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New Version - Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana

Thursday, 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).


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]

BibleWorks natively on a Mac

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

BibleWorks just announced that they have made enough progress to release a preview edition of BibleWorks 9 that works natively on a Mac. As a preview version, it’s not yet perfected, but they believed it’s in good enough shape that it will work smoothly for 95% of their users. There is no additional cost, but it will require you to have an up-to-date DVD version of BW9 to install it. If you do not have an up-to-date DVD, you will have to purchase a copy of the DVD ($25), but you still use your original registration info when installing.

This is a new move on the part of BibleWorks that further enhances Mac support. Previously one could run BibleWorks on Mac either through Boot Camp or a virtualization program. This will now enable users to run BibleWorks with no other software downloads (not Windows and not any virtualization programs).

You can read more about it on the official BibleWorks website.

Samaritan Pentateuch / Aleksandr Sigalov (Heb/Eng)

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

I’m pleased to release the Samaritan Pentateuch as digitized by Aleksandr Sigalov, who blogs at

I’ve included three different “Version” databases in this release. The SAMH (the Hebrew text), the SAME (Mr. Sigalov’s adaptation of the KJV to reflect differences in the Samaritan Pentateuch) and the UWTT (a modification of BibleWorks WTT file that ‘ambiguates’ the sin (שׂ) and šin (שׁ) with ש and removes the ‘paragraph markers,’ the Petuhah (פ) and the Setuma (ס). This allows the Text Comparison tool in BibleWorks to compare the UWTT with the SAMH to give a pretty good representation of the differences).

The Hebrew text is based on Kennicott (1780) and von Gall (1918). Full information about the source texts is found at Mr. Sigalov’s Interlinear Pentateuch site.

According to Mr. Sigalov, the SAMH

Text is based on “Vetus Testamentum Hebraicum cum variis lectionibus”, (Parallel Samaritan Pentateuch - Hebrew Samaritan), by Benjaminus Kennicott, 1780 [main page here]. Text was manually compared to “Der Hebraische Pentateuch der Samaritaner”, (critical edition of the Samaritan Pentateuch) August Freiherrn von Gall,Verlag von Alfred Topelmann, Giessen, 1918 here.

He states about the SAME:

Notes on the Samaritan Pentateuch Translation in English

  • Based on KJV Bible.
  • Samaritan Pentateuch Translation is in plain text.
  • In square brackets [] shown translated variant readings/additions from Septuagint.

In the BW version of Mr. Sigalov’s adaptation of the KJV, the bracketed text corresponds to italicized text in the BibleWorks KJV version, thus for the sake of consistency, the database compiles the bracketed text as italicized text.

As mentioned above, the UWTT is an adaptation of the WTT text, it is connected to the WTM (just like the WTT), so if you right-click a word you can search on lemma.

All three versions (SAMH, SAME, and UWTT) are included in a single ZIP archive, and are available for download:

Samaritan Pentateuch Files (2.2MB)

NOTE: These versions may need the latest version of BW (with updates) to display correctly.

ANOTHER NOTE: To install the files, shut down BibleWorks. Unzip the archive and copy all the files found therein to your C:/…/BibleWorks 9/databases/ folder. Restart BibleWorks.

YET ANOTHER NOTE: For what it’s worth, I did some quick checking of the text against Accordance’s Samaritan Pentateuch. There ARE differences - mainly orthographic (with the Accordance version having the plene spelling). For instance, in Genesis 1:12, Sigalov’s version has ותוצא, but the Accordance version by Tal has ותוציא. Sigalov’s version reflects the text in von Gall. As with any digitized text, check against the critical printed editions, and learn what the source files are based upon before using the text to reach conclusions in your research.

BibleWorks Turns 20!

Friday, June 1st, 2012

BibleWorks just turned a score! To celebrate the program’s 20th birthday, the company is giving away two copies (one for each decade).

To enter the contest, send BibleWorks a 20 word note explaining “why you need a copy of BibleWorks. The winners will be selected based on humor, wit, and verve.” Enter before June 15.

You can submit your note either at the BW site, or on their Facebook page.

Apostolic Fathers - Big Update

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Earlier today BibleWorks posted an update to their Apostolic Fathers versions. The update consists of corrections made to the Apostolic Fathers databases (APF, APE, APL and APM) and the addition of duplicate copies of those databases with an alternate versification scheme for the book Shepherd of Hermas (APFH, APEH, APLH, APMH). Rather than dividing Shepherd into many different books according to the Vision, Mandate, Similitude divisions, it uses a continuous chapter numbering scheme and puts it all in one book. This alternate scheme is most famously known through the latest updates of the Apostolic Fathers by Michael Holmes, but is also found in other resources.

These Apostolic Fathers versions were originally developed by BibleWorks users and BibleWorks subsequently added the morphology version and first packaged them with BibleWorks 8 (or was that 7?). This made the Apostolic Fathers available in the *base* package of BibleWorks without any additional module fees or add-ons. But due to the nature of how the database was first created, there were still a lot of errors in it. So I went through and tried to clean up some of those errors, but I was limited by the nature of the text. The problem was that APF wasn’t identical to any of the Lightfoot editions that were published. Sometimes it was, sometimes it wasn’t. So in the end, I didn’t know what the errors were and what was a good reading, even if it came from a different source. So rather than trying to figure all of that out l came up with a different solution. If you get the update of the Apostolic Fathers, you’ll note what the new solution was.

Rather than trying to make the eclectic APF actually fit Lightfoot (an old text from the 19th century), I decided to go a different path and change APF to fit Kirsopp Lake’s edition of the Apostolic Fathers (Loeb Library). This way, BibleWorks would not only have a better text of the Apostolic Fathers, it would have a database that actually was tied to a print version. So with this, you not only have the original Apostolic Fathers databases, you will now also receive the LAKE-E (English version), LAKE-G (Greek text), LAKE-L (Latin text) and LAKE-M (Greek morphology) all free of charge when you buy BibleWorks 9 (or run the updater, if you already have it). Last time I price checked these databases with other Bible programs, they had an additional cost associated with them. But here you can get them at no additional cost because BibleWorks is just that awesome.

Finally, there’s one other small database that you’ll also be getting in today’s update. Although this is not of much value to me, I put it together because I know some people like to have as many texts as possible at their fingertips. This new piece is a database that includes the English translation from Lightfoot (LAF-E). This translation is rather archaic sounding and not one I would use a lot, but, nevertheless, some of you may appreciate it when you’re practicing your KJV-ese.

So, now when you go to download the latest update in BibleWorks, you’ll know what special surprises are waiting for you.


#1. Corrections made to APF databases

#2. Addition of alternate Shepherd of Hermas versification

#3. Kirsopp Lake Apostolic Fathers texts

#4. Lightfoot’s English translation

(I assume the update is only available in BibleWorks 9, but I can’t say that for sure).

BibleWorks on a Mac?

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Probably the single most common complaint I hear about BibleWorks is that it’s not available on Mac natively. Currently, the best way to use BibleWorks on a Mac is to use an emulator program like Parallels which allows the user to run both Windows and OS X programs on the same screen. This certainly isn’t Mac native-programming, but it still allows Mac users an option to keep using BibleWorks.

For all this time, the BibleWorks official answer to the question of a Mac-native version of BibleWorks has been no. On the positive side, BibleWorks noted that through emulator programs, users could still use BibleWorks on Macs, but BibleWorks wasn’t actively designing their program for the emulators.

Now it seems that BibleWorks is slightly changing its course to more actively pursue running the program on Macs and Linux machines. Today, owner Michael Bushell posted this response on the BibleWorks forums:

Hi All,

Just FYI we are now formally investigating the possibility of officially spporting BibleWorks running on third party emulators on Mac and Linux. So far what we find looks promising. Re the question of this thread, BibleWorks does run under CrossOver, whch does not rquire a Windows license. Crossover is not free but it is not expensive either. It does have some problems, specifically with CHM files, but we are hopeful that we will eventually have a good, supported solution for our Mac and Linux users. I can’t give any dates. The best I can do is tell you that this is something that we are now taking seriously.

Mike Bushell

Note that his answer is not an immediate promise of at a Mac-native version of BibleWorks. But it looks as if BibleWorks has slightly softened their previous answer and is now looking to ways its program can be used on multiple formats. I’m sure there are more than a few people out there who look forward to this progress. Obviously his announcement doesn’t indicate an impending release, but is merely a signal that rather than saying no, they’re now investigating their options.

BibleWorks in the Blogosphere

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Gee. You’d think that I’d post to this blog more often, wouldn’t you? Michael Hanel has been the driving force behind the Unofficial BibleWorks Blog for some time, and I am quite thankful for all the work he’s done - posting his own work and highlighting the works of others (even Shakespeare).

Anyway, I’ve been poking around my feed reader, and came across a few interesting blog posts on BW.

New Version - Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

I am happy to announce the release of Eusebius of Caesarea’s Ecclesiastical (Church) History as a new version for BibleWorks! This is a combo release in that the download contains both the Greek text of Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History and an English translation.

About the English Text:

The English translation is the same one that is found in the Schaff Early Church Fathers module that is provided in BibleWorks, only I have stripped it of all notes. If you want to read along with the notes and such, I suggest using the CHM module. This English translation is provided only to help ease of use for those who need both English and Greek in the Browse Window.

About the Greek Text:

The Greek text is that of Kirsopp Lake, J.E.L. Oulton, and H.J. Lawlor, which is found in the old public domain edition of the Loeb Classical Library and provided at the Perseus Digital Library. The Greek text is optimized for use in BibleWorks 9. It makes use of special characters that were not available in earlier versions of BibleWorks, so while you can use the files in older versions of BibleWorks, you will likely not have an optimal text (the use of quotation marks for instance will cause problems). If this text is of interest to you and you don’t have BibleWorks 9, it might be worth considering upgrading for. This text is available as a free download here, but other Bible programs have it available only for an additional cost. This text is the bare Greek text only without morphological tagging, but using an Internet connection, it is possible to get morphological help from the Perseus website.

There will likely be small updates to this version released at later dates. Special thanks for this precision goes to Mark Eddy who has done a lot of the micro-editing to make sure the versions line up properly.


1. Unzip the files to the \databases\ subfolder in your BibleWorks folder and restart BibleWorks. The new versions will use the version IDs EUSEBE (English version) and EUSEBG (Greek version))

2. In order to get the book names to show up correctly you must also add the following lines to the file books.bna (found in the BibleWorks subfolder called \init\)

EH1,Ecclesiastical History-Book 1,EH-1,EH-1
EH2,Ecclesiastical History-Book 2,EH-2,EH-2
EH3,Ecclesiastical History-Book 3,EH-3,EH-3
EH4,Ecclesiastical History-Book 4,EH-4,EH-4
EX5,Ecclesiastical History-Preface Book 5,EH-5preface, EH-5preface
EH5,Ecclesiastical History-Book 5,EH-5,EH-5
EH6,Ecclesiastical History-Book 6,EH-6,EH-6
EH7,Ecclesiastical History-Book 7,EH-7,EH-7
EH8,Ecclesiastical History-Book 8,EH-8,EH-8
EH9,Ecclesiastical History-Book 9,EH-9,EH-9
EHX,Ecclesiastical History-Book 10,EH-10,EH-10

3. Right click the .bna file and use the Open With command with a text editor (like Notepad) to paste in the text above at the end of the file.

4. Save the file and re-start BibleWorks.

BibleWorks 9…it’s for real

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Shipping began Monday, July 11!!

It’s NOW available!

Read about some of the new features here.**

Or visit the official BibleWorks website and see this PDF brochure.

The BibleWorks Manuscripts Project:

The CNTTS Textual Apparatus
The Analysis Tabs (overview)

The New Moody Bible Atlas

Latin Vulgate + Whitaker’s Words

Systematic Theologies: Bavinck and Grudem

Training Videos Galore


Is Textual Criticism for the Specialist Only?

Other reviews:

** As a beta-tester for BibleWorks 9 I have advance access to the program. For disclosure purposes, I received a complimentary copy of BibleWorks 9 for being part of the beta-testing program. Reviews of and blogging about the program, however, were not required in order to be a beta-tester. These are of my own doing and all editorializing remarks are my own opinion.

BibleWorks 9 - Is Textual Criticism for the specialist only?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

[See more here.]

If you want to save yourself a lot of time. My answer to that question is no. But, if you want to learn something, keep reading.

First of all, realize that 99% of the readers of this blog are already familiar with textual criticism and engage in it on one level or another (whether they know it or not) whenever they read the Bible. This range of familiarity can be seen when one

  • chooses an English Bible version because it conforms to a certain preference of fidelity (some people will never move out of the KJV camp not necessarily because they love its English, but rather because they think that it translates the manuscripts that are the ones most faithful to the original autographs.)
  • reads footnotes in their Bible that say “Some Greek manuscripts say …” or “The Septuagint reads…”) (for instance the NET Bible goes farther than almost any other English edition when it comes to referring to textual critical issues)
  • picks up a Greek text and makes judgments based on its text
  • decides that she’s more of a Westcott-Hort person than a Textus Receptus one.
  • looks at the critical apparatus of a Greek text and adopts a reading from it rather than the adopted portion of the text
  • reads a commentary which discusses various other readings for a given text

But textual criticism doesn’t end there. In fact that is only the tip of the iceberg. But the nice thing about BibleWorks is that it has tools for everyone, no matter what your level of skill is.

  • BibleWorks 9 ships with the NET Bible, which as I said, is one of the English Bibles that probably has the best discussion of textual critical issues. The NET Bible has been updated in BW 9 so that you can easily read the textual notes in the new Verse Tab alongside the Biblical text!
  • Study bibles can also provide helpful resources, whether it be the ESV Study Bible that BibleWorks offers or the Holman Christian Study Bible that is offered by WORDsearch, but works in BibleWorks too!
  • BibleWorks 9 ships with the CNTTS New Testament textual apparatus which gives an exhaustive list of variants and manuscripts that support them. In addition BibleWorks contains Tischendorf’s critical apparatus. While it is not exhaustive as far as Greek manuscripts or variants are concerned, it cites the Church Fathers and other early non-Greek Bible versions. We also host a module in which you can download von Soden’s critical apparatus for free as well!
  • For the first time ever, the BibleWorks Manuscripts Project, which is part of BibleWorks 9, allows you to see images of the manuscripts themselves along with transcriptions of them. Now if you want to adopt Codex Sinaiticus as your Bible, you can do just that!
  • Because a lot of other scholars have already weighed in on the issue of textual criticism, you can see some of the decisions they’ve made by comparing their critical Greek New Testaments to another as well as with the CNTTS apparatus and Greek manuscripts. BibleWorks 9 includes more Greek New Testament versions than ever before including the NA27, newly proofed versions of Westcott-Hort and Scriveners, and Greek New Testaments by Stephanus (Textus Receptus), Tischendorf, von Soden, Tregelles, Robinson-Pierpont (Byzantine)!
  • If you want to study some of the early translations of the Bible into English you can do that too and there are even more resources available here which include John Wycliffe’s English translation of the Vulgate (1388), the Miles Coverdale version (1535), Bishops’ Bible (1568) and the King James (1611) to name a few.
  • Or maybe your Latin is better than your Greek. In addition to … you can download transcriptions of early Latin versions: Codex Vercellensis, Codex Veronensis and Codex Bobbiensis here.
  • For an extra $20 you can unlock for Bruce Metzger’s A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, Second Edition, which discusses in prose a select number of variants in the Greek New Testament. If you are upgrading to BibleWorks 9 from BibleWorks 7, you receive a complimentary unlock to this resource.
  • For an extra $30 you can unlock Philip Comfort and David Barrett’s The Text Of The Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. This resource provides 50 photographs of different Greek New Testament papyri and transcribes the texts of 69 of the earliest Greek papyrus manuscripts.
  • There are resources for the Aramaic Peshitta to supplement those that come free in BibleWorks.
  • Dead Sea Scrolls resources can also be added to BibleWorks, if the user wants to do more work with the Qumran evidence.
  • In Hebrew land, the Septuagint and the Targums also come standard with BibleWorks with Etheridge’s translations and the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon (CAL).
  • Can you believe I’ve even left things out of this list??

As you can see there is so much to textual criticism that you will never find a true “expert.” Someone might know more about one area than another, but the field is so large, that even the scholars are always learning new things. In other words, you don’t have to have a Ph.D. to be a part of textual criticism. You’re probably already doing it, even if it is at a very rudimentary level. BibleWorks 9 provides you the flexibility to use as little or as many of the tools as you want.