While the screen shots in this article are from an ANdroid smartphone it works almost identically in iOS (iPad/iPhone). 

If you should see things in this (or other) article(s) which are not correct, please let us know, by raising a ticket (top right of this screen). 


Introduction

  1. In the Online Bible app there is a "Quick help" overview.
    This can be found in the "Info & Settings" screen. It gives a very brief overview of the functionality behind the various icons.

  2. View a short demo ofthe functionality:
    Demo using commentaries in the Online Bible
    (Please note: this demo is on an earlier version of the app. The appearance of the button to open the second screen has changed. )

  3. You can als read a step for step overview of the different functions that are available in the Online Bible:

Main features of the Online Bible:

  1. Reading a Bible verse in different translations. 

    In the main screen you see the open Bible.


    In the grey bar at the top you see on the left which Bible is open. By selecting this you get a dropdown list of other installed translations, and (at the bottom of the list) a link to the store where other translations can be purchased.

    The icons you see to the right of the selected translation vary depending on what is available. By selecting the first (grey book) you can choose a Bible reference.


  2. Opening a commentary

    In the Online Bijbel various commentaries are available (and again, more can be purchased in the store). Commentaries are shown in the "Reference screen". You can open this by clicking on the green bar at the bottom of the screen.

    On the left in this Refence screen you see a open module. By selecting this you get a dropdown list. Various categories of material can be shown here: commentaries, lexicons, dictionaries and other books. Ensure you are looking at the relevant category. In this case, select a commentary

    The commentary now opens in this bottom screen. You can change the size by sliding the bar up and down. By clicking on the two squares (so the top one turns blue) it is possible to synchronise top and bottom screen.


  3. Opening a dictionary

    The Online Bible also contains a number of Bible dictionaries. These can be found in the same way as commentaries. And words within the dictionary can be found by clicking on the book icon.

    However, it is also possible to click on a word in the Bible text (top screen). In a pop-up screen you then get a list of all installed dictionaries which contain that word.

    By clicking one you get that entry in the Reference screen.


  4. Using Strong numbers

    Strong numbers can be a great help when you are not really familiar with Greek or Hebrew. A number of translations have been linked to Strong numbers. With these Strong numbers you can see lexicon entries in the Reference Screen. Several translations contain Strong numbers, such as the AV and RWebster. When a translation has been linked, you will see the "Strong number" icon (S#) at the top of the screen

    You can find out more here:

  5. Viewing different translations simultaneously (Interlinear)

    At present this is not posible in the apps. It is on the wish-list.


  6. Searching in the Online Bible

    A very useful function is the ability to search for specific words or phrases.

    In the iOS app the search icon (looking glass) is visible in the main screen. In the Android app you first have to go to the menu (three vertical dots top right). You then get the search pop-up screen.

    On this screen you can enter a search term. Default the open translation is selected.


    The search functionality offers quite a few possibilities. For details refer the following article: Searching in the Bible


  7. Opening a book:

    Apart from Bibles, dictionaries, lexicons and commentaries, the Online Bibles also contains Books. The diffeence with commentaries is that they are not indexed by Bible verse. Thye are intended to be read as books. They do contain hyperlinks to be able to see quoted verses etc.

    These books are also shown in the Reference screen.

    The book icon (on the grey bar) now shows the index of the book, so the chapters. his way the chapters can be read in a similar way to e-books.


  8. Adding your own notes

    This function is not available in the apps yet. It is high on the wish-list.


  9. Cross References

    The Online Bible contains a large number of cross references. These are not linked to a specific translation.

    By clicking on a verse number (left of the Bible text) you get a pop-up menu, of which one item is Cross References. By clicking on this you get a pop-up with these verses. Click on one and it will open in the main screen.


  10. Foot notes (Inline notes)

    Some translations contain footnotes or inline notes. On paper some are in the text whle others are at the bottom of the page. Within the Online bible these are always shown in the text, in a different font, and {between these}.


  11. Bookmarks

    Putting a boookmark against a verse can be useful to find a specific verse back again.

    A bookmark can be created by clicking on a verse number and choosing Bokmark from the menu. That will automatically create a bookmark.

    If you are a premium user you can create categories (with colours) of bookmarks so that multiple bookmarks can be arranged in logical groups. Once these groups are created, that vese number will show with the selected colour. You can also go to the "Info and Settings" section, select Premium user, and then use the option "Edit categories". If you are not a premium user, you have two fixed categories to use.

    Bookmarks can be retrieved again from the bookmark icon (ribbon) at the top of the screen. Bookmarks can be removed by swiping left. Premium users have the option to edit the bookmark (swipe right) but also to select whic categories (or groups of categories) they wish to see at that point in time.

    Bookmarks are only available for Bibles, not for items in the Reference screen.


  12. Highlighting

    When selecting a few words, next to a copy function, you also get a highlighting icon at the top of the screen. The same categories for Bookmarks are available to store highlighted text. Once highlighted, those words will show with the selected colour. For the functionality available refer Bookmarks as they are treated the same.


  13. Dark theme

    Premium users also have the option to reverse the colours, so while letters on a dark background. TO select this, go to "Info and setting", select "Premium Account" and choose the option "Dark theme"