BibleWorks 10 Review (Part IV)

*Click here for parts I, II, or III of my BibleWorks review.

BibleWorks 10, as I’ve mentioned in previously, is the Adobe Photoshop of bible software. And one of the most impressive features is the “BW Options Windows” button which contains all options for making BibleWorks 10 operate most effectively for ones own purposes. Furthermore, because all the options are located within the same pop-up window, one may adjust options with ease, avoiding the struggle of having to maneuver between different option windows for different things. Within the Option Window, there are four basic categories: General, Output Format Options, Searching, and Bible Versions. Although many possibilities are present within these options, this post will only focus on two of the most notable

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The “General” button provides many abilities to customize the program. Most notable, though, is the Morphology Colors. The morphology colors allow the user to select and enable BibleWorks to automatically highlight any morphologies matching the specified parameters. In short, this option allows for a more passive approach to analysis when morphology is of secondary importance. It allows the user to focus on primarily reading the text while still being made aware of certain textual elements which deemed significant.

Another notable option is the Search Limits. The search limits allow the user to select specific books of the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Apocrypha, a feature not unique. What is unique, though, are the predefined ranges. If, for example, one desired to search only Q material, the Q materials are already entered into the custom search range limits and quickly enable the user to establish search limits. Within this search limits, it is also easy to create search limits. So I, for example, hope to eventually create a custom search range titled “PMaterial” that would enable me to search through Priestly material with ease.

These customization options allow BibleWorks 10 to operate effectively towards whatever is deemed most effective. Rather than assuming the user does not know what they are searching for, BibleWorks 10 condenses the options into one location that allow for quick and easy changes to the search limits and morphology colors.

 

 

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