Category: Software

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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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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E-Readers and Bible Study

I’ve always liked gadgets, and I especially like gadgets that allow me to carry 1500-3500 books that look like paper, have adjustable fonts, and contain excellent Bible study material. There are many Bibles and Bible study resources available for both Kindle and nook (as well as Sony E-Reader, Borders Kobo, etc) at great prices. For example, you can buy the ESV Study Bible for around $10.00. That’s a major savings over buying a hard copy. Both machines will start a book where you left off, no matter how many books you are reading. Also, you start where you left off no matter which device you were reading on. For example, if you read using the Kindle, and then use the Kindle application for your PC, you start at the same place you left off. I like this feature because I’m always losing my place in a book. Both machines have annotation and highlighting features, so you can make notes in your books. The Kindle will let you see notes that others have made and shared. Also, you can’t see through the paper like you can in print Bibles, making the text much clearer than printed Bibles. Both e-readers are amazing Bible study machines. Both contain many reference works, Bibles, devotionals, and books on every Biblical topic. Both e-readers are great at reading PDF files. I have dozens of Bible...

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