Things to Love in BibleWorks 8…

Written by Michael Hanel on December 11th, 2008

A stack of ungraded Latin exams sits before me, but still I make the time to write about the twelfth thing I think you’ll love in BibleWorks 8, the Rodkinson translation of the Babylonian Talmud.

I know people who study the Hebrew Bible often lament that there are not as many resources available for them in Bible programs. Although this addition isn’t exactly cutting edge (the text is from an older, public domain edition, see here), it is still a welcome addition, and hopefully if the reception for this kind of work is positive, it will create an impetus to add more resources like it.

BibleWorks includes two versions of the Rodkinson Babylonian Talmud.

  • One edition appears as a searchable version in the Browse Window. This edition only contains the Mishna portions of Rodkinson’s Babylonian Talmud plus the Rashi comments (in parentheses) and commentary (in brackets) when they appear within a Mishna section. This edition is useful for searching in the Mishna.

  • The second edition is the complete Rodkinson Babylonian Talmud appearing in this HTML Help file. This format is best for reading the full content. You can use the search features of this HTML Help file to search the entire content, as well.

So I think with the two different implementations, there’s something here to please just about everyone. Unlike some of the other additions I mentioned earlier, this one probably won’t add hundreds of dollars of value to the BibleWorks 8 package, but compared to having no resource like this in earlier versions, it’s a good upgrade. Now I know it’d be great to have a newer edition like Neusner or even an original language resource here, but unfortunately the costs are still pretty prohibitive for adding them to the base package (At least this is my guess, assuming BibleWorks would have to charge what other publishers charge). Still, if this is something you’re happy about BibleWorks adding and want to see more things like this, do drop them a line and email them.

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