Quote of the Week

March 20, 2013 3:04 am

 

Currently Reading:

God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty

by Rice Broocks

Category: Apologetics

Thomas Nelson, 2013

 

 

 

 

“None of us can enthrone the true God unless in the process we dethrone our other gods.” – Randy Alcorn, Money Possessions and Eternity.

BibleWorks 9 Review Part 4

March 8, 2013 9:59 pm

 

Currently Reading:

What is the Gospel?

by Greg Gilbert

Category: Soteriology / Theology

Crossway, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my last review of the BibleWorks 9 software, I will be doing a brief overview of the some more of the resources, along with the features of the Help icon. The first item that I was looking through was Rodkindson’s Babylonian Talmud, which is a collection of ancient rabbinical writings that developed through many of the post-Christ years. It isn’t considered “lost OT books” of the Bible, but rather a commentary that sets forth interpretation of Jewish Scripture (OT) along with traditions that are extrabiblical but is suppose to guide Israelites into living a faithful, righteous lifestyle that pleases God. As with the other features in the Resource section, this book is conveniently and systematically organized, with the Contents link to the left side of the screen in which you can click any part of the Talmud Tract to be read. There are even Search tabs and Favorite tabs where you can mark down any noted part of the Talmud.

            As for the BibleWorks Help content, this section proves to be a helpful guide as to navigate around the whole system of BibleWorks, which can seem intimidating because of the wide selection of features and options. In the BibleWorks Help Content, you get a list, to the left column, of everything you would need help on, from The Main Menu to the The Word Analysis. The right side of the screen gives helpful instructions and illustrations on how to perform the desired function. You can even click on the Search icon to look for specific questions or topics that of interest to you or something you may be stuck on.

            A copy of Bagster’s Daily Light is a devotional that is included in the Help section. This devotional can be viewed in any Bible format with any language, including the Greek and Hebrew translation. The last helpful feature I want to mention is the BibleWorks on the Internet icon, which allows you to connect online to check for updates on the BibleWorks website and get tech support if necessary, either for installation/registration problems, or just general questions regarding the technical aspects of operating the BibleWorks software.

            In conclusion, I must say that this software has far exceeded my expectations for what I wanted in a Bible software. I came looking for just a simple guide as to interpret and parse Greek and Hebrew, yet I got so much more. Much of it is indeed very helpful to my preaching and teaching ministry, where I can use the other features, such as the Bible timeline and the geographical maps, to better understand the cultural, geographical, and historical aspects of the Bible for more accurate exposition of chosen texts. My biggest compliments to BibleWorks for an amazing software that any serious Bible student and exegete should invest in. It is a little bit on the pricey side, but it is well worth every penny.

BibleWorks 9 Review Part 3

March 5, 2013 6:03 am

This is the third part of my review of Bible Works 9. The part I decided to look into this week was the Tools section, where I came across a Phrase Matching Tool. This is basically a mode used to find a selected key word that is found throughout Scripture. I found it to be a tremendously helpful tool for seeing how many times a phrase or word appears in the Old and New Testament in its identical or similar form. You can type in just about any verse, with any Bible version such as NAS, and find the exhaustive list of similar phrases, which is helpful for exegesis and exposition.

            The KWIC/Collocation section is a similar feature. Once you type in a key word or phrase, the search entire pulls up the word frequency. The tool section also has options to color texts, which proves very helpful in highlighting certain texts or phrases to remember for studies. The vocabulary flashcard module is also a welcome addition, since I am currently studying Greek, this tool is definitely helpful in memorizing Greek words, verbs, conjunctions, etc. The fact that this section even has various menu options, such as printing the flashcards, make this an astounding feature of BibleWorks 9!

            What I also found interesting, and possibly useful for academic work, is the Diagramming Module. This is a feature that allows any Bible verse in the NT to be block diagrammed in order to understand the word’s relationship to each other within the sentence. This is especially helpful for seminary work, and allows one to better understand the structure of the original Greek text. It includes everything from Subject-Verb to Indirect Object diagram options to the left side of the screen. The display, with the Bible verse selected, is to the right of the screen.

            So far, I find the BibleWorks 9 software to be an outstanding resource. It is well equipped in everyway, possibly even more than what I could possibly use, and I am still beginning to discover more everyday. It’s just a matter of learning the functions, which I plan to do more expertly as time goes along.

The final review is coming in the next post. 

BibleWorks 9 Review: Part 2

March 1, 2013 4:03 am

This is the second part of my review of BibleWorks 9 software. This time I decided to go beyond the tools needed for verb parsing and comparative Bible translation, and look more into the special features that are included in this exegesis software. I couldn’t begin to describe the wealth of information and resources that are included as extra features in this great software. Just in the Resources tab, you will find quite a lot of helpful material for background research into the Bible and biblical history as a whole.

One of the most fascinating features in the background section is the James, The New Testament Apocrypha. Just the Gospel of Thomas has multiple versions available for comparison, including Greek and Latin texts. This background section also includes such documents as the Five Arminian articles and the Westminister Standards, which I find to be an extremely useful resource for sermon preparation, illustrations, and resources to prove certain biblical points. Even the Matthew Henry illustration is a helpful tool to have on hand to understand the meaning of biblical texts.

Another one of BibleWorks 9’s greatest inclusion is the Moody Bible Atlas, which includes maps that illustrate division of land in the Old and New Testaments. These are full color maps, like what you would find in the ESV Study Bible, that helps you understand the descriptions of the Bible in more vivid detail, and may even be useful in certain illustration, presentations, or other teaching sessions where you have to recount biblical passages with a historical, cultural, or theological illustration. Some of these pictures include real photos taken at the historic sights so you can see what they look like now, but where they were located back in history, which is in the physical and geographical sections. The maps are conveniently numbered, well laid out, and can be clicked on for enlargement. As with the apocrypha section, the table of contents is strategically placed to the narrow left side of the screen so you can click on the desired entry and look at what you want to look at.

Other great features for Bible exposition is the Fausset’s Bible Dictionary, which defines just about every word (person, place, concept) in the Bible that can help in better understanding the geographical, cultural, historical, or theological background or intensions of a passage. The words are arranged alphabetically in the left column. And with one click on the word, the definition appears on the screen to the right. The Hebrew and Greek Lexicon are also a blessing, in which every verb and noun appears alphabetically and can aid tremendously in understanding words in the original manuscripts and exegeting them. Every possible use of the word is documented, including the various meanings, and how they are used in the text.

In part three, I will explore other features of this software, including the timeline, and features in the tool icon.