Hebrew Bible is a term that refers to the common portions of the canons defined by Judaism and Christianity. In its Latin form, Biblia Hebraica, it traditionally serves as a title for printed editions of the Masoretic Text.
Many scholars advocate use of the term Hebrew Bible when discussing these books in academic writing, as a neutral substitute to terms with religious connotations. In the Society for Biblical Literature SBL Handbook of Style Mark Hamilton states, "Modern scholars often use the term 'Hebrew Bible' to avoid the confessional terms Old Testament and Tanakh." From Hebrew Bible to Christian Bible: Jews, Christians and the Word of God (end). For the recommendation of the Society for Biblical Literature, (The SBL Handbook of Style ISBN 1-56563-487-X) online link.