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The Origin of the Bible

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

The Origin of the BibleThis new PocketBible title from Tyndale House is an updated volume of the original classic by Philip Comfort. As the title suggests, The Origin of the Bible is a comprehensive guide to the origin and development of the Bible text, manuscripts, and canon. This updated edition (2102) provides a chapter on recent developments in Bible translation.

The book is divided into five sections. The first section, “The Authority and Inspiration of the Bible,” focuses on the Bible’s divine inspiration, lasting authority, and infallibility. The second section, “The Canon of the Bible,” reveals the processes that went into selecting the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament to be part of canonized Scripture. This section also has an essay on the Old Testament and New Testament apocrypha. The third section, “The Bible as Literary Text,” explains the literary background of the Bible and shows how the Bible is a literary masterpiece. The fourth section, “Bible Texts and Manuscripts,” describes the ancient biblical manuscripts that have been discovered and used in forming editions of the Hebrew and Greek texts. The fifth section, “Bible Translation,” provides information about the biblical languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek) and Bible translation itself. In addition, this section gives a brief history of the English Bible and of other versions in many languages. The articles in each section were written by Bible scholars addressing their area of expertise (i.e. Leland Ryken on the Bible as Literature).

The Origin of the Bible requires PocketBible for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, PocketBible for Mac OS X, PocketBible for Windows Phone, PocketBible for Android, PocketBible for Windows Store, PocketBible for Windows PC or MyBible for Palm OS. The list price is $9.99.

Is Your Bible “Missing” Verses?

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Michelle Stramel 20 Comments

We occasionally receive reports from PocketBible users that a PocketBible Bible is missing a verse (or verses). These “errors” are usually discovered in a group Bible study situation. Following along as someone else reads, you realize that a verse appears to be missing in your Bible. But in this case, there is more to this than meets the eye.

What are these “missing” verses and why are they missing?

The numbering scheme for verses in the English Bible was first used in the Geneva Bible in the year 1560. This pattern was followed in subsequent English translations including the King James Version, published first in 1611. In the years since these Bibles were translated, many additional manuscripts have been found which predate those used by the translators of the Geneva and King James Bibles. Because of their age, these older manuscripts are believed by many scholars to more accurately represent the original documents. In many cases, however, they do not include all the verses that are in the more recent manuscripts.

Translations such as the New International Version, Revised Standard Version (and other newer translations) take advantage of these more recently discovered manuscripts and therefore do not include all of the verses found in the older translations. Rather than reinventing a numbering scheme for the whole Bible, the translators decided to use the same verse numbers as the older Bibles but leave the missing verses blank (or move them into footnotes). The result of this is that several verses in these newer translations appear to be “missing”.

The affected verses are:

  • Matthew 17:21; 18:11; 23:14
  • Mark 7:16; 9:44,46; 11:26; 15:28
  • Luke 17:36; 23:17
  • John 5:4
  • Acts 8:37; 15:34; 24:7; 28:29
  • Romans 16:24

For the Revised Standard Version, in addition to the above list, there are other verses and points of interest:

  • Matthew 12:47; 21:44
  • Luke 22:43,44
  • The order of Exodus 22 in printed form is 1, 4, 2, 3, 5. PocketBible displays these verses in numeric order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • James 1:7,8 was combined in verse 7 leaving 8 blank. 3 John 14 was split into 14 and 15.

Another point of view

Some are quick to jump on the idea that the newer translations are removing text from God’s Word and therefore are not to be trusted. It is important to note that it could just as correctly be argued that the older translations added text to God’s Word. Where one comes down on this argument depends on the nature of one’s own research, or on which scholars one decides to trust. We’ve determined it’s best to present a variety of options to you so that you can come to your own conclusions when choosing the Bible (or Bibles) that you find to be the most beneficial to your own spiritual growth.

If you enjoy learning about the history of the Bible, consider the PocketBible book: The Origin of the Bible by Philip Comfort.

Starting your Bible Reading Plan or Devotional Over for a New Year

Posted on: January 1st, 2015 by Michelle Stramel 4 Comments

A new year is here and with it the opportunity for a fresh start on Bible reading efforts! Whether you are on track to make it all the way through from January 1 to December 31 or you got side-tracked at some point during the year, PocketBible makes it easy to begin anew.

Here are instructions for resetting your Bible reading or devotional tracking for the various versions of PocketBible:

  • PocketBible for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch – open PocketBible and go to the Bible reading plan you want to reset. Select the Today button | Devotional Settings and choose to reset your reading progress and change the start date to today’s date.
  • PocketBible for Android OS – if you are using PocketBible on your Android phone, you can change the start date for a devotional by tapping on the dove menu and choosing Devotionals. Then choose the correct book at the top drop down and then hit the Manage button. You can choose to catch up or start over on this page. If you are using PocketBible on a tablet, use the blue tab instead of the dove menu.
  • PocketBible for Windows Phone – select Menu | Daily Readings and tap and hold on the devotional book. From the menu select Remove daily reading. You can then go back and restart.
  • PocketBible for Windows Store (8/8.1) – select Daily readings from the application bar and select the devotional book. From the application bar select Remove Daily Reading. You can then go back and restart.
  • PocketBible for Windows PC – choose Devotional Reading | Book Options from the menu and select the Start Over tab. Press the Start Over button. Choose the Start Date tab to set a new start date.
  • PocketBible for Windows Mobile – Are you one of our few customers still using this older type of mobile device? You can find complete instructions here.
  • DailyReader for Palm OS – Are one of our few customers still using this older type of mobile device? You can find complete instructions here.

If you are looking for a different Bible reading plan this year, you’ll find help choosing one in our article on 8 Ways to Read through the Bible with PocketBible.

What’s in the Pipeline?

Posted on: December 22nd, 2014 by Michelle Stramel 135 Comments

We often get asked about what we are working on. While you can be sure we are always working, and that our work probably involves some version of PocketBible, we understand you may be interested in a more detailed explanation of what is going on behind the scenes. It is in that spirit that we are going to try something new with an occasional post on what’s in the pipeline for apps and books.

You’ll notice we don’t talk about release dates. We’ve been in this business for a long time and have learned that our best-laid plans often go awry. In fact, in the software business, that’s the rule rather than the exception. So we don’t spit into that wind nor tilt at those windmills. We’re pursuing the goals you see below at our best pace and will release new books and updates to our apps as soon as they’re ready.

Apps

  • PocketBible for Android – Version 1.4.0 with support for the Advanced Feature Set was released 2/5/15.
  • PocketBible 3.1 for iOS – version 3.1.0 was uploaded to the App Store on 3/28/14. The program seems to be working well under iOS 8, so there wasn’t an update specific to iOS 8. We’ll be taking another look at PocketBible for iOS soon.
  • PocketBible for Mac OS X – Version 1.1.0 with support for the new Advanced Feature Set was released on 10/28/14.
  • BookBuilder for Mac OS X – Currently working on this. The features of BookBuilder, VerseLinker, and DocAnalyzer (components of BookBuilder Professional) will be integrated into one program. The basic BookBuilder and DocAnalyzer functionality is complete and we’re working on pulling in VerseLinker.
  • PocketBible for Windows Phone – Send us your suggestions for enhancements.
  • PocketBible for Windows Store – Send us your suggestions for enhancements.

Books

Here’s what our editorial team has in the queue for you (not in any particular order):

  • Additional volumes of the Ancient Christian Commentary Series (IVP)
  • The Applied New Testament and Old Testament Commentary (Cook)
  • Wesley Study Bible (Abingdon)
  • ESV and NASB Bible text Updates
  • Add Words in red to KJV text

Website

We’ve been working through a process of enhancing the security of our website. There are three parts to this:

  1. More of the communication with our apps is now being sent through SSL connections. PocketBible for Mac OS X, for example, uses only secure connections for its Web-based traffic such as the bookstore and cloud library.
  2. An extended validation SSL certificate has been added to the site. This gives you a reassuring green address bar (what it looks like depends on your browser) that says “Laridian, Inc.” to verify that you’re really at our site and not someone else pretending to be us.
  3. We’re currently upgrading our credit card processing to use a more up-to-date payment gateway instead of the CyberCash system that has been serving us reliably and securely since 1998. This will allow us to support CCV and AVS for added security and to do voids and refunds without actually storing your credit card number or any other personal financial information on our servers. The new gateway is in use at our main site and will roll out to on-device stores over the next couple of weeks.

Disclaimers: All this is subject to change in priority, feasibility, copyright licensing, etc. That means we reserve the right to never release these features or books. We are sharing with you the current plan which is written in sand, not stone. Also, just because something is not on this list doesn’t mean we are not considering it. Finally, we are open to your requests, suggestions and comments!

Last Minute Gift Idea: PocketBible Books

Posted on: December 18th, 2014 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

gift ideasNo shipping required. No wrapping needed. A PocketBible book is the perfect gift for the last minute Christmas rush or any time of the year!

The only requirement to giving the gift of PocketBible is that your recipient have a compatible smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac where they can use the free PocketBible app. We offer versions of PocketBible that are compatible with iPhones, iPads, Macs, Android OS smartphones and tablets, all Kindle Fire devices, Windows Phones and PCs. You can simply purchase any PocketBible Bible, book or library using your current Laridian account. Check the gift option when you check out and we’ll send you instructions on how to communicate your gift to the recipient. If they aren’t already a PocketBible user, they will need to first download the free PocketBible app for their device and register it, to create their own account with us, before they can accept the gift from you. You can find complete details here.

No cost gift idea! While we mention this in our Gift FAQ, it bears repeating here. You can give any of your past purchased books away as well. For example, if you have a devotional that you’ve already read through and don’t plan on using again, you could gift this to someone else. While you may have paid for this item previously, it won’t cost you anything today because you will be giving an item you purchased in the past.

New to PocketBible! If your recipient is new to PocketBible, here are some gift suggestions to consider:

  • 2015 PocketBible Libraries – these collections of Bibles and books are deeply discounted (over “sold separate” price) and are ideal for jump-starting Bible study.
  • Under $25 – Bible translation + study Bible Note set. Bible translation + devotional. Both are good starter combinations that will normally keep your purchase under $25. Some suggested titles:
  • Over $40 and Save 15% – if you choose a combination of 2 or more PocketBible books that totals over $40, you can use our BUNDLEOFFER code at checkout to save 15%. (Excludes PocketBible Libraries and the NIV Bible)

Find Your Ideal Bible Reading Plan

Posted on: December 10th, 2014 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

scripture memoryThe primary goal of a Bible reading plan is to keep us reading the Bible. A Bible reading plan also organizes our reading and gives us goals to meet; usually a daily goal with the ultimate goal of finishing the plan in a specified time period.

Choosing a plan that is realistic for the amount of time you can devote to Bible reading each day will help you reach your goals. As will choosing a plan that presents the Bible in a way that will keep you motivated to read.

If you like doing things in order, then a Genesis to Revelation plan may be just what you are looking for. If you need variety to keep your interest, than a chronological plan or a New Testament/Old Testament plan might work better for you. Here are some tips on choosing a reading plan for use with PocketBible, based on your time and desire for variety.

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New PocketBible Devotionals for 2015

Posted on: December 7th, 2014 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

Just in time for the new year, here are three new devotional titles for use with PocketBible:

  • One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge – Strengthen the core of your life and faith on a year long journey with Super Bowl-winning form head coach, Tony Dungy.
  • One Year Book of Psalms – The entire book of Psalms is divided into 365 just-right readings with accompanying hymns, meditations, Bible “networking” cross-references, fascinating facts and topical “interludes.”
  • How Great is Our God – Timeless daily readings on the Nature of God from the writings of some of the greatest Christian thinkers of the last century including J.I. Packer, Charles Colson, Jerry Bridges and John Piper.

Each devotional requires the free PocketBible app. Devotional prices ranged from $7.99 to $14.99. All devotionals are on sale through the end of December 2014.

New for PocketBible: The Practice of the Presence of God

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

This classic title by Brother Lawrence offers time-tested advice for turning your daily tasks into an opportunity to focus on God. In a series of conversations and letters, The Practice of the Presence of God puts forth Brother Lawrence’ philosophy on drawing near and staying near to God. “…he was pleased when he could take up a straw from the ground for the love of GOD, seeking Him only, and nothing else, not even His gifts.

This free book is now available for download on your device if you are using PocketBible for iOS, Mac, Android, Windows Phone or Windows Store. If you are using PocketBible for Windows PC or Windows Mobile or MyBible for Palm OS, you can add this book to your account here and download it to your device.

Setting up and Delivering a Message with PocketBible on your Kindle Fire (or other Android OS tablet)

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Michelle Stramel 2 Comments

One of the amazing uses of PocketBible is for delivering a message. It’s layout and features provide an excellent electronic Bible with its own built-in notebook, and it has all the tools you need to prepare your message, whether it’s for the classroom or the pulpit. This tutorial will look at setting up the message in PocketBible and then using the multi-screen feature for preaching and teaching.

Setting up the Message

There are several features of PocketBible that help in preparing sermons and classes. The features I like are Notes, Bookmarks, and Highlights. Here are a few of the ways that I use them together to prepare sermons.

NOTE – PocketBible has a lot of fine tools for the actual sermon prep itself including Bibles, dictionaries, commentaries, study Bibles, books, and more. We’ll go into detail about using them for sermon prep in future posts.

Notes

Tap on the verse where you want to place a note and select the notebook symbol on the Action Bar. In the notes area, you can type or paste in any kind of information you want. You can format your text to make it easy for you to use. Bullets are great for simple outlines. Add things that you want to make sure you remember to say. At the end of the note you can type the next verse. This will create a clickable link so you can quickly navigate to the next verse in your sermon.

Bookmarks

Once you’ve chosen the references you will use, you can bookmark them in a folder just for this message. I like to name the folder with the title I use for the message. If I need to, I can go to the bookmarks list and see every verse that I’m using in my sermon. This list can also be used to navigate to the next verse in your sermon.

Highlighting

This step is optional but I find it easier to see the verses I want to use if I’ve highlighted them. I like to use a different color for different topics. If my message is about the Scriptures, I like to highlight the verses green. This helps when navigating to the next verse. You can find it quicker because you know what color to look for. This is more effective when you’ve only colored the verses in your sermon that color. You might consider using a special color or marking just for this message.

Example


For my sermon I’ve created a bookmark folder called Sermon 001 The Word of God. It contains references to the following verses: Ps 119:11, Ps 119:16, Ps 119:80, Ps 119:89, Ps 119:105, 2Ti 2:15, 2Ti 3:16, 2Ti 3:17, 2Pe 3:16. I’ve colored all of these verse limegreen and each verse has a note with my primary point and a link to the next verse.

Ps 119:11 is the first verse I want to go to. It has a note that talks about the importance of memorizing Scripture. It also has a link to the next verse – Ps 119:16. The note on Ps 119:16 talks about how we should enjoy reading and studying the Scriptures, and how we should keep God on our minds and in our hearts by thinking and meditating on the Word. After this I have typed POINTS TO MAKE followed by two bullets:

  • Love the Word
  • Memorize the Word

After the note is a link to Ps 119:80, which contains a short note and the next reference. I continue this until I reach the end of the message. This can be as detailed or as simple as you want. If another point or verse comes to me during the sermon, I can navigate to it and still have my notes visible so I know where to go next.

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New for PocketBible: The 365 Day Devotional Commentary

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by Michelle Stramel 2 Comments

We have released The 365 Day Devotional Commentary by Larry Richards for use with PocketBible. This book offers two 365-day reading plans that take you through the entire Bible. The first one (Plan A) is a traditional Genesis to Revelation reading through the Bible. The second (Plan B) alternates between reading the Old and New Testaments each day. Whether you use Plan A or Plan B, the daily reading is accompanied by study and devotional material.

Each day’s reading is enhanced with (1) an overview of the whole passage, (2) background information and commentary on history, the meaning of key words, etc., to deepen your understanding of the passage, and (3) a devotional on the core passage to help you focus on the personal meaning of God’s Word for today. You also get a personal application and quote from a famous Christian.

The author, noted Bible teacher Larry Richards, suggests that you use the commentary as follows. Each time you do your Bible reading, FIRST, read the “Overview” in the Commentary to see how the whole passage fits together. SECOND, read the Bible itself, and refer to the Commentary when you want to explore the Personal Application of a passage or event that particularly interests you. THIRD, read the “Devotional,” and spend some time in prayer. If you are in a rush on any given day, read the “Overview,” and turn directly to the “core passage” on which the day’s “Devotional” is based. Read that passage and the Devotional only, and spend time in prayer. You can view a sample reading here (links to PDF).

This book would be ideal for the person who wants to study the Bible over the year and not just read through the text. It would also appeal to the person who is looking for something more than a daily devotional reading. The layout of the book makes it easy to follow a 365-day plan or to pick and choose reading of specific books over a number of days (i.e. Read Romans in 14 days).

Also included with the commentary are two 30-day reading plans (Bible overview and personal relationship) and reading plans for special seasons (i.e. Christmas, Lent, Easter).

Because of the unique format of this book, you will receive two versions of the same book when you purchase. A Commentary version and a Devotional version. The text is the same but the Devotional version will allow you to use PocketBible’s devotional tracking features to track your progress through Plan A.

The 365 Day Devotional Commentary is available for $24.99 at the Laridian Web site. We also offer these other titles by Larry Richards for use with PocketBible: The Bible Teacher’s Commentary and the Bible Reader’s Companion.

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