Thursday, August 22, 2013

The NET Bible iOS

The NET Bible is now available for free for iOS devices. (Click on the graphic above to get it from iTunes.)
As the description notes:
The NET Bible is a completely new translation of the Bible with 60,932 translators’ notes! It was completed by more than 25 scholars – experts in the original biblical languages – who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts.

This App allows you to experience the translation and all of the notes for free in a visually friendly and intuitive way.

- Read the Bible like the book that it is, by swiping through its pages without worrying about chapter boundaries.
- Tap the current passage title to change passages.
- Learn and grow by reading the 60,932 translators’ notes and the associated Bible cross references in popups.
- Bookmark your favorite passages by tapping a verse number.
- Take notes that are tied to verses, or just a date.
- Sync your notes and bookmarks with and other iOS devices running this App.
- See an indication of your notes when reading the text.
- Search the bible using our fuzzy search that doesn't require you to know all of the words or even the translation it came from.
- Share verses via Twitter, Facebook, Email, and Messaging by tapping a verse number.
- Choose books by using a grid, canonical list, or alphabetical list of books.
- Two-finger swipe left/right to navigate your history during sermons and Bible studies.
- Change the font and size of the text.
I believe there are plans to get it on Android devices at some point. In the meantime, anyone whose device has an internet browser can get the full text and all those notes by going to That site works well on my Android smartphone, but you cannot necessarily get the full NET Bible Environment experience, and it can be pretty flaky depending on the browser you use (Dolphin, Chrome, IE, etc.)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Bible.Is and Bible App for American Sign Language

Bible.Is is another online Bible web site. It doesn't have any ancient Hebrew or Greek, but it does have over 700 modern language versions which are available in some combination of Old and/or New Testament in audio and/or text versions. Among English versions, there is the ESV and KJV (both full Bible, audio and text), NRSV (audio for OT and NT), World English Bible (text for OT and NT), and English Version for the Deaf (text, naturally, for OT and NT).

Nothing particularly remarkable about the site beyond basic search functionality, but the inclusion of the English Version for the Deaf points to a more notable offering, the Deaf Bible.Is ASL App available for free from iTunes, GooglePlay, and Amazon Appstore.
Experience the Bible like never before! The first translation of God’s Word in American Sign Language (ASL) is now available in an interactive, easy to use, Bible app, featuring skilled deaf signers in sharp, close-up, color video. Immerse yourself in a complete Bible experience – interacting in rich Bible content accessible in video and TEXT! [It also includes] 61 "Jesus" film segments in ASL.
Glad to see something like this is available. Check it out.

HT: ChurchCrunch