Part 1 of this review can be found here: Exegesis.
I’m currently a PhD student in Systematic Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Part of the requirement for the PhD program is a reading knowledge of two research languages. In my dissertation, I plan to show the relationship between common grace and the atonement. Most of the discussion dealing with common grace comes from the Reformed Tradition. Thus, I need to develop a reading knowledge of the languages common to the Reformed Tradition–French, German, Latin, and Dutch. Furthermore, since my dissertation will include exegesis, I need to be able to handle Greek and Hebrew in a manner faithful to the text.
I’m also a full time pastor. I preach 3 times a week and teach one class on Sunday Evenings. I use BibleWorks 9 to prepare my sermons and teaching lessons. I’ve learned Greek and Hebrew in seminary, but if you don’t keep interacting with Greek and Hebrew, you can lose your knowledge of it. One feature of BibleWorks 9 is that you can use its parallel versions window to compare and contrast hundreds of Bible versions. All the Bible versions I need for scholarship, keeping up and increasing my knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, and learning my research languages are included with BibleWorks 9. Thus, with each sermon I prepare, I can read the text in Greek, Hebrew, English, French, German, Latin, and Dutch in order to increase my knowledge of the Biblical languages and to gain a gradual reading knowledge of my research languages (I’ll need to test out of 2 of them in about a year.).
Moreover, BibleWorks 9 also includes a flashcard tool. This tool includes flashcards for every Greek and Hebrew word in the Bible. Thus, with only a few minutes per day, I can gradually memorize the most-used Greek and Hebrew words in Scripture. Then, I can work my way out into less-used words until I am able to read and understand Greek and Hebrew while referring less and less to lexicons. Additionally, if there is any question concerning how to pronounce these Greek or Hebrew words, the flashcard tool includes a sound tool! John Schwandt sounds out the Greek, and Jan Verbruggen sounds out the Hebrew.
You can buy BibleWorks 9 here.
Introduction to BibleWorks