Donald W. Parry, a BYU Professor of Hebrew, has been added to the international editorial team for Biblia Hebraica Quinta, the fifth edition (thus “Quinta”) in the Biblia Hebraica series that is currently in preparation.
I have in my home library a copy of the third edition from the 1930s, often called the Kittel edition, as well as the current version, BHS, Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. This is such a standard tool you can see a picture of one on the FPR masthead (second volume from the right). BHQ promises to be a major advance in critical editions of the Hebrew Bible. Parry will be working on the Isaiah material. BHQ is being published piecemeal in (very expensive) fascicles; eventually when it is all finished it will be published in inexpensive two-volume sets. For more info on BHQ, see here and here.
I don’t know Don really well, but I am acquainted with him and consider him a friend. We spent what I consider an idyllic weekend together in the Kansas City area in September of 2000. The FARMS Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit was in town, and Don was brought out to be interviewed in studio at several TV stations and to give a fireside presentation to a very large group. I went to sort of second chair for Don, since it was such a big event. I did local TV interviews on site, and I lectured at Washburn University.
On Saturday we had a lot of time to kill before Don’s big fireside, so we got in his rental car and went to see some church history sites. I had never seen any of the Missouri sites before, so this was particularly enjoyable for me. I was blown away with how beautiful the rolling hills of Adam-ondi-Ahman were; simply gorgeous. We also went to see the setting for what would have been the Far West temple.
We were tempted to try for Haun’s Mill, but we were pushing the clock as it was and had to get back for the fireside. I’m sure a lot of people would not have been happy if the featured speaker didn’t show up because he was out with me looking at church history sites!
Anyway, I just wanted to take public notice of this accomplishment and offer a hearty congratulations to Don for this prestigious appointment.