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BibleWorks 9 Review

C. Michael Patton

January 8, 2013

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I just installed my copy of Bibleworks 9. I finally got the upgrade. I have used Bibleworks since it first came out, and I never fail to upgrade.

The tagline, as you can see, is “Software for Biblical Exegesis and Research.” This is a very accurate description of the program. It is an incredibly powerful tool for pure Bible study. For over a decade, I have used two computer programs for my studies: Logos (which I may review soon) and Bibleworks. It is hard for me to keep from sounding too dramatic about my love for Bibleworks. I often say that I may not be a Christian without it! It is that important to my research. Simply put, I believe Bibleworks is the most powerful biblical exegesis research tool in existence.

I will take the time over the next week to write two short reviews of this program. Let me say a very sincere thank you to the crew at Bibleworks for their endurance in this project. You have been at it for a long time. I have talked with you many times over the years and hung out with you at ETS. You are a great group. This program is such a great benefit to the discipleship of Christ’s bride.

URL: [Retrieved on 2014-05-23]

BibleWorks 9 Cross Reference Tools

In preparation for any lesson, a teacher may have many epiphanies, ideas, and intriguing thoughts about what he may be reading in the Scriptures. Often, these discoveries are very exciting. Unfortunately, they can also be too good to be true. There is a verification process that a reader must go through in order to see if what they have learned is truly so. In bygone days, people used to call the comparison of Scripture with Scripture the “analogy of Scripture.” This is where a reader checked to see if other parts of Scripture verified his interpretation. This is simply cross-referencing across the Bible to get some good backing for your discovery.

Frankly, I don’t know how people cross-referenced before the invention of the computer. The labors that must have gone into so many good works such as Nave’s Topical Bible’s and The Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge!

One of the greatest advantages of BibleWorks is that it performs an incredible amount of cross-referencing in milliseconds just by the movement of the cursor over the verse in question. Notice here:

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The third column shows all the places in the Bible that speak about something similar to Romans 3:21. And one of the great things about this tool here is that the verses suggested are an aggregate of all the greatest cross-referencing works available, organized using BibleWorks’ incredible ability to determine which have the best chance of relating to the subject of the verse.

I cannot tell you how many times this tool has saved my time and furthered my insights into the theology of the Scripture.

How does this compare to Logos? Logos is my other great love and I have nothing but great things to say about that program as well. However, BibleWorks runs circles around Logos for this sort of thing, as the power of the program is so incredibly focused on the generation of such specific exegetical data. That is why I normally open BibleWorks first and if further resources are needed, then I open Logos.

C. Michael Patton, Th.M. is President and Instructor at Credo House Ministries.


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