Parallel Bibles are a useful way to compare two different Bible translations. In print, you can often find parallel Bibles that have English on one side and another language on the other side or a more literal translation next to a dynamic translation or paraphrase. With our Bible App, you can easily set up your own customized parallel Bible and in this blog we’ll show you how.
The screenshots below are from an iPad Mini, but the process works almost identically on Android devices. The options described below require the split window to be open and assume a Bible is already open in the main window.
Option #1: Library View
The first way to create a parallel Bible is through the library view. If your split window is currently open to the Resource Guide or Notes, you can return to the library view by tapping the more button (circle with 3 dots) in the upper left corner of the split window. Tapping Open Library will open a list of your available resources.
Select a different Bible translation to open in the split window. In the screenshot below I already had the NIV open in the main window; I’ve selected the ESV to have in the split window.
With both Bibles now open, you can read the Bible in your main window while the Bible in the split window stays in sync and follows along.
Option #2: Resource Guide
If you’re someone who frequently uses the Resource Guide, this second method is quick and easy. With the Resource Guide open, scroll to your Bibles section. Here you’ll see a list of all the Bibles in your library that contain the passage you currently have open in the main window. Select the Bible you want to read and it will open to the same location as the main window. Like in the first method, this Bible will stay in sync as you scroll through the Bible in the main window.
Bonus Option: Even More Bibles on Desktop
Do you use our Windows Desktop or Mac app? If so, we have a bonus method that allows you to open multiple parallel Bibles simultaneously. First, access your first parallel Bible by using one of the methods outlined above. Once you have your Bible open in the split window, you can then click the Pop-out Window button. This will open a copy of the Bible (or any resource) in a pop-out window that you can resize and move anywhere on the screen.
Now go back to the split window and choose a different Bible. At this point you will have three different Bibles open to the same location that sync with the main window. Repeat these steps to open up as many translations as you would like. Below is a screenshot with four different translations open.
Why Multiple Translations?
Now that you know how to create a parallel Bible in Bible App, why would you want to use one? Here are some ideas:
- Read a more literal translation (KJV, ESV, NASB) alongside a more dynamic one (NLT, Message, TLB) to get a better idea of what the text says
- Have an English translation open alongside the different language text
- Compare commentaries or dictionaries by having those resources open instead of a Bible