FREE Bible Software

I am a firm believer in using Bible Software to help advance our understanding of God’s Word and personally use multiple different software programs. In the past couple months I’ve blogged about some of them, including WORDsearch Bible Software  and Logos Bible Software . Today I would like to introduce you to two additional FREE platforms.

In the PC world, E-Sword has been the go to FREE Bible software program for some time (there is now a Mac version available). I’ve used it for years. Then I cam across The Word Bible software (also FREE) and began using it (and introduced all of my students to it).

Both programs are great and for most people are all they will ever need (However, I still think that if you are a reader and/or like to get new releases and scholarly materials for FREE you should take advantage of the offerings of the Faithlife/Logos/Vyrso/Noet/Verbum family).

Both E-Sword and The Word are freely downloadable programs and feature lots of FREE books, Bible, commentaries and more. In recent years both platforms have also started offering premium or paid modules so that you can add more recent materials to your library (most of the main modules are public domain, though still excellent resources).

Multiple translations are available in both programs, basic (and complex) bible searching, book searching, highlighting, copy/paste, built in editors and more are included.

Both programs are also heavily supported by user created modules by which you can literally add thousands of FREE books to your library (many of these books are now being added to Logos’ platform but at a significant cost, especially if not purchased while on community pricing).

For E-Sword, in addition to the modules available on the main website, you can also download and purchase form here. And the largest selection of thousands of FREE books and commentaries is here.

For The Word, there are several sites to find additional book modules, the best of which is here.

For additional thoughts and resources on electronic tools (including mobile apps) for Bible Study see my Electronic Teach Tools post.

To demonstrate the savings available in these two programs let me demonstrate;

  • Meyer’s Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (20 volumes), which Meyer worked on from the ages of 27-72 retails at Logos for $249.95 (although it is included in some base packages as well). It is FREE in both E-Sword and The Word.
  • Lange’s Commentary (63 volumes) retails at Logos for $299.95 (again, it is included in some packages) and is FREE in both E-Sword (25 volumes) and The Word.
  • The Expositors (49 volumes) E-Sword The Word
  • Pulpit Commentary (66 volumes) E-Sword The Word
  • Biblical Illustrator (56 volumes) E-Sword The Word
  • Possibly the greatest savings is the International Critical Commentary on the New Testament (ICCNT) which retails at Logos for a whopping $1,082.95 for 33 volumes or $1,964.95 for 61 volumes (includes the OT) of mostly (if not, all) public domain material. Most of the volumes for the NT are now available in both E-Sword and The Word. Despite my investment in Logos, this is one I cannot cough up so if I want to use this commentary I fire up E-Sword or The Word.
  • Make no mistake, these commentaries, though in public domain and old are still top notch – still quoted in modern commentaries from time to time. The ICCNT was THE standard of the day.
  • A more modern set (1960s-1980s), the College Press Bible Study Textbook Series (59 volumes) is also FREE but retails for $769.95 at Logos (42 volumes). The Word

I recommend after downloading the main program you visit the top 500 most downloaded modules for E-Sword or The Word and start picking from there.

PS – You will need to create free accounts to login and download the extra modules. It will take some time but you will have a great library!

Happy Day!

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It’s Monday (again) and here’s some book news.

David C Cook has two FREE eBooks today, And The Lamb Wins (Kindle  Logos/Vyrso) and Lucky by Glen Packiam (Kindle Logos/Vyrso).

You can get the latest issue of the theological journal Themelios in pdf or Logos here.

Vyrso/Logos also has A Life of Obedience by Andrew Murray for FREE and Praying for Your Prodigal by Kyle Idleman for FREE.

Vyrso has many of Rose Publishing’s pamphlet’s at 99 cents, including Denominations Comparison, 100 Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus, Armor of God, How We Got the Bible, How to Study the Bible, Gospels Side by Side, Bible Time Line,

Other books for just 99 cents from Vyrso/Logos: Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World, Knowing Jesus:  150 Reflections, Zig Ziglar’s Life Lifters, Renewing Minds: Serving Church and Society Through Christian Higher Education, Revised/Updated by David Dockery.

Most (maybe all) of the above books are also available in Kindle form Amazon as well. Just go to amazon and search for them.

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Some late night reads (cheap)…

It’s not Monday yet but for book lovers like me it’s hard not to share our finds with others (that’s how we need to be with Jesus btw!). The following titles are available from both Amazon and Logos/Vyrso. I personally prefer Logos/Vyrso because that’s where I do my Bible Study and because you can send it to Kindle from within Logos but not the other way around.

The following are all 99 cents unless otherwise noted:

Shame Interrupted: A great read for everyone and especially those dealing with shame or counseling those with shame. Logos or Kindle

The Community of Jesus: A Theology of the Church. Logos or Kindle

The Anabaptists and Contemporary Baptists. Logos or Kindle

Cold-Case Christianity. Logos or Kindle

Defending the Faith, Engaging the Culture. Logos or Kindle

Innovate Church. Logos or Kindle

And don’t forget To Live Is Christ To Die Is Gain by Matt Chandler is still FREE at Amazon

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Follow these for FREE eBooks…

The last two weeks I highlighted Faithlife/Logos and WORDsearch as platforms for building a library of Christian eBooks. Today I want to highlight a couple resources for you to follow – they will keep you in the loop on additional FREE and sale priced eBooks.

  1. David C. Cook Books provides weekly free eBooks, usually twice per week (on Mondays and mid-week around Wednesday I think). I regularly get a couple FREE books per week from their links. The books are usually available in multiple formats including; Kindle, Vyrso/Logos, iBook, Google, etc. Sometimes they offer FREE pdf downloads or audio/video downloads as well. You can sign up for their email list to remind you to take advantage of their offers as well.
  2. Tim Challies, author and blogger is my top blog to follow because unlike me, he gets lots of books given to him by publishers and is thus in the know on lots of good intel regarding new books. He blogs regularly and also produces a daily A-La-Carte list in which the first item is usually FREE (like Matt Chandler’s To Live Is Christ….today – go get it!) or SALE books – mostly eBooks but also sales from the likes of WTS Bookstore (one of my favorite places to buy print books on sale).
  3. Monergism.com also has lots of free eBooks in the reformed tradition in a variety of formats (mobi, ePub, pdf).
  4. For Kindle owners/readers Amazon.com of course has lots of FREE eBooks available. While many of them are older and out of print, they are still valuable (and sometimes invaluable as Christian classics and theology go). Here is a link to FREE Christian eBooks on Amazon. Just sort by price (upper right) and category (left side) and beware of the free Kindle unlimited price – those aren’t’ free unless you are a Kindle unlimited subscriber. Here’s a deal I just found for $2.99 on a 770 page Theology For The Church edited by Daniel Akin (President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) with a print price of $55.00 (it’s also on iTunes for that price).

By following the above lists and perusing Amazon’s list yourself you will find new books on a regular basis that are FREE – I get several each week!

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Got some extra time to read this weekend?

In case you are in need of something extra to read this weekend, here are some lists of free e-books a fellow blogger (Justin Holcomb) posted. The three categories listed are philosophy, classics and theology.

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What the Bible REALLY says about joy

Kevin M. Adams:

If you are like me, living with joy may be a struggle in your life. Here’s some thoughts on the subject.

Originally posted on :

When I finally decided to stop talking about it and actually start writing Radically Normal, my first step was conducting an extensive study on the word “joy” and words like it throughout the Bible.

As I looked at the total context of how the Bible (and hence God) views joy, my own thoughts and opinions were reshaped – I was pushed to emphasize earthly joy more (not less) in light of what the Bible teaches. So while I’ll only site this study a handful of times in the final project, it forms the basis my book and makes it what it is. I think this study is one of the things that gives this book such a unique perspective.[1] To my knowledge, no other study like this was been publicized.

The Study Itself

Regarding my methodology: I basically used Bibleworks to create a search of every synonym of “joy”…

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Wordsearch Bible Software

Last week I posted about FREE Bible Software and focused on Logos Bible Software from Faithlife. I urged you to get Logos because even if you don’t have the money to utilized all its features or purchase books through Logos you can still benefit from some top name scholarly books and commentaries that they give away for FREE each week/month.

This week I want to transition to a product that offers a couple hundred FREE ebooks and has probably the best sale prices to build your library (though FREE books are not offered as consistently as Logos).

WORDsearch Bible is a program owned by Lifeway (along with QuickVerse, mostly superceded by WORDsearch). Like most Bible software programs WORDsearch allows you to search, copy, paste, etc. WORDsearch also has a built in text editor allowing you to include sermons and bible studies that you write in the software’s library.

WORDsearch Basic is the FREE version of the software. You can download a couple hundred books for FREE for the software as well as purchase other books/resources. Additionally, you can use your software online via from any computer once you have registerd for a FREE MyWSB account. Apps for both Android and iOS are also available.

You can also upgrade to the full/premium version (currently version 10) of WORDsearch for about $30.  For a description of what is included and comparison details between additional packages (add-on books included) check out the comparisons here. A couple of the features are Verse Explorer where you can search your library for any book that references a particular verse, social media integration for posting to Facebook and others. It also includes Topic Explorer, Instant Verse Search (probably one of the cooler features), which enables you to create a Word document of all the commentary data you have on a particular passage of Scripture. If you own many books this can quickly become a couple hundred page document. The benefit of this is slightly less now that you can use the online MyWSB.com site; however, if you like print outs you’ll find this handy.

As mentioned, the sale prices on products in WORDsearch are usually much better than those at Logos. That is why I still have and use WORDsearch, along with Logos (my primary go-to workhorse). The primary benefit of Logos in this regard is the ability to purchase top notch, newer materials and specifically in the area of discourse analysis – which from my research to date no other software package can even come close.

WORDsearch also provides an opportunity to integrate the Liberty Home Bible Institute from Liberty University, which upon completion earns up to 30 credit hours at Liberty University and a Diploma. For details on this go here.

WORDsearch offers a FREE book every Friday through it’s blog. You can also catch the deal via their Twitter or FB post.

One disappointment with WORDsearch is the fact that anytime a book is updated (let’s say Lifeway re-formats or fixes some errors, etc.) you lose all your highlighting. To be blunt, this is plain ridiculous; however, I have been told by Lifeway rep’s that this is supposed to be fixed when version 11 is released. I hope so as it is a blemish on an otherwise good software package.

All in all I think WORDsearch is a great package with social media integration and some of the best deals on books and commentaries (annual BOGO deals and more). I still use it occasionally for some commentary sets I have not purchased in Logos but own in WORDsearch.

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