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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 text’s transmission that is relevant for translation and exegesis.

The apparatus contains text critical cases that are generated when a pre-Tiberian witness arguably, but not necessarily (nor even in the editor’s final judgment), witnesses a Hebrew text that differs from the Tiberian text. All available pre-Tiberian witnesses for each textual case are noted. The apparatus thus contains much new material. Two other Tiberian codices are collated for each book. Qumran and the Judean Desert fragments are collated fully.

In presenting cases, frequent indications are given by the editors of the factors they judge to have been influential in the generation of variants. The apparatus thus encourages the student to evaluate the text critical issues. Care has been taken to make the apparatus as comprehensible as possible. English is the language of the apparatus .

Editors bear personal reponsibility for their work. A system of agreed guidelines and peer review by the general editors ensures uniform presentation and consistency in the use of witnesses.