The Memory Page Bible
September 15, 2007
another online Bible? The goals:
guidelines in creating The Memory Page Bible:
- Colorful and memorable to stimulate
interest in the Bible: There are dozens of kinds of store bought
Bibles, all of them with cool colors and features. Most PC-based and
online Bibles are just text. Why not make an online Bible just as good?
- Designed for memorization: The
Memory Page Bible uses colors, pictures, and compact chapter/verse
references to aid memorization. The related website, www.thememorypage.net, has
many tips on memorizing the Bible.
- Linking Commentary with the Text:
There are a lot of online Bibles with no commentary. Then there are
some excellent commentaries and notes, but not with the text, or
sometimes with text but with so much commentary that it's not easy to
read or navigate the Bible normally. First, rather than doing a random
Google search, I have found the best online commentaries and made links
to them at the bottom of each chapter. One click and you're there.
Second, I eventually plan to have shorter commentaries (such as short
explanations of a word or phrase) next to the text itself on the right
side (prototype is at Romans
- Totally free: God's Word should be
free to everyone and anyone so His Wonderful Plan of Salvation
can be shared with as many people as possible and in as many ways as
possible. Being free makes this happen. This will let you use the Bible
online, or copy it to your PC or PDA, or print out pages of it, or
whatever you would like to do. You should not have to be hindered by
licensing restrictions. I'm trying to bring together the best free
resources on the Internet into one place!
- Cross-References: Not available yet,
but planned for the future. Many PC-based Bibles have this, but most
online Bibles do not. My goal is to have multiple cross references for
each verse of the Bible, with the reference clickable right by the
verse. This is powerful!
- Translation Links: Not available
yet, but planned for the future. I would like to have one-click links
to other translations for easy comparison. Other web sites will be
leveraged for this.
- Search Engine: Not available yet,
but planned for the future. I will probably leverage Google's search
engine to let you search the entire Bible and jump to the correct
Memory Page Bible page.
This is a long
term project. It would be easy if the Bible were only a few chapters
long. But it actually is 1000+ chapters. This means I do not have time
to individually update pages. In most cases, I am writing computer
programs to automate the update process. For example, I might create
the artwork and colors for Genesis chapter 1, then use an automated
script to duplicate this artwork to the other 49 chapters. Then I need
another script to grab links from an external website for commentaries
on the 50 chapters, sort out which is which, and insert them into the
correct chapter's page. I have already spent many hours on the project,
and will spend many more in the future. You will see gradual
improvements over time. Sometimes some books of the Bible may be
updated, and others are lagging behind. For example, as of 9/14/07, all
of the New Testament is colorized, but only the first four chapters of
the Old Testament. Also Psalms is still partially messed up with the
headings of each Psalm at the end of the previous Psalm. These things
will gradually be fixed in the coming months.
- All content (not including external links)
must be from totally free sources. This includes the text itself
and pictures, and eventually the cross-references (these must also be
from free sources) and short comments.
- Keep in-line comments small and favor links
instead. I want to have the material there for as quick access
as possible, yet not clutter up each chapter's page with too much extra
text or links.
- Limit personal comments. I may use
my own short comments as a short of free comments (see Romans 1 prototype),
but I want to be extremely careful that the words are true and
supported by scripture, the original Hebrew/Greek, or main-line
interpretations, and not my personal opinion. My emphasis is to be on
the actual text, not on the comments. The actual text of the Bible is
the ultimate authority, which is where everyone should be looking. The
comments should help us understand the text but direct us back to the
- Careful selection of External Links.
I don't want to include just anyone's commentary, but I am trying to
make sure that the person making the comments is led by God and who
feels that God's word is inerrant and that its interpretation should be
literal - i.e., God means exactly what he says. With the links I have
included so far I do not agree 100% with all comments, but I endorse
most of them, but I do not want to subject my opinion as the correct
one. I make the links available, and it is up to YOU to decide what is
the truth, based on God's Word and God's leading. This is the essence
of Bible study. Again my emphasis is on the actual text and the
commentary is only a guide. Read the commentary, then read the text,
and ask God to lead you to the truth.
- Prayer. I feel led by God to have
embarked on this project, and I seek his guidance as to how to proceed.
Thank you and
Kevin Jay North