Last Page Update: Jan 2006
Manufacturer: The GRAMCORD Institute
Contact: Web Page: www.gramcord.org
Description: GRAMCORD (GRAMmatical conCORDance) is a Greek/Hebrew specialized Bible Study program (see also BibleWorks and Bible Windows). Here's the description from GRAMCORD: "GRAMCORD for Windows is a powerful Bible research program for Greek and Hebrew original language texts and the many modern English Bibles. While famous for its scholarly uses as a grammatical/syntactical concordance system, most of the students, pastors, and professors who use GRAMCORD depend on it for its powerful desktop arrangement of parallel Greek/Hebrew/English Bibles, word concordances, Greek/Hebrew lexicons and dictionaries, and related Bible study tools -- as well as exporting Bible passages into word-processing documents."
GRAMCORD currently uses the Loizeaux Brother's Bible Companion engine (BCS version 2), and adds an extensive GRAMCORD search template to provide morphological search capabilities for the Hebrew and Greek modules provided. It looks very powerful, and includes many of the standard public domain Bible Study works, as well as the option to add in modern translations. The GRAMCORD Institute is currently working with Heavenword and is looking at potentially using the Lightning engine to replace BCS.
I did not have a review copy of GRAMCORD, so information in this review is based on information on the web page. The full features of GRAMCORD are not expressed here. You should certainly check out the web page if you are looking for a Greek/Hebrew study tool.
GRAMCORD also supports Accordance for Macintosh computers, and GRAMCORD Lite for Palm, Windows CE, and Pocket PC.
1. User Interface:
GRAMCORD uses Loizeaux Brother's Bible Companion software as the reader engine. It includes a GRAMCORD search template that allows you to search on Tense, Voice, Mood, and more. Bible Companion is a multi-window interface.
2. Module Linking and management
The GNT displays the parsing of every NT word, and is dynamically linked to the UBS Greek and GRAMCORD parsing extensions by double clicking.
All packages include: GRAMCORD Greek NT, Bible Companion Search Engine (See Bible Companion), UBS Greek dictionary, NAS Greek/Hebrew dictionaries, Wheeler Greek/Hebrew Syntax Notes, NAS95 w/Strong's, ASB, KJV w/Strong's Concordance and dictionary, and more. GNT/HMT/LXX Scholar's bundle adds Hebrew Masoretic Text, Princeton Edition Expanded BDB Hebrew Lexicon, LXX, LEH Septuagint Lexicon. Scholar's Special Bundle adds two more Bible translations of your choice. Ultimate Bundle adds Louw & Nida Semantic Domain Greek Lexicon. They also offer the Greek NT/LXX Bundle without the Hebrew MT and BCB Hebrew Lexicon if you're not ready for exegetical work in Hebrew yet.
GRAMCORD provides the ability to (from the website): "search not just lexically (i.e. for particular Greek and Hebrew words), but also for grammatical and syntactical characteristics. GRAMCORD does so by means of very detailed databases which provide complete parsing and lexical listing form information for every word of the Greek New Testament, Hebrew Masoretic OT text, and the Greek Septuagint (LXX)."
5. Greek/Hebrew Tools: Extensive.
GRAMCORD Greek NT & NAS95 Bundle: $99. Includes Greek NT, NAS95, KJV, ASV Bibles and more.
GRAMCORD GNT/HMT/LXX Scholar's Bundle: $178. Adds both Old Testament texts with Hebrew and LXX lexicons.
GRAMCORD GNT/HMT/LXX Scholar's Special Bundle: $195. Adds two more Bible translations of the user's choice.
GRAMCORD GNT/HMT/LXX Ultimate Bundle: $235. Includes all 10 Bible modules and all associated lexicons/dictionaries -- plus a free bonus program or textbook.
GRAMCORD Greek NT/LXX Bundle: $155. Similar to the $178 Scholar's Bundle but no Hebrew modules except NAS Hebrew Dictionary.