Tyndale works with app developer on game-changing Bible app
As the way people digest media has changed, a leading Bible publisher has partnered with an app development company that worked on the popular Robinhood scholarship app to create a new line of Bibles. compatible with its own “game-changing” mobile application.
While there are countless mobile Bible apps as well as many printed study Bibles available today, Tyndale House Publishers, one of the world’s largest independent Christian publishing houses, has released a new line of Bibles which seeks to mix the two concepts.
Last month, the publishing house unveiled its Collection of filament bibles, which claims on its website to be “Bible Reading Reinvented”.
“This is the future of Bibles: learn more without taking more,” says the collection’s webpage.
While many study Bibles contain analysis of the scriptures included in the margins of Bible pages, the new collection of Bibles Filament compiles all scripture-related notes, passage reflections, interactive maps, and related videos. on every page of the Bible on the Filament mobile app for users. reference while they read in their printed Bibles.
In the past month, the app has been used by 9,000 people.
When readers scan the page number of the passage they are reading or studying in the app, they have the opportunity to read an easy-to-understand summary of the passage and any additional background information as well as devotional essays, maps, and stories. summary videos related to the passage.
The app contains a total of over 1,200 devotions written by various organized Christian authors.
“There is something really important about having a printed Bible that is central to how you engage with the word of God. But you don’t want to get rid of all of these digital tools because they also have enormous value, ”Keith Williams, application project manager and editor at Tyndale House, told the Christian Post.
“We’re bringing this digital app to provide this additional information that really helps you engage and understand what you’re reading in this printed Bible. There are printed Bibles that do that – study Bibles and things like that. But what happens is you try to fit it all on one page and you end up with a huge book and in some cases the text of the Scriptures itself is pulled off the page almost because it there are so many distractions for you. We are able to take all of that and put it in the app.
Williams said the app allows users to bring analysis and additional content from a Study Bible whenever they want and not worry about having to carry around a giant book.
“It allows you to have this portable Bible that you can take anywhere and allows you to study on your own, at lunch, on a train or whatever,” he said. “Or if you are in a small group or if you are talking to someone about the Bible and questions arise, you have access to tools that help you answer those questions.”
The idea for the Filament Bible was first born in 2016. The first Filament Bible was released in October 2018. But last month Tyndale announced the launch of the Filament Bible Collection, giving users an option of four. Different Bibles in New Living Translation or King. James Version which are compatible with its now extended mobile application.
“We updated the app and turned it from an experience into something that we really hope to see spread and be part of something that [changes] the way people think about the way they interact with their Bibles, ”Williams said.
“We have expanded the content. One of the benefits of having a digital companion for a printed Bible is that you can continue to have access to more and more content over time. When we launched we had around 400 devotions in the “Reflect” section of the app and now there are almost 1,200 devotions available, all related to the page you are on in your Bible. We continue to add more videos and interactive maps.
According to Williams, the ability of the Filament Bible to provide access to “curated, on-site content immediately for the page they are reading” is unprecedented.
“Using the free Filament app, these portable Bibles provide many more study resources and enjoyable teaching videos, devotions, and worship music than even the largest Study Bibles could offer,” he said. he declared. “If you tried to fit all this content into one Bible, you would be carrying it in a wheelbarrow!”
Once a reader scans their page number on the app, they are presented with three options for what they want to do to learn more about the passages they are reading: “study”, “reflect” or ” see “.
The “study” portion is similar to notes that can be found in the margins of a typical study Bible, such as introductions, notes, and profiles of key figures in the Bible. Under “Reflect,” readers will see written reflections on how ideas from the passages they read may relate to people’s everyday lives as well as devotional articles curated by Tyndale’s trusted sources.
The devotional reflection pieces found in the app are written by several prominent Christian authors and leaders such as Kellye Fabian of Willow Creek, author Chris Tiergreen, author Nancy Guthrie and Colin S. Smith of Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Illinois.
The app’s “view” window allows users to view maps (such as those from the ministry of Jesus), videos from The Bible Project, and other visuals that allow users to better understand the context of the passages than they are. they study.
“The biggest addition outside of devotions is that we have a partnership with an organization called The Worship Initiative and have over 300 worship video clips that look like lyric videos with worship music performed by professionals,” he said, adding that the app could do just that. easier to worship in small group meetings. “It also shows where that hymn or song of praise is relevant to the particular scripture you are studying.”
After interviewing several app development companies, Tyndale partnered with Hippo Labs, an app developer who previously did UI work on the popular commission-free stock trading app Robinhood, which is become the preferred investment application of young adults due to its simplicity and low cost.
For Robinhood, which was founded in 2013, Hipo Labs worked to create fully animated and customizable UI components that “made complex stock data as simple as ‘free stock trading’ sounds.
What attracted Tyndale to Hipo Labs was the fact that the company had previously worked to create a simple, easy-to-use Bible app called NeuBible, which aimed to make the Bible easy to read and accessible.
“As we engaged with them in the conversation, we realized that they were going to be a phenomenal partner who is great at understanding how to create a powerful, simple and intuitive app interface,” said Williams. “They have really impressed us and continue to be a great partner for us as we continue to think about the future of this app.”