Author: Randy A Brown

Review: BibleWorks 9 Part 3

BibleWorks 9 truly is the best version of BW so far, with many new features that will greatly enhance your Bible study, sermons, classwork, and writing. The amount and depth of the latest features are absolutely outstanding. So, I wanted to touch on a few more of the new features and show BibleWorks 9 in action. Difference Highlighting Difference Highlighting shows you the differences between Bible versions. There are several ways that you can use Difference Highlighting. You can view several versions at once in the Browse Window and instantly see the differences by toggling Difference Highlighting in the Browse Window Options. Now any verse you navigate to will show you the differences between all the texts in your Browse Window. There is a different color for each language, so Greek and English will be in different colors. You can also view differences between texts that you select by using Text Comparison from the Tools menu. Text Comparison gives you some options on how to perform the comparison. Difference Highlighting also works in the Parallel Versions Window, allowing you to see several versions in parallel with their differences highlighted. Using search features and Difference Highlighting, you can see the differences between every version and manuscript and perform searches on those differences. You can even save your searches for later use. Use Tab The Use Tab is an instant search...

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Review: BibleWorks 9 Part 2

For my second look at BibleWorks 9 I’ve been looking at some of the new features a little closer. Specifically the Manuscript Project and the CNTTS Apparatus. The Manuscript Project is one of my favorite new features. The Manuscript Project includes digitally scanned images of Greek manuscripts. Manuscripts include Nestle-Aland 27, Scrivener, Robinson-Pierpont (Byzantine), Westcot-Hort, Sinaiticus, Alexandrinus, Vaticanus, Bezae, and more. The images include hyperlinked tags, that can be turned on or off, that show the chapter and verse. There are also transcriptions of the manuscripts, which you can search, copy, and paste into your notes. The transcriptions also include transcriber notes. These notes help to clarify any instances where a translation is not clear, where more than one word could have been used, where the original text is not readable, and more. There is a window that shows the variations between the manuscripts. This is helpful when you want to see how the manuscripts differ. The Manuscripts Project is an excellent tool for deeper verse analysis. The scanned images of the manuscripts can be enhanced using image controls (brightness, contrast, sharpness, etc.). You can also view the image in a separate window. The manuscript images can also be copied and pasted into your notes. The Manuscript Project is one of the tools I use the most. I highly recommend it for study of Greek and the manuscript variations....

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R. L. Allan KJV Longprimer in Brown Highland Goatskin

R. L. Allan and Son’s is a Scottish company that produces extremely high quality specialty Bibles. R. L. Allan holds the Royal License to publish the Authorized Version (KJV) in Scotland. The Highland Goatskin KJV Longprimer, designed and typeset in 1952 by Oxford University Press in New York, is Allan’s signature Bible. The Longprimer is a chain reference topical study Bible. Its features are exactly what I’ve been longing for. I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect size font with the perfect amount of boldness. I wanted the best paper and center-column references that included translation notes....

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Cambridge ESV Wide Margin

 by Jonathan Ammon  Wide-Margin Bibles are one of the most popular and effective tools for personal Bible study. They allow you to create your own personalized study Bible, inviting you to investigate your own interpretation and experience with the word of God. In essence it is the creation of your own reference tool and doctrinal aid. A wide-margin Bible simply gives you the space to write your own notes around the word of God allowing marking, underlining and highlighting to be augmented by notes, chain references, diagrams, sketches, charts etc. As a graduation gift to myself, I purchased a Cambridge ESV Wide Margin Bible. This is my first wide-margin Bible and I reasoned that if I was going to meticulously write notes in it, I wanted it to last a lifetime. The edition I purchased features a smyth-sewn binding, art-gilt page edges, two ribbons and a genuine goatskin cover. It was a pricey item but I’m planning for it to last a lifetime and contain an entire book full of interpretational notes etc. Mark Bertrand has written an excellent review of the product. Of course this rationale propagated itself and I thought, “If the Bible is this expensive I really should buy a fine point archival quality pen to write in it,” hence my notes are made in an 005 purple Pigma Micron, which is the most heavily reccomended pen for Bible...

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Review: BibleWorks 9 part 1

BibleWorks 9 brings a lot of new features to your Bible study. The new features are some of my favorite features. They include: The Manuscript Project The CNTTS Apparatus The ESV Study Bible Four columns Difference highlighting And much more (click here for a full list) BibleWorks has always been a great enhancement to my Bible study. I didn’t really know how they could make it better because it already has amazing Greek and Hebrew word study tools. It already has the ability to build your own notebook. It already has the tools you need to write your sermons and class lessons. It already has commentaries, dictionaries, lexicons, grammars, etc. But, they went ahead and made it better anyway- and I’m very satisfied with the results. One way they’ve made it better is by adding scans of the Greek manuscripts (I’m hoping for the Dead Sea Scrolls as an expansion- hint, hint). The manuscripts are tagged with chapter and verse numbers, so you will know what verse you’re looking at. The images can be adjusted using controls for brightness and sharping, etc. This allows you to look as close at the manuscripts as you want without ever touching them. There’s also a transliteration of each manuscript so you can read and copy them into your notes. You can even compare the manuscripts and highlight the differences. I really like...

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