I got an interesting email last night from my editor Kevin Cross of Christian Computing Magazine. He told me that Outreach Magazine acquired us.
If you’re not familiar with Outreach Magazine, they focus on publishing a magazine and website with ideas and products that try to give churches means to reach their community for Jesus Christ. I’ve read it in the past, but not in a little while.
What does it mean for the future of CCMag? First of all, Kevin Cross will continue to be the Managing Editor, and I will still be here as Editor-in-Chief! Outreach didn’t want to “take over” CCMag, but rather purchase us in order to provide us with the tools we need to make the magazine even better!
I’m interested to see what this will do for us or to us. It seems that it means a bigger audience for the authors who write the magazine.
On our Theotek Podcast Dan Philips showed off the new features in BibleWorks 10. We hope you will watch the broadcast which we recorded on May 15, 2015 as we do every Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. ET.
If you’re not familiar with BibleWorks, it’s a text focused and powerful Bible study tool. They don’t clutter up the program with a lot of modern commentaries or other non-Biblically focused books. Instead, buyers just get great and powerful Bible study tools. It’s the best option for hardcore scholars of the Bible who don’t want to spend thousands on a digital library of books.
The company did make a concession to users who want more than what BibleWorks traditionally publishes for inclusion in their software. They’re never going to add a book like Ed Stetzer’s church growth titles. Now, if a user buys and ePub version of these kinds of books, they can read them using the new ePub Reader.
Buy Christian ePub books at places like CDB or ChristianBook.com. I went ahead and bought one and loaded it in BibleWorks 10 to test out the feature. It works great.
To load an ePub, click on the ePub tab in one of the analysis windows on the right. Then click on the Open/Import button on the toolbar. This shows a list of all ePub books in the BibleWorks 10 library. The list is empty until you first import a book. Click on the Import button and find the book on your hard drive. This puts the book in your library, but doesn’t yet open it. Before you open it, make sure you add it to a category. There’s a button with three dots. Click it and a drop down list shows the Assign category to selected books flyout menu item. Now add the book to one of the BibleWorks categories. The category shows up in the Category column of the ePub library list. Now click on the title of the book and the Load button.
The library window lets users sort their books by Title, Author and Category. Click on the heading of the column to do that. Users can also show only books in a certain category making it easier to find books if the user has a large ePub library. Click on the Show only: drop down box.
Official BibleWorks 10 Videos
Watch the official BibleWorks intro videos of all the new features in BibleWorks 10.
Danker’s Lexicon is a new Lexicon in BibleWorks 10. Find it in the Resources tab of the Analysis window. The currently loaded verse will show up with all the entries from the lexicon will show up in the list. Scroll down to find it.
BibleViews shows ancient culture in a visual way. Open it from the Resources menu. Click on Pictures and then BibleViews. It looks like a Windows help file. There’s a tablet of contents listing all the topics in the BibleViews Picture Library. Users can also search it from the Search tab in the column on the left.
Some items just show a picture while others give a some text explaining it. If there’s a Bible verse in the description it’s a hyperlink that the user can open by clicking or hovering over it.
New User Lexicon Feature
Now in BibleWorks 10 users can create their own lexicon. This means I can grab content from various tools and collect them in one place. The my lexical entry for that word will then show up any time I find that word in another place. This makes it possible for translators to work once and reuse their translation elsewhere.
Audio of Greek and Hebrew Bibles
Two new sets of audio files reads the NA27 in verse-by-verse recordings and the Byzantine Text in chapter-by-chapter recordings. Open these from the those books when they’re showing in the Browse window. Right click a verse and choose one or the other from the pop up menu.
Other New Features
The BibleWorks Manuscript Project added some new manuscripts to the tool. This gives scholars a look at the ancient manuscripts without going to them around the world. One of the cool new features is the tagging. Each manuscript gets tagged with the verse it’s showing. Open a Bible and the open manuscript will scroll along with the text of the Bible.
People who teach or preach showing the BibleWorks interface will love the screen scaling feature. It zooms the text and buttons so they can be seen on a projector from the back of the room.
The new user-interface color options show up in two places. The window colors and highlighting of text and parts of speech to make it easy to see the grammar of the text visually. For example, certain morphology tags get one color while others get another.
There are a number of new resources including…
New English Translation of the Septuagint (NETS)
Samaritan Pentateuch (SMP)
Friberg Analytical Greek New Testament (AGNT)
ESV Concise Bible Atlas from 2010 and 2012
More languages like Vietnamese, Norwegian, Modern Hebrew etc.
We’ve only covered some of the biggest new features. To learn about every new feature, see the BibleWorks website that lists each feature added or updated in BibleWorks 10.
BibleWorks, one of the best scholarly original language Bible study tools available, got a big update to BibleWorks 10. The company is also partnering with Crossway to give away a free book for people who order in the first wave.
BibleWorks puts the Bible at the heart at its user-interface. They give users a quick way to view Bible content with powerful searching features and excellent original language study tools. The program includes almost every popular modern Bible translation. You also get the best Greek and Hebrew tools including access to NA28.
What’s New in BibleWorks 10
One of the most exciting new features is the EPUB reader. If you own books in EPUB format, the new BibleWorks 10 will read these books opening up your BibleWorks library to more than just the books that BibleWorks sells.
The new BibleWorks 10 user-interface will let the user customize, not only the window layout as always, but also the color.
With BibleWorks 9, the program could show four columns, but now the user can close a column easily. The person can also change the color of the borders. Plus, customize the tabs easily.
Mac users will get a better installer and the screenshots make it look more like a native Mac app that earlier versions.
A few other awesome new features include…
Colors for Morphology – tag a word with a color based on the morphology
Screen Scaling – looks better on different screen resolutions
Leningradensis Codex Images – high-resolution images of the OT texts
Essential Biblical Hebrew, Jan Verbruggen – a Hebrew Grammar text in digital form
User Lexicon Tab – this lets users create their own lexicon by adding notes to any word and notes show up when we mouse over the word
Fuzzy Search – search for a word like love and it gives us many forms
Holy Land Pictures Database – high res photos from the Holy Land
Get a Free Book from Crossway
People who order BibleWorks 10 before May 3 will get free copy of Interpreting the New Testament Text. You can also get half off any ebooks bought from Crossway.org. That’s a nice perk considering the great library available through Crossway.