One fascinating aspect of Bible study is looking at word counts. In SwordSearcher, it’s easy to get detailed statistics from a search, and combining this with word form searches can make it even more interesting. Here’s an example.
A few days ago I posted a tutorial on using the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. Today I’d like to expand a bit on the topic of cross-referencing in Bible study.
It’s easy to lean on commentaries when studying a passage of Scripture. But this has a big, obvious pitfall: when you’re reading a commentary, you’re reading what another man has to say about God’s word. There is nothing inherently wrong with reading commentaries. In a way it is not a lot different from listening to preaching in church, and we should always be open and teachable, willing to learn when God might want to teach us through someone else.
However, a personal relationship with God has only one mediator (1Ti 2:5), so we must always be on guard and ensure that we are not setting up someone between us and God as we study the Bible.
The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK) is a time-tested Bible help that avoids exposition and interpretation in favor of straightforward comparison of Scripture with Scripture. The TSK can be thought of as the most exhaustive collection of margin cross-references available, but it goes well beyond merely listing additional verses to read: it helps you define words and phrases from within a Bible verse using the Bible itself. In my opinion, if one were required to choose only a single written work in addition to the Bible for studying, the TSK would be the best option.
At first glance, the TSK can appear cryptic. However, once you understand the basic structure, it is quite easy to use, and with a little bit of time will help you define a coherent theology on just about any Bible subject.
The book of Genesis records the history of the Earth from creation through the first 2,300 years. It contains an account of the origin of our world and species by the only one qualified to provide it: God himself. It details the fall of man into sin, the great flood and salvation of Noah and his family, and the origin of the nation of Israel.
Every once in a while I receive a question from a customer or someone interested in SwordSearcher about the product called Complete Bible Suite. This is understandable; after all, this program bears the SwordSearcher trademark.
Here’s everything you would want to know about it.
The old SSModules web site, containing free downloadable library material for SwordSearcher, as been merged with the new SwordSearcher Forums. See the new module repository here.
There are plenty of extra books you can download and add to SwordSearcher. Plus, you can vote for your favorite modules (including ones included with SwordSearcher). SwordSearcher users who have created books can even upload their modules to share.
The SwordSearcher user forum, which began in 2006, has been upgraded with new and greatly improved forum software. The forum is a great place to post questions and start discussions about Bible study and SwordSearcher in particular. Come take a look!
A minor, free update for SwordSearcher 7.0 users has been posted today.
A “hotfix” is a small update released to fix very specific bugs after the DVD-ROM was already replicated.
This is for 7.0 users only. You can check to see if this update is applicable to you by going to the Help menu in SwordSearcher and selecting check for updates. If you need the update, it will let you know and you can download it for free.
Daily Bible and Prayer 2.3 was released today.
This new version of DBAP adds integration for SwordSearcher. If you have SwordSearcher 5.3 or later installed, Daily Bible and Prayer can open verses inside of SwordSearcher for extended study.
This handy SwordSearcher integration is only available if SwordSearcher is also installed on your computer. This makes it easy to use Daily Bible and Prayer to create reading plans and read the text without distractions, and also gives you the power to begin an deep study on any verse instantly in SwordSearcher.