Reader’s Bible

Zondervan has now published a combined Greek and Hebrew Reader’s Edition, which WTS bookstore will be carrying soon. I have been using the individual editions for personal devotions, and loving it. I highly recommend these resources as a way to keep up one’s skills in the languages. This has it all in one volume, and it even has two ribbons, one for each testament.

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10 Comments

  1. michael said,

    June 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Does it come in an electronic format?

  2. D.Philip Veitch said,

    June 16, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Not sure if this meets the bill, electronically.

    I have to travel between Detroit and Camp Lejeune. My 87-year old Mum requires this travel. As such, bound to electronic versions, including my old Prayer Book.

    The URL:
    http://unbound.biola.edu/

  3. Bill Carson said,

    June 17, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I have had both the Reader’s Hebrew and Greek Bibles for a while and liked them both. I recently sprang for the one-volume Bible.

    Pros: I read a lot more having the glosses on the same page. Also the fonts are clear and fairly easy to read. The one-volume is significantly thinner than both books together. The mini-dictionaries are quite helpful.

    Cons: the leather binding is cheap cheap cheap. (Though what do you expect for such a low price?) The individual volumes have a PVC-type material which feels sort of funny but is definitely durable. The leather of the one-volume edition is thin, really thin. How long it will last I don’t know.

    I purchased the one-volume edition because it’s easier to carry around than the two separate volumes. It also looks very nice. On the whole I’m happy with it.

  4. greenbaggins said,

    June 17, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for your comment, Bill. I anticipate the leather being cheap, and so I plan on rebinding it immediately, using the following folks:

    http://www.acebookbindery.com/Study_Bibles_html.html

    It’s a bit pricey, but they do excellent work, and the binding will then last for years and years. For a book I intend to use as much as this reader’s Bible, that’s a good deal for me.

  5. Tim Prussic said,

    June 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Twenty five bucks a ribbon, huh?

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I got the one-volume Gk-Heb Bible, but the reader’s edition one will be much better!

  6. jared said,

    June 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Any recommendations for teaching yourself Hebrew/Greek?

  7. Paige Britton said,

    June 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Jared,
    I’ve used Bill Mounce’s stuff for NT Greek. Basics of Biblical Greek text, plus his Analytical Lexicon , plus the “survival kit” that you see marketed in CBD & etc., with flashcards and all. If you can afford it, you can also get his “Learning the Basics” course on CD. (Go to http://www.teknia.com for all this stuff.)

    Due to life situation and geography I have had to be an autodidact, but I’m working in the Greek NT every day now and loving it (this has been a ten-year process, mind you, and I would fail any first year Greek exam because we always have a family crisis right about when I get set to learn my verb tenses.)

    pax!
    pb

  8. Cris D. said,

    June 18, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Funny: A little while back the WTS store told me they would NOT be carrying this, they thought it too poorly done and mentioned something else. I too would figure this requires the additional expense of rebinding from a reputable outfit.

    Jared: teaching yourself Grk & Heb: find a local mentor if possible (your pastor) for some help with pronunciation, etc at the least. You might be able to hook up with an on-line mentor if you ask nicely. Reply back here if you want my e-mail address.

    -=Cris=-
    B.A. Linguistics – M.Div., WTS
    Former Asst Manager, WTS Bookstore (in days before on-line ordering!)

  9. jared said,

    June 19, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I was looking for books, like Pratico and Van Pelt or something along those lines.

  10. Cris D. said,

    June 22, 2010 at 9:02 am

    > Jared: Fair enough. I would simply advise or observe that no matter what book you ultimately land on, you will have questions and have need for answers and advice from someone. I think one of the books that offers a workbook that parallels the text would be a good way to go, for both Grk and Heb.

    I just listened to an interview of Van Pelt over at ReformedFroum.org. Van Pelt had Mounce for Grk when he was a student, so there’s some continuity of pedagogical approach from Mounce’s Grk to Van Pelt’s Heb textbooks. Van Pelt discussed how he seeks to teach basic patterns that will carry you through the Heb morphological scheme, rather than memorizing many, many actual paradigms. I would agree, it’s all about pattern-matching.

    BTW, I checked, for fun, on RTS on-line programs (virtual campus). THey are serious about that program, same price as on-campus courses, so 13 weeks of Hebrew is $390 plus reg fees, plus text fees!

    I still leave open the offer: if you have questions once you’ve picked a book and gotten started, I’m happy to help. I’ve done language tutoring in the past; wouldn’t matter which textbook you’re using.

    -=Cris=-
    Ruling Elder, OPC in suburban Philly


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