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Bibles

The first 253 installed Bibles are viewable in tabs. All Bibles are linked to the same open reference. This allows the reader to switch back and forth between versions seamlessly.

Examples of available Bibles are " La Biblia de las Américas", "The Holman Christian Standard Bible", and "The Targum of Jonathan Ben Uzziel (Pseudo-Jonathan)".

Compare Tab

The compare tab allows the reader to view the currently selected verse in Bibles. [cite web|url=http://www.e-sword.net/images/compare.gif|title=e-Sword Compare Tab|publisher=Rick Meyers|date=2007-01-31|accessdate=2007-02-15] There are two known issues with this tab:
* Bibles in Hebrew, Aramaic, and other Right to left writing systems are not displayed in the comparison field. (This is due to bugs in Microsoft Windows, and Microsoft Access.);
* This tab is not displayed if more than 253 Bibles have been installed in e-Sword. (This is due to bugs in the toolset that e-Sword was created with.);

Parallel Tab

The parallel tab allows the reader to create a customized Parallel Bible of up to four versions [cite web|url=http://www.e-sword.net/images/parallel.gif|title=e-Sword Parallel Bible|publisher=Rick Meyers|date=2007-01-31|accessdate=2007-02-15] .

The only way to read the 254th, and subsequent Bibles that have been installed in e-Sword, is to use the parallel tab.

Bible Reading Plans

Bible reading plans enable one to easily track one's progress in systematically reading the Bible. For e-Sword, one has to click on a completed icon, for it to start at the correct reading the next time one opens this component.

These resources can be easily created from within e-Sword. Some end users have created more customized reading plans, by using one of the e-Sword Utility Programs.

Bookmarks and Verse Lists

Up to ten verses can be bookmarked. The bookmarks are displayed as yellow flags on the side of the Bible.

Verse lists of any size can be easily created. These are frequently used to store the results of searches. Icons on the tool bar allow one to easily switch verses, without reloading the verse list. For example: The components of the Documentary Hypothesis have been distributed as a set of Verse Lists.

By renaming a verse list file name to "bookmark.lst", the first ten entries in the verse list can be displayed as bookmarks.

Bible Markup

A basic palate of six colors, and an extended palette of 48 color are offered to highlight text. Four different ways to underline text are available. These are stored in a separate file, so that it can be easily shared with others. The highlighting is translation/resource dependent. Markup for the 1769 KJV will not be displayed for any other translation.

Verse Analysis Tool

This tool provides an analysis of the selected passage, by listing the frequency that each word is used. An option enables "common words" to be excluded from the analysis.

A major issue is that it only analyzes the Latin Writing System.

Commentaries

Many commentaries are available for download [cite web|url=http://www.e-sword.net/download.html|title=e-Sword History|publisher=Rick Meyers|date=2007-01-31|accessdate=2007-02-15] .

Examples of available commentaries include "Matthew Henry's Commentary", "The Preacher's Commentary Set", and "Allusions to the NT in the Ante-Nicene Fathers "

tudy Notes

The Study Notes option allows the reader to chronicle his own thoughts as he studies the text, creating a custom and personalized commentary. [cite web|url=http://www.e-sword.net/images/editor.gif|title=e-Sword Downloads|publisher=Rick Meyers|date=2007-01-31|accessdate=2007-02-15]

Some e-Sword utility programs (Text2DAO, Commentary Module Editor) claim to convert a Study Note file to commentary file.

"The Pulpit Commentary" is an example of resource that has been distributed as a study note file.

Dictionaries

Many original language and English language dictionaries are available for download so as to facilitate in depth understanding of the text. [cite web|url=http://www.e-sword.net/download.html|title=e-Sword Downloads|publisher=Rick Meyers|date=2007-01-31|accessdate=2007-02-15]

Examples of dictionaries include "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia", "Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words", and "Wulfilla Gothic Concordance".

Devotionals

Devotional resources include "Day By Day by Grace"'by Bob Hoekstra, Revised Common Lectionary Readings (2006-2008), and "My Utmost for his Highest".

Prayer List

This component functions as a way for the individual to track their prayers. Who is to be prayed for, and why the request was made.

Examples of user created and distributed Prayer modules are "The Prayers for the Rosary" (Roman Catholic), and "The Catholic Prayers"(Latin, Italian, Spanish, and English versions.).

cripture Memory Verse List

This component allows one to easily create a list of verses to memorize. Several tests to see how well one has memorized the passage are included. The only two resources of this type to be publicly distributed are Four Spiritual Laws and "The Roman Road".

Map / Graphic Viewer

Every good study Bible has a set of maps. pulls up the maps for e-Sword. Distributed map sets include "The CIA World Fact Book", and "Son Light Bible Atlas".

Harmony

This functionality was included in version 7.8.1, released 25 December 2006. The only resource that is currently available is A. T. Robertson's "A Harmony of the Gospels". Other sets of parallel passages, such as The Ten Commandments have been announced, but not publicly released.

ermon Illustrations

This functionality was included in version 7.9.3, released on 17 January, 2008. "Bible Illustrations", published by AMG Publications, is the only resource that will be available for this component.

Topical Notes

The original concept was that this would be user created notes on specific topics. Because of the ease with which users could create this type of resource, it became the format for creating a theological library for e-Sword.

"Ante-Nicene Fathers", John Calvin's "Institutes of the Christian Religion", "Nelson's Bible Manners and Customs",and "Encyclopedia of Bible Facts" are examples of topical files created by Equipping Ministries.

User created resources reflect the entire theological spectrum:
* Gnostic "Gospels of Thomas, Phillip, and Truth "
* Adrianus Haemstedius' "Historie Der Martlearen"
* The Didache
* The Babylonian Talmud
* New World Translation Bible Words Indexed
* The Writings of Charles Spurgeon
* The Writings of John Gill
* Max Muller's Sacred Books of the East
* Aleister Crowley's "Liber Al vel Legis
* The Quran
* The Egyptian Book of the Dead
* The Tao te Ching
* The Bhagavad Gita

TEP Viewer

e-Sword remains one of the few programs to offer a viewer for STEP (Standard Template for Electronic Publishing) resources. "Light By Design" has licensed several resources for distribution from the e-Sword Home Site.

Distribution

E-Sword is available for download from its [http://www.e-sword.net/index.html homepage] . Alternatively, it can be obtained on CD, for a donation of $25.00, or more. The program downloads with the Strong's Concordance and the King James Version annotated with Strong's reference numbers. Other resources can be downloaded and installed by users.

From October 2001 though December 2002, "Sovereign Grace Publishers" included e-Sword in a CD that accompanied their hard copy Bibles. [ [http://www.e-sword.net/history.html e-Sword - the Sword of the LORD with an electronic edge ] ]

Ubuntu Christian Edition includes scripts to automatically download and install e-Sword. [ [http://www.whatwouldjesusdownload.com/christianubuntu/2007/05/features.html Ubuntu Christian Edition] ] For licensing reasons, e-Sword can not be included in this, or any other distribution.

The e-Sword License

The inspiration for the license used by e-Sword comes from Matthew 10:8. "Freely you receive. Freely give". The major intent of the license is:
* e-Sword is to be distributed gratis [Point 2: The e-Sword License.PDF. This document is installed in the e-Sword directory, in version 7.8.1 or higher. It is also viewable from the Help menu in the main screen.] ;
* e-Sword resources are not to be sold at a profit;
* e-Sword content is not to be distributed on a for-profit website [Point 3: The e-Sword License.PDF.] ;

All documentation and modules fall under this license, unless the documentation or module creator has specified a different license. Most user created documentation uses the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial - Share alike 2.0 License.

Starting with version 7.8.1, a PDF copy of the e-Sword license has been installed in the e-Sword directory, as part of the program installation. The license is also displayed from the Help Menu.

Resources

Official Resources

Official resources can be found at the e-Sword [http://www.e-sword.net/downloads.html download page] . Resources in roughly 34 languages are available from this site.

Some user created resources can be found at [http://www.e-sword.net/usermods/ UserMods]

Commercial Resources

[http://www.eStudysource.com eStudySource] is the primary outlet of resources that must be purchased [ [http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6418087.html?nid=2287 New Company Makes Bible E-Content - 2/21/2007 - Publishers Weekly ] ] . Some publishers, such as [http://lockman.gospelcom.net/software/featured.php The Lockman Foundation] prefer to sell e-Sword resources of their material through their website.

Users

The projects of a small group of e-Sword activists are not officially sanctioned. The results of those projects have spurred the popularity of the program.

User Support Groups

English is the dominant language of the support lists. Venues for Korean, Dutch, German, Spanish, Romanian, and French exist.

Korean users are supported by a web forum. French, German, Dutch, and Romanian users are supported by mailing lists on Yahoogroups. Spanish and English users are supported by mailing lists, and web forums hosted at various sites on the Internet. The size of these groups ranges from 5,342 on the English [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eSword/ eSword] to Twelve on the French [http://fr.groups.yahoo.com/group/e-sword/ e-Sword] list. Activity on the support groups fluctuates.

Whilst the program is not easily used by those with accessibility issues, [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eSword-Accessibility/ eSword-Accessibility] provides some support for those individuals.

User Created Utility Programs

Users have created a number of tools to ease the process of creating new resources. Whilst documentation is lacking, their usage can be seen in the number of resources bearing a line stating the tool that was used to create the resource.

The most popular utility programs are:
* "Ben's e-Sword Tool 2.0", used to import text files into different types of resources;
* "Module Utility Program", used for creating MAP/graphic resources;
* "Text2DAO", used for creating most resource types;
* "TheWORDpad Editor", used for editing existing resources;
* "The Tooltip Generator" converts scriptural references that, when moused-over, will be displayed as a tooltip;
* "FixStrong's", used for converting Bibles to e-Sword 9.8 specifications;

User Created Resources

The utility programs have made it very easy for users to create, and distribute resources. STEP modules are the only resource type that users have not created, and subsequently distributed.

Users have created resources in sixty different languages ranging from Lugandan to Klingon. English and Spanish are the most popular modern languages. Hebrew and Greek are the most popular Biblical languages.

Issues with User Created Resources

There are some issues with user created resources [ [http://www.bsreview.org/index.php?modulo=Reviews&id=19 Bible software Review ] ] :

Beginning in 2006, some users have tackled the following issues: Their effectiveness has yet to be determined.

Quality Control

This ranges from very good, to non-existent:
* "Textus Receptus (Stephanus)" includes an accurate, comprehensive morphological interlinear markup;
* One version of the Spanish "Biblia de Jerusalem" skips verses, duplicates entire chapters, and misplaces entire books;

Copyright

Because of the ease with which material can be converted into e-Sword, resources that violate copyright law have been publicly distributed. Examples include English version of "New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures", The Spanish translation of "The Jerusalem Bible" (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions), "The Dead Sea Scrolls", and "The Nag Hammadi Library" (2nd edition).

The sporadically issued "Currently Available e-Sword Resources" Citation
last = Blake
first = Jonathon
author-link =
title = Currently Available e-Sword Resources
place=
publisher = Self published
year = 2005 - 2007
location =
volume =
edition = PDF
url = http://www.esnips.com/web/eSwordFAQs/
doi =
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] attempts to list the copyright status of e-Sword resources.

BeST 2.0 automatically creates a "copyright table". This is an unofficial table that should contain the relevant copyright and bibliographic information.

Bibliographic Data

This can range from the very good --- to the point of including the copyright notice of the material it is pirating ["Dake's Commentary of the Bible" is an example.] --- to non-existent ["Created using Biblos" is very common for user created Spanish resources.] .

"The e-Sword Module Database" attempted to provide full bibliographic information for the resources it listed.

Locating Resources

Due to the absence of a centralized listing of user created e-Sword resources, there has been some duplication of effort in creating resources. For example, five different versions of the Didache.An additional effect is that when a user site goes down, the resources usually are no longer available for public distribution.

* [http://www.forananswer.org/Top_General/E-Sword_Modules.htm Original Languages Library] contains a current list of all publicly distributed Biblical language resources, along with where they can be obtained from;
* The sporadically issued "Currently Available e-Sword Resources" attempts to list the name and location of modules for e-Sword;
* [http://www.blessedtruth.net/modules.asp Premium e-Sword Modules] restricts itself to resources that are commercially distributed.

The SWORD Project

The SWORD Project is an API for Bible Study Software. Despite the similarity in names, there is no connection between e-Sword and the SWORD Project, or any of the programs (including The SWORD Project for Windows, BibleTime, GnomeSword, MacSword, and BibleDesktop) that use its API.

Potentially adding to the confusion between the two projects are a group of utility programs which enable users to convert resources for one project into a format usable by the other project.

Reviews and Awards

Reviews of e-Sword

Bible Software Review 20 October 2005.e-Sword version 7.7.7.http://www.bsreview.org/index.php?modulo=Reviews&id=19

Christian Computing MagazineSeptember 2006 e-Sword version 7.7http://www.ccmag2.com/2006_09/2006_09techtalk.pdf

Christian Computing MagazineNovember 2007. e-Sword version 7.8.5http://www.e-sword.net/1107techtalk.pdf

Michael Hansen "Studying the Bible for Free"Stimulus Volume 12 Number 3 August 2004 page 33 - 38http://www.stimulus.org.nz/index_files/Stim12_3StudyingBible.pdf

Reviews of Pocket e-Sword

Bible Software Review26 November 2005Pocket e-Sword 2.5http://www.bsreview.org/blog/2004/11/pocket_esword_25.html

Awards for e-Sword

Awards for Pocket e-Sword

* 2004 Pocket PC Magazine Text and Reference Bible Softwarehttp://www.pocketpcmag.com/_archives/feb05/fromthejudges.aspx

* 2005 Pocket PC Magazine Finalist: http://www.pocketpcmag.com/awards/category_2005.asp?catid=42

* 2006 Pocket PC Magazine : http://www.pocketpcmag.com/awards/category_2006.asp?catid=42

* 2007 Pocket PC Best Software Awards (Religious) : Finalisthttp://www.pocketpcmag.com/awards/category_all_2007_newquery.asp

Surveys

For most of 2005, Bible software blog ran a survey on what Bible study Software was used. e-Sword garnered the most votes in the free/shareware category. It also had more votes than any of the Commercial programs. Full results of the survey can be found at http://www.bsreview.org/survey05.htm

External links

* [http://www.e-sword.net www.e-sword.net]

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