Frequently it’s necessary to examine the Hebrew text of the Old Testament side by side with the LXX. BibleWorks 9 makes it simple as pie. One need simply open up the program, go to the OT text one is exegeting, and select ‘Parallel Hebrew -LXX’ from the list of resources:
Then one has handily displayed the Hebrew and Greek side by side along with their respective analyses and lexica.
Want another verse, just go to it in the main window and there it is:
Once you’ve decided where you want to be, you can enlarge the window and everything is considerably easier to see.
I’ve examined the program quite a bit but there is still a lot more to explore. But I won’t drag these review-lets out interminably. Hence, a few closing observations.
First- BibleWorks 9 is the ideal tool for biblical exegesis. It contains everything one needs in terms of primary materials. Biblical texts in the original languages, numerous versions, lexica, dictionaries, maps, grammars, and all the rest are at the fingertip. Even more, though, now several very ancient manuscripts along with transcriptions of those are also included.
Second- given all that it contains, I’ll call it ‘the scholar’s go to tool’ for exegesis. It has everything many of us have had on our shelves in hardback book format for a while and is much easier to access.
Third- if asked which biblical studies software I would recommend, I would, and will, say BW9.
Fourth- that doesn’t mean I think it’s perfect. I wish it contained other editions of the Bible (like the Revised English Bible) and I wish that it had the Dead Sea Scrolls biblical texts (along with photos of those texts as it has for key NT manuscripts) and Clines’ Dictionary of Classical Hebrew.
Fifth- In conclusion, this software has so much and lacks so little that I cannot conceive of any person doing serious work in biblical exegesis not benefiting from it immensely.
[All segments of this multi-part review can be found here].