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BibleWorks Training Session Video

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Maybe you’ve never been to a BibleWorks training workshop, but now you can get a taste for what you might learn at one since a video has been posted of one of the sessions given at Luther Seminary this past September.  The session goes from basic information to more advanced materials. It might be a good refresher for those of you who think you have it all down pat.

If you like hearing about things like this, I suggest you become a Facebook fan of BibleWorks (I think that link will work. Otherwise just do a search in Facebook for “BibleWorks”). Generally they post things that might be of interest to BibleWorks users, sometimes relating to the program itself, but other times to Biblical studies more generally (like this link to purchase personal copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls for only $60,000). Overall they’re light on advertising or pushing products at your wallet, which I find to be a nice change of pace.

Keyboard Map for BWGrkl font

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Although Unicode is/was supposed to be the promised land for ease and functionality of Greek and Hebrew fonts, there are still a good number of users who continue to use the Greek and Hebrew fonts that BibleWorks uses natively. But even if you don’t use them for typing for your own uses, one still needs to be familiar with the BibleWorks font mapping in order to use them inside BibleWorks. Within BibleWorks there is a font map (found under Tools|Interface/settings|BibleWorks keyboard), but if you wish to print off the font map or use the font outside of BibleWorks, it may be a bit more difficult to figure out which key you need to type.

In order to provide assistance in this area, Sarah R. Madden (a BibleWorks user and soon to be MA grad from Capital Bible Seminary) put together a font map that can be printed out and consulted.

The file is available in both PDF and DOC formats. Thanks, Sarah!

Take the BibleWorks Quiz at Βλογάπη

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Mark Ward, of the blog, Βλογάπη (and a PhD student at Bob Jones University) has recently posted a BibleWorks Pop Quiz. Take a look and see just how sharp your BibleWorks skills are!


BibleWorks 8 Tutorial

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

I noticed that there is a nice wiki on BibleWorks 8 available via Luther Seminary. Although it’s possible to learn all of these tips from reading the help within BibleWorks, sometimes it’s helpful to see it explained in a different format or in a different way.

So check out the BibleWorks wiki.

(Luther Seminary is an ELCA affiliated Seminary in Minnesota. It belongs to the same denomination as the Gettysburg Seminary, where Mark Hoffman teaches. From my knowledge of Mark’s teaching and by glancing at Mary Hinkle Shore’s syllabi (who appears to also be the one who is responsible for the wiki), it looks like both seminaries teach using Clayton Croy’s textbook and stress the use of Bible software tools like BibleWorks for learning/using Greek. Why is this important? It’s not really, I just found it interesting to know how Greek is being taught in some of the seminaries.)

Louw-Nida Tutorial

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Philip Brown has provided an easy-to-understand tutorial for using the Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament Based on Semantic Domains by Johannes P. Louw and Eugene A. Nida (commonly referred to as Louw-Nida).

I would guess that Louw-Nida is one of the more under-used tools in BibleWorks. According to Brown’s tutorial, within this lexicon “the entire Greek language [the Greek vocabulary of the NT*] has been divided up into areas of meaning (=semantic domains). One of the primary purposes of grouping words into areas of meaning is seeing how words relate to each other.”

Check it out.

Louw-Nida Tutorial

*Note Philip’s correction in the comments.

Installation Instructions, Part 1 - Versions

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Many folks have asked for instructions on how to install the various files that are hosted on this blog. I’ve posted the first of hopefully several pages dedicated to their installation.

Before you jump to the tutorial, please note the following: I cannot emphasize enough the importance of actually reading your BibleWorks help files! For you to get the biggest bang out of the bucks you shelled out to buy BibleWorks, reading the help files is a necessity. I have been using BW since 4.0, and I still learn things from the help files when I review them. The instructions provided are meant to be a supplement to the help files. They do not serve as a replacement.

BibleWorks 7 Tutorial/Tips Online

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Did you know that if you Google “BibleWorks 7″ this blog doesn’t even show up on the first page of searches? Well it didn’t yesterday anyway, but in a shameless effort in order to increase the logic of the search engine, I will try to mention BibleWorks 7 specifically more often.

(This actually is not even an ego- or monetary-driven plot. I think if someone is looking at BibleWorks 7 this website would be one of the best things they would want to know about because they would learn that when they purchase BibleWorks 7, they’re not only getting all of the great things that come as part of the program, they’re also getting a humongous list of other freebies, some of which are not available on any other platform.)

However, in a Google search for “BibleWorks”, our blog does show up and on the first page of the search is also this neat little link to an instructional guide to BibleWorks 7 from the Yale Divinity Library.

Now chances are you aren’t going to learn anything new from it if you’ve been using BibleWorks 7 for a long time, but sometimes we learn best by constant review and seeing things explained from a different point of view. Also, if you’re like me, you probably only read Help files as a last resort, so you might have missed something really basic quite early on. In any case, here’s the link for you again:

Divinity Library Instructional Guide: BibleWorks 7.0

Creating Bibleworks Modules from Word or HTML

Monday, January 7th, 2008

A BibleWorks user has offered more help on teaching other users how to made more user (HTML-based) modules for BibleWorks:

Creating Bibleworks Modules from Word or HTML

  1. Format the webpage in Word. Make sure you use styles (heading 1, heading 2, etc). These will become your table of contents.
  2. Use msword2chm to convert the Word document to compiled help. You can get msword2chm for free here.
  3. Extract the chm using 7-zip, available here.
  4. Use tidy to clean up the HTML. Tidy is available here:
    1. From a DOS prompt, run the following command (just copy and paste to the DOS prompt)
    2. for %f in (*.htm) do tidy –i –u –w 999999 –m %f
    3. This will tidy all the htm files at once
  5. Add the necessary javascript to each html file with the addBwJs.pl (DOWNLOAD file here!). You must have Perl installed for this to work. Perl can be downloaded from here.
    1. Run addBwJs.pl in the directory with the htm files. They will all be edited automatically.
  6. From the sampleHTMLHelp.zip file (c:\Program Files\Bibleworks 7\sampleHTMLHelp.zip), copy the files bw.js, mymodule.chd and mymodule-books.txt to the htm directory.
  7. Use Bibleworks to tag the htm files
    1. Tools | Build Module Index
    2. Base Directory: Directory containing the htm files
    3. Bookfile name: mymodule-books.txt
    4. Base name: Name of the module
    5. Click Build and Tag.
  8. Use HTML Help Workshop to recompile the HTML. When you create a new project, note that you will already have the HTML files, the index, and the Table of Contents.
  9. Edit mymodule.chd as directed in Bibleworks documentation
  10. Copy *.chm, *.chd, and *.sdx to the databases directory and restart Bibleworks.

NOTE: Be sure to DOWNLOAD this file if you use his process as it is needed in step #5.

Fichiers d’aide en français / Help Files in French

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Fr. Patrice Laurent has begun translating the BibleWorks help files into French. Patrice is a catholic priest who has studied in Rome at both the Biblical Institute and the Gregoriana University.

The help files are not completely translated, but Patrice will be adding newly translated files to his web site [http://biblica.free.fr/].

OT in the NT with BibleWorks

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Mark Vitalis Hoffman of Luther Theological Seminary has put together a tutorial on the use of the Old Testament in Matthew 4:4. In this PowerPoint tutorial, he demonstrates how to use BibleWorks 7 to investigate the various issues with interpreting the OT in the NT. (See his blog post.) I have not had a chance to check out the presentation, but given that the topic is on “oldinthenew” and BibleWorks (2 of my favorite things), I figured that it would be good to give everyone a heads up.

I hope we see more of this kind of tutorial in the future.

Link: OT in the NT: Matt 4:4-Learning to work with resources