The HBCE represents a new model for a critical edition of the Hebrew Bible, although it will be generally familiar to scholars who use critical editions of other ancient works such as the Septuagint or New Testament. The HBCE will consist of critical texts of each book of the Hebrew Bible, accompanied by extensive text-critical commentary and introductions to each volume. A critical text (sometimes called an eclectic text) is one that contains the best readings according to the judgment of the editor. The editors are eminent scholars from North America, Europe, Africa, and Israel.
The HBCE editorial board is led by general editor Ronald Hendel who is Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1999 he received the Frank Moore Cross Publications Award from the American Schools of Oriental Research. His books include The Text of Genesis 1-11: Textual Studies and Critical Edition (Oxford University Press, 1998), Remembering Abraham: Culture, History, and Memory in the Hebrew Bible (Oxford University Press, 2005), Reading Genesis: Ten Methods (editor and contributor; Cambridge University Press, 2010), and The Book of Genesis: A Biography (Princeton University Press, 2013).
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An Eclectic Edition with Introduction and Textual
by Michael V. Fox, 2015, HBCE 1
For the background, methodology, and purpose of the HBCE project, see the following work:
Steps to a New Edition of the Hebrew Bible
by Ronald Hendel, 2016, TCS 10