Iowa-based Laridian Inc. last week released the iPocketBible for the iPod, which includes the complete text and dramatized audio of the "Holy Bible, New Living Translation." Unlike some other MP3 bibles, it allows users to read, listen, or do both at once, the company’s president said in a statement.
The iPocketBible includes more than 73 hours audio on five CDs. Narration is provided by Mike Kellogg, host of Moody Broadcasting’s "Music Thru the Night." It costs $49.99 and can be ordered through the Laridian site. [Source]
Well this would be real cool if it included all of the books of the Bible and used a decent translation. For example compare this verse for 2nd Timothy 3:16 which they used as a sample on their site to the RSV.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do. -NLT
All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. RSV
I would really like to have a written and oral version of the RSV-CE on the iPod, that would be useful. Of course I would also really like a version of the Liturgy of the Hours on the iPod that includes the settings for the hymns. Instead of the four volume set that I use now t would be really convenient if it was set up by each day synched with the feasts. No more going from section to section back and forth and to be able to read for example morning prayer straight through would be nice. Of course once you already have the bible on it, hymns, and the readings for the Office of Readings it could then also be used as a daily or Sunday missal. It wouldn’t be all that difficult to integrate a Bible, Liturgy of the Hours, and Missal all in one. I guess what I want is a really POD iPod.
That would be wicked cool. The Vatican should produce Catholic LiturgyPods.
You guys are lazy! 🙂
Some years ago, I asked a representative from Ignatius Press to contact Laridian about a joint venture for a Catholic edition for their Palm product, My Bible. The rep from Ignatius did contact them but was told that Laridian’s program was coded only for the fewer # of books for the Protestant versions; a polite way of saying, “forget it.”
Hmmmm… Wonder if they’d work on my lovely Sony Clie???
What I’d really like though is a ring tone of some suitable short (The Requiem is therefore sadly out…) Traditional hymn or chant… I remember suddenly being inspired one day by some tune and thinking, “YES!!! That’s it, that’s the one…!!! PERFECT!!!”
And then I forgot it…
So, bearing in mind I have no musical talents myself, does anyone out there know any places with Traditional ring tones that I might peruse for inspiration???
Before I read the side-by-side translations I thought “oh, how bad could the translation be?”. You answered that: pretty bad!
I know it’s not exactly what you’re looking for, but Fr. Rod of “Catholic Insider” fame also has a LOTH podcast called “Praystation Portable”. You can find it here:
Whilst in Germany some years back, I heard an amusing description of praying from a breviary / LOH. It works (has meaning / is funny) only in German (translation included, however, for your benefit):
One would normally begin prayer by saying “Lasset uns beten (let us pray).” But because praying from a breviary requires reading from scattered page numbers, one can legitimately joke “Lasset uns blaettern (let us flip pages).” ! 🙂
Has anyone heard or seen this website?
It has Morning, Evening, Night Prayer, Office of Readings, and I suppose will eventualy have the complete Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office). There are links for downloads and mobile access possibilities.
I highly reccomend it!