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An introduction to using BibleWorks software.
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About the BibleWorks Guide

BibleWorks is a bible software program available for PCs and Macs (in a limited form).  Candler School of Theology has a license for the software, adn installations are available in the computer lab on the top floor of the library and in the Media Center on the basement level.  This guide will show you how to perform some common Bible search and display functions using BibleWorks.

Getting Help

You have two best friends when using BibleWorks, the F1 key and the right-click menu. 

The F1 key will give you context-specific help on any item in BibleWorks. If you are confused about what a button does, or if you do not know what an abbreviation means, simply hover your cursor over the item in question and press F1. This will open the BibleWorks help menu to the discussion of this particular item.

The right-click menus in BibleWorks are also context-specific. For options in a given window or text, simply right click in that area. Most of the right-click menus re-create options available in the top-level menus of BibleWorks.


    Command Line Shortcuts

    . AND search
    / OR search
    ! NOT search
    ' Phrase search
    ? Wildcard -- one character
    * Wildcard -- multiple characters
    Esc Clears command line


    up and down arrows Cycle previous commands
    xxx Change search version to xxx (e.g., NRS, NIV)
    d xxx Add xxx version to display
    d -xxx Remove xxx from display
    d c Clear display
    p xxx yyy zzz Display versions in paralell
    l joh Limit search to the book of John

    BibleWorks Default Interface

    The default interface of BibleWorks is organized into three columns. 

    A. The Search Window: Use this window to enter Biblical texts or words in the command line. Searches will be performed on the version indicated in the green box (LXT in the example above)

    • To search for a specific verse (or chapter), enter the name of the book (or abbreviation), followed by the chapter and verse. The system is "smart," so it recognizes multiple abbreviations (e.g. "Gen 1:1," "Genesis 1:1," "Gen 1.1," etc.)
    • To search for a specific word in a version, start by typing a period and then the word you are looking for. A dropdown will appear listing all the words in the search version. Either click a word listed below or press "Enter" to execute the search.
      • Verses that contain the search term will appear below the command line in the Search Window. 
      • To see the verse in context, click the line of the appropriate version and that verse will populate the Browse Window (B).

    B. The Browse Window: This is the primary text display window of BibleWorks. The Browse Window functions in two Browse modes: the individual verse Mode and the context mode. To switch between the two, click the Toggle button, the one with the two feet ( ).

    • The individual verse mode will display a given text (the one referenced at the top of the column) in one or many versions.
      • To add a version, click the dropdown of the current version and navigate to and select the new, desired version.
      • To remove a version, right-click the abbreviation of the version name (LXT, e.g.) and select "Remove This Version from Display List"
    • The context mode will show the desired verse in its literary context, in the selected version. To change the version display, click the version abbreviation in the dropdown at the top of the column and navigate to and select the new, desired version.

    C. The Analysis Window: This third window displays details about a particular verse or pericope, related to the version that is current selected in the Browse Window (LXT in this case). The analysis window will change based on which version is selected, and the notes will change depending on which verse is in "focus." If the Browse Window is in the individual verse mode, this will not change. If, however, the Browse Window is in the context mode, the Analysis Window will change as the user moves the cursor across various verses.

    • To "freeze" the details in the Analysis Window, press and hold the shift key while moving the cursor to the Analysis Window.
    • Over the years, the number of tabs has increased. If this becomes overwhelming, click the red arrow on the right side of the top menu to split the Analysis Window into two. To switch it back to one window, click the red arrow again.


    Paste a verse into another document

    Highlight the verse in the Results Window, right click, and choose the option "Copy String to Clipboard."  You can now paste the verse into your document.


    Purchase BibleWorks

    You can purchase BibleWorks and expansion modules directly from the company. An individual copy of the basic collection costs $359. Purchases can be made online with a credit card, and the software is delivered as a DVD.

    BibleWorks does offer a significant bulk purchase discount (~$100 off each copy), if the number of copies purchased exceeds 10. Contact the library ( for inquiries about this discount. BibleWorks comes with a full 30-day money back guarantee.

    Texts Available on BibleWorks at Pitts

    At the library, we have purchased modules that we think are most helpful for patrons of the library.  If there is a module BibleWorks makes available (see list here) that we do not have, please contact a Reference Librarian and we can discuss purchasing the module. Below is a list of frequently-used primary texts (this is a small subset of all the texts available) available in BibleWorks at Pitts:

    English Language Bibles:

    • American Standard Version (ASV)
    • Douay-Rheims (1899)
    • English Standard Version (ESV)
    • Jewish Publication Society 1917)
    • King James Apocrypha (KJA)
    • King James Version (KJV)
    • Brenton's English LXX (LXE)
    • New American Standard Bible (1995) (NAU)
    • New English Translation (NET)
    • New International Version (NIV)
    • New Jerusalem Bible (NJB)
    • New Living Translation (NLT)
    • New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
    • Old Testament Pseudepigrapha in English (Charles) (OTP)
    • Revised Standard Version (RSV)
    • Today's New International Version (TNIV)
    • Jewish Publication Society TNK (1985) (TNK)

    International Bibles (a small subset amongst many translations)

    • Luther's Deutsche Bibel (LUO)
    • Schlachter's German (2000) (SCL)
    • Korena Revised Version (KRV)
    • Reina-Valera Actualizada Spanish Version (1989) (RVA)

    Greek Bibles

    • Greek New Testament (NA27)
    • Greek Morphology
    • Greek LXX (Rahlf's) (LXT)
    • Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and Morphology

    Hebrew Bibles

    • Leningrad Hebrew Bible
    • Westminster Morphology

    Latin Bibles

    • Vulgate

    Apostolic Fathers

    • Greek Text
    • Greek Morphology
    • Latin Translation
    • English Translation (Roberts from the Ante-Nicene Fathers)


    • Greek Text
    • Greek Morphology
    • Latin Translation
    • English Translation (Whiston)


    • Greek Text
    • Greek Morphology
    • English Translation (Jonge)

    Hebrew/Aramaic Texts

    • Targum Cairo Geniza Text and Morphology
    • Targum Neofiti Text and Morphology
    • Targum Pseudo-Jonathan Text and Morphology
    • Targumim Text and Morphology


      If Hebrew words reverse order when you paste them into Word, there is a solution.

      In Windows XP, click on the Start Button and then:

      1. Select Settings and Control Panel
      2. Switch to CLassic View
      3. Click on the Regional and Language Applet
      4. Click on the Languages Tab
      5. At the botton check the box titled "Install files for complex and right-to-left languages"
      6. After that is done click on "Details" and add the Hebrew keyboard

      If that does not work,  Ask a Librarian for assistance or consult the BibleWorks help forums.

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