User Lexicon Revisited - See it in Action!

Written by Michael Hanel on May 7th, 2015

Sorry, I am still way behind in touting new features of BibleWorks 10. This is was somewhat expected, unfortunately. But, in my last post, I did talk about the cool feature of the User Lexicon in BibleWorks 10. Already one of my favorite BibleWorks users, Pasquale, has put together a few packages that show glimpses into how versatile the User Lexicon can be in BibleWorks 10.

Since Pasquale is Italian, the first download is an Italian-Greek lexicon.

Instructions: Download the following file and unzip it to the BibleWorks 10\UserLex\ folder. Already in that folder there should be a folder called \default\ the ItalianUserLex files that you will unzip should be parallel to this \default\ folder, not put into the \default\ folder itself as a subfolder. Once you have done that, restart BibleWorks 10. In the Resources Window you can activate this UserLexicon by selection the Options menu in the UserLex tab and then Change user lexicon folder. Select the ItalianUserLex folder and you will be good to go. Whenever you mouse over a Greek word in the Browse Window, the UserLex tab will be populated with the Italian lexicon entry.

DOWNLOAD! - Italian-Greek lexicon

The second two downloads are perhaps more interesting for English-speaking users. They are the Nave’s Topical Bible and Smith’s Bible Dictionary. Both work with English Bible versions.

DOWNLOAD! - Nave’s Topical Bible UserLex
DOWNLOAD! - Smith’s Bible Dictionary UserLex

Maybe none of these three downloads is exactly your particular interest, but all three together show just how the UserLexicon in BibleWorks 10 can be used to do some pretty exciting things!

BibleWorks 10 - User Lexicon

Written by Michael Hanel on April 20th, 2015

One of the great things about books (real paper ones), is that you can take notes in the margins, highlight things, circle important ideas, etc. Although there are various ways to replicate this digitally, I’ve always thought that when it comes to lexicons, there was something even more powerful that could be done. What if I want to combine information from multiple lexica into one resource? I could always add a note in BDAG, that says, “see Kittel here,” but then I still need to flip back and forth from one book to the next.

BibleWorks 10’s answer to this is the creation of a user lexicon. With the user lexicon, users can create their own lexica, taking information from various sources and putting it all together in one place. So for instance, if you like some things that are from Danker’s Concise Greek-English Lexicon, but there was also a good note you wanted from BDAG or some other lexicon. You could now copy those sections that you want and put them all in an entry that you create and manage for any given word or lemma.

For pastors and scholars who do word studies, this is an easy way to keep track of all that work that you’ve done and keep it in one place, so you don’t always have to go looking around for that one word study you did back in Seminary.

Or maybe you hear a good sermon or read a good journal article on a particular word. Previously you could perhaps make note of this in BibleWorks in a user note at a given chapter or verse in the Bible, but what if the thought pertained more to a word itself. By using the user lexicon, you can quickly find this information which you might otherwise not think about because it’s buried in a chapter note in some other book of the Bible.

BibleWorks 10 - Color Customization

Written by Michael Hanel on April 20th, 2015

One new feature in BibleWorks 10 is the ability to do much more customization with the color scheme used in BibleWorks. So for instance, you can control the title bar and column backgrounds as well as menu and window text colors.

On the one hand, this is a minor new feature (but don’t tell that to the programmers, who probably spent weeks making this possible and then even more time ironing out the wrinkles) that doesn’t affect the content of BibleWorks, but it is a nice little bump to the program that allows user to make colors fresh and make the program fit your overall aesthetic. BibleWorks 10 comes loaded with several different color schemes, so that you do not need to be a color genius to find something that works for you. You can start with a new color scheme and slowly change and adapt it if there are some colors you don’t like.

In addition to the colors that come packaged in BibleWorks 10, some of the beta-testers also made their own color schemes and were willing to share them with me so that I could pass them along to you. So if you’ve tried all the color schemes in BibleWorks and you’re still looking for one that’s just you, maybe you can give some of these extra ones to try. You can also check out the BibleWorks forums, as users there may share some of their own personal color schemes too!

DOWNLOAD More Color Schemes! - To use the colors, unzip the file to the \init\ subfolder of BibleWorks 10. When you restart BibleWorks 10, these new color schemes will be found listed along with the ones that initially came with BibleWorks 10 [Color schemes provided by Michael Tan & Mark Hoffman].

BibleWorks 10 has arrived!

Written by Michael Hanel on April 20th, 2015

For those of you have found word of this either through Facebook, the BibleWorks web page or the BibleWorks Forums, BibleWorks 10 has made its grand entrance TODAY!

I’ve been lucky enough to have spent a good amount of time working with BW10 as a beta tester, so I thought I would try to give you all some idea of what’s going on in BW10, as I have with other versions. The posts may not be as thorough as other releases, unfortunately. This has less to do with my enthusiasm and more to do with my life circumstances (we’re expecting baby #2 very soon and I still have a lot to do in my “real life”!). But stay tuned for the good stuff coming very soon!

[P.S. - I'm not sure the comments work on the blog for some reason. So I'm simply turning them off]

Moving over . . . (Site Maintenance)

Written by jdarlack on April 14th, 2014

I’ll be moving to a different (better / cheaper) hosting service in the near future, so the Unofficial BibleWorks Blog may be down for a short period of time. My goal is to be back up and running by May 1.

Check the BibleWorks forum for more updates as time goes by.

New Version - Latin transcription of Codex Bezae

Written by Michael Hanel on November 11th, 2013

Pasquale Amicarelli, a BibleWorks power user, has just put the finishing touches on a new version for BibleWorks. Like many of his offerings this combines his interests in textual criticism and Latin texts. This time he put the transcription of the Latin text of Codex Bezae into BibleWorks format.

In BibleWorks 9 there are already images and a transcription of the Greek text of Codex Bezae, but for whatever reason the Latin text was never offered (although the images of the Latin pages are available in the BibleWorks images of Codex Bezae). With this version, BibleWorks users will have access to transcriptions of both the Latin and the Greek of Bezae as well as access to the images of both!
Many thanks to Pasquale for his work!!

DOWNLOAD!

Unzip the files to the \databases\ subfolder in your BibleWorks folder and restart BibleWorks. The new version will use the version ID VLBZ.

[File updated 11/18/13 with correct verse mapping file]

BibleWorks Training at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Written by jdarlack on September 24th, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013, Jim Darlack will be giving an all-day training session on BibleWorks at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the Academic Center, room 240. All BibleWorks users are welcome to attend either the morning BibleWorks Essentials class, the afternoon Intermediate class, or both.

For more information and to sign up, see the Goddard Library website:

http://www.gordonconwell.edu/library/Goddard-BibleWorks-Training.cfm

Tertullian added to updated Church Fathers (Latin and English)

Written by Michael Hanel on August 2nd, 2013

It’s been a bit since you’ve seen any new posts here, but don’t worry Jim and I lead very busy lives. One of the projects I’ve been working on for quite a while is the gradual increase of works in the Church Fathers user version and I think the long wait will have been worth the while.

The new update to the Church Fathers database now includes Tertullian’s works in Latin and English. Roger Pearse has long been the online guardian of Tertullian, by hosting his works on his own website and by putting forth countless hours of searching, scanning and typing. And his website will probably always be the golden standard, but now you can also use BibleWorks to do advanced searches in Tertullian’s works, among other things.

Tertullians’ translations are already available in BibleWorks through the Early Church Fathers module which comes as part of BibleWorks. That module has an older translation along with notes and cross references. While very often the English translation found in the new Church Fathers update is straight from the Ante-Nicene Fathers set, sometimes it is not.

Changes to book names

In order to get the most of Tertullian’s works (and to be able to navigate more smoothly), you will need to append the following book names to the bookname file in BibleWorks:

The following list of Tertullian-related book names comes default in BibleWorks 9 (books.bna)

TAp,Tertullian Apology,TAp,TAP
TID,Tertullian On Idolatry,TID,TID
TSh,Tertullian The Shows,TSh,TSH
TCh,Tertullian The Chaplet,TCh,TCH
TTS,Tertullain To Scapula,TTS,TTS
TAD,Tertullian Ad Nationes,TAD,TAD
TAJ,Tertullian Answer to the Jews,TAJ,TAJ
TST,Tertullian The Soul’s Testimony,TST,TST
TSo,Tertullian Treatise on the Soul,TSo,TSO
TPH,Tertullian Prescription against Heretics,TPH,TPH
TM1,Tertullian Against Marcion Book 1,TM1,TM1
TM2,Tertullian Against Marcion Book 2,TM2,TM2
TM3,Tertullian Against Marcion Book 3,TM3,TM3
TM4,Tertullian Against Marcion Book 4,TM4,TM4
TM5,Tertullian Against Marcion Book 5,TM5,TM5
TAH,Tertullian Against Hermogenes,TAH,TAH
TAV,Tertullian Against the Valentinians,TAV,TAV
TFC,Tertullian On the Flesh of Christ,TFC,TFC
TRF,Tertullian On the Resurrection of the Flesh,TRF,TRF
TPR,Tertullian Against Praxeas,TPR,TPR
TSC,Tertullian Scorpiace,TSC,TSC
AAH,Tertullian Against all Heresies,AAH,AAH
TOR,Tertullian On Repentance,TOR,TOR
TBa,Tertullian On Baptism,TBa,TBa
TOP,Tertullian On Prayer,TOP,TOP
TAM,Tertullian Ad Martyras,TAM,TAM
TPF,Tertullian Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas,TPF,TPF
TPA,Tertullian On Patience,TPA,TPA
TPl,Tertullian On the Pallium,TPl,TPl
TAW,Tertullian On the Apparel of Women,TAW,TAW
TVV,Tertullian On the Veiling of Virgins,TVV,TVV
THW,Tertullian To His Wife,THW,THW
TEC,Tertullian On Exhortation to Chastity,TEC,TEC
TOM,Tertullian On Monogamy,TOM,TOM
TMd,Tertullian On Modesty,TMD,TMD
TOF,Tertullian On Fasting,TOF,TOF
TFP,Tertullian De Fuga in Persecutione,TFP,TFP

*** The book names marked in light green are still good book names, but those works were not included at this time with the addition of Tertullian’s works because they are not written by Tertullian. The book names marked with dark green have been superseded by new book names and can be removed.

Below is the new list of Tertullian-related book names for the purposes of the Church Fathers database:

TAp,Tertullian Apology,TAp,TAP
TID,Tertullian On Idolatry,TID,TID
TSh,Tertullian The Shows,TSh,TSH
TCh,Tertullian The Chaplet,TCh,TCH
TTS,Tertullian To Scapula,TTS,TTS
TAJ,Tertullian Answer to the Jews,TAJ,TAJ
TST,Tertullian The Soul’s Testimony,TST,TST
TSo,Tertullian Treatise on the Soul,TSo,TSO
TPH,Tertullian Prescription against Heretics,TPH,TPH
TM1,Tertullian Against Marcion Book 1,TM1,TM1
TM2,Tertullian Against Marcion Book 2,TM2,TM2
TM3,Tertullian Against Marcion Book 3,TM3,TM3
TM4,Tertullian Against Marcion Book 4,TM4,TM4
TM5,Tertullian Against Marcion Book 5,TM5,TM5
TAH,Tertullian Against Hermogenes,TAH,TAH
TAV,Tertullian Against the Valentinians,TAV,TAV
TFC,Tertullian On the Flesh of Christ,TFC,TFC
TRF,Tertullian On the Resurrection of the Flesh,TRF,TRF
TPR,Tertullian Against Praxeas,TPR,TPR
TSC,Tertullian Scorpiace,TSC,TSC
TOR,Tertullian On Repentance,TOR,TOR
TBa,Tertullian On Baptism,TBa,TBa
TOP,Tertullian On Prayer,TOP,TOP
TAM,Tertullian Ad Martyras,TAM,TAM
TPA,Tertullian On Patience,TPA,TPA
TPl,Tertullian On the Pallium,TPl,TPl
TVV,Tertullian On the Veiling of Virgins,TVV,TVV
TEC,Tertullian On Exhortation to Chastity,TEC,TEC
TOM,Tertullian On Monogamy,TOM,TOM
TMd,Tertullian On Modesty,TMD,TMD
TOF,Tertullian On Fasting,TOF,TOF
TFP,Tertullian De Fuga in Persecutione,TFP,TFP
TN1,Tertullian Ad Nationes Book 1,TN1,TN1
TN2,Tertullian Ad Nationes Book 2,TN2,TN2
TW1,Tertullian On the Apparel of Women Book 1,TW1,TW1
TW2,Tertullian On the Apparel of Women Book 2,TW2,TW2
TWA,Tertullian To His Wife Book 1,TWA,TWA
TWB,Tertullian To His Wife Book 2,TWB,TWB

*** Book names in red are the new ones that need to be added to the book name file.

I realize that there is a lack of uniformity in the names of some of the books (i.e. some are in Latin, others in English). If you wish to edit any of the book names, feel free to do so before you add this list to the .bna file.

DOWNLOAD CHURCH FATHERS UPDATE! (unzip these files in the \databases\ subfolder of BibleWorks and overwrite any old files)

New Version - Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana

Written by Michael Hanel on February 7th, 2013

I just put the finishing touches on a new BibleWorks user-version, which gives users access to both the Greek version as well as an English translation of Philostratus’ work The Life of Apollonius of Tyana.

If you do much work in New Testament, early church, or Jesus-studies, you will no doubt come across references to this work. Although it is written much later than the NT writings, it is written about a man named Apollonius who lived a generation after Jesus (ca. 40-100 AD). Apollonius was a Neopythagorean philosopher around whom stories of his teachings and miraculous deeds arose. Although Apollonius never claimed any kind of divinity for himself, these stories were used by men such as Porphyry to show that Jesus, as a miracle-worker, was not a unique individual. Even Eusebius of Caesarea got into this argument, writing back against such claims that Apollonius was a fraud and charlatan and that Philostratus was just telling stories that had no real connection with the truth.

To install the files, download the archive and unzip the files to your /BibleWorks 9/databases folder. If you want the book name to display properly in your browse window, then you will need to append the following line to your default bookname file (typically books.bna in your /BibleWorks 9/init folder:

VAP,Philostratus-Life of Apollonius,Philostratus-Life of Apollonius,Philostratus-Life of Apollonius

NOTE: Because of some of the features in this version, the text will best display in the latest update of BibleWorks 9. It has not been tested on earlier versions of BibleWorks (and will certainly not work on versions earlier than 8.)

When you restart BibleWorks, you can access the new versions from the command line by typing “d phstr-g” (PHSTR-G is the Greek version) or “d phstr-e” (the English translation).

DOWNLOAD

The Greek text is based on the following edition: Flavii Philostrati Opera, Vol 1. Philostratus the Athenian. Carl Ludwig Kayser. in aedibus B. G. Teubneri. Lipsiae. 1870. [Perseus]

The English text is based on the following edition: The Life of Apollonius of Tyana by Philostratus, tr. F.C Conybeare, 1912. [Sacred Texts]

NA28 Text vs. NA27 Text

Written by Michael Hanel on October 9th, 2012

NA28 has been available in Europe for a month or so, but so far it hasn’t been available yet in the USA. Fortunately the web is working faster than the printing presses. There are a few useful sites to learn about the NA28. First and foremost, is Wieland Willker’s website which includes a list of differences between NA27 and the Editio Critica Maior (ECM) of the Catholic Epistles. For a long time this was the best source of information about NA28, but it is not the same thing as the NA28 text. The NA28 text is supposed to be the same as the second edition of the ECM, which will be published after the NA28 is out. In other words, sometimes in the first edition of the ECM a reading that the editors preferred was rejected in the end for the NA28, or one that was not chosen in the ECM first edition did make the cut to the NA28. Thanks to Wieland for collating this information.

So far then, the only way to learn what the NA28 text was to a) wait for it to arrive in America or b) compare Wieland’s website with abbreviated list of verses changed on the official Nestle-Aland website. Fortunately a better solution has arrived in the form of a) Larry Hurtado’s brief preview of the NA28 in which he lists all the verses that are different in the NA28 and b) the official online version of the NA28 text.

Putting the two of those together, I took Larry Hurtado’s list of differences and compared the online version of NA28 with the NA27 and BYZ texts in a Word doc so that people would have not merely the list of verses changed, but the actual content of those verses. Obviously what will really interest people is the reason decisions were made, including the list of manuscripts in support of each reading. I have not provided that kind of information here. But I think what you will have should give you a good idea of what’s happened in the text of the NA28.

Remember, the only textual differences between the NA27 and NA28 occur in the Catholic Epistles. In all other places the text is the same. Obviously there are other changes in the NA28 that may make it worth owning, but now you know the differences in the base text between the two versions.

DOWNLOAD - NA28 vs. NA27 (and BYZ) text comparison.

If you find that I have missed any of the textual changes (or copied them incorrectly), please let me know and I will update the comparison.