What Greek and Hebrew Fonts do you use?

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Phil Gons (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Mar 2 2017 10:50 AM

We're updating our white lists of Greek and Hebrew fonts that show up in the drop-down menu in the settings panel.

  1. What fonts do you use for Greek and Hebrew?
  2. Are there any fonts you'd like to see added to the white lists? We're only interested in adding fonts that have full support for all the characters needed for biblical Greek and Hebrew.

Here's our current Greek white list:

  1. Arial Unicode MS
  2. Brill
  3. Galatia SIL
  4. Gentium
  5. Gentium Plus
  6. GentiumAlt
  7. GFS Decker
  8. GFS DidotClassic
  9. GFS Goschen
  10. GFS Philostratos
  11. GFS Solomos
  12. GFS Porson
  13. KadmosU
  14. Noto Sans
  15. Noto Serif
  16. Palatino Linotype
  17. SBL BibLit
  18. SBL Greek
  19. Skolar Logos
  20. Skolar PE

Here's our current Hebrew white list:

  1. Ezra SIL
  2. Ezra SIL SR
  3. Keter Aram Tsova
  4. Keter YG
  5. SBL BibLit
  6. SBL Hebrew
  7. Shofar
  8. Taamey Ashkenaz
  9. Taamey David CLM
  10. Taamey Frank CLM

Thanks!

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 2 2017 11:03 AM

Greek - Gentium (has always suited me)

Hebrew - SBL Hebrew (has always suited me)

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John Kight | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 2 2017 11:22 AM

Dave Hooton:

Greek - Gentium (has always suited me)

Hebrew - SBL Hebrew (has always suited me)

Ditto

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Claude Brown Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 2 2017 11:41 AM

SBL Greek

SBL Hebrew

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 2 2017 11:53 AM


Greek: Default (whichever that is)

Hebrew: SBL Hebrew

Also (also important?),
Greek Transliteration: SBL Greek
Hebrew Transliteration: SBL Academic

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Veli Voipio | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 2 2017 12:27 PM

Phil Gons (Faithlife):
full support for all the characters

I have a different opinion and I use a font with a limited character set that drops off most diacritics etc.

At the same time I want to have an "ancient look" font with capital letters.

Probably no one agrees with me, but this is just food for thought, please enjoy!

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Matthew | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 2 2017 1:13 PM

+1 more for Gentium and SBL Hebrew!

EDIT: I know I am in the minority, but I also REALLY like the Greek font used for the UBS 4th edition. Don't remember what it is called off the top of my head, but I don't believe it is legally available for free.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 2 2017 3:26 PM

Phil Gons (Faithlife):
What fonts do you use for Greek and Hebrew?

SBL BibLit

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Beloved | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 2 2017 3:35 PM

Guess I too am a Gentium SBL Hebrew kinda guySmile

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 2 2017 4:41 PM

Phil Gons (Faithlife):
What fonts do you use for Greek and Hebrew?

Greek = Gentium Plus

Hebrew = Ezra SIL (would use SBL Hebrew, but MS Word for Mac has never recognizde its existence)

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 2 2017 5:19 PM

Jack Caviness:
Hebrew = Ezra SIL (would use SBL Hebrew, but MS Word for Mac has never recognizde its existence)

Manually installed "SBL BibLit" font on Mac, which is usable in Word 2011 for English, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin.

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Kevin Olson | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 2 2017 5:43 PM

Galatia SIL

Ezra SIL

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Jack Hairston | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 2 2017 9:53 PM

SBL Greek

SBL Hebrew

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 3 2017 6:00 AM

I always use Gentium.

I presume by whitelisting, you're talking about allowing us to choose fonts we have installed, rather than bundling additional fonts. Other fonts you should whitelist definitely include Cardo (Greek and Hebrew).

But there are dozens of other fonts that support Polytonic Greek (TypeKit lists 52 families), which you could certainly whitelist. Just from the major foundries:

  • Microsoft
    • Calibri
    • Cambria
    • Cambria Math
    • Consolas
    • Courier New (ugly, but it works)
    • Garamond
    • Microsoft Sans Serif
    • Tahoma
    • Times New Roman
  • Adobe
  • Monotype
    • Andale and WorldType (various Familes)
    • Arial OS
    • CampusRoman Pro
    • Enyo Slab
    • FF Elementa
    • Figgins Sans
    • Newton
    • Parmenides
    • Pragmatica
    • Scotch Micro and Scotch Modern
    • Sirba
  • Google
    • Arimo
    • Caudex
    • Cousine
    • Didact Gothic
    • Fira (various families)
    • Tinos
    • Ubuntu (various families)

Then in Hebrew you have:

I suspect there's more than that. There's also the many free fonts from the Greek Font Society, of course.

Not all these fonts support marks such as ⸂, ⸀, ⸁, etc. I presume that's OK.

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Alan Macgregor | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 3 2017 7:01 AM

I prefer reading Greek in Gentium. It is a nice clean font. Hebrew is more problematic. SBL Hebrew is alright but on balance I prefer Ezra SIL.

For academic writing I prefer Palatino Linotype.

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Adam Olean | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 3 2017 9:46 AM

Veli Voipio:

Phil Gons (Faithlife):
full support for all the characters

I have a different opinion and I use a font with a limited character set that drops off most diacritics etc.

At the same time I want to have an "ancient look" font with capital letters.

Probably no one agrees with me, but this is just food for thought, please enjoy!

I agree! It would be great to have fonts that cover different scripts, such as those found in Proto-Hebrew, the Samaritan Pentateuch, even a Modern Hebrew "cursive" font, if one is available (to add a few examples to Veli's Greek Uncials). Paired with audio and knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, they can help anyone get up to speed in reading from facsimiles and actual images of manuscripts (MSS) and other inscriptions, which can be more difficult to initially practice on when many are aged, faded, and even fragmentary. Navigation of images can sometimes be slow and cumbersome as well, depending on the sources. It also allows one to practice while reading from various editions.

I've seen some lists of fonts but have to do more investigation myself (as to quality, standard, etc.). Unfortunately, there are some nice fonts that apparently still do not use Unicode.

https://brianwdavidson.com/blog/2012/07/26/free-unicode-hebrew-fonts

http://opensiddur.org/tools/fonts/

http://www.bibleplaces.com/paleo_hebrew_fonts/ 

http://www.bibleplaces.com/greek_fonts/ 

http://www.bibleplaces.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Paleo-Hebrew_Fonts_Chart_by_Kris_Udd.pdf

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Adam Olean | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 3 2017 9:54 AM

Phil, in answer your first question, I tend to use SBL's fonts: SBL Greek, SBL Hebrew, and BibLit, and secondarily the SIL fonts. I've also used Gentium in the past, although it's been quite some time.

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Stephen Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 3 2017 10:20 PM

SBL BibLit.

 But while I have your attention .....

How about allowing RIGHT CLICK on resource word brings up FONT option. Clicking on this allows us to know what font is the default (What Logos is looking for) and a list of other recommended (and not recommended) fonts?

Sometimes I like to experiment (temporarily) with handwritten Hebrew fonts.

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 4 2017 10:27 AM

Phil Gons (Faithlife):
What fonts do you use for Greek and Hebrew?

Greek - Default

Hebrew - Ezra SIL

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Matthew | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 5 2017 7:36 AM

Greek - Gentium

Hebrew - SBL

Would also love to see a Paleo Hebrew font. Here's a website that has paleo fonts:

http://www.bibleplaces.com/paleo_hebrew_fonts/

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