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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.

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

Yikes! The BW blog content is gone!

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

This is not good at all! I noticed a forum post stating that a file was not available, so I checked it out. It looks like all of the BibleWorks Blog files have perished (all of those nifty add-ons - databases and chm files down the drain). I’m going to contact yahoo and see what can be done (if anything). The yahoo site back-up system does not even have the files!


We really do exist!

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

It’s been a long time between posts! This is not completely by choice, but due to the nature of the academic cycle and being so busy! I have also noticed with other blogs on my blogroll that after a while many of them stop being nearly so active because blogs actually are a lot of work to keep up. Even more so with this one because it entails a lot of work before anything can even be posted. However, since things have been so quiet here lately, let me remind you of other helpful things.

First of all, BibleWorks has recently released A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew by Jacob Weingreen, available as a module add-on. BibleWorks’ version costs $49, while I see the Amazon price for the print book is $53, so for a little less than the real book you get all the usual features of a digital module in BibleWorks. While I learned Hebrew using a different grammar, my professor did highly recommend Weingreen’s grammar and when I had the chance to buy a used copy at a local bookstore (why they had a copy of a Hebrew grammar floating around sure beats me), I jumped at it and I can say that it is a very nice beginning level grammar. Definitely not in the league of Waltke-O’Connor or Joüon-Muraoka, but helpful nevertheless for those who like grammars.

Second, BibleWorks has recently started a section on their website for classroom tips. So far there are seven tips up and more expected to be added later. These are the sort of things Jim and I have hoped to have on this blog as well, but we have not been very successful at implementing this. Also, related to this, if you haven’t added Mark Hoffman’s blog called Biblical Studies and Technological Tools, please do so now. Mark has also helped fill a gap as he rather routinely highlights specific uses not only of BibleWorks, but also Logos software and often compares and contrasts the two, noting strengths and weaknesses of both pieces of software.

Third, BibleWorks has a sale going on until Nov. 30 for users of older BW versions. If you’re not yet living in BW7, now is as good a time as any to sign on. Buy now and put it under the Christmas tree for later :) The sale has caused some on the BW forums to speculate whether this means BW8’s release is imminent, but BW staff has assured customers that this is a special treat for users to upgrade and not a way to cop people out of money only to find out that a new release is just weeks away. So if the burning question in your heart is when is BW8 going to be released, the answer is: not for a while. However, when it is released, you can be sure there will be lots of new features, bells and whistles that make you drool.

Fourth, a question for the readers. As I have worked to provide a lot of classical Greek text resources, I am wondering how you find them helpful or whether you do at all. How do you use them? What else would you like to see added? Etc.?

Blog Maintenance

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

The feed address for the BibleWorks blog has been changed to Please update your links and/or subscriptions.

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Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Is this working yet? Please be patient as we port over to the blogger beta.