Using GnomeSword to tease out biblical citations

Y’all know I love Ubuntu Linux and use it exclusively on my home computer. I wanted to highlight a piece of software I’ve been using on it: GnomeSword, the Bible and related texts reader for the Gnome desktop. (I’m using it to identify the introits in the old Evangelical and Reformed Church The Hymnal lectionary. More about that later.)

The only thing I use it for is looking up King James Version references, and to date there are no English modules for copyrighted Bible translations. But a robust format is there for this. John Wesley’s notes on the Bible, Brother Lawrence’s Practice and other texts are available. Seeing Universalist commentaries would be nice, but probably a waste of time. (The Linux using, Bible researching Unversalist community is pretty small.)
The main project. The SWORD Project: Open Source Bible Software

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. It might not be such a waste as you think — the SWORD stuff runs under MacOS X, Windows, Windows Mobile, and a bunch of other platforms. So it wouldn’t be restricted to Linux users.

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