BibleWorks10: The Browse Window

int1This is the third post on my four-post review of BibleWorks. The first post was a general introduction of the program with some notable features highlighted. In the second post,whatis-browsewindow-full I talked about the first of the three main windows in BibleWorks, the Search Window (SW). In this post, we look at the Browse Window (BW), which is located in the center of BibleWorks.

The BW is where the text of verses resulting from searches in the SW is displayed. The BW is composed of two main parts. The first part is the Header, which is the upper portion of the BW. Fully customizable, the Header can display a dropdown outline of the Bible or a series of navigation list boxes, allowing one to select the Bible version, book, chapter, and verse. One of the interesting options in the Header is a dropdown list on the left side that allows one to choose from various Bible outlines and set outline options. These outlines were produced by the editors of different Bible translations. Another important dropdown list in the Header is the Browse Window Options. This is where different toggle options are available. One toggle that I find helpful is the Toggle Difference Highlighting. When selected, this toggle shows the word use differences in all the Bible versions by having them marked with color highlighting in the Test Area.

The second part of the BW is the Text Area, which displays the text of verses. Text can be displayed in two modes, Single Version Browse Mode (where a verse is displayed in its larger biblical context in a running, continuous text) or Multiple Version Mode (where a verse is displayed in many different Bible versions). One can easily toggle between the browse mode and the multiple version mode. The Text Area is closely linked with the SW. A double click on a word runs a search for it in SW. A double click on a version label will make that version the default search version. There is a number of menu searching options through a right click on a word in the Text Area. For example, one can search on lemma for a Hebrew or Greek word to find any instance of that word no matter what form it takes in the text. Through a right click in the Text Area one can lookup text in the default Bible dictionary, lookup a place name in the BibleWorks maps, and other options for looking up a word in a lexicon. For New Testament Greek text, one can also right click on a word and choose to open a New Testament diagram at that word or listen to the text read in Greek.

In short, the BW is the primary means to read and view the biblical text. It is as if your physical Bible is open right before your eyes with many fast ways and easy options to flip its pages and navigate its content.

Rev. Dr. Sherif L. Gendy

BibleWorks10: The Search Window

In the last post, I introduced BibleWorks (BW) as a whole and how it can enhance your study of the maxresdefaultScripture. In this post, we look at the Search Window (SW), which is the first of three main windows in BW and located on the left. The SW provides a user interface that is used for performing searches on the various Bible versions in BW.

The SW is composed of two main parts. The first part is the Command Line, which is a text input box located at the top. It is where one enters words, phrases, morphology searches, or verses to look up. The number of different search options varies from a simple search for a word or phrase to searches that are more complex. For example, you can do a linear phrase search, specify verse context limits, or specify word context limits for lexical phrase searches. There is much more you can do in the Command Line.

The second part of the SW is the Results Verse List Box. It is a list box under the Command Line that displays the text of the verses resulting from the search. The verse list contains check boxes for each verse reference that enable further processing on selected verse results. For example, you can repeat last copy command, copy selected results list verse, or invert verse list.

What is unique about the SW is that biblical scholars can perform complex lexical and morphological searches that otherwise would take hours, if not days, to do them manually. Accuracy in results and speed in search performance are two key components that set BW apart as a Bible software program. Let us look at an example of complex search in Hebrew and Greek.

Hebrew: To search for any piel OR hithpael form of the stem כפר AND any form of the stem עון OR חטא you simply type (/כפר@vp* כפר@vt*).(/עון חטא) in the Command Line with the WTM (Westminster Hebrew OT Morphology) selected as the search version.

Greek: To search for the word καλoς followed by a form of the word εργον within five words, with the two words agreeing in gender, case, and number all you have to do is to type ‘καλoς =gcn *5 εργον in the Command Line with the BNM (NA28 BibleWorks Greek NT Morphology) selected as the search version.

These are just examples of a lot more complex searches one can perform in the SW of BW. One can search the entire Bible or limit the search to an arbitrary collection of passages or books. Once searching is done, BW gives detailed statistics with options to transfer texts, verses, parallel passages from different versions, entire Bibles, and lexicon entries to one’s favorite word processor.

In sum, the SW is a key part of BW that opens many doors to close analysis of the text for further exegesis and intertextual studies. The SW is where you start your journey of understanding the biblical text through BW.

Rev. Dr. Sherif L. Gendy