BibleWorks has become an indispensable software for people who work in biblical studies. Teachers, pastors, and seminary students who use this program greatly benefit from the many resources that BibleWorks provides with the click of a mouse.
In February, BibleWorks came out with BibleWorks 7. This new edition of the software has many new additions that are designed to help users take advantage of all the features included in BibleWorks. One of them is the set of study guides which includes four hours of videos explaining how to use BibleWorks and offering help in looking for the meaning of Hebrew and Greek words, in writing exegetical papers, and in preparing Bible studies.
BibleWorks 7 includes 112 Bible translations in 32 different languages, 14 original language texts with 18 morphology databases, 12 Greek lexicons and dictionaries, 5 Hebrew lexicons and dictionaries, plus 30 practical reference works. There are 25 English translations, including the Holman Christian Standard Bible and the NET Bible, two new Bible translations in this new edition of BibleWorks. For those who work in Spanish, there are 7 different translations of the Bible in Spanish.
For teachers who work with the biblical languages, BibleWorks offers the biblical texts in Hebrew and Greek, several lexicons, grammars, reference material in their original languages, and many other reference works designed to simplify the study of the biblical text in their original languages.
For pastors and seminary students, BibleWorks provides maps, dictionary articles, cross references, and many other reference materials that are designed to help prepare sermons, Bible studies, Sunday School lessons, exegetical papers, and even translations of the biblical texts.
The list of tools and features available in BibleWorks 7 is too long to mention here. Let me just mention a few: Hebrew and Greek fonts, lexicon references for a word as the cursor moves over a verse, the ability to look at a verse in several different translations at the same time, and many others.
Additional modules such as The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (Koehler & Baumgartner, 4th edition), Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (Kittel, abridged), and several others can be added to the program for an additional charge.
The use of technology in the classroom and in the church has simplified the work of pastors and teachers. BibleWorks makes extensive use of so many resources in one program that students of the Bible can have a whole library of important study tools available to them. This material can be easily searched and utilized with the click of a mouse.
Northern Seminary has made BibleWorks available to our students through the library and the student’s computer lab. Three times a year I teach my students how to use BibleWorks. It is amazing how surprised they are when they learn how many important tools are available in BibleWorks.
The price of the software may be beyond the budget of some pastors and seminary students. However, churches can help their pastors by making this essential tool available to them. I recommend BibleWorks 7 to my students because it is a tool that should be in the computer of every serious student of the Bible. If you want to know more about BibleWorks 7, visit them at www.bibleworks.com. For a demonstration of how BibleWorks 7 works, click here.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary