The Nazarene Commentary Modules for OLB

Installation Instructions

Both the 21st Century Version of the Christian Scriptures© [code: MHM] and the Nazarene Commentary 2000-2002© on all of the Christian Scriptures (NT) [code: MHMNC] are available as modules for the "THE WORD" of Online Bible (a.k.a. OLB).

I would like to dedicate the MHMNC notes module to Timo Koorns tra – my deepest thanks for all your efforts. Timo wants to dedicate the newer MHM Bible version module to Jimmymac (James E. McCarthy, Sr.).

The following instructions will help you installing the modules on your computer.

First, you need to install “The Word” if you have not already done so. The Word is a powerful tool for Bible Study, which can be downloaded elsewhere on the Internet (See the installation instructions). If you already have it, make sure you have a recent version.

Once you have The Word installed on your computer, you can proceed and download the MHM and MHMNC modules (January 2002 version).

Follow these steps:

  1. Always close OLB before installing any modules (if you forget this, you must close and re-open OLB after installation to see the result)
  2. Download the module by clicking here (MHMNC for OLB - 1,8 Mb)
  3. Open (=execute) it. Recent versions of Internet Explorer have a handy "Open" button on the download dialog for this purpose, but otherwise you just go to the location where you saved the file (mhmnc.exe) and open it.
  4. Close all of the following windows (you may want to read their content first) that will appear with either the OK or Exit button:
    1. “MHMNC Installation” – Press OK
    2. “Visually Impaired Documentation” – Press OK
    3. “Restore Backups” – Press Exit
    4. “THE WORD Setup” – Press OK
  5. OLB opens with the new module installed.
  6. Choose from the menu "Library" – "Selection Preferences", select the "Notes" tab, make sure there is a checkmark next to the new module ("MHMNC") and press OK.

The steps for the MHM module are almost the same:

  1. Close OLB again before installing
  2. Download the module by clicking here (MHM for OLB - 560 Kb)
  3. Open (=execute) it.
  4. Close the following windows.
    1. “MHM Installation” – Press OK
    2. “ Visually Impaired Documentation” – Press OK
    3. “Restore Backups” – Press Exit
    4. “THE WORD Setup” – Press OK
  5. OLB opens with the new module installed.
  6. Choose from the menu "Library" – "Selection Preferences", select the "Versions" tab, make sure there is a checkmark next to the new module ("MHM") and press OK.

When you are looking at a verse in the passage window, you can access the notes by right clicking on the verse. From the pop-up window choose "Open notes" – "MHMNC". A new window will open with the MHMNC footnotes for that particular verse.

Many of these footnotes contain references to other notes, verses and/or Strong's numbers. All of these are hyperlinked, and a double click on such highlighted items will open the corresponding note, verse or lexicon entry.

Notes about the New Version and Verse-by-Verse Commentary

The texts on which the OLB modules MHM and MHMNC are based consist of a new version, the 21st Century Version of the Christian Scriptures© [NCMM], as an additional part of Nazarene Commentary 2000-2002©. This rendering by Mark Heber Miller may be considered a literal version with limited paraphrase.

In the original documents the words of Jesus are in red, but in the module they are in the highlight color, which by default is green, but which can be set to any other color in the OLB Settings window.

In the original quotations and allusions from the Old Testament are in italicized blue with quotations within quote marks. In both the quotations and the allusions the source is given in brackets. When these quotations and allusions are part of the words of Jesus, they appear in purple. In the OLB module these quotations and allusions are not in color, nor italicized, but in bold. When part of the words of Jesus, they are highlighted too.

Greek words of particular interest are in CAPS and accompanied by Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible code numbers. In the MHMNC module these numbers are put between hyphens and hyperlinked. Cross-references have been checked and added when of special note. In this module these references are hyperlinked. The Scripture references in the MHM module are visible only when the footnote option is turned on.

In the original each chapter and paragraph has a topical subject heading and each chapter ends with a brief summary and review questions for congregational or personal studies. These have been omitted in the module MHMNC.

Key phrases are compared throughout to other literal and paraphrased versions. Underlined words are sources for research elsewhere in Nazarene Commentary 2000-2002©.

In order to make the rendering more readable and clear, words were sometimes added in this version which do not occur in the original language. Such words or phrases appear between square brackets. In the MHMNC module this format is retained, but in the MHM module such words and phrases are put in italics without the brackets. This is the standard format used in other OLB Bible Version modules. This means that in the rare cases where the original work has italics (in the main text; not the notes), these are not preserved in the OLB MHM module to avoid confusion.

Words or phrases that have doubtful manuscript support are put between double straight brackets. Here is a complete list of verses where these double brackets occur:

Mt 17:21; 18:11; 23:14; Mk 6:33; 6:36; 6:51; 7:2; 7:16; 8:26; 9:44; 9:45; 9:46; 10:7; 10:21; 10:24; 10:30; 11:26; 15:3; 15:28; Lk 17:36; 18:24; 22:43-44; 23:17; 23:34; 24:6; 24:12; 24:36; 24:40; 24:51; 24:52; Jn 5:4; 7:53; 8:1-11; Ac 8:37; 15:34; 28:29; Ro 16:24; 1Pe 5:14; 2Pe 3:18.

Matthew 24 in the MHM contains many parallels from Mark and Luke which can be visualized by turning the footnote option on (press "F" in The Word). The Scripture references for quotations and allusions can also be visualized in the MHM with the same footnote option.

Hyperlinks

All hyperlinks are formatted with highlighting and are underlined. Hyperlinks were defined for:

Getting the most out of the MHM and MHMNC modules

Both modules reference the RAPC module and the Strong's Lexicon in a few places. So it would be good to install both the RAPC and a Strong's Lexicon module (either the OLB Lexicon for NT (= Thayer’s) and OT (= Brown/Driver/Briggs) or the Original Strong's for the NT and OT).

It is best to use a different display font than the default "MS Sans Serif": Some characters that are used in the modules do not display correctly in that default font (such as the long dash and curly quotes). A different font (like Arial, Times New Roman, ...) can be selected in the Settings window (open it via the "Tools – Customize Settings" menu), in the "Fonts" tab.

Since the words of Jesus are colored with the highlight color, it is possible to get a red-letter bible by changing the highlight color in the same Settings window in the "Colours" tab.

The word-wrap option should be turned on (which it is by default). Check this setting in the Settings dialog (open it with the "Tools – Customize Settings" menu). The "Word Wrap" option should be flagged in the "User Preferences" tab.

Future releases of both modules will reflect the latest additions to this commentary.