Monday, January 10, 2005

Software: e-Bible

If you've looked closely at Bible software, you've surely noticed the majority of programs out there are chock full of outdated resources (honestly, how many people still use the KJV as a serious study Bible?). That's because there never was any copyright on the resources or the resources have long since passed into the public domain. To be sure, there are a number of quality Bible software packages on the market, but as a rule, they're mighty pricey and often contain lots of material for which you just don't have the need.

If price is your main concern, but you'd still like to be able to get a package that has some resources that aren't terribly old or odd, try the freeware Bible software called e-Sword, available via download at www.e-sword.net. A number of decent Bible translations are there (TEV [Good News], CEV, The Message, etc.) along with a large number of foreign language translations (including Spanish) and a number of older English versions (Geneva, KJV, ASV, etc.). And though not the latest texts, there are Greek, Hebrew and Latin (Vulgate) resources. See the list of Bible texts at: www.e-sword.net/bibles.html.

You'll also find several time-tested (though a bit long-in-the-tooth) study aids (Robertson's Word Pictures, Vincent's Word Studies, the original International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, etc.). There are also some helpful Bible atlases and other graphics, too. And the overall array of misc. resources is extensive (www.e-sword.net/extras.html)

Yes, there are some odd/awful resources you might want to avoid (Darby's Bible, the Amplified Bible, etc., but remember, this is a modular program - you only download the portions of the program you actually want so there's no excess "bloat" on your computer.

To top it off, it has a very user friendly interface and is an easy install. No bloat, the price is right, it's easy-to-use and it's actually helpful. Two thumbs up for e-Sword!