Most Bible students for the last 50 years or more are familiar with The Treasury
of Scripture Knowledge. It’s practically been a required reference text by all Bible
believing Christians of any denominational stripe. As far as reference materials
go, TSK is one of the two most important books ever written for Bible study (Strong’s
Exhaustive Concordance is the other, in case you were wondering).
For years, TSK has been one of the most important commentaries available for Bible
study software. Bring up the commentary window, and all of those beautiful cross
references are just one mouseover away. So, we’re used to seeing it like this:
But... What if there was a way to view all of the TSK cross references (340,000 of
them!) inline with the text of your favorite Bible? If that could happen, it would
look like this, right?
Look at those beautifully clickable inline links right in the Bible view! And with
those links there, guess what commentary doesn’t have to be in the commentary window?
Yep! The TSK commentary no longer needs to be shown. So, there’s room for something
else - like Thomas Constable’s Notes on the Bible (which is excellent, by the way).
It’s not a dream. Not anymore, anyway!
Thanks to Costas’ right-hand man, “JPG,” TW users now have access to TSK inline without
having to take up precious screen space in any other window. Simply download this
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge Inline Cross References -TW
And extract it as you would any non-Bible file (typically, C:\Program Data\TheWord\Books).
Once installed, open TW and go to any Bible view. Choose “Bible View Options” (or
CTRL-O) and select “Footnotes and Cross-references.” In the lower part of the screen
you’ll find your cross referencing options.
Here are the settings that I use. Notice that “Cross-references are bi-directional”
box? If that box is checked, then your TSK cross reference module actually performs
just like the TSKe cross reference module! A two-fer! You’ve got to love that!
Back in the Bible window, you can simply toggle the TSK on and off with one key -
“x”. Go ahead and give it a try. If you’re a TSK lover (and Bible believers are certainly
that!), you’re going to love this inline cross reference feature. I gare-own-teee
A FEW TECHNICAL NOTES ABOUT THIS MODULE
Inline cross reference files are called “*.xrefs.twm.” So, this file is “TSK Xrefs.xrefs.twm.”
Make sure you don’t confuse that with the Official Commentary - TSK.cmt.twm; or the
enhanced commentary version - TSKe.cmt.twm.
Also, this TSK Xrefs module is a user module; as such, it is editable. So, you can
modify it by adding or deleting verses from it. I only mention this by way of caution.
Feel free to make any changes you like; just be aware that if you choose “add a cross
reference” from the Bible window, you may easily change the content of this file.
Remember - TW’s inline cross reference files are called *.xrefs.twm. They’re often
referred to in shorthand as “xrefs” or “.xrefs”.
The *.xrefs.twm modules may be installed to multiple folders. For ease of use, I
recommend simply installing any .xrefs.twm file to the same folder where all of your
ebooks are installed (typically “C:\Program Data\TheWord\Books”). However, the default.xrefs.twm
module - and any user module that you create - is placed in your “Personal Files
Folder.” This will be different from your “...Program Data” or “...Program Files...”
folder. Also it will be different for every user (because of the way Windows works).
To find your “Personal Files Folder” folder, click “Help / About / File Locations”
and you will be able to see - and click on - the location for your “Personal Files
Folder.” Any .xrefs.twm files may safely be placed here as well.
One more note: you can overlay multiple .xrefs modules. So, any .xrefs module can
be used in conjunction with the default .xrefs, or any other .xrefs you may have
installed or created.