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The Biblical Hebrew Tiro Keyboard

The Society of Biblical Languages has made available Hebrew keyboards which map the unicode characters of Biblical Hebrew including letters, cantillation marks, vowels and other grammatical and punctuation symbols. The keyboard is available free and can be downloaded from the Society's web site complete with instruction manual.

The society offers two options:

1. the Biblical Hebrew SIL keyboard which maps a phonetic keyboard and

2. the Biblical Hebrew tiro keyboard which follows the common pattern of the Modern Hebrew keyboard layout used for Israel, and other Hebrew enabled computers. This layout is the standard layout for Hebrew keyboards in all operating systems.

The chart below uses the Biblical Hebrew Tiro keyboard with the standard Modern Hebrew layout.

Hebrew keyboard layout

How to get the Biblical Hebrew Tiro Keyboard
The Biblical Hebrew keyboards and instructions are available from the Society of Biblical Literature HERE The Society also makes available a Hebrew font [SBL Hebrew].

The Society's Hebrew fonts [SBL Hebrew] are available for both PC and MAC [SBL Hebrew, OS X 10.4 and higher]. Download both the Biblical Hebrew Tiro keyboard driver and manual and follow the instructions provided for installation. Biblical fonts can be downloaded also. Go to Society of Biblical Literture [Link here - opens in new Window]

A useful video for installation of the MAC Hebrew keyboard and Biblical Hebrew Tiro keyboard on the MAC can be found HERE.

Hebrew Fonts
Windows fonts which display diacritical marks with the Biblical Hebrew Tiro keyboard input selected are Gisha, Times New Roman, Arial, Microsoft Sans Serif, Courier New, Tahoma and SBL Hebrew.

Windows Hebrew fonts David, Miriam, FrankRuehl and Rod will display Hebrew consonants but not the diacritical marks mapped to the Biblical Hebrew Tiro keyboard. However, all the above fonts will display Hebrew vowels added using the method outlined below.

Hebrew vowels can be easily typed using your keyboard’s LEFT ALT key and the Number Pad [with or without the Biblical Hebrew Tiro keyboard installed.] Simply hold LEFT ALT key while you type the code with your Number Pad. [Note. You need a keyboard with a separate Number Pad on the right for this to work, you cannot use the number keys above the letters on your laptop keyboard.]

A chart with the ALT codes for Hebrew Vowels on the PC is available HERE.

Hebrew Vowel Pointing using ALT Codes


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