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03-28-2006, 03:36 PM
I know that this isn't the best place to ask this question, but...
I was wondering if anyone knew of a good product for a PDA that included the WTT text, the NRSV or NASB, and BDB? I'd also like to have the LXX (and LXT) and Greek New Testament as well. I'd prefer not to spend too much money, if possible.
I looked through some previous threads and I was wondering if anything new has come out since then.
03-28-2006, 04:08 PM
PalmBible+ is for Palm OS (I think 3.5 and newer), but may not do everything you need, but a rundown:
- Hebrew text (with vowels and accents) with encoded strongs numbers (these allow you to interface with BDB)
- Abridged BDB. (Needs a dictionary & plucker tool)
- Greek NT (also with embedded strongs numbers
There are quite a few English translations (http://gospelshare.org/ps.bibleplus.main.php) but neither the NRSV or NASB (they are copyrighted). There are also a number of reference works (morphologies, dictionaries, topical bibles, etc).
Another product you may want to look at is OliveTree's PDA Bible software (for Palm and PocketPC). http://www.olivetree.com/index.php I have not used it, but I hear it is very good. It is not too expensive (base version is free if I remember) and the Hebrew has parsing and BDB. It does have the NASB and NRSV. Getting the Hebrew, Greek, Greek OT, NASB, and NRSV will approach the $150-$200 range.
03-28-2006, 09:35 PM
sourceforge and olivetree are the two key ones.
There's also http://www.pilotyid.com/hebrew-texts.php, a Jewish site for Palm users (or a Palm site for Jewish users :) ).
http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0.htm might be of interest as well.
And an older site: http://www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk/tyndale/TTech/TTech017.htm
unvocalized MT: http://www.scar.rad.washington.edu/slsoftware.com/HebrewOT.shtml
03-29-2006, 08:51 AM
I have purchased a few software packages for my PDA, and my favorite by far is PalmBible+.
The main reason I'm so jazzed about it, is that you can convert almost any BibleWorks database you own into PB+ format for your personal use. (I have done so with Greek & English texts, but I have yet to experiment with Hebrew.)
I've put together a few files for PB+ users using BibleWorks files (with BibleWorks' permission of course). Check out my "Palm Sunday (http://palmsunday.oldinthenew.org)" blog. Here are some files I've compiled: Josephus in Greek & Hebrew (http://palmsunday.oldinthenew.org/josephus_gr_en.zip) Lightfoot's translation of the Apostolic Fathers (http://palmsunday.oldinthenew.org/fathers.zip)I've also posted a program provided by a fellow PB+ user that enables you to convert the Mishnah (http://palmsunday.oldinthenew.org/mishnah_converter.zip) in Hebrew into a PB+ file!
I've been given permission by the Philo Concordance Project (http://webster.hibo.no/alu/seksjon/krl/kaare/filon/) (the folks who are behind the Greek text of Philo in BW7) to make most of the Greek text of Philo available for PB+ users (without tagging). I'm also hoping to convert some of the other user-created BibleWorks files for PB+ very soon, so keep an eye out on the Palm Sunday blog (RSS http://www.oldinthenew.org/images/feed.gif (http://oldinthenew.org/palmsunday/atom.xml)).
Oh, and by the way, NET Bible is on its way for PB+ as well:
See my post here (http://palmsunday.oldinthenew.org/2006/01/net-bible-for-pb-is-on-its-way.html).
03-29-2006, 04:28 PM
What about for us Pocket PC users?
Laridian works very nicely, but has no Greek or Hebrew (except as Strong's references from NAS)
E-sword has Greek, but no accents... and E-sword is SLOW on searching.
Any other good options out there that have the Greek NT?
03-29-2006, 06:20 PM
The benefits of using Palm for a PDA seem to be far stronger, but is there anything cheaper than Olive Tree for Hebrew? And is it possible to somehow convert the BW files into some sort of format for us unlucky saps who have a pocket PC?
Jim: Anyway that the Mishnah could be added into BW? And is there an accompanying English translation? It sounds like you could be the one who could spearhead a conversion of BW into Palm/pocket PC software... :).
The Mishnah would be a fantastic resource; (of course it'd be great to have the tagged one like Accordance).
03-29-2006, 06:58 PM
Anyway that the Mishnah could be added into BW? And is there an accompanying English translation? It sounds like you could be the one who could spearhead a conversion of BW into Palm/pocket PC software... :). . . The Mishnah would be a fantastic resource; (of course it'd be great to have the tagged one like Accordance).I agree! I'd love to see the Mishnah in BibleWorks. A few years ago I contacted the folks who provide the online version of the Mishnah mentioned in a post above (Mechon-Mamre (http://www.mechon-mamre.org)) to see if they'd grant permission to convert the text for use with BibleWorks & distribute it. Unfortunately, they were rather dogmatically opposed to the idea for ideological reasons.
Fortunately, Mechon-Mamre allows the user to permanently download their texts (including the Talmudim & Tosefta). The PalmBible+ conversion program gets around their objections in that it crunches the text once it's downloaded on a user's own machine. Hence, there's no problem with distributing the text in a converted format.
Perhaps a similar conversion program could be put together for BibleWorks.
Regarding the English translation: Unfortunately, I don't know of any English translation that is in public domain. I keep hoping, however that BW could license Neusner's translation (after all, both Accordance & Libronix have this translation!)
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