Word Studies: Text availability

One of the best features of Bible software for Bible interpretation is the ability to search the Biblical text. Finding the occurrences of a word and seeing how it is used in context is a necessary task for Bible interpretation. Bible software has many advantages over print in this area. One major advantage, one that can affect interpretation, is the availability of ancient texts in Bible software. Continue reading “Word Studies: Text availability”

Categories of Bible software

There are different types of Bible software. Each one has its benefits and its limitations.

General-Purpose Software

General-purpose software appears on all software platforms, including Bible websites. This category of software is easy to use, has the most commonly-used Bible versions, and rudimentary search features. Some software and websites contain additional Bible-related resources such as dictionaries, lexicons, commentaries, cross-references, and other useful items. Continue reading “Categories of Bible software”

Categories of Bible software users

Not all users of software are the same. Here are a few common categories of software users.

  • Readers

Readers are people who use software to read their Bible or other Bible-related content. They don’t take advantage of many of the benefits of using software. They might copy a verse and paste it into a Word document. They might even highlight a word or verse. They know little else about their software, and do not spend time using the help features available to learn the software. Continue reading “Categories of Bible software users”

Why bother with software

When I began seminary the use of software was a novelty. The Bible software programs were in their infancy. Few electronic books were available. There was no Kindle, no EPUBs, and little valuable information on the Internet. Except for an advanced Greek grammar class where we used GRAMCORD for a project, all Bible interpretation classes were taught using printed books. Continue reading “Why bother with software”