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HolyBible is a fully RISC OS compliant, multi-windowed, multi-version Bible study application for all Acorn and other computers running RISC OS 3.1 or later.

This page describes its major features, many of which are available only on the RISC OS computer platform.

a Tool Icon on the left of the window below to see a description of its function.


HolyBible is now at version 1.99, which has extensions to support new extra-Biblical Resources with extensive content. A free upgrade and online tutorial can be reached at the bottom of this page.

Major features include:

  • Displays windows for several Bible Versions simultaneously.
  • Supports multiple views per Bible Version
  • Rich text display with headings, footnotes, and (for most English versions) prose/poetry styles. For most modern versions such as the NIV, NRSV, REB, GNB the screen display is almost an exact match of the printed Bible!
  • Font face, size, aspect, colours of Bible text can be changed at any time. Text is reformatted on the fly while the window is resized.
  • Due to an intelligent cacheing system, viewing several Bible Versions simultaneously is no problem even on an early Acorn 4MB machine, such as the A5000.
  • Parallel tracking of Bible windows. Due to our Universal Canonicalised Numbering system this even parallel-tracks versions with different numbering schemes correctly.

  • Fast, intuitive searching with keyboard mappings for foreign language versions. Word search, phrase search and word search across multiple verses. All found verses are displayed in a window and can be saved as a Verse List file.
  • User-editable Notes files containing notes for an arbitrary number of verses
  • Unique Resources feature:Resources are files which are tagged to Bible passages. The Resources window always shows icons for all Resources files which apply to the currently marked verse. Resources can be any type of file: Text, Draw, Sprite, JPEG, Replay movies etc. Like Bible texts, Resources can be searched as well.
  • Intuitive drag-and-drop feature for Bible references: Bible references in the main Bible text, in footnotes, in notes, in resources, in verse lists etc. are interpreted by the software.
  • Export of Bible verses and passages as plain text to any word processor or as Impression DDF retaining all styles of the rich text format when exporting to Computer Concepts' Impression family of word processors and to Ovation Pro.
HolyBible is a modular piece of software. So you can buy the Base Pack (KJV) (containing the King James Version) first and then add further Bible Versions later.

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Last modified: 30-Nov-2001