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Pradis: Zondervan Bible Study Library

ZondervanThe Zondervan Bible Study Library is a Bible software package geared more for pastors and lay users (though they also have a "scholar's" edition, though this title is somewhat of a misnomer). It is powered by Pradis, a program that combines an intuitive interface with a responsive search engine.

While original language searches are possible (and not too difficult), if you want to work with the original languages, then any of the other packages would be better. What the Zondervan Bible Study Library has to its advantage is that it brings together a good package of non-scholarly resources built around Zondervan's ever-popular NIV translation -- and all for a decent price. There are a number of other Zondervan products that are powered by Pradis (see my Electronic Texts & Resources for Biblical Studies page).

Summary

  • Developer: Zondervan (www.zondervan.com)
  • Platform & System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP running on a Pentium 166 MHz of higher. Requires: CD drive, min 32 MB Ram, and a minimum of 52 MB to a maximum of 440 MB hard drive space depending on what modules you put on your drive.
  • Strengths/Weaknesses: Brings together a number of pastoral resources at a good price; weakness is that the (modern) resources are limited to Zondervan products (which is fine if you are a conservative evangelical).

Packages Available

  • Demo: No trial copy is available for download, though it does have a 60-day, money-back guarantee.
  • Family Edition: This edition includes the NIV and a number of other English translations, along with some Zondervan Bible study resources. Buy from Amazon.com
  • Leader's Edition: This edition includes the NIV and a number of other English translations, along with some Zondervan Bible study resources, including four different dictionaries and encyclopedias. Also has the ability to cross-reference English translations with Greek and Hebrew/Aramaic texts. Also has printable Bible study handouts with leader's notes. Buy from Amazon.com
  • Professional Edition: This edition includes the NIV and a number of other English translations, along with some Zondervan Bible study resources, including four different dictionaries and encyclopedias. Also has the ability to cross-reference English translations with Greek and Hebrew/Aramaic texts. Buy from Amazon.com
  • Scholar's Edition: This edition everything in the previous packages plus some additional resources. Buy from Amazon.com

Final Recommendations

For the Windows market Zondervan Bible Study Library is a pretty good software package geared for lay people and pastors. Not recommended for those who want to do work in the original languages or do serious biblical studies research.

Purchasing Information

You may purchase Zondervan Bible Study Library from Amazon.com and Christianbook.com (I have provided easy to access links above; Christianbook.com has excellent prices), you can also purchase them directly from Zondervan's website (www.zondervan.com).

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2009 09:30