Bible Study Software
This web page will provide links to Bible Study software and Bible
Study systems that are available. It is work in progress. I intend
to provide a complete description for many of the programs mentioned
Cross is a new
data format for Bible book interchange. CROSS stands for Christian
Reference Open Software Standard. It is based on XML but most
documents are highly compressed and DRM controlled. I have many books
that are cross compatible.
Books and tools that support this format include:
- Word Search 9.0 from Word
Search Bible has developed the new data format, CROSS, for its
main programs. It has more that 14,000 volumes of books available and
more released every day. Prior to adopting this format change
WordSearch was Step compatible. WordSearch is complemented with a
Lesson Maker software page that can use special lesson packages and
all of the cross book. There is currently a promotion to replace Step
books owned by users to cross format.
- A free Bible Explorer
software package is available that will work with cross formatted
books. It is a subset of the functionality in word search Bible. This
program is often included with books from other publishers.
- Bible Navigator from
LifeWay.com is a cross
compatible Bible program.
- Doxa Digital
Press makes books that are cross compatible. They are dedicated to
publishing theological resources that are from a reformed perspective.
- Pleasant Places Press features
lesser known books that are still important.
- Dake Publishing features the DAKE
annotated reference Bible.
- Pastors.com features Rick Warren
Partners contains a list of other publishers of Cross books. Many
of these are available directly from Word Search Bible.
Step used to be a standard document interchange format between a
number of Bible Software companies. But today this support is limited
almost entirely to Parsons. I have many volumes of books that are STEP
- Bible Study Software
by Word Search Bible called Word Search 5.0 is my favorite
Step compatible software. There are two complementary programs,
one to study the Bible (WordSearch) and one to create lesson plans
for Sunday School or Sermons (LessonMaker).
- Parsons Church This
software is my second favorite. Two programs, one for Bible Study
(QuickVerse) and the best Bible mapping program available
(QuickVerse Map Editor). Note that the map editor is included
with QuickVerse and complements the Parsons Bible Atlas. (Parsons
is owned by Findex.)
- Quick Verse Bible Study
Software A second source for Parsons software.
- Kirkbride The Thompson
chain reference Bible.
Logos Library System
Logos has been replaced by the Libronix Digital Library
System. This is upward compatible with the older Logos system.
There is a wealth of data available for this system as well. The
Logos reader supports DDE and can work with programs like Parsons that
support DDE. DDE allows for data exchange thus you could have verse
syncing between two, otherwise, incompatible systems.
Books and tools in this format are available from:
Some products are available
that can be used directly in Acrobat reader which is freely
available. There are many books available in this format from sites
that offer ebooks (check my Ebook page for
more details. The companies that are specifically focused on Bible and
Bible study books include:
- Ages Software This
software uses standard pdf format files. It includes some addons
for the Adobe pdf reader.
Digital Library This is another source of the Ages Software in
pdf format as well as some other products.
- Geneva Bible
This is a free copy of the original Geneva Translation with updated
Cross Wire Bible Society
CrossWire is a Society dedicated to bringing the Gospel to a
new generation. The major thrust of the project is a free Bible
software project called SWORD. Library
modules will work with any software using the SWORD engine. They
have products running on a wide variety of operating systems and
environments. These include:
- JSword - written in Java it will work with most web browsers that
support Java. They have a version to run locally or you can use
- GnomeSword is for Linux systems while BibleTime is for other
- Sword for Windows runs on windows systems. They have a simple version
with less features for older windows systems as well.
- MacSword is for MacOS X.
- Handheld versions are available also.
- SWORDWeb is an online resource.
The Cross Wire Bible Society has done extensive work to get permission
to release Bibles and other copyrighted material free for non-commercial use.
Be sure to honor their agreements. There is lots of material that is
not available in this format due to copyright issues.
Packard Technolgies has
taken popular Christian study books and made them available in
MobiPocket format. This is
unusual in that MobiPocket is a very popular eBook format. There are
thousands of eBooks available in this format but the ones from Packard
Technologies are designed to work together. This brings Bible study
books to a lot of new mobile platforms including some dedicated eBook
reading devices. See my eBook article for
more information on this.
Free Bible Database Program Yes, its really free and in many
- Bible Library - a
large collection of Bibles and books.
- E-Sword.net Another free
Bible study software package.
Bible North America Several Languages available for sites that
are linked from this one. Some of the modules are free. They also
have software available for several operating systems.
- BibleSoft.com A Bible
study package and they have an authoring system.
- Zondervan The
NIV Bible and more. They have their own standard called Pradis. There
are several packages available in this format.
- Sword Searcher is
a Bible Study program that has a tool, called Forge, available to
let you make your own books. There is a collection of user created
books. It basically supports Public Domain versions of books
but includes a good collection on the CD-ROM. The same author has
a Daily Bible and
- BibleWorks, is software
for Biblical Exegesis and Research. This is a windows product and is
currently released as Version 8. It is designed to study scripture in
both your current language and the original languages. It includes
some 190+ Bibles in nearly 40 languages and provides nearly instant
search capability. A suite of reference works are also included.
Bible Software for PDA Units
- See above for MobiPocket Christian
book collections. MobiPocket is available on many PDA platforms
including Palm, PocketPC, Nokia, Blackberry, and more.
- Bibles for Palm (my Bible) and Win-CE/PocketPC (Pocket Bible)
- Olive Tree -
Bibles for Palm and Win-CE/PocketPC as well as Symbian based
cellphones, Blackberry devices, and Apple iPhone. They also have a
collection of other Christian eBooks including commentaries and
fiction eBooks. Many eBooks and Bibles are free and others are
- Memoware - E-text source
of Bibles and other text. (search for bible) These are suitable for
Palm and PocketPC units.
- A free reader program. The software is available in many
languages and the Bibles are in even more languages. You can
also add your own notes. This is a great study tool.
- AsaiSoft -
A freeware Bible reading program for Palm devices.
- QuickVerse - Quick
Verse for Palm units and PocktPC units offers Bibles, Commentary,
Dictionary, and reading plans. QuickVerse PDA books are not
compatible with QuickVerse for Windows which defeats the
pioneering idea of Parsons for STEP. Personal notes are
interchangeable with version 8.0 on the pc.
Thumper - Bible Study for the PalmOS with the King James
Bible, a concordance for fast searching, bookmarks, dictionary,
commentaries and greek/hebrew lexicons. Some support for German
- Devicecom.net makes a
program called Bible Link
that offers good compression and fast searches. It is available
for pocketpc, palm, and includes a free pc version. It has a few
Bibles and several commentaries, dictionaries and even books that
are not Bible related. It is available in English and Korean. A
lite version is available for free.
E-Sword is the Pocket PC version of the E-sword Bible study
program. It is free but some of the Bible versions are not. While
it has the same name it will not read the same books and does not
have the same features of the PC version. It does support multiple
Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, and devotionals.
- WordSearch to
go is a product from Word Search Bible but seems to be a
repackaged copy of Bible Link. As of version 2 they have partnered
- Online Bible
has versions for Palm and Pocket PC. For users still using HP LX palm
tops they also have a DOS and Windows version. The Pocket PC version
is included with the PC version and will use the same books.
- Bible+ is
a Palm based reader (formerly called BibleReader) has more than 74
- Dagger is
a Crosswire compatible reader for portable devices running Opie
(typically Zaurus but some iPaq have been modified for Opie).
- QPSWord is a
Qtopia SWORD reader for Crosswire Bibles and books. It runs on
iPAQs and Zaurus.
for Pocket PC based devices. It uses crosswire Bibles and books.
- Godspeed has a
product for PDA (Both Palm and Pocket PC) at eBible for PDA. Bibles and
commentaries are available.
There are not nearly as many programs available for Apple computers
but there are a few. I have listed some of them below:
Of course many of the PC programs will run on Macintosh systems
with the appropriate PC/Windows emulation software.
Online Bible Study
Generally PDAs and small laptops are used for the hardware to read
Bible software when you want portability. However, e-book hardware, can also be a
candidate for Bibles and other books. Franklin makes hardware devices
with specific Bible support. At one time Godspeed made a special
e-book reader called Godspeed eBible with Bibles and commentary
preloaded. They no longer offer this product but it can occasionally
be found on ebay.
Other Bible Software reviews
and Ideal Bible Study Software This is a really old review.
It is good reference but does not represent current releases on
any of the products.
- Logos reviews
are available on their web site.
- My E-book Page has lots of data on
e-book sources, software, and readers. Bibles and religious books
are available from most of these sources as well.
Software review has a chart ranking the different features in a
side by side comparison. It was completed in May 2008.
- Word Search comparisons of various versions.
Generally all of the software and books mentioned above are available
from the manufactures. In addition many of the programs and books mentioned
above are available from Christian
books.com. Tap on Software. They have a filter that lets you pick the
data format standard.
Know of any more products to list? Let me know.
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