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Biblical Fonts- Frequently Asked Questions for OS X

OS X

SBL Greek installation and use

1. Download the SBL Greek font from the SBL website.

2. Double-click the downloaded font file.

3. Click the Install Font button. The font text may appear in English/Latin characters. This is normal.

4. Open the System Preferences and click Language and Text.
 


5. Click the Input Sources tab.

6. Check the box for Greek Polytonic and make sure that "Show Input menu in menu bar" is checked.

7. When you are ready to type in Greek, open your word processor and change the font to SBL Greek.

8. In the right side of the menu bar, change the active keyboard to Greek Polytonic. You will now be typing in Greek.
 


9. If you need help finding the a specific key, you can refer to the Keyboard Viewer, also found in the menu bar.
 


SBL Hebrew installation and use

1. Download the SBL Hebrew font and the SBL Hebrew keyboard Drivers, SIL and Tiro (OS X) from the SBL website.

2. Double-click the downloaded font file.

3. Click the Install Font button. The font text may appear in English/Latin characters. This is normal.
 

4. Open the downloaded Biblical Hebrew Keyboards Installer to unzip it.

5. Double-click the Biblical Hebrew Keyboards Installer.

6. Click "Continue" for all steps of the installer, reading the instructions as you go along. You will need an administrator password for this step.
 

7. Restart your computer. 

8. Open the System Preferences and click Language and Text.
 
9. Click on the Input Sources.
 
10. Check either or both of Biblical Hebrew - SIL or Biblical Hebrew Tiro. SIL is recommended unless you are familiar with the standard Israeli keyboard. Layouts for both keyboard are available in the respective manuals on the SBL website.

11. Make sure that the "Show Input menu in menu bar" option is checked.

12. When you are ready to type in Hebrew, open you word processor and switch the active font to SBL Hebrew. PLEASE NOTE: Microsoft Word for Mac does not support right-to-left languages. You must use a different word processor. Please here for more details.

13. In the right said of the menu bar, change the active keyboard to a Biblical Hebrew keyboard. You will now be able to type in Hebrew.
 
14. If you need help finding the a specific key, you can refer to the Keyboard Viewer, also found in the menu bar.
 


SBL BibLit Installation and Use


1. Download the SBL BibLit font and the Transliteration keyboard for OS X from the SBL website.

2. Double-click the downloaded font file.
 
3. Click the Install Font button.
 
4. Double-click the Transliteration keyboard for OS X file to unzip it.
 

5. Double-click Transliteration keyboard installer. 

6. Click "Continue" for all steps of the installer, reading the instructions as you go along. You will need an administrator password for this step.

7. Restart your computer. 

8. Open the System Preferences and click Language and Text.
 
9. Click Input Sources.
 
10. Check Transliteration.
 

11. Make sure that the "Show Input menu in menu bar" option is checked.

12. When you are ready to type using transliteration characters, switch to the Transliteration keyboard using the menu bar. Then open your word processor and select SBL BibLit as the active font. You can access the diacritics using the Alt/Option key. A full keyboard layout is
available here.

The SBL BibLit font can also be used for Hebrew and Greek. If you have already installed/activated Greek and Hebrew keyboards, you can use them just like you did for SBL Greek and SBL Hebrew. If you have not previous installed/activated those keyboards, please follow the directions below.

1. Download the SBL Hebrew keyboard Drivers, SIL and Tiro (OS X) from the SBL website.

2. Click "Continue" for all steps of the installer, reading the instructions as you go along. You will need an administrator password for this step.
 

3. Restart your computer. 

4. Open the System Preferences and click Language and Text.
 
 
5. Click on the Input Sources.
 
6. Check Greek Polytonic as well as either or both of Biblical Hebrew - SIL or Biblical Hebrew Tiro. SIL is recommended unless you are familiar with the standard Israeli keyboard. Layouts for both keyboard are available in the respective manuals on the SBL website.
 

11. Make sure that the "Show Input menu in menu bar" option is checked.

12. When you are ready to type in Greek or Hebrew, open you word processor and switch the active font to SBL BibLit, then change the active keyboard to the language that corresponds with what you would like to type. PLEASE NOTE: Microsoft Word for Mac does not support right-to-left languages. You must use a different word processor. Please see the FAQ for more details.

 
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