BibleWorks 9 Review: Part 2

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.