Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
ATJ 34 (2002) p. 93
The NIV Study Bible Library on CD-ROM (32-bit edition, version 2.6). Published by Zondervan Interactive (www.zondervan.com). Includes 1 CD-ROM and a Reference Software User’s Guide of several hundred pages. $129.97.
This piece of silicon magic contains a virtual treasure trove of reference material that would take up far too much shelf space in my study were I to buy each volume separately. On one CD, you get the complete text of the New International Version (including footnotes), an Anglicized Greek New Testament, the King James Version, the New American Standard Bible, the niv Study Bible notes, the niv Bible Dictionary, Captions of Maps and Cities, Nave’s Topical Bible, the Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, the Expository Dictionary, the niv Bible Commentary, the New Revised Standard Version (including footnotes), some “Inspirational Readings” (Bible passages for particular feelings and occasions), and a section of verse notes for the user to create. It will link to your word processor if you ask it nicely. On top of all this, there is an Atlas with exceptional browse features (though toggling back and forth between them proved challenging). As if that were not enough, also included with this CD is the STEP reader, which is a tremendous search tool, and is used quite commonly among different kinds of Bible study software.
The program begins with four windows for the niv, niv Bible Commentary, Nave’s Topical Bible, and the niv Bible Dictionary, though it can be set up to open any of the supplied programs. Within these windows are numerous text links, and each window knows what the other is doing - e.g., when you are scrolling through the niv Bible Commentary, the niv text window changes verses as you scroll through the commentary. I loaded it onto both my home computer (an ancient Pentium 133) and my office computer (a still-rather-long-in-the-tooth Pentium II 433). Loading time only varied by a minute, as even the slower computer took only six minutes to do a “typical installation”, which included all books, the Atlas and the STEP reader. This allows one to use most of the programs without needing to put the CD-ROM into the drive every time. The exception, I found, was the STEP reader, which requires the CD to be inserted with each use.
I happen to own the Expositors’ Bible Commentary on CD-ROM, also produced by Zondervan Interactive, which uses exactly the same interface. What I found puzzling was that I could not make the two programs talk to each other. It had been installed well before the niv<...
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