Tools of the Trade: The Sword Project

When I started getting my first regular paycheck as a minister I purchased the fanciest Bible Software I could find, at the time it was Logos and cost over $400.  I used it, but I never used all of the features or books that it came with.  For the most part I used one Bible and the search feature.  I cut and pasted sections for bulletins and Bible studies and used the search to find texts I couldn’t remember the reference to.

Nowadays an online Bible would suit most of my needs, but I don’t have internet access at my Church study so I still need a Bible application.

The Sword Project is perfect for my needs, it has a good selection of texts, you can choose how many you install and it has the search function I need.  I’ve mentioned it before when I discussed open source software for Churches.  But I wanted to give a few more details.

There are different applications depending on what operating system or desktop environment you use: 


These apps don’t have all of the heavy-weight features in commercial programs, but they are considerably smaller and have everything I need.  Several (mostly older) Bible translations are available, including the ESV.  There are also plenty of books, commentaries, dictionaries etc…  I have found a few quirky bugs in KDE and Mac versions, Gnome Sword seemed the most stable to me and I haven’t tried the Windows one.  But these haven’t kept it from being a very useful program for a minister to have loaded.
Here’s a screenshot of Bible Time, the KDE version of the Sword Project:

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