Additional Resources for Bible With You

by PocketGoddess on September 14, 2004

Bible Commentaries With You


Sometimes we need help in understanding the Bible, which is where a good commentary can come in really handy. GMPSoft offers several, including Jamieson, Fausset, & Brown’s Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (1871), John Gill’s Commentary, a choice of Matthew Henry’s Concise or full commentary of the whole Bible, the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, and John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes on the Old and New Testaments. Methodists should be especially interested in John Wesley’s Explanatory notes, since the Old Testament portion has long been out of print, and the New Testament portion is only available in the US by import from the UK.

All of these commentaries are easily accessible from within Bible With You. If you haven’t already selected one, just choose Commentary from the Book menu and choose the one you’re interested in. You’ll notice a slight change in the navigation bar at the top of the screen that shows book, chapter, and verse notes available in the commentary. Like the other add-on applications, just tap on one of the letters to see the additional information and then tap on the dove icon to go back to the Bible text. Where the commentaries include references to other parts of the Bible, they appear “hyperlinked”–blue text with underlines. Tap on the link to read the text, then tap on the back arrow at the bottom of the screen to go back to the commentary.

Commentary prices vary from $10 to $19.75, or you can purchase a bundle of all of the resources at once for only $50. If you’re a serious student of the Bible, that’s the best value; otherwise you can pick one or two of the commentaries. While I would like to see an even greater selection, what is available now is certainly adequate. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary is in particular a good choice for those who want a bit more background information without overwhelming detail.

PocketGoddess Rating for Bible Commentary With You: 4.5 out of 5

Bible Concordance With You


Need to find something in the Bible, fast? If you know which word you’re searching for, a concordance is your best bet. Unfortunately paper concordances, like Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, can be exhausting to pick up and search through– they’re big and heavy, and the print is tiny. That’s why a computer concordance is such a useful tool, and a Palm OS or Pocket PC concordance is even better, because you can always have it with you. Concordance With You is a snap to use– just enter the word you’re looking for and press the “binocular” icon at the bottom right side of the screen. Almost instantly, you’ll see a list of every time that word appears in the Bible. If you need to narrow things down, use the “Edit Search Expression” screen to add Boolean operators such as and/or/not to the search term. The “Search Range” entry on the Edit menu allows you to choose which books of the Bible to search, and quick shortcuts allow you to choose major divisions such as the Pentateuch, historical books, major or minor prohets, the Gospels, Pauline or general epistles, etc.

When you see an entry you would like to read, you can just tap on it to go straight to the Bible, and when you’re done just tap the little Christian “fish” (icthus) icon in the menu bar in order to go back to the search listing. My only small quibble with Concordance With You is that you have to start a search from within it, and cannot start a search from Bible With You. Hopefully that will be an option in the future, but for right now you can’t do much better than Concordance With You if you need to find things in the Bible fast. Concordance With You is $18 and is available for a variety of translations.

PocketGoddess Rating for Concordance With You: 4.5 out of 5

Bible Explorer With You


I was not able to do a full review of Bible Explorer With You, because it is not yet Palm OS 5 compatible. But I would like to make those of you with older Palm OS 4 devices aware of the application. Bible Explorer With You functions as a topical Bible, organized in such a way as to make it quick and easy to find information relating to particular topics in the Bible such as baptism, envy, the Holy Spirit, etc. One of the most helpful databases, Geographical Names in the Bible, is only $1. Other available resources include Torrey’s New Topical Textbook, the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Oasic Bible Helps, and the Good News Translation Word Index. Prices range from free to $5. Palm OS 5 and Pocket PC device owners will be glad to know that an update is planned for the near future.

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