This Hebrew bible (the Tanach) has been derived from the Westminster Leningrad Codex (WLC) maintained by the J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research by Stephen K. Salisbury ( Manual, Release Notes). The WLC has been transcribed to a format with Unicode character coding and XML markup. The license of use is very generous.
Text can be rapidly accessed by providing a citation, i.e. Deut 26:5-9, in a text field or by clicking on a succession of links. Text can be displayed in a variety of formats and font sizes. Hebrew text may be highlighted, copied, and pasted into Unicode compatible applications. Books of the Torah have an option to display source markings of the Documentary Hypothesis (DH).
- The text is available in five formats for downloading:
Format Purpose XML Unicode, UTF-8 text file with XML markup. Suitable for machine processing and display. This is the root format of all the following texts. Text Unicode, UTF-8 text file without markup. Readable by typical operating system editors. The book text files are an official repository of the Groves Center for the Westminster Leningrad Codex in Unicode. HTML Browser-viewable hypertext (XHTML/CSS) document. A wide range of formats can be selected. Can be easily incorporated into original web documents. ODT Open Document (text) standard document. Compatible with modern editors, particularly the free OpenOffice.org Writer. Convenient for individualized formating. Portable document format document. Highly portable with consistent appearance (but not editable) with the free Adobe Reader.
Notices about the site are published on The Biblical Hebrew Forum at http://biblicalhumanities.org/bhebrew/ under "General Discussion". The subject line of the notices contains the phrase "Unicode/XML Westminster Leningrad Codex".
- Complete books in each of these formats can be obtained by clicking on the book name in the Home page and clicking on the desired format and content (Accents, Vowels, Consonants, Morphology) in the table in the middle row of the resulting page. Zipped archives of complete books in different formats and contents are also available. See the "Zipped archives of Tanach books" section of the Technical page or view the Servers page for general information about the servers.
- A facsimile of the page in Leningrad Codex containing any text selection can be viewed. See the Facsimiles page for more details. Suggested by Jonah Braun, The Master's Seminary, Los Angeles, CA.
- The site can be operated without an internet connection. See the Technical page for instructions.
- Links to external sites, such as translations, are available and other links may be requested.
- Files include a standard Text Encoding Initiative header describing the provenance of the text. The TEI header can be viewed by clicking on the top center label of a Book page.