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Thread: Complete Beginner - Logos vs. BW 7

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    Default Complete Beginner - Logos vs. BW 7

    Hello Everyone

    I am a complete beginner to the forums (obviously!!)

    Where does one begin? Most of the answers to questions seem to imply a basic understanding of the forums.

    In particular, I am interested in the relative merits of Logos (Libronix DLS) and BW 7.

    It seems to me that Logos is slow and error prone. However now it appears possible to jump to Logos from BW 7.

    I look forward to getting to know you and the Forums.


    Noel Fitzpatrick

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    and for previous discussions on the topic (although one of them is about BW6 vs. Logos)

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    Hi Ben

    many thanks for your very helpful reply.

    From reading it and the links you suggest I do see the relative merits of Logos (LDLS) and BW.

    I use both. However I use mostly Logos, as I have ABD, TDNT, BDAG, etc.

    However I was at a conference recently and there it semed that most serious scholars used BW (or Accordance for Mac users).

    However does BW have an option similar to the 'About this resort' in Logos? Since in BW I can get a list of the resources available, but I do not know the relative merits of them.

    Once again, many thanks for your reply to my first query in these forums.

    Noel Fitzpatrick

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    Join Date
    Apr 2004


    Quote Originally Posted by Noel Fitzpatrick

    However does BW have an option similar to the 'About this resort' in Logos? Since in BW I can get a list of the resources available, but I do not know the relative merits of them.

    Once again, many thanks for your reply to my first query in these forums.

    There is no BW explanation of the resources per se. If you're a serious scholar, it's kind of assumed you know what value the resources are. Blunt opinion ahead: I find that Logos may over resource people. You can buy packages that do have thousands of books/resources, but to be honest I've found that it just makes a mess and most of them aren't worth their space on my harddrive. That's a pretty blanket statement though. BW base program offers a number of "free" resources that are covered as part of the cost of the program. What you're paying for is base copyright royalties, as well as enough money to make sure the programmers can afford to buy their bread and Dr. Pepper on which they live. Those resources are kind of entry-level, but more than adequate if you're not going to be a heavy hitting scholar/exegete.

    However, the more you get involved in this stuff, the more you'd probably do digging to find the value of add-on resources.

    HALOT, the Hebrew/Aramaic lexicon is the standard for academic work, there really is no other lexicon that has its place. BDB is a great lexicon, but it generally isn't held in the same hand as HALOT. BDAG would be the Greek equivalent. The point being if you do extended work, these guys are your bread and butter.

    Other lexicons will add to and fill out any kind of word study you might do. I would always suggest going to a Seminary/university library and check out the real live books. Do you like the books? Are they helpful to you in your level of study? etc.

    While some might contest the value of some of the freebies BW gives (for instance Matthew Henry's commentary might be nice, but it's not necessarily a "scholarly resource"), I can almost guarantee that you will not find any of the extra resources in BW which would not be worth the while. Basically it comes down to, what type of work do you use Bibleworks for. Not every pastor will have the time to do exegetical studies that some students/scholars might do for papers or exams, but for those that do all of BibleWorks' resources will prove helpful.

    If you have more specific questions on a given resource, please ask, I will help point you to more info about it.
    Michael Hanel
    PhD candidate Classics Univ. of Cincinnati
    MDiv Concordia Seminary
    MA Classics Washington University
    Unofficial BibleWorks Blog

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    Default my 2 cents

    Beyond the original texts and translations, the reference works that are, imho, the most useful and respected are:
    HALOT and BDAG (as Michael noted)
    Louw-Nida Semantic Domain Lexicon
    Wallace's Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics (aka, Exegetical Syntax of the NT)
    Metzger's Textual Commentary

    Secondarily, I would also add the lexicons by Friberg and also Lust, the Conybeare/Stock LXX grammar, and the Tov-Polak Parallel-Aligned Hebrew Greek text.

    All those are also available in Logos. One distinct advantage that BW has, however, is that the outstanding NET Bible comes with all the notes which is what really makes it worthwhile.

    OTOH, the Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias in BW are fairly worthless. One thing I would like to see BW add is something like Harper's Bible Dictionary (std in most Logos packages) and the Harper's one volume Bible Commentary. They are basic but solid references.
    Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman
    Professor of Biblical Studies
    Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg -
    Biblical Studies and Technological Tools

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    Hi Michael, Ben and Mark

    I am very grateful for your replies.

    I still feel about Logos as I do about an old pair of slippers, comfortable and familiar. In Logos I have most of the resources recommended, BDAG, ABD, TDNT, LN, Harpers's Commentary and I have a hard copy of Metzger, which I rarely use. However Logos is very slow and unstable.

    However as BW is used by so many scholars I would like to use it more.

    For one who wants to study the Greek Bible and the LXX what options would you recommend? Do you have any shortcuts or facilities you would like to suggest?

    I use BGT as my search version; BGT, NAU, NAB, NRS and BNM (in that order) as my display versions. I use Times New Roman (12) as my English font and Bwgrkl (14) as my Greek font. My preferred Lexicon is LN and dictionary is Eastons.

    What do you think of these choices? Would you like to suggest others?


    Noel Fitzpatrick

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    Noel, if I understand you correctly, what I've done is copy a list of resources and translations I didn't immediately recognize, and Google them.

    And BW gives an amazing array of solid, worthwhile resources. It's a treasure-trove.

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    Hi Dan

    many thanks for a brilliand and simple reply to my query.



    ps Congratulatiuons on your web pages.
    Noel Fitzpatrick

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    Thank you, and thank you.

    In fact, I'm using this page to do something like that now:

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    May 2004

    Question BW junkie thinking of also buying Logos

    I'm still on version 5 of BW. Totally addicted. I now make live videos for my Youtube "brainouty" subscribers who can't shell out for BW, showing them how easy it is to learn Hebrew and Greek with it, prove contested doctrines right or wrong, etc. I could NEVER do that so easily and clearly, with any other Bible software.

    The videos are live: I just turn on wisdom-soft's Screen Recorder 3.0 Free, and talk into a separate microphone while manipulating the windows. Then I put the two pieces together in AVS4YOU Video Editor. Takes all of what -- 20 minutes, including the assembly.

    Hence the question: should I also get Logos? No software package has everything. I plan to upgrade to version 7 of BW when I have time to learn its new features (oh please I hope you didn't change the interface); at that time I was thinking of also getting Logos in some version. But after going to the Logos website and watching its videos, I found the interface clunky, slow, and generally not helpful. Yet maybe it has resources of value which BibleWorks 7 lacks?

    So that's my question. What package in Logos has valuable stuff which BibleWorks doesn't contain or won't contain? I'm not really interested in the typical commentaries or Church Fathers' stuff. So if that's all Logos has to add to the 'pot', then I won't purchase it. But if y'all think something valuable is in there, I'd really appreciate hearing about it.

    Will be thinking of y'all when you're in Chicago, where I live.

    Yours truly,

    brainout (aka, Addicted to BW)

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