BibleWorks 10 Review (Part V)

*Click here for Parts I, II, III, and IV of my BibleWorks 10 review.

In addition to the many features I have already explored, BibleWorks 10 also contains great study tools for students at any level or teaching tools for professor. There are four tools of this variety: Earnie, map module, timeline, and flash cards.

First, Ernie is simple and merely a list of online resource, external to BibleWorks 10, that may be used for research. While the list of websites is not too great and is likely difficult to maintain due to the constant shifts on the world wide web, it does enable users to add there own links. This is valuable because, rather than saving several pages on the browser as favorites and organizing the pages in the browser, the user may add whatever is necessary to Ernie and access pre-organized links specifically with relation to their work.

An example of my addition titled, "This is the Mediterranean Sea."

An example of my addition titled, “This is the Mediterranean Sea.”

Second, the map module is extremely beneficial. It allows for customization with ease. For example, the user selects exactly which type of areas are to be shown, whether it be biblical sites from certain archaeological eras, places mentioned in the Hebrew Bible or New Testament books, journeys of biblical stories, and much more. This allows for immediate and convenient understanding of the geographical and topographical elements at play within biblical literature, especially for books like 1 Samuel which is so rooted in the geography of the Levant. Additionally, BibleWorks allows the user to add and edit to the overlays. For those involved in archaeology or tracing things like political boundaries, or just designing a map overlay for a course in Hebrew Bible, BibleWorks 10 is an excellent tool that allows for quick customization.

Third, the timeline offers easy access to the history of the Bible and ancient civilizations with which ancient Israel interacted. Notwithstanding scholarly debate regarding specific dates, the map feature contains the biblical chronology next to basic timeline of the major ancient Near Eastern powerhouses and archeological eras. These inclusions are invaluable for students of the Bible who take seriously the time periods in which certain books and people lived.

Last, but surely not the least, the flash card are valuable for any student in Hebrew or Greek, or any professors seeking to provides students with flashcards. Individuals who own BibleWorks 10 may work through the flash cards on their own time, a tool which includes multiple sets of flashcards, the word in Hebrew/Greek, parsing, and how to say the word. It also allows for the user to specifically mark which terms s/he knows or does not know, enabling an easy return to studying unknown terms. In addition, the flash cards may be printed, a valuable asset to Hebrew or Greek professors seeking to provide their students with the best resources.

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