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Creitz Version of the Bible (CVB)

Posted in uncategorized by Nathan Creitz on June 25, 2008

Okay, so I’m not too keen on Bibles that have someone else’s name on them. Usually, that means they have more notes from the “author” than there is divinely inspired text from the “Author”. I would prefer people to hone their own skills on interpreting the Scripture and not just read a footnote. I have often conducted Bible studies where we read a passage and I ask a question that should be apparent from the context and someone says, “Well, I have a footnote that says…”
On the other hand, I recently ran across the beta version of a site called YouVersion. This is a site that has the text of the Bible in an easy to use reader. The user is able to read through the Bible in a year in any of the 13 versions (plus 3 Spanish versions) by subscribing to the rss feed, search the Bible for a particular verse by keyword or by passage, journal in a private journal or comment on a verse in a public commentary. They can also star a favorite verse or even put a tag on it to sort the verses later. This could be great for Scripture memorization. Selected text can be hyper-linked so that you can send a verse in an email or put it on a website. 
All in all, I’m excited about this site. It needs to work out a few kinks, but I want to encourage people to start using it. I have been using it for my personal devotion for a few days because the journal feature sits right beside the Bible Reader so I can journal my thoughts or my prayers and reflections, or I can write up a comment and post it for the benefit of the other users. You will also be able to “follow” other users if you enjoy their content and their insights. A home Bible study group or Sunday School class could use this to post throughout the week and then discuss their reflections the next week. You can even upload videos that are relevant to a specific passage. A pastor could link his sermon audio or video to the text of his sermon. 
As I mentioned, there are a few problems with this site and I also have a few ideas:
1) Scrolling through and selecting text is not as easy as it should be. The scroll bar needs to be simplified. 
2) I want to be able to create separate journal entries with unique titles in a given day but the journal entries are only sorted by day. 
3) Once you’ve tagged or starred an item there is no way to untag it or unstar it. 
4) As of yet, there are a lot of features that are not available in the beta version. 
5) I would like to see a user be able to follow everyone commenting on a particular passage or a particular book. That way, if you are preaching through a book, you can subscribe to the rss feed and rather than follow a particular user, you would be following a particular passage or book. 
6) I would also like to see the Bible reading plan customizable so that you can create your own reading plan for a month or a year. 
7) It would also be nice to see how many people are reading through the Bible on this site and be able to track their progress anonymously. This would provide accountability and an ability to set goals. It would be cool to have a personal or a public meter that would display and over time that meter would grow much like a download bar on iTunes. 
8) Finally, it would be awesome if this reader were also available in the original languages, but there may not be enough demand for this since there are some great Bible software programs for this which you can find here, here, and here. On the other hand, some more modern languages besides English and Spanish would be nice too.
This site has a lot of potential and I hope people will use it. It is provided for free by LifeChurch.tv and even has applications for your mobile device (such as the new 3G iPhone). If you have other ideas, please comment on this post AND go to YouVersion’s feedback form. I love that the point of this site is not to create a new study Bible, but it allows people to read God’s Word and if they’d like, they can access other people’s stories, experiences, and reflections on a particular passage. 
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  1. Anonymous said, on June 30, 2008 at 9.11 pm

    Thanks for the write up on youreader. It looks nice and I have just started to explore it.

    You mentioned a few bible study software to which you gave the links. All are (high) priced software.

    I think The SWORD Project from http://www.crosswire.org/sword/index.jsp

    The e-Sword from http://www.e-sword.net

    The Bible Explorer from http://www.bible-explorer.com

    are three worth mentioning. They have free versions and are wonderful for studying and have a huge set of resources to study from.

    Thanks once again.

  2. Will said, on July 4, 2008 at 2.18 pm

    Thanks for the reference. I have started to check this out,


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