But I’ve recently been forced to make a choice. You see, I decided to buy the Bauer-Danker Greek-English Lexicon (or “BDAG,” as it’s known about Greek students).This is the ultimate biblical Greek language resource, and I had some Christmas money left over — and I just couldn’t stand not having it.
It’s available from Amazon, Logos, and BibleWorks for about the same price. But Logos and BibleWorks don’t read each other’s documents, and thus a choice was forced.
I decided to go with a software version. It’s just too cool to be able to link each word in the Bible with the Greek dictionary. It’s really better than a hard copy. But which version?
After weeks of reflection (it’s a $150 investment!), I ultimately decided to go with BibleWorks. Here’s why –
* BibleWorks loads faster — 6.4 seconds vs. 28.6 seconds. And BibleWorks loads to a working page, whereas Logos loads to a marketing page. And plays music when it loads. And I want to decide what music my computer plays.
I just can’t stand waiting nearly 30 seconds just to open the program. I have a quad-core computer!
* BibleWorks finds what I need faster. It can load a verse within a second after I type the reference in, along with automatic links to each dictionary, each commentary, cross-references, commentaries, the Early Church Fathers, etc. It finds the resources faster than I can move my hand from my mouse to my keyboard.
Logos is a lot slower. It takes about 15 seconds to load Psalm 23 and its associated resources. It takes another mouse click and then about another 5 seconds to load the dictionary references.
I can find, read, and copy the reference I need from BibleWorks faster than Logos takes to load the resources to my screen.
* Now, both programs have their advantages and disadvantages. Both have their fair share of annoyances and brilliant features.
I once compared the two to a Jeep vs. a Lexus. I’m not sure that’s right. A Lexus does not lack acceleration. Logos does. Logos has more features than BibleWorks, but BibleWorks is just more practical for what I need.
I’m trying to think of a better comparison. How about — Logos is a like a beautiful woman who takes too long to get ready. Would you be proud to have her on your arm? Absolutely. Do you mind waiting a little longer so that she’ll look great? Well, a little longer. But making you wait too long is just rude.
(There is nothing inherent in the program that requires such slow load times. There’s a programming flaw in there somewhere.)
I continue to be bothered by BibleWorks’ lack of a back button (please, oh, please add one!) and it’s refusal to save a layout the way I want it (how hard could this be?). But speed and intuitive access to tons of resources? It’s the better choice for me.
(For a more detailed comparison, see this series.)