e-Sword – Jon Courson’s Application Commentary—NT

eSwordJonCoursonApplicationCommentaryNT.gife-Sword has several add-on bible commentaries that are available. While most are free, some have fees.
Jon Courson’s Application Commentary—NT
Jon Courson’s Application Commentary—NT is provided through eStudySource. This is not a Public Domain resource, nor is it free. There is a nominal fee associated with this resource.
There are so many commentaries on the Bible that are available today. Even though most are expositional, or exegetical, they often seek to be so exacting with the letter of the law or the possible meaning of a particular word that they lack life and inspiration. It is hard to find a good devotional commentary on the Bible, one that brings both understanding and life to the passage, so that you are inspired to worship the Lord as you gain new insights into the truth of His love and grace toward us. This commentary is one that does just that, combining a verse-by-verse teaching of every paragraph of New Testament Scripture with practical topical studies throughout.
The cost of this add-on bible commentary is $19.99. The size is 3.237 megs.

e-Sword – The Bible Knowledge Commentary

eSwordTheBibleKnowledgeCommentary.gife-Sword has several add-on bible commentaries that are available. While most are free, some have fees.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary
The Bible Knowledge Commentary is provided through eStudySource. This is not a Public Domain resource, nor is it free. There is a nominal fee associated with this resource.
Edited by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, The Bible Knowledge Commentary features insightful exposition and commentary on the entire Bible from members of the distinguished Dallas Theological Seminary faculty. Thoroughly conservative and Evangelical, this commentary showcases what Dallas Theological Seminary has become world famous for, and offers all students of the Bible an insightful and applicable commentary. Popular in style and scholarly in content, The Bible Knowledge Commentary will be welcomed by a wide spectrum of Bible students, from the beginner, who will find it easy to understand, to the advanced, who will find it consistently thorough and reliable.
You can purchase the hardbound books at ChristianBook.com for about $40.
The cost of this add-on bible commentary is $34.99. The size is nearly 7 megs.

e-Sword – Believer’s Bible Commentary

eSwordBelieversBibleCommentary.gife-Sword has several add-on bible commentaries that are available. While most are free, some have fees.
Believer’s Bible Commentary
The Believer’s Bible Commentary is provided through eStudySource. This is not a Public Domain resource, nor is it free. There is a nominal fee associated with this resource.
An insightful, verse-by-verse commentary of the entire Bible, and useful with any translation. This easy-to-read commentary excels in turning complicated theology into practical understanding. Written with warmth, reverence, and devout scholarship, this is the perfect choice for personal devotions and Bible study and for preparing to teach others. It does not avoid difficult to understand passages. Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. says: “…concise yet comprehensive—the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen.” Warren Wiersbe says: “…for the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word.”
The cost of this commentary is $19.99.
I have the hard bound book. I can’t remember what I paid for it, but it was certainly more than the notes version offered above. The book is over 2,400 pages. The total size of the download is 4.38 megs. It’s completely filled with notes – nothing else – the bible isn’t reproduced within the book. Its all straight commentary and well worth the price. You can buy the hardbound version at ChristianBook.com for $25.99.

e-Sword – My Software Of Choice

eSwordLogoNEW.jpgThe last time I began bible study I went back and forth between Quick Verse and e-Sword.
This time around, I’m only using e-Sword. It is my bible study software of choice for several reasons.
First, the program works well. This is free software – that’s a plus. You can pay for a few add on programs and translations such as the NIV and New King James versions. Even then, you’re still talking less than $50.
Quick Verse is a good program – however it doesn’t have as good an interface as e-Sword.
My goal this time around is to keep it simple and not get involved with information overload. I’m only picking a few items to work with.
Therefore, I’m going with e-Sword and the Preachers Outline & Sermon bible. I believe these are the best choices I can make.

eSword Bibles

eSwordBible.jpgI like eSword the more and more I use it. It has quite a few nice features. As seen from the graphic to the left, there are a tremendous number of bible translations available. However, I’ve found that showing all of them on the screen can be a bit confusing. You only really see one translation at a time (unless you set up a parallel view in which you can see 4 translation on the screen).

Still, just seeing this many tabs can be confusing.

eSwordBiblle2.jpgTherefore, I’ve changed my configuration to only show 2 translations, the King James Version (red letter edition) and the English Standard Version (Ted’s favorite). You’ll also see two other tabs. The one ‘parallel’ will show up to 4 translations. I only use two for this mode, as mentioned above.

The other tab is ‘compare’. When that is clicked, it will show all of the translations installed on the computer.

Currently, the NIV and New King James versions are not available for eSword. At times, I also use the RSV (Revised Standard Version). It would be nice to have the NIV and the NKJV, but it really isn’t necessary.

eSword MicroSoft Word Macro – Search

I’ve found eSword to be the bible software program that I use the most. While I have Quick Verse 8 (Expanded Edition), eSword works just as well, and from my experience, is easier to use. Plus, you can’t beat the price as it is free.

One nice feature I’ve found, is a macro that works inside MicroSoft Word. This macro quickly and easily installs and is very easy to use.

Below is a diagram showing the upper left section of a Word document. On the bottom toolbar, on the left, you’ll notice the links for the eSword macro.

The feature I’m describing today is the ‘Search’ feature within eSword. In the example cited, I’ve searched on the word ‘prayer’ in the entire bible. eSword quickly finds all references to the word. I could have also put in ‘pray’ and have searched.

107 verses are located with ‘prayer’, while 306 are located with ‘pray’. From the diagram below, I can paste directly into the Word document, using various formats. More on that in tomorrow’s entry.

eSwordWordMacroSearch.jpg

eSword Commentaries & Bibles

eSwordCommenteryBible2.jpg While the above graphic still might be a little small to see, it does show part of the screen from eSword.

The left bottom section is for the commentaries and the right bottom section is for the dictionaries.

Look closely at the various tabs for the commentaries and dictionaries. You’ll see some of them are a little different. This indicates these tabs have comments available for the specific commentary.

I’ve made the ‘Gill’ commentary active. On the right side, I’ve clicked on the word ‘spiritual’ and you’ll see what the active tab has on it.

Unlike the upper bible section, which I like to keep rather clean, I like to have the option seeing as many commentaries as possible.

In the ‘commentaries’ section, you’ll see a tab called STUDY NOTES and another called TOPIC NOTES.

The topic notes is another vast resource, as many ‘topics’ may be downloaded. Actually, they are much more that just ‘topics’. They are complete books.

eSword Commentaries

The following bible commentaries are available from the eSword website for download.


  • Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

  • Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible
  • John Darby’s Synopsis of the Bible
  • Commentary of the NT from the Talmud & Hebraica (Lightfoot)
  • Geneva Bible Translation Notes
  • John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
  • Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary
  • Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament
  • Key Word Commentary
  • Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible
  • Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
  • McGarvey & Pendleton Commentary
  • NET Bible Notes
  • Robertson’s Word Pictures in the New Testament
  • Scofield’s Reference Notes
  • The People’s New Testament (B. W. Johnson)
  • The Testamony of Jesus Christ
  • The Treasury of David (C. H. Spurgeon)
  • Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
  • Vincent’s Word Studies
  • John Wesley’s Notes on the Bible

  • Biblical Archaeology Review Back Issues on CD

    BiblicalArchaeologyReviewArchiveCD.jpgAs a follow up on my entry from yesterday about the Biblical Archaeolog Review magazine, I now see they have a CD available.

    Biblical Archaeology Review: The Archive CD-ROM (1975-2005)

    Over 30 years of Biblical Archaeology Review issues are accessible on this deluxe 2-disc set. This comprehensive resource for Biblical archaeology research has all the editorial content of each issue – more than 1,800 articles and over 9,500 photos, maps, drawings and charts. It is fully searchable by keyword, author or subject. Five books published by BAS are also included.

    At your fingertips – every issue of Biblical Archaeology Review from 1975 to 2005. More than 1,800 articles and 9,500 breathtaking photos, maps, drawings and charts.

    Fully searchable! Can’t find that article on the Temple Mount, or David’s entry into Jerusalem, or the Siloam Pool? Just type in a keyword, author or title. When you come to a Bible citation, a click brings you to the passage in the King James version.

    The cost for the CD collection is $134.95.

    eSword Sync

    One problem I run into is running my favorite programs on more than one computer. If not careful, I often wind up not keeping the latest files on each computer.

    One way around the problem is to create ‘batch’ or ‘bat’ files. A batch file is a small computer program which does a ‘batch’ of commands, one after the other.

    They are small execuatable computer programs and generally aren’t that difficult to write.

    I run eSword on all my computers in a directory on the c:\ drive in a directory called Esword. (c:\Esword). In order for bat files to operate properly, you must make sure that your files and directories are stored in the exact same place on every computer you use.

    My ‘S’ drive is a Fire Lite portable USB 80 gig drive. This comes in very handy, being a very small external USB hard drive. I use it as my main source to back up directories and data.

    Below is the bat file I use.

    In order to understand the logic behind the bat file you need to know that:

    1. Files with the “.not” extension are the note files from eSword. The invididual person’s own Study Notes file from the program is stored in a file called study.not. This is probably the most important file to save as it contains all of your personal study notes that you have attached to various verses of the bible.

    2. Files with the “.ovl” extension are overlay files. As you configure and adjust the program to your preferences, these files are changed.

    3. Files with the “.mem” extension are Memory Scripture files. The user may create several of these type files with different names. Obviously, these are important to save and keep updated on each computer.

    4. Files with the “.brp” extension are Bible Reading Plan files. As these are changed, it is important to back these files up.

    5. Files with the “.lst” extension are ‘list’ type files. You create these as you search and save various items, such as “the word ‘prayer’ mentioned in the bible”. You would want to save all of these.

    6. Files with the “.prl” extension are Prayer List Files. This file is rewritten every time you change your Prayer Lists.

    7. The file “topic.top” is the individual’s Topic File that he creates. This is another important file.

    Below is the bat file that I use to copy my important eSword files to my Fire Lite USB hard drive, after I have used eSword. I call is my eSwordUP.bat file, as it copies files ‘UP’ to my USB drive. I have a corresponding eSwordDOWN.bat file that is used to copy these files back down to the local hard drive (c: drive) on each computer.

    I have similiar ‘bat’ files that I use to copy my email program from computer to computer and to change the configuration within the email program.

    cd S:\Esword
    del S:\Esword\study.not
    del S:\Esword\*.*ovl
    del S:\Esword\*.*mem
    del S:\Esword\*.*brp
    del S:\Esword\*.*lst
    del S:\Esword\*.*prl
    del S:\Esword\e-Sword.GID
    del S:\Esword\topic.top
    cd c:\Esword\
    copy c:\Esword\study.not S:\Esword\
    copy c:\Esword\*.*ovl S:\Esword\
    copy c:\Esword\*.*mem S:\Esword\
    copy c:\Esword\*.*brp S:\Esword\
    copy c:\Esword\*.*lst S:\Esword\
    copy c:\Esword\*.*prl S:\Esword\
    copy c:\Esword\e-Sword.GID S:\Esword\
    copy c:\Esword\topic.top S:\Esword\