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Viewing Biblical Hebrew Unicode

A high-quality Hebrew font such as SBL Hebrew (SBL_Hbrw.ttf) or EZRA SIL [External Site] (SILEOT.ttf) should be installed to view Unicode Biblical Hebrew. SBL_Hbrw.ttf can be downloaded below.

Another font which has reasonably complete support for the Unicode range used in the Tanach is the Code 2000 shareware font [External Site]. This font, when used in conjunction with Internet Explorer, gives good results; however this is not the case with some versions of Netscape.

SBL Hebrew works best with Netscape 7.1, Mozilla 1.6, or Mozilla Firefox 0.8. Internet Explorer 6+ can be used if necessary, however.

For any browser running on Microsoft operating systems the quality of the display for either font depends on an elusive "Unicode Script Processor" file, usp10.dll. Obsolete versions of this file render accents on top of each other and produce very ugly text. One version of this file is provided by Microsoft with its systems, however, the file is not updated by "Service Packs" or "Hotfix" updates. With much work, an up-to-date version can be obtained by joining the Microsoft "MSVolt" workgroup. Install the usp10.dll file by placing it in the same directory as your browser's executable file, i.e. firefox.exe, IEXPLORE.EXE, mozilla.exe, or Netscp.exe.

Occasionally, a combination of Unicode characters will not be rendered properly. When this happens, a dotted circle is drawn. This is not necessarily an error in the XML file.

The SBL Hebrew font file may be freely distributed for non-commercial purposes in accordance with the following license. Do not install the font unless you are willing to accept the license terms.

The SBL Hebrew font file is copyrighted software (© 2003), the intellectual property of Tiro Typeworks, Vancouver BC, Canada. SBL Hebrew is a trademark of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta GA, USA.

Click here to download SBL_Hbrw.ttf 161,880 bytes

This font is compatible with Windows XP and 2000. To install the font, download the font to a location on your hard drive, open the 'Fonts' in the Control Panel, and run 'File | Add Font'.

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