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BibleWorks 9

BibleWorks 9 Software

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BibleWorks 9 Software

 


 

Description

BibleWorks 9 is a Bible language software aimed at students, pastors, and scholars that provides tools for research, exegesis, and use of the biblical languages. BibleWorks is a Windows-based program, so Mac users must create either an emulation environment or install Windows as a native operating system.

BibleWorks boast a variety of features. Standard features from past BibleWorks editions include dozens of translations in numerous languages, an electronic collection of several lexicons, grammars, and concordances, topographical maps, and much more. In BibleWorks 9, several new features are also available. Among the most significant improvements are an additional analysis window, a verse tab, the CNNTS NT critical apparatus, as well as new material that can be unlocked, such as Metzger’s critical apparatus, Grudem’s Systematic Theology, and numerous other additions.

Locating or Acquiring This Resource

 

BibleWorks 9 can be purchased by visiting bibleworks.com. While the cost is about $359, it is extremely competitive with the market. Competing Bible software such as Accordance (available only for Mac) and Logos cost about $149-$349 and $629-$1689 respectively. For those already with an earlier version of BibleWorks, upgrades are available for about $159 (from version 8) or about $199 (from version 7).

 

Using This Resource in Academic Teaching

 

BibleWorks 9 has a wide-range of application to teaching courses related to the Bible and biblical languages.

  • Use BibleWorks Hebrew and Greek language fonts to create paradigms, quizzes, exams, etc. in Microsoft Word.

 

  • Export specific texts to Microsoft Office programs to create charts, tables, or simple text files.

 

  • Export results of word studies to other programs for comparison.
  • Conduct words studies through lemma searches.

 

  • Use language tools to parse words and look up meanings in lexicons.

 

  • Use searches to find inter-textual links in biblical texts.

 

  • Compare various versions of a text in order to see different translation strategies or the difficulties involved in translating certain passages.

 

  • Use maps as a visual aid in class to point out the location of the events in specific narratives.

 

  • Quickly and easily move between texts that are being used as illustrations.

 

 

 

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Bible Soft

BibleSoft PC Study Bible

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BibleSoft PC Study Bible

 


 

Description

An advanced exegetical and original language electronic study Bible resource designed for pastors, educators, and scholars of the Bible.  As with other electronic study Bibles there are several packaged “libraries” available.  The largest library has a collection of about 400 reference work volumes including Bible translations, commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias, Hebrews and Greek language helps, pastoral sermon resources, and word study resources.  Additional resources to expand one’s system are available.  One of BibleSoft’s sales taglines is: “Stop Searching – Start Studying.”  The system is icon based which makes it straight forward and easy to use.

Locating or Acquiring This Resource

BibleSoft PC Bible Study is reasonably priced resource available from their website, www.BibleSoft.com as well as through Christian Book Distributors, Amazon.com and local Christian bookstores.  The website has the most current information and the widest selection of available options.  Biblesoft’s Customer Service phone is 866.722.4253.

Using this Resource in Academic Teaching

  • To aid pastors and Bible study leaders who preach and teach God’s Word.
  • To simplify lesson preparation with easy access to Bible tools and resources.
  • To access all available original language word information with “quick links.”
  • To help with instant Greek/Hebrew/Aramaic word database pop-ups for parsing and transliteration information.
  • To provide audio pronunciations for the Greek lexical forms.
  • To interface easily with options for changing the size and format of displayed content.
  • To allow one to take a sermon or other written material and include it as a “searchable” resource, with an “authoring system.”
  • To quickly copy multiple texts using the “append” feature that allows multiple copies to the clipboard and a single paste to the saving document.

 

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Accordance Bible Software

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Accordance Bible Software

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Description

Accordance is a Bible software program that emphasizes the ability to search the biblical (and extra-biblical) texts. Accordance features an interface that allows users to view multiple translations/texts side by side. Users can also build an “e-library” of Accordance-compatible reference works that can be read directly on Accordance, side by side with biblical texts. Some of these reference works include interactive Bible atlases, timelines, Greek and Hebrew lexicons, and commentaries. One signature feature of Accordance is the Greek and Hebrew “construct.” The construct window allows users to search complex grammatical constructions, using graphs and charts.

Locating or Acquiring this Resource

Accordance can be purchased online at http://www.accordancebible.com. Currently, the most basic Accordance package can be purchased for a reasonable price. The basic package includes Accordance along with a starter collection of various reference tools. Moreover, many Christian stores, including on-campus bookstores, also sell Accordance. In any case, before purchasing, it must be noted that Accordance was originally designed to run on Macs.  For some older versions, PC users may need a Mac emulator to run Accordance.

Using this Resource in Academic Teaching

There are various ways in which Accordance can be useful for teaching and enhancing effective student learning both in and outside the classroom:

  • Professors who teach intermediate or advanced Greek or Hebrew can illustrate real examples of complex grammatical concepts (e.g., Granville-Sharp) all in one convenient window.

 

  • Accordance is invaluable for exegesis of the biblical text. The kinds of searches that can be performed on Accordance are limited only to one’s own creativity. It can be as simple as searching the occurrences of a particular Hebrew word or activating a list of every optative verb in the New Testament. The searches can also be refined—narrowed or broadened—through the use of Boolean phrases. For example, one can broaden their search from every optative verb in the New Testament to every optative verb and every imperative.

 

  • For people who do not mind reading extensively on a computer screen, Accordance allows students and professors to purchase Accordance-compatible reference tools (e.g., commentaries), usually at significantly cheaper prices than their paper counterparts.

 

  • Accordance provides a convenient means for projecting the biblical text for a classroom lecture or seminar. Not only can professors project the biblical text using Accordance, they can also demonstrate on a projected screen how computerized searches of the biblical text can enhance exegesis and exposition.

 

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