Earlier segments of this review series are listed here. In this present, and final installment I would like to focus on the audio portion (for which you’ll simply have to take my word since there’s no way to share the audio files known to me) and the program’s features and one minor criticism.
So, concerning the Greek audio- it’s a useful thing but something I do not intend regularly to use. I prefer, frankly, seeing the words rather than hearing someone else speak them. Others will, naturally, enjoy being read to. I do not.
Concerning the full features of this new incarnation of BibleWorks- here’s what it has:
. Customizable screen layout and colors
. Screen scaling (essential for use on many high resolution pad computers)
. Morpholological color coding for Greek and Hebrew tagged texts
. EPUB reader and library manager
. Dedicated tab for getting the most out of the AGNT Greek New Testamanr
. Fuzzy search capability
. Holy land picture database
. A wide range of Greek and Hebrew fonts are provided, both Unicode and non-Unicode. The Unicode fonts SBL Greek and SBL Hebrew are included.
. Analysis windows show related lexical and grammatical references for a word or verse, cross references, full browse context, common words, Study Bible notes, critical apparatus sections, full list of word usage with occurrence graphs, etc. as the cursor moves over text.
. Bible texts, dictionaries and lexicons are fully searchable, with many search options.
. Bibliographic information (includes Zotero RDF, Refer-BiblX, BibTeX, and RIS files).
. Comparison tools highlight differences between Bible versions.
. Complete lemmatization and parsing is provided for Greek New Testament, Septuagint and Hebrew Old Testament.
. Copy and paste verse text to other programs customizing text and verse reference format.
. Custom cross-reference databases can be created.
. Custom lexicons can be created, based on words in a particular passage.
. Diagramming module enables users to construct diagrams of any text.
. Drag & Drop is supported between BibleWorks and many word processors.
. Editable timelines of church and secular history provide a historical perspective.
. Editor supports Unicode and has a wide range of editing features.
. Extensive search tools for lexical, grammatical, phrase, semantic domain, related verse, key word in context searches. Build search with graphical interface.
. Hebrew and Greek review tools including vocabulary flashcards are available in print, electronic and audio formats, Daily Light in Greek & Hebrew, and more.
. Highlighted text and search results can be saved in multiple sets.
. Learn to use the program with hours of online videos and a full electronic manual.
. Link manager handles your own links to Internet resources and other Bible software.
. Listen to English Bible text read aloud.
. Manage and browse online and offline books and internet links (ERMIE). Trade catalogs of links.
. Mouse pop-ups show verse text for each resource.
. Multiple copies of BibleWorks may be opened for convenience.
. Multiple views show Bible versions in parallel columns, vertical comparative lines or full context.
. Parallel-Aligned Hebrew and Greek text makes it easy to find Hebrew and Greek equivalents.
. Parsing, lexical information and cross references are displayed when cursor moves over tagged Bible text.
. Popup list of morphology codes opens as you enter morphological codes.
. Popup window, with word definition and parsing, is displayed when mouse is held over Greek and Hebrew words.
. Report generator compiles and prints lexical information, morphological analysis, multiple Bible versions, word frequencies and more.
. Satellite maps can be customized with time periods, sites and other notations.
. Search queries and results can be saved and reused.
. Searches can be very broad or limited to selected verses or books.
. Sets of favorite Bible versions can be created, saved and searched.
. Statistics utility allows you to plot, compare and export graphs of search results.
. Synopsis window shows editable parallel gospel accounts.
. Text can be exported to Unicode Hebrew and Greek.
. Verses, chapters, books or entire Bible versions can be exported.
. Word list utility can generate word frequency lists for any range of verses.
. Your own chapter or verse notes load automatically each time you view a verse.
. Your own Bible versions can be created, saved, searched and integrated into BibleWorks.
It’s rather a lot- especially considering that it’s more than enough to fully research any biblical text before turning to secondary literature, commentaries, and other resources.
Indeed, as I have suggested concerning earlier versions of BibleWorks- it is the best tool for exegesis known to me (in electronic form, of course). Logos is excellent for secondary sources but BibleWorks is where one must begin the most important task: exegesis.
But, as with earlier versions of the software, I again feel compelled to note that the continued inclusion of Strong’s Concordance is unfortunate. Strong’s is simply too often wrong to be of serious use. Of course I realize that many people are familiar with Strong’s and use it with regularity. But that really is not sufficient reason to continue using it in biblical studies software. Especially since we now have so many very useful alternatives.
All in all, however, BibleWorks has many advantages over its competitors and users of the new version will not, I imagine, regret the investment.