Hebrew Bible (Tanakh)

Hebrew Bible (Tanakh)

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Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) is a complete Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in its original Hebrew and Aramaic shown in an aesthetically pleasing Hebrew/Aramaic script. It contains all of the consonants, vowels (nequddot), and cantillation marks.

Source Text

This digital edition of the Hebrew Bible follows the text of the Leningrad Codex (Codex Leningradensis) as digitized by the J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research, version 4.14. This is the same codex used in printing Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia and Biblia Hebraica Quinta.


This digital edition of the Hebrew Bible recognizes that you do not generally read Bibles and dictionaries linearly. As a result, it makes use of all of the navigational capabilities on the various Nook devices, including the use of a two-tiered table of contents, allowing for rapid navigation to a particular book and chapter of the Bible. Note also that navigation details might be different in the various Nook applications for other platforms. More detailed instructions can be found in the book's preface.


Due to platform limitations with regard to Hebrew, the Hebrew text cannot be resized. It is similar in size to the larger of the two popular sizes for print editions of BHS. It is optimized for use on the Nook device itself. On Nook devices that allow you to select line spacing and margins, select the "Publisher Defaults" for the best appearance. The Hebrew text cannot be searched. This version contains no critical apparatus.


This title was updated on December 4, 2012 to address compatibility issues with some Nook models running the latest version of the reader software.


Miklal Software Solutions, Inc. specializes in software solutions for biblical studies, semitics, and digital humanities.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012608215
Publisher: Miklal Software Solutions, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 660,648
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

The Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) was written by various authors over a long period of time.

The Leningrad Codex, dated to AD 1008, comes from the tradition of the ben Asher family among the Tiberian Masoretes and is the considered the most faithful complete manuscript of that tradition.

The J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research has produced an accurate digital representation of the Leningrad Codex.

Miklal Software Solutions, Inc. specializes in software solutions for biblical studies, semitics, and digital humanities.

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Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
RMansfield More than 1 year ago
Popular eReaders like the Nook are still new technologies essentially. As such, there are features not yet present in eReaders, such as the ability to display right-to-left languages like Hebrew and Arabic. To my knowledge, because of this limitation, there have not been any Hebrew Bibles available for the Nook or other eReader platforms until now. Last week, Miklal Software Solutions, Inc. released a true Bible in Hebrew for both the Barnes and Noble Nook and another eReader platform. Here is the description from the company website: "Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) is a complete Hebrew Bible in an aesthetically pleasing Hebrew script. It contains all of the consonants, vowels, cantillation marks (accents), and other symbols. It follows the text of the Leningrad Codex as digitized by the J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research. This is the same manuscript underlying Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) and Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ)." The reference to an "aesthetically pleasing Hebrew script" is no exaggeration. Drayton Benner, president of Miklal Software, sent me review copies of both the Nook and another ebook platform versions of the text. Although I think I'm probably biased at this point toward E Ink displays, honestly, the text in both the CNook and the Nook Color looks as professional as the type in my hardcopy Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. As of this writing, the formatting looks much better on the E Ink Nook than the Nook Color screen. However, the developer has told me that the the etext will be updated soon to correct issues on the Nook Color. Regardless, the issues even now are minor and don't prevent reading the Hebrew text. My hunch is that the E Ink Nook currently displays this text better than the Nook Color, which is essentially an Android tablet. This version of the Hebrew Bible seems primarily intended for dedicated eReaders as there is a warning that the formatting has mixed results on some mobile devices. I'll come back to this subject toward the end of the review. Regardless of the differences, the final result is impressive when considering the limitations of a device like the Nook when it comes to right-to-left text. Benner is not currently revealing his method of reproducing the Hebrew text on these devices, but ultimately, none of this really matters because it's the end product that counts, and the end product is quite impressive. The Hebrew Bible for the Nook includes a fairly sophisticated navigation system-one that is more feature rich than most eReader titles. Like a handful of other better-formatted Bibles, there is a fully interactive table of contents allowing the reader to go from the listing in the contents to the text and then back very quickly. But there's even greater flexibility than that. The search feature built into the device allows for strings such as "Joshua 4? to be entered as one means for accessing a chapter. If you don't want to type that much on an eReader keyboard, no problem, as there is a table included in the preface that offers abbreviations such as "jos" instead of the aforementioned "Joshua." Interestingly, the order of the books matches that of most English Bibles rather than the traditional order found in Hebrew Bibles. So, if you're a student of Hebrew, and if you have a Nook, you're covered. Better yet, the price is right. The current price set for this Bible is significantly less than a printed copy of the Hebrew Bible.
dailyhebrew More than 1 year ago
One could not ask for a more visually pleasing text from which to read the Hebrew Bible. The few minor peccadilloes are overwhelmed by the tremendous quality and value of the book. This offering provides a giant leap forward for eReaders and a must have for everyone from the casual student to the serious scholar. In the Beginning: I purchased the book on Barnes&Noble. After an initial failed attempt, I was able to download the book over the Nook 3G network in about 3-4 mins. It opened quickly without difficulty thereafter. After a detailed description of the five different navigation methods for getting around the massive volume (4000 total pages!), the Hebrew text began as one would expect with the first chapter of Genesis as one would find in a standard printed edition but without Masoretic notes. Font: Overall one could not hope for a more aesthetically pleasing font type or size. The font-type is similar to that used in BHS and BHQ and the font-size is comparable to a large-print edition of BHS-easily readable when placed at arms distance. This is important as the font size cannot be varied dynamically. The screen holds on average seven verses (approx. seven words across each line by fourteen lines), and each number is amply sized to find a specific verse when scanning down. As claimed in the description, the consonants, vowels, and cantillation marks are all displayed. They are properly oriented on the screen in right-to-left fashion with each vowel and accent appropriately placed as one would find in a printed version. Overall the spacing is outstanding. An overly scrupulous reader may notice an ever so slight extra space with a very small number of character combinations; however, these minor variations do not detract at all from the pleasing format of the text. Navigation: The pages are ordered in a recto-verso orientation typical of an English book (so the right arrow navigates to the next page and the left arrow to the previous). This may at first bother some readers as being backwards from the typical printed Hebrew version which is verso-recto, but it follows the regular navigation orientation of the eReader format. Possibly the main drawback to the volume is the time it takes to turn the pages or jump to a specific passage. A page turn between chapters is executed quickly in about a second, but when moving from one chapter to another it takes 3-4 seconds. Navigation back and skipping to a specific verse requires even longer. Page turning speed, of course, is a broader problem for eReaders, but hopefully continued software and hardware developments will decrease this issue in the near future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worked great for a short time. Now it does not display the hebrew text. Publisher defaults are on. I guess as the color nook is "upgraded," it is not able to display the hebrew letters anymore. It just shows blank pages. Now it is wothless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whenever I get past the English pages in the beginning, it crashes. This would be a great bible to have if it worked.
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Good clear text with pointing, but unable to search.
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RandyABrown More than 1 year ago
Miklal Software Solutions Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) is a beautiful version of the Hebrew text. Everything is here: all of the consonants, vowels, accent marks, etc., making this a complete rendering of the Leningrad Codex. The text is as nice as every Hebrew text published by Miklal Software Solutions, with crisp and clear fonts that are a joy to read. It compares really well with the printed Hebrew Bible. Navigation is similar to other MSS products, and includes several navigation options. The first three are standard to nook. The last two are unique and provide creative methods for navigating the nook. There is a table of contents with hyperlinks to each book of the Bible, following the English order of books. Once you choose a book, you are provided a list of chapters. Another option is to move the slider in order to navigate to a particular location. This also lets you see the books of the Bible in English order. This feature works really well. You can also search for a chapter by searching for a book name and chapter number (ex: Psalm 119). You can also use abbreviations to navigate directly to the verse you want. Just leave out the colon between the verse and chapter (EX: ps 119 105). There is a table included that shows all of the abbreviations. There are a few limitations with the nook because it will only search forward, so you might have to go to the beginning before you start your search. Since e-readers do not support Hebrew, Miklal Software Solutions has done the seemingly impossible by developing a Hebrew Bible that reads in the traditional Hebrew format- in reverse order from right to left. Because of this limitation, the Hebrew Bible may not display as well on the e-reader apps as it does on the e-readers themselves. With easy to use but still advanced navigation and clean Hebrew text, I can fully recommend the Hebrew Bible from Miklal Software Solutions. It's another well-made product and another must-own app for Bible study and students of the Hebrew Bible. Miklal Software Solutions provided this review copy for free. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago