Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the Bibles come from?

You can see the source of a bible on the "Bible Versions" page.


Where does the verse numbering come from?

In the bibles from the Biola university the verse numbers are in separate columns before the text: orig_book_index orig_chapter orig_verse. We use these numbering schema and sequence.
The German bibles from life-is-more have the chapter:verse at the beginning of the text. We use this.


What languages do you offer?

We can load any bible in any language that is encoded in UTF-8. Our web sites are currently available in German and English. You can switch the language with the language-dropdown in the left upper corner of each site.


What functions are available?

You can chose the available functions from the menu on the left side or from the "Bible Versions" page.
There are functions you do on 1 Bible like "Bible by book, chapter", "Bible by word Index" and "Bible Search" by clicking on the icons in the last column "Actions".
There are functions you do on 2 bibles only, "Structural Analysis" and there are functions you may do on many bibles like "Manual Compare". At the "Bible Versions" page, you select multiple bibles by clicking on the boxes before the bible names and switch to the function for multiple bibles by clicking on the icons at the end of the table.


How does "Bible by book, chapter" work?

After you have chosen a bible, a table with all Books and their Chapters will be shown. Click the chapter number of any book and see all verses of the chapter. Then you can also navigate within the "Chapter View".


How does "Bible by word Index" work?

It will show you a list of all words in the bible and how often they are used.

  • Select a Bible.
  • Optionally select a Book, to limit the result to it.
  • Optionally enter "Beginning with:" letters, to limit the result to words beginning with the entered letters.
  • Define how many results per page should be displayed.

  • How does "Bible Search" work?

    You may enter 1 or more words separated by a blank. The result contains all the words, appearing in any order. You can chose the bible to be searched and limit the search to a book and choose the number of results per page.


    How does "Manual Compare" work?

    You may chose multiple bibles of one or more languages. Each bible is presented in an additional column. So you can view multiple bibles in parallel. You can change the shown bible set, book and chapter.


    How does "Automatic Compare" work?

  • First choose the Bible you like to compare with another one.
  • The "Compare Bible with" Dropdown now contains a list of compatible bibles - select one.
  • Optionally select a Book, to limit the result to it.
  • Define how many results per page should be displayed.

  • Then all verses that exist in both bibles are compared by their keywords (first 3 characters). The number of distinct keywords that match is compare to the number of distinct keywords. This is expressed as a percentage between 0% (no match at all) and 100% (all keywords match). Verses having a low percentage are probably not equal. Books, chapters or verses which do not exist in one of the two bibles are handled by a different function (Structural Analysis). Only bibles having the same language can be compared.


    What is a "Structural Analysis"?

    The amount of books, chapters and verses in 2 Bibles must not be equal. Thus 3 quantities may exist:

  • Books available in one Bible but not in the other.
  • Chapters available in one Bible but not in the other.
  • Verses available in one Bible but not in the other.

  • Furthermore, parts may exist in both bibles but are not equal by content. You may find this out by using the manual or automatic compare.


    What are the reasons for the differences?

    2 verses might be put into 1 verse somewhere in the chapter. So the rest of the chapter does not match.
    The different origins of the bibles has a large impact. The canon has 39 books in the old testament and 27 in the new testament. The books with apocrypha have more than these 66 books. With "Structural Analysis" you can see reports that show the structural differences among the bibles with missing books, chapters and verses. Missing does not imply an error. It simply says this part is not there for whatever reason.