Biblia Hebraica Quinta

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Biblia Hebraica series
Biblia Hebraica Quinta - Fascicle 1 (2016), Genesis.jpg
First fasicule (not the first chronologically published), Genesis, 2016

BHK Biblia Hebraica Kittel (1. - 3.)
BHS Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (4.)
BHQ Biblia Hebraica Quinta (5.)
Translatorsee BHQ Fascicles and Editors
LanguageBiblical Hebrew, Biblical Aramaic, English
PublisherDeutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart
Published2004 – est. 2020
(see release date)
Media typeHardcover pocket edition ("Handausgabe")
Preceded byBiblia 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 Editione, abbreviated as BHQ or rarely BH5, is the fifth edition of the Biblia Hebraica and when completed will supersede the fourth edition, the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS/ BH4).

BHQ Fascicles and Editors[edit]

The edition has been described as "international and ecumenical" as it features editors from 13 different countries and different denominations (with involvement from Catholics, Protestants and Jews).[1] The work is currently being published in fascicles according to this release schedule:[a]

Fascicle Editor University / Institute Country Publication
1 Genesis Avraham Tal Tel Aviv University  Israel 2016 (published, Fascicle 7)
2 Exodus Peter Schwagmeier University of Zurich  Switzerland in preparation
3 Leviticus Innocent Himbaza University of Fribourg  Switzerland 2021 (published)
4 Numbers Martin Rösel University of Rostock  Germany in preparation
5 Deuteronomy Carmel McCarthy University College Dublin  Ireland 2007 (published, Fascicle 3)
6 Joshua Seppo Sipilä University of Helsinki  Finland in preparation
7 Judges Natalio Fernandez Marcos CSIC Madrid  Spain 2011 (published, Fascicle 6)
8 Samuel Stephen Pisano †,

Craig E. Morrison,

Leonardo Pessoa da Silva Pinto,

and Claudio Balzaretti

Pontificio Istituto Biblico Rome  Italy in preparation
9 Kings Adrian Schenker University of Fribourg  Switzerland in preparation
Carmel McCarthy University College Dublin  Ireland
10 Isaiah Arie van der Kooij Leiden University  Netherlands in preparation
11 Jeremiah Richard D. Weis Lexington Theological Seminary  United States in preparation
12 Ezekiel Johan Lust Katholieke Universiteit Leuven  Belgium 2024 (forthcoming)
13 Twelve Prophets Anthony Gelston Durham University  United Kingdom 2010 (published, Fascicle 5)
14 Chronicles Zipora Talshir † University of Beer Sheva  Israel in preparation
15 Psalms Gerard J. Norton University College Dublin  Ireland in preparation
16 Job Robert Althann Pontificio Istituto Biblico Rome  Italy 2024 (forthcoming)
17 Proverbs Jan de Waard University of Strasbourg  France 2008 (published, Fascicle 4)
18a General Introduction to Megilloth 2004 (published, Fascicle 1a)
18b Ruth Jan de Waard University of Strasbourg  France 2004 (published, Fascicle 1b)
18c Canticles Piet B. Dirksen Leiden University  Netherlands 2004 (published, Fascicle 1c)
18d Qoheleth Yohanan A. P. Goldman University of Fribourg  Switzerland 2004 (published, Fascicle 1d)
18e Lamentations Rolf Schäfer German Bible Society Stuttgart  Germany 2004 (published, Fascicle 1e)
18f Esther Magne Sæbø MF School of Theology Oslo  Norway 2004 (published, Fascicle 1f)
19 Daniel Agustinus Gianto Pontificio Istituto Biblico Rome  Italy in preparation
20 Ezra and Nehemiah David Marcus JTS New York  United States 2006 (published, Fascicle 2)

Consulting work for the Masorah is being done by Aron Dotan, Tel Aviv University,  Israel.

indicates members of the Editorial Committee
A indicates the president of the Editorial Committee
  • 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.
  • The seventh fascicle (Genesis, part 1) was published on February 1, 2016.[2]

In October 2016, the release dates for Leviticus and Ezekiel slipped a year (from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018, respectively) on the web page, and the release date for Numbers changed from "forthcoming in 2017" to "in preparation," and that for Job changed from "in preparation" to "forthcoming in 2017."

As of 24 April 2017,[3] shows a projected release date for the Job fascicle of December 2017 with a price of 81.96 Euros and still has a different version of the same book slated for a release on 15 November 2016 at a price of 49 Euros, though the product is not yet available.[4] also lists the Job fascicle as forthcoming, though with a projected release date of 30 January 2018 at a price of UKP 85.63 and still has a different version of the same book slated to come out 1 May 2017 with no price stated. It now appears that neither the fascicle for Job and nor that for Leviticus are likely to come out in 2017. (Neither nor has a listing for the Leviticus or Ezekiel or Numbers fascicles.)

As of 2 June 2017,[5] shows a projected release date for the Job fascicle of December 2017 and a price of USD 69.37.

In March 2018, the release dates for Leviticus and Ezekiel slipped another year or two (from 2018 to 2019 and from 2018 to 2020, respectively) on the web page, and the release date for Job was changed from "forthcoming in 2017" to "forthcoming in 2019."[6]

As of September 2022, the expected release date for Job is 2023 and for Ezekiel is 2024, according to the German Bible Society's "Academic Bibles" web page

Release Date[edit]

The Eisenbrauns web page[7] estimates 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[8] and of Proverbs,[9] though the German Bible Society web pages for some of the earlier fascicles still predict 2015.[10][11] At the moment the endmost date on the release table says 2017, with other dates still unknown.[12][needs update]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ According to the German Bible Society webpage.


  1. ^ "Internationale Forschung - Institut Barthélemy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2016-02-15.
  2. ^ "Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft".
  3. ^ . ASIN 1683070755. {{cite book}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ . ASIN 1683070755. {{cite book}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Althann, Robert (December 2017). Biblia Hebraica Quinta: Job. ISBN 978-1683070757.
  6. ^ "Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ) ::". Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  7. ^ "Eisenbrauns - Judges Edited by Natalio Fernandez Marcos - Book". Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2011-07-11.
  8. ^ Bibelgesellschaft, Deutsche. "Homepage -".
  9. ^ "Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft".
  10. ^ "Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft".
  11. ^ "Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft".
  12. ^ "Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ) ::".

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