Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What's New

In development for 2013
- Mobile editions: iPad, iPhone, Android
- OT word studies: Hebrew and Greek
- OT translation helps: Hebrew and Greek

- Section headings (in light gray) and cross references (in light blue), for certain versions

- Advanced section: an option for two "My Translation" columns, for translating the Hebrew OT and the Greek OT, side-by-side

- Bible GT is our new name (it's the name for our site, our app in Facebook, and our forthcoming mobile apps)

- Version updates: NIV 2011, ESV 2011

- Performance update for members with hundreds of notes

- Beginner section: Westcott Hort, Phonetic Editions (Erasmus, Koine, Modern)
- Advanced section: Phonetics (Erasmus, Koine, Modern)
- Advanced section: Lessons update, adding more "how to" content, plus an Example Sentence

- Beginner section: 108 versions, 59 languages
- Intermediate section: verse lists based upon Westcott-Hort
- Advanced section: Westcott-Hort Greek text, with parts-of-speech color coding
- Advanced section: NA27 Greek text

2010 in review: new features, now online
- Beginner section: 82 versions, 44 languages
- Beginner section: automatically display a local-language version
- Beginner section: print my friends’ notes as endnotes
- Advanced section: synchronized scrolling with the beginner section
- Advanced section: print one’s translation alongside other versions
- Advanced section: print translation helps including verse details
- Share with specific GT friends, in a very controlled fashion
- Share with FB Bible friends, for a wider distribution of content
- Hourly Bible tweets/texts, in 100 versions, 49 languages

Bible tweets and texts throughout the day. 100 versions, 49 languages, global outreach.

Q-and-A interview about this on-going project.

- Three levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced--a better fit for everyone in the church
- When beginner and advance levels are open, they scroll together--encouraging reading and translating with context in mind
- "Printer-friendly format" and "print to pdf" are much more capable than before--making it easier to print out a chapter, for sharing at church and elsewhere
- Merge your Great Treasures and Facebook Bible notes, if you wish--so you have the option of seeing and making notes in both places.
- Share your notes with your Great Treasures friends; and with your Facebook friends too, if you so choose--totally in your control; turn it on and off with ease
- Mobile edition for mobile browsers, including Safari on iPhone
- New column (in the advanced section) exclusively for your translation--for translating a passage more effectively, as a whole

The site has a new name, a new look, and new features. Great Treasures better describes what the site is all about: great treasures in the scriptures. The new look encourages better Bible study practices, such as keeping context in mind while doing a word study. New features include:
- 82 versions (including NIV and multiple Greek texts), up to 6 at a time—to better understand what is written
- 3 levels: chapter study, word study, Greek study—to better fit you, your study style, your strengths
- 5 kinds of notes: book, chapter, verse, word study, translation—to express yourself, really get it, prepare to share with others
- 7 note commands: add, edit, delete, move, min/max, undo, download—to give you full control
- 2-step note sharing: permit (others); choose (to see)—to safely share with others you know
- 4 servers and a 100-megabit internet connection—to support you in staying in flow, considering the scriptures

Here's what's new for the Bible app on Facebook:
- 80 versions (including NIV and multiple Greek texts), up to 2 at a time—to better understand what is written
- 3 kinds of notes: book, chapter, verse
- 6 note commands: add, edit, delete, move, min/max, undo—to give you full control
- Share notes with friends—to grow and help others grow
- Publish a note and verse to your news feed—to make it easier to share the scriptures with others
- 4 servers and a 100-megabit internet connection—to support you in staying in flow, considering the scriptures

Bible in Facebook: major update
- Click and directly edit notes
- See your notes and your friends' notes
- Click to see your friends' activities: recent chapters, recent notes
- Invite your friends who have not yet added the Bible app

User-interface advances
- Streamlines Greek support with new Greek "Tools" menu: Graded Reader, Vocabulary, Lessons
- Adds new coverage of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Updates the how-to guide

English Standard Version (ESV, 2001)

Listen: Greek NT audio, modern pronunciation

User-interface advances
- Streamlines main menu and account links, to increase the amount of screen real estate dedicated to the Scriptures themselves
- Emphasizes the three actions members use most: Read, Translate, Word Study
- Adds version-specific "Font" and "Size" menu actions, for a better online reading experience

Vocabulary builder: new "Words" pane, far right side
- Builds vocabulary that sticks, woven within context
- Shows the lexical forms of the words in a chapter
- Options: ordering, vocabulary-building level

Graded Reader (in '11: click versions, then Greek | Westcott-Hort Graded Reader)
- Adjusts itself to better fit you, help you grow
- Adjusts by the number of times a word occurs in the NT: choose level you want, such as 40-49x and 100-249x
- Or adjusts by the Basics of Biblical Greek textbook chapters you have studied, such as chapters 4-8 plus 16

Syllables ( and words parts (walk|ing)
- Knocks down the "it's hard to read aloud" barrier, for the hard part about reading aloud is learning to see the syllable breaks within Greek words (especially long ones)
- Unveils word parts, so you can spot the nuances of a form and its meaning
- Option: turn off dots and bars (click on the "Dots/Bars" menu and select "No Dots/Bars"

Translation tips: expanded
- Encourages learning verb forms within context
- Supplies translation tips for every verb and participle

Lessons: new menu, in the Greek and Reader panes
- Smooths the way for beginners to begin (and for returning students to brush up)
- 4 alphabet lessons + 8 grammar lessons
- New content: the alphabet song
- Links for all specialized terms (such as "deponent"), from the site, directly to the corresponding lesson materials

Listen: Greek NT audio, Erasmus' pronunciation

Bible in Facebook
- Encourages reading the Scriptures with friends; share notes; see what your friends are reading
- Option: displays your notes from Great Treasures, too

Greek Word Study: new mouseover action, in the KJV and Greek panes
- Pulls together word-study resources for you, automatically
- Includes short definition, long definition, parallel verse lists in Greek (Tischendorf) and English (KJV), word family, specific form, form table

Short definitions
- Delivers definitions based solely upon Biblical references
- Short definitions are based upon Bullinger's Lexicon, improved with: a complete reorganization so that definitions are by Greek word; transliterations and Strong's numbers; new verse lists (generated with software, to ensure accuracy and completeness)

Long definitions
- Delivers a broader lexical consideration of each word, based upon both
- Long definitions are based upon Thayer's Lexicon, improved transliterations and Strong's numbers

New American Standard Bible (NASB, 1995)

Translation: a major section with in the site
- Does the behind-the-scenes lookup work, giving you more time to consider the Scriptures themselves
- Displays Greek text and baseline versions
- Saves your translation, so you can refer to it at any time
...word by word
...rough translation
...smooth translation
...translation notes
- Plus print to pdf; export as a spreadsheet

Add your own notes while your read
- Adding notes is another vital way to interact with the text
- Display multiple Bible versions, by chapter--with your notes--in parallel columns that scroll in-sync alongside each other
- Add notes for a verse, for a chapter (by mousing over the chapter number), for a book (by mousing over the book name)
- Write one note and see it displayed alongside many references (that is to say: make one note; enter a list of Bible references; and that note will appear alongside each of those references)
- Plus display options to better fit your style
- Plus print to pdf; export as a spreadsheet

Color-coded Greek text
- Engages visual learners
- Makes it easier to navigate around often-lengthy Greek sentences
- Demystifies verbs (red) vs. participles (red with a blue ending)
- Option: click on the "Colors" menu and select "No color"

Display a chapter at a time, in side-by-side columns
- Read a chapter in multiple versions
- Display multiple Bible versions, by chapter, in parallel columns that scroll in-sync alongside each other

Four initial versions
- King James
- American Standard
- Spanish Reina
- Chinese Union

The team began working together.


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acpfeiffer said...

Excellent web site and application. Since returning from SBL last weekend I've been brainstorming websites for the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Literature that are very similar to this site. I think Greek Bible Study has a great future. Keep it up.

Gary said...

Thank you so much for this site! One note to make: 2 Samuel 7's Septuagint is off. It has 2 Sm 7:12 written both as verse 11 and verse 12. Verse 11 needs revision.

Peter Coad said...

Hi Divine_Contemplative, Thank you for your feedback and kind help. We’ll correct verse 11. Pete

Holo said...

Aloha From Hawaii! Mahalo for the site! It takes me back to basics aside from all the distractions online!

Hanna said...

Could I please ask your assistance. I was here a week ago when I found your site and I was absolutely thrilled. I showed it to everyone that came around.

Then I came back today and it does not do what it did before and I can't figure out what I did to get it to do what it did, which was, when I put my mouse pointer on a greek word I could somehow get it to give me the definition etc of that word right there while reading the verses in the other 3 English texts.

Please tell me how I made that happen. I remember choosing a short of long definition but I don't know how I got there.

Thank you

Peter Coad said...

Hi Hanna, I'm glad you found the site. Thank you for your kind enthusiasm. Although we are actively developing word-study resources for the OT (both Hebrew and Greek), currently the word-study resources are for the NT only. Make sure you're looking at an NT chapter and the mouseover menu should work as before. Pete

Gary said...

Ah, another typo: Revelation 4:6 says "four" as "tessera." It should say "tessara." Very easy mistake.

If you email me again, I'll just report these to your email next time I find typos, and I'll compile a list.

Thank you for this site!

Peter Coad said...

Hi Gary, God bless you. I appreciate your attention to detail! Here’s the scoop. The NA27 text spells it “tessera.” The Tischendorf text, spells it “tessara”--and that is the text displayed at the site (more texts coming later this month). So it appears to be a spelling variant, one that does not affect the intended meaning.

Unknown said...

Sorry for my ignorance, but how do I get the Greek to show up?

Peter Coad said...

Hi Jimbo,

No problem at all. Here are the FAQs about this:

Q: The Greek text has some little squares where Greek letters should be. What should I do?

A: Update your browser to the current version. The site works well with the current versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Chrome.

Q: I'm using the current version of Firefox on Mac. Yet Firefox is not displaying the Greek characters properly. What should I do?

A: Firefox fails to display Greek characters correctly on some Macs. If you encounter this problem on your Mac, use Safari for this site.

Let me know if that helps.


Ryan Bush said...

great site!

i'd love to be able to access an iphone optimized site . . . maybe?

Peter Coad said...

Hi Ryan, Thanks. Yes: an iPhone optimized site would be very useful. Will pursue. Pete

Bendah said...

I am so thankful for this site! It has really helped in my understanding, systematic study, etc. Pete, God bless you abundantly in Christ. And thank you for your loving service. I also agree with Ryan Bush. A mobile version of the site, or an iPhone/iPod Touch App would be a significant contribution to the site's utility.

Peter Coad said...

Hi Bendah,
Thank you for your kind and encouraging words.

Regarding the mobile edition, it's ready. With it, you get a version of your choosing, plus your notes. It's an effective way to read and make notes when mobile (looks great on iPhone).

Point your mobile browser to the same address: (the site detects if you are on a mobile device and adjusts itself accordingly).