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Ruth 1:1-3
 1  וַיְהִ֗י בִּימֵי֙ שְׁפֹ֣ט הַשֹּׁפְטִ֔ים וַיְהִ֥י רָעָ֖ב בָּאָ֑רֶץ וַיֵּ֨לֶךְ אִ֜ישׁ מִבֵּ֧ית לֶ֣חֶם יְהוּדָ֗ה לָגוּר֙ בִּשְׂדֵ֣י מוֹאָ֔ב ה֥וּא וְאִשְׁתּ֖וֹ וּשְׁנֵ֥י בָנָֽיו׃  2  וְשֵׁ֣ם הָאִ֣ישׁ אֱ‍ֽלִימֶ֡לֶךְ וְשֵׁם֩ אִשְׁתּ֨וֹ נָעֳמִ֜י וְשֵׁ֥ם שְׁנֵֽי־בָנָ֣יו ׀ מַחְל֤וֹן וְכִלְיוֹן֙ אֶפְרָתִ֔ים מִבֵּ֥ית לֶ֖חֶם יְהוּדָ֑ה וַיָּבֹ֥אוּ שְׂדֵי־מוֹאָ֖ב וַיִּֽהְיוּ־שָֽׁם׃  3  וַיָּ֥מָת אֱלִימֶ֖לֶךְ אִ֣ישׁ נָעֳמִ֑י וַתִּשָּׁאֵ֥ר הִ֖יא וּשְׁנֵ֥י בָנֶֽיהָ׃

Hebrew Audio Text Map

Edited: February 2nd, 2022

You will notice a new addition of a "Reading Rate Selector" to the Audio Text Map. A few users have reported that it can be challenging to keep up with the normal reading rate of Abraham Shmuelof. One downside is that I have not yet been able to modify the pitch in real time to match the reading rate. This will result in the pitch dropping on slower rates and rising on higher rates. I decided to release this feature now so that you might benefit from the slower pace while I determine the best path forward to match the pitch to the rate.

The Hebrew Audio Text Map project is well under way.   As this page loaded, you saw the first three verses of Ruth chapter 1.  I used these as a proof of concept.  The Masoretic Text will be read to you by Abraham Shmuelof -- verse by verse by clicking on the speaker icon at the beginning of each verse.  

Additional chapters of text can be accessed by clicking on the drop down selection box at the top right of the page.  If the book and chapter are in the list, they are ready for you to follow along.  If the book and chapter are not listed, it's because the Audio Text Map is not complete for that passage.

I hope this is a blessing to all students of the Hebrew Bible.  Thank you for visiting and sharing this page with your contacts.

I have been greatly encouraged from those around the world who tell me that they are using this concept. The Hebrew Bible has been accessed by people from 102 countries (current count as of February 2, 2022). I was humbled to learn that it is being used in synagogues to connect with their rich heritage. Thank you for letting me know!

About the Hebrew Reader -- Abraham Shmuelof

Edited: August 14th, 2014

Someone recently contacted me and asked why I would choose Abraham Shmuelof for the reading of the text seeing that he does not use Modern Hebrew pronunciation and it is evident that he has a regional dialect in his reading.  I have chosen to use Abraham Shmuelof for the following reasons:

  1. When no one was thinking about recording the Hebrew Bible for a vocal presentation, Abraham Scmuelof had the vision to record the entirety of the Hebrew Bible for future generations

  2. He is from an ultraorthodox Jewish family and was born in the Mea Shearim (hundredfold or hundred gates) neighborhood just outside of the Old City of Jerusalem.  His community viewed Hebrew as a scared language.

  3. He converted to Christianity from the seeds sown into his life while he was a prisoner of war for the British in WWII.  He is my brother in the Lord.

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