BibleWorks is still my go-to Bible software for some of my most important exegetical tasks:
- Searching multiple translations at once
- Comparing multiple translations of one verse at once
- Taking notes
I have a friend who is selling BibleWorks along with some excellent resources for a good price. For $500, you’d get:
- BibleWorks 9 ($359)
- Metzger ($20)
- BDAG and HALOT ($212)
- ESV Study Bible ($20)
- Mac Native Key ($6)
You need not have a Mac, of course, to run this—but if you do, you can run it natively in OS X. That’s what I do.
A few more notes:
- BDAG is the standard Greek lexicon. You need it in your standard Bible software, and BibleWorks makes it super easy to use.
- HALOT is the standard Hebrew lexicon. You need it in your standard Bible software, and BibleWorks makes it super easy to use.
- The ESV Study Bible is, out of all the Bibles I’ve ever had, definitely the biggest. I actually do use it–as a quick-reference commentary, basically.
- Metzger’s Textual Commentary is a valuable tool for textual criticism. I consult it when I want a brief prose-narrative summary of what the apparatus in the UBS or Nestle-Aland is saying.
For $500, essentially you’re getting BibleWorks for the normal price ($359) but getting some standard tools for a marked down price of $141. I have literally never seen BDAG and HALOT for a marked down price—I once spent $125 for just BDAG.
Please contact me right away if this appeals to you. $500 is a chunk of money, but I believe that no serious student of the original languages should be without good Bible software. And I have relied on BibleWorks heavily for over ten years. I commend it to you. This is the best price you’ll get for BibleWorks and these resources.