BibleReader for Mac

Olive Tree has just released the Mac version of its excellent BibleReader app (blog announcement here, and short video intro here). For the first time, this well-known program for mobile devices is made available for desktop systems running Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) or higher.

The application can be downloaded for free from the App Store, and current BibleReader users will be able to access all their titles when logging into their accounts. Here is a nice BibleReader for Mac overview, as well as a Quick Start Guide.

For those who already use BibleReader on an iDevice, the user interface will be quite familiar. Although I haven’t upgraded to Lion yet, and thus cannot install and use the program, I must say that BibleReader has the prettiest UI of all the Bible software apps currently available for Mac, as well as many interesting and robust features for Bible study and research.

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Not all Reverse Interlinears are Created Equal

With the advent of Bible study software tools, the ability to link the English or modern language text to the original Greek and Hebrew has increased exponentially. We now have not only traditional interlinears, where the text follows the order of the original language, but reverse interlinears, where we can read the text of the English Bible and the original language follows that order.

WORDsearch markets a Holman Christian Standard Bible that includes a reverse interlinear.

As shown below, there are many display options available. Original words can be displayed as they appear in the text or according to their dictionary form (with or without English transliteration). There is also an option to hear the pronunciation of the original term (lemma).

Logos 4 offers a number of reverse interlinear English Bibles (ESV, NIV, NASB and NRSV, among others). There are also Hebrew, LXX and Greek interlinears.

It includes the same display options mentioned above, but the NT has an option for displaying Louw-Nida’s Lexicon numbers, which is an excellent addition.

Alternatively, the interlinear can appear at the bottom of the Bible text, rather than inline.

Accordance 9.5 turns any modern Bible tagged with Strong’s numbers (ESV, NIV, NASB, HCSB and KJV, among others –including some in Spanish) or any morphologically tagged text into a dynamic interlinear, capable of displaying all the associated information.

It works seamlessly based on the modules available, and users can choose between a “traditional” and a “reverse” interlinear layout. Besides, syntax information is displayed.

The advantage, in this case, is that any Bible with Strong’s, as well as any tagged Greek NT or Hebrew OT (no LXX currently) can be displayed alongside the regular display fields, and that any customized layout can be saved and retrieved. This allows for an unprecedented flexibility and power.

This screenshot shows a reverse interlinear with four English Bibles, plus the original Greek text and Strong’s numbers.

So, as you can see, there are a number of differences (not so much in the layout but rather in functionality), between the reverse interlinears currently available in the market. At any rate, this is an important tool for those who do not know or aren’t proficient enough in the Biblical languages. The kinds of studies that can be performed with reverse interlinears nowadays are pretty sophisticated.

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Accordance 9.5

Point releases aren’t usually too exciting, but that is not the case with Accordance 9.5! This could easily have been version 10, but it is in fact a free upgrade for all current users of version 9 and above.

The full list of new features is found here. Personally, there are two features that I find particularly useful:

Dynamic Interlinear

Any morphologically tagged Bible (except LXX) or Bible with key numbers (Strong’s, revised Strong’s for NASB95 or Goodrick/Kohlenberger’s) can now be used as a traditional interlinear or a reversed interlinear on steroids (hence the use of the label “dynamic”). All the available information (original language, transliteration, parsing, syntax, other modern translations or ancient versions, and so on) can be displayed in an interlinear format. Stacking multiple tagged Bible versions becomes a great study tool for comparative studies. And the best thing about this features is that it doesn’t require any additional purchases. All tagged Bibles have now become interlinears!

Smart Amplifying from Analysis

The Analysis window has become a lot more useful and flexible with the ability to amplify directly from the search results. This means that results from searches conducted in tagged Bibles can be the springboard for further searches. Not just plain, literal searches, but “smart” searches, since the tagging (grammatical info or Strong’s number) attached to that particular result will be automatically added and searched when clicking on the Search button of the Resource palette. Again, no new or additional modules are required. It just works!

In sum, this is an excellent update that everybody should get. Really. Version 9 users have no excuse, and those who are still using earlier versions of the software should seriously considering upgrading. Upgrade prices are very competitive.

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e-Sword 10

e-Sword 10 has been released and can be downloaded here. This is one of the most popular freeware Bible software programs, and this major update includes the following features:

Reference Library

The Reference Library is now the central place to view your downloaded Topic files and a new type of file called Reference Books (.refx). In previous versions of e-Sword, the Topic Notes window displayed downloaded, third party Topic Notes. Now, this material is viewed through the Reference Library instead of the Topics Editor. Also new with the Reference Library is the ability to convert a Topics Note file to Reference Book format (.refx). This file is compressed and prevents others from modifying your data! You can convert your Topic Note files into Reference Book format.

Search All Topics At Once

The Reference Library lets you filter your resources by title and search all of your Topic Notes at once!

Support For Pictures

The new Reference Library Book format supports pictures. And that’s not all. Topic Notes also support pictures!

New Editor with True Word Processing Power

e-Sword 10′s editor seems less like an editor and more like a word processor. The new editor is more robust and supports an array of new features. Now your Journal, Study, and Topic Notes will benefit from Hyperlinks, Bookmarks, Images and Pictures, Tables, Borders, Columns, Headers and Footers, Page Layout View.

SermonAudio.com Integration

e-Sword is integrated with SermonAudio.com. You can listen to sermons while you study the Bible. Sermon Audio organizes sermons by verse and the Sermon Audio integration for e-Sword is context-sensitive. That means Sermon Audio opens sermons about the active verse in the Bibles window!

Notice that all properly constructed e-Sword 9 modules are compatible with e-Sword 10. Also, there is an excellent non-official e-Sword User Guide available from BibleSupport.com, where the old e-Sword-Users.org site is now hosted.

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Bible Software Shootout 2

A new Bible Software Shootout session took place yesterday, at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)  in San Francisco, CA. I had the opportunity of following the highlights in real time via Twitter, but today you can read a fairly exhaustive analysis by fellow blogger Mark Vitalis Hoffman.

This year the focus was on applying Bible software to the classroom setting. As usual, the contenders were Logos, Accordance and Olive Tree. I was rather surprised to discover that BibleWorks was not included. In fact, last week I tweeted the following: “I wonder why BibleWorks does not participate in Bible shootout 2 at #sblaar. They have some excellent classroom tips! http://bit.ly/vfvNba.”

Should more articles appear on this session, I’ll try to add a link here.

UPDATE:

Rick Mansfield’s This Lamp
Antoine RJ Wright’s Mobile Ministry Magazine

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