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BibleWorks 9 - Miscellanea

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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There are still a number of new features in BibleWorks 9 that I haven’t talked about. Instead I picked out a few of the more significant ones that were truly deserving of extended discussion. There were however a few features that I still wanted to mention, but didn’t feel needed an entire post. Therefore I offer a small compilation of just a few more features.

New Buttons in the Toolbar:

This may seem minor, but it really is a nice cosmetic and functional change because it’s now easier to identify what the buttons mean and therefore how they are used. There are still remnants of the older style buttons in the BibleWorks Editor or the GSE, but it sounds like those may eventually be updated after BibleWorks 9 releases.

Automatic difference highlighting:

Now whenever you want to see differences in Bible versions highlighted all you need to do is click in the Browse Window and type “e” on your keyboard to toggle it on and off. The only way to do something like this before would be to use the Text Comparison feature.

ESV Bible Outline:

The ESV Bible outline has been added to the list of Bible outlines provided in BibleWorks 9!

Migration Feature:

BibleWorks 9 has a migration feature that is intended to transfer your settings and user-versions from older versions of BibleWorks to BibleWorks 9. Initially this feature was an option upon installing BibleWorks 9, but the programmers put it inside the program instead because there were a few bugs they hadn’t yet resolved. For whatever reason migration worked inside the program, but didn’t always work with the installer.

Updated Bible versions:

There are several English Bible versions that are updated in BibleWorks 9, but there was also a new one added: The Common English Bible (CEB). It’s still too new for me to know whether I like the CEB or not, but one thing it seems to be known for already is for its remarkable frankness when it comes to translating words which are perfectly clear in Hebrew and Greek, but are bowdlerized in most English translations. There are also new Bible versions added in other languages as well, noteworthy to me are the Neue Luther Bibel (2009) and Das Neue Testament in deutscher Fassung (Jantzen, 2009). In addition new Greek versions have been added, one of which is noteworthy to me: The Tregelles Greek New Testament (TRG2) (which first started as a user-version on this very blog!).

Corrected Greek versions:

Question: When are digital versions of books less valuable than their paper-bound brethren? Answer: When the digital versions are fraught with typos caused by bad OCR or typing. I own digital versions of Luther’s Works which are full of typos where the letter “d” has become “cl” or “m” has become “rn,” etc. You would think since it’s digital, it’s easy to get typos fixed. Wrong. Those typos will probably never be fixed because no one wants to pay a copy-editor for the hours it would take to fix them. The truth is there are bound to be typos in just about any work, but digital works seem to be just as fossilized as non-digital works.

That’s where you’ll be amazed that BibleWorks actually did the hard work to re-proof Scrivener’s Greek NT, Trinitarian Bible Society’s Greek NT and the Westcott-Hort Greek NT, so that you could know that the e-text is not just a public domain text found on the internet, but one that has been carefully checked and corrected for fidelity against the real edition. And as a bonus, when they corrected Westcott-Hort, they also added the textual apparatus and notes found in the 1885 edition (this is what I’ve highlighted above). Again, this is something that is easy for us to take for granted, but we probably have no idea how many hours this project took!

New & Corrected Morphological Versions:

BibleWorks 9 also includes the latest updates to morphological versions of Greek and Hebrew texts, whether that means the 4.14 Groves-Wheeler Westminster Hebrew Old Testament Morphology database (WTM), the 2010 update to the Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine morphology (BYM), the 2010 update to Scrivener’s (SCM), or the 2010 update to Westcott-Hort (WHM). Also included is a new morphology version for the Robinson-Pierpont Greek NT that uses the Friberg scheme of parsing (BFT & BFM):

The BFT is identical to the BYZ text in BibleWorks. It is the Robinson-Pierpont Greek New Testament. The BFM is a morphologically tagged version of the BFT done by Timothy and Barbara Friberg as a part of the BYZAGNT project. It is a parsing of the Byzantine Textform using the same principles and coding scheme as was used in the Analytical Greek New Testament (GNT and GNM in BibleWorks), which used the NA27 text as its base.

Whew. I thought this was going to be short, but even though I still managed to leave a few new things out, as you can see, the list of new stuff got a little bit out of hand. If you’re new to BibleWorks, there has never been more content inside BibleWorks than now — I’ve only been talking about *new* content on this blog, I haven’t even touched upon all of the resources BibleWorks 9 includes that were already a part of earlier versions of BibleWorks! And if you’re considering upgrading, I think it’s safe to say that even if you don’t like everything, there’s still a lot to like in BibleWorks 9!

BibleWorks 9 - Systematic Theologies: Bavinck and Grudem

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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I don’t want to leave undocumented the addition to BibleWorks of two unlockable modules which fit the category of systematic theologies. The first is a Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics (which in print is a four volume work for $99 and the second is Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology for $39.96. As someone of the Lutheran persuasion, I will confess that I am not overly familiar with contents of either of these systematic theologies. Again I won’t attempt to review the content of either of them, as you can find a lot of reviews online and I am sure there are many of you who are much more familiar with them than I am. As of the writing of this post, Grudem’s theology was not yet available, but BibleWorks is predicting that it will be done shortly before or after the release of BibleWorks 9. So I will only be talking about Bavinck here.

I must say, however, that although I have never heard of Herman Bavinck, there’s actually quite a bit online written about him.

There’s not much to say more than has been said about navigation of Bavinck. It’s typical HTML navigation. The table of contents remains on the left side of the page. A more detailed table of contents is available under the option Table of Contents. Bible references are linked and show up in the Resources Tab.

Overall I’d say there are two things working against Bavinck (and Grudem) to me. 1. They’re systematic theologies intended for an audience that I’m not a part of. 2. They’re fairly long books (or multiple volumes, as it were) and despite it being many years later, I still haven’t been won over to reading books on a computer screen.

BibleWorks wisely avoided a conflict with my first problem by not including these in the basic package. These are extra add-ons that you must purchase. The benefit here is that when I buy the main BibleWorks 9 package, I’m not paying a lot of money for a systematic theology I really don’t plan on using.

As far as the second problem, I still don’t think BibleWorks has bought into the “let’s have lots of books” philosophy, but they do add books that will have particular and positive uses within their software. Obviously this covers lexicons and grammars, but when you see a page like this you can understand why it might make sense for a systematic theology. Imagine if you read this page in the book. What are the odds you’re going to pause and look up these verses? But in BibleWorks, the book really opens up before you and gets to what I think should be the most important part of any theology book: The Word.

In the end, I don’t really give a rousing recommendation to Bavinck, but keep in mind that the reason is primarily theological. Since I know it’s a Reformed theological work, I’m sure there’s a lot I won’t like. But also realize that in the few weeks that I’ve had it, I haven’t actually read all of Bavinck, so you can take my reasoning with a grain of salt and I won’t be offended at all.

If anyone else wishes to give a more hearty endorsement to Bavinck, I will listen and link to it as I know the number of Lutheran readers here is outnumbered by other faith traditions and not everyone cares to hear my theological critiques.

BibleWorks 9 - Manuscripts Project VII

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

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BibleWorks is not an open source program, but it is a program that allows for much more free adaptation than any of the other major Bible software programs. Since I’ve been using BibleWorks (I think that goes back to BibleWorks 5 or 6), I first fell in love with the Version Database Compiler which allows users to make their own Bible translations and import them into BibleWorks. While initially designed for Bible translators, I’ve made ample use of it, adding classical Greek and Latin texts to BibleWorks.

Later when HTML modules linked to BibleWorks were added to the program, BibleWorks allowed users to add their own custom HTML modules to the main program.

In that same vein, BibleWorks has not simply given users access to the manuscripts, BibleWorks 9 actually provides users with the very tools that scholars have been using to make transcriptions from manuscript images! While BibleWorks is continuing on its own to work at transcribing manuscripts, users could actually transcribe the manuscripts all by themselves and then compile and import them into BibleWorks and use them alongside any of the other manuscripts! The tools also make it possible to mark the images with the verse labels that are found in the BibleWorks manuscript images. Admittedly, the number of people who would want to do this is probably rather small, but it’s extraordinary that BibleWorks is sharing the power tools from their arsenal so freely.

Here’s a small glimpse of it in action.

Another companion tool is the Tagging Tool which allows you to morphologically tag your own Greek New Testament. There is no possible way to cover how this tool works in this post, but let’s just say you don’t have to manually enter in every tag. It’s made to help match your text against other morphological texts and fill out the text as completely as possible before letting you check out words that still are problematic. Again, this may not appeal to the common user, but now if you make your own Greek New Testament, it is easier than ever to make a morphology companion to it! The long-range goal here is to make it easy for people to develop public domain texts so that more people can share the Greek texts (but do be careful at first and read the Help files so that you are using public domain morphological databases rather than copyright protected and proprietary ones).

This picture doesn’t quite explain how it all works, but it lets you see how it’s laid out. In the top portion is the text that you wish to tag and in the bottom you can have other Greek morphological versions to compare with as you go.

Both of these tools are extremely powerful. They do take a bit of reading and trial and error to figure out. Most users probably won’t even want to use them, but BibleWorks is releasing them in BibleWorks 9 because they believe that the manuscripts project is not just giving people the final results, but giving them the tools as well so that anyone can become more familiar with the task of textual criticism and the creation of Greek critical texts.

BibleWorks 9 - The Analysis Tabs (overview)

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

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Because so much of what has been added as functionality has occurred in the Analysis Window, I thought it would be beneficial to have a post that covered just that section. Below is a picture of the Analysis Window Tabs.

Briefly, here are your options from left to right, top row to bottom. (I’ve put the new tabs in blue font.)

  • Analysis - This is the Word Analysis tab which displays lexical information for the word the mouse is on. It also displays version notes if there are any. And if you place your mouse over the version ID in the browse window, the Analysis tab lists version information.
  • Notes - This is where you can access and edit user verse or chapter notes.
  • Editor - This is the Editor which you can use for other writing projects which you may not want in the Notes tab.
  • Resources - This is the Resource Summary tab which displays a whole plethora of links to all available resources that are pertinent to your current verse.
  • X-refs - This is where you will find all the cross-reference databases. I blogged some about this HERE.
  • Stats - This is the search statistics tab and it displays information based on searches. The main upgrade to this tab is its integration with the Use Tab.
  • Words - This tab provides a list of all the words in the current Bible version, a word list of search results and then a wildcard expansion of the command line.
  • Context - The context tab gives a list of words in the current pericope (based on the Bible outline), current chapter and current book.
  • Version - The name is shortened here, but in BW8 this was called the Version Info tab. It gives the version information for the Bible version that you have the mouse on. It is the same information that you would find if you opened the Analysis tab and put your mouse on the letters of the version ID in the Browse Window.
  • Red Arrow - The red arrow at the right-most edge of this window is how you active/deactivate the fourth column. I blogged about this HERE.
  • Browse - This is where you have your bonus browse window (be sure to use the sync options for it wisely. It can either sync or not sync with the main browse window.)
  • Verse - The Verse tab is where you can most easily access the NET Bible notes, the CNTTS Apparatus, the Tischendorf Apparatus, Metzger’s Textual Commentary and the ESV Study Bible notes (if you’ve purchased it). Blogged about this HERE.
  • Mss - This is where you can see the collations and images of Greek manuscripts. I blogged about this HERE (I, II, III, IV, V, VI).
  • Use - This is where you will be able to instantly see the use of words or lemmas in a book or version. I blogged about this HERE.

Your first time through BibleWorks 9, keep in mind that you can hold your mouse button over any of those tabs and press F1 to bring up the Help chapter that talks about these tabs.

Keep in mind that the arrangement of all of these tabs is now up to the user. By clicking and holding on one of the tabs, you can drag them into a different order. Also when you activate the fourth column, you can move them back and forth from the normal analysis window to the new fourth column analysis window.

BibleWorks 9 - Training Videos Galore

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

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I know it’s quite common to read on different Bible software reviews that X software just isn’t intuitive, but I don’t really buy those arguments. I own or have used the major three Bible software programs and I don’t think any of them are intuitive. If they were intuitive they probably would not be as powerful as they are. Each has its own unique way or working and its own learning curve. Probably because I used BibleWorks the most, I find it the most straightforward. The other programs just don’t cut it for me. But I know you could ask others and their opinion would be different.

Thus if you can accept my premise that each software program has its own learning curve, the question isn’t is it easy or hard, the question is, so how do you learn how to use it. In response to that question BibleWorks 9 has a number of different ways that you can get to know the program. It has a wonderful context-sensitive Help system so that almost anywhere in the program all you need to do is point your mouse to the area that you don’t understand and press the F1 key on your keyboard. The Help system will pop up to the section that deals with the area where your mouse is pointed. It’s wonderful.

There are the user forums that exist as a way for users to ask questions that will often be answered by other users, usually within a matter of hours.

The BibleWorks Knowledge Base supplies answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

The BibleWorks website also hosts a wonderful series of Classroom Tips that you can subscribe to so that you receive the latest updates in your RSS reader.

And when you install BibleWorks 9 you will have the option to install training videos, which offer a lot of direct visual help on all of the different aspects of the program. The BibleWorks website says there are 6 hours of videos. While I didn’t count how many minutes there were, I’ll trust that they know what they’re talking about. The point is there are a lot!

Now you can preview some of them on YouTube!

Below is the full list of training videos that ship with BibleWorks 9 just to give you an idea of the breadth of the videos.

•    Introduction to the BibleWorks Interface
o    The Search Window
o    How to Use the Command Line
o    Why is the Search Window blank?
o    The Browse Window
o    The Analysis Window
o    How to Use the Verse tab
o    How to Use the MSS tab
o    The BibleWorks Editor
•    Layout and Navigation of the BibleWorks Interface
o    What Is the Search Version and How Is It Used?
o    How Do I Choose a Search Version?
o    What Is a Display Version and How Is It Used?
o    How Do I Choose Display Versions?
o    Options for Reading Text
*    How to Display a Verse in the Browse Window
*    Displaying a Full Passage
*    How to Change the Version Display Order
*    How to Increase the Size of Text in the BibleWorks Windows
*    How to Apply Colors to Selected Text in the Browse Window
*    How to Turn the Word Tips On/Off
*    How to Toggle the Analysis Window On/Off
*    How to Use the Parallel Versions Window
*    Parallel Versions Window Command Line Shortcut
*    How to Use Search Window Tabs as Additional Workspaces or Bookmarks
o    Use of the Analysis Window for Researching a Word or Verse
*    How to Freeze the Analysis Window While You Move Your Mouse
*    Using the Two Column Analysis Window
*    Finding a Definition for a Greek or Hebrew Word
*    Changing the Default Analysis Tab Lexicon
*    How to Customize the Resources Summary Window
*    How to Find Study Bible Notes
*    How to Take User Notes
*    How to Create and Save Notes on a Chapter
*    How to Create and Save Notes on a Verse
•    BibleWorks Search Tools
o    How to Search for Words in the Browse Window with the Mouse
*    How to Use the Use Tab to Instantly Search for a Word
*    Searching for a Word from the Browse Window
*    Searching for a Phrase from the Browse Window
*    Searching the Greek Text from the Browse Window
*    Searching the Hebrew Text from the Browse Window
*    Searching Greek and Hebrew Words Using Strong’s Numbers
*    Search for the Greek Word an English Word Translates with the Use and Analysis Tabs
*    Search for the Hebrew Word an English Word Translates with the Use and Analysis Tabs
o    How to Search for Words Using the Command Line
*    Searching for a Word from the Command Line
*    Searching for a Phrase from the Command Line
*    How to Search for One or More Words in a Verse (AND Search)
*    How to Search for All Occurrences of Two or More Words (OR Search)
*    How to Search for a Specific Phrase (PHRASE Search)
*    How to Use Wildcards to Increase the Flexibility of Command Line Searches in English
*    Searching for Singular and Plural Forms of a Word
*    How to Get Help with Command Line Searches
*    Command Line Search Codes
*    How to Display Code Insertion Buttons for Command Line Searches
*    How to Use Search Window Tabs as Additional Workspaces or Bookmarks
o    Greek and Hebrew Morphology Versions and Searching
*    What is a Morphology Version and How is it Useful?
*    Searching the Greek Text Using the Command Line
*    Searching the Hebrew Text Using the Command Line
*    How to Use Wildcards to Increase the Flexibility of Command Line Searches in Greek
*    How to Use Wildcards to Increase the Flexibility of Command Line Searches in Hebrew
*    How to Display a Keyboard to Enter Greek Words on the Command Line
*    How to Display a Keyboard to Enter Hebrew Words on the Command Line
o    Working with the Search Window’s Search Results
*    How to Show the Entire Verse in Your Search Window Results
*    How to Edit Search Results Using Search Window Checkboxes
*    How to Save the Results Verse List
*    How to Save a List of Verses for Future Use with the Verse List Manager
*    How to Apply Colors to Your Search Results
o    Setting Search Limits
*    How to Set a Search Limit
o    Word Study Tools
*    How to Lookup an Greek Word in a Lexicon with the Mouse
*    How to Lookup an Hebrew Word in a Lexicon with the Mouse
*    How to Use the Use Tab to Instantly Search for a Word
*    Searching for Words with Related Meaning with a Command Line Semantic Domain Search
*    How to Use Search Window Tabs as Additional Workspaces or Bookmarks
*    How to Search More Than One Version At a Time
*    How to Use the Stats Tab to View Word Usage Patterns
o    How to Search Using the Graphical Search Engine (GSE)
*    Getting Familiar with the GSE Components
*    Building a Simple GSE Query
*    Building a GSE Query from the Command Line
*    Browsing the Results of a GSE Query and Saving a Query to Disk
*    Loading a GSE Query from Disk and Specifying Word Order in the Query
*    Saving GSE Query Results and Reusing the Results in Another Query
*    Searching Morphology Using the GSE
*    Specifying Agreement Between Parts of Speech
o    Additional Search Tools
*    How to Create and Save a List of Words
*    How to Search for a List of Words from the Command Line
•    How to Use Study Tools in BibleWorks
o    Tools for Greek and Hebrew Language Learning
*    How to Use the Vocabulary Flashcard Module
*    How to Open the Greek New Testament Flashcards
*    How to Open the Hebrew Old Testament Flashcards
*    How to Open the Greek Verb Review Flashcards
*    How to Open the Hebrew Regular Verb Review Flashcards
*    How to Review the Vocabulary for a Book or Verse Range
*    How to Review Vocabulary By Frequency of Occurrence
*    How to Print a Vocabulary Review List
*    How to Print Vocabulary Flashcards
*    How to Open the Greek and Hebrew Paradigms
*    How to Turn the Word Tips On/Off
o    Making and Recording Observations of the Text
*    How to Use the Context Tab to Study the Pericope, Book or Chapter Context
*    Quickly Find Particular Parts of Speech in a Passage in Greek
*    Quickly Find Particular Parts of Speech in a Passage in Hebrew
*    How to Apply Colors to Selected Text in the Browse Window
*    How to Use the Stats Tab to View Word Usage Patterns
*    How to Take User Notes
*    How to Create and Save Notes on a Chapter
*    How to Create and Save Notes on a Verse
*    How to Lookup an English Word in a Bible Dictionary with the Mouse
*    How to Lookup a Biblical City in the BibleWorks Maps with the Mouse
*    How to Find Study Bible Notes
o    Analyzing the Text
*    Outlines/Pericopes of Books of the Bible
*    Using the Bible Outline
*    Studying Words in Their Literary Context
*    How to Use the Context Tab to Study the Pericope, Book or Chapter Context
*    Quickly Find Particular Parts of Speech in a Passage in Greek
*    Quickly Find Particular Parts of Speech in a Passage in Hebrew
*    Create a List of All the Words in a Book
*    Using Passage Diagrams
*    How to View a New Testament Diagram with the Mouse
*    How to View a New Testament Diagram
*    How to Use the Diagramming Window
*    Using Grammars
*    How to Consult a Greek Grammar
*    How to Consult a Hebrew Grammar
*    Using Lexicons
*    Changing the Default Analysis Tab Lexicon
*    How to Lookup an Greek Word in a Lexicon with the Mouse
*    How to Lookup an Hebrew Word in a Lexicon with the Mouse
*    How to Use English Words to Lookup Words in Greek Lexicons
*    How to Use English Words to Lookup Words in Hebrew Lexicons
o    Comparing Verses and Passages
*    How to Find Cross References for a Verse
*    How to Use the Parallel Versions Window
*    Parallel Versions Window Command Line Shortcut
*    Comparing Different Passages Using the Parallel Versions Window
*    Displaying Multiple Passages Using the Synopsis Window
*    How to View Words That Relate to a Word in a Verse
*    Searching the Greek Text Using the Related Verses Tool
*    Finding the Number of Words in a Book Using the Context Tab
*    Finding the Number of Words in a Book Using the Word List Manager
*    Finding the Most or Least-Frequently Used Words in a Passage, Book or Chapter
*    Finding the Most or Least-Frequently Used Words in a Version
o    Comparing Versions and Manuscripts
*    Display Differences Between Versions Using a Browse Window Option
*    Display Differences Between Versions Using Text Comparison Settings
*    How to Use the MSS tab
*    How to Use the CNTTS Apparatus
*    How to Use the Browse Tab
*    How to Use the Parallel Versions Window
*    Comparing Greek and Hebrew Text with the Parallel Hebrew-LXX Module
o    Bible Atlas and Maps
*    How to View a Bible Atlas Map
*    How to Lookup a Biblical City in the BibleWorks Maps with the Mouse
*    How to Load a Pre-made Map from the Map Module
*    How to Copy & Paste a Map Image from the Map Module
o    Exporting Text and Building Reports
*    How to Copy the Browse Window Verse
*    How to Export a Range of Verses
*    Copying Search Window Results List Verses
*    How to Export a List of Verses to Paste into a Document with the Text
*    How to Export a List of Verses to Paste into a Document without Text
*    How to Set BibleWorks to Export in Non-Unicode Fonts (Bwgrkl & Bwhebb)
o    Finding Copyright and Citation Information
*    How to Find the Copyright Information for a Bible Version or Resource
*    How to Find Information on Citing a Text or Resource from BibleWorks
•    How to Find Help in BibleWorks
o    How to Get Immediate Help with BibleWorks
o    How to Find Options for Using the Windows in BibleWorks
o    How to Get Free Updates for BibleWorks

BibleWorks 9 - The Verse Tab

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

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In passing I’ve mentioned the new Verse Tab a couple of times, but I want to put it in the spotlight by itself for this post. The Verse Tab is a new way to view content found in BibleWorks 9 which previously you could only access through loading the HTML module, by checking out the verse references in the Resources Tab or looking at the Analysis Window for verse notes. Now you can use the Verse Tab to access the following resources: the CNTTS NT Critical Apparatus, the NET Bible notes, the ESV Study Bible, the Tischendorf Critical Apparatus, and Metzger’s Textual Commentary.**

You can only view one of these resources at a time in the Verse Tab, but when one of them is selected, you will be able to read the relevant material in each resource that is based on the active verse in the Browse Window.

If you use the Fourth Column to have an active Notes or Editor Tab open, it’s now easier than ever to copy notes from a resource like the ESV Study Bible into your own electronic notes, no new windows or alt-tabbing necessary!

**Yesterday a user asked,

[can I] use some resources that I own from Wordsearch in the verse tab, for example, some commentaries, dictionaries and the HCSB Study Bible?

I asked this question to the programmers. Although currently the resources listed above are the only ones that work in the Verse Tab, the programmers did say that making the ability to add more resources to the Verse Tab was on their list of things to do, but the priorities of that list get shaped by what user feedback is like after the release. So my suggestion is that if this is something you really want, send kind-hearted messages to their suggestion box. However, keep this in mind: in order for resources to work in the Verse Tab, it is a two way street: the resource itself must be programmed for it and BW9 must be programmed to accept it. In other words, even if BW9 opens the Verse Tab for more resources, it would still be up to WORDsearch to adapt their commentaries so that they fit the BibleWorks requirements. So you may want to be in touch with WORDsearch about this too.

BibleWorks 9 - ESV Study Bible

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

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Although it’s not included in the base package, for $20 you can unlock the ESV Study Bible for BibleWorks 9. Like with The New Moody Bible Atlas, I won’t comment on the merits of the Study Bible itself (you can google for reviews). You can see a brief video of it in action on YouTube, but on the blog I’ll briefly talk about its implementation in BibleWorks.

There are three different ways to access the ESV Study Bible in BibleWorks 9.

The first is through the new Verse Tab, the second is through the more typical HTML module, and the third is through the Resources Tab.

In the Verse Tab it is now easier than ever to follow along in a commentary with your normal Browse Window. Here’s a peek.

The Verse Tab will automatically track with the Browse Window verse-by-verse, book-by-book. Using the Previous and Next links, you can also navigate in the ESV Study Bible independently of the Browse Window, but if you want to do a lot of this, it’s best to press the Expand button in the Verse Window and open up the HTML version like so.

In the picture above I’ve placed arrows by some of the different ways of navigation that are included in this module. I must say compared to some of the free user modules I’ve distributed here, the ways of navigation that are included in the ESV Study Bible are pretty slick.

Just like with The New Moody Bible Atlas, BibleWorks 9 includes very high-resolution images, maps and illustrations and the module includes an index of them. Below is an example of one image at only 50% of full resolution.

The final way that you can access the ESV Study Bible is through the Resources Tab, where you will find that you can quickly jump to a verse that is cited in the ESV Study Bible by simply clicking on the reference in the Resources Tab.

Since the BibleWorks main package already includes the Bible version ESV, BibleWorks worked out a deal so that the Study Bible is only a $20 upgrade (the hardcover version retails for $50 (though you can find it cheaper online). At that price, the ESV Study Bible is a steal of an upgrade!

Note that because it uses new features only available in BibleWorks 9, it is not available in BibleWorks 8.

BibleWorks 9 - Manuscripts Project VI

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

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Anyone have any idea what I just did here, specifically, what kind of search?

**UPDATED**

Well as Nick correctly identified in the comments section, this was indeed an example of searching Codex Siniaiticus for all examples of nomina sacra. For those who do not know this term, nomina sacra are the words that have the bars above the letters. Nomina sacra is Latin and means “sacred names” and it is the term given to these words which are abbreviated in the manuscripts. The exact significance of the nomina sacra still is a somewhat open question in scholarship and is still a topic treated today (see here, here or here for recent discussions).

In BibleWorks 9, Sinaiticus is morphologically tagged, but it also includes extra tagging data so that you can search on the command line for all instances of nomina sacra in one quick and easy search. Currently it’s not as straightforward to search the nomina sacra for the other manuscripts because their morphological tagging is not yet added, but from Sinaiticus you can quickly get an idea of what it will be like when it is.

And for those who read this post after BibleWorks 9 comes out and want to know how to do this search, here’s how.

  • In the command line type “m-01a-m” (no quotation marks) to active the Siniaticus morphology version as the search version
  • Then type the following search into the command line, “.*@*+sxxc” and presto!

BibleWorks 9 - BW-RVT X-ref

Monday, July 4th, 2011

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The Cross-references (X-refs) tab was new to BibleWorks in BibleWorks 8. In BibleWorks 9, as far as I can tell, the basic functionality of it is still the same. You can change X-ref databases, edit the actual listing of the x-refs by adding or deleting verses or even make your own x-ref databases, among other things. Since that stuff is so similar, I won’t really add more to how X-refs work.

The main thing that has changed is the number of X-ref databases that you can use. Here’s the full list:

  1. BW Master - Frequently cited cross-references from most of the databases below
  2. BW-RVT - Based on running the Related Verses Tool (gathering verses with the same lemmas) over the BGM Bible version
  3. BioBible - From David Stephan’s Biographical Bible
  4. CAB - From the CAB version (Castilian)
  5. CSP - From the CSP version (Czech)
  6. ESV - From the ESV
  7. NAB - From the NAB version
  8. NABO - From the older version of NAB
  9. NAU - from the NAS (Updated) version
  10. NIRV - From the NIrV
  11. NIV - From the NIV 2011
  12. NIVO - From the NIV (1984). Only available to upgraders of previous versions of BibleWorks which contained the NIV (1984).
  13. Nave’s - From Nave’s Topical Bible
  14. TChainRef - From the New Chain-Reference Bible (1934) by Frank Thompson
  15. TNIV - From the TNIV. Only available to upgraders of previous versions of BibleWorks which contained the TNIV.
  16. TSK - From the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
  17. Torrey’s - From Torrey’s New Topical Text Book by R. A. Torrey
  18. WCS - Proof texts for the WCS version (Westminster Confessional Standards)
  19. ZUR - From the ZUR version (German)

Other than updates to new Bible versions that have been added, the one that should look the most unfamiliar is the one called BW-RVT. The BW-RVT X-ref database is kind of an experimental database. What it does is gather all verses in the entire BGM (so that covers OT, NT and Apocrypha) that are similar to the verse you are currently looking at by the criterion of sharing Greek lemmas and it groups those verses by how many words the other verses share with the browse window verse. The reason it is called RVT is that it essentially is automatizing the process that is found in the Related Verses Tool which was added in BibleWorks 8.

So refresh your memory a bit. If you were looking at Mark 8:6 and ran the Related Verses Tool on that verse for the BGM, this is what it would look like:

As you can see in the RVT, when searching the BGM, BW by default only searches for significant lemma (that’s why certain words are unchecked). The results are then listed in the middle portion and you can view the text in the right hand side of the window. In BW8, no really quick way to see the text of all the verses that were similar. The best you could do is either click through this list one by one or export it to the search window and read through them there. But the other slow part about the RVT is that if you want to use the RVT for each verse in a pericope, you’d have to run it on Mark 8:6, search, look at the results, run it on Mark 8:7, search, look at the results, etc. It could become a bit laborious.

So now that BW9 has automatically populated the BW-RVT X-refs database with the results of the kind of RVT search described above, what you have in front of you is not just the results (the verses) to that RVT search, but you have the full text of those verses too! And because this is a X-ref database it is very easy to see the RVT results of an entire pericope because it follows along as you advance verses in the Browse Window! Here’s an example of what it looks like in comparison to the RVT window (which I’ve placed on the screen so you can see where the verses came from):

You’ll note I highlighted a verse that came up in the results list. This verse is from the book of Tobit, a part of the Apocrypha, which is not translated in the ESV, which is why the result is given [Verse does not exist in display version]. This shows you that the BW-RVT is searching through the Apocrypha too, but reminds you that you should probably change the BW-RVT to display a version which contains the Apocrypha, something that can easily be resolved.

Because of the nature of how the RVT works, you will probably find that the results are hit and miss. On the one hand, you might discover some new parallels that you have never considered before, but, on the other hand, just because the verse you’re reading shares three lemmas with a different verse doesn’t mean that it really has much of anything in common in other ways. But I think that’s the cool thing about the BW-RVT. You might not discover anything new, but because the RVT’s criteria is so different than all the rest of the X-ref databases, it just might lead to a felicitous discovery.

BibleWorks 9 - Manuscripts Project V

Friday, July 1st, 2011

[See more here.]

In this part of the preview of the BibleWorks Manuscripts Project I wanted to try to demonstrate what it can look like to see the transcribed manuscripts really working in the Browse Window in BibleWorks 9. Unfortunately there is so much to show, I found it impossible to get it in one picture, so you’ll have to bear with me.

The first image is heavily annotated, the others less so. What I’m trying to show, however, is that because these Greek manuscripts have been transcribed, you can see and use them in the Browse Window just like you can with other Bible versions. Right now only Codex Sinaiticus (M-01) is completely morphologically tagged. The other versions still work in the Browse Window, they just don’t have morphology capabilities. Those will be updated (free of charge) as they are ready.

This is the same scene as above, but I’ve cut out versions and applied automatic difference highlighting. I also show you M-01 is morphologically tagged.

A closer view of the collation window, with the handy abbreviation pop up. Notice I’ve added a few versions to the collation window (you can add or remove as many Greek manuscripts as you want).

From the collation window you can also export the collation if you want it for a paper or something, but the table can get a bit unwieldy if you’re working with a really long verse because it is laid out horizontally. The collation window has buttons to advance or go backwards by verse, but for easy use the entire MSS tab also automatically updates as you change verses in the Browse Window.

As you can see, beside the work that it took to transcribe the texts in the first place, BibleWorks’ programmers have made sure there is plenty that you can do with the manuscripts once they’re in BibleWorks 9!