Tapping on a verse number or word in a Bible
brings up a pop-up menu of reference types from which to seek further
enlightenment, or a few other helpful functions. Search will open
the search screen with the highlighted word. The last-used reference
in a category pops up when you select the reference type. For example,
if you last used one of Vine’s dictionaries, Vine’s
will come up again when you next select Dictionary. The user can
add their own notes as well, which act like a commentary. If you
have only one window open and tap on a word or verse, then select
a reference type, eBible will open the second window automatically
with the requested reference opened in it. There’s no option
to scroll the top and bottom windows together by verse, however.
The user must go through the same tap and select process for every
The Deluxe Bundle includes a good selection of
Nelson's popular references. It comes with three Bible versions:
The King James, New King James Version, and the New Century Versions;
New Strong's Greek and Hebrew Lexicons which work with the KJV;
two dictionaries: Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
and Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary Greek of OT and
NT Words; two commentaries: Believer's Bible Commentary and Nelson’s
New Illustrated Bible Commentary. Nelson also included Where To
Find It In The Bible and Max Lucado's Grace For The Moment Devotional.
All are faithful evangelical references, although both commentaries
present a dispensational eschatology. I thought that the New Illustrated
Bible Dictionary in particular stood out as an excellent work.
eBible also supports a reading schedule, though it doesn't include
one. All the references may be stored on the card in the /Palm/Launcher/
directory. eBible provides good access speed for the references
As this review goes to press, Nelson has included
all but one their available references in the current Deluxe Bundle,
with the last (Smith’s Bible Dictionary) supplied when users
register the product. eBible's web site promises more references
in the future, though those included will keep you plenty busy
for now. Although well designed for average-level students of the
Scriptures, eBible doesn't do original Greek or Hebrew at all.
I am not aware of any growth path in that direction at the moment.
Vine's and Strong's are as close as you'll get.
Two features speak well to the level of detail
that went into eBible's design. If you tap on a word and select
Dictionary, but your highlighted word isn't in the dictionary in
that exact form, eBible offers up words that would be around your
word in the reference when you tap on the down arrow next to the
word display. So if you lookup "called", which comes
up "not found", tapping on the down arrow next to “called” pops
up a list-box window with surrounding words, including "call,
calling". Second, every Bible verse and Strong's number in
the reference window hyperlinks to its location or definition.
Using the back arrow after jumping to a linked verse returns to
the original verse. Additionally, you can write/type a word or
Strong’s number to look up directly on the text line in the
As you can tell from the screen shots, eBible
supports the T3's 320x480 portrait mode. While the program displays
in the T3 landscape mode, it has issues and doesn't use the entire
screen width. I've already covered virtually all of the user settings.
eBible has few settings for the user to change, making it simple
Being a 1.0 re lease, there remain a few technical
issues. For instance on my T3, eBible doesn't release about 300K
of RAM each time it’s executed and exited. While the memory
leak adds up after a number of executions, soft resetting recovers
the entire RAM. It doesn't detract from the usefulness of the program,
and I'm sure will be quickly fixed.
eBible for Palm OS 1.0 – Deluxe Bundle sells for $39.97,
less than the combined total of any three of the included references
in print. That’s a good deal for those who don’t
need or use original languages in their study but want print-quality
references. Nelson and Godspeed teamed to provide a quality study
tool for the Palm in your hand—a welcome addition to the
growing stable of fine Bible study programs available for your
Palm OS device.
Simple to use
Good selection of quality references included
Excellent hyperlinking throughout
Direct lookup available in dictionaries and lexicons
No original language support
Can’t scroll-lock commentaries with verses
Must use stylus to scroll bottom window