Biblia Hebraica Quinta

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Biblia Hebraica series
BHK Biblia Hebraica Kittel (1. - 3.)
BHS Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (4.)
BHQ Biblia Hebraica Quinta (5.)
Translator see BHQ Fascicles and Editors
Language Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Aramaic, English
Publisher Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart
Published 2004 – est. 2020
(see release date)
Media type Hardcover pocket edition ("Handausgabe")
Preceded by Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia
A sample page from Biblia Hebraica Quinta (Deuteronomy 1,1-11). Note the newly implemented and fully collated Masorah magna between the main text and the critical apparatus.

The Biblia Hebraica Quinta, or BH5, is the fifth edition of the Biblia Hebraica and when complete will supersede the fourth edition, the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS).


Like the third and fourth editions, the BH5 uses a text based on the Leningrad Codex; the text has been corrected against colour photographs of the codex taken in the 1990s.

Unlike previous editions, it includes a commentary explaining the Masorah and discussing the significance of the textual variants in the footnotes. It also contains the Masorah magna, which was not in the first three versions and only available in a supplementary volume in BHS. Another change is that it rarely cites variants from Hebrew manuscripts collated by Benjamin Kennicott and C. D. Ginsburg; the editors, following the work of Moshe Goshen-Gottstein, believe that such variants are of little value.

BHQ Fascicles and Editors[edit]

The work is currently being published in fascicles according to this release schedule: [a]

Fascicle Editor Publication
1 Genesis Avraham Tal (Tel Aviv) 2015 (published, Fascicle 7)
2 Exodus Peter Schwagmeier (Zurich) in preparation
3 Leviticus Innocent Himbaza (Fribourg) 2016 (forthcoming)
4 Numbers Martin Rösel (Rostock) 2017 (forthcoming)
5 Deuteronomy Carmel McCarthy (Dublin) 2007 (published, Fascicle 3)
6 Joshua Seppo Sipilae (Helsinki) in preparation
7 Judges Natalio Fernandez Marcos (Madrid) 2011 (published, Fascicle 6)
8 Samuel Stephen Pisano (Rome) in preparation
9 Kings Adrian Schenker (Fribourg) in preparation
Carmel McCarthy (Dublin)
10 Isaiah Arie van der Kooij (Leiden) in preparation
11 Jeremiah Richard D. Weis (Lexington) in preparation
12 Ezekiel Johan Lust (Leuven) 2016 (forthcoming)
13 Twelve Prophets Anthony Gelston (Durham) 2010 (published, Fascicle 5)
14 Chronicles Zipora Talshir (Beer Sheva) in preparation
15 Psalms Gerard J. Norton (Dublin) in preparation
16 Job Robert Althann (Rome) in preparation
17 Proverbs Jan de Waard (Strasbourg) 2008 (published, Fascicle 4)
18a General Introduction 2004 (published, Fascicle 1a)
18b Ruth Jan de Waard (Strasbourg) 2004 (published, Fascicle 1b)
18c Canticles Piet B. Dirksen (Leiden) 2004 (published, Fascicle 1c)
18d Qoheleth Yohanan A.P. Goldman (Fribourg) 2004 (published, Fascicle 1d)
18e Lamentations Rolf Schäfer (Stuttgart) 2004 (published, Fascicle 1e)
18f Esther Magne Sæbø (Oslo) 2004 (published, Fascicle 1f)
19 Daniel Augustinus Gianto (Rome) in preparation
20 Ezra and Nehemiah David Marcus (New York) 2006 (published, Fascicle 2)
  • The first fascicle (general introduction and The Five Megilloth, part 18) was published in 2004. The books are in the same order as in the Leningrad Codex and BHS, namely Ruth, Canticles (Song of Songs), Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes), Lamentations and Esther.
  • The second fascicle (Ezra and Nehemiah, part 20) was published in 2006.
  • The third fascicle (Deuteronomy, part 5) was published in September 2007.
  • The fourth fascicle (Proverbs, part 17) was published in February 2009.
  • The fifth fascicle (The Twelve Minor Prophets, part 13) was published in November 2010.
  • The sixth fascicle (Judges, part 7) was published in March 2012.

Release Date[edit]

That Eisenbrauns web page[1] predicts that the entire Hebrew Bible will be completed by 2020. The German Bible Society makes the same prediction on web pages for the fascicles of the Twelve Minor Prophets[2] and of Proverbs,[3] though the German Bible Society web pages for some of the earlier fascicles still predict 2015.[4][5] At the moment the endmost date on the release table says 2017, with other dates still unknown.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ According to the German Bible Society webpage last retrieved on June 16th, 2015.


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