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Read Holy Bible on Linux with KDE GUI environment

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Whether you're Christian and you're into the habit to read daily a Chapter from Holy Bible and you use Linux with KDE environment on your Desktop, you definitely have to check BibleTime. BibleTime is one of Crosswire Sword Projects. The aim of project is to bring Holy Scriptures to people who spend long time in front of PC. Though Xiphos Bible reading app does the same Xiphos is build on top of GTK2 and targets GNOME users thus, if you're a KDE user and you prefer to use applications build on top of KDE's QT library it is preferable to use BibleTime.

Below is description of Debian package;

debian:~# apt-cache show bibletime|grep -i description -A 5

Description: A bible study tool for Qt
 BibleTime is a free and easy to use bible study tool.
 It uses the Qt and SWORD software libraries.
 BibleTime provides easy handling of digitized texts (Bibles, commentaries
 and lexicons) and powerful features to work with these texts (search in
 texts, write own notes, save, print etc.) in the SWORD module format.
 

debian:~# apt-get install bibletime
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree      
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  bibletime-data
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  bibletime bibletime-data
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 77 not upgraded.
Need to get 4,812 kB of archives.
After this operation, 16.1 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
....

Once installed to launch it invoke bibletime cmd:

debian:~$ bibletime

Libletime Holy Bible read in KDE Linux  reading tool launch screen

Just like with Xiphos, BibleTime KDE app supports installing extra Holy Bible texts in your mother language. To install additional Bible translations from:

Settings -> BookShelf Manager -> Languages

BibleTime read holy bible on Linux BookShelf Manager adding Holy Bible in additional languages

Then to choose default language in which default Holy Bible translation will appear use menus:

BibleTime Holy Bible Linux KDE reading program adding Holy Scripture additional language translations

 

One major disadvantage in BibleTime whether compared with Xiphos is it doesn't support Tabs. So there is no way to read in Parallel two different language translation of Holy Bible. Thus those wanting to stick to compare different versions of Holy Bible translations Install Xiphos

How to Read Holy Bible on GNU / Linux with Xiphos

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

If you're a Christian and you need application to read the Holy Scriptures in Linux. You definitely have to take a look at Xiphos Open Source Bible Study tool.

Here is Xiphos deb package desciprtion;

linux:~# apt-cache show xiphos|grep -i description -A 4

 

Description: environment for Bible reading, study, and research
 Xiphos is a Bible study program for the GNOME desktop environment, based on The
 SWORD Project by the CrossWire Bible Society, a framework for developing Bible
 study tools and of associated texts such as commentaries and dictionaries.

 .

To install Xiphos on Debian, Ubuntu and other Deb derivatives run in terminal:

linux:~# apt-get --yes install xiphos
....

To run it further type in terminal:

hipo@linux:~$ xiphos

Xiphos American King james Holy_Bible on Debian Ubuntu GNU Linux screenshot

Default Holy Bible provided by Xiphos is American version of King James Holy Bible.

However a Holy Bible translation is available on almost any popular Language on earth and is easily installable via Xiphos Module Manager. Xiphos Module Manager uses text obtained from Crosswire  Bible Society – Sword Project.


Linux Xiphos Holy Bible reading GNOME tool Module Manager screenshot

To install your Homeland language Holy Scriptures translation choose whatever language via menus:

Edit -> Module Manager -> Install/Update -> Biblical Texts

Linux Holy Bible reading tool Xiphos choose bible texts in all country homeland language

For English Speaking people, there are some extra Books, Heretical texts well known in Christiandom as well as Concordance (Interpretation of Holy Bible writtings with some general marks on Bible verses).

Xiphos Linux bible reader program Extra General Books screenshot

Orthodoxy as you see in the screenshot doesn't have unfortunately nothing to do with Orthodox Christianity. Take few minutes and click on each of the books install them and check out what's inside. The books are interesting for anyone like me who holds deep interest in Christianity. Something else worthy to check out from Module Manager is Commentaries on Holy Bible unfortunately available only in German, English, Dutch and Finnish.

Xiphos module manager Linux commentaries

The Sword Project has  also few interesting sub-projects, worthy to check out whether you use Linux with KDE or for those who want read Holy Bible on Mac OS and IPhone.

BibleTime – A Free and Easy to Use Bible Reading Tool intended for Linux KDE environment users.

PocketSword – An Iphone Bible Study Open Source App

MacSword – is a free & open-source application for research and study of God and His Word. It is developed specifically for Macintosh computers running Mac OS X.

Alkitab Bible Study – An open source and free desktop Bible study software. It supports parallel view, commentaries, dictionaries, lexicons, daily devotions, with powerful search capability.

Xiphos Parallel View funtionality and Tabs are very handy as they offer the user a very easy way to open a number of Bible Translations in various languages and make comparison between different Holy Bible translations.
Reading in Parallel the Holy BIble in two or more different languages is a great way to learn quickly a new language. On below screenshot you see opened, American King James Holy Bible in Tab 1 and Bulgarian Language (the well known Tsarigrad Edition) in Tab 2

Linux Xiphos Bulgarian with two tabs American King James Translation and New Testament from 1914 known as Tsarigrad Edition

Well that's all, Happy Blessed Bible reading on your Linux Desktop 🙂