BibleWorks 8 is a bible software program available for PCs and Macs. Candler School of Theology has a license five simultaneous instances; these can be accessed 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 8.
Command Line Shortcuts
|?||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 8 screenshot
Locate a verse of a Bible in a particular translation
1. First select the Bible version to view. To do this, left click on the Version Button (to the left of the search command box). Here you find options to "Choose Display Versions." For example, if you want to display the New Revised Standard Version. you would left click on the Version Button, select "Choose Display Versions," view under the "English" versions, and click on the matching checkbox (NRS).
2. After choosing your display versions, left click on the Command Line and type book, chapter, verse (e.g., 1 John 1:1). [The command line also accepts shorthand citations, e.g., "1jo 1 1".] The verse appears in the Results Window (in the center section of the screen) in each of the "Display Versions" you selected.
Read a verse in its context
Click on the "Toggle Browse Mode" option (the button with footprints) To view the individual verse again, click on the toggle button one more time.
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.
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.