Reviews of Biblical Research Software Platforms

 

 Article by David M. Augenstein, MSc, PE (ret) unless otherwise noted. Liked
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Being especially delighted with some recent studies, I want to introduce you to a few of the top biblical study and research systems.

Blue Letter Bible

The Blue Letter Bible is one of a few and free bible tools on the internet. You may only need one good one; I have used it for more than 10 years. I only used it because it is most complete and quite easy to use. It has been around since the mid-1990s. (It was named Blue Letter because it had blue colored hyperlinks and it was a play on a red-letter Bible.

It is filled with about every bible study tool you may ever need even as a beginner or advanced researcher. You can drill down very quickly into a verse or section quickly and get:

  • Interlinear with Greek and Hebrew from Strong’s Concordance

  • Powerful word and phrase search producing also Greek and Hebrew words (important to do a complete word study

  • All major English and Spanish versions with side-by-side comparisons by verse

  • Direct links to FAQs and audio/video/text commentaries and sermons, as well as various Bible dictionaries and maps

You can also register and customize it the way you like. It’s all free.

Explore BlueLetterBible.com now and see many other tools and functions. Use it to do your own research and see what the holy spirit will show you. It works!

  e-Sword

I am now using a very powerful and fast, free platform installed on my computer called e-Sword. Since it is installed on your hard drive, it is nearly lightning quick and is not connected to the internet once it is downloaded. Hundreds of add-on modules can be installed in seconds which contain Bibles, dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances, lexicons, interlinears, study notes like Scofield or Bullinger, maps, history, commentaries and expository. Resources also include Hebrew, Greek and the Septuigent OT in Greek). There are also many eBooks and papers on special topics. Even the books of Enoch and Jasher and other non-canonicals can be added. It is quite amazing how you can do a digital data drill down and dig into what you are researching and come up with some awesome finds.

There are three main windows: Bibles you choose (KJV w/Strong’s etc.), References (Several that you pick, Scofield, Bullinger, expository, related verses, etc). Then there is a window for the dictionaries, encyclopedia or other reference material. The fourth window is your personal notes which allow for the one-click, copy/paste. These personal notes are classed as Topics, Notes chronologically.

When you are on a Bible verse or chapter in the first window, these other references to this open instantly in the other windows. Each window has multiple tabs for all the other resources you choose from the reference library online. This is all very exciting for a serious student.

The e-Sword platform and chosen modules only take a few seconds to download. There is plenty of training online. This is quite a step above Blue Letter Bible, but e-Sword doesn’t have a sharp, state-of-the-art user interface appearance like a website; it is plain vanilla fudge. If you are after customizable content and functionality, try it out here http://biblesupport.com

It took me about three hours to understand most of the fundamentals of its operations since I am familiar with the standard windows functions and appearance. For additional modules which are not public domain and which are recently published and copyrighted are not really necessary, cost varies from $10 to 25 usually. I have found the free older resources (of the late 1800s and into the 1900s, up to 1970 and some in the 2000s) to be excellent and thorough. (Strong’s Greek/Hebrew Concordance was first published in the 1860s, I think, and has been updated and in use ever since.)

Logos

The Cadillac basic starter Logos.com software platform is downloaded also and has just the basic modules installed. Packages are available at 250, 600 and 1200 bucks (for multi users up to $10,000). This is the Microsoft or Apple of biblical research libraries and you are paying for the high-tech, latest graphical user interface (it is awesome) as well as royalties to publishers. Prices are not all that much at $20 a month for the beginner package. Lots of internet services cost $20-50 a month, but with Logos you own it after a year, including updates. Logos.com by FaithLife is not biased by any doctrine or belief system other than what might be by authors of commentaries. See http://logos.com

I will be adding reviews of other bible research software here in the near future. You can direct me to others or comment below.

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4 comments for “Reviews of Biblical Research Software Platforms

  1. December 1, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Great reviews Dave! I started with E-Sword and grew out of it quickly once I tried Logos. I have been using Logos Bible Software for several years now and I love it! Of all the bible software programs out there I think Logos has the best interface overall. Another software program you may want to check out and review is “WordSearchBible.com”. BTW I really like the appearance of your website and I’ll be checking out more of your posts. Thanks

    • Mr. Augie
      December 2, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks Keith. I downloaded WordSearch and it is quite impressive. The free version is lacking as does Logos, but Logos is the very finest. It is beyond amazing how much expertise and time went into these over the years to give them this much capability. Right now, I am back to BlueLetterBible, it works for me for word studies. I will use eSword for additional info as a secondary source.

  2. K Douglass
    October 30, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Wow, thanks!

    ~ Karen ~ There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. -Albert Einstein

    • November 2, 2018 at 10:18 pm

      Great statement. He also said: Two things are infinite: the universe and the stupidity of mankind, and I am uncertain about the universe.

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