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舊約聖經時代普通人家的飯廳兼客廳。攝於以色列特拉維夫 Eretz Israel Musuem。
舊約聖經時代普通人家的飯廳兼客廳。攝於以色列特拉維夫 Eretz Israel Musuem。

1/17/2016

Encyclopedia of the World of the Bible

Have you ever tried to locate a copy of a volume of the great Hebrew set Encyclopedia of the World of the Bible but got confused about how the libraries represent them in their online catalogs?  Some weeks ago I sorted out my confusion about this. Here are my findings.

1. This set is written in Hebrew, although people have given it an English title Encyclopedia of the World of the Bible. I have not seen any English translation of this set. I have not seen this English title in the volumes of this set itself. So perhaps this is not an official title. The real name of this set is...

2. The set has two names! Actually there is one older and one newer version. Respectively, they are:
אנציקלופדיה עולם התנ''ך Entsiḳlopedyah ʻOlam ha-Tanakh. Tel-Aviv: Revivim, 1982-
עולם התנ''ך ʻOlam ha-Tanakh. Tel-Aviv : Daṿidzon-ʻIti, 1993-
Left: Older. Right: Newer.


As you can see, they are published by different publishers. I roughly compared the Jeremiah volume of the two sets and could not find any difference in the contents. Perhaps there are fine updates in the 1993 set which a casual reader cannot easily notice.

3. In both sets, the volumes are not numbered. I.e. in the books themselves, no volume number appears. Therefore, each library is assigning volume numbers to them. From Genesis to Deuteronomy, it is not a problem, everybody assigns "1" to "5" to these books. However, for the Prophets and Writings, the situation is more complicated. For example, Psalms B is vol.16b in the Hebrew Union College (NYC) library, but vol.13 pt.2 in the New York University library.
This makes it difficult to order an inter-library loan. But we can make guesses by observing the organization of the set. Here is what I have observed. The old and new sets have slightly different structures. Each line represents a separate volume.


אנציקלופדיה עולם התנ''ך Entsiḳlopedyah ʻOlam ha-Tanakh. Tel-Aviv: Revivim, 1982-
Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Ezekiel
Twelve Prophets A (Hosea to Jonah)
Twelve Prophets B (Micah to Malachi)
Psalms A (Ps. 1-72)
Psalms B (Ps. 73-150)
Proverbs
Job
Songs, Ruth, Lamentations (Megillot A)
Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel (Megillot B + Daniel)
Ezra, Nehemia
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles

עולם התנ''ך ʻOlam ha-Tanakh. Tel-Aviv : Daṿidzon-ʻIti, 1993-
Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Ezekiel
Twelve Prophets A (Hosea to Jonah)
Twelve Prophets B (Micah to Malachi)
Psalms A (Ps. 1-72)
Psalms B (Ps. 73-150)
Proverbs
Job
Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther (Megillot)
Ezra, Nehemia, Daniel
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles

4. If you are willing to pay, you may opt to use an online version of the newer set! This is offered by this website. It is not selling an electronic version of the set. It is selling the right to read the books, and many other Hebrew books. Subscription costs about HKD 500 a year or HKD 60 a month. 

I hope this information help you enjoy your study!




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