Many times people ask me where to get a free download of the Hebrew Bible with English translation. Depending on your reading preferences, there are many ways to start reading the original text, whether at your desktop computer or on tablets, smartphones and ereading devices.
Free Online Hebrew Bible
One of the quickest ways to start reading the original Hebrew text along with its English translation is to take a look at an online edition in your browser. A very solid and comprehensive edition can be found at mechon-mamre.org, offering five different versions, completely free. You can either read the original Bible text in Hebrew, the parallel Hebrew and English or French edition, Arameic and Tiqqun Qore’im.
This Bible resource is a great way to start reading and learning the original Biblical language. Not only are there audio files for each chapter to check your pronunciation, all editions are also offered as a free download. Just take a look at the homepage under “offline resources” to find the correct download.
Free PDF Hebrew Bible Ebook
While an online or offline edition might be great for quick browsing and research, for those who prefer a more book-like experience (and don’t want to add another block of paper to their library) should consider a download in PDF format.
The Wellesley College Library on archive.org for example offers a variety of free editions for download which are scans based on original books.
Biblia Hebraica (1905) [5 books of Moses, Joshua, Judges, Kings I-II]
Hebrew Bible (1882) [Book of Psalms]
Since these books are very old the latin introduction and footnotes will not make much sense to contemporary readers but the original text is authentically represented. These scans are available in a few different download formats from PDF to EBOOK and MOBI for reading on your Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.
Free Hebrew Bible App
Talking about mobile devices, there also a number of apps to read and study on the go. Not all of them are free, but there are some solid freebie editions available for download, as well.
The Torah Bible Pentateuch for iPad [5 Books of Moses]
While this app is great for browsing and searching the original Hebrew text, it doesn’t come with a translation. For more in-depth comparative reading with English translation we took a look at the following app and where positively surprised:
Bible Study With Accordance [parallel English-Hebrew, free Hebrew dictionary]
Got an Android phone or tablet? There are a number of apps on the Google Play store available as free download, for example:
Hebrew Bible by YourApps
Hebrew Bible by Ivri Application