Society develops E-Bible for Filipino languages
MANILA, Philippines (Catholic Online) – Leaders of the Philippine Christian churches are reaching out to a new means of communications to help them reach people with the scriptures in a language they can understand.
The E-Bible, a creation of the Philippine Bible Society, a non-profit and inter-confessional Christian organization, allows the reading of translations of all eight major Philippine languages: Tagalog, Cebuano, Bicol, Pangasinan, Pampango, Samarenyo and Hiligaynon.
The first Filipino electronic bible, which requires computer software installation, includes search capabilities and provides a concordance, a mini-dictionary, a Bible reading plan for the whole year and a notepad for typing down notes when doing research or preparing a homily.
Users can view four electronic English translations – the King James Translation, the English Standard Version, the Contemporary English Version and the Today's English Version or The Good News Translation.
The bible society is chaired by Bishop Efraim Tendero of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate (CBCP-ECBA) head Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes serving as the vice chairman.
The bible society said the initiative aims "to make God's word more accessible, and to give our people the best options possible for scripture distribution," noting that they are faced with the challenge of spreading the scriptures in a manner that keeps them up with the ever-changing and dynamic society.
"The world is becoming smaller and smaller like all the gadgets that are coming out in the market. We are running fast towards a complete digital and multimedia world, and it doesn't seem like we are going to be content with just that," said the bible society in a statement.
"We cannot allow the holy word to be left behind in these modern times. If we are truly to engage our present society in the word of God, we have to do it through all positive media that reach them, and one of these is, of course, the computer," he said.
Catholic bishops’ biblical commission executive secretary Father Oscar Alunday said that with the new project they are trying to integrate themselves into the new systems of making things available because of the new technology.
"It's a Bible made easy," he said. "It's really an attempt to make it very available and to have many versions of the Bible in one setting."
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