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    Hello Everyone,
    I've been using Bibleworks for a little over a year and a half now (maybe closer to two years) for my seminary studies as well as my work as a pastor. I have to say that I really really enjoy Bibleworks and talk it up every time I get a chance. Anyway, I was wondering what some you think regarding the print editions of BDAG and HALOT vs. the digital editions? (I searched for another thread on this topic but was unsuccessful, but if I am repeating the question that was already answered feel free to point me in that direction). I enjoy getting into the Word of God through studying the original languages and would like some more "meat and potatoes" by using both BDAG and HALOT, but I don't know if I should lean more toward the print versions or digital versions (they seem similar in price, though BW offers the discount for purchasing both at the same time digitally). I currently have the print edition of CHALOT which I have used quite frequently. Thanks for any pointers (and listening to me ramble)

    Grace and Peace
    Rev. Aaron Kesson, Pastor
    Emmanuel United Methodist Church
    Blissfield, Michigan
    http://www.blissfieldeumc.org

    MDiv - Asbury Theological Seminary
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    -1 Tim. 4:12

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    Quote Originally Posted by revaaron View Post
    Hello Everyone,
    I've been using Bibleworks for a little over a year and a half now (maybe closer to two years) for my seminary studies as well as my work as a pastor. I have to say that I really really enjoy Bibleworks and talk it up every time I get a chance. Anyway, I was wondering what some you think regarding the print editions of BDAG and HALOT vs. the digital editions? (I searched for another thread on this topic but was unsuccessful, but if I am repeating the question that was already answered feel free to point me in that direction). I enjoy getting into the Word of God through studying the original languages and would like some more "meat and potatoes" by using both BDAG and HALOT, but I don't know if I should lean more toward the print versions or digital versions (they seem similar in price, though BW offers the discount for purchasing both at the same time digitally). I currently have the print edition of CHALOT which I have used quite frequently. Thanks for any pointers (and listening to me ramble)

    Grace and Peace
    I own book copies of the large LSJ Greek Lexicon and BDAG (among others), but not HALOT. I know different people use things differently, but I can honestly say that I only rarely open up my book copy of LSJ and have never in the past 2 years opened up BDAG. However just about any time I do something in Greek I use it in BibleWorks.

    I am of the mind that I still haven't gotten into to using commentaries or other kinds of books online, but as far as lexica and grammars (and here it's mostly for the handy verse reference ease), I wouldn't hesitate to get the electronic over the print edition.
    Michael Hanel
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Hanel View Post
    I am of the mind that I still haven't gotten into to using commentaries or other kinds of books online, but as far as lexica and grammars (and here it's mostly for the handy verse reference ease), I wouldn't hesitate to get the electronic over the print edition.
    Thanks, Michael
    I feel the same way for the most part, as I enjoy having commentaries and other "long reading" works in print. I do find myself using lexica and grammars more often than not on the computer, so this would make some sense.
    Rev. Aaron Kesson, Pastor
    Emmanuel United Methodist Church
    Blissfield, Michigan
    http://www.blissfieldeumc.org

    MDiv - Asbury Theological Seminary
    MA(Counseling)-Spring Arbor University

    BibleWorks 9 User


    Blog - http://www.aaronkesson.com

    "Mhdei,j sou th/j neo,thtoj katafronei,tw( avlla. tu,poj gi,nou tw/n pistw/n evn lo,gw|( evn avnastrofh/|( evn avga,ph|( evn pi,stei( evn a`gnei,a|"
    -1 Tim. 4:12

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    See also the brief comments from, eh, the horse's mouth:

    http://store.bibleworks.com/modules.html

    Ingo

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingosorke View Post
    See also the brief comments from, eh, the horse's mouth:

    http://store.bibleworks.com/modules.html

    Ingo
    Oh yes, I read that section several times as I have gone to the modules page. I am aware of the risks of taking on digital editions of anything, but I am more curious about what people are using in their day to day work. Thanks for the help.

    Peace
    Rev. Aaron Kesson, Pastor
    Emmanuel United Methodist Church
    Blissfield, Michigan
    http://www.blissfieldeumc.org

    MDiv - Asbury Theological Seminary
    MA(Counseling)-Spring Arbor University

    BibleWorks 9 User


    Blog - http://www.aaronkesson.com

    "Mhdei,j sou th/j neo,thtoj katafronei,tw( avlla. tu,poj gi,nou tw/n pistw/n evn lo,gw|( evn avnastrofh/|( evn avga,ph|( evn pi,stei( evn a`gnei,a|"
    -1 Tim. 4:12

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    My guidelines are the following:
    1. I prefer using indexed/alphabetized materials on my computer, such as lexicons, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. If these are hot-linked to their related materials, such as they are in BW, you get so much for you money than a print edition. I have print editions of all the main lexicons I use on BW (BDAG, HALOT, Holladay, BDB, Louw-Nida, Waltke-O'Conner), but I NEVER look at them anymore.
    2. I don't like using discursive materials on my computer, such as monographs and commentaries. It's nice to get free public domain standards like Keil & Delitzsch and so forth, and I'll take them when I get them electronically, but I'll still be watching for good buys in the used book sources for stuff like that. As for new editions of commentaries and the like, well I don't see myself ever buying that way unless there is no other choice.

    Dale A. Brueggemann

    כִּי עֶזְרָא הֵכִין לְבָבוֹ לִדְרוֹשׁ אֶת־תּוֹרַת יְהוָה וְלַעֲשֹׂת וּלְלַמֵּד בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל חֹק וּמִשְׁפָּט (Ezra 7:10)


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