If you’re one who has just purchased a new study Bible, commentary, Bible dictionary, Strong’s Concordance or other Laridian book, you may be wondering how to use those resources effectively. Although they each work in a similar fashion, I am going to take one type of resource each week and provide tips on how you can get the most out of the product you purchased. This week it’s study Bibles and commentaries.
To begin, think of your Laridian books in the same way you do with books on a shelf. When you have multiple books, can you look at them all at once? No. You usually take one down, review the information and then put it back. Then you take another book off the shelf and do the same thing. Sometimes you may have several books open on a desk so that you can compare details between books. The Laridian software works in much the same way.
You start with a Bible. It can be any Bible that you may have installed on your PDA. As you’re reading you come across a passage that you find confusing to you. Instead of reaching for a study Bible from your bookshelf, you open a second window on your PDA and select your study Bible or perhaps a commentary. To do this in MyBible tap Tap to open book. In PocketBible tap View and Add Book. Select your preferred book. You can add a third window if you’d like.
You now have the Bible in the top window and your Study Bible or commentary in the bottom window. Since these two types of books are so similar I’m going to call each of these a commentary book for the remainder of this article.
If you have your synchronization feature turned on, the commentary book will open to the same location in the Bible that you are reading. If the commentary book does NOT automatically move to the same location then you either have your synchronization feature turned off or the commentary book does not contain notes on that particular verse. When you move to a verse that does contain commentary notes then the book will move to the same location.
To toggle synchronization on and off in MyBible, go to Options and Synchronization (or enter S in Graffiti or on a keypad). With PocketBible you tap the third icon from the right.
What if you just want to read through the commentary book without being connected to a specific verse? When you are working with primarily the commentary book and tapping links to view the mentioned passage, turn the synchronization off. Otherwise if you make a move in the Bible window, your commentary book will move to that new location (since they are synchronized) and you’ve just lost the place where you were reading in the commentary book. With PocketBible this isn’t too bad because you can select the back arrow to move back to where you were and continue where you left off. With MyBible it’s tricky. You can go back to the previous verse location in the Bible (Navigate, Back) but then you will need to scroll down through where you were reading in the commentary book to continue where you left off (if you remember where you were). So, it’s just good to get in the habit of turning off the synchronization when you’re going to be spending more time in the commentary than in the Bible.
If you want to go to a specific location in the commentary book you are viewing, go to the table of contents. In MyBible tap the down arrow in the upper left corner of the commentary book window. Tap the second “Change…” You are now viewing your table of contents. You may need to tap BACK to collapse the current tree view and continue tapping back until you are viewing the main tree. Then scroll up and down through the chapters and expand the tree to find what you need.
In PocketBible 3 select Edit and Go To or tap the second icon from the left. Use the scroll bar to move up and down through your table of contents and expand the tree to find what you need.
If you want to put your commentary book back on the shelf and select a different one to view, tap the down arrow in the upper left corner of the window you want to change (MyBible). Select the first “Change…” and select your new book. In PocketBible press and hold your stylus on the book window you want to change and select Change Book. Select your new book.
If you’re done and you want to put all of your books back on the shelf (except the Bible), close the window you no longer want to view. In MyBible tap the down arrow in the upper left corner of the window you want to close. Select Close. In PocketBible press and hold your stylus on the book window you want to close and select Close.
Some of these lessons will be repeated in future articles since all of the books work in the same manner. They are just books you’re taking off of the shelf, opening, closing, and putting back on the shelf. The only difference is that you are doing it electronically. Some books, though, are a little more unique and those are the areas that I will work to explore with you in future articles.
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