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Ezra SIL Hebrew Unicode Font
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The Ezra SIL Unicode Fonts
Ezra SIL is a typeface fashioned after the square letter forms of the typography of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS), a beautiful Old Testament volume familiar to Biblical Hebrew scholars. The Ezra SIL font is an OpenType “smart” font. It is designed to work with Office 2003 and above.
Please see the sidebar (the box to the right) for full information about this package (downloads, documentation, Frequently Asked Questions, etc.).
This font is available under the SIL Open Font License. If you are a type designer or font programmer, you may freely modify and re-distribute the font under another name. See full details and downloads on the download page.
The Westminster Leningrad Codex is available here. The Oxford Text Archive at one time provided a free electronic version of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) text, in the Michigan-Claremont encoding, but it is no longer available online. Neither is the Hebrew Institute of Westminster Theological Seminary text. We will update this page if that should change in the future.
Two fonts are included in the package:
Ezra SIL version 2.5
Containing the basic set of Unicode characters needed for Biblical Hebrew texts following the typeface and traditions of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.
Exodus 20:4:1-4 v2.0
Ezra SIL SR version 2.5
Containing the same set of Unicode characters as above but with a different style of cantillation.
Exodus 20:4:1-4 SR v2.0
The font and keyboards were designed for the following systems:
Users working with cantillation should have Microsoft Office 2003 or later. Part of the code for displaying Hebrew correctly is included in this software. Other applications, including Paratext 6, also have updated biblical Hebrew support.
Users may attempt using these fonts with Windows 2000/XP and Microsoft Word 2000 or 2002. However they must expect to find the experience frustrating. Many problems with Hebrew and right-to-left scripts have been corrected in Office 2003.
An updated Keyman 6 keyboard/installer is included as a separate download. Download the .kmp package to install the fonts and keyboard.
Follow the instructions for data order found in the keyboard chart or Keying in Hebrew.pdf documentation.
If you have text files typed with the pre-Unicode SIL Ezra font, the files will have to be converted to Unicode to use with this font. A conversion table is now included and requires the free program TECkit. Conversion can be a complex process requiring a moderate to high level of computer ability.
Users should download and install Adobe Reader to read and print the documentation.
For more information about installing, see Decompression Utilities, Downloading & Installation Tips.
The font package does not contain any keyboards. If you need a keyboard there are several options.
Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X provide a Hebrew keyboard as part of the operating system. Those keyboards provide for modern Hebrew input and not biblical Hebrew. General instructions for installing Microsoft keyboards can be found here. Mac OS X keyboards can be accessed through .
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