BibleWorks

I’m continuing my series of reviews for various Bible software programs. You can see the rest of the series in the Archives under the Reviews category.

My plan is to review a different program each week.

The publishers of these programs were gracious enough to send me copies of their software to review on this blog.

Each review will give a rating for various categories along with an image of the software from my computer and the link to the official website where you can see a demo and order the program.

This review is for BibleWorks 9

BibleWorks

I tested the program out on my PC using Windows 7.

The ratings are on a scale of 1 to 5.

1 is poor. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.

Here’s how I rated BibleWorks 9.

Design: 3

Loading Speed: 1

Speed After Program is Loaded: 5

Search Features: 3

Copy & Paste Functionality (from the program to Word): 5

Quality & Quantity of Free Bibles & Books: 3

Quality & Quantity of Available Books & Bibles to Purchase: 5

Availability in Electronic Formats (iPad, iPhone, Mac, PC, etc.): 3

Price: $359

Website: http://www.bibleworks.com

Comment: This is a titanic and sophisticated Bible program that specializes in the area of exegesis and biblical research. It’s unlike other Bible programs in that it’s a Greek/Hebrew lexicon on steroids. The program is massive, taking up 3 CDs. The learning curve is somewhat steep. It took me quite some time to figure out how different functions work. For that reason, the program includes 120 tutorial videos included under the “Help” menu item.

BibleWorks is mainly for pastors, teachers, scholars, and Bible students. The goal of the software is to help people interpret the Scriptures in the original Greek and Hebrew. As such, the software is geared for those who have some facility in those languages. It includes high resolution maps, various historical charts, the entire NT grammatically diagrammed, etc.

You can check out the videos here http://www.bibleworks.com/content/videos/index.htm. Other helpful pages include http://www.bibleworks.com/download.html and http://www.bibleworks.com/webbuttons.html

Do you use BibleWorks? If so, feel free to add your thoughts.

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Comments

  1. says

    I have been using BibleWorks since 2001 and find it to be far and away the best exegetical tool in my library. Logos and WordSearch offer more in the way of commentaries and other library items, such as Bible Dictionaries and topical tools, but for language tools BibleWorks is unbeatable and I use it alongside WordSearch 10 for all that I need as a pastor in both my daily study and my doctoral program. I currently use BW5, but am about to upgrade to BW9.

  2. Ant Writes says

    I have BW 8 (I upgraded from 6) and I love it. It has to be my 2nd favorite bible software.
    I also agree with Kelly Youngblood when she said she could “hover over a Hebrew or Greek word to find out what it means”. While I know Greek and Hebrew fairly well (the Modern varieties), I don’t have the lexicons memorized so it’s a handy dandy feature. Plus, I love that it links the ANF and NPNF automagically to verses without any setup. Although I would LOVE to upgrade to 9, my wife would kill me if I did. Plus, I couldn’t possibly justify the new version. :(

  3. Cindy Larsen says

    I have used BibleWorks since 2000 and find it essential for my work here in Uganda. I am upcountry and have very little access to books. As president/principal of a theological college, I often receive questions about the Bible that are very specific and/or technical. I just cannot remember all of the details I have learned in the past. I would love to have a more up-to-date version, but the price is much too high to justify from this perspective.

  4. says

    BibleWorks is what I have, although I have an older version of it. I was required to buy it during my brief time in seminary. It’s definitely an intimidating program and even though I have had it for about 6 or 7 years, I still don’t even use it for everything it can do. I do love being able to hover over a Hebrew or Greek word to find out what it means though. That is probably one of the main things I use it for.

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