Author: Randy A Brown

BibleWorks 8 part 2 – Favorite Features

BibleWorks 8 is a vast program that heightens the quality of your Bible study through word analysis, parallel comparisons with other Bible versions, commentaries, and more. I’ve been using my free review copy for a few weeks now and I wanted to write a follow-up review and cover some of my favorite features that I’ve used so far. There are many excellent features in BibleWorks 8, so this is nowhere near an exhaustive list, but this will show how I’ve been using BibleWorks 8 and what I’ve found to be most useful so far. Analysis Holding the mouse curser over a word and holding the shift key keeps the information about that word in the analysis window. The analysis includes the Strong’s number, an in-depth definition of the word in its original language, Matthew Henry’s commentary, and the Geneva Bible notes. I use the definitions the most, but it is nice having notes and commentary to refer to, especially for difficult passages. Copy and Paste Since I use BibleWorks 8 for writing it is important to me how copy and paste works. Many Bible software packages do not allow for clean copy and paste of the text because they add their own formatting when you paste. BibleWorks 8 allows you to have full control over the format and how you paste. You can choose how copy and paste works...

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BibleWorks 8 Part 1- First Impressions

Review by Randy A Brown of Studies In Scripture BibleWorks 8 is software for exegetical Bible study for Windows. BibleWorks gives you the tools to do your own research; it’s just a lot faster and more efficient than looking it up the old fashioned way. It’s much easier to study with all of these resources just a mouse-click away. I don’t lose my train of thought because of taking so long to find a definition or comment. The amount of space that is saved when compared to physical books is amazing. That might not be an issue for some, but it is an issue for me. I’m out of space in my small home, so for me software is the better choice for Bible study. It also has the advantage of copy and paste, which is great for writing essays and sermon outlines, and for taking notes. This makes BibleWorks 8 an excellent research and writing tool. BibleWorks 8 has the feel of high-end software, much like Photoshop, and is just about as complex. There are other Bible programs out there, just as there are other photo editing programs out there, but, just like Photoshop, there is no real substitute. Nothing does what BibleWorks does as good as BibleWorks does it. You can use books, pencil, and paper and develop your articles, essays, and sermons, but BibleWorks performs all...

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The Scofield Study Bible III, Large Print, NKJV

Oxford University Press just released the large print edition of the Scofield Study Bible III in New King James Version. The Scofield Study Bible III is the 2002 revision of the original Scofield Study Bible. The NKJV edition has been available for a while, but it is now available in large print, and it looks nice. Study Bibles are a great addition to your library because they contain lots of notes and features in one volume for a low price. I am always cautious of notes in study Bibles, and the Scofield is no different. I’m not just picking on Scofield, I caution every one of all study notes, even those found in commentaries and study tools. With that said, the Scofield III has lots of nice features. Notes within the text include book introductions, book outlines, charts, definitions, lists, in-text maps, marginal references, chain references, chronology, and more. In the back of the Bible there is a subject index, a chain reference, an index of proper names, a nice concordance, and 16 Oxford maps. The notes that make the Scofield III unique, in the form of articles, charts, etc., are placed within boxes at the bottom of the page. The Scofield III has some of the most comprehensive headings in any study Bible. The section headings are very detailed and there are lots of them. They are in...

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The NRSV Notetakers Bible

My favorite study Bibles are those that give you the room to create your own notes. The NRSV Notetaker’s Bible is just that. The NRSV Notetaker’s Bible with the Apocrypha from Oxford University Press is a Bible with a single column of text and a column of ruled lines for taking notes, making it an excellent study or devotional Bible. The NRSV Notetaker’s Bible doesn’t contain any references or a concordance. Instead, it gives you room to write your own references and notes. There are translation notes at the bottom of almost every page that contain information such as variant readings, and Greek or Hebrew definitions. These notes help shed light on difficult passages without giving biased opinions. As its name indicates, this Bible is a New Revised Standard Version. The NRSV is essentially a literal translation that uses gender neutrality when it does not depart from the original text. This means that instead of saying ‘man’ it says ‘person’ if the context is refereeing to both men and women. This Bible contains the Apocrypha. I personally do not use the Apocrypha, but I recommend having it for reference so you can know what others are talking about. Where this Bible shines is its two inch ruled margin on the outside column of every page. The ruled lines are very close together, allowing for a lot of writing per...

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The Word of Promise New Testament, NKJV

The Word of Promise New Testament is an excellent dramatization of the NKJV on 20 audio CD’s in a nice zippered CD case. It includes over 21 hours of well-acted audio by over 120 actors, contains an original soundtrack and high quality sound effects, and includes a “Behind the Scenes” DVD. The cast includes Jim Caviezel, Michael York, Marisa Tomei, Stacy Keach, Louis Gossett, Jr., Ernie Hudson, and many others. This Bible is the highest quality dramatized Bible I have ever heard. It has a superstar cast and orchestrated music that sets the mood and tone perfectly. Although the music does tend to repeat, after all this audio Bible is over 21 hours long, it never gets old because there is enough variety in the music and it always fits the situation. The New King James version sounds great when narrated and acted out. What I was impressed with most was Thomas Nelson’s attention to detail. For example, in every red-letter Bible that I’ve read, none of them have Revelation 21:5-8 in red letters because the one speaking is sitting on the throne. In verse 6 of this passage, the one on the throne is the Alpha and Omega, which we see from Revelation 1:8 and 22:13 that this is Jesus. The Word of Promise New Testament has James Caviezel reading Revelation 21:5-8 as Jesus. This is the only...

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