The tool, found at biblesociety.org.uk/explore, has a number of free-to-use features specially created for the thousands of people a week who visit Bible Society’s website to read the Bible.
Verse Builder is designed for those who like to share Bible verses via Facebook. This feature allows you to create an animated verse, set against a picture backdrop, which you can share to social media or download.
FlexiReader is an innovative way of reading the Bible, which automatically displays the text at the reader’s chosen speed. There’s no need to lift a finger to scroll down the page – and you can choose how many words should appear on screen at once, and the speed of reading.
The new online tool also allows you to compare versions side by side. There are English versions to choose from, as well as beibl.net (the Bible in everyday Welsh).
The final new feature gives people the option to leave a public comment, save notes on the text or tag verses with a theme. As the community of Bible-readers grows, it will provide a rich resource of people’s thoughts and reactions to Scripture.
Matt Cooper, Bible Society’s Head of Digital, said, ‘The online Bible has always been the most popular part of our website. This new tool will offer people greater depth and opportunity to engage with the Bible. Wherever people are on their journey with the Bible, we hope there’s something here to help them go a little further.’
The ‘explore’ section of Bible Society’s website also includes articles and tips on Bible reading, as well as links to other resources which can help bring the Bible to life in churches, small groups and communities.