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Peripheral Visionary
March 5th, 2012, 01:47 AM
Which would be easiest for a Linux newbie to use on Xubuntu (10.04)? E-Sword, Xiphos, something else? Any other tips for bible study software (best concordance for newbies, best church history encyclopedia-type thingy for a Linux newbie, etc)?

Thanks!

warroomcbw
March 5th, 2012, 04:34 AM
Which would be easiest for a Linux newbie to use on Xubuntu (10.04)? E-Sword, Xiphos, something else? Any other tips for bible study software (best concordance for newbies, best church history encyclopedia-type thingy for a Linux newbie, etc)?

Thanks!

I use bibletime(linux) i also install xiphos(uses the same modules as bibletime). E-sword now installs very nicely with wine.

Those are my "normals" for bible stuff tool kit.

cbw

forrestcupp
March 5th, 2012, 03:39 PM
For the easiest to use in Linux, you just need to use Xiphos. But if you grow to want a lot of features, you'll probably start looking for more.

e-Sword is awesome, but it is still a huge pain to install with Wine and get everything to work, unless you do a lot of workarounds. Someone here turned me onto theWord (http://theword.net/), which installs perfectly with Wine, and it seems to be a lot snappier in Wine than e-Sword is. Even after getting e-Sword working properly, it was still very slow. theWord is a much better Wine experience, and I'm liking it much better than e-Sword, too. But as was pointed out on here, theWord doesn't really have modules that cater to the Greek Orthodox canon, so if that's you, it may not be a good option.

Peripheral Visionary
March 6th, 2012, 02:40 AM
Thanks! I'll go with the easiest and simplest first, and use my hardcover books and such for the rest until I get the hang of the tougher stuff. Thanks bunches, y'all!

ageofsteam
March 6th, 2012, 03:33 AM
Xiphos is excellent.

If you need to look up something while you're deciding on a software choice, Bible Gateway (http://www.biblegateway.com/) is great, and has more translations and languages than any of the installable software.

There's also a FireFox toolbar (http://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2006/12/add-a-bible-toolbar-to-your-browser/).

lisati
March 6th, 2012, 03:35 AM
+1 for Xiphos on Ubuntu, e-sword with windows.

Peripheral Visionary
March 6th, 2012, 12:32 PM
Xiphos is excellent.

If you need to look up something while you're deciding on a software choice, Bible Gateway (http://www.biblegateway.com/) is great, and has more translations and languages than any of the installable software.

There's also a FireFox toolbar (http://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2006/12/add-a-bible-toolbar-to-your-browser/).

Awesome! I compare text from multiple versions a lot, and Bible gateway has them all! Thanks!

forrestcupp
March 6th, 2012, 07:25 PM
Also, e-Sword has an online version (http://live.e-sword.net/app/) that's one of the better online Bible study tools I've seen. It works within Firefox, but it's more like using a Bible study program than just accessing web pages, like the other sites are.

ubuntu27
March 6th, 2012, 07:54 PM
There is Bible Analyzer (http://www.bibleanalyzer.com/)

I don't know if Sword Searcher (http://www.swordsearcher.com/) run in Wine.


My favorite Bible tool is Online Parallel Bible (http://bible.cc/). It contains many version from different languages!

jonathonblake
March 7th, 2012, 08:32 AM
Bible Gateway is great, and has more translations and languages than any of the installable software.

I counted 115 translations in 45 languages on that site.

Xiphos offers translations in 54 languages. I lost count of translations at 70. If I wandered into other TSP repositories, I expect I'll find translations in more than 100 languages.

e-Sword offers translations in more than 80 languages. There are more than 100 English language translations. Not sure what the total number of available translations is. Probably somewhere between 250 and 350.

I'd be very surprised if TheWord offered fewer languages than Xiphos.

jonathon

forrestcupp
March 7th, 2012, 02:08 PM
That's true. But the only 1-up that Bible Gateway has is the ability to read commercial translations for free. Xiphos doesn't have any commercial translations, and e-Sword and theWord have them, but for a price. I'd still rather use local software than a web site, though.

Peripheral Visionary
March 8th, 2012, 12:09 AM
Yessir, local software for the win. It's nice to be able to do stuff offline. Very useful for getting stuff done when there's no wifi around. Why be "net dependent" if you don't have to be, right?