Bible.Logos.com Now in Beta!

Most of us still use desktop applications when we want to do serious work, but web applications are improving rapidly and fast becoming viable alternatives, at least when it comes to basic functionality. Desktop applications simply can’t compete with the convenience of being able to access your data from any computer connected to the web.

That’s why Logos continues to develop web-based tools and applications.

WBSA

A little over a year ago we re-released a site that’s come to be referred to as WBSA (short for “What the Bible Says About”), an interactive online version of the New Nave’s Topical Bible. WBSA allows you to enter a Bible topic and quickly get access to relevant Bible passages.

RefTagger

Then about six months ago we launched RefTagger, a powerful free tool that makes your Bible references come alive and gives websites the feel of your Bible software.

Bible.Logos.com

Now we’re releasing a beta version of our online Bible site.

Why another Bible site? What makes Bible.Logos.com different? Here are a few reasons we think Bible.Logos.com will soon become your first choice for searching the Bible on the web.

  • Efficient UI: Its unique user interface allows you to do more—more quickly and more conveniently—without having to continually load new pages and without losing your place. (1) Search results and Bible text are side by side. (2) Both use infinite scrolling. (3) Switching to a different version is seamless; your location and search results are instantly mapped over.
  • Incredible Speed: It’s blazingly fast. Searches are instantaneous, and pages load in a flash.
  • Smart Searching: It uses cutting-edge fuzzy searching technology so you can search the Bible more like you search the web. Search results are prioritized so you get the best hits first.
  • Seamless Integration: WBSA, RefTagger, and Bible.Logos.com will all be tightly integrated into a growing family of websites allowing you to have a more connected Bible study experience—both on and off the web.

Help Us Test It

As soon as Bible.Logos.com is ready to handle all the traffic that RefTagger is generating, we’re going to flip the switch and connect the two.

This is where we need your help. We’ve been beta testing the site with a small group for the last two weeks, and we’re ready to open it up to a broader audience to help us work out any remaining bugs. We want to make sure that it’s really ready.

Here’s what you can do. Spend 5 or 10 minutes looking up passages, running searches, and navigating through the various translations that are available. Give it everything you’ve got.

Type in things like:

  • all sorts of Bible references using a variety of formats and abbreviations (e.g., Jude; Job 22; Mal. 3:11; Jn 5:5-10; Mt 6.1-3; Rv 4:8-9)
  • words and phrases from the Bible (e.g., good, love, lion, in Christ)
  • words and phrases that you think might be from the Bible (e.g., honor your parents, I love Jesus)
  • words and phrases that sound like they could be from the Bible, but aren’t (e.g., God helps those who help themselves, cleanliness is next to godliness, do your best and let God do the rest)
  • anything you want to (e.g., I’m very tired, drink milk)

Go give it a try.

Please send your bugs and feedback to bible@logos.com or drop us a note in the comments.

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6 Responses to “Bible.Logos.com Now in Beta!”

  1. Scott Criswell September 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    Very nice guys! I thought that you would be producing something like this soon. Kudos!

  2. Scott Criswell September 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm #

    Any chance we could see an NASB translation in this new tool? The ESV is great but I know a good many pastors and students alike that will want to stick with the NASB.

  3. Greg Gordon September 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm #

    Great work, Logos! I love the RefTagger and the Bible site. I think the Bible site could be one of the best on the web if you keep developing it.

  4. Charles Cherry September 30, 2008 at 3:35 pm #

    I like Bible.Logos.com, it is a great start.
    The first thing I wanted to do when I got a list of search results back in the left pane was to click on a reference and drag it over to the right so that I could save it temporarily, like on a clipboard.
    I’d like to be able to save search results between sessions, too.
    And copy verses to the Windows clipboard so that I can paste them elsewhere.
    And do parallel look ups – maybe showing three or four different translations at a time, stacked horizontally or vertically in the center pane, and allow them to stay in sync as I scroll.
    And lots of other stuff too!

  5. David Hooton October 3, 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    I tried some phrases.
    A. faith AND hope (ESV)
    This appears to be non-fuzzy or without stemming. But:-
    Ezra 10.2 is shown and not Ps 146:5.
    Ro 4:18, 1 Cor 15:17, 2 Cor 13:5, Eph 4:4, Col 1:4-5, Titus 1:1, Heb 6:11;10:22 are missing.
    Col 1:5 appears using NIV, where “hope” is interpolated.
    I omitted some verses (Phil 2:17-19, 1 Tim 1:1; 3:13) as unrelated occurrences, but it leaves me unsatisfied with the “cutting-edge fuzzy searching technology”.
    B. faith hope (ESV)
    Hit words are not highlighted unlike A.
    Results demonstrate a different criteria i.e. all occurrences using stemming?
    For example:-
    Lam 3:22-24 –> but why not 23-24 or 21-24?
    Why Col 1:3-8 insead of Col 1:4-5? Similarly, Titus 1:1-3, Gal 5:2-6, Heb 3:1-6
    Why is Ps 31:23-24 presented 4th when it lacks “hope”? Similarly Acts 24:24-26.
    Why is 1 Cor 13:13 not in the top 10 (1 Cor 13:8-13 is >= 20th)?
    Unlike Google, I get exactly the same results with “hope faith”!
    C. faith and hope
    Confusingly, this seems to give the same results as B.
    The syntax needs to be explained.
    Dave
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  6. Phil Gons October 3, 2008 at 8:13 pm #

    A. We allow you to use operators like AND to have more control over your search results. In such cases the searches are non-fuzzy and without stemming.
    Ezra 10:2 is shown because it has both “faith” and “hope” in it. Ps 146:5 is not shown because faith comes in the following verse. With non-fuzzy searches, the units are verses.
    All the other verse you cite are missing for the same reason. The hits don’t occur in the same verse.
    Since you’re doing a non-fuzzy search, you should probably not be unhappy with our fuzzy searching technology on account of it. :)
    B. This is a fuzzy search and stemming is being used.
    The units are paragraphs rather than verses, which explains how the results are being presented.
    Perhaps “take courage” in Ps 31:23-24 is being treated as a synonym for “hope.” I’m not sure why it is fourth, though.
    Acts 24:24-26 has “faith” and “hoped” in it.
    I’m not sure why 1 Cor 13:8-13 isn’t closer to the top.
    Good observation about reversing the terms yielding the same results.
    C. It gives very similar to B, but they are slightly different. I don’t know the details about how the syntax works, but will try to provide it when available.
    Thanks for your feedback.