished, commentary on Acts 1-21. The project of writing a commentary on Acts had long been on Lightfoot’s mind, and in the 1880s he wrote an article about the book for the second British edition of William Smith’s Dictionary of the Bible. Thankfully, that is not all he left behind.

They have sent along a review copy, so, more anon.

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October 27, 2014 at 13:28

The New ‘BHS Reader’s Edition’ by the German Bible Society

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Bobby K. of Hendrickson has sent along one of the first copies of this new reader’s edition (which is to be discussed along with other primary texts by the German Bible Society at a session in San Diego).  And although CBD lists someone named ‘Vance George’ as one of the editors, it’s actually our own George Athas.

At any rate, here are some observations on the edition.

First, the volume contains a handy but brief Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon.  It also contains a series of Verbal Paradigms- for instance strong roots with prefixes and suffixes, etc. along with Paradigms for nouns.  Each page of the text of the Bible itself is printed in a really lovely Hebrew font which is quite easy to read, being neither large nor small.  A bit smaller are the notes at the bottom of each page where words are defined in a way far more thorough than in the Zondervan Hebrew Reader’s Bible.  Sometimes the footnotes of definitions fill up to half the page and sometimes a third or a fourth.

The introduction to the volume, written by the editors contains descriptions and rationales for the glossary, the parsings, the Aramaic, and the text.  By far the largest discussion is reserved for the section describing their methodology of parsing verbs.

At the end of the introduction readers are encouraged to contact the editorial director of the project if they discover any typographical or substantive error.

The material just discussed is followed by the editor’s offering their own personal acknowledgments.  First Yael, then George (who doesn’t even so much as mention me… the hurtful Aussie), and then Donald.

Before the actual text of the Hebrew Bible is presented, there is a brief listing of abbreviations and an even more succinct (one page) bibliography.  In the text the footnotes are keyed to the verses for which they provide definitions by number and letter.  The number of the verse is at the bottom of the page and the letter corresponding to the word defined is superscript over the word and in the footnote.  All of the abbreviations are explained in the previously mentioned discussion in the introduction to parsing- a section readers must familiarize themselves with if they wish to benefit fully from the information in the notes.  Below in the center is a photo of a typical page.

The volume I was sent to review is a really lovely soft black leather bound copy with more than substantial pages (not the usual onion paper most Bibles feature).

This is a really lovely book, both in terms of the quality of the physical components and the content of the editorial work.   I recommend it unreservedly.  It far surpasses its competitors in both of the areas just mentioned.

Written by Jim

October 24, 2014 at 14:25

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An Update on Giovanni Garbini’s Forthcoming Volume: Storia e mito di Gesu

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The publisher writes

Il volume uscirà in aprile 2015.
Cordiali saluti.

Paideia Editrice
Via Alessandro Manzoni 20
25020 Flero BS

Oh boy.  (Previously mentioned here).

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October 23, 2014 at 11:56

STEP – Downloadable

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I’ve mentioned Tyndale House’s fantastically useful STEP (Scripture Tools for Every Person) on previous occasions and I’m thrilled to pass along word of the fact that you can now download the program, free, and use it even if your computer is offline!

If you aren’t familiar with it, do check it out here.  When you do the first thing you’ll notice is that if you hover your mouse over a word, the underlying root (in the original tongue) is revealed.  And all similar words highlighted on the page.

It’s an extremely useful Scripture tool.  For every person.

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October 22, 2014 at 06:29

Someone Please Remind Me To Pick This Up in San Diego

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Historical Roots of the Old Testament (1200–63 BCE)
Richard D. Nelson

063213pThis volume of the Biblical Encyclopedia series investigates the folktales, sayings, songs, etiological narratives, and written sources used by the biblical writers in coordination with evidence from archaeology, place names, inscriptions, archives, and literary texts from Egypt and ancient West Asia. The author charts the beginning of the Iron Age and the emergence of Israel and its literature, including the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the downfall of Israel, Judah in the Assyrian and Babylonian periods, Yehud and Persia, and the Hellenistic period.

Paper $38.95, ISBN 9781628370058
Hardcover $53.95, ISBN 9781628370072
314 pages • Biblical Encyclopedia 13

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October 21, 2014 at 15:29

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Driver’s Notes on Song of Solomon for the New English Bible

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Ben Outhwaite writes on fb

And while mooching about in Perimeter Room 4, in search of Bateson’s Genetics Department notebooks on sweet peas and poultry, I happened across proofs of the New English Bible, including this bit of Song of Songs with Driver’s famous ‘picking lice’ (for root עטה, based on an Arabic ‘cognate’):


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October 21, 2014 at 08:55

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