MANILA, Philippines, SEPT. 1, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The first E-Bible launched in the Philippines will make the word of God more accessible to an ever-increasing digital society.
The E-Bible is an initiative of the Philippine Bible Society, an interconfessional Christian organization, chaired by Bishop Efraim Tendero of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches.
The vice chairman is Catholic Bishop Arturo Mandin Bastes of Sorsogon, director of the Bible commission of the Philippine bishops’ conference.
The E-Bible can be read in the languages most spoken in the Philippines: Tagalog, Cebuano, Bicol, Pangasinan, Pampango, Samarenyo and Hiligaynon.
It can also be consulted in four English translations, reported the bishops’ conference.
Once installed in the computer, the software displays its content and search capabilities. It has a concordance, a mini-dictionary, a Bible reading plan for the whole year and a notepad for typing notes when doing research or preparing a homily.
The promoters explain that the initiative aims “to make God’s word more accessible and to give our people the best options possible for Scripture distribution.”
A statement of the Bible Society adds: “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.”