Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 09:1 (Spring 2005)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

Logos Bible Software Series X - Scholar’s Library (Bellingham, WA: Logos), $599.95; and BibleWorks 6.0 (Norfolk, VA: BibleWorks, LLC), $295.00.

This is a comparative review of the two most widely used Bible software programs in use today. Because of my interest in biblical language software, I regularly have both professors and students ask my advice about which program to purchase. Persons take such care in their decisions because of the expensive price tag on such programs (anywhere from $100 to more than $600). For a person with a PC who intends to work in the original Greek and Hebrew texts, I think there are only two options: Logos (www.logos.com) or BibleWorks (www.bibleworks.com).

Before discussing Logos and Bible- Works, one other program must be mentioned. The non-profit organization Gramcord produces a powerful and inexpensive program (see www.gramcord.org). Yet, I do not think Gramcord’s user-interface is as intuitively-based as Logos or Bible- Works. A perusal of Gramcord’s print and Internet advertising literature will demonstrate a similar plethora of information without adequate organization. Ultimately, a software program is only valuable if one actually uses it. I prefer programs that “raise the valleys up and bring the mountains and hills low”—thus my focus on Logos and BibleWorks in this review.

If you prefer digital versions of biblical reference books to their traditional print format, there is only one program for you—the Libronix Digital Library System (formerly the Logos Library System). The Libronix system can be purchased at several levels. As one goes up the tiers, the price increases, but so does the level of access to resources and tools. In this review, I will focus on the top-ofthe- line product, Logos Bible Software Series X - Scholar’s Library.

The base program comes with more than 230 Bibles and Bible reference titles, which, if purchased in equivalent print editions would cost more than $5,000. In addition to many Christian classics, popular works, and standard reference titles (e.g., Calvin’s Institutes, Warren Wiersbe’s “Be” Series, Harper’s Bible Dictionary), the Scholar’s Library comes with a solid collection of original language texts (Nestle-Aland’s 27th edition Greek New Testament, the Hebrew Old Testament [BHS], Rahlf’s edition of the Septuagint, the Biblia Sacra Vulgata, and others).

Depending on the size of one’s hard drive and how much money one is willing to spend, the Libronix Digital Library can be expanded almost endlessly. Many theological books and journals that ar...

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