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New for PocketBible, IVP Dictionary of the OT: Pentateuch

Posted on: December 27th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

The IVP Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch is our third release from the IVP Black Dictionary series and our first Old Testament volume.

As with the other dictionaries in this series, the IVP Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch represents the best of evangelical scholarship available today on this area of the study. The articles focus on both the biblical text and the conversation about that text among contemporary scholars. All articles were written exclusively for this dictionary and inform and challenge with authoritative overviews, detailed examinations and new insights from the world of the ancient Near East. Includes hundreds of cross-references and extensive bibliographies.

The IVP Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch sells for $39.99 and is available for use with PocketBible for iOS, Android, Windows PC and Windows Mobile. It is also available for use with MyBible for Palm OS.

8 Ways to Read through the Bible with PocketBible

Posted on: December 11th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 14 Comments

My philosophy on Bible reading plans is similar to exercise: find what works for you and do it. We offer a variety of Bible reading plans you can use in PocketBible to get you in the Scriptures on a daily basis. And for those times when life interferes, PocketBible has easy-to-use tools to help you catch up, start over and keep going.

Which PocketBible Bible reading plan is best for you?

  1. M’Cheyne’s One Year Bible Reading Plan (free) was originally designed by the 19th century Scottish minister, Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne to encourage his congregation to read their Bibles. Each day offers two Family readings to be read during family devotions and two Secret readings to be read during personal devotions. At the end of 365 days, you’ll have gone through the New Testament and the Psalms twice and the rest of the Bible once. Since M’Cheyne recommends reading or singing through the Metrical Psalms at least once a year, we have published Scottish Metrical Psalms with Notes by John Brown for use with the reading plan (sold separately for $1.99).
  2. Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System (free) is a unique Bible reading plan. Each day you will read one chapter from each of ten lists for a total of ten chapters per day from the Bible. Since the lists vary in length, the readings begin interweaving in constantly changing ways. You will NEVER read the same set of ten chapters together again and you will experience the Bible commenting on itself in constantly changing ways.
  3. Laridian Reading Plans (free) is a collection of 7 Bible reading plans. We often get requests for a plan that includes a selection from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs for each day. That type of plan is included in this set.
  4. The One Year Chronological Bible Reading Plan ($7.99) provides a reading plan for the entire Bible–books, chapters, and even verses–arranged in the order the events actually happened.
  5. One Year Through The Bible Devotional ($9.99) guides you through the entire Bible in a year with commentary. Each day includes a Bible passage to read with a practical and helpful devotional written by one of the authors of the Life Application Study Bible.
  6. The Daily Walk Devotional ($9.99) is a publication of Walk thru the Bible Ministries. It too is a reading plan plus devotional. Along with your assigned reading for the day you get a related overview, application and insight for the passage.
  7. One Year Bible Companion ($9.99) offers a daily reading assignment with verses taken from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs for each day. This plan offers variety in what you read plus key questions and answers to enhance your daily Bible reading.
  8. OT/NT in 3 Months (free) – tackle this 90 day Bible reading plan any time of the year. Each day offers a selection from the Old Testament and New Testament.

The Bible reading plans mentioned above simply list the verses you are to read each day. You can then link from the verses to any of your Bibles in PocketBible to read the assigned verses in a translation you like. The devotionals mentioned above offer similar verse links but add devotional comments to the verses you have been assigned to read for the day.

If you have a Bible reading plan but want to start over read our tips on Starting your Bible Reading Plan or Devotional Over for a New Year.

New for PocketBible: Wiersbe’s Bible Commentary

Posted on: November 28th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

Weirsbe's CommentaryStudy the Bible verse by verse with one of America’s best-loved Pastors, Warren Wiersbe. Former Bible teacher for Back to the Bible radio program, Warren Wiersbe is known for his warm, personal style in sharing the truth of Scripture. Recently released for use with PocketBible and MyBible, the Wiersbe Bible Commentaries are based on his popular “Be” Series of Bible study books.

Wiersbe’s “Be” Series were originally published as 50 titles covering the entire Bible. Over 4 million of these titles are in print. Now the practical wisdom and insight of this series can be available to you as you study the Bible in PocketBible with the Wiersbe Bible Commentaries.

New for PocketBible: IVP Dictionary of Paul and His Letters

Posted on: October 5th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 2 Comments

The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters is part of the award-winning IVP Dictionary Series, presenting current evangelical thought on on Pauline theology, literature, background and scholarship.

The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters offers over 200 articles covering individual theological themes (such as law, resurrection and Son of God), broad theological topics (such as Christology, eschatology and the death of Christ), methods of interpretation (such as rhetorical criticism and social-scientific approaches), background topics (such as apocalypticism, Hellenism and Qumran) and various other subjects specifically related to the scholarly study of Pauline theology and literature. Separate articles are also devoted to each of the Pauline letters to hermeneutics and to preaching Paul today.

From Library Journal:

“A collection of 200 well-written, thorough, and informed articles on Pauline themes from Abraham to justification to wrath; epistles, as well as relevant critical and background issues such as Hellenism; social-scientific research; and the canonicity of the epistles. Among the members of the international team of 108 contributors are prominent contemporary evangelical scholars. Several of them have written extensively elsewhere on the topics they present here (James Dunn on Romans, F.F. Bruce on Paul in Acts, and Ben Witherington on Christology). The scholarship evident behind the articles is not presented at the expense of readability. Thus, this work is accessible to both scholarly and lay readers…” – Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib. (Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Now available for PocketBible and MyBible, the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters sells for $39.99.

Greek New Testament Now Available for PocketBible for Windows

Posted on: September 12th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 7 Comments


The SBL Greek New Testament is now available for use with PocketBible for Windows (versions 1.100 and later).

The SBL Greek New Testament is a new text edited by Michael W. Holmes. Mr. Holmes utilized a wide range of printed editions, all the major critical apparatuses, and the latest technical resources and manuscript discoveries as he established the text. The result is a critically edited text that differs from the Nestle-Aland/United Bible Societies text in more than 540 variation units. This new text was jointly sponsored by the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and Logo Bible Software to provide a free, reliable, critically edited version of the Greek New Testament for use by students, teachers, pastors and laypeople throughout the world.

The PocketBible version of this text is available for use with PocketBible for Windows, Windows PC-based Bible software which can be ordered and downloaded for free. Current users of PocketBible for Windows will need to update to version 1.100 (book reader engine version 1.071) to use the Greek text. This can be done by logging in to your Laridian account at the Laridian web site and downloading the latest version of the software.

PocketBible for Windows Updated

Version 1.100 of PocketBible for Windows includes the following updates and fixes:

  • Support for Greek books:
    • Searching
      • Added underscore (_) as a wildcard character that matches zero or more diacritical marks
      • Modified question mark (?) wildcard character to match one character and its attached diacritical marks
      • Enabled Greek character support in the search entry fields
      • Searching requires the installation of a Greek keyboard input method in Windows, which is done through the Control Panel and is fully described in the updated Help included with the program
    • Hover text (tool tips)
    • Copy/Paste
    • Added capital letters with iota subscript to Laridian Greek font
    • Normalized the order of Greek diacriticals in books, search phrases, and notes
  • Note Editor changes:
    • Added <pb_lang> HTML Helper
    • Used the font and size selected by the user for the Note Tab in the Personalization Window. Notes are now displayed and edited using the same font.
  • Other enhancements:
    • Changed the behavior of phrase searches so that punctuation between words in a book will not cause it not to match
    • Updated the Help file
  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed a bug introduced in 1.014 where the wrong Bible abbreviation would be attached to text copied using Copy Passage (“KJVEC” instead of “KJV” and “HCSBEC” instead of “HCSB”.
    • Fixed a long-standing bug in which browsing to a new verse while editing a note with the note lock turned off would cause an error, and doing so with the lock turned on would cause the note to be saved to the current verse instead of the verse it was originally on. Also put code in place to keep user from editing or deleting a note that was already being edited.
    • Fixed a bug in which accented characters in the name of a book or Bible were displayed as HTML character entities instead of the actual character.
    • Fixed a long-standing bug in which the left mouse button appeared to be stuck down after opening or closing a book in parallel display mode. This caused text to be highlighted as the mouse was moved until the user clicked the mouse or toggled the “parallel” button.
    • Fixed a problem in which book categories were not indicated correctly for the NABRE. (May not have affected the Windows version.)

New for PocketBible: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, New Testament

Posted on: September 12th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary walks you verse by verse through the entire New Testament revealing background information about the stories, people and places of the Bible. Things that seem mystifying, puzzling, or obscure will take on tremendous meaning when you view them in their ancient context. Originally published in four volumes, this material is now available with full-color pictures, illustrations, maps, etc. as a PocketBible book. The printed volumes retail at $159.99. The PocketBible edition is only $127.99.

A video from the publisher explaining the concept and types of information provided in these volumes is linked below. The format and look will differ in PocketBible.

New for PocketBible: Zondervan Dictionary of Biblical Imagery

Posted on: July 31st, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 2 Comments

Why should you take the time to learn more about the culture and land of the biblical world? The answer is simple: doing so will revolutionize what you see when reading your Bible. The Zondervan Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, now available for PocketBible, offers a fascinating and inspiring portal to the biblical world.

As the Holy Spirit led the inspired authors of the Bible to write, He also led them to fill the pages of the Bible with vibrant images drawn from the culture, natural history, and landscape around them. Using such vivid imagery as looms, donkeys, water cisterns, grapes, sackcloth, and shepherds makes what they say both more beautiful and more memorable. These images stimulate our imagination, animate our interest, and make the abstract clearer.

Today we live in a world of smartphones, grocery stores and airplanes, and these illustrations are unlikely to relate to our everyday life. As students of the Bible, we need someone to explain both the meaning and significance of the imagery found in the biblical text which is exactly what the Zondervan Dictionary of Biblical Imagery does.

Entries explain images that correspond to a cultural artifact from the biblical world (such as arrow or sandal), a component of natural history (such as fox or fig tree), a named place (such as Mount Sinai or Nazareth), or a component of the Promised Land’s physical geography (such as mountain or wilderness). Each entry contains a description of the element or image, examples of how the image is used in the biblical text, and appropriate black and white photographs and maps that further illustrate the ideas presented.

Zondervan Dictionary of Biblical Imagery sells for $23.99 and can be used with PocketBible for iOS, Android, Windows PC and Windows Mobile. It is also available for use with MyBible for Palm OS.

New for PocketBible: Halley’s Bible Handbook

Posted on: July 24th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 2 Comments

Halley’s Bible Handbook is a world-renowned Bible handbook that has been treasured by generations of Bible readers for its clarity, insight, and usefulness. The 25th edition of this classic title is now available for use with PocketBible.

Halley’s Bible Handbook makes the Bible’s wisdom and message accessible. Whether you are new to the Bible or have read it many times, you will find insights that can give you a firm grasp of God’s Word. It will help you develop an appreciation for the cultural, religious, and geographic settings in which the story of the Bible unfolds. You will see how its different themes fit together in a remarkable way. And you will see the heart of God and the person of Jesus Christ revealed from Genesis to Revelation.

In addition to its section by section commentary, the PocketBible edition of this handbook includes the full color pictures, maps and charts.

The handbook was born out of Henry H. Halley’s conviction that everyone ought to be a devoted reader of the Bible. His interesting story (links to PDF) is a testimony to a man who lived his beliefs.

Halley’s Bible Handbook sells for $19.99 and can be used with PocketBible for iOS, Android, Windows PC and Windows Mobile. It is also available for use with MyBible for Palm OS.

The NEW Matthew Henry Commentary for PocketBible

Posted on: June 26th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

New Matthew Henry Commentary Cover

We have released the NEW Matthew Henry Commentary for use with PocketBible and MyBible. This updated and edited version of Matthew Henry’s classic commentary retains the beauty and reliability of the original while making it easier to for today’s reader to enjoy and understand. The updated commentary is still based on the King James Version text and sells for $23.99.

The commentary was updated by Martin Manser (also author of the Dictionary of Bible Themes). He offers some insight into the challenge and decisions he had to make in updating the text in this article (links to PDF file).

Now complete: Expositor’s Bible Commentary for PocketBible

Posted on: June 6th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 5 Comments


A few months back, we released the New Testament volumes of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary from Zondervan for use with PocketBible and MyBible. The Old Testament Volumes of this commentary set are now available as well. You can purchase New Testament ($79.99), Old Testament ($99.99) or a money-saving bundle of both ($129.99).

Features of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary include:

  • ECPA Gold Medallion Award Winner
  • Based on the New International Version text
  • This is the unabridged edition of the commentary that was originally published in 12 volumes (covers every book of the Bible plus introductory articles).
  • 78 contributors from various countries and Christian faith traditions
  • Includes introduction, outline, bibliography and expository comments for every book of the Bible
  • The chief principle of interpretation: grammatico-historical, which is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstancese of its writing.

If you are using the New Testament Volumes in PocketBible or own these titles in print, please share what you think of them in the comments.

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