Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians,
for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the
Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true
1.31n Dec 29,'08
- Summary of information about other Bible software
This is only a partial list. LcdBible isn't for everyone, so I've included links
to browse some of what is available. There are some comments included related to their strong points, but not
extensive. Software changes and evolves, so some of these observations may become
obsolete [this page last updated on 2004-Jul-06].
- List of commercial Bible software with which I'm more or less familiar
- List of freeware Bible software with which I'm more or less familiar
- Criteria by which to evaluate which Bible software is suitable for you
- Non-objective distinctives of LcdBible compared to other Bible software
- Freeware Bible software
- In the beginning was The Word
Fast and very usable with great features. Developed by a LcdBible collaborator (Hi Costas :-)
with a version specifically for Greek users.
- The CrossWire Bible Society
Linux and Windows. Very comprehensive resources (Bibles, commentaries, non-English texts, etc).
Open Source GPL.
Very comprehensive resources (Bibles, commentaries, non-English texts, etc).
- Commercial (and/or shareware) Bible software
- Other Bible software (not clear to me if commercial/shareware or freeware)
- Online Bible
- E4 (no free download; shipping + handling)
- CBS Christian Bible Scholar
Fast and very usable with great features. Developed by a LcdBible collaborator (Hi David :-).
Free and shareware versions available.
- Evaluation criteria
- Cost. Some is free or very low cost. Others can cost many hundreds or even thousands of $.
- Bible text availability. The most popular, best known modern English Bibles tend to
only be available from commercial Bible software (NIV, NKJV, etc.) There is typically
a hefty licensing fee to make these Bibles available.
There are a large number of lesser known modern English Bibles that have restricted
availability (such as MKJV, KJ21, LITV, etc).
Several freeware Bible websites have made arrangements to make these Bibles
available while still maintaining the publishers' intellectual property. This is
typically done with compression and/or encryption. You can use these Bible texts
within the associated software, but not distribute otherwise.
Also, there are quite a few public domain Bible texts, These tend to be older Bibles
for which any copyright has expired (KJV, ASV, etc.) or modern English Bibles which were specifically
translated with the intent of making them freely available (AKJV, BBE, WEB, etc).
- Availability of Bible in non-English languages. There is a wide range in this category.
To my limited awareness, e-Sword and The CrossWire Bible Society are the leaders in this category.
- Scholar capabilities. Fuller featured Bible software provides links to commentaries,
dictionaries, maps, devotionals, word studies, etc. Some of these resources are
public domain, but many have their own copyright restrictions.
- Other features: footnotes, cross references, note-taking, etc.
- Your level of computer literacy. There tends to be a tradeoff between number of features
and ease of use. For the less than computer literate person, some of the Bible software
can be rather baffling to get started with.
- Ease of use. Even if you are relatively computer literate, some Bible software is
intuitive and some isn't.
- Performance of your computer. Some fuller featured Bible software may be quite sluggish
on less than modern computers. It can take a minute or more to load/launch, and the
Search function can be almost unusable because it takes so long.
- Internet connectivity and download size. There is a wide range of how big the
Starter Kit is for Bible software. With a fast, broadband Internet connection,
this is less of a factor. If your Internet connection is slow, unreliable, and/or
expensive, it can be a real concern with 10 meg files and larger.
Note that the resources are typically BIG files. A plaintext New Testament plus
Old Testament is about 4 meg (compresses drastically to about 1 meg). If you anticipate
acquiring a relatively full set of Bible texts, commentaries, and other resources,
the cummulative downloads can get to 100's of megabytes.
- Computer other than Windows. If you are using a Macintosh or Linux, your choices
are restricted compared to Windows.
- Support. Some freeware is not much more than a hobby to its developer(s).
- Open Source and collaborative development.
- LcdBible strong points compared to other Bible software (not objective :-)
See home page, but a restatement is that LcdBible is free, very intuitive
(basic features are easy to use),
very fast on dinosaur computers,
and involves a quite small download for the Starter Kit.
- What limitations does LcdBible have?
A lot. Mea culpa.
As of ver 2.00n [Mar, 2005], there are no provisions for commentaries,
note taking, or dictionaries.
Only a limited number of public domain Bibles are usable. Other freeware Bibles
have many more Bible texts available.
LcdBible doesn't use embedded tags to delineate paragraphs, Strong's numbers,
words of Christ in red, footnotes, cross-references, etc.
Realistically, if you are computer literate, want to do relatively
sophisticated things with Bible software, have a relatively modern computer,
need modern English Bible translation that aren't public domain (NIV, ESV, NKJV, etc.),
and have an adequate budget,
there are better choices besides LcdBible. Otherwise, LcdBible will probably
meet your needs quite satisfactorily.
God is pleased when followers of the Lord Jesus Christ have a growing
knowledge of His Bible, His Son, and His message of salvation and
repentance for a lost and dying world.