BibleWorks 10 Review (Part VI – Conclusion)

In this post I will briefly summarize my five previous posts and succinctly provide my conclusions about the software as a whole.

In my first post, I noted the new features to BibleWorks 10 and the necessity for greater Hebrew resources. After correspondence with BibleWorks, I was informed that, while a dictionary as extensive as Cline’s has been sought, it would drastically increase the cost and make the program less accessible to people. Then I discussed the value and ease of the analysis tabs within the analysis window, especially noting the User Lexicon tab. Part III explored the convenience of the Parallel Versions and Parallel Hebrew/LXX tools. Next I reviewed the effectiveness of the BibleWorks Options Window and its simplicity. Finally, Part V focused on the map module, Ernie, flashcards, and timeline to show how much they contribute to ones study and full understanding of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoy BibleWorks 10. It is clearly focused on assisting scholars and pastors with exegesis and focuses languages rather than resources. Although some resources would be beneficial, perhaps they are correct that people should use more physical books and not digital copies. And while the use may be somewhat confusing at moments, time will help the user to attain proficiency in the program and more understanding of the tools. As mentioned in a previous post, BibleWorks 10 is like the Adobe Photoshop of Bible Software. So even though it is sometimes complex, it offers unique resources and convenient program tools and analysis tabs. For any serious student of the Bible, whether Hebrew Bible or the New Testament, BibleWorks 10 is a must have.

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