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Color Images of the Leningrad Codex!

Both Accordance and BibleWorks, two major Bible software vendors who offer the Westminster Hebrew Morphology database, now have color images of the Leningrad Codex, the 1,000+ year old manuscript that is the basis for the Westminster Leningrad Codex, as well as for the standard scholarly Hebrew Bibles (Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia and the under-development Biblia Hebraica Quinta).

Both Accordance and BibleWorks now include as add-on products that can be purchased a full set of color images of the Leningrad Codex, the oldest complete Hebrew Bible we have today.  The Leningrad Codex dates from approximately the years 1008-1009 (that is, just over a millennium ago) and is the basis for our own electronic representation, the Westminster Leningrad Codex, as well as the standard scholar Hebrew Bible for the last half century, Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS), which was last updated in 1997, and its successor, Biblia Hebraica Quinta, which is being published in pieces (called "fascicles") starting in 2004.  Previously the Groves Center has had to do textual analysis from the printed black-and-white facsimile available from Brill and Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.  Color images are important because they allow us to distinguish dots of ink, which are very dark brown (effectively black) from imperfections in the codex material, which are frequently pink. Access to color images will improve the quality of our electronic manuscript.

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