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Sacred Texts: Where to Get Them in Alternate Media.




The Fred's Head Companion.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006.




The Bible In Excel.


John Walkenbach of The J-Walk Blog:


http://j-walkblog.com


has created an Excel version of The Bible.


"I found a text file with the complete King James Version of the Bible. I wrote a few macros and dumped it all into an Excel workbook. Each book is on a separate worksheet, and each verse is in a separate cell.


It has a handy hyperlink table of contents so you can jump to any book. I also wrote some summary formulas to calculate the number of characters in each book, and the average number of characters per verse. Then I added a word count feature: Enter a word and it displays the number of occurrences in each book."


You can click this link to download The Bible In Excel. It's a 1.8 Mb zip file, and it expands to a 6.1Mb Excel workbook.


http://j-walkblog.com/docs/king-james-bible.zip



USB Digital Holy Bible Key Chain


Would you like to carry the Holy Bible in your pocket? Well, now you can enjoy the scriptures any time you want with this remarkable USB Holy Bible.


The complete Bible is contained in a fixed memory test file format that you can easily access through your computer or laptop's USB port. Small enough to put on your key chain, the USB Holy Bible has a highly detailed leather look with gold lettering to make it an attractive and meaningful piece to carry with you.


The complete King James Translation of The Holy Bible is included on the keychain, and there's a sliding switch on the rear of the bible which slides out to expose the USB interface plug. It plugs into any Windows PC USB port (not Mac or Windows 98 compatible) and displays all 66 books of the Bible on your computer screen. There's even a search function, making this a unique gift or keepsake.


In the minds of some individuals the King James Translation of 1611 has become the only legitimate translation of the Bible in the English language. As far as they are concerned, all other translations are unfaithful and purposefully misleading.


The King James Version (KJV) is an English translation of the Holy Bible, commissioned for the benefit of the Church of England at the behest of King James I of England. First published in 1611, it has had a profound impact not only on most English translations that have followed it, but also on English literature as a whole. The works of famous authors such as John Bunyan, John Milton, Herman Melville, John Dryden, and William Wordsworth are replete with inspiration apparently derived from the King James Version.


The King James Version has deeply influenced Bibles such as the English Revised Version, the New American Standard Bible, and the Revised Standard Version. The only Bible which can legitimately be called a 'revision' is the New King James Version, since it is based on the same Greek texts - the Textus Receptus.


Click this link to order the USB Digital Holy Bible Key Chain:


http://www.davidsteele.com/usb_digital_bible.html.



The Bible in MP3 Audio Format


Welcome to the AudioTreasure site where you can download the Bible in the popular mp3 audio format and find links to Bible audio resources in many languages.


(Some of their mp3 Bibles can be legally copied and given to others.)


You can also order Bibles in mp3 audio and DVD format from their online store.


Bibles in mp3 available for Free Download:


The World English Bible Old and New Testaments;
The King James Bible voice only;
The King James Bible soft music background;
Hebrew Old Testament narrated by ASI;
Spanish Reina Valera Nuevo Testamento y Salmos;
The Mandarin Bible narrated by ASI Old and New Testaments;
Cantonese NT narrated by ASI;
Italian New Testament narrated by ASI;
Hindi New Testament narrated by ASI;
Russian New Testament narrated by ASI.


Click this link to listen to download these texts as MP3 files:


http://www.audiotreasure.com


The New International Version of The Bible can be streamed from


BibleGateway.com.


Links to more Bible audio in different languages:


Audio Scriptures International has produced The Bible in 68 languages which are now available in the RealAudio format from their website. Click this link to visit AudioScriptures.org.


If you are looking for a bible in large print or braille, the following agencies offer different versions in alternate formats:


Braille Bible Foundation
Phone: (800) 766-9080


The Braille - King James Version is available in large Print - 16, 18 and 24 pt. Also available on tape. These bibles are offered free of charge.


Freedom Scientific has a copy of The Bible in electronic braille on their FTP server. To download a ZIP archive use the following link.


Click this link to download The Bible from Freedom Scientific:


ftp://ftp4.freedomscientific.com/Blazie/books/bible/


American Bible Society
Phone: (212) 408-1200


The following versions are available in braille:


Complete King James Version;
Psalms New Revised Standard Version;
New Testament New Revised Standard Version (5 volumes).



The following versions are available on tape:


Complete King James Version;
Complete King James Version in Spanish;
Complete Today's English Version;
Psalms - Today's English Version.


Bibles for the Blind and Visually Handicapped International.
Phone: (812) 466-4899. The King James Version - Available in Braille, free.


Hosanna Ministries.
Phone: (800) 545-6552.
The Holy Bible available in English and Spanish.


Lutheran Braille Workers Union.
Phone: (800) 925-6092.


The complete New International Version is available in braille. Parts of the New International Version are available in different languages. The International Children's Bible is available in GRADE 1 Braille.


The Complete New International Version is also available in large Print - 18 pt.


Christian Church Without Walls.
Address: P. O. Box 26247
Wilmington, DE 19899


The King James and the New American Standard Version are available in large print 13.5 pt. Send a written request stating that you are legally blind, and what version you want to receive. These bibles are free of charge.


Aurora Ministries.
Phone: 941-748-3031.
Address: P. O. Box 621
Bradenton, Florida 34206


Old Testament, New Testament, and Bible Studies materials are available free of charge.


The National Library Service (NLS) has a list of sources for sacred writings on their FTP server. This is a large text document, around 38 pages, so you will probably want to use your word processor's search feature to find the book or books you are looking for. The list includes sources of braille, large print and audio formats of several different editions of the Bible and of sacred writings from other major religions such as the Koran, the Torah, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. For more information, call the NLS at the toll-free number below.


National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Toll Free: 800-424-8567.
Email: nls@loc.gov
Web: http://www.loc.gov/nls/


Bible Gateway:


http://bible.gospelcom.net


Bible Gateway provides the Bible online for both research and study purposes. Currently, there are eleven different versions available in nineteen languages including German, Swedish, Latin, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Tagalog (the main Philippine dialect). Additional versions and translations are being added as permissions to use these are obtained.


Biblseekr:


http://www.bibleseeker.org


Biblseekr is considered by some to be the most accessible Bible search program. Some new versions of the Bible have recently been added to its options.


Large Print Documents on CD


"Prayers & Psalms for Today" is a CD that can help in all kinds of life situations. It includes selections from Prayers and Thanksgivings, Prayers for the Sick, Prayers for Use by a Sick Person, as well as The Psalter from The Book of Common Prayer (1979) of The Episcopal Church, USA.


The CD is in APhont, a special font designed for people who are blind or visually impaired. The font was developed by the American Printing House for the Blind. The CD is formatted in Microsoft Word. The main body is in 20 point. The material is laid out for 8.5 x 11 inch paper.


The material on "Prayers & Psalms for Today" can be printed out and distributed to the blind or visually impaired, including shut-ins, college and seminary students, clergy, people in nursing homes, prisons, and hospitals. The prayers and Psalms can be made into a booklet. ISN'T TECHNOLOGY AMAZING?


Blind individuals with electronic notetakers and special software, and visually-impaired people with access to computers can use the CD. Optical character reader equipment that can read documents formatted in Microsoft Word should also be able to read the "Prayers & Psalms for Today" and "The LARGE-PRINT Book of Common Prayer" CD material.


"The LARGE-PRINT Book of Common Prayer" CD includes the entire Book of Common Prayer of the ECUSA (1979). It is formatted in Microsoft Word, 18 point type and is laid out for 8.5 x 11 inch paper. The BCP CD can be used to help prepare large-print worship materials. It was also suggested that it can be adapted and used to help children.


Both CDs have been distributed to bishops, clergy, deacons, churches, seminaries, colleges, bookstores, resource centers, prison ministries, eye-care professionals, hospitals, military and veterans' hospitals, mental-health ministries, and individuals throughout the U.S. They've been ordered by ECUSA, United Methodist, Free Methodist, Anglican, and Assembly of God churches and/or social service agencies.


To order "Prayers & Psalms for Today" or "The LARGE-PRINT Book of Common Prayer" CD, please send a self-addressed, stamped 6x9 envelope with three 39 cent stamps attached (four if it's a padded envelope) to me at:


Ann Dahlen
1900 6th Avenue, Apt. 513
Rock Island, IL 61201.


If you need more information, please email me at anndahlen3@aol.com or largeprinthelp@aol.com.


posted by Michael McCarty.



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