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Online Bible is a full-featured program designed for serious Bible students. You can display Bible passages and notes in any number of windows. Most operations can be performed using either the mouse or keyboard commands. The program is both powerful and easy to use.

In addition to the King James Version, over thirty other English versions are available. These include the 1984 New International Version, 1995 New American Standard Bible, 1982 New King James Version, 1989 New Revised Standard Version, 1996 New Living Translation, and many others. Greek and Hebrew texts are also available for original language study. In addition more...

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Mac007 Member IconComment+198

The current developer's web site has changed. The new site can be found here: http://www.online-bible.com/maconlinebible.html

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Version 4.1.1
WordWeaver Member IconReview+161

As a Christian writer and evangelist -- Endtime Prophecy Net -- I have been using Online Bible for many years now, along with the installed Hebrew and Greek lexicon modules -- which I purchased many years ago for about $10 each -- as well as a few other useful modules.

This program has been an invaluable tool in conducting my Bible research and writing. It is 100% stable and never crashes, not even once to my recollection.

While some folks prefer newer Bible apps for the Mac which have more modern interfaces, personally, I prefer functionality over form, and Online Bible suits my purposes just fine.

God bless Ken Hamel -- now deceased -- for his dedication in writing this program. It has been a blessing to many thousands of Christians and Bible students.

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Version 4.1.1
Big-Mac-XXL Member IconReview+263

Still the best Bible software on the Mac. I know it many years and now I can appreciate it even more after my other experiences with MacSword and Accordance. OLB is free and comes with some excellent tools for free: King James Bible, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Geneva Bible Notes of 1599. This all synchronized in parallel windows. And additional free Hebrew and Textus Receptus (Stephanus 1550) add-ons. Simply perfect. I don't care about the old-fashioned Classic GUI, but like the high speed and the small RAM footprint of OLB. I wish to encourage the programmers to continue with this valuable FREE software!

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Version 4.1.1
soundchaser480 Member IconReview+0

Now I have downloaded several modules and am very happy with this program. Too bad it didn't come with a little better explanation. I am able to do all that I need until I am able to pay for some favorite versions of the Bible. I can search words and verses along with using Lexicons for Hebrew and Greek. I was able to change font sizes in the preferences. For others, keep trying before you rate this.

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Version 4.1.1
soundchaser480 Member IconReview+0

I also tried to download this and got nothing. I clicked on the Online Bible icon in my applications folder and it asked for version.dat. So now I have nothing but wasted time.

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Version 4.1.1

Update: I kept trying and downloaded a Bible module here: http://www.macolb.com/ It was a bit messy but I was able to figure out that I needed to open the folder on the left and install it in the folder on the right. Somehow I found the fonts (can't remember how) and put them in my fonts folder which was listed next to the installation icon in my finder window. I still couldn't get OLB to find a Bible but somehow I kept clicking on things until I could browse for the 'version.dat' file that was now in my OLB folder. It opened! I then selected new: bible from the File menu. I'll update again and give a new star rating when I see how it works.

Ficheye Member IconComment+7

Downloaded it. It asks me for the file 'Version.Dat.' Now, what would that be, exactly? And why would you just not google 'online bible' and go online to access it? There are already plenty of online bibles. This seems weird. If someone could explain why this app would make things more convenient then please do so.

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Version 4.1.1
Pebrjr Member IconComment+0

Repeatedly crashes on intel iMac running 10.6.4.

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Version 4.1.1
Macsweep Member IconReview+66

I've been using the Macintosh Online Bible for at least ten years. It is my favorite Bible application.
Great search capability, lots of keyboard shortcuts, multiple windowing configurations, easy look-up of Strongs' numbers, good cross-reference, multiple lexicon support.
Other features: personal notes, favorite verses and verse lists, easy way to make documents with hyper-links to scripture verses, easy text-to-speech. Another plus is good support.

If you have problems, read the Help tutorial, it is very well written.

The negatives: Setting font and font size for all the Bible versions is tedious and there is no high-lighting yet.

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Version 4.1.1
Bdikkat Member IconReview+207

Doesn't work. On launch, it beeps, presents a message saying "no version found", then gives a meaningless "find" dialog.

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Version 4.1.1
Dean Reinheimer Member IconComment+3
Dean Reinheimer

I began using Online Bible (Mac) waaay back in the OS9 days. It was a real blessing and help through my three years at a Bible Institute, helping me to study, write papers, prepare sermons, etc.

A friend in school had the Windows/Microslop version and I just couldn't seem to get the hang of it.

I've tried many, many other programs but ALWAYS keep coming back to OLB Along those lines, is it just me or was the learning curve on Accordance a little "steep"?

I find the search capabilities in OLB are AWESOME! whether searching by English words, Greek/Hebrew words, or even by Strong's numbers!

Adding my personal notes/studies/commentaries at each verse is a great advantage too!

OH yes, I need to praise the developer's response time as being TREMENDOUS too!!! (even if it was a LOOOONG wait for a native OSX version)

Personally, I'd like to see the interface in OLB updated to a more "Mac-like" presentation.

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Version 4.0.4
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Downloads 38,426
Version Downloads 23,695
License Free
Date 22 Dec 2009
Platform OS Classic / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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