Biblia Hebraica Quinta
|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|
The Biblia Hebraica Quinta, abbreviated as BHQ or rarely 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
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). 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||2016 (forthcoming)|
|4||Numbers||Martin Rösel||University of Rostock||Germany||2017 (forthcoming)|
|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||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||2016 (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||2016/7 (forthcoming) |
|17||Proverbs||Jan de Waard||University of Strasbourg||France||2008 (published, Fascicle 4)|
|18a||General Introduction||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||Augustinus Gianto||Pontificio Istituto Biblico Rome||Italy||in preparation|
|20||Ezra and Nehemiah||David Marcus||JTS New York||United States||2006 (published, Fascicle 2)|
|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.
As of early-July 2016, Amazon.de shows a projected release date for the Job fascicle of 15 November 2016 and a price of 49 Euros. Amazon.co.uk also lists the Job fascicle as forthcoming, though with a projected release date of 1 May 2017.
The Eisenbrauns web page 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 and of Proverbs, though the German Bible Society web pages for some of the earlier fascicles still predict 2015. At the moment the endmost date on the release table says 2017, with other dates still unknown.
- According to the German Bible Society webpage last retrieved on June 16th, 2015.
- Richard D. Weis, "Biblia Hebraica Quinta and the Making of Critical Editions of the Hebrew Bible", TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism 2002 (including sample pages showing edition, apparatuses, and textual commentary for Jeremiah 23:1-9)
- James A. Sanders, review of the BHQ edition of the Megilloth, Review of Biblical Literature 2005
- (German) Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Wissenschaftliche Bibelausgaben / Urtexte Altes Testament / Hebräisch