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    March 24th, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) / Singapore (SG) – 24 March 2016

    Brill launches Major Reference Work 'Textual History of the Bible'

    The Bible is where it all began. Judaism would not be what it is today without the Bible. This foundation of Judaism has been transmitted and translated by both Jews and Christian over three millennia. The Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient witnesses show that scribes and translators have created manifold texts and translations. While doing so they wrote and rewrote the texts, inserted their interpretations and occasionally even erred. The so-called "text of the Bible" has a multitude of ancient translations. The scholars, students and the interested public that want to be informed about these areas are often at a loss in their search for an appropriate reference work. Until today there was no such comprehensive reference work to study the Bible in its many versions and to understand its complicated textual history.

    Brill, the international scholarly publisher, has launched a groundbreaking Major Reference Work for the study of textual history of the Jewish Bible and the Christian Old Testament: Textual History of the Bible. It aims to bring together all available information regarding the textual history, textual character, translation techniques, manuscripts, and the importance of each textual witness for each book of the Hebrew Bible, including its deuterocanonical scriptures. In addition, it includes entries on the history of research, the editorial histories, as well as its auxiliary fields such a papyrology, codicology, and linguistics. THB is an excellent starting point for text-critical analysis of all biblical versions and books, as it offers the reader information about all the textual evidence for a specific biblical book and all the evidence for a specific textual source in one reference work.

    Professor Armin Lange, General Editor: “THB is a good starting point for text-critical analysis of all biblical versions and books because it offers the reader information about all the textual evidence for a specific biblical book and all the evidence for a specific textual source. I have had the pleasure to conduct an orchestra of the best experts in this field who feel, like I do, that this work is a unique contribution which will forever change the field and which resulted in one grand finale; volume 1 covering the books of the Hebrew canon, each with primary and secondary translations.”

    Professor Emanuel Tov, co-editor of the first volume: “Due to the many discoveries of texts and important new studies, textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible and its translations is flourishing in the twenty-first century. THB brings all the new data together in up-to-date articles that give an excellent overview of current research and its many innovations will stimulate subsequent investigations.”

    Senior Acquisitions Editor Suzanne Mekking praised the publication of the THB: “This reference work makes a great contribution to modern scholarship and is a jewel in the crown of Brill’s expanding list of reference works in Biblical Studies. Textual History of the Bible will be used by generations of students and scholars studying textual criticism, textual history, linguistics, the Hebrew Bible, the deuterocanonical texts, Antiquity, Ancient texts, the Ancient Greek language, Dead Sea Scrolls, Ancient Near East, Judaism, and Biblical Studies.”

    For more information, please see (online edition) and (print edition).

    For customer queries and product trials please contact your librarian, or send an email to our Sales department at (the Americas) or (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia-Pacific).

    For general questions on the reference work, contact Suzanne Mekking, Senior Acquisitions Editor at Brill:

    About Armin Lange
    Armin Lange is professor for Second Temple Judaism at the University of Vienna, the Director of Vienna University's Institute for Jewish Studies, a member of the International Team editing the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has published extensively on the Hebrew Bible, its textual criticism, Second Temple Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    About Emanuel Tov
    Emanuel Tov is J.L. Magnes Professor of Bible emeritus at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He has published many monographs on the textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible and Qumran, and was the editor-in-chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls publication project. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Israel Academy of Sciences.

    About Brill
    Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law. With offices in Leiden and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 243 journals and around 1000 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For more information, visit

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