Bible Software

Bob Carabbio

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Got a new laptop and want to install some Bible software. I've used many different programs in the past but over the past decade+ I've predominantly used QuickVerse and Logos. I like Quickverse because it is spare and easy to use. I like Logos because (if you're willing to pay for it) it is not spare and will do just about anything and everything. Sadly, QuickVerse is no longer being supported by its manufacturer and it's been sold to Logos. I also use the online tools from sources like Bibledotcom, Bible Hub, Bible Gateway, etc., but am looking for something to install on the laptop I can use offline, and something simple, straightforward, easy to use. The one idiosyncrasy I want is the ability to format copy and paste the way I like it. Quickverse was good at that whether others I've use were lacking. I've checked the "best of" websites and, besides Logos, the programs most often recommended are Accordance, Olive Tree, and E-Sword (which I have used before). I have a little disdain for the having to purchase add-ons, even though I'm not plaining using many with my laptop (my desktop has Logos and many other tools for more complex study).

Anyone got any recommendations, especially preferences of the three just listed, and why?

Thx
I use "Blue Letter Bible" blueletterbible.org
 

Josheb

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Thank you all for weighing in. I'd like to remind any coming into the thread at this point the op is over five months old and I've addressed my inquiry with Accordance, e-sword, and Olive Tree (which was spamming my email endlessly) and like them all but use Accordance the most.
 

joline

New Member
Thank you all for weighing in. I'd like to remind any coming into the thread at this point the op is over five months old and I've addressed my inquiry with Accordance, e-sword, and Olive Tree (which was spamming my email endlessly) and like them all but use Accordance the most.
does it have the lxx? Or the byzantine new testament?
 

Josheb

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does it have the lxx? Or the byzantine new testament?
According to the software expansion links and the website it does have add-ons for both. I tend to use Bible Hub's and Robert Mounce's links to the Greek manuscripts in conjunction with whatever resident software I'm using. Imo, Bible software is just one element of an amazing number of resources we have near-instantly available to us. With the time it takes to make a few mouse-clicks we have access to information only academics possessed a generation ago. There's no excuse for getting things incorrect. Personally, the chief benefit I want out of my Bible software is a good compound search feature. That was one of the reasons I most liked QuickVerse/WORDSearch. The fact is Logos is easily the single best platform, but it is over-complicated and over-loaded with resources for the average Bible student. I've gotten "lost" for days using its tools (to the occasional chagrin of my wife 😬). It's not a good thing for those of us prone to over-thinking or fixing upon a curiosity to the exclusion of the more salient knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. Logos, like Accordance, can also be very expensive.

Since there are several basic versions of Bible software available, I recommend downloading two or three, use them to see which "feels" best for you, and then use that one the most. Between my laptop and my desktop I've got a half-dozen programs (including Logos and Accordance) but I still use my legacy QuickVerse the most because that's with what I am most familiar and comfortable. The best program is the one you actually use ;).

If you ask me about this op in five years, I'll wager I'll have accumulated a pile of add-ons to my Accordance (and my Logos). It's the nature of the beast.
 

Bob Carabbio

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I use that and Bible.hub . Between those 2 free ones I’m all set.
I've never tried Bible.hub. Might have to look into it.

I'm not KJVO, But since I learned to read in it back in the late '40s it's still my main Squeeze.

I like the NWT in the New Testament, since it raises grammar questions, and forces a look at the original languages. Been a while since I bothered with it though.
 

Theophilus

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I've never tried Bible.hub. Might have to look into it.

I'm not KJVO, But since I learned to read in it back in the late '40s it's still my main Squeeze.

I like the NWT in the New Testament, since it raises grammar questions, and forces a look at the original languages. Been a while since I bothered with it though.
What does NWT stand for ?
 

Bob Carabbio

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What does NWT stand for ?
The "New World Translation" produced by the Jehova's Witness Denomination. It's not a translation I would trust, but when you read the Epistles, some of the Word choices, and Verb forms tend to be closer to the Greek (according to my Nestle Text interlinear), than what the KJV says. Just something I've noticed over the decades.

I've never bothered with the more modern translations, and since Biblically I think in VIctorian English, COncordances are easy to use / find stuff.
 

RiJoRi

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I've never tried Bible.hub. Might have to look into it.

I'm not KJVO, But since I learned to read in it back in the late '40s it's still my main Squeeze.
There are a number of people here who are "KJVP" – "KJV Preferred". No problem with that! I switch over to KJV for searching. Somehow I find I remember the Elizabethan English more easily.

--Rich
 

Runningman

Active member
Saw a bunch of good apps and sources here, but I didn't se OpenBible. Openbible.info is a pretty good source for finding verses related to specific topics. I use it almost every day I guess. It isn't biased toward one flavor of Christianity either. You can find pretty much any topic in there, including obscure, and fringe topics.
 

SteveB

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does it have the lxx? Or the byzantine new testament?
E-sword has the LXX, as an add on.

If you're looking for an android phone or tablet app, I use mysword for android.

It's free, and you can download several different versions/languages of the LXX as well as the byzantine new testament.
 
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