Version 7.0 Hotfix 2 available

A small, free “hotfix” update is available for SwordSearcher 7.0. This is Hotfix #2.

This update is recommended for all SwordSearcher 7.0 users, and is also strongly suggested for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users.

Open SwordSearcher 7, click the Help menu, and select “Check for updates.” Click the link in the page that loads to download the update and install it. That’s all.​

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Bible verse topic, idea, and doctrine searching (video)

It’s a common problem: how do you do a Bible search based on an idea or a specific doctrine, when you don’t know what Bible words to use?

Today’s video quick tip shows one way SwordSearcher can help you with this, using the main search bar.

As you type a word into the search bar, the suggestion list will tell you how many verses contain the word even before you start your search. If you realize there are no verses, you can just move down to the Topic and Verse Guide search option instead, where you can explore various topical guides and dictionaries for the term you’re searching.

One thing that’s not shown in this video, but might be useful depending on the book, is that you can right-click inside the book or commentary panel and select “Load All Referenced Verses” to view all of the verse links inside of a verse list panel.

Right-click menu in books panel, showing "Load all Referenced Verses" option.
Right-click menu in books panel, showing “Load all Referenced Verses” option.

Bible Cross-References

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.

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How to use the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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.

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Free Bible Outline: Genesis (PDF)

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.

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SwordSearcher Modules Repository has moved

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.

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