Friday, February 24, 2006

Biblia Hebraica Quinta


Wieland Willker informs us of the appearance of the latest fascicle of the Biblia Hebraica Quinta, which aims to replace the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia as the main scholarly edition of the Hebrew Bible. Ezra and Nehemiah have just appeared. Details here. For more about the project see Weis's article.

BHQ is an improvement on BHS in its presentation of the Masorah and also in its sensitive treatment of the versions. The information available in BHS that will no longer be in BHQ relates to the Hebrew variants collected by Benjamin Kennicott and G.B. De Rossi about two centuries ago. This information has probably been dropped because it is not judged to be reliable, it is not always possible to identify the manuscripts mentioned, and also because many of the variants are thought to be secondary. My own suspicion is that there is more important material to be uncovered within the mediaeval Hebrew mss and that some significant collation needs to go on. But the labourers are even fewer than in NT TC.

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