Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode

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We are pleased to make available the text of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, authorized by the Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft. The text is available for Windows or Macintosh, in 12 formats (ten in Hebrew and two Transliterated). Hebrew Scriptures Professional in Unicode includes all 12 formats for USD $99.95.

LaserGreek in Unicode is available for Windows for Windows

LaserGreek in Unicode is available for Macintosh for Macintosh

What others are saying What others are saying

Hebrew: The ten formats of the Hebrew texts are formatted with the beautiful NewJerusalemU Unicode-encoded Hebrew font, one of nine fonts available in the LaserHebrew in Unicode product family. Eight of these unique fonts include all vowels, accents and cantillation marks, and other diacritical marks used in the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS), and are the only fonts available today which reproduce all of the forms, properly positioned, that occur in the BHS/Leningrad Codex. The NewJerusalemU font and these texts are being used to produce the new Oxford Hebrew Bible (page 13 of the OHB Guide for Editors identifies the Greek and Hebrew fonts and texts from Linguist's Software being used). The Hebrew texts described below are formatted with the NewJerusalemU font, but users may reformat the texts with any of the fonts in LaserHebrew in Unicode (except for ScriptHebrewU, which is consonantal only).

Any portion of the Hebrew Scriptures can be copied and pasted into other documents, e.g.:

Example of the BHS formatted with the NewJerusalemU font.

See below for a description of all ten Hebrew formats.

Transliterated: The Hebrew Scriptures are also available transliterated, SBL-style, vocalized, using our new Unicode-encoded transliteration font, TranslitLSU. This Times®-style font, part of the Semitic Transliterator in Unicode product, includes all the characters and diacritics necessary to transliterate the Hebrew Scriptures, the Greek Old and New Testaments, and other Semitic languages.

Genesis 1:1 transliterated using the TranslitLSU font

Adding transliterated portions of the BHS to your documents is now as simple as a copy and paste operation. The transliterated texts can be purchased in two formats, described below.

Summary Description of the Twelve Arrangements

The Hebrew Scriptures texts are available in twelve formats, summarized here. When you purchase any one full-priced format (USD $59.95) additional formats are only $20 each when purchased at the same time. Or purchase all 12 formats together (Hebrew Scriptures Professional in Unicode) for only $99.95. The individual links below take you down the page to samples (Genesis 1:1-4) of each format, or click here to go directly to the start of the samples.

Vocalized and Accented
  With BHS Line Breaks
  Justified by Verse, with each verse a new paragraph
  Justified by Paragraphs with paragraph breaks determined by chapters and isolated pe's and samek's. There are two different forms of this format. (If you are considering these formats see the effect of justified paragraphs on poetry.)
    Justified Paragraphs With Isolated Pe's and Samek's; and
    Justified Paragraphs With Isolated Pe's and Samek's removed from the text.
Vocalized
  With BHS Line Breaks
  Justified by Verse, with each verse a new paragraph
  Justified by Paragraphs with paragraph breaks determined by chapters and isolated pe's and samek's. There are two different forms of this format. (If you are considering these formats see the effect of justified paragraphs on poetry.)
    Justified Paragraphs With Isolated Pe's and Samek's; and
    Justified Paragraphs With Isolated Pe's and Samek's removed from the text.
Consonantal
  Consonantal Text (with Sin and Shin Distinguished)
  Consonantal Text (with Sin and Shin Dots Removed)
Transliterated
  Transliterated SBL-style, vocalized
  Transliterated SBL-style, vocalized, but with spirant letters distinguished (underlined)

The Twelve Arrangements With Samples

When you purchase any one full-priced format (USD $59.95) additional formats are only $20 each (when purchased at the same time). Or purchase all 12 formats together (Hebrew Scriptures Professional in Unicode) for only $99.95.

Vocalized and Accented
  With BHS Line Breaks
    BHS in Unicode (with BHS Line Breaks)
  Justified by Verse, with each verse a new paragraph
    BHS in Unicode (Justified by Verse)
  Justified by Paragraphs with paragraph breaks determined by chapters, pe's, and samek's. There are two different forms of this format. (If you are considering these formats see the effect of justified paragraphs on poetry.)
    Justified Paragraphs With Isolated Pe's and Samek's
      BHS in Unicode (Justified by Paragraphs with Pe's and Samek's)
    Justified Paragraphs With Isolated Pe's and Samek's removed from the text
      BHS in Unicode (Justified by Paragraphs with Pe's and Samek's Removed)
Vocalized
  Vocalized With BHS Line Breaks
    BHS in Unicode (Vocalized, with BHS Line Breaks)
  Vocalized Justified by Verse, with each verse a new paragraph
    BHS in Unicode (Vocalized, Justified by Verse)
  Vocalized Justified by Paragraphs (Paragraph breaks are determined by chapters, pe's, and samek's.) There are two different forms of this format:
    Vocalized Justified Paragraphs With Isolated Pe's and Samek's
     

BHS in Unicode (Vocalized, Justified by Paragraphs with Pe's and Samek's)

    Vocalized Justified Paragraphs With Isolated Pe's and Samek's removed from the text
     

BHS in Unicode (Vocalized, Justified by Paragraphs with Pe's and Samek's Removed)

Consonantal
  Consonantal Text (with Sin and Shin Distinguished)
    BHS in Unicode (Consonantal, with Sin and Shin Distinguished)
  Consonantal Text (with Sin and Shin Dots Removed)
    BHS in Unicode (Consonantal, with no Sin and Shin Dots)
Transliterated
  Transliterated SBL-style, vocalized
    BHS in Unicode (Transliterated SBL-style, vocalized)
  Transliterated SBL-style, vocalized, but with spirant letters distinguished (underlined)
    BHS in Unicode (Transliterated SBL-style, vocalized, with spirant letters distinguished)

The Effect of Justified Paragraphs on Poetry

  If you purchase either of the two Justified Paragraph texts, most Psalms (and other poetry) are one continuous, fully justified paragraph, as this sample of Psalms 1 demonstrates.
    Psalms 1 in the Justified by Paragraphs format
  Users who purchase one of the Justified Paragraph formats may therefore also wish to purchase the BHS Line Breaks format in order to get the poetic texts with BHS line breaks, as Psalms 1 is shown here. The cost of a second (and any additional) format is only $20 when purchased at the same time as a full-priced format.
    Psalms 1 with BHS Line Breaks

(Back up to the Summary of Arrangements or the Arrangements with Samples)

Click here to open a new window to see additional samples of text in a much larger point size.

Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode for Windows

The Hebrew Scriptures text is provided in Word for Windows files (compatible with Word 2007, 2003 and 2002). The texts are available in the twelve formats described above (ten in Hebrew and two transliterated).

Windows System Requirements:

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The Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode requires one of the fonts in LaserHebrew in Unicode for Windows version 11.0 or newer (sold separately).

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The Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode Transliterated requires one of the fonts in Semitic Transliterator in Unicode for Windows (sold separately).

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Operating System
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The Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode requires Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2000 SP3 with Hebrew supplemental language support installed. (Instructions for installing this component into Windows are provided with LaserHebrew in Unicode for Windows. You must have your original Windows CD, OEM-provided Recovery CD, or pre-loaded CAB files to install supplemental language support.)

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The Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode Transliterated requires Windows 7, Vista, XP, or 2000 SP3.

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Applications
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The Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode requires Word 2010, 2007, or 2003 (or another component of Office 2010, 2007, or 2003), InDesign CS4 (with World Tools or ScribeDOOR installed), OpenOffice.org 3, Lotus Symphony 1.3, or another Unicode-compatible application that handles Hebrew vowels and accents similarly to Word 2010/2007/2003. At the time this product was released we were not aware of any other applications that support the features in these fonts. QuarkXPress 8.02 has been tested, and is not compatible.

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The Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode Transliterated requires any version of Word from Word 97 on, or any Unicode-compatible application that can read a Word file.

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WordPerfect (tested through v12), QuarkXPress v6.5 and earlier, FrameMaker, and PageMaker do not support the Hebrew Scriptures (Hebrew or Transliterated) in Unicode, since these applications are not Unicode-compatible.

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Files created with these texts are compatible with the Macintosh version of the texts. No conversion of files is necessary when transferring files to the Macintosh if your applications are fully Unicode-aware and LaserHebrew in Unicode and/or Semitic Transliterator in Unicode is installed on both systems.

Note: these are Bible text files only (Word files), and not a concordance program. The files are designed to work in your Unicode-aware applications and allow you to copy and paste, and print, portions of the Hebrew Scriptures and to search or manipulate them in any way supported by these applications. But there is no search or concording feature built into the product. This product is valuable to Biblical scholars because it provides the Hebrew Scriptures formatted for use with our Unicode-encoded fonts (Hebrew fonts and transliteration fonts), and because the files will work in any Unicode-aware, OpenType-enabled application. (In the case of the Hebrew, the application must also support Hebrew vowels and accents.) Thus users are not limited to using the full text in a single Bible-search program.

Cost: US$ 59.95 for any one format; $20 for each additional format purchased at the same time. Or purchase all 12 formats together (Hebrew Scriptures Professional in Unicode) for only $99.95. Order
(Before you order be sure you have read the System Requirements.)

Do you need to upgrade? Check the current version number and a Release History.

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Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode for Macintosh

The Hebrew Scriptures text is provided in Mellel format files.

Macintosh System Requirements:
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The Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode requires one of the fonts in LaserHebrew in Unicode for Macintosh version 11.0 or newer (sold separately).

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The Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode Transliterated requires one of the fonts in Semitic Transliterator in Unicode for Macintosh (sold separately).

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Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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The Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode requires Mellel, sold separately.

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The Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode Transliterated requires any Unicode-compatible application, including Word 2004.

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Files created with these fonts are compatible with the Windows version of LaserHebrew in Unicode. No conversion of files is necessary when transferring files to Windows if your applications are fully Unicode-aware and LaserHebrew in Unicode is installed on both systems.

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Even applications that claim to be Unicode and OpenType compliant may only support a limited range of Unicode characters or a limited set of OpenType features. Contact Linguist's Software about compatibility questions and about the availability of a non-Unicode version of this product that works in all applications.

Note: these are text files only and not a concordance program. The Hebrew texts are formatted as Mellel files. Mellel includes extensive and sophisticated search features, including Boolean searches. The Transliterated texts are formatted as Word 2004 files. The files are designed to work in Mellel/Word and allow you to copy, paste, and print, portions of the Hebrew Scriptures and to search or manipulate them in any way supported by Mellel/Word. But there is no search or concording feature built into the product. This product is valuable to Biblical scholars because it provides the Hebrew Scriptures formatted for use with our Unicode-encoded fonts, and because the files will work in any Unicode-aware, OpenType-enabled application. (In the case of the Hebrew texts, the application must also support Hebrew vowels and accents, currently supported only by Mellel.)

Cost: US$ 59.95 for any single format; $20 for each additional format purchased at the same time Or purchase all 12 formats together (Hebrew Scriptures Professional in Unicode) for only $99.95.  Order
(Before you order be sure you have read the System Requirements.)

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Here's what others are saying about Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode Here's what others are saying about Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode:

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Jean Lathion, Thônex, Switzerland

"Thank you very much for your superb Hebrew text files."
Masaru Nagashima, Richmond, B.C., Canada

"Thank you very much for your splendid array of products for Hebrew Bible and transliteration."
Prof. Walter Houston, Mansfield College, Oxford University

"Thank you for the amazing work you do. This program is very good. I really like your Hebrew keyboard. Thank you for the incredible contribution you have made to the Lord's work."
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Rabbi Israel Seldowitz, President, GoHebrew and TalmudWorld

"In 2005 I purchased the Hebrew Scriptures in Unicode with BHS line breaks and Fully Justified as well as the LaserHebrew in Unicode fonts from you. I must say that I am very impressed. You have saved me hours of time every week in typing the Scriptures for exegesis and what joy I had lost is back again. I am so thankful to God for Linguist's Software, Dr. Payne and his staff. You even made it possible for me to read my UBS in the font I grew up with! Foolish of me, I suppose, but there is some comfort in that and it speeds up my recognition of things. In the Mellel processor you sold me I can easily alternate between English, Latin, Greek, Hebrew and German. Now my study materials and papers look like I had hoped they would. And I see that, if I should like a font that works well with whatever English fonts I have, that you are making those available too. Just excellent! You restore font-work to the eye-aiding practical art it should be. Thank you again. Gott bei Ihnen!"
Rev. Bradley E. Ragner, BA, MDiv., Pastor Messiah Ev. Lutheran Church Shiocton, Wisconsin, USA

"I received the Hebrew software (fonts and BHS texts) yesterday and everything works very well. The ability to switch seamlessly between the two languages is wonderful!"
John Nathan Clayton

"Thank you very much. I received all the files and everything works very fine. I have great pleasure with your products, the Hebrew BIBLE-Text and LaserHebrew in Unicode. Again I want to thank you for all your service and help. May GOD bless you and your work and products, because they gave me new inspiration and joy in reading and writing HIS HOLY SCRIPTURES. SHALOM"
Christoph Metz, Cölbe, Germany

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Professor Nathan Jastram, Concordia University Wisconsin

 

   

 

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