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If you are looking for the most cost effective, high quality Bible program available for your Macintosh, you need look no further. Our Online Bible program, and many of its Bible, Lexicon, Note and Topic modules (detailed below), can be downloaded and used free of charge. And many of our users who own some of the higher priced Bible study programs for the Mac have told us they prefer and use the Online Bible.

Classic or Deluxe CDs Online Bible disk icon

While our Starter Pack and many modules can be freely downloaded, as seen below, we also offer two CDs, containing significantly more material and offering a great value. The Deluxe CD (for $79.95) includes all of the material shown on this page, while the Classic CD (for $39.95) includes all of the material shown on this page except the NAS95, NAS, NIV, NKJV, NLT, and NRSV. To place an order for either CD, please visit our store.

If you have one of the newer Macs that does not have an optical drive, we can supply these as disk images, but you will either have to download them (which will require a fast Internet connection) or we can send them to you on a USB flash drive for an addition fee. For additional information or to order, please contact Dave Pohl (davidpohl@gmail.com).

Free Starter Pack

We hope you will download and try our free Starter Pack—assuming your computer system meets our minimum system requirements. It allows any English speaking Bible student to easily get started studying God’s Word. You can even later download and add several additional modules at no charge.

The Starter Pack (107 MB) is a simplified Installer package containing these individually downloadable pieces:

Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion): The current version of the Online Bible (v.4.1.1) behaves properly under Mac OS X 10.8.x (Mountain Lion).

Slow Internet: If you have a slow, dial-up internet connection you may prefer to download these modules individually (because the Commentary and Dictionary balloon the size of the Starter Pack) and follow the instructions below to install the pieces.

Support

If you have any problems while using the Online Bible program, you should first consult the Online Bible Help (available via the Online Bible's Help menu). Next, you may wish to consult the Frequently Asked Questions listed below. Of course, if either of these do not answer your questions, feel free to contact us by sending an e-mail message to onlinebiblesupport@gmail.com. If your question(s) are sales related, you can save yourself a little time by sending them directly to Dave Pohl (davidpohl@gmail.com). (The support team simply forwards sales related questions to Dave, just as Dave forwards support related questions to the previously mentioned support address.) Additionally, the above mentioned Mac support team does not answer questions related to our Universal (Windows/Macintosh/Linux) DVD, but you can send your Universal questions to Dave Pohl (davidpohl@gmail.com) and he will try to help.

Available Modules

Below, grouped according to their principal language, is a listing of the modules available for use with the Online Bible for the Macintosh. Each language is subdivided by module type—for example, Bibles, Cross References, Lexicons, Notes (Commentaries), Topics (Apocrypha) and/or Topics (Books).

A Notes module contains the contents of a commentary or a set of user notes, and each individual note is always directly associated with a particular Bible verse. When the default Note set contains a comment for a particular verse, an asterisk appears next to that verse number in every Bible window, and you can click on that asterisk to open and read that note. Topics, on the other hand, contain a book or set of loosely related articles. A Topic is never associated with a specific verse—although it may contain one or more Bible references that can be clicked on to open a window allowing you to view a referenced passage—, but Topics are instead divided up by topic name. They typically contain a table of contents detailing the topics in the topic set.

All of the modules shown below are included on both CDs (except the NAS95, NAS, NIV, NKJV, NLT, and NRSV, which are only on the Deluxe CD).

Ancient Languages

Abbr. Description  Download 
   Bibles
BHM Biblia Hebraica – The Hebrew Old Testament consonantal text in a morphologically-separated format, with Strong’s numbers. Download (1.8 MB)
BHS Biblia Hebraica – The Hebrew Old Testament consonantal text according to the Leningrad MS B19A; normal form, with Strong’s numbers. Download (2 MB)
Byz 1991 Byzantine/Majority Textform – The New Testament in the Original Greek. Includes Strong’s Numbers from Englishman’s Greek Concordance plus Verb Parsings. Download (1.6 MB)
ITR Interlinear Textus Receptus – The Stephens 1550 Greek New Testament. English Interlinear following Greek is displayed as footnotes. Includes Strong’s Numbers from Englishman’s Greek Concordance plus Verb Parsings. Available only on CD
LXX The Greek Septuagint – edited by Alfred Rahlfs. Variant readings for Joshua, Judges, and Daniel are included. Available only on CD
Tis Tischendorf’s 1872 Greek New Testament. Available only on CD
TR The Stephens 1550 Greek New Testament. Includes Strong’s Numbers from Englishman’s Greek Concordance plus Verb Parsings. Also includes the Scrivener 1894 Textus Receptus Greek New Testament (designated TR=). Download (1.4 MB)
Vulg Jerome’s 405 Latin Vulgate. Available only on CD
WH The Westcott-Hort 1881 Alexandrian Text Greek New Testament. Includes Strong’s Numbers from Englishman’s Greek Concordance plus Verb Parsings. Also includes (as variants) the Nestle 27/UBS 4 Alexandrian Text Greek New Testament (designated WH=). Download (1.6 MB)
   Topics (Apocrypha)
LXXA The Greek Septuagint of the Apocrypha – edited by Alfred Rahlfs. Available only on CD
VulgA Jerome’s 405 Latin Vulgate of the Apocrypha. Available only on CD


English

Abbr. Description  Download 
   Bibles
ASV 1901 American Standard Version, with footnotes. Download (3 MB)
BBE 1964 Bible in Basic English, printed in 1965 by Cambridge Press in England, is not simply another example of the Bible story put into present-day English. The language used is Basic English This number has been increased to 1000 words for the purpose of putting the Bible into Basic English. Download (4.6 MB)
BLXX 1851 Brenton’s English Septuagint An English translation of The Septuagint, by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee Brenton, with footnotes, originally published in 1851. Available only on CD
Dby 1890 Darby Translation - A literal translation  by John Nelson Darby. This is an extremely literal translation. F.F. Bruce said it was the most accurate English translation in print. Download (3 MB)
DRV The 1899 edition of the Challoner Revision of the Douay Rheims Bible. Available only on CD
ED 1864 Emphatic Diaglott, translated and published by Benjamin Wilson. Available only on CD
GLT 1993 Green's Literal Translation of the Holy Bible, by Jay P. Green, Sr. Available only on CD
HNV The Hebrew Names Version, with footnotes, is based on the World English Bible with Hebrew names used instead. Available only on CD
KJ21 1994 21st Century King James Version by Deuel Enterprises, Inc. Available only on CD
KJV The 1769 Authorized Version, commonly known as the King James Version. Includes Strong’s Numbers from Englishman’s Greek and Hebrew Concordances plus Verb Parsings. Download (2.9 MB)
LO 1826 Living Oracles: A Translation of the New Testament, translated by George Campbell, James Macknight, and Philip Doddridge, and edited by Alexander Campbell. Includes an indexed topic set that contains prefaces, various emendations and an appendix . Available only on CD
MKJV The 1993 Modern King James Version of the Holy Bible. This is a language update of the King James Version. Available only on CD
MNT The 1924 Montgomery New Testament in Modern English, by Helen B. Montgomery. Available only on CD
Mur 1851 Murdock New Testament = A translation of the Peshito Syriac New Testament into English by James Murdock. Download (2.2 MB)
NAS95 The 1995 New American Standard Bible, by The Lockman Foundation. Includes Strong’s numbers (taken from the New American Standard Exhaustive Concordance) and footnotes. Also contains cross references, a Hebrew lexicon, a Greek lexicon, and integrated Notes. Available only on the Deluxe CD
NASB The 1988 New American Standard Bible, by The Lockman Foundation. Does not include Strong’s numbers, footnotes, cross references, lexicons, or integrated Notes. Available only on the Deluxe CD
NIV The 1984 New International Version, with footnotes, by International Bible Society. Available only on the Deluxe CD
NKJV The 1982 New King James Version, with Strong’s Numbers and footnotes, by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Available only on the Deluxe CD
NLT The 1996 New Living Translation, with footnotes, by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Available only on the Deluxe CD
NRSV The 1989 New Revised Standard Version, with footnotes, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Available only on the Deluxe CD
Phil The 1972 New Testament in Modern English, with footnotes, by J.B. Phillips. Available only on CD
RSV The 1973 Revised Standard Version, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Available only on CD
RWB Revised Webster Bible A revision of the 1833 Webster Bible, by Noah Webster. Includes Strong’s Numbers from Englishman’s Greek and Hebrew Concordances plus Verb Parsings. Available only on CD
TCNT 1904 Twentieth Century New Testament, Revised Edition, by Fleming H Revell Company. Download (2.2 MB)
WB The 1833 Webster Bible, by Noah Webster. Available only on CD
WEB The World English Bible, with footnotes. Available only on CD
Wes The 1790 New Testament, by John Wesley, originally printed in London. Available only on CD
Wey The 1912 Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech, by Richard F. Weymouth. Download (2.2 MB)
YLT The 1898 Young’s Literal Translation, by Robert Young, who also compiled Young’s Analytical Concordance. This is an extremely literal translation that attempts to preserve the tense and word usage as found in the original Hebrew and Greek writings. Available only on CD
   Cross References
CXRef CXRef contains the cross-references as found in “The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.” if you are short of disc space. Download (1 MB)
TSK The TSK note set contains the cross-references and comments as found in “The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge” and is required for searching cross references. Originally published in 1836 it includes a  matching indexed topic set to reference the notes. Download (5.4 MB)
   Lexicons
BDB This lexicon consists of English definitions taken from Brown, Driver, and Briggs as well as Gesenius Hebrew Aramaic lexicons and has been arranged according to Strong’s numbers. Word derivations come from Strong’s Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary. Page references to the “Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament” (TWOT). It is used with a Bible text, such as the KJV, which has been keyed to Strong’s numbers. Download (1.9 MB )
NAS95 1995 New American Standard Lexcions are included with the NAS Bible module. Available only on the Deluxe CD
Strong Strong’s - Hebrew Chaldee and Greek English Lexicons consists of English definitions published in 1890. It should be used in conjunction with a Bible text, such as the KJV, which has been keyed to Strong’s numbers. Available only on CD
Thayer Thayer’s - Greek English Lexicon consists of English definitions and has been arranged according to Strong’s numbers. Word derivations come from Strong’s Greek Dictionary. Page references to the “Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament” (TDNT) and the part of speech (noun, verb, etc.) are also included. Download (1.5 MB)
   Notes (Commentaries)
Barnes Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament note set consists of the New Testament portion of the 14 volume commentary known as Barnes’ Notes on the Bible. It was authored by Albert Barnes, Frederic Cook, and James Murphy. Available only on CD
Beet Commentaries on Paul’s Epistles note set consists of commentaries on Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon by J. Agar Beet. A matching topic set contains prefaces, introductions, and dissertations. Available only on CD
Calvin The Commentaries note set consists of commentaries on selected books of the Bible written by John Calvin between 1540 and 1563. Incomplete. Available only on CD
Clarke Commentary on the Bible note set consists of Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible published in 1832. Includes an indexed topic set that contains prefaces and introductions. Download (23.9 MB)
ENT Eclectic Notes notescompiled by John Greenhalgh consists of an anthology of commentaries on Genesis, Exodus, Matthew, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John. Incomplete. Available only on CD
Family The Family Bible Notes, by Justin Edwards DD, was published in 1861 by the American Tract Society. Available only on CD
Geneva Geneva Bible Notes contains the marginal notes found in the 1599 Geneva Bible, written at the time of the reformers. Download (6.4 MB)
Gill An Exposition of the Old and New Testament consists of the unabridged version of John Gill’s nine volume commentary on the Bible originally published in 1809. One of the most comprehensive commentaries ever written. A matching topic set contains prefaces along with a biography. Available only on CD
Henry An Exposition of the Old and New Testament consists of the unabridged version of Matthew Henry’s six volume commentary on the Bible originally published in 1721. A matching topic set contains prefaces along with a biography. Available only on CD
JFB Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary covers the Old and New Testaments. By Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset, and David Brown, originally published in 1871. Available only on CD
McGarvey Commentaries and Topical Studies is a combined note and topic set consisting of several works by J.W. McGarvey. Included are “The Fourfold Gospel”, “A Commentary on Acts of Apostles”, “A Series of Fifty-Two Bible Lessons”, “A Guide to Bible Study”, and “Class Notes on Sacred History” volumes 1 - 4. Available only on CD
PNT The People’s New Testament Commentary with Explanatory Notes, by B.W. Johnson and published in 1889. A matching topic set contains book introductions, tables, lists, and special notes on the book of Revelation. Download (4.3 MB)
Poole The note set designated Poole contains the 1700 edition of “Annotations upon the Holy Bible” by Matthew Poole. Incomplete. Available only on CD
Psalms Treasury of David is Charles Spurgeon’s complete commentary on the Psalms. It was originally written over a period of 20 years and published as 7 volumes. Available only on CD
RWP A.T. Robertson’s “Word Pictures in the New Testament” published between 1930 and 1933. A matching topic set contains the preface along with book introductions. Download (7.4 MB)
TTN The Textual and Translation Notes on the Gospels, by Jay P. Green, Sr. Available only on CD
Wesley John Wesley’s Notes on the Old and New Testaments published in 1767. Available only on CD
Young Concise Commentary on the Holy Bible”, by Robert Young. Incomplete. Available only on CD
   Topics (Apocrypha)
DRVA The Douay Rheims Version of the Apocrypha. Available only on CD
KJVA The Oxford Edition of the Apocrypha. It was not included in the 1769 version of the King James Version. Download (3.2 MB)
RSVA The Revised Standard Version of the Apocrypha. Available only on CD
   Topics (Books)
Bunyan This topic set consists of three books written by John Bunyan: “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” “The Holy War,” and “Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners.” Available only on CD
Daily Daily Light on the Daily Path: A Devotional Textbook for Every Day of the Year, In the Very Words of Scripture, morning and evening Bible readings prepared by Jonathan Bagster and other members of his family. Available only on CD
Easton Easton’s Bible Dictionary. Originally published in 1897 by Thomas Nelson. Download (4.8 MB)
Hitchcock Hitchcock’s New and Complete Analysis of the Holy Bible, by Roswell D. Hitchcock,  1874, contains more than 2500 Bible and Bible-related proper names and their meanings. Available only on CD
ISBE The original 4 volume unabridged edition of the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE), originally published in 1939 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Available only on CD
M&E Morning and evening devotional readings by Charles Spurgeon for the whole year. Also, on each morning reading, we have included daily Bible readings to take you through your Bible in one year. Download (3.7 MB)
Maps This module consists of a combined picture and indexed topic set containing 30 color maps and diagrams by the Review and Herald Publishing Association. Available only on CD
Naves This indexed topic set contains “Nave’s Topical Bible” produced by Orville J. Nave. Nave’s topics were originally published in the early 1900’s. This work consists of 20,000+ topics and subtopics, and 100,000 references to the Scriptures. Available only on CD
RSBD This indexed topic set contains the single volume edition of Smith’s “Dictionary of the Bible.” Revised and updated by R.N. & M.A Peloubet.  Links to the various illustrations are included along with links to the related lexicon definitions. Includes pictures. Available only on CD
Sabbath This module contains the 1873 edition of “History of the Sabbath and First Day of the Week”, by J.N. Andrews. Other items in this module include pamphlets on righteousness by faith, baptism, God’s law, the Sabbath, Christ’s nature, God’s foreknowledge, etc. Available only on CD
Science The Science and the Bible module consists of several books dealing with science as it relates to the Bible. They include “Biblical Archaeology”, by Clifford Wilson, “The Lie: Evolution”, by Ken Ham, “Facts of Life”, by Gary Parker, “The Answers Book”, by Ken Ham, Andrew Snelling & Carl Wieland, “The Young Earth”, by John Morris, “The Bible has the Answer”, by Henry Morris & Martin Clark, and “The Revised Quote Book” edited by Andrew Snelling. Includes pictures. Available only on CD
Smith This indexed topic set contains the 4 volume unabridged 1868 edition of Dr. William Smith’s “Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising its Antiquities, Biography, Geography, and Natural History.” Download (63.3 MB)
TCR This indexed topic set comes from Frank Thompson’s 1917 “The New Chain-Reference Bible.” Available only on CD
Temple This module contains the 1874 edition of “The Temple: Its Ministry and Services As They Were at the Time of Jesus Christ”, by Alfred Edersheim. Available only on CD
Torrey This indexed topic set contains R.A. Torrey’s 1897 “New Topical Textbook.” Available only on CD


Dutch

Abbr. Description  Download 
   Bibles
Lei The 1912 Dutch Leidse Vertaling Bible. Available only on CD
Lu The 1933 Dutch Lutherse Vertaling Bible. Available only on CD
Palm The 1997 Dutch Palm-editie Staten Vertaling New Testament. Available only on CD
SV The 1750 Dutch Staten Vertaling Bible. Includes Strong’s Numbers from Englishman’s Greek and Hebrew Concordances plus Verb Parsings. Download (4.9 MB)
   Cross References
TSKD The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge cross-references with notes in Dutch. Available only on CD
   Lexicons
Grieks Thayer’s Greek Lexicon in Dutch. Available only on CD
Hebreeuws The Brown, Driver, Briggs, Gesenius - Hebrew Aramaic Lexicon in Dutch. (Incomplete: Only the first 4000 definitions are included.) Available only on CD


French

Abbr. Description  Download 
   Bibles
Creole EBEX (Ecole Biblique par Extension) Bib la tank ou “Online Bible” Teks pa Sosyete Bib a Yisen Nan Trav pa Mark Emerson (pou EBEX) ak Raymond Haliton (pou Biblesoft) ak Larry Pierce (pou Online Bible) Available only on CD
Drb The 1991 French Bible by J.N.Darby. Download (3.3 MB)
LSg The 1910 French Louis Segond. Includes Strong’s Numbers from Englishman’s Greek and Hebrew Concordances plus Verb Parsings. Download (5 MB)
NEG La traduction de L. Segond, nouvelleédition de Geneve 1979. Available only on CD
   Cross References
TSKF “Les trésors de la connaissance des Ecritures,” i.e., The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge cross-references with notes in French. Available only on CD
   Lexicons
Grec Thayer’s Greek Lexicon in French. Available only on CD
Hébreu The Brown Driver Briggs Gesenius Hebrew Aramaic Lexicon in French. Available only on CD
   Notes (Commentaries)
PNTF 1889 People's New Testament Commentary in French by B.W.Johnson Available only on CD
   Topics (Books)
M&S Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotions in French Available only on CD
Thèmes La traduction des thèmes bibliques “Thompson” (1917). Available only on CD


German

Abbr. Description  Download 
   Bibles
Bgl 1905 German Unrevidierte Elberfelde - Die Bengel NT 1974. Available only on CD
Elb 1871 German Elberfelder Bible, with footnotes. Download (3.5 MB)
Lut 1912 German Luther Bible. Includes Strong’s Numbers from Englishman’s Greek and Hebrew Concordances plus Verb Parsings. Available only on CD
Sch The 1951 German Schlachter Bible. The Old and New Testament translated from the original text of F.E.Schlachter. New revision 1951 Geneva Bible Society. Available only on CD
ULut The 1545 German Luther Bible. Available only on CD
   Cross References
TSKG The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge cross-references with notes in German. (Incomplete: Only the New Testament is completed.) Available only on CD
   Lexicons
Griechisch Thayer’s Greek Lexicon in German. Available only on CD


Italian

Abbr. Description  Download 
   Bibles
Diodati The Italian 1649 Giovanni Diodati Available only on CD
LND The Italian 1991 La Nuova Diodati. Available only on CD
NRV The Italian 1994 La Sacra Biblia Nuova Riveduta. Available only on CD
Riveduta The Italian 1990 Riveduta Version. Download (3.5 MB)


Portuguese

Abbr. Description  Download 
   Bibles
BLH The 1998 Portuguese Bíblia na Linguagemde Hoje. Available only on CD
BRP 1994 Translated into Portuguese by Joän Ferreira de Almeida. Available only on CD
RA The 1997 Portuguese Almeida Revista e Atualizada with Strong’s numbers. Download (5.1 MB)
RC The Portuguese 1997 Portuguese Almeida Revista e Corrigida. Available only on CD


Spanish

Abbr. Description  Download 
   Bibles
RV 1909 Spanish Reina-Valera by the United Bible Societies. Download (3.4 MB)
RVA 1989 La Santa Biblia, Version Reina-Valera Actualizada Available only on CD
SEV 1569 Version Antigua. Translated from the original texts in Hebrew and Greek into Spanish (1569). Leaning on the New Testament of Francisco de Holm (1543) and the New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs of Juan Perez de Pineda (1556), then collated with the review of Cipriano de Valera (1602) and subsequent revisions to update the spelling and grammar without losing the sense of the original translation. Available only on CD


Other Languages

Abbr. Description  Download 
   Bibles
Alb 1994 New Diodati. Albanian Bible. Copyright by Novell Brindisi La Buona Press. Download (3.5 MB)
Bangala 1995 Biblia Makomi Santu Ya Nzambe. Kondimana Ya Kala Mpe. Kondimana Ya Sika. Na Bangala ya sika. Download (3.4 MB)
BIS The 1994 Bahasa Indonesia Sehari-hari. Download (3.4 MB)
CEB 1982 Philippine Bible  Ang Balaan Nga Kasulatan. Nasudlan sa Daan ug Bag-Ong Tugon. Nga Gihubad sa Bibisaya Nga Cebuano. Download (3.3 MB)
Dansk The 1933 Danish Bible. Den gamle og den nye pagts hellige Skrifter 1933. Download (3.6 MB)
Finn 1933 Finish Bible Pyha Raamattu; Vanha Testamentti XI 1933 Uusi Testamentti XII 1938 Download (3.3 MB)
Károli Hungarian Károli Bible Download (4.6 MB)
MGreek The modern Greek Bible used by most Protestant churches in Greece. Download (3.3 MB)
Norsk 1930 Norwegian Bible Download (3.4 MB)
Rom The Cornilescu Version of the Romanian Bible. (When using this text module, be sure to select a font that matches the character mapping as defined by Apple in their Romanian system software. Three basic screen fonts—Romanian Chicago, Romanian Geneva, Romanian Monaco—and a true type font RoMonaco are included.) Download (4.4 MB)
RST The 1876 Russian Synodal Translation, 1956 Edition. Text keyed to Englishman’s Strong’s numbers. (When using this text module, be sure to select a Cyrillic font that matches the character mapping as defined by Apple in their Russian system software. Three basic screen fonts—Russian Chicago, Russian Geneva, and Russian Monaco—are included.) Download (5.9 MB)
Sango 1966 Le Sainte Bible en Sango. Download (3.1 MB)
Shuar The 1982 Shuar of Equador, New Testament. Translated by Gospel Missionary Union. Download (2.2 MB)
Swahili The Swahili New Testament. Download (2.2 MB)
Swed The 1917 Swedish Bibeln. Download (3.4 MB)
TB The 1994 Terjemahan Baru. Download (3.4 MB)
Turk The Turkish New Testament. (When using this text module, be sure to select a font that matches the character mapping as defined by Apple in their Turkish system software. Three fonts—Turkish Chicago, Turkish Geneva, and Turkish Monaco—are included.) Download (3.2 MB)
Ukr 1940 Ivan Ogienko Ukrainian Bible. (When using this text module, be sure to select a Cyrillic font that matches the character mapping as defined by Apple in their Russian system software. Three basic screen fonts—Russian Chicago, Russian Geneva, and Russian Monaco—are included.) Download (4.8 MB)
Viet The 1934 Kinh Thanh Tiang Vietnamese Bible. Text supplied by Mr. Phien Nguyen. (When using this text module, be sure to display it using one of the VNI fonts provided.) Download (5.7 MB)


System Requirements

The following are the minimum system requirements for the Online Bible:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you are having any kind of issue with any version of the Online Bible for the Mac prior to v.4.1, you should (assuming your system meets the minimum requirements) update to the latest version; it is free. Of course, anyone having any kind of issue may want to review these commonly asked questions to see if one of them has the answer to your problem. (The questions shown here are more up to date than those contained in the included Online Bible Help.)

  1. Q: Will there be a version of the Online Bible for the iPad? iPhone/iPod-Touch? iOS?

    A: It is one of our goals to port the Online Bible for the Mac to iOS devices, such as those mentioned. At this point, we are hoping to have something ready for testing in 2013. The future of the Online Bible for the Mac and other Apple devices could certainly use your continued prayer!

  2. Q: Do you have a module for ESV? Or, The Message? Or, <name your favorite translation, commentary, etc.>?

    A: This webpage should be considered the authoritative list of the currently available modules for the Online Bible for the Mac. It is one of our goals to have the Online Bible for the Mac ultimately use the same modules (and module format) as the Online Bible for Windows (which does, for example, currently have the ESV available). The future of the Online Bible for the Mac could certainly use your continued prayer!

    At the present time we have a new version of our Universal (Windows/Macintosh/Linux) DVD that has all the material from our Windows DVD but runs under an emulator called Wine on Macintoshes running Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher. This version is not as intuitive as our Mac native programming (which is what this webpage supports) but does have the benefit of including additional material.

  3. Q: How do I use <some feature>? When I use <some feature> I cannot get it to do what I want. What am I doing wrong?

    A: Have you tried to solve your problem(s) using the Online Bible Help (available via the Online Bible's Help menu)? Although the first two chapters of the Online Bible Help—an Introduction and a Tutorial—are geared toward getting new users started with the Online Bible for the Mac, the Online Bible Help also contains chapters that offer assistance for every command in every menu of the Online Bible, including the contextual menus and the Toolbar. The Online Bible Help is also searchable!

    If you hope to become proficient with the Online Bible, we highly recommend you spend some time reading its Help documentation. Of course, if you do not find an answer to your question in the Online Bible Help, feel free to contact us by sending an e-mail message to the support address shown in the Support section of this page.

  4. Q: I really miss the old F-key where, when working on a document in another application, I could type a few keystrokes and get a dialog box that allowed me to insert Bible verses by specifying a passage. Can this still be done?

    A: Although the old fashioned F-keys went away with the introduction of Mac OS X, the ability to easily Copy Bible Verses into documents that are open in other applications *is* still available. This functionality now comes via each application’s Services submenu—a submenu many Mac users tend to overlook. The Services submenu is always in the Application menu (i.e., the menu named after the frontmost application, just right of the Apple menu). The Copy Bible Verses command will typically have Cmd-7 as its keyboard equivalent, but its availability depends on whether or not the frontmost application can accept text from the Copy Bible Verses command.

    There is also, however, another caveat: In some versions of the Mac OS, you may have to enable this functionality before you see it. The easiest way to do this is to, from any Services submenu, choose “Services Preferences”. This will open the Keyboard System Preferences. In the resulting window, on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)—other versions of the Mac OS may differ slightly—, you then select Services on the left, and in the list on the right locate and place a checkmark next to “Copy Bible Verses” (which will be in the “Text” subsection). The “Copy Bible Verses” command should then appear in the Services submenu of every application that knows how to interact with it. If in doubt, look in TextEdit. Because TextEdit knows how to accept verses from the Copy Bible Verses command, TextEdit will list “Copy Bible Verses” in its Services submenu when you have that command enabled.

    Services Submenu

    Please note, however, some Microsoft products—especially older ones—do not appear to know how to work with the Services submenu.

  5. Q: I upgraded my Mac (or my Mac operating system) and now, when I try to open the Online Bible, it crashes as soon as I launch it. How do I correct this?

    A: You have very likely encountered a known problem related to the older way in which the Online Bible reads and writes its preferences. The solution to this problem is to throw away your existing Online Bible preference files. Your Online Bible preference files are located at ~/Library/Preferences/, where “~” means “your Home folder.” They are titled: “Online Bible Prefs” and “Online Bible Winds”. On Lion, to open your Library folder, hold down the Option key while using the Go menu in the Finder. (The Option key makes the Library menu command appear.)

  6. Q: I am running version 4.x of the Deluxe (or Classic) Online Bible, however, I see that there is a newer version available. Should I upgrade? And what is the cheapest/best way to do so?

    A: Newer versions always fix known bugs in older versions. And because the latest version is always (freely) available from our website, it is a good idea to keep current (assuming your system meets the minimum requirements for the latest version.)

    The best way to bring yourself up to date is to download the Starter Pack from above—even if you currently have the Deluxe or Classic CDs (see next paragraph)—and, once it is downloaded, open it and double click the Installer package. This will launch the pre-installer, which will in turn launch the installer. Simply follow the onscreen instructions.

    Installing the latest Starter Pack does *not* remove older modules from any already existing Online Bible folder (in your Applications folder), therefore you will *not* lose modules from a previous Classic or Deluxe installation by installing a newer version of the Starter Pack over your older version.

  7. Q: I have been running the Online Bible version 3.x for years, and I just purchased a new Mac. What is the best way to proceed?

    A: Older versions of the Online Bible—prior to v.4.1.x—are known to crash on Snow Leopard and Lion. However, the latest version of the Online Bible for the Mac is always (freely) available from our website.

    If you have a version 3.x CD, the best way to proceed is to:

    1. Download the (free) Starter Pack from our website.
    2. Once you have the Starter Pack downloaded, open it and double click the Installer package. This will launch the pre-installer, which will in turn launch the installer. Follow the onscreen instructions.
    3. Once the Installer has finished, you will find a folder named Online Bible in your Applications folder. Next, insert your v.3.x CD, and open it. You will see several folders that have language names (including one named Ancient). Open any and all of these language folders that you wish, and manually drag the module folders you desire from these folders (on the CD) into the new Online Bible folder in your Applications folder. (Each module folder must be directly in the same folder that the Online Bible application is in. When the Online Bible application starts up, it looks for modules that are in the same folder it is in.) You will probably also want to heed the advice (regarding how many modules can be loaded at any one time) given in the ReadMe (on the Starter Pack disk image). You do **not** want to copy anything from the Locked, Share, Extras, Desktop, or Trash folders (on the v.3.x CD), nor do you want to copy any of the other non-folder items. The only things on the version 3.x CD that still have value with version 4.x are the contents of the various language folders—and they are actually the majority of the contents of the CD).
    4. Next, you may encounter a known problem mentioned in a previous question. The solution to the known problem is to throw away your old Online Bible preference files. Consult the previous question for directions on how to do this.
    5. You will probably want to make a backup of the Starter Pack just in case you need to reinstall again at some future date. (You already have a back up of the various modules in the form of your v.3.x CD.

  8. Q: I have a version of the Online Bible for Mac prior to version 3.0, and I cannot get my modules to work with the latest software. Is there any hope?

    A: The format for modules changed between version 2.x and version 3.0, and the newer software cannot read the older format. You must contact Dave Pohl (davidpohl@gmail.com) to exchange your older CD (and a slight fee) for a newer CD.

Footnotes:

Slow Internet?

For those of you who, through no fault of your own, are burdened with a slow Internet connection—e.g., you live in a rural area where dial-up service is your only choice—you can use the various links in the description of what is included with the Starter Pack to locate and download, one at a time, the individual pieces of the Starter Pack and build your own “Online Bible” folder. The first piece you should download is the application itself; all of the other pieces assume that the application is already installed. You must also, at a minimum, have at least one Bible version installed for the app to work properly. Download each piece and follow the instructions that come with that piece. This does take quite a bit more effort than using the Starter Pack Installer package, but the individual pieces are smaller, making it easier to download them and achieve the same result: a usable “Online Bible” folder.

Caveat Emptor

Some of the material for use with the Online Bible for the Mac is of an interpretive nature. As such, you may or may not agree with the views expressed. You are encouraged to “prove all things” and “hold fast that which is good.” 1Th 5:21. Let the Scriptures be your guide in this matter. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isa 8:20.

Freely Copied

You may share the Starter Pack and other downloadable modules with other Mac users. However, Online Bible modules may not be shared nor used with other Bible study programs—including the Online Bible for Windows.

Notice: The above material is published for use with the Online Bible for the Mac, which retains the electronic rights. Commercial use of this material is prohibited without written permission.

The Apocrypha

Those books (or writings) here classified as Apocrypha are those that have never been accepted as Scripture for several reasons, namely:

We make them available for those whose faith or Church find them generally useful.


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