Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ)

The Biblia Hebraica Quinta 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.

Features include:

  • Diplomatic presentation of text and Masorah (magna and parva) of the manuscript EBP. I B 19a, in the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg, commonly known as the Leningrad Codex, cited from new color photographs made by the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center of Claremont, California. As the oldest complete manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, it serves as the base text against which other witnesses are collated.

  • Lay-out of poetic texts according to the Masoretic accentuation.

  • At the foot of the page there is a single critical apparatus in which all cited textual witnesses and variants are summarized. An entry is made when a pre-Tiberian witness possibly (but not necessarily and not even necessarily in the editor's opinion) indicates 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.

  • At least two other Tiberian codices are collated for each book. For Megilloth, these are the Aleppo Codex where it survives (otherwise Ms. EBP. II B 34) and Cambridge Add. Ms. 1753.

  • 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. Thus the users are able to judge the different readings more easily.

  • Care has been taken to make the apparatus as comprehensible as possible. Therefore English (instead of Latin) is now the language of apparatus and commentary.

  • A general introduction in English, German and Spanish presents this new edition, describes the characteristics of the base text and Masorah, the particular use of the individual resources, the relation of BHQ to BHS and previous editions. Moreover, this general introduction outlines the principles of collation and citation of witnesses and contains a comprehensive list of sigla and abbreviations used in the edition.

  • An introduction to each book discusses the particular textual features of that book and characterizes its textual witnesses.

The Biblia Hebraica Quinta Team:

Editorial Committee

Adrian Schenker, Fribourg (President)
Innocent Himbaza, Fribourg
Arie van der Kooij, Leiden
David Marcus, New York
Carmel McCarthy, Dublin
Craig Morrison, Rome
Gerard J. Norton Dublin
Stephen Pisano, Rom
Martin Rösel, Rostock
Rolf Schäfer, Stuttgart
Jan de Waard, Straßburg
Richard D. Weis, Lexington

Coopted Co-editors

Siegfried Kreuzer, Wuppertal
Matthieu Richelle, Louvain la Neuve

Editors

Sarah Lind, Madison
Roger Omanson, Louisville
Harold Scanlin, Allentown

Consultants

Aron Dotan, Tel Aviv (Masorah)
Alan Groves, Glenside (Datenerfassung)
Soetjianto, Wyndmoor (Programmierung)

BHQ Fascicles and its Editors:

FascicleEditorPublication
GenesisAbraham Tal (Tel Aviv)published (2016)
ExodusPeter Schwagmeier (Zürich)in preparation
LeviticusInnocent Himbaza (Fribourg)published (2020)
NumbersMartin Rösel (Rostock)in preparation
DeuteronomyCarmel McCarthy (Dublin)published (2007)
JoshuaSeppo Sipilä (Helsinki) and
Cornelis G. den Hertog (Crailsheim)
in preparation
JudgesNatalio Fernandez Marcos (Madrid)published (2011)
SamuelStephen Pisano (Rom),
Craig E. Morrison (Rom),
Leonardo Pessoa da Silva Pinto (Rom) and
Claudio Balzaretti (Rom)
in preparation
KingsAdrian Schenker (Fribourg),
Carmel McCarthy (Dublin)
Łukasz Popko (Jerusalem) and
Stephen D. Ryan (Washington)
in preparation
IsaiahArie van der Kooij (Leiden) and
Mirjam van der Vorm-Croughs (Haarlem)
in preparation
JeremiahRichard D. Weis (Lexington) and
Miika Tucker (Helsinki)
in preparation
EzekielJohan Lust (Leuven)2022
Twelve ProphetsAnthony Gelston (Durham)published (2010)
ChroniclesZipora Talshir (Beer Sheva)in preparation
PsalmsGerard J. Norton (Dublin)in preparation
JobRobert Althann (Rom)2021
ProverbsJan de Waard (Straßburg)published (2008)
General Introduction and Megilloth
The volume contains the following five biblical books:
published (2004)
  • Ruth
Jan de Waard (Straßburg)
  • Canticles
Piet B. Dirksen (Leiden)
  • Qoheleth
Yohanan A.P. Goldman (Fribourg)
  • Lamentations
Rolf Schäfer (Stuttgart)
  • Esther
Magne Sæbø (Oslo)
DanielAugustinus Gianto (Rome)
Marco Settembrini (Bologna)
in preparation
Ezra and NehemiahDavid Marcus (New York)published (2006)