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  1. Pastor Shumer

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    If you use a Bible program on your PC, please state which one & why. I would personally appreciate it if the responses would be BRIEF...just [1] which program you use most (because I'm sure many like I have more than one) and [2] why.

    I'll start:
    [1] Swordsearcher (v.4)
    [2] (Ratz, I did say be brief, didn't I?) Features (on deluxe CD version), integration of features, speed, price, stand on KJB by the author, and his generosity (in offering the program on a cut-rate for missionaries, and the sales he's had).

    LINK ~ http://www.swordsearcher.com

    I'm asking in part because I'm curious, in part because I would like to see how popular amongst the pool or respondants are the "free" programs available, and in part to help any new Christian get some ideas.

    PS: Sorry, MAC users, from what little I know of MACs, there's not a lot of free stuff out there, and I don't believe SS-4 has a MAC version, which really is too bad for y'all. But also from what I know, MAC users seem to be fairly loyal to their machine, so if you'd like to give us your input, please do.
     
  2. Joey M

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    I use Wordsearch witch features the POSB(Preachers Outline Study Bible commentary)among other commentaries. I use it for it's nice layout and in depth studies and outlines. Though as with all commentaries you sometimes get to much personal opinion.
    And I also use Logos Library system for it's in depth word study and commentaires.
     
  3. Chris Temple

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  4. Pastor Larry

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    BibleWorks 4.0

    1. The number of English translations available without additional cost.

    2. Original language search capabilities.

    3. Analytical tools (usage, location, form search/root search, etc.)
     
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    1. SwordSearcher (personal friend of the author and his wife, and a beta-tester)

    2. OnLine Bible
     
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    I vote for Bibleworks 4.0 as well. I am using it in greek exegesis class this semester and it is a powerful tool!
     
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    Teacher's Bible Companion

    It's a little dated technologically (it's a 16-bit Windows program), but the Greek tools are fantastic.
     
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    SwordSearcher
    Blue Letter Bible, both have excellent study
    guides & tools.
     
  9. Don

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    Online Bible.

    Price, infinitely expandable.

    Freebible. For the price, of course (I hate paying for any computer stuff).
     
  10. Phillip

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    Online Bible

    I have SwordSearcher, but started using Online because my pastor does and we stay compatible that way.

    I also have PC Bible and Bible Library 5.0 although they were more expensive, they are easy to use, but once I got started on Online--the price of the basics sold me. The royalty and upgrade prices are a bit high, but they are on all of them. I think NIV is in the business to make lots of money. Compare royalty price of it to that of NASB and NKJV and there is a big difference.

    This is the reason on another thread I have proposed the writing of a public domain new translation through the use of volunteer groups OR reserving the copyright for one or two first printings to pay them back for their hard work and then allow it to go into the public domain. It will still have to have a copyright to prevent unauthorized modification by people who want to change parts of it, but it would be essentially royalty free after the first batch or two.
     
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Phillip:
    This is the reason on another thread I have proposed the writing of a public domain new translation through the use of volunteer groups OR reserving the copyright for one or two first printings to pay them back for their hard work and then allow it to go into the public domain. It will still have to have a copyright to prevent unauthorized modification by people who want to change parts of it, but it would be essentially royalty free after the first batch or two.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Phillip:

    You may want to check out

    The World English Bible before you put in a lot of time and effort on a free Bible project. The WEB bible is available in several electronic formats, including on the Bible Database Program . Its even available now in a hardcopy NT/Psalms version (See first link).
     
  12. Pastor Larry

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    Does this bother anyone else??? (From the FAQ list of Chris's link).

    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>In those few sections where the M-Text and UBS text differ significantly, I have taken my question of textual choice directly to God, and God chose to answer me by confirming in several different ways that reading which the M-Text rendered. The main passage in question is in Mark 16, but there are others, too. While I certainly don't claim to be infallible, I do know when to say, "Yes, Sir" and follow the direction I see the Lord pointing me in. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    This type of argumentation seems to smack of the KJVOnly argument that "God told me what the right reading was." And if God is still giving revelation, why does this guy have a line to heaven that others do not have? For all of us who choose another reading, is God sending conflicting messages?
     
  13. Stephen

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    Online Bible ...because of the price and the add ons, although the interface takes some getting use to.

    The Complete Word Study Bible & Reference CD edited by Dr. Zodhiates ... I like the ability to use Dr. Zodhiates's NT dictionary on the computer.

    Thinking about ordering the Original Languages Library from Logos Systems .... has anyone here used this program?

    [ October 08, 2001: Message edited by: Stephen ]

    [ October 08, 2001: Message edited by: Stephen ]
     
  14. Dr. Bob

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    I use QuickVerse. It has KJV (though I'm not sure which revision; I think 1763 or 1769) and NIV and NRSV in parallel columns.

    It also has Strong's Concordance and Holman Bible Dictionary built in. Hit a word and it gives roots, tenses + definitions. And hyper-quick.

    Came with my system.

    Also use Sage which is 10 versions, 200 Bible Commentaries and histories like the 10 volume ante-Nicene fathers and 28 volume Nicene and Post-Nicene fathers as examples. For $49 it was a steal!
     
  15. Chris Temple

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dr. Bob Griffin:
    I use QuickVerse. It has KJV (though I'm not sure which revision; I think 1763 or 1769) and NIV and NRSV in parallel columns.

    It also has Strong's Concordance and Holman Bible Dictionary built in. Hit a word and it gives roots, tenses + definitions. And hyper-quick.

    Came with my system.

    Also use Sage which is 10 versions, 200 Bible Commentaries and histories like the 10 volume ante-Nicene fathers and 28 volume Nicene and Post-Nicene fathers as examples. For $49 it was a steal!
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I believe the QuickVerse with KJV alone is free at their web site (don'y remember the link; search on Google).
     
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chris Temple:


    Phillip:

    You may want to check out

    The World English Bible before you put in a lot of time and effort on a free Bible project. The WEB bible is available in several electronic formats, including on the Bible Database Program . Its even available now in a hardcopy NT/Psalms version (See first link).
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Thank you for the info. I will check it out. [​IMG]
     
  17. Phillip

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Pastor Larry:
    Does this bother anyone else??? (From the FAQ list of Chris's link).



    This type of argumentation seems to smack of the KJVOnly argument that "God told me what the right reading was." And if God is still giving revelation, why does this guy have a line to heaven that others do not have? For all of us who choose another reading, is God sending conflicting messages?
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    No Joke, Pastor Larry---Sorry, Chris, the WEB Bible is OUT. This was not the only statement that seemed to rub the wrong way. I also did not like the way whoever is writing the Bible for taking credit for the authors of the original ASV version.

    Let me also make a remark about not having a copyright and having a "public domain" Bible. There is a difference. In order to prevent corruption of the text by anybody and everybody who wants to modify it, you MUST have a copyright in place--you just don't have to charge a royalty to use it. Or, if you do charge a royalty it only covers expenses incurred during the translation process. As I see it, I could take the WEB Bible and rewrite a single book and then republish it without permission of the author(s).

    I may be wrong, but it seems to me like the Bible may be a slight rip off of already made translations and not an actual "translation". He admits using the ASV (because its copyright has expired) as his base. Seems as though it was translated using the ASV and a Greek or Hebrew Lexicon to throw in a few fixes (or maybe just the KJV) I'm just guessing now, but that's what I seem to read between the lines. Perosnally, I don't think it is a true translation of its own...... :(
     
  18. Bible Believing Bill

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    I have Quickverse on my computer. Havn't used it much, but it is handy to have available. For my use almost any software version would probably work. I picked up Quickverse because it came with the KJV Rainbow Study Bible on CD, a Bible Atlas, and a game called Jonah and the Whale. My son loves the game, it has probably gotten the most use of any of the CDs. I picked up this bundled package for $7.99, bet you can't beat that price.

    Bill
     
  19. Stephen

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    My Pastor ask if I would look for a new bible program for him and after looking at some mentioned here and a few others I found I came across one that just blew me away. And it's free. Here is the link. http://www.e-sword.net/downloads.html
    This program is incredible.

    Stephen
     

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