BibleWorks10: New Features

This is the last post of my five-post review of BibleWorks (BW). In the first four posts, we looked at BW as a whole, the Search Window, the Browse Window, and the Analysis Window. This post will focus on some key new databases and features in BW10 that enrich our study of the Scriptures.

BW10 starts up Untitledfaster than BW9 did. The first, most notable feature in BW10 is the new screen layout and colors that allow one to define his own color schemes for the windows. A comprehensive list of new features and databases is available. Here is just some of the key ones.

1) Samaritan Pentateuch by August Freiherrn von Gall: OT students now can compare between the Masoretic, Septuagint, and Samaritan texts.

2) High-resolution tagged images of the Leningrad Codex: the verse locations in the manuscript are tagged so one can easily locate and display any verse.

3) Nestle-Aland GNT 28th edition

4) New English Translation of the Septuagint (2007)

5) Danker’s Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the NT (2009)

6) Instant lemma form usage info for Greek and Hebrew: the new Forms tab in the Analysis Window gathers together usage statistics for morphologically tagged Greek and Hebrew texts.

7) EPUB reader & library manager: the new EPUB tab in the Analysis Window allows one to read EPUB files and manage libraries of EPUB files.

8) Complete audio Greek NT: sound files for NA27 Greek NT & Robinson-Pierpont Greek NT.

If you are using an old version of BW, I strongly recommend upgrading to BW10; it is worth the $189. If you never used BW, I encourage you to purchase it for your own study and ministry. BW also offers extra modules for reasonable prices. Among many helpful modules BW offers are Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (BDAG) by Bauer, Danker, Arndt, and Gingrich; Reformed Dogmatics (4 volumes) (BAVI) by Herman Bavinck; Stuttgart Original Languages Module (Old and New Testament texts with the NA28 & BHS critical apparatuses and morphologies) (SOLM); Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) by Kohler, Baumgartner, and Stamm; and Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (Abridged) (TDNT) by Kittel, Friedrich, and Bromiley.

BW also has group discounts and, for unlikely situations, BW has a 30-day warranty and return policy where you can return it for any reason within 30 days. The intent of this warranty is to give the users sufficient time to decide whether BW fulfills their Bible research and study needs.

Rev. Dr. Sherif L. Gendy

BibleWorks10: The Analysis Window

This is the fourth post in my five-post review of BibleWorks (BW). In the first post, we looked at BW int1as a whole and how it can be used to enhance our reading of the Scriptures and aid our exegetical studies. We looked in the second post at the Search Window, which is the first of three main windows in BW, where searches are performed on the various Bible versions. In the third post, was discussed the second window, the Browse Window, where the text of verses resulting from searches in the Search Window is displayed.

Today, we look at the third and last main window in BW—the Analysis Window (AW). The AW displays an analysis of the biblical text in the Browse Window through various functions that are accessed by a set of 18 tabs across the top of the window. Each tab represents a separate tool to analyze the text.

The AW can be split into two columns with each column having a portion of the total tabs available. This split allows one to use two tools at once and have them both visible. Through the Analysis Tab Options one can chose which tabs appear in each column with preferred orders.Untitled

All the tabs are extremely helpful but three of them are worthy of note. The Word Analysis Tab displays lexical and other verse-specific information automatically as one moves the mouse cursor over text in the Browse Window. The Resource Summary Tab displays a comprehensive index to information related to the current word or verse in the Browse Window. It includes a list of abbreviated lexicon entries, grammatical resources, as well as the places in various recourses where this verse is cited. New addition to BW10, the AW Leningrad Codex Tab displays high-resolution tagged images of the Leningrad Codex for the Old Testament in Hebrew.

In short, if you have an exegetical question or textlinguistic inquiry, you will most likely find the answers in the AW.

Rev. Dr. Sherif L. Gendy