1) Why you need BiblePlus on a
BiblePlus is a must for Biblical
* lots of scholarly Bibles & tools - all FREE. Not
always the best, but very good.
* English translations: ESV, RSV, WEB
(modernized ASV) and lots more.
* Hebrew BHS texts with pointed Hebrew
& number-linking to lexicons
* Greek LXX NA27/USB3 with accents,
parsing & number-linking to lexicons
* Aramaic Targums (Neofiti,
Ps.Jon. & Onkelos) and English translations.
* Syriac NT (&
English) in easy-to-read Hebrew font and English translation.
Josephus in English & Greek, (Loeb & traditional refs) and Philo
* Early Church Fathers (English); Nag Hammadi texts
* Commentaries and other books, both scholarly &
You can see two translations at once, eg Greek LXX with
or Greek Josephus with English translation, or Hebrew OT with
You can also search, keep bookmarks, and append notes to
The modules are tricky to find on the web, and the fonts are
almost impossible to
match with the texts, but I've done all the work for
- see below.
If you don't have enough tools in the Tyndale Kit,
sign up for free membership
at Chan's wonderful site at www.thechan.com
and get some
Read a full review of BiblePlus at http://www.bsreview.org/bplus.htm
If you find this
free software inadequate, there are lots of packages you can buy.
summary of Palm software for Christians at http://www.palmsource.com/interests/religion_christianity/
look out for Bible
is becoming very good)
See this comparative
of BiblePlus and other Palm Bible software2) The models of Palm available
you get a Palm or Pocket PC?
* BiblePlus is only available for Palms
though other (costly) software works on both.
* Palms are cheaper, becasue
the operating system is more efficient
(so it doesn't need such a
powerful processor and the battery can last longer)
* Pocket PCs do have
built-in compatibility with Work and Excel, but
"Documents To Go"
(bundled with many Palms) has arguably better compatibility
Word & Excel, and Wordsmith even shows TTF Greek & Hebrew
(These programs are also available on the Pocket PC)
are being made by a decreasing number of manufacturers,
so they may
eventually disappear. But that's what they said about the Mac
* Palms (except
Sony) use SD cards - put your camera SD in it and you can see
photos on a large bright screen. (Some Pocket PCs also have SD).
detailed comparison of
PocketPC Which Palm should I buy?
(show this to your
loved one before your birthday)
Requirements to get the best out of
- hi res screen - ie 320x320 or the larger 320x480, rather than the
- expandable memory - ie an SD slot, to hold all those Bibles
(128 MB should be plenty - each Bible is only about
- OS5 - ie the latest Palm operating system, necessary for the latest
(if you don't have all these, use the earlier versions of
See the previous notes at http://www.TyndaleHouse.com/TTech/TTech021.htm
following Palms have all these features, in approximate order of ordinary to
The guide prices were the cheapest on Froogle.com and Froogle.co.uk
in March 2006.
Most are cheaper in the US, some are cheaper in the UK. I
don't know why.
Normal size screen:Palm Tungsten C
Tungsten T & T2
: $160 £120
Normal size screen plus a camera:Palm Zire 71
: $230 £170
Extra 50% screen size:Palm Tungsten
: $400 £180Palm Tungsten
: $330 £250
Extra 50% screen size plus WiFi:Palm Tungsten TX
Normal size screen plus a phone (unlocked - use a cheap
pay-as-you-go sim card):Handspring Treo 650
Some of these models are now discontinued and are often
very cheaply on eBay, sometimes new with guarantees.Sony Palms
, but can be difficult to find outside Japan.I
those models which have non-volatile memory
(so you don't lose
unsaved data if the battery dies)
- ie the Tungsten E2, T5, TX and Treo
Print out this section and give it to someone who loves you very
a week before your birthday.3) Downloading and installing BiblePlus
As well as these Instructions
see the list of sources
notes To install the BiblePlus modules:
1) Start up
Palm Quick Install
- either from Start: Programs: Palm
- or click on
Install in Palm Desktop
(or on a Mac, find the 'Send to Handheld'
The programs and modules are in zip folders which open
automatically in Win'XP
If you can't open zip folders, get a free
expander for Mac or PC from Stuffit2)
Download and double-click on Program_Fonts.zip
click on 'extract all files' at the top left
- click Next, Next, tick 'Show
Extracted Files', and Finish.
- highlight all the files and drag them to the
area of the Palm Install window.3) Download and
Right-click on Bibles.zip
click on 'extract all'
- click Next, Next, tick 'Show Extracted Files', and
- highlight all the files and drag them to the 'Expansion Card'
or, if this doesn't exist for your palm, to the 'Handheld'
this is a total of about 19Mb. If you don't have much room,
which ones you want from list of sources
4) If you want the Lexicons
, repeat no.2 for LexiconPrograms.zip
and repeat no.3 for Lexicons.zip
If you want more than just Bibles
, repeat no. 3 for Commentaries.zip
(just a coupld of scholarly ones) Extra-Biblical.zip
(Philo, Josephus, Nag Hammadi etc) 6) Synchronise your
7) Run the new Bible+ program
8) Enable the
- go to menu Options: Skins & Plugins
- the top box should
PB Greek 21
they are in the bottom box, highlight them and click 'Enable'
If others are
in the top box, highlight them and click 'Disable'
These three fonts work
well together. You can try other mixtures.
Don't enable too many at once,
because they can conflict with each other.9) Enable the cross
- go to menu: Options: Preferences: Navigation
'Enable Cross References'10) Enable the lexicons
- start PPI,
select RoadLingua as the program to look up, and click Save.
- start Plucker.
Go to the menu Options: Preferences: Lookup. Select "Look up in PPI."
"Word lookup always active". Now you can tap on a word to look it up
BiblePlus. Click on menu: Options: Preferences: Interface,
"Double Tap PPI"Using the Bibles &
To see cross-references,
double-click on the verse number.
To see the Greek & Hebrew parsing
& vocab numbers (in BHS+, LXX and WH+)
use the menu View: Toggle
footnotes, or type Command-n (ie forward-slash - n)
To use the lexicons
tap on a Hebrew or Greek number (in BHS+, LXX and WH+)
or on a Latin word in
If RoadLingua opens in the wrong dictionary, change
Click on "Hide" to return to BiblePlus.
Further instructions in
and for the lexicons in the RoadLinguaManual
4) More texts to download