Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 30:0 (NA 1998)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

Bible Windows 5.1. Cedar Hill, TX: Silver Mountain Software, 1997. $195.

Software for Bible study abounds (see reviews by Dr. David Baker in ATJ 29 [1997] 99-103; 28 [1996] 112-125), but this reviewer has found none to surpass the updated release of Bible Windows for relevance of contents and overall value. The program is available only on CD-ROM, and requires an operating environment of Microsoft Windows 3.1, Microsoft Windows 95, or higher to run, and a system with at least 4 MB RAM.

The designers of the program have assembled an impressive collection of texts. There are eight English translations of the Bible—the KJV, ASV (1901), RSV, NRSV, God’s Word translation, Darby, Webster, and the Bible in Basic English. The RSV includes the Old Testament Apocrypha. Luther’s German translation is also included. The bundle of original language texts is complete: Greek New Testament (United Bible Societies text, 4th edition), Hebrew Bible (Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia), and Septuagint. These texts are grammatically tagged for full parsing, and equipped for full interlinear display. Also included is the Vulgate and three additional Greek New Testament texts (Textus Receptus, Westcott-Hort, and Tischendorf). As many of the above texts as the user desires can be installed directly onto the hard drive for faster searches and the like; the rest will still be available through the CD. The program comes with three Greek-English lexica: a concise dictionary (Barclay Newman), the Intermediate Liddell-Scott Lexicon (an excellent resource for both biblical and classical Greek), and the Louw-Nida Lexicon (which groups words by semantic domain, the premier United Bible Societies lexicon). The Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon and a more concise Hebrew glossary provide support for Hebrew Bible study.

In addition to strictly Biblical texts, the CD-ROM contains an extensive library of Greco-Roman and early Christian literature. The thirty-eight volume collection of the Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post-Nicene Fathers (Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp, Justin, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Tertullian, Eusebius, Jerome, Augustine, John Chrysostom, and many others) is included, as well as the complete works of Josephus. A truly impressive addition is the Silver Classical Library—the texts which provide the reader with a comprehensive introduction to the Greco-Roman environment of the New Testament, but which are all too frequently overlooked. Here one will find, in English translation, the major plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripedes, and Aristophanes, the works of Aristotle, Homer, Marcus Aurelius, Plato, Plotinus, and Virgil, the histories of Herodotus, Tacitus, and Thucydides, and the Lives of Plutarch. As an added bonus, the designers of B...

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