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WORDsearch Bible Software, based in Austin, Texas is one of the oldest and largest publishers of software and digital books specifically for Christian pastors, Bible teachers and students.[1] WORDsearch is now part of the ministry of B&H Publishing Group of LifeWay Christian Resources of Nashville, Tennessee.[2] WORDsearch produces specialized study programs under the brands WORDsearch, QuickVerse, and myStudyBible and a compatible library of over 5,000 digital books on Windows, MacIntosh, iPad, Android, and web browsers.

Bible Software Products[edit]

WORDsearch 10, the company’s flagship Bible software brand running on Windows and Mac PCs, automates tasks in the process of Bible exegesis and hermeneutics. Key functions of WORDsearch include searching a user’s digital library by word, topic, or scripture reference, hyperlinking to related documents, and copying selected materials into a target document.[3] WORDsearch users regard it highly for its speed and ease of use.[4]

WORDsearch is frequently used by pastors for the creation of sermons, and teachers for preparation of cell group and Sunday School lessons.[5] Many WORDsearch users are Christian authors, most notably Pastor Rick Warren, author of Purpose Driven Life.

QuickVerse 10, is a variant of the WORDsearch program that reads the same digital books and features most of the same functions. The functional capabilities of QuickVerse 10 better suit the needs of lay Bible teachers. QuickVerse 10 offers a means for hundreds of thousands of past QuickVerse customers to continue using digital books acquired with older versions of QuickVerse.[6] myStudyBible.com is a free, web browser-based Bible software program with a different functional approach, but nearly the same library of resources as WORDsearch and QuickVerse.[6] WORDsearch Bible is a mobile Bible software program available for iOS and Android. It offers a limited set of functions on nearly the same library of resources.[7]

All of the Bible software versions connect to the same set of online ownership records so that a customer is able to acquire a digital book for one of the programs, and use it from any of the other programs, in nearly all cases at no additional charge.

Reviewers found WORDsearch powerful enough to be useful for preachers.[8] It is one of About.com's top 10 bible programs.[9]

A free application called WORDsearch Basic (formerly Bible Explorer) is also available.[10]

Bible Resources/Content[edit]

Members of the WORDsearch family of Bible software are capable of accessing a common library of over 5,000 digital books in 24 categories, including Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries and encyclopedias, handbooks, word studies and more. The WORDsearch library has a notable concentration in expository preaching, with collections of works from authors including John MacArthur, Stephen Olford, John Phillips, J. Vernon McGee, Charles Spurgeon, John Stott, W. A. Criswell, Adrian Rogers, R. Kent Hughes, Maze Jackson, Robertson Nicoll, Alexander Maclaren, and Haddon Robinson.

A second area of strength in the WORDsearch library is counseling, with collections from authors June Hunt, Neil T. Anderson, James Dobson, Joni Eareckson Tada, Gary Chapman, and many others. Some notable works prized by Bible expositors and available only from WORDsearch include Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible, Complete Biblical Library, and Thompson Chain-Reference Bible.

Resources can be purchased in bundles or individually, sometimes discounted. Hebrew, Greek and other languages are searchable. The Complete Biblical Library New Testament was favourably received.[11]

The original versions of WORDsearch used the STEP (rtf) format. WORDsearch acquired Epiphany Software in 2003 and changed to Epiphany's CROSS (Christian Reference Open Software Standard) format which supports XML starting with Wordsearch 7.[8][12]

History[edit]

WORDsearch was founded in 1987 by Dr. Jim Sneeringer and Dr. Cheryl Sneeringer, making it one of the earliest commercial examples of digital publishing in any domain. Both Drs. Sneeringer earned PhDs in Computer Science at UNC supervised by Dr. Fred Brooks, and became evangelical Christians partly through his witness. Their shared interest in Bible study, teaching, and computer software led Jim to create the WORDsearch program while on sabbatical from IBM (ROLM) Corporation.

The program became part of the product line of NavPress Software in Colorado Springs, CO in 1989. In 1993, Dr. Jim Sneeringer and Randolph Beck of Austin, Texas acquired the assets of NavPress Software and continued to publish under that name.[13] In July 2002, the publishers adopted WORDsearch as the corporate name.[14]

In July 2003, WORDsearch acquired the assets of Epiphany Software, Inc. of San Jose, CA, including the program and brand Bible Explorer.[15] Andrew Cogan, chief technical officer of Epiphany joined as chief technical officer of WORDsearch.

In April 2004, WORDsearch entered a licensing and publishing partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources to supply the Bible Explorer program, to be published under the brand Bible Navigator, as the exclusive Bible Software program of LifeWay.[4]

In May 2011, WORDsearch agreed to acquire the assets of the QuickVerse® product line from Findex.com. QuickVerse had been the largest selling Bible software program through the 1990’s.,[16][17]

In June 2011, all of the assets of WORDsearch were acquired by LifeWay Christian Resources of Nashville, TN.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duduit, Michael, “Preaching Toolbox Now Includes a Personal Computer and Software,” Preaching Magazine, September 1991
  2. ^ a b Staff, “LifeWay acquires WORDsearch, QuickVerse”, Baptist Press, July 11, 2011
  3. ^ Purcell, Kevin A., “5 Simple WORDsearch 10 Tips”, Christian Computing Magazine, August 2013
  4. ^ a b Horn, Sara, “Ease of use, speed linked in new LifeWay Bible software”, Baptist Press, October 17, 2003
  5. ^ Purcell, Kevin A., “Preaching and Digital Bible Study,” Christian Computing Magazine, September 2011
  6. ^ a b Purcell, Kevin A., “Digital Bible Study News”, Christian Computing Magazine, July 2012
  7. ^ Wilke, Jon D., “LifeWay Releases Free WORDsearch iPad App,” Christian News Wire, January 31, 2012
  8. ^ a b Gomez, Ruben (1 February 2010). "WORDsearch 9 Preaching Library". Bible Software Review. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Fairchild, Mary. "Top 10 Bible Software Programs". About.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Dean, Philip (2014). "Bible Software Review". matthew714ministries.wordpress.com. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ Purcell, Kevin (January 2010). "WORDsearch 9". Christian Computing magazine. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  12. ^ WORDsearch and Epiphany Software Join Forces, Press Release, July 14, 2003
  13. ^ Hawkins, Lori, “Scriptures on Screen”, Austin American-Statesman, December 10, 1993, p C1
  14. ^ Horn, Sara, “LifeWay’s new Bible software debuts among SBC seminarians,” Baptist Press, October 17, 2003
  15. ^ Kever, Jonathan, “The Year’s Best Software for Preachers: Version 2003”, Preaching Magazine, September 2003
  16. ^ FINDEX.COM INC., Form 8-K, United States Securities and Exchange Commission, May 5, 2011
  17. ^ FINDEX.COM INC., Form 10-K, Annual Report year ended December 31, 2010, United States Securities and Exchange Commission, April 15, 2011

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