Thursday, August 30, 2007

BibleTime - Bible study from Linux howto


Linux is not only for techies as well all know, there are lot of reasons why.

Here is one reason why.

Do you like reading?
Are you interested on more reading without flipping any book pages?
How about reading with sigle tick of putting a bookmark?
Do you like reading about history, time and people?
Do you enjoy long word reading from your screen?
Do you like reading offline pages?

If so, read on.

Do you wish to study and read more of Bible scriptures from your Linux?
If so, here's a quick guide on how to install BibleTime.

BibleTime is a Bible study application for Linux. It is based on the K Desktop Environment and uses the Sword programming library to work with Bible texts, commentaries, dictionaries and books provided by the Crosswire Bible Society. BibleTime can run with GNOME too. You can install it using yum anytime as it also comes with GNU license.

BibleTime is available in several languages too. All of the language translation all listed on our translations page. The translations are available in the package bibletime-i18n. BibleTime FAQs can be seen from here.

Bibletime intergraded environment supports a full featured reading pane, full featured search tool, bookmarks and shortcut keys, viewing pane and toolbar customizations for multiple page viewing, display fonts and sizes are also included with the options. BibleTime currenly supports more than 30 major languages around and still currently expanded.

BibleTime also allows you to save the current viewpoint and pages currently being viewed before closing the application.

Quick installation.


# yum -y install bibletime

Yum installation would download around 2MB of package files and dependencies.


During application startup, Bibletime initially prompts for remote installation of the remaining package and bible works from web to complete its software installation. From here, you can now specify and choose from which destination folder you wish to save it. Bookshelf files would be downloaded from Sword's remote site via FTP by clicking Connect to library as shown below:

At this point, you can optionally select your choice of language together with the downloads of remaining Bibletime works. Clicking Connect to Library button downloads all the remaining packages and language modules you have selected. This would take some time on slow connection.

Bookshelf now then downloads your selected choice of language and additional bookshelf works from the web as shown below. This would not take time if you have a fast or broadband connection.

Furthermore, BibleTime prompts for optional configuration as shown below. A few of the configurable options you can choose from are BibleTime hotkeys, language module packs and display setup. You can get back from this option windows after successful installation.

Proceed by clicking Apply and OK for any changes made.

Finally, below is a running screenshot that shows two specific sections I personally chose from the BibleTime works. This sections have been tiled for wider and larger view of my screen.

One from Genesis 1:1 -
In the beginning God made the heaven and the earth. 2 But the earth was unsightly and unfurnished, and darkness was over the deep, and the Spirit of God moved over the water. 3 And God said, Let there be light, and there was light.

And another one from Revelation of John 1:1
[The] revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to Him to show to His slaves what [things are] necessary to occur with quickness. And He made [it] known, having sent through His angel to His slave John,
2 who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, as many [things] as he also saw.
3 ¶ Happy [or, Blessed] is the one reading [to the assembly] and the ones hearing the words of the prophecy and keeping [or, obeying] the [things] having been written in it, for the time [is] near!

Enjoy and cheers.


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