Since the early 90s, I’ve been using a DOS Bible program called “The Online Bible.”
I like the DOS version because it’s lightning fast. And it suits my needs perfectly:
The only thing I use Bible software for is to:
1. look up all the texts that use a specific word or phrase (e.g., “Kingdom of God.”)
2. copy and paste texts I need for my writings in a Word document.
3. look up all the texts that use a specific Greek or Hebrew word (this program allows one to do searches by Greek or Hebrew using a Strongs Concordance number).
4. look up the Greek or Hebrew word used in a specific passage (e.g., the Greek word for “love” in John 21:15).
Those are the only things for which I use electronic Bibles. I use the good ole’ hand-held, print versions for everything else.
Since I use this Bible program for those four purposes, I’ve never upgraded to anything else. The DOS version of this Bible works fantastic on Windows XP as well as all earlier versions of Windows.
If it’s not broken, why fix it?
Years ago, I did grab a copy of the Windows version of this program just to try it out. But it wasn’t nearly as fast, and I found it more cumbersome for my specific needs.
I have Windows 7 on my laptop, and my near-and-dear DOS Bible program refuses to work on it.
I’ve tried DOS Box, I’ve changed the properties for the program, and nothing has worked. So I’m resigning myself to the fact that I need a new program.
I’m well aware of Web Bible programs like Bible Gateway and The Blue Letter Bible, but I’m often in locations where I can’t get Internet access, so I need something that will run independent of the Web.
That said, if anyone is proficient in DOS and Windows 7, I’d be enormously grateful if you were able to tell me how to run this program on Windows 7 and it actually work. In fact, to the person who can successfully pull this off, I’ll give you a free copy of my next two books (print versions).
I also plan to review a number of Windows Bible software programs beginning in September.
You can help me in this endeavor by telling me what Bible software program you use, the specific version or edition, and what you use it for specifically. Also, share with me the pros and the cons from your experience.
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Update: Here are the programs mentioned in the comments yesterday. Online versions are also included:
Logos Bible Software
OliveTree Bible Reader
The Online Bible
PC Study Bible
The Power Bible
Bibles for America
The Blue Letter Bible
If any of these vendors send me a review copy of their software, I’ll review it on the blog.