Seeing where Bible software started compared to where we are today is fascinating. Using a MS-DOS emulator, John Dyer records a demo of the Interactive Bible Library that was released by DTS in 1989:
While I have a basic understanding in the differences between Bible translations, I’ve never seen it laid out so well, before.
Using a linear continuum between “Word-for-Word” and “Thought-for-Thought” translations, it outlines the varying degrees, while at the same time, shows the historic connections of these translations.
Very cool, check it out:
According to the Christian Booksellers Association, the top 10 selling Bible translations in 2013 were:
- New International Version
- King James Version
- New King James Version
- English Standard Version
- New Living Translation
- Holman Christian Standard Bible
- New American Standard
- Common English Bible
- New International Readers Version
- Reina Valera 1960
However, considering how many of us read our Bibles on mobile devices, I would be interested in the YouVersions stats on on this. Plus, these are what people are buying, not necessarily reading.
Here’s a closer look and humorous take on Bible translations:
I was set to kickoff our sermon series on Romans this semester, and we realized we wanted a more interactive method for handling questions & answers that we couldn’t get to Live. Since half the room at our University focused church is using YouVersion’s Bible app on their Android or iOS devices, we figured it was a good chance to kick the tires of YouVersion’s Live Events feature.
It’s been around since 2009 or so, but we hadn’t used it.
Does it work?
2013 has ended and YouVersion has shared some cool facts from this past year on how the YouVersion app has been used.
- The verse of the year
- Most shared verses
- Most read chapters
- And more!
It’s incredible see how many times YouVersion has been downloaded, as well as how much it’s been used — 300,000,000 highlights created!
Check it out:
YouVersion announced that its eagerly awaited Bible App for Kids that was released on Thanksgiving day was downloaded to a million unique devices during the first week.
The release date seemed to work especially well for the spiritual tool aimed at young people. According the the YouVersion blog, a lot of the success of the Bible Apps for Kids can be attributed to to its visibility in the app stores.
Some cool stats for iDevices in the first 12 hours (via the YouVersion Bog):
A few weeks ago, our very own Eric Dye let us in on an exciting development from Lifechurch.tv: the upcoming application aimed at younger people interested in the Bible: the YouVersion Bible App for Kids.
Well, it’s here! Smack dab on Thanksgiving day, it is currently available for Android and iOS devices.
Styled as the Bible for Kids, it isn’t just a stripped down version of it’s old, more established big brother, the Bible App; indeed, it’s a relatively fresh vision that takes heed of the app’s target demographic.
My kids love mobile devices.
From an iPod to a tablet, they dig it.
Because they love it so much, we try to be responsible parents and present them with apps that inspire, teach and stir up their imagination. So, when I saw that YouVersion—the top Bible app in the world—was getting ready to launch a Bible app crafted for kids, I was excited!
In case you hadn’t already assumed this was true, it seems that we now have some concrete proof that Bible reading is becoming an increasingly digital undertaking.
According to newly released report from the American Bible Society:
Four in ten Bible readers (41%) used the Internet on a computer to read Bible content during the past year, while 29% searched for Bible verses or Bible content on a smart phone or cell phone, 26% listened to an audio version of the Bible, 26% listened to a teaching about the Bible via podcast, and 17% read an electronic version of the Bible on an e-reader such as a Kindle or iPad.
This infographic is visually beautiful as well as it’s context.
The bottom graph represents Bible reference frequency, creating a timeline of sorts as it presents the different books of the Bible. The colorful lines show the connection points of these references, changing color and arch depending on its reach, creating the most beautiful Bible cross-reference you’ve ever seen.
Take a look at this rainbow of promise: