If you’re a Mac user, both QuickVerse and now Logos is available for the Mac. There’s also a Mac-only product called Accordance which costs between £35 and £2,000. It’s considered to strike a helpful balance between ease of use and power. If you want software for free, you should try MacSword, which is similar to e-Sword, although not as friendly.
There are also an increasing number of online tools, so if don’t have your only access to a computer is at the library or a friend’s home, they could be very helpful. The best are The Sword and The Blue Letter Bible. If you just want to read the Bible in many versions, try BibleGateway.
Finally, one further package deserves a mention: Ilumina Gold. It’s marketed as a “digitally animated encyclopaedia suite”. It’s good for bringing the Bible to life through animated sequences of Bible stories, virtual reality tours of important Bible places (e.g. the temple), and photos and maps of Bible lands. It’s therefore potentially helpful for families wanting to encourage children in Bible study. It’s available for Mac and PC.
That just about wraps up this little mini-series on the best Bible study software. In a future mini-series, I hope to be able to make some recommendations about software for pastors and preachers.