Recommendations: (for details, see below):
Accordance is the easiest to use and most powerful. It is less pretty and slightly slower on the PC because of the emulator.
It exports Greek & Hebrew in Unicode, so that you can create documents which are future-proofed and readable on PC or Mac.
BibleWorks is what I use mainly on a PC, mostly because it starts up quicker than Accordance on a PC, and has most of the same tools.
Libronix is necessary because it has exclusive rights to so many important works, but personally I don't like the interface.
Online Bible is useful on one of my old laptops, because it is so fast. Basic searches only, but that's all you need for sermon writing.
Sword online is just the thing when you are at an internet computer. Its Web 2 programming means that it can have pop-up lexicons and parsing.
BiblePlus on the Palm is what I used most. In my pocket I carry: various Bibles in English, Hebrew, and Greek (with basic parsing & lexicon); Targums in Aramaic & English; complete Josephus, Philo and even Nag Hammadi. Views two versions at once with a split screen. All free!
The free Bible software is remarkably good, and sometimes faster and easier to use than the commercial equivalents.
Online Bible - not pretty, but very fast even on old computers
- very many free Bibles & tools, incl. Greek & unpointed Hebrew plus copyrighted translations for a small fee
Many sites with useful collections for download, eg: here and here
E-Sword - much prettier, and a little slower
- includes most texts available for Online Bible plus more Greek
The Sword - (different from the above!) for PC, MAC, & Linux
- includes most texts available for Online Bible plus a Greek LXX with gramatical and lexical tags and many translations
Bible Database - a new and promising project for PC & Web
MTR - DOS program for Hebrew texts - Bible, Talmud, Tg Onqelos, Mishneh Torah etc
Davar - Pointed Hebrew text with linked lexicons - a remarkable free program. Takes getting used to.
The price of these packages is largely due to royalty fees on the modules. When you count up the cost of the equivalent books, all of these are a bargain.
Biblical scholars are pampered. Unlike almost any other discipline, all our primary texts and most of our background texts are easily available with full searching and parsing facilities. The software keeps getting better, at such a bewildering speed that packages are hard to compare.
The top five:
Libronix (Logos) the big one - for PCs and soon for Macs. Still growing in size and sophistication.
Accordance the pretty one - for Macs and PC with emulator. Does everything, and remains easy to use.
BibleWorks the all-in one - for PCs. Does everything, but takes time to learn.
Gramcord the old one - very good, but it lags behind the competition.
Pradis (Zondervan) the sturdy one - this may grow into something significant.
John Glynn has produced a wonderful review of the top five commercial Bible Software packages.
(he is the author of the Commentary & Reference Survey, Kregel, 2003)
Bibloi (was Bible Windows) - for PC, good texts.
AnyText - for Mac, good fonts.
Theophilus - for PC, cheap.
QuickVerse - for PC, friendly.
Theolphilus - for PC, with cartoons!
The modules in free Bible software have migrated to the web, as well as some commercial Bible texts which free software cannot supply.
Scholarly texts with parsing & lexicons:
The Sword online is becoming the best Bible on the web. Its Web 2 programming gives almost-instant pop-up lexicons and parsing.
eg see OT in parallel Greek, Hebrew & English LXX & MT or NT in parallel Greek & English with linked parsing
BlueLetter Bible - OT & NT, very good links incl. full Thayer and Gesenius lexicons
StudyLight - Hebrew BHS, LXX, NA26, linked to lexicons, with English. Fast.
Greek NT with Variants - multiple Greek editions & MSS, with variants, linked to very good lexical aids.
Perseus Greek NT - W&H ed. with links to superb lexicons & grammatical analysis. (If down, try Chicago, Berlin, Oxford)
BibleBrowser - nice multi-version concordance, and lexicons linked to Hebrew & Greek. Useful layout.
The Online Greek Bible - NT only, click on any word for lexicon & morphology
OliveTree Bibles - search Greek & Hebrew, eg seach for hilasmos
PDAs now run software as sophisticated as early PCs, and many Bible packages are available. Some of the best are free.
Palm BiblePlus - the best free bible software on PDAs
* View two versions at once (eg LXX in Greek & English)
* Search for words in English or original language
* Make bookmarks with descriptive titles
* Tyndale Scholar's kit - collection & instructions for Palm OS5 (or for high-res Clei with OS4 see here)
* includes Bibles in English, Greek, Hebrew & Aramaic; Josephus, Philo, Nag Hammadi; Lexicons for Greek, Hebrew, Latin. And more.
* academic texts from McLean, Sudbury BC, Joseph Park, Chan, Darlack, NTCS, Mechon,
Commercial programs have to be really good, with this free competition:
Olive Tree - all PDAs. Sscholarly Gramcord texts, with integrated parsing & lexicons. Very comprehensive.
Bible With You - Palm & Pocket PC. Scholarly Accordance texts, with parsing. Very fast.
Laridian (Zondervan) - all PDAs, NIV text and many others.
Quickverse - Palm & Pocket PC.
See the comparative review of commercial packages.
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