Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia
Karl Elliger & Willhelm Rudolph, eds. / Hendrickson Publishers
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) is known to be the definitive edition of the Hebrew Bible. It is a revision of the third edition of the Biblia Hebraica edited by Rudolf Kittel, the first Bible to be based on the Leningrad Codex. The Leningrad Codex is the oldest complete Hebrew Bible still preserved. It originally appeared in installments, from 1968 to 1976, with the first one-volume edition in 1977; it has since been reprinted many times. The text is a nearly exact copy of the Masoretic Text as recorded in the Leningrad Codex. The Masoretic notes are completely revised. Included is a foreword in German, English, French, Spanish and Latin as well as an English and German key to the Latin words, abbreviations and other symbols in the critical apparatus. This Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) Standard Edition features a larger size, footnotes, bigger margins, a ribbon marker, and a generally more spacious appearance, making it particularly accessible to the student engaged in intense language study.
JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh: Pocket Edition, Paperback
By Jewish Pub Society
The finest parallel Bible! Consists of the well-respected Tanakh translation (culminating 30 years of work by leaders of all branches of Judaism) and the best critical Hebrew text—going back to the oldest manuscript available, the Leningrad Codex. Includes vocalization, cantillation marks, and more. 2080 pages, softcover.
The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible
By M. Abegg, Jr., P. Flint & E. Ulrich / Harpercollins Publishing
Explore the Dead Sea Scrolls and read for yourself the oldest biblical documents still in existence! Now leading scholars offer first-ever English renderings of 220 scrolls, plus striking textual readings that clarify millennia-old puzzles, restorations of lost psalms, previously unknown details of biblical characters’ lives, and new information on the formation of the Hebrew Scriptures. 672 pages, softcover from HarperSanFrancisco.
Alfred Rahlfs & Robert Hanhart, eds. / Hendrickson Publishers
The Septuagint is the ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament. The Septuagint served as the basis for the ancient Latin translations, that is, the Old Latin Vulgate. This edition corrects over 1,000 minor errors in of the Rahlf edition, yet still leaves the old edition intact. The text is based on Codices Vaticanus, Sinaiticus and Alexandrinus, with variants noted in the critical apparatus. This edition includes English, German, Latin and Modern Greek introductions, History of the Septuagint Text and Explanation of Symbols. The text is fully in Greek.
Greek New Testament with Modern Greek Parallel
By George A. Hadjiantoniou & James A. Gee / Amg Publishers
If you’re looking for an affordable hardcover volume of the Greek New Testament, you’ve just found it! Featuring all 27 biblical books, this edition includes the modern Greek text on one side and the original Koine text on the other. Native Greek speakers and students of Greek will find this especially helpful in their study of Scripture. 838 pages, from AMG.
If you are right at the “starting line” in your study of Greek, order my self-study guide, Learn the Greek Alphabet, which I used successfully for several years in getting my New Testament Greek students up to speed in a fun and easy-to-remember way. Employing the time-honored Erasmian pronunciation system, it uses familiar Scripture songs, such as “Seek ye first,” “Rejoice in the Lord always,” and a number of others to help you learn how to pronounce New Testament verses in Greek by singing them. In the process of all the fun, it teaches you the pronunciation of all 24 letters of the Greek alphabet, as well as all seven diphthongs (two-letter vowel combinations). But, wait! That’s not all! Here’s bonus #1: it also has an accenting flowchart that is not available anywhere else. After you use the accenting flowchart again and again, you begin to internalize the steps of proper accenting, and then never have a problem with accenting again. All serious Greek students need this tool! Bonus #2: All of the songs in my book are on YouTube for you to sing along, just as if you were in my Greek class. Check out the first song here!
Also available here as an e-book!