What's new in BibleWorks?

Want to see what's been added since BibleWorks 6? Here's a survey of the new features and databases in past releases! (To see what's new in BibleWorks 9, click here.)

New Features and Databases Added in BibleWorks 8

New Analysis Tabs

Expanded information about the current verse and search



We’ve made significant additions to the Analysis Window. Now when you do a search, the Context Tab shows the most common words in the current pericope, the most common words in the current chapter, and the most common words in the current book. With a click, the Browse Tab shows the full context for the active verse. A plot of the current search results is shown in the Stats Tab. All of this is right at your fingertips!

Phrase Matching Tool/Related Verses Tool

Find verses with similar words or similar phrases


Over lunch in mid-2007, we asked ourselves, “How could we find all verses which are similar to each other?” Out of this discussion came the Phrase Matching Tool and Related Verses Tool. The new Phrase Matching Tool takes your current verse and finds all verses containing similar phrases. The new Related Verses Tool finds all verses using some of the same words from the current verse.

New formatting for text export

More control over copied text

We’ve enhanced and refined the formatting of exported text. Now when you copy and paste Bible text, it’s simple to format the text and reference using custom or preset output formats. This seemingly small feature will greatly improve your daily use of the program.

Cross-Reference Window

Instantly view related verses

When you pass the mouse over the text, the new Cross-Reference Window instantly shows cross-references for the verse under the mouse. You can draw from the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, New Chain Reference Bible (Thompson, 1934), Nave’s, Torrey’s Topical Text Book, Stephan’s Biographical Bible (distinguishes Bible people with the same names), and cross-references from the ESV, NAS, and NIV/TNIV. This feature works for any of the Bible versions in the program! In addition, you can build your own cross-reference files and swap them with other users.

New Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic grammars and references

BibleWorks now comes with Wallace, Waltke & O'Connor, and Joüon & Muraoka!

The main BibleWorks package now includes three standard original language grammars: Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament (Wallace), Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax (Waltke & O’Connor), and A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew (Joüon & Muraoka). These electronic texts include the full text and graphics of the print editions and are closely linked to the Biblical texts in the program. Previously available only separately, these texts now come at no extra cost in BibleWorks 8!

Also added after the initial release of BibleWorks 8: The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament (J.H. Moulton and G. Milligan). Now there is no extra charge to add this module to your BibleWorks installation!

Also added after the initial release of BibleWorks 8: Introductory Lessons in Aramaic (Eric D. Reymond). This introductory Aramaic grammar includes exercises, answers to the exercises, and a glossary. Also included: a set of Aramaic Verbs Paradigms with sound files, produced by Jan Verbruggen.

Syntactic and Thematic Greek Transcription of the NT

Another full Greek NT diagram set

We’re pleased to add an alternate set of Greek NT sentence diagrams. In addition to the Leedy Greek NT sentence diagrams, William MacDonald’s “Textual Transcriptions” provide another helpful and insightful arrangement of the text.

Early Church Fathers

This mammoth popular work includes the complete series of the Schaff Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post-Nicene Fathers.

ERMIE: External Resources Manager

One-stop location for resources on your computer and resources on the Internet

Over time, you’ve probably collected a number of useful books, references, and documents in various formats (PDF, HTML, word processing formats, etc.). Add to that the myriad websites with all sorts of materials and courses you find useful in your studies. With ERMIE, you can collect and organize these local and online resources into an easy to browse catalog. ERMIE catalog files can be edited and shared with other users.

Daily Light

Maintain your Greek and Hebrew skills with a daily AM/PM reading

We took Samuel Bagster's well-loved daily Scripture readings and enhanced it for Greek/Hebrew review. View the readings in your favorite Bible translations, or use the Greek/Hebrew mode to display the Old Testament passages in Hebrew and the New Testament passages in Greek. A great way to start and end the day!

English Bible Text-to-Speech

Hear English Bible text read aloud! (Requires supplemental voice packs in Windows XP.)

Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, and Arabic Bibles

We are pleased finally to include Bibles in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, and Arabic!

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (Greek)

We now include the Greek text and modern English translation of the Greek OT Pseudepigrapha. The Greek text is morphologically tagged and fully searchable.

PONS Kompaktwörterbuch Althebräisch: Althebräisch – Deutsch

Frank Matheus

A basic Hebrew-German lexicon to assist German-speaking users. Requires unlock.

Dead Sea Scrolls English Translation Bundle: Biblical and Sectarian Texts

Comes with two works: The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation (Michael O. Wise, Martin G. Abegg, Jr., & Edward M. Cook, trans.), a comprehensive translation into English of the Dead Sea Scrolls sectarian texts (plus introductions and explanatory notes), and The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible: The Oldest Known Bible Translated for the First Time into English (Martin Abegg, Jr., Peter Flint, & Eugene Ulrich), containing an English translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls Biblical texts (plus introductions, explanatory notes, and text-critical notes). Requires unlock.

Groves-Wheeler Westminster Hebrew Morphology version 4.10

NIV, TNIV, & NIrV Bibles with cross-references and footnotes

NKJV with Strong’s tagging

Delitzsch Hebrew NT

Stephan’s Biographical Bible (distinguishes Bible people with the same names)

Bibliographic Information (added after official release)

1905 British and Foreign Bible Society Peshitto edition

Old Syriac Sinaiticus manuscript

Old Syriac Curetonian manuscript

Dead Sea Scrolls Bible (Biblical texts in English) &
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation (Sectarian texts in English)

The Biblical Texts contain a Browse Window version and a HTML Help version. The Sectarian Texts contains a HTML Help version only. Requires unlock.

Brenton LXX with Apocrypha

PONS German-Hebrew lexicon [requires unlock]

Psalms Targum (English)

Targum Jerusalem on the Pentateuch (English) (Etheridge)

Targum Onkelos on the Pentateuch (English) (Etheridge)

Targum Pseudo Jonathan on the Pentateuch (Etheridge)

Rodkinson Babylonian Talmud and Mishnah (English)
Westcott-Hort text (proofed and corrected)

Maps module load time reduced

Maps module site data revised

MacDonald Idiomatic Translation Bible

Nova Vulgata

Vulgata Clementina 1598 with Glossa Ordinaria notes

Zuercher Bibel (2nd ed., 2008)

Czech: Bible, 21st Century Translation (B21) (added after official release)

Spanish La Biblia de Nuestro Pueblo (added after official release)

Spanish La Biblia del Peregrino (added after official release)

Spanish Reina Valera Gómez Bible

Spanish Nueva Biblia de los Hispanos Bible

Swedish Folkbibeln, Bibel 82, and Bibel 2000

Polish Uwspółcześniona Biblia Gdańska (NT) (added after official release)

Lithuanian Bible

Macedonian Bible

Bulgarian 1871 Constantinople Bible

Orthodox Russian Synodal Translation

Contemporary Russian version, New Testament

Chinese New Version Bible

Japanese Shinkaiyaku Bible

Japanese Kogoyaku Bible (added after official release)

Korean Revised Version (added after official release)

Thai Holy Bible (1971) (added after official release)

Cosmades New Testament (Turkish) (added after official release)

1689 London Baptist Confession (added after official release)

Belgic Confession (added after official release)

Heidelberg Catechism (added after official release)

Canons of Dort and Arminian Articles (added after official release)

Westminster Confession (CHM version) (added after official release)

Afrikaans 1983 Translation

New study guides

New electronic help

More New Features in BibleWorks 8

Clipboard formatting options enhanced

Customizable cross-references

Semantic domain searching from Command Line

Search on user-created verse lists

Command Line dropdown showing all lemmas/words as you type

Command Line controls enhanced

SBL Greek Unicode font (added after official release)

Spell-checking in Editor

“Search for lemma+homonym” added to context menu of Browse window

Search Window hits enhanced with checkboxes

Search Window search order presets

Popup copy window enhancements

Browse Window version/book/chapter/verse selectors enhanced

Analysis Window content limited by word frequency (great for students!)

Filter which fields are shown in Analysis Window and Tooltips (great for students!)

KWIC usability enhancements

Custom and uniform book sort orders

Tools menu re-organized

Options window enhanced

Internet Updater enhanced with automatic updates

Color highlight window enhanced

Version Database Compiler now supports any Code Page supported by Windows (Thai, Latvian/Lithuanian, Turkish, etc.)

Improved navigation of Leedy GNT diagrams

Diagram printing for a range of verses

Detailed Statistics Window enhancements


Databases Removed from BibleWorks 8

Many of the databases contained in BibleWorks are licensed from the copyright holders of those databases. On rare occasions we are unable to reach a mutually-satisfactory agreement with the licensor and items must be removed from BibleWorks or turned into extra-cost modules. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

The following list of databases contains items included in the base package of BibleWorks 7 which are no longer available from BibleWorks and which will not be included in later BibleWorks versions.

  • Word Pictures, A. T. Robertson
  • Basic Hebrew for Bible Study, Mark Futato
  • German Lutherbibel 1984

The following list of databases contains items included in the BibleWorks 7 base package which are no longer available in later versions of the BibleWorks base package, but which may be purchased separately.

  • A Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament, Barclay M. Newman, Jr.
  • A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, Bruce M. Metzger.
  • Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint, Lust-Eynikel-Hauspie.

If you are a registered user and are upgrading from BibleWorks 7 to BibleWorks 8, you will be sent free of charge a set of activation codes for the Metzger and Lust-Eynikel-Hauspie databases, and registered users upgrading from BibleWorks 7 or previous versions will be sent free of charge a set of activation codes for the Lutherbibel and Newman databases.

New Features and Databases Added in BibleWorks 7

New User Interface

The new BibleWorks interface is more intuitive and easier to use.

The BibleWorks user interface has been redesigned to work the way you work. When you are researching a particular topic you normally progress from searching, to browsing, and, finally, to analysis of particular words. The new interface is laid out in this order so that your work flow is more natural and intuitive.

Study Guides

Learn by example. Use the full power of BibleWorks.

New and experienced users will both appreciate the extensive set of task-oriented study guides that come with BibleWorks 7. Detailed instructions, complete with 4 hours of videos, will explain how to use BibleWorks to perform common tasks, like writing exegetical papers, searching Hebrew and Greek text and much more.

Key Word in Context (KWIC) / Collocation Table Module

Find recurring word usage patterns.

This new tool makes it easy to build key word in context lexicons and collocation tables for any word in any version. You will quickly uncover important phrases and word usage patterns often overlooked in standard searches.

Support for Unicode Hebrew & Greek

Export Greek and Hebrew text in the formats you need.

BibleWorks now supports both Unicode and non-Unicode Greek and Hebrew. Exporting Unicode is as simple as dragging highlighted text from BibleWorks to your word processor. Standard SBL and SIL Unicode Greek and Hebrew fonts are also included in the package.

Completely Rewritten Editor

Word and WordPad compatible.

In response to requests from many users, we have completely rewritten the BibleWorks editor from the ground up. It now has full support for Unicode and produces files that are fully compatible with Microsoft® Word and WordPad.

The new editor has an impressive list of features including full undo and redo, hypertext links, graphics inserts, RTL typing in Hebrew with left-wrapped text (Unicode only), a full array of text formatting options, a Unicode character input table, plus full integration with BibleWorks, and much more.

Satellite Maps

Locate any Biblical site with the click of a mouse.

BibleWorks comes with a set of beautiful satellite maps that you have to see to believe! The collection includes a full set of editable site and terrain overlays for major locations in Israel and Egypt, along with detailed overhead and elevation data and a comprehensive list of 1300+ archaeological sites. You can even create your own map views, select sites to display, annotate key locations and trace journeys or battle lines.

Improved Lexicon Links

Find the right lexical entry every time.

The tables that BibleWorks uses to bring up the right lexical entry when you place the mouse cursor over a Hebrew word have been carefully proofed and revised. This extensive revision resulted in nearly 50,000 corrections! All lexicons now have hypertext links for Scripture references and are also indexed so you can find all citations of a particular verse with the click of a mouse.

Shorter Lexicon of the Greek New Testament, 2nd Edition

Edited by F. Wilbur Gingrich & Frederick William Danker

This one-volume digest provides easy access to reliable and brief definitions, interpretations of most variants and many of the conjugational and declensional forms that can frustrate readers of the New Testament. Gingrich and Danker’s revision was created not only for experienced ministers and scholars, but also for students.

Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, Second Edition

Bruce M. Metzger

In his commentary, Metzger explains why one alternate reading was chosen over others when translators for the United Bible Society prepared the Greek New Testament, Fourth Edition. Not only does his analysis provide a look at different interpretations, but it also helps illuminate the process and challenges of textual criticism.

Greek New Testament Diagrams

Randy Leedy

This original work by Randy Leedy of Bob Jones University provides diagrams and explanatory notes for every verse in the New Testament. Includes free updates as new portions of the series are published.

A Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint, Volumes 1 & 2

J. Lust, E. Eynikel & K. Hauspie with the collaboration of G. Chamberlain

The first lexicon concentrating entirely on the Septuagint, this work occupies a pivotal place in modern exegetical study. Entries contain morphological tags.

A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research, 3rd edition

A. T. Robertson

Robertson’s grammar provides nearly 1500 pages of detailed notes for the advanced student and professor. In spite of more recent advances in the study of New Testament Greek, Robertson remains the advanced reference grammar by which all other New Testament Greek grammars are measured.

The CATSS/Tov Hebrew-Greek Parallel Alignment Module

The Revised CATSS Hebrew/Greek Text (Tov-Polak, 2005) is a revision of the Parallel Aligned Text of the Greek and Hebrew Bible, edited by Emanuel Tov. The Hebrew text has been collated with the BHS text/morphology in BibleWorks and includes an updated version of the textual notes in the original alignment. This is an essential tool both for New and Old Testament studies.

A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament: Based on the Lexical Work of Ludwig Koehler and Walter Baumgartner

W.L. Holladay, editor

By eliminating biographical references and specialized technical information, Holladay created an English, abridged version of Koehler and Baumgartner’s Lexicon in Veteris Testamenti Libros that all students need to translate Old Testament passages. Some reviewers have called this the best Hebrew reference tool available.

Holman Christian Standard Bible

Introduced in April 2004, the Holman Christian Standard Bible was created to provide a fresh rendering of God’s Word directly from the original languages. An emphasis was placed on combining an accurate translation with contemporary use of the English language and a clear, reader-friendly style.

NET Bible, First Edition

An innovative translation by evangelicals who sought to represent the meaning of Biblical texts as accurately as possible, the NET Bible features about 60,000 notes on textual criticism, lexical issues and exegesis.

Greek Apostolic Fathers


This new resource contains the Greek text of the Apostolic Fathers, with full morphological analysis by A. Gieniusz. Includes an English translation by Philip Schaff.

TEXTKRITIK des Neuen Testaments

Caspar Rene Gregory

A heavily-annotated bibliography of New Testament manuscripts up to the year 1909, including Tischendorf, Gregory and von Soden designations for the papyri, uncials, minuscules and lectionaries.

Grammar of Septuagint Greek

F.C. Conybeare & St. G. Stock

Not only an indispensable reference resource, Grammar of Septuagint Greek is also an ideal reader for anyone wishing to study the Septuagint in the original language. A reprint of the standard Septuagint grammar originally titled Selections from the Septuagint, this invaluable volume includes: an extensive introduction to the origin, inspiration, date, supremacy, and Greek of the Septuagint; the grammar proper with major sections covering accidence and syntax; and extensive selected readings with in-depth introductions and full textual and grammatical notes——especially helpful for the student of New Testament Greek wishing to develop language skills through reading less familiar texts.

Greek Enchiridion: A Concise Handbook of Grammar and Exegesis

William G. MacDonald

The Enchiridion summarizes the fundamentals of Greek grammar and syntax in handbook format. It serves as a concise reference manual for anyone who has been introduced to Greek by an introductory textbook and is ready to work at translation and exegesis.

Old Testament Quotations in the New Testament

G.L. Archer & G.C. Chirichigno

New Testament verses quoting the Old Testament are brought together with parallel Old Testament and Septuagint citations and commentary.

Works of Philo (Greek Text, Morphology, and English Translation)

P. Borgen, K. Fuglseth & R. Skarsten

The Greek text and morphology of the Works of Philo are important resources for word and background studies. Updates to the Greek morphology may be downloaded for free as they become available.

New Living Translation, Second Edition

A vibrant translation created to capture the constantly-changing use of English language and idioms.

Nova Vulgata

The Nova Vulgata is the official Latin version of the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church has declared that the Nova Vulgata is "an auxilliary tool . . . to maintain the tradition of interpretation that is proper to the Latin Liturgy."

Targum Update

The Targums not available in the last version are now provided in BibleWorks 7.

Complete Jewish Bible

The only complete English version fully Jewish in style and presentation, following the Hebrew order of the Tanakh and using original Hebrew proper names.

Beginner’s Grammar of the Greek New Testament

William Hersey Davis

A classical textbook in Greek morphology, Davis's work presents the precise eight-case system not often found today.

Bible Afrikaans, 1953

Bulgarian Bible

Castilian Spanish version from Herder Editorial, S.A., Barcelona

Charles, OT Pseudepigrapha English translation

Chinese Union Version (Big 5 and Simplified)

Croatian Bible

Die Bibel (German Herder Translation)

English Revised Version, 1881/1885

GOD’S WORD® translation

Greek New Testament Text of the Greek Orthodox Church

James, NT Apocrypha English translation

Korean Revised Version Bible

Metaglottisis modern Greek New Testament translation, with footnotes

Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)

Polish Biblia Gdanska, 1632

Portuguese SBP Modern Language Translation

Schlachter 2000 Bible

Svenska Folkbibeln

Swahili New Testament

Swedish Bibel 82/Bibel 2000

Turkish Bible

Van Dyke Arabic Bible

Willibrordvertaling modern Dutch translations, 1978 & 1995 editions

The Etheridge (1849), Lewis (1896), Magiera (2005), Murdock (1851) and Norton (1881) NT Peshitta translations


Other New Modules Added in BibleWorks 7 (require unlocks)

New Testament Peshitta Collection

Features a new translation by Janet Magiera, plus glosses, a new lexicon and morphological tags.

Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament

Horst Balz & Gerhard Schneider

Landmark work provides a guide to word usage, in-depth explanation of significant words and a grouping of words related by root and meaning.

Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature

Friedrich Blass, Albert Debrunner & Robert W. Funk

Considered by many to be the standard Greek grammar, this volume places Biblical language in the cultural context of Hellenistic Greek and classical norms.

The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts

Philip W. Comfort & David P. Barrett

Texts of all the earliest New Testament Greek manuscripts found to date are provided with accuracy and superb documentation.

A Primer of Biblical Greek

N. Clayton Croy

A solid introduction used extensively in colleges and seminaries.

A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, 2006 edition

Paul Joüon, S.J. and Takamitsu Muraoka

Newly revised, this edition provides important orthography, phonetic, morphology, and syntax information for intermediate and advanced Hebrew students. Included are numerous indices, paradigms, a bibliography, and a history of Biblical Hebrew and Hebrew grammar. The BibleWorks edition includes hyperlinks and popups for Scripture passages and extensive hyperlinks between sections.

Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (Abridged)

Gerhard Kittel & Gerhard Friedrich, editors, abridged by Geoffrey W. Bromiley

The one-volume edition of the classic theological dictionary focuses on Biblical usage and makes New Testament insights more accessible.

A Greek-English Lexicon, 9th Revised Edition

Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, Henry Stuart Jones & Robert McKenzie

The most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of classical Greek provides invaluable help for word studies.

Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament

James H. Moulton & George Milligan

Reprinted many times, Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament provides the background of words, based largely on ancient Greek papyri of the period. Now available!

Grieschisch-deutsches Taschenwörterbuch zum Neuen Testament, 8th Edition

Erwin Preuschen

Basic vocabulary and specific constructions of the New Testament.

Grammar of Palestinian Jewish Aramaic

William Barron Stevenson

An important resource for New Testament and Talmudic studies giving a traditional introduction to the language. Now available!

Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew, 2nd Edition

Jacob Weingreen

A valuable introduction to classical Hebrew, this volume includes many examples helpful for students and scholars.

Biblical Greek

Maximilian Zerwick, translated by Joseph Smith

Written to encourage ministers to consult the original Greek, with examples and particular attention to syntax. Now available!

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