BibleCrawler - Advanced Searching for Biblical Languages

Welcome to BibleCrawler, a search tool for advanced research of the Bible.

BibleCrawler is a search engine that allows you to design and customise queries on a wide variety of biblical texts and lexica in a number of translations. Click on the buttons below for more information.

Basic Concepts
Complex Searches
Simple Searches
Technical Overview
5 Minute Tour

BibleCrawler comes in two versions

  • BibleCrawler - Local install. BibleCrawler and all its databases are installed on your PC.

  • BibleCrawler.NET - An web-based version of BibleCrawler (demonstrating only a subset of BibleCrawler's functionality)

  • In using BibleCrawler, you are agreeing to the terms of the CCAT USER DECLARATION and the Research Purposes Scholarly Use Licence (see below)

    Some clever things that you can do with BibleCrawler!

    • Search the Hebrew Bible by word, phrase, morphology and/or WORD FAMILIES
    • Semantic Searching: Search the Hebrew Bible using Semantic Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew (SDBH) data
    • Search the LXX and Greek NT by word, phrase, morphology and/or word family
    • Search the parallel MT/LXX to see how Hebrew words are rendered in the LXX (and vice versa) 
    • Search lexicons (including searching definitions and fuzzy word searching)
    • Compare 2 passages and highlight common lemma, family & semanitic domain
    • Complex compound searches using the Search Bucket (see 'Advanced Searches' above) 
    • perform complex searches with REGEXP syntax-builder.  
    • Display LXX Variant information  
    • link to Logos Resources &  Perseus Online for lexical analysis

    **** RELEASE STATUS  ****

    BIbleCrawler is currently (July 2017) in a final pre-release phase for version 4.0

    The Beta release version is available for free download (for "scholarly use" - see below). 

    The free download version has had the Hebrew Morphology removed.  The full Hebrew morphology is a licenced product, which must be purchased as an add-on.

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    In order to use BibleCrawler, you must indicate you acceptance of the licences under which the data has been made available. 

    BibleCrawler is a tool for those engaged in research involving Biblical languages.  Most of the databases are made available under a scholarly-use / research purposes licence arrangement.  

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    Research Purposes Scholarly Use Licence

    The licence covers the databases listed below.  By accepting this licence, you 

    1. Declare that you are actively engaged in biblical research
    2. Acknowledge that these databases are licenced for research purposes only, and that this licence does not allow any commercial use of these databases.
    3. Acknowledge that you will control access to these materials and not allow 3rd party access.   
    The licence covers the following databases.  The source and copyright holder of the relevant databases is also listed.  You should contact the copyright holder in relation to all commercial / non-scholarly use of this material

    SDBH Semantic Domains and Lexicon
    Copyright permission granted by the editorial board of the Semantic Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew : see  

    BibleCrawler Databases
    The following databases were developed by Rt Rev. Dr Michael Stead, who gives permission for use for research purposes

    • Versification
    • Hebrew WordFamilies
    • Greek WordFamilies
    • Hebrew Lexicon
    • Greek Lexicon
    • Extensions to Tov's Parallel MT/LXX
    • Vulgate (Morphology)