Review of the New Bibleworks

An Updated BibleWorks

larryhurtado | September 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:

Several weeks ago I was given (by the publisher) a copy of the latest version of the computer-based software package, BibleWorks 9.  Having expressed my misgivings about the dangers of students relying on such resources and not really doing the work of learning Greek and/or Hebrew, I feel obliged to give some initial and limited comments about this particular one.

I’m an amateur when it comes to such items, and this is a powerful and multi-capability package that I’v only delved into on a limited basis.  (You could spend hours probing this package!) But I can say that BibleWorks 9 seems to me a very impressive product.  The copy I was given (which I think is the standard product) comes with full original language texts of the Hebrew OT, Greek NT, Josephus, Philo, Apostolic Fathers, Targums, Syriac, Peshitta, and ooodles of English translations of the Bible, and English translations of the other texts too.

There are lexicons (e.g., Hebrew  Brown, Driver Briggs and Holladay; Greek:  Liddell & Scott, Moulton & Milligan, Gingrich/Danker), and several Hebrew and Greek grammars.

There are Bible dictionaries and other resources, making this a rich pool of things you can carry around on a mini-laptop like my Acer.

The programme default display (or “user interface”) is three windows simultaneously:  a “search” window (which displays results of your inquiries), a “browse” window (allowing closer examination of individual verses, and an “analysis” window (in which you can perform various tasks).

So, although I reiterate that such products can never substitute for learning the languages (and I have no reason to think that the producers of this or other such products ever intended this), I am not a complete moss-backed luddite!  For those considering purchasing such a product, BibleWorks 9 merits attention.

  • JoeyS

    I use an old version of BibleWorks and will heartily agree that it is not a substitute for learning the languages. I love the program but my lack of linguistic knowledge still leaves me wanting. I can do quick research to find the meaning of a word but have no framework to understand whole sentences or to pick up on literary devices that are being employed. Still really like the software though!

  • Sabbott406

    If you think that is nice, try Logos 4! It runs rings around BibleWorks.

  • Anonymous

    Can it do any interlinear presentation, e.g., Greek-English? This would be helpful to those of us with rudimentary Greek who aren’t in a position to advance beyond that level.

  • Mafutha

    There are “free” versions of bible programs available. they are:
    This has the NIV free with it, but other versions have a cost.
    This one has been around for some time. Some translations are free, other at a cost.

    My favorite bible app for my ipad is Biblereader. And they are working on one for the desktop. With biblereader if you purchased a product for other platforms it will carry over to the other versions. Glo has the same feature.