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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).

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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]

New Versions - Church Fathers in Greek, Latin and English!

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

After putting together the version of Eusebius’ Church History for BibleWorks, I thought I stumbled onto something good and there was a need to add more writings of the early Church Fathers* into BibleWorks. The only question was whether to add them as separate versions or put them together in one release. I decided that it would be better to start putting them together in one gigantic release. So this is the first of hopefully many updates to this version.

Out of the zip file what you have included is original language and translations of the following texts:

  • Justin Martyr: Apology 1, Apology 2 and Dialogue with Trypho
  • Clement of Alexandria: Protrepticus, What Rich Man is Saved?, and To the Newly Baptized
  • Tertullian: Apology, On Spectacles
  • Minucius Felix: Octavius
  • Eusebius: Church History
  • Basil the Great: To Young Men on Greek Literature

If that’s not enough to get you excited, I’m not sure what is!

Oh I know. It’s probably the cost. These are all free downloads for BibleWorks users. The files all work perfectly in BibleWorks 9 (make sure you have updated the latest executable files), and should work in BibleWorks 8, but I make no guarantees.

Special thanks to those who have helped me put together these files and especially to Kevin Edgecomb for sharing the work he had done on Justin’s Dialogue!

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1. Unzip the files to the \databases\ subfolder in your BibleWorks folder and restart BibleWorks. The new versions will use the version IDs CF-G for the Greek version, CF-L for the Latin version, and CF-E for the English translations.

2. In order to get the book names to show up correctly you must also add any of the missing lines to your books.bna file (which is found in the BibleWorks subfolder called \init\ and can be opened with a simple text editor like Notepad)

Unless I’m mistaken the following book names come standard in BibleWorks, but if not, you would need to add them to your books.bna file:
JAp,The Apology of Justin,JAp,JAP
DJT,Dialogue of Justin with Trypho a Jew,DJT,DJT
TAp,Tertullian Apology,TAp,TAP
TSh,Tertullian The Shows,TSh,TSH
MFO,Minucius Felix The Octavius,MFO,MFO

If you’ve downloaded the Eusebius files, you should already have added the following to your books.bna file:
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

These are the new book name abbreviations and need to be added to your books.bna file:
Jaq,Justin-Apology 2,Justin-Apology 2,Apology 2
CPT,Clement-Protrepticus,Protrepticus,Protrepticus
CRM,What Rich Man is Saved?,What Rich Man is saved?,Rich man
CBP,To the Newly Baptized,To the Newly Baptized,To the Newly Baptized
INC,On the Incarnation of the Word,On the Incarnation of the Word,Incarnation
BTY,To Young Men on Greek Literature,To Young Men on Greek Literature,To Young Men on Greek Literature

* I use this term rather loosely to mean Christian writers of the first few centuries.

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.

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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.