CLC Ministries International, Christian Bookcenter, November 2012.
I started using BibleWorks (BW) version 5 when I was studying theology overseas 10 years ago. Since then, I have been regularly upgrading to a later version and using it in my ministry and study. As a PhD student, I use BW9 in class and for my daily biblical exegesis and research.
BW is usually viewed as "academic Bible software." There is certainly much truth in that since BW facilitates a great deal of biblical exegesis in the original languages through lexical and morphological studies, grammatical and syntactical tools, as well as searchable ancient biblical manuscripts. However, BW is also for church people who are not necessary trained in biblical languages but have a sincere desire to study God's Word in-depth and to grow in the knowledge and love of Christ. One of the great tools that BW9 has is the instant difference highlighting which allows one to recognize the word use differences in variant Bible translations by showing it marked with color highlighting in the Browse Window. If you have never heard of BW I encourage you to take a look at "What is BibleWorks?" which gives you a general, yet thorough, overview of the program with some highlighted tools that are available in it.
It is a challenge to summarize the many great features that BW9 contains but I will highlight just a few of them:
BW still has a long way to go in terms of improving the program and adding additional tools. An important tool that I wish will be available in BW10 is the textual critical apparatus for the BHS. It would also be great to integrate the two Masorahs found in the BHS: 1) Masorah Parva found on the outside margins of the page, and 2) Masorah Magna found immediately below the biblical text. Another ideal project for future editions of BW is the adding of transcriptions and digital images of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
These projects seem huge and require intense hours of working but I trust in the professionalism of the BW team that seem to work diligently behind the scenes to ensure high quality design, development, and implementation of new tools and features as well as improving the BW-interface. And above all, we trust in God who is able to accomplish through BW team far more abundantly than all we could ask or think, according to His mighty power at work within us.
In short, BW9 is a great tool for any Bible teacher/student in seminary education, church, or Bible study groups. I highly recommend it for everyone who is seeking to grow in the knowledge of the Scriptures and understand the whole counsel of God as revealed in His Word.
If you are using an old version of BW, I strongly recommend upgrading to BW9; it is worth the $159. And if you never used BW, I encourage you to purchase it for your own study and ministry. BW also offers extra modules for reasonable prices. Among many helpful modules BW offers are Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (BDAG) by Bauer, Danker, Arndt, and Gingrich; Reformed Dogmatics (4 volumes) (BAVI) by Herman Bavinck; Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (GRUD) by Wayne Grudem; and Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (Abridged) (TDNT) by Kittel, Friedrich, and Bromiley.
BW also has group discounts, and for unlikely situations BW has a 30-day warranty and return policy where you can return it for any reason within 30 days. The intent of this warranty is to give the users sufficient time to decide whether BW fulfills their Bible research and study needs.
S. Gendy is a Ph.D. student.