Transliteration: Lambdin Notation

The most standard Hebrew (and Aramaic) transliteration method used in scholarly writing is Lambdin notation.  This is required for writing in CMOS/Turabian format and also SBL… but transliteration fonts are hard to come by and expensive.  This page will provide you with copy/paste text representing the siglae used in this popular notation.

 

CONSONANTAL VALUES

Hebrew scholarly transliteration phonic value
א ʾ glottal stop
בּ b b
ב bh or v
גּ g g
ג gh
דּ d d
ד dh or soft th
ה h h
ו w w or v
ז z z
ח ch [Bach]
ט t
י y y or i
כּ, ךּ k k
כ, ך kh
ל l l
מ, ם m m
נ, ן n n
ס s s
ע ʿ ng or silent
פּ p p
פ, ף ph or f
צ, ץ ts
ק q q or k
ר r ʁ or r̃
שׂ ś s
שׁ š sh
תּ t t
ת hard th

VOCALIC VALUES

Hebrew scholarly transliteration phonic value
ה ָ â tone long a
ָ
(a class)
ā long a
 ַ a short a
ֲ ă half a
י ֵ ê ey diphthong
ה ֵ eh eh diphthong
 ֵ ē long e
ֶ e short e
ֱֲ ĕ half e
ִי î long i
ִ i short i
וֹ ô tone long o
 ׂ ō long o
ָ
(o class)
o short o
ֱֲֳ ŏ half o
וּ û long u
ֻ u short u
ְ superscript e
(if vocal)
shewa sound (ə)
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