It is rare for us worshippers to bring our bibles to church or bible study these days. I remember being reminded to bring our own bibles to church rather than using the pew bibles, so that we can personalise our notes and markings in our own copies.
But now, even though I can still see several senior folks bringing their bibles to church services, most, even the seniors themselves, are using bible apps in their phones or tablets.
My son, though he is a techie, for reasons he won't explain, prefers to read print books. And he was lugging the thick and heavy hardcover ESV Study Bible to church every Sunday. Until he realized he has the exact same copy in his iPad!
Now all our printed bibles stay at home, and we have many of them. Had we known...or rather, had I known...
I purchased the Crossway ESV Study Bible app a few years ago and was using it until they discontinued the app recently and transferred it to their free app with in-app purchase options where I can restore the study bible. I'm not sure if I'm happy with it, but I don't have a choice, do I?
Then in my recent reading of Colossians, I chose to read it in the New Living Translation and have read it afresh. I was using the YouVersion Bible app that allows online access to various bible translations. But I found it quite limiting. I wanted to have a better app with the NLT version in my devices and so I went searching for other options and found the Tecarta Bible app.
If Marvin is the best iOS e-reader, then this would be the best bible app. It has these excellent features:
1. Free online access to most bible translations. Offline versions cost around USD7.99 each.
2. Notes are not linked to the verses unlike the Crossway ESV Bible app. I'm not sure which is better though.
3. You can highlight in multiple colours or underline by words or phrases, not necessary by verses, which you can't in the Crossway one that only enables highlighting in whole verses.
4. It allows parallel reading of two bible versions side by side, which is absolutely superb!
Now how I wish I could access my ESV Study Bible in Tecarta.