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Brief Updates

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

You don’t see a lot of posts here because neither Jim nor I is paid enough to be constantly at work on this material, but lucky for you Jim still continues to pay for the web hosting. Lucky for you that also means even if we’re not always adding new material, the old stuff is still here and quite functional. But that brings me to two questions that are constantly being asked.

1. People have said when they try to open zip files they are corrupted. I have no logical explanation for why this is. The files are not corrupted, they are quite functional. There are only two solutions I have to this problem. Either try re-downloading the files or else use a different program to unzip them. Windows has a built in zipping function now, but sometimes that doesn’t work. You can try downloading 7-zip or Winzip and see if you can work it out that way. Beyond that there’s not much I can do to help. The files work fine for us, so we can’t troubleshoot a problem we don’t have.

2. People have problems using the modules because when they open they appear as though they do not work. These files need to be unblocked usually in order to use them. Instructions for doing this are clearly stated at the top of the modules page.

I’ve added links to two New Testament textual criticism modules that have previously been available on LaParola’s website. They are entitled New Testament Manuscript Variant Readings and an alt. version with variants sorted by text type and they are both compiled by  Pasquale Amicarelli.

Finally, I also added a link to a timeline of the publication of English Bibles made by Mark Hoffman. This file can be saved in the BibleWorks 8\timeline\ folder and must be opened in BibleWorks Timeline. You can read more about it here.

BibleWorks in the blogosphere

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Recently a few biblioblogs have published reviews of BibleWorks 8.

Again, BW shines! Recently I taught a class of NT Interp students at GCTS some of the basics of doing word searches in BibleWorks. In that class the professor told the students that if they were to purchase any “textbook” in seminary, they should purchase BibleWorks and BDAG!

Oh, and in case you didn’t notice, BibleWorks now has an RSS feed for their Classroom Tips. BibleWorks also has a feed for news and announcements.

Update: I will add further review links as I come across them.

100% . . . for now (GSE added)

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Well, I visited my external hard drive this weekend, and to my surprise, I found the lost Graphical Search Engine (GSE) query files. All of the files are listed on the GSE page. So, it looks as if the BW Blog is 100% operational!

As mentioned on the GSE page:

The point of offering these many examples of Graphical Search Engine queries is not that you were probably looking for a search just like these, but rather that you see many examples of different things the GSE can do and maybe are able to teach yourself from these examples how to get some powerful results out of this workhorse Search Engine in BW.

99.9% fully operational!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Well, finally, I think I’ve got most of the downloads in place on the BibleWorks Blog. We still have one version to replace that neither Michael nor I have been able to locate on our hard drives:

  • Callimachus’ Hymns & Epigrams in Greek (see post)

If you have this file (originally named, please contact us via the comments (or the forum thread).

I have not yet made any real attempt to replace the GSE files that were once in place. (The initial list and the folder that contained the files were completely lost. :( ) If anyone happens to have them, let me know. Or, if you remember sending in one of your own GSE files (or if you’d like to share a GSE file for a search that you were particularly proud of constructing) let me know as well.

In the near future I hope to start putting together instructions for installing (and/or creating) all of these files. is back

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

I was able to get the old address to finally work for the BibleWorks Blog. The official address of the BibleWorks Blog is now The URL is now a dead link. Apparently, given the way WordPress works, we cannot direct both addresses to the same page (which would make perfect sense to me). Given that most links to the BibleWorks Blog have been to, Michael Hanel and I have decided to keep this address. Thanks for your patience during the changeover.

We’re getting there…

Friday, September 5th, 2008

…but there’s further to go!

We’ve migrated to WordPress, but for some reason Yahoo! is not redirecting the subdomain to So, for now the new address of the (Unofficial) BibleWorks Blog is (This link has always worked, but now the whole redirecting thing’s not working.) There’s always a hitch!

The RSS feed should be the same as the old blogger version, so if you’re reading this through a feed reader, then take a look. Keep in mind that I’m not impressed with the current “theme”, so it will probably change.

Looks like we’ve made it…

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Can you hear the Barry Manilow?

No, really, it looks like things are working ok so far. The blogger posts have been imported to the WordPress blog. Now I’ll put together some snazzy pages with links to the various kinds of user files. For now, the user files are still linked from

Oh, and just for giggles, I’ve installed the “Scripturizer” which is a plugin that automatically links verses of the Bible mentioned in the blog to the ESV text (or other text if one so chooses). For instance, see James 5:17-18 (the passage I worked on for my thesis.

Blog Maintenance - Upgrade and Switch Over

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

I’m hoping to upgrade the BW blog this weekend. Please be patient as we work out the kinks. We’re switching to WordPress, which should allow us to organize the site in a much more efficient way. Here’s hoping all goes well! The file paths should remain the same from the files page.

A real post?

Friday, July 11th, 2008

By my notice we haven’t had a real substantive post all year on the BW blog. Talk about not good. At the beginning of the year we had file server issues where we lost all of our files. A little after that we had more blogger issues where our posts wouldn’t post properly (meaning, at all), thus the reason for multiple test posts.

As we’ve said, life has gotten busier. It doesn’t mean we have lost track of BibleWorks completely, but we have not been as good as maintaining this as we should be. As I’ve mentioned, a new marriage, a relocation, the beginning of a PhD program all have taken chunks of my time this year. Fortunately others have been producing new materials, we simply haven’t been advertising them very well. If you have been following the BibleWorks forums (which I highly recommend), you should not have missed any of the new offerings that have been posted this year. Most of them I have managed to catch and upload here so that even if they are not blogged about, they are still in one place. However I have missed a few of them here and there during the school year, so if you know of any of those, please alert my attention to them and I will get them up.

Another reason why things have been quiet is because I’ve been enjoying reading a fellow BibleWorks user (and Lutheran! — well that’s a big deal in my book, you can ignore it, if you wish), Mark Hoffman’s blog Biblical Studies and Technological Tools. If you haven’t been following his blog, get with it! He has done an admirable job of comparing Bible software programs (among other things!) with regard to their offerings, how you can use them, advantages, disadvantages, etc. Although he was on sabbatical this year (and therefore amazingly prolific), his posts might be a little less plentiful this coming school year, but even so, he will still be worth following.

Anyway, now we try to play catch-up.

Help Rebuild the BibleWorks Blog!

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Well, I’m not sure what has happened to the files, and Yahoo has not been responsive, so we will name this little episode “Yahoops!” from now on.

I was able to recover a few files, but many have perished. So, if you have any of the add-ons listed below (with all accompanying files; e.g. *.bww, *.ddf, etc.; preferably in a zipped folder) then please comment on this blog post or reply to the BibleWorks Forum thread and list what you have. Reply especially if you have a way of “moving” very large files. I’ve also set up an email for the blog: So if you can email me files, that would be the way to do it.

Thankfully, because of the the Internet Archive (, I was able to upload quite a few files, but there are still many files that need to be restored. Here’s the list of files that we need:

Version Databases

  • New Testament Related:
    • [] Gospel of Mark in Gothic (Mark Langley)
    • [] 14th Century Version (Middle English 1Jn-Jud) (Mark Langley)
    • [] NT Peshitta in Hebrew with Vowel Pointing
    • [] Delitzsch Hebrew New Testament
    • [] Coptic New Testament Versions
  • Hebrew Bible Related:
    • [] Hebrew Consonantal Text (David Kummerow)
    • [] Jerome’s Latin Psalter based on the Hebrew (Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman)
  • Old and New Testament Combined Versions
    • [] La Sankta Biblia — The Bible in Esperanto (Francis Taylor)
    • [] John Wycliffe’s Middle English Translation of the Vulgate (1388) (Bob Venem)
    • [] Bishops’ Bible (1568) (Bob Venem)
    • [] King James Version (1611) (Bob Venem)
    • [] Miles Coverdale Version (1535) (Bob Venem)
  • Church Fathers
    • [] Lightfoot’s Apostolic Fathers in English (Jim Darlack)
    • [] Apostolic Fathers in English
  • Misc. Files
    • [] Book of Mormon (Mark Eddy and Brian Beers)
  • Classical Greek:
    • [] Callimachus’ Works (Michael Hanel)
    • [] Epictetus’ Works (Michael Hanel)
    • [] Gorgias’ Enconium of Helen and [] English translation. (Michael Hanel)
    • [] Herodotus’ Histories and [] English translation. (Michael Hanel)
    • [] Homer morphological Version (Michael Hanel)
    • [] English translation of Homer/Hesiod,
  • Latin:
    • [] Julius Caesar (Civil and Gallic Wars) and [] English translation (Michael Hanel)
    • [] Suetonius’ Works and [] an English translation (Michael Hanel)
    • [] Horace’s Works, [] a second Latin version, and [] an English translation (Michael Hanel)

Color Files

  • [] Color file highlights conjunctive accents one color and disjunctive accents another in Hebrew JDP database. (David Kummerow)

Synopsis Files

  • [] Jeff Jackson Synopsis files of Synoptic Gospels (Jeff Jackson)
  • [] Allusions to Apocryphal books in the NT (Jim Darlack)
  • [] Synopsis file of 1 Esdras/2 Chronicles/Ezra/Nehemiah (Andrew Steinmann)

Diagram Files

Vocabulary Files

  • [sbglg.vrt] Werner Stoy, Bibelgriechisch - leicht gemacht (SBGLG) (Bernhard Riedler)
  • [lxxvocab100.vrt] Vocab for the LXX (ongoing) (Jackson Atkins)

Custom Modules

  • Module Creation Tools:
    • [] Script for creating HTML modules for BibleWorks - richardsugg
  • Lexica:
    • [] An Elementary Latin Dictionary, Charlton Lewis (1890) - Pasquale Amicarelli
  • Grammars:
    • [] Plumley’s Introductory Coptic Grammar - Pasquale Amicarelli
    • [] Goodwin’s Greek Grammar - Pasquale Amicarelli
    • [] Smyth’s Greek Grammar (a work in progress) - Michael Hanel
  • Church Fathers:
    • [] Augustine’s Works - Containing the translation available on 18.6MB - Pasquale Amicarelli
    • [] Chrysostom’s Works - Containing the translation available on - Pasquale Amicarelli
    • [] St. John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel - Containing the translation available on - Pasquale Amicarelli
  • Textual Criticism:
    • [] The Gospel of Mark in the Washington Codex 52MB! Facsimile of the Washington Manuscript of the Four Gospels in the Freer Collection with an Introduction by Henry A. Sanders. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 1912. Compiled with permission by Ewan MacLeod from the files at
    • [] Images of Codex Alexandrinus linked to the New Testament (does not include 1 Clement) 80MB! - Pasquale Amicarelli
    • [] Images of Tischendorf’s transcription of Codex Vaticanus linked to the Gospels 115MB! Updated 10.13.2006. - Pasquale Amicarelli
    • [] Codex Sinaiticus - images linked to the New Testament, with links to high resolution photos on the web! 113MB - Pasquale Amicarelli
    • [] Codex Bezae - images linked to the New Testament, with links to high resolution photos on the web! 85MB! Updated 10.13.2006 - Pasquale Amicarelli
    • [] Textual Commentary on the Gospels (by Wieland Willker) - Pasquale Amicarelli
    • [] Ginsburg’s Massorah - This is a work in progress started by Ewan MacLeod. For more information see Michael Hanel’s blog post as well as his thread on the BibleWorks forums. A PDF of Ginsburg’s Massorah is available at
    • [] John Burgon’s Last Twelve Verses Of Mark - Scott Jones/Ewan MacLeod/Willem Swanepoel
  • Commentaries
    • [] Keil and Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary 15 MB! - Willem Swanepoel
    • [] Calvin’s Commentary on the Bible 22 MB! - Willem Swanepoel
  • Classics Resources
    • [] Iliad Commentaries - Michael Hanel
    • [] Odyssey Commentary - Michael Hanel
  • Lutheran Resources
    • [] Kretzmann’s Popular Commentary - Michael Hanel
    • [] Book of Concord (Triglotta/Bente edition) - Michael Hanel
    • [] Reformation Confessions (includes Reformed confessions) - Pasquale Amicarelli
  • Miscellaneous:
    • [] Jerome Nadal’s Gospel Illustrations 25MB! - Pasquale Amicarelli
    • [] Dore Bible Gallery 43MB! - Pasquale Amicarelli
    • [] Bible Geocoding Maps 36 MB! - Pasquale Amicarelli
    • [] Revised Common Lectionary - Pasquale Amicarelli