Biblical Hebrew using Word best practices
My day job includes using biblical Hebrew in all kinds of programs and operating systems. Here is what I recommend:
1. Always use Unicode encoding (utf-8) for your documents. For Windows XP, Vista and 7, this is the default. It's the world standard. You may have to turn on Hebrew language support from the control panel.
2. There are a bunch of fonts out there that you can use. My personal favorite is SBL Hebrew, because that font was professionally built specifically for the Hebrew Bible: http://www.sbl-site.org/educational/...SBLHebrew.aspx. You'll find not only the font, but keyboard drivers and detailed documentation.
3. If your purpose is to type biblical Hebrew words, especially with vowels and accents, then...don't! It's already been done for you! Just go to http://www.tanach.us/Tanach.xml#Home find the verse/words you want and copy and paste (or download the files to your local machine). Then you can edit the pasted text for what you want.
Also, I'm no expert on BibleWorks since I don't normally use Windows, but some one here for sure can tell you exactly how: copy and paste from BibleWorks into Word making sure your copy is using Unicode encoding for Hebrew. As I recall, there is a setting in preferences to do that.
BibleWorks, being one of the pioneers in Bible software, had (has?) older fonts before the advent of Unicode. I know they moved forward with the times, but I don't know the names of the various newer Unicode BibleWork fonts. But you need to make sure that if you are using one of those older fonts, you copy/paste using the older encoding. But I recommend against this. Windows and Word are designed for using Unicode and you'll get the best results using a Unicode Hebrew font.
Hope this helps.
Kirk E. Lowery, PhD
Senior Research Fellow
J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research