4 Getting Started

 

 

BibleWorks is one of the most powerful and easiest-to-use Bible concordance and morphological analysis programs available. It is our hope that it will enrich your study of the Bible and help you to share more effectively with others what you learn. If you are new to BibleWorks we would encourage you to read through this section carefully and then begin viewing the collection of How-to Videos that came with the package.  

 

Context Sensitive Help

What You Can Do With BibleWorks

The BibleWorks User Interface

The Search Window

The Browse Window

The Analysis Window

 


Context Sensitive Help

 

As you work with the BibleWorks interface, keep in mind that you can get help from anywhere in the program by placing the mouse cursor over the place of interest and pressing the F1 Key. This will open up the BibleWorks Help file at the appropriate place.

 


 What You Can Do With BibleWorks

 

While BibleWorks is a very powerful program with a wide range of features, you can learn in a few minutes all that you need to know to perform the most common tasks that motivate people to license a program like this. These tasks include:

 

§         Looking up verses in various Bible versions

§         Doing word searches and simple phrase searches in various versions

§         Searching through the resulting lists of verses

§         Copying verses to your favorite word processor

 

In this chapter we will guide you through the steps to perform these basic functions so you can begin doing useful work immediately. Then you can take your time and learn a little more each day about how BibleWorks can assist you in the task of "rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim 2:15). If you want to see a more expansive list of what you can do with BibleWorks consult the chapter on What You Can Do With BibleWorks.

 


The BibleWorks User Interface

 

When you open BibleWorks for the first time you will see a Window that is divided into three main sections or windows. These windows are arranged in the order in which you would use them as you do research on a particular topic in the Bible.  

 

The Search Window

 

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This window is used to perform basic searches on the Biblical text. You enter the words to search for and view a list of verses resulting from the search.


The Browse Window


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This window is used to view individual verses in context (single version mode) or in multiple Bible versions (multiple version mode). When you click on a verse in the Search Window it will appear here in expanded form.

The Analysis Window

 

When you move the mouse over a word in the Browse Window, information about the word or verse being examined will be shown in this window.

 

Typically you would start by using the Search Window to find verses related to your research topic. Then you would use the Browse Window to examine specific verses to see if they need to be examined in more detail. Then you would use the Analysis Window to study the meanings and usage of individual words in the verses. A typical screen would look something like this. 

 

 

To get you started as quickly as possible we will review some basic procedures that you can follow as you work through the process outlined above. It takes many people months to master the many tools and options in BibleWorks, but you will find that the majority of your time will be spent doing things that are basically quite simple, and very close to the steps outlined in this introduction. For details see An Overview of the User Interface.

 


The Search Window

 

Before you do a search you will want to specify which search version to use. The easiest way to do this is to type the BibleWorks abbreviation for the version on the Command Line (the text box at the top of the Search Window) and pressing the Return key. Each Version in BibleWorks has a short name, three or more letters long, used to reference the version in BibleWorks. Until you learn these names you can change the search version by clicking on the large button below the Command Line and select "Choose Search Version". After you have done that you are ready to do a search.

 

The most common way of starting a search in BibleWorks is to enter a word or a sequence of words in the text box at the top of the Search Window.  The words are preceded by a "control character" that determines the type of search to be done. This method may seem complex at first but in the long run it will save a lot of keystrokes and mouse clicks. There are three main possibilities for this control character, a period, a forward slash and a single quote character. The following table illustrates the use of these three characters.

  

Control Character

Example

What it Does

Period

 

.faith works

Finds all verses containing BOTH the word "faith" AND the word "works"

Forward Slash

 

/faith works

Finds all verses that contain either the word "faith" OR the word "works".

Single Quote

 

'in the beginning

Finds all verses that contain the exact PHRASE "in the beginning".

 

When you perform a valid search the list of verses found will be displayed in the list under the Command Line. If you want to see one of the verses in context all you have to do is click in the list entry for that verse and it will open up in the Browse Window to the right. 

 

Note that there is a row of tabs at the top of the search Window. You can use these as placeholders. If you want to explore another part of Scripture and return to your current location, an easy way to do this is to select a different tab, do the exploration, and finally click the original tab to return to where you started.  For details see the chapter on The Search Window.


The Browse Window

 

Once you have used the Search Window to find the verses that are of interest, you can use the Browse Window to view them in context and see how the verses are translated in any of the Bible translations in BibleWorks.  The Browse Window can be used in two browse modes. The first mode shows the entire text of a single version (the version you have been searching). The other mode shows a single verse in as many different versions as you want. To switch back and forth between "Single Version" and "Multiple Version" modes click on the  button at the top of the Browse Window. To select which versions you want to look at, click on the options button  and select "Choose Display Version(s)." 

You can use the Outline, Book, Chapter and Verse list boxes at the top of the Browse Window to jump to a particular verse. Alternatively you can just type the verse reference on the Command Line. If you choose to do it this way you should use the BibleWorks three letter book name abbreviation for the book, which in all but a couple of cases is just the first three letters of the name of the book (e.g. Mat, 1Pe, etc.). 

 

You can also do quick searches on a particular word in the Browse Window just by double-clicking on the word with your mouse. If you want to find out if a phrase occurs elsewhere, highlight the phrase with your mouse, and then RIGHT click on the highlighted text with the mouse and select "Search for Phrase". For details see the chapter on The Browse Window.

 


The Analysis Window

 

The Analysis Window is used to display information about particular words in the Browse Window. As your mouse is moved over words in the Browse Window an analysis of the word will be displayed in the Browse Window. The type of information depends on the type of text and the language of the version. For Greek and Hebrew texts the Analysis Window will display morphological information as well as the appropriate lexicon entry for the word. If the text underneath the mouse cursor is not Greek or Hebrew, the Analysis Window will display translator notes, Strong's Number information, or other useful information, depending on what is available for that version. For details see the chapter on The Analysis Window.

 

These introductory comments should be enough to get you started. At this point you can continue to explore the BibleWorks Help or access the set of How-to Videos that come with BibleWorks. The How-to Videos will show you how to get the most out of BibleWorks and use it to study the Bible more efficiently and more effectively. See the chapter on the How-to Videos for details.