I’ve used BibleWorks software on my computer since college. I’ve found it very helpful and fairly easy to use once I got the hang of it (there is a little bit of a learning curve to find the BibleWorks way of doing things, but it’s not too bad). It was extremely useful when I was taking Greek last year. BibleWorks is designed primarily around the biblical text itself. It has quite a few English translations, along with multiple Greek and Hebrew texts and language references. But what it doesn’t have is commentaries or much other reference material that is not closely related to the biblical text itself. That’s what makes Logos a great companion product.

I recently picked up a copy of Logos when CBD was having a sale. It’s another Bible-related software package, but instead of being so optimized for the study of biblical texts, it’s more of an electronic library. You can purchase several different levels of the product to start out with, each containing various numbers of electronic texts, and then you can add individual titles or packages at any time from there. They have all kinds of things available, including dictionaries, outlines, topical guides, atlases, word studies, historical and archaeological information, and devotionals. I purchased one of the larger initial sets, and then I’ve added quite a few commentary sets on top of that. I also eventually ended up buying several of the language references that I already had for BibleWorks in the Logos format so that I could have them available in both programs. It’s kind of a drag to buy the same thing twice just in two different formats, but having references like the BDAG (Greek lexicon) and HALOT (Hebrew lexicon) available with a single click in each product is extremely convenient.

So while I still love BibleWorks and everything that it offers, I’ve really found Logos to be a great second program to have alongside it. If I had to choose just one I would probably select BibleWorks (largely because of my interest in the original languages), but I’m very glad that I don’t have to choose one or the other.

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