Two main digital Bible sources will be used for this study. The first is e-sword, a downloadable Bible that is free to users, but some versions of the Bible and commentaries cost money as they are copyrighted. The next is YouVersion which is a free online Bible with many versions to choose from. It is available from any web browser, but also as an app for apple, blackberry, android and other smartphones and devices including the Kindle Fire. To read many translations from YouVersion, you must be connected to the internet. Some versions are available for download. There are also other Bibles to download to kindles or electronic devices as well as Bibles that are a device in themselves. The variety is vast, but with the covering of two types, hopefully the others will be understandable as well.
The first type of digital Bible study, e-sword is a downloadable Bible. You only have to be connected to the internet for downloading the program. When you use it, you will not need to connect to the internet. You can find it at www.e-sword.net . Once you go to that page, you will find a “button” on the right side that says, “Download e-sword now.”
If you scroll to the bottom of the next page there will be 2 options. If you’ve never downloaded the program before, you need to do the first option which is e-Sword v10.1.0 application installation .
Click the down arrow button and follow steps from there. If you feel more comfortable, you can have someone else walk you through those steps. The benefit of this is that the Bible is stored on your computer and not the web. There is less chance of a tampered with version of the Bible that way.
|The highlights are added by the user. The actual program has clearer print than this image. It is a screenshot provided by the website.|
The ease or difficulty of using e-sword will depend on how comfortable the user is with using the computer. The books of the Bible are listed on the right. You may download as many translations/versions of the Bible as you desire, but know that several of them cost money and it is an online transaction. Those decisions are a personal choice, but there are many features that are beneficial and free. We will walk through it as a class. If you are only reading the blog, you are welcome to download this free version of the Bible. If you so desire to help the developers of this excellent resource, there is a place to donate on their page.
|Unfortunately I do not own a mac computer and cannot show how to get to the program using one. I'm sure fluent mac users will have no difficulty finding the program on their computers.|
The next digital Bible is an application and not a download. The information is stored on the internet and a connection to the internet is necessary to read the Bible through it. There are some downloadable versions of the Bible that can be stored to your device, but switching versions requires an internet connections when the Bible is in use. The website is www.youversion.com . If you create an account online, you can link your account to an app that you install on your smartphone, iPad, iPod, kindle, tablet or other electronic device. When you go to the app store of your device, this Bible can easily be found by doing a search for, "YouVersion." It is difficult to talk about what to do with these apps, so the rest of the class will be dedicated to using them. If you are not in class, the best way to find out how to use the app is to just experiment. Following this paragraph, I have included a tutorial on the use of YouTube. It is just over 9 minutes long, so you can be prepared with your time if you are interested in watching this. He uses an iPad, but other devices have similar use. There are more videos with instruction on their use on YouTube and maybe even GodTube.
Worksheet Lesson 4.0
1. True/False There are only 2 trustworthy digital Bibles
2. True/False You don’t need an internet connection for e-sword after its installation is complete.
3. List any other digital Bibles that you’ve heard of or actually used.
Check out the digital Bibles that we’ve talked about this week and see if either of them are right for you. If you don’t like it, there is nothing wrong with that, just keep reading your print Bible and you will be on a great path. If you use a digital Bible that requires a password and user name, keep those in a safe place. There is nothing wrong with opening a few accounts if you forget your user name or password, but many programs will only allow an email address to be used one time.
Find Mark 10:45 on a digital Bible