BibleWorks 9

I am a huge fan of BibleWorks.  BibleWorks is a Bible software designed to help pastors, students, and scholars study the Bible and do research.  BibleWorks has so many different tools designed to make the study of the Bible easy and enjoyable.

I have been using BibleWorks since version 5. Northern Seminary also uses BibleWorks and makes it available to our students. Every year I teach a course on how to succeed in Seminary.  The course, “Seminary Success,” is designed to help students write papers and do research.

One integral component of my course is to teach my students how to use BibleWorks in their study of the Bible. In addition, my Hebrew students also learn how to use the Hebrew tools available in BibleWorks. The professor who teaches Greek also uses BibleWorks in the classroom.

BibleWorks has just released BibleWorks version 9.  BibleWorks 9 includes 30 different translations of the Bible in English, 10 Spanish Bibles, and Bibles in more than 40 translations. BibleWorks offers countless Hebrew and Greek lexicons, grammars, reference works, and many other tools designed to simplify Biblical exegesis and research.

Below is a list of a few of the many Hebrew tools included in BibleWorks 9:

A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament: Based on the Lexical Work of Ludwig Koehler and Walter Baumgartner (Holladay)

Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew-English Lexicon, 1905, unabridged

Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar

A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, (Joüon-Muraoka)

An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax (Waltke & O’Connor)

The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (Harris, Archer & Waltke)

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

The following sources are also included in BibleWorks 9:

Early Church Fathers
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Fausset Bible Dictionary
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
Matthew Henry’s Commentary
The Moody Atlas of the Bible (Barry J. Beitzel)

The resources below can be unlocked for an additional fee:

Dead Sea Scrolls English Translation Bundle: Biblical and Sectarian Texts
ESV Study Bible articles, notes, and images
Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament (Balz & Schneider)
The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (Koehler, Baumgartner & Stamm)
Reformed Dogmatics (4 volumes) (Herman Bavinck)
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Wayne Grudem)
Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Abridged (Kittel, Friedrich & Bromiley)

The resources available in BibleWorks 9 are too numerous to list them in this post. To see a list of all the resources available in BibleWorks, visit their web page at http://www.bibleworks.com/.

The following information appears in the brochure advertising BibleWorks:

What is BibleWorks?

BibleWorks 9 is the premier original languages Bible software program for Biblical exegesis and research.

Why use it?

Let your computer help your exegesis and exposition! BibleWorks is a tightly integrated collection of Bible software tools designed specifically for scholarly analysis of the Bible text.

More than a mere Bible search engine, BibleWorks comes with a variety of Bible search tools, lexicons, dictionaries, and morphology analysis resources. For all levels of users, it is suitable for Bible study, sermon preparation, and detailed Bible research.

You can learn more about BibleWorks 9 by visiting its web page.  Here is the link: http://www.bibleworks.com/

BibleWorks is for the serious Bible student.  Those who learn how to use BibleWorks will recognize the value of this program. Several of my students have purchased BibleWorks. Others use BibleWorks in the library or in our computer lab.  All of them appreciate how BibleWorks contributes to their study of God’s word.

If you want to read what I have written about BibleWorks in the past, you can read the following posts:

BibleWorks 8

BibleWorks 7

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2 Responses to BibleWorks 9

  1. Dan says:

    BW9 sounds like a great program.

    Wow, it sure is expensive though! $359 for a full version is a pretty large investment. It is great that Northern makes it available to the students.

    It is also good to hear that you have been using the program since version 5. One can’t help but wonder at some glowing reviews when the product is provided for the reviewer gratis. (That does not seem to be the case here though).

    • Dan,

      BW9 is a great program. I do all my work using BW and honestly, it would be very difficult for me to be effective in my work without this program. It is true that BW is expensive, but when compared to Logos or even other programs, like Office Professional, the price is comparable. I did not receive a free copy of BW9 from the publishers, but I did receive a free copy of BW8. However, I had been using BW5 for many years and was planning to buy the newer version when I was offered the opportunity to review the program.

      The truth is, even without the free review copy, I would still recommend BW to my students. As I mentioned above, I was planning to buy my own copy when I was provided with a review copy of the program. The program is excellent and I have no hesitation in recommending it to people who desire to do serious study of the Bible. It helps if you know the original languages, but you do not have to know Hebrew and Greek to take advantage of what BibleWorks has to offer.

      Claude Mariottini

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