This is an article I’ve wanted to write for a long time. Without exception, the best Bible software is all written by – and aimed to –theological progressives. Doesn’t sound bad? Read that “Bible Deniers” and “Unsaved.”
The big problem I’ve got with this is of course that no matter how theologically sound you are, stuff like that begins to affect you.
So, today we’re talking about Bible software written by Fundamentalists. For Fundamentalists.
I’ll preface this by saying if you’re the kind of person who can’t rest if your house is untidy, then you need to get Fundamentalist Bible software. All three reviewed today have the cleanest, neatest interfaces in Bible software.
This is the reigning King of Fundamentalist software. No, it cannot do a tenth of what Logos does, but I don’t think Brandon Staggs is losing sleep over it. He wanted a Bible software that really does what it should: Go to a Bible verse, and see all the commentaries, Bible dictionaries and books in your library that talk about that at once.
Swordsearcher is a little unusual, in that most Bible software is written around Strong’s. However, Swordsearcher is not only coded around the Strong’s at its base, but also around Webster’s 1828! This means that you have the added benefit of seeing the definitions of the English words within their Biblical context. It’s a feature I’ve striven mightily to have built into Word search and Logos, and given up. I asked for Webster’s 1828, and they answer they’ve got the Merriam-Webster’s. Well, if you like seeing your English definitions outside of their Biblical context, sure – that would be okay. But if you’re a Christian, why would you want that??? Oh, right, the theological progressive thing.
If I could think of one word for Swordsearcher, it is “functional”. I can’t think of a better word for it. One price, and you get a massive library, a clean interface (one of the cleanest and neatest in the business), you get an instant glimpse into both the lemma and the manuscript of both Greek AND Hebrew (Quickverse, it’s major competitor for years, only gave you the Greek definitions), and you also get an instant glimpse into the English words as well.
Swordsearcher is designed with your Bible study in mind. Type in the beginning of any Bible phrase, and Swordsearcher immediately begins suggesting search terms. So if you know the “Blessed are the peacemakers”, but can’t remember it’s Matthew 5, then Swordsearcher will tell you in a hurry. My commentary on Romans is going VERY quickly, because of this feature.
The instructions show how to create your own topical Bible and your own commentary, and Brandon Staggs recommends you do just that. I like the Swordsearcher way of letting you know you’ve got a comment on a verse by the little four diamonds a lot better than the Logos little yellow squares. You get enough notes and sermons on Matthew 5, and you end up with sixty-two little yellow boxes, and now you have to start changing the colors of those.
To write Sermons in Swordsearcher, you create a user book, put your sermon template on page 1, and then create additional entries. Just copy and paste your template into each new entry you create, and then write your sermon inside it.
Is it better than E-Sword? I think so. E-Sword has unintentionally copied (or perhaps intentionally) many of Swordsearcher’s features, but without copying the interface, it still misses out on where Swordsearcher excels.
Swordsearcher is $60.
If you’ve been reading this for a while, you know that Bible Analyzer is completely different. I wouldn’t use it as a stand-alone Bible program, since its note taking system is not up to snuff – but if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I always tell you every saved Christian on earth needs Bible Analyzer.
Want to know how many capital letters are in the Bible? It’ll tell you. Need to know what’s the most repeated word in Romans 10? Bible Analyzer will tell you. Want to see the first reference of every word within a verse? Bible Analyzer will tell you.
You need this program. Free.
King James Pure Bible Search
Someone got a little upset with me because I pointed out this is a program for Ruckmanites/Gail Riplinger followers. I can’t help that – it is what it is. You get the King James Bible, and well – that’s it. No Strongs, no Hebrew, no Greek. No commentaries, no add ons, no nuthin’. And they explain it in this way…
I’m going to say this. If you had ten years to really go through the Bible, and you wanted to find ALL cross references, and had nothing to go by – this program is for you. I was a HUGE fan of the fact you can make your own cross references. Alas, I have so much work to do, and so little time to do it, that.
If you just want the King James Bible and NOTHING else besides the Webster’s 1828 and rudimentary note taking, then this program is for you. If you’ve read Gail Riplinger and believe the nonsense she’s written in the “Toxic” book, this program is for you.
These are the three Fundamentalist Bible programs. Swordsearcher and Bible Analyzer are very good, and King James Pure Bible Search is very good for what it is. Two are free, Swordsearcher is not.
Bottom Line: I’d get at least Swordsearcher and Bible Analyzer. If you refuse to use any commentaries, Strong’s or any other tools, then the King James Pure Bible Search is the program for you.