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On the initiative of the United Bible Societies, and with the sponsorship of the German Bible Society which has special responsibility for the publication of scientific editions, the first fascicles of a new edition of Biblia Hebraica are now available.

This is a manual edition (editio minor), in the Biblia Hebraica tradition, produced for serious students of the Hebrew Bible. It aims to provide them with a clear presentation of the surviving evidence of the

BHQ is a diplomatic presentation of text and Masorah (magna and parva) of the manuscript EBP. I B 19a, in the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg, commonly known as the Leningrad Codex, cited from new color photographs made by the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center of Claremont, California. As the oldest complete manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, it serves as the base text against which other witnesses are collated.

A general introduction in English, German and Spanish presents the edition, characterizes the text and Masorah of the base text, the particular use of resources, the relation of BHQ to BHS and previous editions, standards of collation and citation of witnesses, and a comprehensive list of sigla and abbreviations in the edition.

An introduction to each book discusses the particular textual features of that book and characterizes the ancient witnesses. Each book is also accompanied by a commentary. Here the editors discuss their decisions, translate the Masorah magna and note problems with the Masorah magna and parva, and where possible resolve them.