Archive for September, 2010

New for PocketBible: Volumes 15 and 17 of the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary Series

Posted on: September 29th, 2010 by Michelle Stramel

Laridian has released two additional volumes in the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary Series:

  • 1& 2 Corinthians, Volume 15
  • 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus and Hebrews, Volume 17

When complete the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary Series will cover the entire Bible in 18 volumes. Laridian has released ten of the eighteen volumes to date.

The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary Series is the product of nearly 40 scholars, many of whom participated in the creation of the New Living Translation (NLT). The contributors to this series, who are well-known and represent a wide spectrum of theological positions within the evangelical community, have built each volume to help pastors, teachers, and students of the Bible understand every thought contained in the Bible. In short, this will be one of the premier resources for those seeking an accessible but fairly high-level discussion of scriptural interpretation. Notes are included for each verse and fresh exegetical commentary is provided for each section of the passages.

The volumes retail for $19.99 each and are available for PocketBible on the platforms indicated.

1 & 2 Corinthians: Windows Mobile | Windows PC | iPhone/iPod touch/iPad

1 & 2 Timothy, Titus and Hebrews: Windows Mobile | Windows PC | iPhone/iPod touch/iPad

New for PocketBible and MyBible: Laridian Book of Classic Hymns

Posted on: September 22nd, 2010 by Michelle Stramel 4 Comments

Laridian Book of Classic Hymns is a collection of over 2000 lyrics to classic Christian hymns. Hymns such as Luther’s A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, Charles Wesley’s And Can It Be, that I Should Gain?, and Issac Watt’s When I Survey the Wonderous Cross are but a few examples of the rich lyrics, filled with Biblical truths, that you will find within the text.

Each hymn includes relevant information such as author and date written (when known) and referenced or related Scripture verses. And, with PocketBible/MyBible you get the convenience of full text searches to find exactly what you are looking for.

Laridian Book of Classic Hymns is a great and useful tool to memorize, meditate on and sing the classic hymns to the glory of God.

Laridian Book of Classic Hymns retails for $12.99 and is available for the following platforms:

Windows Mobile | Windows PC | iPhone/iPod touch/iPad | Palm OS

Thanks for your Feedback

Posted on: September 13th, 2010 by Craig Rairdin 26 Comments

Last week we received an inquiry about publishing an English version of the Koran for PocketBible. This isn’t the first time we’ve been approached with the idea.

As you may know, I wrote the first version of QuickVerse back in 1988 and took it to Parsons Technology. Within just a few weeks after starting work there, a lady came into the office carrying a copy of the Koran. Apparently her recently deceased husband (whose name I don’t recall) had created one of the most popular English translations of the Koran. She wanted to know if we were interested in publishing it.

We ultimately decided not to do it for a couple of reasons, and those reasons became the basis for our thinking on the subject (and related publishing opportunities) over the last twenty-plus years. First and foremost, we were a Bible software company, not a religious software company. We were Christians interested in Bible study, not scholars interested in comparative religious studies. We simply weren’t interested in spending any time on something that wasn’t going to do any good for Christians interested in studying the Bible.

Second, we knew that publishing the Koran was like the proverbial camel who gets his nose into the tent. Sure, we could publish the Koran — perhaps under the theory that doing so would help some Christians better witness to their Muslim neighbors — but next thing we knew, I’m sure there’d would be commentaries and other reference material that we would need to publish to support it. Pretty soon we’d be pressured to publish all kinds of Muslim material, none of which we personally had any interest in.

So when this opportunity came up last week my immediate reaction was “no”. However, it occurred to me that things were a little different now than they were twenty years ago. With the rise of Islamic terrorism there is more interest these days in understanding Islam so that we can be better equipped to win Muslims to Christ. So I decided to post a message on our Facebook fan page asking our fans there what they thought of the idea.

It was going to take an overwhelming tide of “yes” votes to change my mind. I have absolutely zero interest in doing anything to promote the Koran. You’ll notice there’s no picture in the upper right corner of this article. That’s because our stock photo supplier didn’t have any pictures of Muhammad or a burning Koran. I can’t imagine wasting any of my time on tagging the Koran for PocketBible.

In the sixteen hours or so that the question was up on Facebook, we received over 60 replies from 46 different people. 14 people were in favor of the idea and 30 against. A couple didn’t care one way or the other.

There was some controversy in the comments, with 9 of you essentially calling for a boycott of Laridian if we were to do this. Several people seemed to think we were already in the process of doing it, and three of you “unliked” our Fan page during those sixteen hours (two more of you “liked” us so our net loss was only one). I was a little disappointed that despite three follow-up comments from me there were still people who didn’t understand that we were just asking a question, not converting to Islam. On the other hand, at least one negative comment was deleted after I replied and the person had more time to think about their initial knee-jerk reaction.

As I pointed out on Facebook, the Koran is available for Logos in both English and Arabic. I haven’t heard of a mass boycott of Logos, so perhaps this isn’t as contentious as it might appear from our unscientific poll of Facebook fans. Or perhaps you expect less of Logos. 🙂

I’ve deleted the post on Facebook so as to limit any further confusion on where we stand on this issue. Suffice to say that the idea of publishing the Koran in PocketBible was always a long shot, that we were just asking for your opinion, and that we have not been mass converted to Islam, despite what a number of you apparently think. 🙂

New for PocketBible: A Word for the Day

Posted on: September 8th, 2010 by Michelle Stramel 4 Comments

In a day when words don’t seem to mean much, the need for precision in Christian doctrine and practice has never been more critical. The purpose of this daily reading/devotional book is to share the richness of some of the Greek words used in the New Testament and help make them practical in the reader’s Christian living.

Each daily entry in A Word for the Day examines the nuances of a particular New Testament Greek word. All of the Greek is transliterated (written phonetically in English letters) so you don’t have to know how to read Greek to make use of it.

In addition to entries for each day there’s also a complete index of all the Greek words, English translations, and Strong’s numbers referenced in each reading. (For ease of reference, these additional indexes appear as “readings” at the end of the year.)

A Word for the Day retails for $14.99 and is available for the following platforms:

Windows Mobile  |  Windows PC  |  iPhone/iPod touch/iPad

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