Category Archives: Faith

Jewish Calendar App arrives in the Store

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Yesterday saw the first Holy Quran App in the store joining the existing four Bible Apps. Today we are happy to announce the arrival of the first Jewish Faith App: “Jewish Calendar”. Though I am a Christian, I will not even pretend to understand all the intricacies of the Jewish Calendar not to talk of the Faith itself. I am just glad for my Jewish friends that they also have something in the Store. Hopefully we will see more of this kind of apps to complement what is already in the Store.

To download the App, please follow this link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/076ca85b-3dbd-45a8-b964-c5f01ab49a19

The Holy Quran App is in the Store

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For our Muslim friends this is something to rejoice about. We already have about 4 or 5 Bible Apps in the Store, so I guess it’s about time we saw apps from other religions too. Therefore, I am happy to announce that the first Quran app has dropped in the store. Titled “Holy Quran”, the app is a reference source for Muslims around the world, and features both Arabic and English transliterated scripts. On the surface the App looks thoroughly thought out, but until its installed, its difficult to judge its feature. Since I don’t speak arabic, I will not be the right person to judge the app quality. We can only peruse what the vendors says about the app, reproduced here below from the store:

 

Portrait with English Translation
Arabic and English Translation with English Search

Arabic Search

Description
The Holy Quran application comes to the Windows 8 app store. This comprehensive application includes Audio Recitation by Al Husari, English translation, transliterated Arabic, intuitive search functionality, and an easy to use interface.

Features
Mushaf text from مجمع الملك فهد لطباعة المصحف الشريف (King Fahd Complex with Hufs Font.)
English Translation with side by side Arabic display
Arabic transliterated with side by side Arabic display
Individual Ayas selection and recitation by Al Huasari
Search in Arabic, English and transliterated Arabic
Sura and Juz index to go where you want in the Quran
Configurable font sizes: Large and Normal
Beatiful Uthmanic script font
Search using page number
Download Surah’s as you go
Fast audio playback

I am sure you Muslim scholars can’t wait to get the app, so please download the app from the Store via the following link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/0e37631e-5d81-4fc7-85fa-71857d107a03

Bible Pronto ver1.1 Update is in the Store

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IT2Max has just informed of an update to our favorite Bible Study app Bible Pronto. The update brings a lot of goodies with it, setting this app apart from other Bible study resource in the Store. The changes are summed up as follows:

 

Bible Pronto updated to ver 1.1 includes new features, UI improvement and bug fixes.

  • In Version 1.1 we have added features, bug fixes and included performance fixes.
  • We have completely reworked the bible reading experience to support full panoramic reading taking full advantage of your device resolution and form factor. This fix is also applied to the parallel reading mode.
  • App now works in both Landscape and in Portrait modes automatically scaling to the device resolution.
  • Added SkyDrive Backup and Restore feature. Now you can backup your Notes, Bookmarks and highlighted verses to the cloud to get complete roaming experience on any device.
  • Added New English Translation to the Bible Version. Please use the settings charm to manage your local Bible versions. Sync the bible version first and download.
  • Pinned verses now directly open the scriptures in reading mode. – More versions coming soon….

We commend IT2Max with this whopping feature update. I am sure Scripture lovers around the world will appreciate the added features. Fetch the update from the store and let us know what you think of these new added features.

HeavenWord New Testament Studies Tool is in the Store

 

App Description from Store:

Want to do some Bible STUDY? This FREE preview helps the Bible student learn more of the New Testament by providing special focus on how the English translations correspond to the words of the original Greek texts. You can explore the whole New Testament of the Bible, from the passage down to each verse, and from each verse down to word by word study. Enhance your understanding of the New Testament by better understanding the connections to the Greek texts.

New Testament Bibles: • English: The New American Standard (NASB) & King James (KJV). • Greek: Wescott & Hort, Robinson – Pierpont, and Textus Receptus.

Resources: • Coding: All NT Bibles are coded to Strong’s based numbering and Greek Bibles are also parsed. • Definitions: Souter’s Pocket Lexicon, NASB Exhaustive Concordance Greek Dictionary, and Strong’s Enhanced Greek Dictionary. • Offers English glosses for over 21,000 unique Greek NT inflected word forms.¹

Levels: • Passage: You can use an English or Greek text as your primary text for reading passages. • Passage: The Greek texts offer an adjustable graded reader² which provides brief definitions for relatively rare Greek words. • Verse: You can compare different Greek and English texts side-by-side on a word-by-word basis. • Verse & Word: The app can be used as an analytical lexicon. • Word: View word and lexical frequencies as well as relevant Greek dictionary articles.

And it’s FREE!³

¹ So what does “English glosses for over 21,000 unique Greek NT inflected word forms” mean and how is it helpful? Glad you asked! Merely coding a Greek text to Strong’s based numbering is only a little helpful. The following words all are coded to Strong’s 25 which has the “lexical” (or “dictionary”) meaning of “to love”:   ἀγαπήσατε — “to love”   ἠγαπήσαμεν — “to love”   ἠγάπησα — “to love”   ἠγάπησάς — “to love”   ἠγάπησαν — “to love”   ἀγαπήσαντι — “to love”   ἀγαπήσητε — “to love”   …

Uh … okaaaay. How about this instead?   ἀγαπήσατε — “begin (y’all) to love”   ἠγαπήσαμεν — “we loved”   ἠγάπησα — “I loved”   ἠγάπησάς — “you loved”   ἠγάπησαν — “they loved”   ἀγαπήσαντι — “to (him) having loved”   ἀγαπήσητε — “y’all should begin to love”   …

Is the second set MUCH more helpful? We thought so. (You don’t even have to know what an “aorist active indicative” is. But if you do, good for you!) That’s why we need over 21,000 glosses, instead of the roughly 5,600 Strong’s lexical (dictionary) meanings.

… Oh and if you’re scared of those funny looking Greek letters, keep in mind that the app can transliterate all the Greek for you, which means you can see the Greek like this instead:   agapḗsate — “begin (y’all) to love”   ēgapḗsamen — “we loved”   ēgápēsa — “I loved”   ēgápēsás — “you loved”   ēgápēsan — “they loved”   agapḗsanti — “to (him) having loved”   agapḗsēte — “y’all should begin to love”   …

Even if you’ve never taken Greek, or it’s been so long you’ve forgotten most everything, this app can help you make better sense of the New Testament by understanding more of the Greek texts.

Oh, and did you notice “y’all” showing up in the glosses? There’s a reason for that, and it’s not just an appreciation for Southern expressions. Greek distinguishes between a second person SINGULAR (in English, “you”) and a second person PLURAL (in English, “you”). So, did you notice something? English uses the SAME word. Not helpful, really. So for the second person plural, enter the very helpful “y’all” to distinguish the plural—any Southern charm is just a bonus.

If you’re trying to learn or understand Greek, we think you’ll find these English glosses far more useful than a standard or reverse interlinear.

² So what’s a graded reader? Even if you’ve taken a couple of semesters of Greek, you probably don’t have every Greek word meaning memorized. (Heh.) You learned the high frequency words, but words that don’t occur very often … have you breaking out the lexicons. Enter the graded reader. Right there, alongside the passage you are reading, we list the infrequently occurring words and their helpful English glosses. And you can adjust the degree of help you get from the graded reader:   Don’t show*   Three or less   Ten or less   Twenty or less   Fifty or less   Two hundred or less     * Also known as “Don’t help me, I’m a masochist” mode.

Plus you can turn the inclusion of proper names on or off, depending on whether you find them pretty obvious—or not.

This allows you to tune to graded reader to your increasing familiarity with the Greek as you progress.

³ But we do appreciate encouragement. Feel free to explore around, send us your feedback and rate us (favorably if you think we deserve it). And please don’t forget to tell thousands of your very closest friends about the app. Thank you!

Bible Pronto App now available in Windows 8 Store

So there I was thinking I was completed by the availability of OliveTree Bible App in the store. Combined with the YouVersion Bible App you would have thought it couldn’t get better than this, in drops the Bible Pronto app to add another dimension to the Bible experience on the Windows 8 Metro platform. Bible Pronto allows annotation and highlighting of the bible verses, a feature that is currently missing on both aforementioned apps. You can find Bible Pronto in the Reference section. Letup: The app is ONLY available on the Intel devices! Sorry for those of you on ARM devices, hopefully they’ll still port to ARM before Windows 8 goes gold.

Try the app, and let me know what you think. You can find in the store by search, or because most of the apps I mention in this blog are so hot new, they are not yet visible by just browsing the Store. So you can just use the following link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/e7c75bd5-6ba5-4fef-865b-062bbdb9dd01

 

OliveTree Bible+ App debuts in Windows 8 Store

Believe it or not, Olive Tree has decided to go Windows 8 route after their love for everything Microsoft went the way of Dodo’s these past few years. Olive Tree refused to develop their Windows Applications further, and totally refused to port their Windows Mobile apps over then to Windows Phone 7 when it debuted. I have just done a quick search in Windows Phone Store, there is still no Olive Tree app available. People like me had heated debates with Olive Tree that it was not fair to abandon Windows Platform for the more “lucrative” iOS/OSX platform. That the spreading of the Gospel should not be determined by who pays the most for your application. The plea fell to deaf ears of course.

Now you can imagine my joy to find that Olive Tree is jumping in on Windows 8 bandwagon by releasing their app this early in the game. Be sure that the app will not be free by the time Windows 8 goes live, but for now enjoy this time limited boon. Download the app from the Reference category in the Store, or just go directly to this link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/f8c21523-1482-46d8-b34b-37f1e462856e