One plus of my job teaching at Dallas Theological Seminary is that I get to indulge in lots of technology. I’ve always had a personal interest in tech stuff, both hardware and software, but it has become a professional necessity teaching New Testament in our current environment. To that end, I’ve always tried to stay up on the latest Bible software for my own professional work but also for the staff and students at the seminary who need help and guidance in what’s best and how to use it. For that reason, even though DTS now supplies Logos Bible Software to all our students, I maintain installations of Accordance and BibleWorks to keep up with the latest developments in each program and advise people in what is best for them and how best to use each program. I have been a BibleWorks user since version 6 when I got a copy to help me on my editorial work on the NET Bible, and for a time I was a certified regional trainer for BibleWorks. I also used it exclusively in the production of The New Reader’s Lexicon of the Greek New Testament. So I have a long history with the BibleWorks company and with the software. A while back they asked me to review version 10 of their software, which was released in 2015. With this series of posts, I want to accomplish a number of things. I want to introduce BibleWorks 10 to people who aren’t familiar with it, so this will involve an assessment of the software right out of the box. Many people in my circles are not familiar with BibleWorks, so I will assess it for a new user and suggest good use cases for its implementation. I also want to offer some comparisons to BibleWorks 9, primarily by focusing on some key new features. BibleWorks has done a good job of maintaining older versions of their software, and people often stick with those older versions. When I was a trainer I would regularly meet end users who were two versions behind! So some comments comparing version 10 to prior versions certainly would be in order. My third goal in writing this review series is to make a few comparisons with the other products on the market. Spoiler alert: I think the three major vendors each provide solid performance, so I am very comfortable recommending that users purchase more than one software package, especially if they are technical users, researchers, or teachers.
For the purposes of this review, BibleWorks supplied me with a complementary copy of BibleWorks 10. Yes, I am a little late in getting this out. File this under “Better late than never!” ↩