Biblical software

Biblical software or Bible software is a group of computer applications designed to read, study and in some cases discuss biblical texts and concepts. Biblical software programs are similar to e-books in which they include digitally formatted books, may be used to display a wide variety of inspirational books and Bibles, and can be used on portable computers. HOWEVER, biblical software is geared more Toward word and sentence searches, Accessing study bible Notes and commentaries , referencing various modern translations, cross-referencing similar passages and topics, biblical dictionaries, original language texts and language tools, maps, charts, and other e -booksdeemed relevant to understanding texts from a philological approach.

Bible software varies in complexity and depth, DEPENDING on the needs of users, just as the Purposes of the users vary from devotional reading and personal study to lesson and sermon preparation, publishing and inspirational Even Further research tools and translations. Basic Bible is a mobile language, and is designed to be a simple translation of the text. More advanced packages are run personal computers and boast far more features, display a ‘wider variety of theological resources (see above), and May offer features Such As synopses and harmonies of the narrative Gospel , morphological and syntacticalsearches of original texts, sentence diagrams , user notes, manual and dynamic highlighting, lectionary viewers, etc.

History

Interest in using computers to quickly search the Bible and copy sections of the text in the early 1980s.

“Around 1980 [1] or 1981, released on the Apple II. [2] [3]

Bible-Reader was made available around 1985, using the King James Bible as a free shareware . Programmed by Philip Kellingley in the UK, it was delivered on 5 x 5.25 inch floppy disks which expanded on the hard drive of an IBM PC. As occupied by 1 MB. It was a success, with most shareware distributors rating it as a “best seller”. quote needed ]

In 1988, John W. Ellis, MD (“Doc Ellis”) of Oklahoma City introduced The Bible Library 1.0, the first electronic compilation of multiple Bibles and reference texts. The original CD-ROM contained 9 Bibles and 21 References and was fast and powerful at a time when there was only one pair of slow Bibles requiring multiple 5¼ floppy disks. [4]

In 1989, Dallas Theological Seminary produced CDWord: The Interactive Bible Library for Windows 2.x. This pioneering application featured a large library of English Bibles and scholarly works, including a Greek lexicon, a Bible dictionary, and a commentary. [5] The $ 595 package required a CD-ROM drive, which most users had to purchase and install separately. In 1991, facing financial shortfalls, the DTS board voted to sell the technology to Logos Bible Software , which incorporated the electronic texts into a new version of its product and still sells them today. [6]

Bible software was much faster than traditional study tools in a book forms. Early Bible software was made simply for word and phrase searches in different modern translations. Later, the new Hebrew Old Testament and Koine Greek New Testament texts of the Bible were added. The working of the original biblical languages, one of the first functionalities of morphology or parsing, providing information on the subject. At this point many Bible software programs are still being published today. [7]

Library building

Most Bible software publishers offer a variety of initial packages from basic to intermediate, to advanced levels, ranging from computer to computer. [8] Bible software products offer customers expandability-that users can build their initial investment in the purchase of additional resources such as dictionaries, commentaries, translations, and other inspirational books. Initial packages normally include many bundledworks, while add-on titles represent a more significant investment. Normally, the advanced packages include all the features of the more basic packages, but they have the advantage of having the same format.

Desktop Bible software

Software for research

The Open Source SHEBANQ project is an initiative of the Eep Talstra Center for Bible and Computer (ETCBC) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The basis of the project is the ETCBC database of the Hebrew Bible. The database contains the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible, which is richly encoded on the levels of morphology and syntax. On their website shebanq.ancient-data.org the text and its features can be inspected and the vocabulary and grammatical queries can be made in the Mini Query Language (MQL), to which one can refer in other publications. The website also shows which other projects based on the ETCBC database have been initiated. The Python package text-fabric is a platform independent research tool with which one can preprocess data from the ETCBC database and store them in any desired format. The SHEBANQ project is based on the specific demands of research. These questions were formulated during the Lorentz conference, held in Leiden 2012.

Linux / Unix

  • Bible Analyzer – A freeware Bible study and analysis application with Advanced Searching, Bible Statistics, Parallel Text Generator, Text-To-Speech, Audio, and more. Many free modules available with immediate download of premium modules;
  • The SWORD Project – (multiplatform) See below under Programming API;

Mac OS X

  • Accordance – It is known for its extensive library collection, extensive tools, ease of use, affordability and reliability. Tuning dynamically links to a library, a user reading various dictionaries or commentaries are able to search in another text, parallel passages, harmonies, automatic quotation for bibliographies, complex to simple search techniques, maps, timelines, graphic resources, are all available. Charts, graphs, diagrams, and powerful analytical tools are available in Accordions powerful search tools. Highly Recommended for Bible Study Software for Mac [9]
  • Bible Analyzer – A freeware Bible study and analysis application with Advanced Searching, Bible Statistics, Parallel Text Generator, Text-To-Speech, Audio, and more. Many free modules available with immediate download of premium modules. Highly rated by Download.com [10]
  • BibleReader – Olive Tree Bible Software has been a provider of mobile Bible study software. Their BibleReader platform is now available for your Mac desktop. With customizable features, enhanced study tools and an easy to use interface. BibleReader offers excellent cross platform support with the ability to share notes, personalizations, highlights and books between their mobile and desktop offerings. Olive Tree offers a large collection of books and resources for making it easy to get started in a library within BibleReader. [11]
  • BibleWorks – Mac Installer Code developed in 2012 that allows Windows licenses;
  • Eloquent – A free & open-source application for research and study of God and His Word. Mac OS X. [12]
  • Logos Bible Software – Mac version of Logos, first released December 2008; synchronize with Logos for Windows and mobile applications;
  • PocketBible – Free Bible Software from Laridian, Inc. Synchronizes with Laridian’s other desktop and mobile versions. [13]
  • STEP Bible STEP Bible is released for Mac in October 2014 and offers a wide range of resources including NIV and ESV.
  • WORDsearch – Offers a large library of English resources. Can search Greek, Hebrew and other languages;

Programming API

  • The SWORD Project A comprehensive open source multi-lingual Bible project. The project is a programming platform and a collection of resources. Several front end programs are available for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, various PDAs, etc.
    • Alkitab Bible Study – Cross-platform is not based on Netbeans platform;
    • And Bible – Front end for Android devices that is built in Java;
    • Bible Desktop – Cross platform is built in Java;
    • BibleTime – Windows, Linux, and BSD operating systems;
    • BPBible – Front end for Windows;
    • FireBible – Front end that installs as a Firefox extension;
    • MacSword – Front end for the Mac OS X;
    • PocketSword – Front end for the iPhone;
    • SwordBible – Simple Bible Reading Software for Windows;
    • SwordReader – Front end for Windows Mobile;
    • The SWORD Project for Windows – Front end for Windows;
    • Xiphos – Front end based on GTK for Windows, Linux, and BSD platforms;

Windows

  • Accordance – It is known for its extensive library collection, extensive tools, ease of use, affordability and reliability. Tuning dynamically links to a library, a user reading various dictionaries or commentaries are able to search in another text, parallel passages, harmonies, automatic quotation for bibliographies, complex to simple search techniques, maps, timelines, graphic resources, are all available. Charts, graphs, diagrams, and powerful analytical tools are available in Accordions powerful search tools. Highly Recommended for Bible Study Software for Mac, Accordance added native Windows compatibility in late 2013.
  • Bible Analyzer – A freeware Bible study and analysis application with Advanced Searching, Bible Statistics, Parallel Text Generator, Text-To-Speech, Audio, and more. [10]
  • Bibleworks – Paid software, with a lot of tools and some extra possibilities to buy additional dictionaries and Christian classics.
  • e-Sword – Freeware Bible software. [14] [15] Includes STEP Library , translator, translator, translator, translator, translator, translator, translator [16]
  • Bible Software Logos – multi-format desktop and mobile applications. Offers an extensive library of 40,000+ titles by Thomas Nelson , Zondervan , Eerdmans, Baker, and others.
  • Online Bible – Bible Software Package around since 1987. Extensive library of material in English and other languages;
  • PocketBible – Free Bible Software from Laridian, Inc. Available with both the Windows desktop interface (pre-Windows 8) and Windows Store (Windows 8 and later). Synchronizes with Laridian’s other desktop and mobile versions. [17]
  • QuickVerse – This was the first organization to use the STEP file format . QuickVerse was acquired by WORDsearch in 2011 and is now based on the WORDsearch CROSS format.
  • rBiblia – Completely free and easy Bible translations. Application was written on top of the Microsoft .NET technology. [18]
  • STEP Bible STEP Bible is released for Windows in September 2014 and offers a wide range of resources including NIV and ESV.
  • SwordSearcher – An inexpensive but simple goal bible study program. Mostly public domain modules. Suitable for original languages ​​study (Textus Receptus).
  • The Discovery Bible – Showcasing which words have been emphasized, along with verb tenses. [19]
  • The Word – free Bible study software with comprehensive features Including Bibles in many languages, not Bible study resources (Including maps), cross-referencing system, more.
  • WORDsearch – Offers a large library of English resources for free and for additional purchase. Greek, Hebrew and other languages ​​are searchable. WORDsearch Basic (previously called Bible Explorer) is a free, light version of WORDsearch.

Mobile platform

Mobile Bible apps can be best categorized by two primary uses – reading and studying. Many apps will offer a little more than the text of the Bible. Other applications for the study of the language of the Bible and the translation of the Bible.

Android

  • AndBible – Android Bible front ends JSword engine
  • BibleReader – Olive Tree Bible Software
  • Bible.is
  • Logos for the Android – Logos Bible Software;
  • MyBible – Free Bible app.
  • MySword – Front end for Android fully compatible with Word, Windows desktop software citation needed ]
  • PocketBible – Free Bible app from Laridian, Inc.
  • YouVersion – Free Bible Reading app from Lifechurch.tv

Apple iOS

  • Accordance – OakTree Software
  • Bible.is
  • Bible! – Logos Bible Software
  • BibleReader – Olive Tree Bible Software
  • e-Sword HD and e-Sword LD – e-Sword for the iPad and iPhone, respectively
  • PocketBible – Free Bible app from Laridian, Inc.
  • PocketSword – Front end for the iPhone
  • WORDsearch – WORDsearch Bible Software
  • YouVersion – Free Bible Reading app from Lifechurch.tv

Blackberry

  • BibleReader – Olive Tree Bible Software
  • YouVersion – Free Bible Reading app from Lifechurch.tv

Java

  • Alkitab Bible Study – Cross-platform The Sword Project API
  • Bible Desktop – The Cross platform is built in Java, and uses The Sword Project API
  • BibleNotebook – Bible desktop reader built in Java, with other features like notebook, dictionary, bookmarks, parallel view. http://biblegpl.wordpress.com
  • Go Bible – for JavaME mobile phones

Palm OS

  • BibleReader – Olive Tree Bible Software (no longer supported)
  • MyBible – Laridian, Inc. (no longer supported)
  • Palm Bible Plus – open source Bible for Palm

Windows Mobile (formerly Windows CE)

  • BibleReader – Olive Tree Bible Software (no longer supported)
  • Pocket E-Sword – in December 2009, it was announced that official support had ceased
  • SwordReader – Front end for Windows Mobile (no longer supported)
  • PocketBible – Laridian, Inc. (no longer supported)

See also

Online tools
  • New Christian Bible Study
  • bibledit
  • WordProject
  • BibleGateway.com
  • Bibleserver.com
  • Biblia.com
  • Blue Letter Bible
  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library – Defined as a Christian library (like Libronix). Bible study interface with various Bible versions and commentaries available.
  • e-Sword Live
  • NET Bible
  • STEP Bible

Further reading

Hughes, John, J. (1987). Bits, Bytes, and Biblical Studies: A Resource Guide for the Use of Computers in Biblical and Classical Studies . Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan / Academie Books. ISBN  978-0310285816 .

Hsu, Jeffrey (December 1993). Computer Bible Study: Up-To-Date Information on the Best Software and Techniques . Dallas, TX: Word Publications. ISBN  978-0849933721 .

References

  1. Jump up^ 25th Anniversary for Bible Software is Celebrated with New Release. – Free Online Library
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  4. Jump up^ Bible Library – Powerful, Yet Easy and Fun to Use Bible Software
  5. Jump up^ Deegan, Marilyn (April 2009). Transferred Illusions: Digital Technology and the Forms of Print . Ashgate. p. 26. ISBN  978-0-7546-7016-2 .
  6. Jump up^ “25 Years of Digital Bible Initiatives at DTS From CDWord to Logos Bible Software” . DTS Magazine . 31 January 2014 . Retrieved 27 April 2014 .
  7. Jump up^ “Bible Software History 101” . Harris Hall. 2008-02-06. Archived from the original on 2008-03-23 . Retrieved 2008-03-09 .
  8. Jump up^ Scholar’s Library: Gold (JG) – Logos Bible Software
  9. Jump up^ EgE-Search the ArchivedScriptures2011-01-02 atWebCite, 2004,Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
  10. ^ Jump up to:b Bible Analyzer – Given 4.5 out of 5 Stars by the editors. Overall, we think that Bible Analyzer is a powerful and flexible tool that is appropriate for anyone who is serious about Bible study
  11. Jump up^ Mac Bible Study and the Bible for Mac – BibleReader Overview: Mobilize Your Bible Study on Mac Apple – Olive Tree Bible Software
  12. Jump up^ About “Eloquent Bible Study
  13. Jump up^ Laridian, Inc.
  14. Jump up^ e-Sword- Publisher: Rick Meyers. Recently reviewed: 7.9.8 Reviewed: April 26, 2008 –and one of the most popular of all Bible software packages even when the “big dogs” are in the mix– Bible Software Review
  15. Jump up^ Bible Software Survey 2005- Bible Software Review
  16. Jump up^ Latest e-Sword Downloads, Modules, Utilities, and News
  17. Jump up^ Laridian, Inc.
  18. Jump up^ Latest rBiblia downloads
  19. Jump up^ The Discovery Bible features