Saturday, July 18, 2009

RSV-CE now available in store

RSV-CE (Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition), aka "the Ignatius Bible", is now available in the iTunes App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch. Please tell all your friends and write plenty of good reviews for it. :)

Thank you for everyone's interest and support.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

RSV almost ready

I have completed the text processing for the RSV deuterocanonical books. When that option is turned on, the Old Testament books are ordered according to the Septuagint, from which the deuterocanonical text comes. (Makes a certain amount of sense to do it that way, doesn't it?)
  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy
  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Ruth
  • 1 Samuel
  • 2 Samuel
  • 1 Kings
  • 2 Kings
  • 1 Chronicles
  • 2 Chronicles
  • 1 Ezra
  • 2 Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • Esther
  • Judith
  • Tobit
  • 1 Maccabees
  • 2 Maccabees
  • 3 Maccabees
  • Psalms
  • Prayer of Manasseh
  • Job
  • Proverbs
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Song of Solomon
  • Wisdom of Solomon
  • Sirach
  • Hosea
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • Obadiah
  • Jonah
  • Micah
  • Nahum
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi
  • Isaiah
  • Jeremiah
  • Baruch
  • Lamentations
  • Letter of Jeremiah
  • Ezekiel
  • Daniel
Along with some additional books, there is also additional text in a few books.
  • Psalm 151
  • Prayers, other narrative elements in Esther
  • Susanna, Song of the Young Men, Bel & the Dragon in Daniel
Even if you're a Protestant, I think these texts should be of interest, their being in the Bible of Jesus' and the Apostles' time.

I only need to finish the logic for switching the deuterocanon on and off. That shouldn't take more than a day. After some testing, I hope to have it submitted to the store (to be approved after a week?) by the weekend.

Update 7/19

I have just submitted RSV to the store. Hopefully it will be approved as quickly as RSV-CE was.

Monday, July 13, 2009

RSV-CE submitted to app store

I submitted VerseWise Bible RSV-CE (Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition) to the app store last night. My past experience has been for it to take about a week for a submission to be approved and appear in the store, but I hear on the grapevine it may be taking longer these days. We'll see! I'll post when it's been approved.

I am now working on the "regular" RSV release. As I've said before, this will include an option to display the deuterocanon, so I think it'll be of interest to Eastern Orthodox readers as well as Protestants. I have some code work and text processing to do, but I hope it won't take more than a week to get it submitted as well.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

RSV update (& deuterocanonical text)

I now have most of the text parsed and ready for RSV and RSV-CE and have adapted VerseWise to be able to handle the RSV's deuterocanonical numbering. I will making deuterocanonical text an optional setting in the RSV release. (It will, of course, be standard in the RSV-CE release.)

This is my first exposure to how the RSV numbers deuterocanonical text. My basic understanding of it is that when Jerome translated/assembled the Vulgate he appended the deuterocanonical text onto the end of canonical books. Canonical Esther has 10 chapters, so the deuterocanonical text began at Esther 11. The problem with this is that the content of Esther 11 is actually supposed to be at the beginning of the book!

RSV maintains Jerome's numbering, but returns the text to where it belongs chronologically in the text. This is what the chapter list looks like in VerseWise:

And it's more fun than that -- the first verse of Esther is 11:2!

Needless to say, there were some logic changes that had to be made to VerseWise to be able to handle books that did not begin with chapter 1 and chapters that did not begin with verse 1.

I've seen other Bibles with deuterocanonical text handle the numbering in different ways. Some label chapter 11 as "chapter A", another labels chapters 11 & 12 as "chapter 1" but with verses "1a, 1b, 1c, ..." until you reach the standard chapter 1:1.

I think I have a slight preferences for the "chapter A" scheme. At least I imagine users would find it less confusing. (Though, not completely so -- you'd still have two "chapter3s" broken up by a "chapter C".) But it is what it is, and I'm just happy to have the full text available!