You don’t have to be religious – and more importantly, you don’t have to be Christian – to be fascinated with the Bible. The stories, life lessons, universal truths, and words of wisdom found in the two holy books of Christianity, the Old Testament and the New Testament, are so deeply embedded into the very fabric of culture that studying them should be high on your list of priorities – which is manifold true if you’re a Christian, in which case it’s basically an obligation to know the Bible like the palm of your hand. The earliest writings in the Bible date back to as much as a staggering 3500 years, so whenever you pick up the Book with a capital B, you’re reading a piece of mankind’s history. Regardless, we live in modern times, so it’s only natural that there are iPhone apps making your Bible reading and Bible studying smooth sailing – and as we always do, we’ve collected the crème de la crème of these apps. Enjoy!
The number one Bible app for iPhone, entitled simple Bible, boasts nearly 1,000,000 App Store ratings and is used by more than 250 million people worldwide. The definitive Bible app comes equipped with more than 1,000 versions of the Holy Book in hundreds of languages, and has just as many reading plans available in over 40 languages so that you can, for instance, study God’s Word through a variety topics or set out to read both Testaments in a year. The Bible app has a networking aspect, putting religion’s community-centric essence in the forefront, meaning you can discuss your readings with your friends and browse a news stream of your friends’ Bible-related activity. You can customize your entire Bible-reading experience (color palette, font type, text size, contrast), turn verses into beautiful pieces of sharable art, bookmark, highlight, and add notes any way you like, and last not least watch and share clips from The Bible miniseries, the Jesus movie, and The Lumo Project.
2Bible - Daily Reading & Study Bible by Olive Tree
The Olive Tree’s Bible app takes a somewhat more scientific approach to studying the Holy Scriptures, packing an immense selection of features (e.g. maps, studies, commentaries, and dictionaries) referred to as the Resource Guide, all tailor-made for the sole purpose of getting a betting a better and deeper understanding of God’s Word. You can choose from an abundance of daily reading plans of varying lengths, customize your entire reading experience down to the minutest details, and get access to a wide range of Bible translations and outstanding study resources via in-app purchases.
3Logos Bible: Designed for deeper Bible study
If you’re serious about studying the Bible, downloading Logos Bible is definitely a must. The Logos Bible app was designed specifically for a deeper Bible study, packing a plethora of Bible translations and a set of tools perfect for deepening your understanding of the Holy Book. All you have to do is create a Logos Bible account for free, and a library full of Bible resources and a curated collection of books will be right there at your fingertips. Logos Bible’s other highlights include thorough word study aided by dictionaries, lexicons, and cross-references, verse-specific reports, and in-depth text comparison.
4Bible.is - Dramatized Audio Bibles
Bible.is is a versatile Bible app delivering a unique Bible experience for multiple senses – for the eyes and the ears, to be perfectly exact. Besides bringing you the Holy Scriptures in more than 900 languages, allowing you to search Bibles by country or by language, Bible.is also includes a dramatized Audio Bible and 61 scenes from the JESUS Film Project – all of which are available in hundreds of languages. Thanks to these features – especially the video segments -, Bible.is might come in handy in helping the younger generation get acquainted with God’s Word. Rounding out the features of Bible.is are a powerful search tool, bookmarking and highlighting options, the ability to add notes, and offline reading and listening.