Book Reviews -- By: Matthew S. DeMoss
BSac 160:640 (Oct 03) p. 480
By The Faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary
BibleWorks 5. Norfolk, VA: BibleWorks, 2002. $299.95.
BibleWorks 5 is a powerful software package for research and exegetical studies. Included in the program are ninety Bible translations in twenty-eight languages, nine original language texts with seven morphology databases, six Greek lexicons and dictionaries, four Hebrew lexicons and dictionaries, and eleven practical reference works, including the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Recommended add-ons available for purchase include HALOT (Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, 4th ed.) and BDAG (A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3d ed.).
BibleWorks 5 is an exceptional program for anyone interested in studying the Scriptures, especially for those who desire to do so in a wide variety of languages. The ability to search in these languages for words or phrases replaces the need for concordances in these languages. With a click of a mouse, BibleWorks 5 can perform simple word and phrase searches in various languages or versions or even complex morphological searches through the original text. The fact that it is in an electronic version will easily facilitate copying and pasting the Scriptures into handouts. Also any teacher who is unfamiliar with the original biblical languages will benefit from being able to access Greek and Hebrew words easily without having to purchase lexicons that become cumbersome for inexperienced exegetes to use. Scholars will appreciate the relative ease with which one can search the Septuagint and the Scriptures in their original languages. One can even attach notes to verses and have them automatically pop up when the verse is opened. Also included are Greek and Hebrew lexicons that allow for easy access and comparison. Additional resources include A. T. Robertson’s Word Pictures in the New Testament, (New York: Harper & Row, 1930–1933); the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (reprint, Westwood, NJ: Revell, n.d.); and a valuable BibleWorks Timeline. Learning how to use BibleWorks 5 is made easy by the helpful videos that come with the package.
For those who own a previous version of BibleWorks, BibleWorks 5 is a valuable upgrade purchase for a wide variety of reasons. For one thing, the programmers have made it easier to use. BibleWorks 5 comes with various Command Center Layouts that vary according to one’s knowledge of the system. These include a Beginner Mode, a Standard User Mode, and a Power User Mode. A new user can start with the Beginner Mod...
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