Saturday, July 7, 2012

Eastern Orthodox Bible

Coming soon: the Eastern Orthodox Bible for the iPhone & iPod touch!

The Eastern/Greek Orthodox Bible (EOB) is a scholarly translation and edition of the Holy Scriptures based on the Patriarchal Greek Orthodox with extensive introductory material. 
This New Testament text is based on the official ecclesiastical text published in 1904 by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (documenting all significant variants to the Critical Text, Majority Text and Textus Receptus). It also provides extensive footnotes.  
The main purpose of the EOB is to provide an accurate and easy-to-read English text of the Holy Scriptures that is suitable for use by Orthodox Christian communities and individuals, while providing an outstanding text for scholars.
Read more about the text at the EOB web site.

The EOB app is powered by VerseWise Bible and shares the same easy navigation, reading history, search, highlighting, bookmarking and Scripture sharing.

The initial release includes the New Testament. Psalms and the Old Testament will be added as the text becomes available.

More news here as it is available!


Anonymous said...

Hey there. I bought your RSV and KJV apps to much delight. They have easily become my favorite mobile biblical software. Thank you.

I have two concerns though and a new software request.

First: The RSV app is missing 4 Maccabees. This book is included in the Septuagint and is added as an appendix to Orthodox Bibles. Georgian Orthodox accept it as canon as well. The RSV has a translation of it, so there's no reason not to have it in the app. Thanks.

Also, 2 Esdras (4 Ezra in Latin Vulgate) needs to be included. There is an RSV translation of it available to use, and it's included in the Apocrypha for RSV. More importantly, 4 Ezra is accepted as canon by Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia and Russia. So please add it.

If you want to work out how the book would be ordered with the rest, do it as follows.

(1 Ezra) (2 Ezra) (Nehemiah) (4 Ezra)

Or you could add an "Apocrypha" section or maybe "Appendix" and add it there. But please add it.

Second: Please add, as mentioned above, 2 Esdras (4 Ezra) to the King James as well. I need both editions of the book for my studies. Thank you.

Lastly, I have a bit of a request for you and I hope you'll take the challenge. I do research on the Pseudepigrapha (old and new testament era documents which claim to be written by biblical characters but actually weren't) and lack a good resource for it.

Sometimes I'd like to do a cross reference on a word or idea but would have to manually search through my books individually to find similarities in other Pseudepigraphal documents. In other words, it's a pain and prevents my daily studies from progressing quickly enough.

I'd be thrilled if you'd make a VerseWise app called "Old and New Testament Psudepigrapha" in which, like your Bible apps, you include the Pseudepigraphal books for easy reading and searches.

There are a great many public domain translations of these books available (such as by RH Charles and James) and so no permissions would be needed for such a project.

What kind of books would these include? Examples: 1, 2, 3 Enoch, Jubilees, Odes of Solomon, Story of Ahikar, 1 and 2 Books of Adam and Eve, etc....

This sort of a resource would prove ground breaking for Biblical Scholars to have on the go.

You wouldn't have to change your software layout. Just include the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha where the OT would normally be and the NT Pseudepigrapha where the NT would be.

Also, as a side question, any chance of an edition of the NRSV coming from you?

I realize I asked a lot of questions, but I thank you for your time and sincerely hope for a response from you in the affirmative to all that I asked. (I can dream, right?)

Bruce Geerdes said...


Yes, I've had another request for 2 Esdras in KJV.

Regarding the naming of the books:
(1 Ezra) (2 Ezra) (Nehemiah) (4 Ezra)

That has the advantage of keeping the currently included books named the same. I had also been thinking of naming them:
(Ezra) (Nehemiah) (1 Esdras) (2 Esdras)

That would involve renaming 2 Ezra to Ezra and 1 Ezra to 1 Esdras. I think I like your naming better as it also maintains the order and doesn't introduce the artificial Esdras/Ezra difference.

I'd also be amenable to adding 4 Maccabees. Fortunately no renaming or reordering is involved there.

I have two things on my queue ahead of these additions, so I will beg your patience!

Regarding the Psudepigrapha, I will have to look into it.

Regarding the NRSV, probably not. The Bible translations I'm interested in are those that I have confidence in and want to promote. I have issues with the NRSV. Sorry!

Thanks for writing!

Anonymous said...

I agree. I don't like every change they made either. But keep in mind that many Seminaries recommend the NRSV for class studies. That means there are many students with iPhones and iPads who would be eager to buy a mobile and easy to navigate edition of the NRSV.

Anyway, I hope you do consider the Pseudepigrapha app. It's sorely needed by some. ;)