Monday, August 11, 2014

Essential software for postgraduate biblical research

I’ve spoken about all of these on my blog before, but to sum up: there are three I would focus on:

BW1) Bibleworks 9 – simply the best for textual analysis, work with the original languages and such like. This is essential. I have had a few – for me – fairly major insights using the search functions this offers. It has helped that I added on a number of lexicons and the DSS.

 

Log2) Logos 5 – simply the best for secondary material, dictionaries, commentaries and such like. It can also manage original language analysis. I have Philo, the Word Commentary series, the Anchor Bible Dictionary and much more besides. There is nothing like looking up material in secondary resources with this gem. 

 

NB3) For word-processing, I have used Notabene, together with a bibliography I inherited from Max Turner, my supervisor, who inherited his, I believe, from Charlie Moule. Tom Wright and Mark Nanos are two scholars who also use this software. I can’t tell you how much time I have saved with the features this software has in place.

 

* I’ve added links on my sidebar to their respective webpages.

7 Comments:

At 8/11/2014 9:30 PM, Blogger James Goetz said...

I've been dreaming of affording Logos gold for decades....

 
At 8/12/2014 4:57 AM, Anonymous Abram K-J said...

Have you tried Accordance or Scrivener?

 
At 8/12/2014 4:45 PM, Blogger ibexdr said...

A hearty AMEN

 
At 8/12/2014 4:46 PM, Blogger ibexdr said...

A hearty AMEN

 
At 8/12/2014 11:32 PM, Anonymous TorreyS said...

To 1: Amen
To 2+3: Amen,amen

 
At 8/26/2014 4:08 AM, Blogger Nick Norelli said...

I gave a trial version of Nota Bene a shot after you mentioned it to me years back when you were writing your PhD. I couldn't get the hang of it so I let it fall by the wayside, never to think about it again.

BibleWorks and Logos on the other hand are fantastic and I make regular use of each, although I've been using Accordance more than BibleWorks these days.

 
At 10/26/2014 10:30 PM, OpenID craigbenno1 said...

Sadly, all I can afford is Esword. Works well for me.

 

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