New Features and Databases Added in BibleWorks 9

Here's a survey of the new features and databases in BibleWorks 9! If you're upgrading from BibleWorks 6 or 7, you'll also want to see the other new additions.


Fourth Column

Add another column to your workspace

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You'll immediately notice the addition of another column to the main window. With two columns devoted to Analysis content you can customize it to view your favorite two resources simultaneously.

Verse Tab

Get instant Study Bible & critical apparatus information

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We've added a major new feature to the main window. The Verse Tab tracks with any Bible version. For the current verse under the mouse, it displays the relevant sections in resources such as the CNTTS apparatus, the NET Bible textual notes, the Tischendorf apparatus, Metzger's Textual Commentary (requires unlock), and the ESV Study Bible (requires unlock).

Use Tab

More instant information for your studies

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Capitalizing on BibleWorks' lightning speed, the new Use Tab takes the word under your mouse cursor and instantly shows all occurrences of the word in either the current book or entire version, all without clicking. You can even synchronize the Stats tab to show occurrence graphs as you move the mouse!

BibleWorks Manuscript Project

Compare and analyze key manuscript text and images


This massive project has been years in the making. BibleWorks 9 includes the first installment of this ongoing work. The BibleWorks Manuscript Project's initial release covers the following:

  • Sinaiticus
  • Vaticanus
  • Alexandrinus
  • Bezae
  • Washingtonianus
  • Boernerianus
  • GA1141

For these manuscripts, the BibleWorks Manuscript Project includes the following:

  • New full NT transcriptions
  • Complete NT digital image sets (over 7.5 GB!!)
  • Verse location tagging in images
  • Extensive transcription notes
  • MSS comparison tool
  • Morphological tagging (not complete for all manuscripts but updates will be provided free of charge to BibleWorks 9 users as they become available)

Manuscripts are fully searchable and integrated with the full array of BibleWorks analysis tools. As you change verses in BibleWorks, the MS image display tracks with the current verse. Compare, inspect, and analyze the text and images of key manuscripts. Tweak and enhance the manuscript images using the sophisticated image processing panel now included in BibleWorks.

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The Moody Atlas of the Bible (Barry J. Beitzel)

Extensive high-resolution Bible maps

BibleWorks comes with the full Moody Atlas. Its 118 masterful maps in high-resolution and dozens of photos can be easily inspected and copied to your presentations. No unlock required!

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CNTTS NT Critical Apparatus

Quickly compare variant readings


For the first time, the New Testament Critical Apparatus from the Center for New Testament Textual Studies is available for PCs. This exhaustive apparatus covers the entire New Testament. The BibleWorks version has been enhanced to show a matrix of Aland categories and time period for the mss for each reading. Users will especially appreciate having the apparatus track and update as the mouse moves over the text in the BibleWorks main window. In addition, the start of each verse entry summarizes the significant, insignificant, and singular variants. When examining a variant, the text of the verse is shown with the variant text highlighted. No unlock required!

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ESV Study Bible

A must-have resource for all users!

Although BibleWorks already comes with the ESV, the massive amount of extra notes and resources in the Study Bible edition make it a must-have item! For only $20 all text, articles, images, and maps from the ESV Study Bible are included, along with an index of maps and illustrations. We took particular care to present high-resolution versions of all images and maps. The notes track and display in the main window next to any Bible version of your choice. Unlock required.

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New Greek NT Texts

New proofings, updates, and morphologies

BibleWorks 9 ships with new Greek texts and revisions: the Nestle-Aland 28th Edition (added after initial release); the Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine text with Robinson 2010 morphology; Westcott-Hort (new proofing) with diacritics, variant readings, and morphology from 2010 Robinson; Scriveners (new proofing) with diacritics, variant readings, and morphology from 2010 Robinson; Trinitarian Bible Society Greek NT (new proofing) with Robinson 2010 morphology; Robinson-Pierpont Text with Friberg morphology; Tregelles Greek NT, corrected and uncorrected. Differences between Greek versions can be instantly highlighted in the main window!

Instant difference highlighting

Quickly see translation differences

If you like to consult multiple Bible translations as you study the text, this new feature automatically highlights the differences between all Bible versions in the main window. A simple keypress toggles it on and off.

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine

Wayne Grudem


The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ. This introduction to systematic theology has several distinctive features: A strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine and teaching. Clear writing, with technical terms kept to a minimum. A contemporary approach, treating subjects of special interest to the church today. A friendly tone, appealing to the emotions and the spirit as well as the intellect. Frequent application to life. Resources for worship with each chapter. Bibliographies with each chapter that cross-reference subjects to a wide range of other systematic theologies. Unlock required.

Reformed Dogmatics (4 volumes)

Herman Bavinck


The full set of Bavinck's Reformed masterwork is a must-have for reference and theological libraries. All four volumes with indices are included. The work is tightly cross-linked so that the user can easily jump in both directions between the BibleWorks main window and Bavinck's text. Unlock required.

Six hours of new How-to Videos


Learn BibleWorks easily with six hours of new How-to videos. Organized by tasks, we show you how to get things done with Bibleworks. Take a few minutes, or take a few hours. Learn how to use the program as you have time and need!

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NET Bible update

Westminster Hebrew Morphology 4.14

Stats tab updates & tracks with mouse

Nestle-Aland, Novum Testamentum Graece, 28th revised edition (fully tagged morphologically but without critical apparatus)

Tov-Polak update

NIV 2011

ESV 2011

Holman Christian Standard Bible 2nd edition

Common English Bible, 2011

New American Bible, revised edition

NLT 2nd edition

Cross references to verses with related Greek words (includes Apocrypha)

Latin Vulgate with Whitaker's Words analysis

Vulgata, 5th revised edition (without critical apparatus)

Rotherham Bible, 1902

The Jewish Bible (Leeser), 1853

The George Noyes Bible, 1869

Alford Greek New Testament, 1849, as revised in 1871

NeueLuther Bibel, 2009 (German)

Lutherbibel, 1984 (Die Bibel nach der Übersetzung Martin Luthers in der revidierten Fassung von 1984) (German)

Das Neue Testament in deutscher Fassung (Jantzen), 2009 (German)

Contemporary Chinese Version New Testament, 2010

Russian BTI NT & Psalms, 2002

Polish New Covenant (Nowe Przymierze) Version New Testament

Polish Updated Gdańsk Bible, New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs (2013)

Portuguese Interconfessional Translation (RCS), 2009

Portuguese King James Atualizada

Bibelen 2011 Norsk (Bokmål)

Bibelen 2011 Norsk (Nynorsk)

Swedish 1873 edition of the Carl XII Bible

Swedish Folk Bible, updated

Bulgarian Veren version

Český studijní překlad (CSP), 2009 (Czech)

Danish Bibelen, 1871/1819

Finnish Biblia (1776) with Apocrypha

Revised 1904 Patriarchal Orthodox Greek Text using the Byzantine Gothic Text of 350 AD

Revised 1904 Patriarchal Text, English Translation

Greek Text of the Greek Orthodox Church (updated)

Thai Standard Version, 2010

Loeb Classical Edition versification for Josephus

Increased HTML support

Permits HTML in and out of editor. Clipboard text available as HTML.

Enhanced version of Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics (released after initial BW9 release)

† Added after official release at no additional cost to users

Features and Databases added in earlier versions of BibleWorks

To see what was added since BibleWorks 6, click here!

For a list of databases that have been removed or superseded, please click here.