Decoding the BHS Apparatus

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Andrew | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Apr 5 2017 10:02 PM

I am studying the first chapter of Jonah and ran into the following textual notes related to the BHS:

Cp 1, 3 a sic L, mlt Mss Edd אֳניה cf 4.5


8/10 a–a nonn add hab


16 a–a add?


Weil, G. E., Elliger, K., & Rudolph, W., Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft. (1997). Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (5. Aufl., rev., p. 1031). Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft.

What is the best way to decode the BHS apparatus?

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HJ. van der Wal | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 5 2017 11:17 PM

Shalom Andrew!

The best resource to help you decode the BHS apparatus is Understanding BHS by Reinhard Wonneberger:

https://www.logos.com/product/2927/understanding-bhs 

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Andrew | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 6 2017 1:36 PM

HJ. van der Wal:

Shalom Andrew!

The best resource to help you decode the BHS apparatus is Understanding BHS by Reinhard Wonneberger:

https://www.logos.com/product/2927/understanding-bhs 

Thank you HJ. van der Wal.

Would the introduction to Biblia Hebraica Quinta also work?  Or am I comparing apples to oranges?

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Alexander C. Stewart | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jun 10 2017 9:17 AM

Andrew, I'm sure you are done with that part of Jonah by now, but I've developed a free guide to decoding most of the BHS abbreviations. I've called it "Helpful Text Critical Abbreviations and Masorah Parva Symbols for BHS (Hebrew Bible)". If you'd like a copy from my Dropbox folder, here it is: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jh1wwacogel6d2f/Helpful%20Text%20Critical%20Abbreviations%20and%20Masorah%20Parva%20Symbols%20for%20BHS%20%28Hebrew%20Bible%29.pdf?dl=0.Should help with your apparatus questions.

There is also the book by Brotzman (Old Testament Textual Criticism, 1994 or 2016 edition with Tully) that has many of the abbreviations and walks through all textual criticism of the book of Ruth in BHS, if you want to see it in action. Then there is the Jonah Handbook by W. Dennis Tucker (Baylor, 2006) that should help with Jonah in BHS. Or Robert Chisholm (A Workbook for Intermediate Hebrew), which can help more with parsing and syntax practice of Jonah and Ruth alike.

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Jihoon Park | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 1 2019 2:09 PM

Thank you for your great resource! But I'm still struggling because of the transliterations in the BHS Apparatus. They are a bit different from English transliteration I learned. For example, I'm looking at Samuel I 16:7 b. In Syriac the transliteration is b'jn'(pl), Targum b'jnjhwn and c. in Syriac blb'.

Can you help me where I can find how to decode the transliteration in BHS Apparatus?

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 1 2019 2:58 PM

Jihoon, that looks like a font issue for Syriac/Aramaic, if I'm not mistaken. Hopefully Kiyah or Niko will know.

The support page from Logos:

https://support.logos.com/hc/en-us/articles/360008246091-Missing-Logos-Fonts 

Syriac is about half-way down, but none of those resolve it.


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David Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 1 2019 5:57 PM

Andrew:

HJ. van der Wal:

Shalom Andrew!

The best resource to help you decode the BHS apparatus is Understanding BHS by Reinhard Wonneberger:

https://www.logos.com/product/2927/understanding-bhs 

Thank you HJ. van der Wal.

Would the introduction to Biblia Hebraica Quinta also work?  Or am I comparing apples to oranges?

Doesn't the BHW supersede both BHS and BHQ? I think I read something to that effect in the forums as posted by a FL employee.

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