The Online Bible software "THE WORD" (commonly known as "OLB") is a very powerful tool for Bible study – and it is free! The word "Online" can be misleading: once you have installed the product, no connection with the internet is required.
It might be a good idea to print these instructions before you start. Although this software is very powerful, the installation can at times be confusing.
If you are very impatient and want to skip the tutorial, here are some very basic functions you can perform with "THE WORD" from Online Bible.
To open a Bible passage: press the first icon (or Ctrl+F1) and enter a passage. After OK, the passage displays in a window. You can navigate with the arrow keys or the scrollbar.
To find scriptures with a certain keyword: press the seventh icon (or F7) and enter the word(s) you are looking for. Press Help to find out about all the Search possibilities. After OK the list with matched verses is displayed in a new window. To view the context of one of these verses, put the cursor on the verse and press "C" (context). The passage containing the verse now appears in a new window.
Once you are familiar with these functions you will want to add other modules to the OLB (Online Bible). There are many modules you can add, but we will list the ones that are a "must". However, before you proceed you must at least reboot once in order to make the Greek/Hebrew fonts available.
On the Dictionaries page you can find the Online Bible Greek Lexicon (= Thayer’s) and the Online Bible Hebrew Lexicon (= Brown/Driver/Briggs). Please download them from this location as some other sites have older versions of these two modules.
Install each of these modules as follows:
Repeat the above for the other module.
Now you can use the lexicons. Open a passage and make the Strong's codes visible by pressing "S" (if they were visible, "S" hides them again). Then double click one of the Strong's codes you see. A new window opens with the meaning of that particular word.
Now you can also add another Bible Version.
A very useful Bible version you can find on the Bible Versions page: the Westcott - Hort Greek New Testament.
Install it just as you installed the Lexicons. There is one thing you have to verify in addition though. After installation, choose from the menu "Library" – "Selection Preferences", select the "Versions" tab, make sure there is a checkmark next to the new module and press OK.
Now open a NT passage, right-click in the passage window and choose "Open/close alternate version" and then "Wescott Hort Greek Text"
You will now see the passage in both the KJV and the Greek text. The Greek is tagged with Strong numbers as well (press "S") and even with analytical information (press "F") and you can even perform searches on Greek words in the Greek version!
On this site you can download the 21st Century Version of the Christian Scriptures© [code: MHM] – part of the Nazarene Commentary 2000-2002© – as a Bible version module for OLB.
Note modules consist of comments linked to particular bible verses, if not all. A note module can be installed just as a Bible version module.
On this site you can download the Nazarene Commentary on the Christian Scriptures [code: MHMNC] – part of the Nazarene Commentary 2000-2002© – as a note module for OLB.