19 Analysis Window - The X-Refs Tab


The X-Refs tab displays cross-references from a variety of cross-reference sources. The X-Refs tab enables you to switch between sets of cross-references, to export lists of cross-references, and to create your own set of cross-references. You can view the cross-references in any version you wish, regardless of your search version or Browse Window display versions.


The X-Refs Tab Header

The X-Refs Tab Display Window

The X-Refs Tab Options Button and Context Menu

Cross-reference Databases


The X-Refs Tab Header



The X-Refs tab header contains the following component parts:


The file selection dropdown box. Choose your preferred cross-reference source file from the dropdown box.


The Bible version selection dropdown box. Choose the Bible version you wish to use to display the cross-references by selecting a version from the dropdown list. There are more advanced Bible version selection tools under the Options button and on the context menu.


The Options button. The Options button provides settings for and tools for displaying, exporting, and editing cross-reference files. The Options button and the display window context menu display the same set of settings options. These Options button items are explained below under the Context Menu.


The Current Verse button. The Current Verse button enables you to return to your originating verse in the Browse Window after you have finished viewing the cross-references. The originating version, book, chapter, and verse are displayed on the button. Note that the Current Verse button will only retain this originating verse until the Browse Window regains the mouse focus.


The X-Refs Tab Display Window


The X-Refs tab display window may contain the following components. Some cross-reference files may not contain all the described components or features.


Section headings. The section headings have a blue background. Some section headings are indented, and may have a symbol preceding the heading content. In some cross-reference files, clicking on the section heading will open the HTML Help file of that resource to that heading. Section headings that are linked to an HTML Help file contain in the right side of the section heading.


Verse references and text. The Browse Window display verse reference appears in red. The X-Refs tab only displays the cross references that appear in the same section heading as the Browse Window display verse. Double-click on the verse references to display the text in the Browse Window. You can select a verse reference and drag it to a new location in the x-refs file. You can select multiple verses by hold down the Control button while selecting the verses. If you modify a x-refs file and then close BibleWorks, BibleWorks will ask if you want to save the changes to the x-refs database.


The X-Refs Tab Options Button and Context Menu


The X-Refs tab Options button and context menu contain the following options.


Open new xref window. Selecting this option opens a new floating X-Refs window.


Create new cross-reference database. Selecting this option creates a new blank cross-reference database. You can add your own cross-references into this database.


Save changes. This option saves the changes you made to the current database. If the current database is one of the databases that ships with BibleWorks, you will be asked to save the database as a new file with a new name.


Save as new database. This options opens a window to save the current database as a new cross-reference database.


View. This option contains the following submenu items:


Show Bible version ID. When this option is checked, the Bible version ID will display preceding the verse reference.


Show no verse text. When this option is checked, only the verse references are displayed, but no Bible text.


Show line of verse text. When this option is checked, a single line of verse text displays in the X-Refs window.


Show entire verse text. When this option is checked, the entire verse displays in the X-Refs window.


Show verse popup when mouse is over verse. Select this option to show the verse popup when the mouse is over the verse. This option works only when you have selected to show no verse text or to show only a line of verse text. The popup contains the entire verse text.


Use smaller fonts. Uncheck this option to display the reference and verse text in standard-sized fonts.


Select Bible version to use for displayed text. Selecting this option opens a window where you can choose to either 1) use the Bible version specified in the cross-reference database, or 2) select a different Bible version to display that specific cross-reference database. If you have cross-reference verses in the database file that were entered using different Bible versions, you can display more than one Bible version in the same cross-reference list when you select to display the text using the Bible version specified in the cross-reference database.


Freeze window contents. This option freezes the X-Refs tab display so that it does not update when the Browse Window display verse changes.


Add cross-reference to this verse. Selecting this option opens a window in which you can add a new cross-reference to the current database file. In this window you can specify the Bible version to use and the reference. You can only add references for OT and NT texts. Currently references to the Apocrypha and extra-Biblical books are not possible.


Add section title to this verse. Selecting this option opens a window to add a section title to the X-Refs tab display window. In this window is a text entry window. You can use tags for adding bold, italics, Greek, and Hebrew text. An output display window previews how the section heading will look in the X-Refs display window.


Edit selected entry. This options opens a window for editing the selected verse or section title.


Add cross-linking entries for all selected verses. This option adds cross-references to each selected verse. For example, if the text is displaying Gen 1:1, the cross-reference file lists Joh 1:1 and Mar 1:1. Selecting both the Joh 1:1 and Mar 1:1 reference, then clicking Add cross-linking entries for all selected verses would begin by opening a window asking if you would like to add Gen 1:1 (the current Browse Window verse) to the list of verses to be cross-linked. Selecting "yes" to the window would then add Gen 1:1 and Mar 1:1 as cross-references to Joh 1:1, and add Gen 1:1 and Joh 1:1 cross-references to Mar 1:1.


Export references to Search Window. This option exports all the references currently displayed in the X-Refs tab to the Search Window. If any references are selected, only the selected references are copied. Pressing the Shift or Control keys while selecting references, you can select multiple references.


Copy selected items to clipboard. Select the references and/or section titles you wish to copy to the clipboard, then select this option.


Copy all to clipboard. This option copies all content in the current X-Refs window to the clipboard.


Delete selected items. Click on the items you wish to delete, then select this option to delete the items.


Paste. This option enables you to copy and paste items from one cross-reference list to another cross-reference list.


Properties. This option opens the cross-reference database properties window. This window contains a text box to enter or change the Display Title that appears in the dropdown box in the X-Refs tab header. This window also contains a text box to enter or change the description of the cross-reference database. The window also lists the name of the database file. At the bottom of the window is a button to compact the database file.


As you edit and save a cross-reference database, the file will slowly grow in size. The Compact database file button enables faster cross-reference load times and faster save times, but it comes at a cost of slightly increasing space on the hard drive. Periodically, after extensive edits to a cross-reference file, you may desire to compact the database. This trims down the file size, but this tends to take a long time, depending upon the size of the database. When you run this operation, a backup copy of your previous database file is saved in the databases folder. You can delete the backup file if you do not want to keep it.


Cross-reference Databases


BibleWorks comes with the following cross-reference databases:

  1. BW Master - Frequently cited cross-references from most of the databases below
  2. BW-RVT - Based on running the Related Verses Tool (gathering verses with the same lemmas) over the BGM Bible version
  3. BioBible - From David Stephan's Biographical Bible
  4. CAB - From the CAB version (Castilian)
  5. CSP - From the CSP version (Czech)
  6. ESV - From the ESV
  7. NAB - From the NAB version
  8. NAU - from the NAS (Updated) version
  9. NIRV - From the NIrV
  10. NIV - From the NIV 2011
  11. NIVO - From the NIV (1984). Only available to upgraders of previous versions of BibleWorks which contained the NIV (1984).
  12. Nave's - From Nave's Topical Bible
  13. TChainRef - From the New Chain-Reference Bible (1934) by Frank Thompson
  14. TNIV - From the TNIV. Only available to upgraders of previous versions of BibleWorks which contained the TNIV.
  15. TSK - From the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
  16. Torrey's - From Torrey's New Topical Text Book by R. A. Torrey
  17. WCS - Proof texts for the WCS version (Westminster Confessional Standards)
  18. ZUR - From the ZUR version (German)