Mobile Web Bible
WAIT! Before you leave, this isn't only a web application. The beauty of this application is that it can be copied onto your
phone and run as a local browser application. That means that this is a cross platform bible application that will run on
simple cross platform mobile bible program is now here!
Now, before I build it up any further, remember this is simply a bible reading application. If your phone has a browser then it will render whatever bible
versions you can get electronically and that your phone provides a font for. Also, it will work in your desktop web browser.
- If you wish to use Greek or Hebrew then you need to be able to install custom fonts on your phone. The fonts I use
are the Galatia SIL unicode font for greek and the Ezra SIL unicode font for Hebrew. On some symbian (Nokia) phones the fonts can be installed by copying them to the C:\Data\Fonts directory on the phone and restarting the phone.
There are three options for using this software.
- The version which uses free biblical texts (from Unbound Bible) is available here. Remember this
version requires online web access, which is fine if you have generous data allowances on your phone.
- The free text version can also be 'installed' by simply downloading the html files in a zip file and extracting the files to your phone. Then
using the phones file browser or web browser navigate to the index.html file which has been copied into place. You will need
around 30Mb of space to use this technique as HTML is not a efficient file format but it is convenient and memory card space
is cheap and available these days.
- Build your own version of the mobile bible to copy on to your phone. This is the best option if you have access to your own
biblical texts or you simply want to customise which versions you want available on your phone. Download the src.zip to
obtain the files and run the perl build script (perl build.pl). You will need perl on your computer to run it. The sample file formats in the freeversions
directory show you the data file format. (For example from BibleWorks you may simply export a bible version database to a rtf file, then open
it in OpenOffice and export it again as utf8 encoded text. Alternatively, the script unbound.pl will convert an unbound bible
text file into the required format for build.pl). This way is the most flexible but will require a higher computer ability. Feel free to contact me if you are having problems with this option.
Using the bible is straight forward. Select a Book, then optionally, chapter and verse. Click the button
to change the current Bible version. To move forward by one chapter click this button . To move forward by a book click this button or select the
book icon to choose a new book. The other buttons operate similarily. Note at the bottom of
each chapter the navigation buttons are replicated.
Future versions, support, etc
This is not intended to be a major piece of software. It plugs a gap I have found in accessing original language biblical content offline. It is a simple interface which just works for me and should work for most modern phones. I am looking to add a Strongs lookup feature for the biblical
texts some time in the future when my Bible College load allows it. You may contact me via email (veitchjason AT yahoo.com) to ask for assistance and you are always
welcome to donate using paypal to support hosting costs and further development. The code has been made freely available and you are free to use it
provided you make your changes available for others, including me.
If you have found this useful I would also love to know, so drop me a line. Regards, In Christ, Jason.