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Thread: BibleWorks and Textual Criticism

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    BibleWorks Manuscripts Project is without a doubt one of the most significant developments for the study of the New Testament. If one seriously believes that Bible is the Word of God rather than simply a vessel for his message then the study of Bible in Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic is no longer a luxury but has become a priority. It was in those languages and in the ancient manuscripts that circulated in the communities of faith that the very words of God were first revealed. These were the manuscript that were painstakingly written and protect by and for by the communities of faith long ago. Now, we too can share a part in that. Every Christian is not required to be an expert, but I believe that every Christian should strive to his/her best to be a scholar of the Word.

    The reformation helped to put a Bible translation in every Christian hand, Erasmus help to put the GNT to press, Machen and Mounce have done much to revive the study of Greek among Christians, Bible software has help to put basic Greek and Hebrew text with in reach, and now BibleWorks(with the help of other like-minded entities) is helping to put the very manuscripts of the Church (and evident concerning them) into the hands of Christians everywhere. Now, we have been given the ability to come to an educated conclusion and independent conclusion concerning the manuscript and textual variants.

    And, BibleWorks is giving us the tools to help out by creating our own projects. It is a blessing that God has allowed us all to live in a time period in which this is possible. Just think in the 1980's it Computers and media did not really have the ability to store photos of multiple manuscripts and digital editions. Also, until the 90's many manuscript like the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Leningrad codex were off limits to the public.
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    It is very exciting to expect to view more critical apparatuses on BW9. It is also very exciting to expect to use ancient manuscripts easily. Thus far, it was very difficult to locate the desired verses with Codices Sinaiticus and Vaticanus that were made available from “User-created databases.”

    I personally think it is a very sound and good BW design to try to bring us closer to the Biblical sources.

    I appreciate your efforts very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasquale View Post
    Textual criticism in BibleWorks 9 is a great add-on.

    I was one of the first makers of Textual variants/criticism modules and versions for BibleWorks.

    I converted Wieland Wilker'sA Textual Commentary” for BibleWorks use and some manuscripts Vaticanus, Beza,Alexandrinus in HighRes images, Old-Latin versions from manuscripts (Vercellensis, Veronensis and Bobbiensis), a module from Laparola.net apparatus, Von Soden apparatus (HighRes images) and other modules not shared:The Encyclopedia of New Testament Textual Criticism by Rich Elliott and Pericope de adultera by Nazaroo and Mr. Scrivener, Vaticanus Old-Testament (HiRes images) and others....

    I am glad that BW9 gives space to textual criticism as a long term project.
    I just wanted to say thank you Pasquale because I do use them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Hanel View Post
    BibleWorks 9 more than any other version or any other Bible software program has put the issue of textual criticism on the main stage of Biblical study.

    I'm wondering what people's thoughts on that decision is. (Personally I think it's a very good and exciting step, but I'll hopefully add more of my thoughts later)

    To start things off, I've written a post on the BibleWorks blog about it.
    I've already hinted to my family what I want for Christmas (or my birthday)....if they somehow don't find a way to get BW9 upgrade...I will have to take matters into my own hands....
    If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things ? John 3:12 KJV
    εκεινον δει αυξανειν εμε δε ελαττουσθαι John 3:30

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    Default Hebrew Bible and Text Criticism

    Am I missing something or do all of the impressive text critical additions to BW9 pertain to just the NT? We need something similar for the Hebrew Bible with variants from different Masoretic mss, Qumran, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MBD View Post
    Am I missing something or do all of the impressive text critical additions to BW9 pertain to just the NT? We need something similar for the Hebrew Bible with variants from different Masoretic mss, Qumran, etc.
    I agree, I did ask Mike Hanel about the possibilities of importing pictures of the DSS into the Manuscript project, but was told that at the time it was not set up to handle it. On the other hand, I am very pleased with all the critical tools that BW 9 does have.
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    Default Keep up the excellent work!

    I am a rather new BW user though I have used Greek & Hebrew since I learned them in the early 90ies at Regent College and studied with the likes of Gordon Fee and Bruce Waltke. I have since worked & lectured at several seminaries, and that is my present occupation here in Finland.

    I have suffered from health problems so I have been on sick leave for several years. As I started lecturing again and looked into the software available, and found a treasure almost beyond comprehension: BW8! And now BW9!!! I just got the notice that my BW9 has shipped, and I am so waiting to get acquainted with it.

    I sure hope you extend the excellent work you are doing to the Hebrew Bible, but you have made my work as a lecturer and a preacher so much easier. I thank you for all your efforts to further the Gospel!

    Cai
    MDiv -93 (Regent College)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dinosaur View Post
    I've already hinted to my family what I want for Christmas (or my birthday)....if they somehow don't find a way to get BW9 upgrade...I will have to take matters into my own hands....
    ok....I couldn't wait - it's gonna be Christmas in July- I ordered it today !
    If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things ? John 3:12 KJV
    εκεινον δει αυξανειν εμε δε ελαττουσθαι John 3:30

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    Default von Soden's work

    This message is primarily for Clint Yale. And I'm sorry for posting here instead of in the non-Bibleworks forum!

    Dear Clint,

    How can Accordance contact you to inquire about making your incredible work on von Soden available to Accordance users? Or could you contact them?

    Sincerely,

    Jonathan C. Borland

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    Default Contacting me about von Soden for Accordance

    Quote Originally Posted by Nihao View Post
    This message is primarily for Clint Yale. And I'm sorry for posting here instead of in the non-Bibleworks forum!

    Dear Clint,

    How can Accordance contact you to inquire about making your incredible work on von Soden available to Accordance users? Or could you contact them?

    Sincerely,

    Jonathan C. Borland
    If you would put in a request to them for von Soden they have all my contact information filed under Tischendorf.

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