Free Presbyterian in Israel
 
 
My name is Albert Hembd. I am currently working with others on behalf of theTrinitarian Bible Society to revise the Hebrew New Testament which was translated by Franz Delitzsch in 1877 for the British and Foreign Bible Society.
 
My wife and I are a members of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and have been since 1997.  
 
The Franz Delitzsch Hebrew New Testament, for all its defects, is overall a masterpiece of Biblical Hebrew scholarship. Franz Delitzsch was surely one of the greatest Hebrew scholars of all time. His commentaries which he did in collaboration with Karl Fredereich Keil, though sometimes marred with a few of the modernist ideas that were emerging in his time, are nonetheless overall an invaluable resource for the serious student of the Tanakh (i.e., the Hebrew Old Testament) who reads those commentaries critically. In short, Delitzsch was one of the greatest scholars of the Hebrew Old Testament of all time.
 
In compiling his Hebrew New Testament, Franz Delitzsch first employed the inferior Greek text of Codex Sinaiticus (see the following article on Delitzsch’s use of Sinaiticus) for his base text. However, Professor Delitzsch and the British and Foreign Bible Society soon agreed that Codex Sinaiticus was not adequate, and he accordingly revised his translation to follow the Textus Receptus instead.  This he completed in 1878.
 
We of the Trinitarian Bible Society, in collaboration with others, are working, in humble dependence upon the Most High, to bring the Delitzsch translation (a magnificent work in Hebrew) more in line with the original Greek of the Textus Receptus, and also to make it more accessible language-wise to the modern Israeli reader.  Currently, the Delitzsch Revision Team have completed our revision of the following books:
 
--    The Gospel according to John
--  Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians
--  Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians
--  Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians
--  Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians
--  Paul’s Epistle to the Romans
--  The Gospel according to Matthew
--    The Gospel according to Mark
 
Currently, we are working on 1 and 2 Corinthians..
 
Concurrently with the work on the Delitzsch Hebrew New Testament Revision, I also work for TBS on a translator’s commentary of the Old Testament.
 
For four years, I studied modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew Hebrew University at Mount Scopus. I am presently studying at Bar Ilan University, which, in its Bible department, is more conservative than the Hebrew University, and grounded in traditional Jewish scholarship. I am deeply privileged, in the Providence of God, to be studying now with Professor Yosef Ofer, who is probably the world’s leading authority on the Aleppo Codex and the ben Asher Masoretic Text.
 
Be sure to see my wife Rebecca’s website at Hoosier in Israel.
 
 
 
 
 
    profile
Name: Albert Hembd
Gender: Male
Age: 66
Birthday: February 19, 1950
Status: Married
Hometown: Houston, Texas, now living in Jerusalem, Israel
 
    occupation
Industry: Bible scholarship
Occupation: Bible Scholar
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
 
    Church and books
Our Church:
Favourite Books:
The Works of John Owen the Goold Edition
 
 
 
Marrow of Modern Divinity by Edward Fisher, with Thomas Boston’s notes
 
 
The Westminster Standards, Free Presbyterian Publications
 
Christian’s Greatest Interest by William Guthrie, Free Presbyterian Publications
 
The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Banner of Truth Trust
 
Works of John Bunyan, Banner of Truth Trust
 
 
 
 
Selected Sermons of Matthew Meade Soli Deo Gloria (good sermons on future restoration of Israel there, though hard to find)
 
Restoration of Israel Erroll Hulse - Excellent exposition of Scriptures on national conversion of Israel
Unto His Own -Jacob Gartenhaus
 
    contact
address: Beit Haaravah 14/3
       Jerusalem 93389
       Israel
 
 
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