Hebrew OT and Greek NT on the Kindle

I bought a Kindle Keyboard 3G last year, and at first I didn’t like it one bit. My wife, on the other hand, quickly took to it; she was thrilled to discover how many classic works of literature are available for free or $0.99. After that I could barely prise it out of her hands. On a whim, while on vacation, I decided to buy a copy of Mark Steyn’s After America and a subscription to The Spectator (UK edition, of course). Steyn’s side-splitting jeremiad is a riveting read, and the Kindle subscription to The Spectator (delivered instantly on the day of publication each week) is a fraction of the price of an overseas subscription. Together they cured me of Kindle-phobia. In fact, I’d find it hard to live without it now. (I had to buy a second one for my wife.)

William Tyndale shows off his Kindle

Recently it occurred to me how useful it would be to have the Hebrew OT and Greek NT on my Kindle. (For an English translation I already have the free ESV for Kindle — thanks, Crossway!) I did some hunting and found the following, which I thought I’d pass on for interested readers:

  • Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) for Kindle and Nook by Miklal Software Solutions.
    • Follows the text of the Leningrad Codex as digitized by the J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research, the same manuscript underlying Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) and Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ).
    • Kindle version includes The Comprehensive Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Glossary by Humphrey H. Hardy (indexed by first and second letters).
    • Fully indexed, so you can jump immediately to any chapter-verse reference.
    • The text can’t be resized, but it’s very clear and readable on my Kindle with 6″ display (12 lines of Hebrew text per page).
    • Page turns take a little longer than usual (4-5 seconds) on my Kindle.
    • Price is $9.99 — very reasonable indeed, in my opinion.
  • The SBL Greek New Testament by OSNOVA.
    • Based on the SBLGNT critical text edited by Michael W. Holmes.
    • Fully indexed, so you can jump immediately to any chapter-verse reference.
    • From the website: “The OSNOVA edition incorporates an active table of contents, a 5-way controller navigation between chapters and books, a cross-reference system between the Bible text and the apparatus, and the innovative navigation aid called Direct Verse Jump 2 (DVJ-2), which makes it easy to open any Bible verse in mere seconds.”
    • Price point set especially for the Scottish market.

The OSNOVA version of the SBLGNT seems to be formatted a little more neatly than the Lee version, but they’re both very good.

If you know of any other Hebrew OT or Greek NT for the Kindle, please let me know in the comments below.

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