Biblia Hebraica Quinta

Biblia Hebraica series
BHK Biblia Hebraica Kittel (1. - 3.)
BHS Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (4.)
BHQ Biblia Hebraica Quinta (5.)
Translator see BHQ Fascicles and Editors
Language Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Aramaic, English
Publisher Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart
Published 2004 – est. 2020
(see release date)
Media type Hardcover pocket edition ("Handausgabe")
Preceded by Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia
A sample page from Biblia Hebraica Quinta (Deuteronomy 1,1-11). Note the newly implemented and fully collated Masorah magna between the main text and the critical apparatus.

The Biblia Hebraica Quinta, abbreviated as BHQ or rarely BH5, is the fifth edition of the Biblia Hebraica and when complete will supersede the fourth edition, the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS).


Like the third and fourth editions, the BH5 uses a text based on the Leningrad Codex; the text has been corrected against colour photographs of the codex taken in the 1990s.

Unlike previous editions, it includes a commentary explaining the Masorah and discussing the significance of the textual variants in the footnotes. It also contains the Masorah magna, which was not in the first three versions and only available in a supplementary volume in BHS. Another change is that it rarely cites variants from Hebrew manuscripts collated by Benjamin Kennicott and C. D. Ginsburg; the editors, following the work of Moshe Goshen-Gottstein, believe that such variants are of little value.

BHQ Fascicles and Editors

The edition has been described as "international and ecumenical" as it features editors from 13 different countries and different denominations (with involvement from Catholics, Protestants and Jews).[1] The work is currently being published in fascicles according to this release schedule: [lower-alpha 1]

Fascicle Editor University / Institute Country Publication
1 Genesis Avraham Tal Tel Aviv University  Israel 2016 (published, Fascicle 7)
2 Exodus Peter Schwagmeier University of Zurich   Switzerland in preparation
3 Leviticus Innocent Himbaza University of Fribourg   Switzerland 2017 (forthcoming)
4 Numbers Martin Rösel University of Rostock  Germany in preparation
5 Deuteronomy Carmel McCarthy University College Dublin  Ireland 2007 (published, Fascicle 3)
6 Joshua Seppo Sipilä University of Helsinki  Finland in preparation
7 Judges Natalio Fernandez Marcos CSIC Madrid  Spain 2011 (published, Fascicle 6)
8 Samuel Stephen Pisano Pontificio Istituto Biblico Rome  Italy in preparation
9 Kings Adrian Schenker University of Fribourg   Switzerland in preparation
Carmel McCarthy University College Dublin  Ireland
10 Isaiah Arie van der Kooij Leiden University  Netherlands in preparation
11 Jeremiah Richard D. Weis Lexington Theological Seminary  United States in preparation
12 Ezekiel Johan Lust Katholieke Universiteit Leuven  Belgium 2018 (forthcoming)
13 Twelve Prophets Anthony Gelston Durham University  United Kingdom 2010 (published, Fascicle 5)
14 Chronicles Zipora Talshir University of Beer Sheva  Israel in preparation
15 Psalms Gerard J. Norton University College Dublin  Ireland in preparation
16 Job Robert Althann Pontificio Istituto Biblico Rome  Italy 2016/7 (forthcoming) [2]
17 Proverbs Jan de Waard University of Strasbourg  France 2008 (published, Fascicle 4)
18a General Introduction 2004 (published, Fascicle 1a)
18b Ruth Jan de Waard University of Strasbourg  France 2004 (published, Fascicle 1b)
18c Canticles Piet B. Dirksen Leiden University  Netherlands 2004 (published, Fascicle 1c)
18d Qoheleth Yohanan A. P. Goldman University of Fribourg   Switzerland 2004 (published, Fascicle 1d)
18e Lamentations Rolf Schäfer German Bible Society Stuttgart  Germany 2004 (published, Fascicle 1e)
18f Esther Magne Sæbø MF School of Theology Oslo  Norway 2004 (published, Fascicle 1f)
19 Daniel Augustinus Gianto Pontificio Istituto Biblico Rome  Italy in preparation
20 Ezra and Nehemiah David Marcus JTS New York  United States 2006 (published, Fascicle 2)

Consulting work for the Masorah is being done by Aron Dotan, Tel Aviv University,  Israel.

indicates members of the Editorial Committee
A indicates the president of the Editorial Committee

As of early-July 2016,[4] shows a projected release date for the Job fascicle of 15 November 2016 and a price of 49 Euros.[5] also lists the Job fascicle as forthcoming, though with a projected release date of 1 May 2017. As of October 2016, the release dates for Leviticus and Ezekiel slipped a year (from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018, respectively) on the web page, a release date for Numbers changed from "forthcoming in 2017" to "in preparation," and Job changed from "in preparation" to "forthcoming in 2017."

Release Date

The Eisenbrauns web page[6] estimates that the entire Hebrew Bible will be completed by 2020. The German Bible Society makes the same prediction on web pages for the fascicles of the Twelve Minor Prophets[7] and of Proverbs,[8] though the German Bible Society web pages for some of the earlier fascicles still predict 2015.[9][10] At the moment the endmost date on the release table says 2017, with other dates still unknown.[11]

See also


  1. According to the German Bible Society webpage last retrieved on June 16th, 2015.


External links

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