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Thread: Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible + New Dictionary Tab!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MBushell View Post
    Try initializing your INI file. Also, is the disctionary viewable through the main menu| resources option.

    You could also locate edb.chm in the BW databases folder, right click on it and see if the system locked it. If it says it is locked, unlock it.
    Mike
    Initialized INI...no joy
    Not visible thru main menu/resources
    Could not find edb.chm in BW database folder.

    Copied ebd.* from _ptchtmp to databases--- SUCCESS!

    Thanks for the new feature!

    Gary

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    A Quick update on my end: The dictionary came in and works fine on the Mac version of BW10 that I have on my MacBook Pro. However, on my windows version, I still have nothing.

    I could go into the guts of BW and find the file lurking there. For the moment, I've decided not to do that, simply to help out the BW staff. I'm assuming others are still having trouble bringing it in and won't go looking around for it. I'll let you know as soon as an update brings it in as it should.

    Blessings throughout this Easter weekend. Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν.

    Donald COBB
    Aix-en-Provence, France

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    I appreciate all added resources, and especially its freeness. But I looked over a copy's list of contributors, and at the lame! article on the Pastoral epistles, and am OK with it not working in my work copy of BW.

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    I have had no problems with it installing on two computers (HP Pavilion laptop, Surface Pro 4). I love the functionality with the [Dict] tab open!
    καὶ ὑπὲρ πάντων ἀπέθανεν ἵνα οἱ ζῶντες μηκέτι ἑαυτοῖς ζῶσιν, ἀλλὰ τῷ ὑπὲρ αὐτῶν ἀποθανόντι καὶ ἐγερθέντι.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Phillips View Post
    I appreciate all added resources, and especially its freeness. But I looked over a copy's list of contributors, and at the lame! article on the Pastoral epistles, and am OK with it not working in my work copy of BW.
    Dan, we struggled with this. We have many requests for a contemporary dictionary in BibleWorks. There are (were) a limited number that we could get permission to add and with a royalty low enough for us to absorb and put it in the base package. And David Noel Freedman was certainly a reputable scholar. There is a lot of useful information in this dictionary for people on both ends of the spectrum and there are both conservative and liberal contributors. I wish it were more conservative, but our thought was that our user base is discriminating enough to be able to filter the content. The decision to include the dictionary was mine and I meant well by it. I was going on the assumption based on the introduction and the fact that it was from Eerdmans that it would give fair treatment to both sides of controversial questions. It appears that this is not the case at all in text-critical issues. The articles on Isaiah, Ezekiel, the Pastoral Epistles, the Pentateuch, and 2nd Peter are all quite liberal. I regret that. I do think the dictionary is very useful though and it is important for conservative exegetes to be exposed to contrary positions. But if we do keep this dictionary in BibleWorks, we do need a more conservative alternative. We are working on getting the Zondervan four volume dictionary, which does seem a lot more conservative, though unfortunately the royalty will be way too high for us to absorb and it wil have to be an add on module. If you know of any one volume dictionaries that we might want to pursue, please let us know.

    God bless,
    Mike
    Last edited by MBushell; 04-17-2017 at 12:43 PM.

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    I appreciate your clarity! THANK YOU for your explanation.. it HELPS...

    Gilbert

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    Quote Originally Posted by MBushell View Post
    Dan, we struggled with this. We have many requests for a contemporary dictionary in BibleWorks. There are (were) a limited number that we could get permission to add and with a royalty low enough for us to absorb and put it in the base package. And David Noel Freedman was certainly a reputable scholar. There is a lot of useful information in this dictionary for people on both ends of the spectrum and there are both conservative and liberal contributors. I wish it were more conservative, but our thought was that our user base is discriminating enough to be able to filter the content. The decision to include the dictionary was mine and I meant well by it. I was going on the assumption based on the introduction and the fact that it was from Eerdmans that it would give fair treatment to both sides of controversial questions. It appears that this is not the case at all in text-critical issues. The articles on Isaiah, Ezekiel, the Pastoral Epistles, the Pentateuch, and 2nd Peter are all quite liberal. I regret that. I do think the dictionary is very useful though and it is important for conservative exegetes to be exposed to contrary positions. But if we do keep this dictionary in BibleWorks, we do need a more conservative alternative. We are working on getting the Zondervan four volume dictionary, which does seem a lot more conservative, though unfortunately the royalty will be way too high for us to absorb and it wil have to be an add on module. If you know of any one volume dictionaries that we might want to pursue, please let us know.

    God bless,
    Mike
    I sincerely do not want to provoke a time of mud-slinging and name-calling. Rather, I would like to provoke an outbreak of acceptance and understanding.

    I am very grateful for this additional resource, in large part because it does seem to present a more "liberal" viewpoint.

    As I understand it, BW's goal is to provide tools for the study and understanding of the text of the Bible.
    I am not a Bible professional -- not a pastor, not a teacher, just a retired mainframe programmer fascinated by the Bible, by its history, by the richness of interpretations.
    To limit resources to the ones that support a particular theological, or political, or social stance would deprive its users of potentially useful insights.

    I don't have to agree with someone to learn from them. In fact, those are probably the ones that have most to teach me, since the ones I agree with are going to be reinforcing what I already "know".

    Shalom,
    Jim

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