Bibleworks 7 Is Out

Here’s the announcement of Bibleworks 7. I’ll probably be ordering the update. I am, however, interested in what others think of the “unlocks.”

Zerwick –> always handy

Blass, Debrunner, and Funk –> likewise, when you’re not in a library

Critical appartus stuff –> probably a good idea, at some point

But how about Comfort & Barrett? Or Balz & Schneider?

AD FROM BIBLEWORKS FOLLOWS.

We are pleased to unveil BibleWorks(TM) 7, our most resource-rich and
instruction-oriented software package ever. With over 110 Bible
translations in 32 languages, BibleWorks continues to add to the
multitude of lexicons, grammar resources and tools that serious Bible
study requires. The newly-integrated Study Guides with detailed
“how-to” videos make BibleWorks 7 an especially practical program.
When it comes to Biblical exegesis, BibleWorks remains one of the most
powerful, quick, and user-friendly software programs for Windows.
Seminary students, professors, pastors, and missionaries doing close
study of the original Greek and Hebrew text of the Bible will find
their work to be even more productive.

2) What’s New in BibleWorks 7?

BibleWorks maintains its standards of quality, quantity, and
affordability with the following version 7 tools, features and
resources:

NEW TOOLS/FEATURES:

For a full listing and description, visit http://www.bibleworks.com

+ New program interface – arranges information in the most coherent
fashion for searching, browsing, and analyzing the Biblical text.

+ Satellite Mapping – striking visual aids allowing users to trace
journeys, view elevation data, find architectural sites, and create
their own maps of Bible lands.

+ Study Guides – extensive instructional material demonstrates how to
use BibleWorks for practical applications such as topical studies,
exegetical papers, and classroom instruction.

+ Key Word In Context (KWIC)/Collocation Table Module – locates a
keyword in Scripture and displays the words before and after it,
making valuable word relationships more evident.

+ Sentence Diagrams (ongoing) – complete sentence diagrams for most of
the Greek New Testament – a must for Greek students and professors
(free downloadable updates as the project progresses).

+ Redesigned Editor Window – revamped with full Microsoft(R) Word
compatibility, drag and drop functionality, hyperlinking, and
exporting capabilities with Unicode fonts. Taking notes has never
been easier!

+ Thousands of Sound Files – the Greek and Hebrew flashcards now come
with accurate pronunciations– available with the click of a mouse.

+ Improved Lexicon Links – new hyperlinks to Scripture references in
the lexicons and dictionaries wherever a lexicon or reference work
mentions a certain Scripture passage. In addition, nearly 50,000
corrections were made to links between the Hebrew text and lexicons,
giving the most accurate definitions available.

+ Tov-Polak Parallel-Aligned LXX/BHS database – makes finding
equivalents between the Greek and Hebrew Old Testaments even easier.

NEW RESOURCES:
+ Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament,
2nd edition, Bruce Metzger
+ Shorter Lexicon of the Greek New Testament,
2nd edition, Gingrich & Danker
+ A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old
Testament, W.L. Holladay
+ Old Testament Quotations in the New Testament,
G.L. Archer & G.C. Chirichigno
+ Works of Philo (Greek and Morphology)
+ Bible Afrikaans, 1953
+ Bulgarian Bible (updated)
+ Castilian Spanish version from Herder Editorial,
S.A., Barcelona
+ English Revised Version, 1881/1885
+ GOD’S WORD(R) translation
+ Greek New Testament Text of the Greek Orthodox
Church
+ Metaglottisis modern Greek New Testament
translation, with footnotes
+ Nuevo Version Internacional (NVI)
+ Polish Biblia Gdanska Bible, 1632
+ Portuguese SBP Modern Language Translation
+ Swahili New Testament
+ Willibrordvertaling modern Dutch translation, 1978
& 1995 editions

ALSO NEWLY AVAILABLE FOR UNLOCK:
+ Center for New Testament Textual Studies Critical
Apparatus $100**
+ New Testament Peshitta Collection $29**
+ Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament
(Balz & Schneider) $119
+ Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Other Early
Christian Literature (Blass, Debrunner & Funk) $55
+ The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek
Manuscripts (Comfort & Barrett) $30
+ A Primer of Biblical Greek (Croy) $13
+ Theological Dictionary of the New Testament,
abridged (Kittel, Friedrich, & Bromiley) $59
+ A Greek-English Lexicon, 9th Revised Edition,
(Liddell, Scott, Jones, and McKenzie) $135**
+ Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament
(Moulton & Milligan) $24.99*
+ Griechisch-deutsches Taschenwoerterbuch
(Preuschen) $19
+ Grammar of Palestinian Jewish Aramaic
(Stevenson) $19.95*
+ New Testament Greek Manuscripts (Swanson) $45**
(price includes future volumes in series)
+ Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew
(Weingreen) $49**
+ Biblical Greek (Zerwick) $15*

* Available first quarter 2006
** Available second quarter 2006

3) How to Order BibleWorks 7 Today!

Preorders are being accepted now for product shipment in late January.

PRICES (plus shipping/handling):
>>> BibleWorks 7 — $349
>>> Upgrade* from BibleWorks 4:
$250 through 2/23/06; $349 thereafter
>>> Upgrade* from BibleWorks 5 — $175
>>> Upgrade* from BibleWorks 6 — $150

*Upgrade orders must include current version and serial number

  • http://faithprorumor.weblogs.us/ David J

    I’m excited about the Metzger add-on myself. I don’t use the NT much, but when I do, I like using his guide. The shortened TDNT might be cool (probably missing a lot of cool words, but at least the biggies are there). Wasn’t Lidell & Scott on there before, or at least hyperlinked to the website (which is free)?

    As for me, I only have BDAG+HALOT, Waltke-O’Connor, and Wallace and that seems to suit me just fine for now. I noticed they upped the price by $50 over version 6.

  • http://faithprorumor.weblogs.us Mogget

    Yeah, it did seem to me that the pickins’ were slim for OT folks.

    The Metzger and the satellite / mapping data are free w/ the upgrade and both look good. Sentence diagramming, OTOH, is just not all that necessary once you read well enough.

    The thing about TDNT is that I think it was published before James Barr hammered methodology in word studies. The TDOT, however, was published afterwards. I have never cited the TDNT. But maybe that ‘s just me.

  • Ben S.

    Having used it for two months now, I quite like v.7 . There’s been some basic retooling, and the functionality and ease of use is much smoother.

    A few others have noticed the lack of OT improvements, but there may be some in the future of this release.

    You can read more comments on features and useful non-database stuff on BW 7 at http://bibleworks.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2

  • http://faithprorumor.weblogs.us/ David J

    Ah yes, the problems with TDNT. I loved Barr’s book (the Biblical Theology one was good too). What’s funny is that after reading Barr, I’ve become sort of a minimalist with word-studies. I almost don’t do them anymore in exegetical work, but then again, I have only recently been introduced (at the graduate level) to beginner comparative linguistics (taking NW Semitics now), so I imagine I’ll start doing a bit more of them soon.

    Regardless, when cbd.com began selling the TDNT for $100 (now up to $150 I think) in print, I couldn’t resist snagging the full set. Even if there are some wacky things in it, most of it is quite useful. I’ve never seen Diet TDNT, but I imagine it’s most of the same stuff. Hey, it’s a lot better than Spicq (ie, where’s his entry for “baptism”???).

    Most of the other stuff doesn’t look all that great to me.

    Back to the Moabite stela.

  • Mogget

    Well, I ordered the upgrade and three modules: BDF, Zerwick, and the oldest mss.

    I also signed myself up for an advanced training workshop in about two weeks. So we shall see.


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