Free Finnish Bible

Raamattu 1933, 1938 (Finnish Bible)

Do you read Finnish? Or do you know someone who does? Or do you just like free books, even if you can’t read them? :)

We’ve recently released the Logos edition of Raamattu—a Bible from the Finnish Bible Society. Best of all, we’re able to offer it for free.

The first Finnish translation of the Bible appeared in 1548 by Mikael Agricola. He used Luther’s German Bible as the translation base. In 1632, the Bible was again translated into Finnish, but this time using the original language texts. The complete version appeared in 1642, and new editions were issued in 1685, 1758, and 1776. In the early twentieth century, the need for an updated translation of the Bible into Finnish had become apparent. Work on the new translation was begun in 1911 at the initiative of the Finnish Bible Society and the Finnish Lutheran Church. The first translation work was finished in 1933, and the completed version was published in 1938.

Here’s how to add this translation to your library for free:

Logos 4 Users:

If you have Logos Bible Software 4, adding resources to your library is easy.

Go the product page. Click Add to Cart (or just add it straight to your cart from here). Proceed through the checkout process and click “Submit Order.” If you don’t have a credit card on file, you’ll still need to enter your credit card information. Don’t worry, you won’t be charged anything. It’s the only way to finish the checkout process in our current system.

In Logos 4, type “Update Now” into the Command Bar. Logos 4 will find and begin downloading new resources, and the Logos icon will appear in your system tray while this is happening. When it’s finished, you’ll be asked to restart Logos 4.

After you restart Logos 4, you’ll be able to access your new Finnish Bible. If you have a Logos 4 base package, you can also access it on your iPhone or iPod Touch using the Logos iPhone app!

If you’re not a Logos 4 user yet, be sure to visit the custom upgrade discount calculator to see what discounts you qualify for on an upgrade to a brand new Logos 4 base package.

Logos 3 / Libronix Users:

If you’re still using Libronix, here are the steps to follow to get your free book:

Step 1: Log in to your account. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to create one.

Step 2: Make sure that your Libronix Customer ID is associated with your account. Go to My Account, enter your Libronix Customer ID, and click “Confirm.” If it’s already there, no need to do anything. (If you don’t know your Libronix Customer ID, you can find it in Libronix by going to Help | About Libronix DLS.)

Step 3: Go the product page. Click Add to Cart (or just add it straight to your cart from here). Proceed through the checkout process and click “Submit Order.” If you don’t have a credit card on file, you’ll still need to enter your credit card information. Don’t worry, you won’t be charged anything. It’s the only way to finish the checkout process in our current system.

Step 4: Unlock and download your new book. If you’re on a Windows machine, just click the orange “Unlock & Download” button. If you’re on a Mac, just synchronize your licenses (Tools | Library Management | Synchronize Licenses) and manually put the book file in your resources folder (Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Resources on the startup volume).

Step 5: Start using your new book! Open Libronix, open My Library, then type Raamattu to find it.

Spread the word! If you have Finnish-speaking friends, let them know that they can get a Finnish Bible for free.

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7 Responses to “Free Finnish Bible”

  1. M. Galishoff March 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    If anyone is interested, the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has written an Opera “Thomas” concerning Bishop Thomas Angelicus who attempted to establish a Roman Catholic Nation of Finland in the 13 Century. According to the libretto, Bishop Thomas not only introduced the Word to pagan Finland but was a military leader and sought to establish himself as head of this new nation. His life ended in tragedy but much of subsequent Finnish culture was shaped by the Christianity he introduced. The score captures the tensions between the pagan and Christian cultures and practices. This may give some insight into the historical background of the Finnish Bible. The opera was recorded in the 1980′s and is available on the Ondine label.

  2. Mike March 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    I grabbed even though I don’t speak Finnish. You just never know what you might need…. Also, I just like free books :-)

  3. Giovanni March 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    I’m not saying this just because I’m italian, but I sure wouldn’t mind having a free Italian Bible – especially the Rivedutta version, since the one available from logos (Giovanni Diodati Bibbia, 1649) is a little bit out dated. Kind of like KJV vs NKJV

  4. Kent Hendricks March 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    Thanks for the suggestion. We’ll certainly look into it.

  5. Milford Charles Murray March 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    Peace to you, Kent! *smile*
    And Joy in the Lord!
    You were certainly up late to post this at midnight! (3:00 a.m. EST!) *smile*
    I must say, “Thank you muchly to Logos!”
    I think you have a “heart” for people.
    I bring Holy Communion (helping my Pastor) now and again to an “ancient” Finnish Widow who somehow still lives in her own home with great help from son and friends. On one visit, out of curiosity, I asked her to read one of the Psalms in Finnish, so I could get a “feel” for the language. Having worked with a number of Finnish people over the years, I know how dear their language is to them.
    Well, she got out her Finnish Bible. It was ancient also. But, she had trouble seeing because the print was so small, even when holding the Bible right under the light. Somehow, with her weak eyes, and having the Word of God in her heart, she got through the reading. It was like angels singing! Beautiful!
    So, the next time I visited her, I downloaded from the web a couple of great Psalms and printed them for her using Word – large print (very!) and bold.
    She was delighted!
    If I am privileged to visit her again in the future the Logos Finnish Bible will be a great aid for me. Someday I might even own a laptop and then she could read it on the screen if the Lord permits her more time on this old sod.
    So, once again, Thank You!
    Yours in Christ,
    ….. Mel

  6. Richard Wilson March 11, 2010 at 12:23 am #

    The Riveduta is out of copyright as well, which would make it easy to use. Although it is a bit dated now (beginning of the 20th century), it is a bit like the ASV if the Diodati is like the KJV. There are some parts which are very difficult to understand, and it is not used much anymore. Not by any churches in Italy, only by a few individuals who grew up on it. It was revised in 1994, the “Nuova Riveduta”, which is the most common translation amongst evangelicals, although the “Nuova Diodati” (1991), in the Textus Receptus tradition, is also popular. These two are copyrighted, although other Bible programs have not had any difficulty getting permission to use them.

  7. Bohuslav March 11, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Great to see Finnish Bible in Logos. I have many friends among the Wonderful Finnish Christians and I am happy for them.
    Well, OK… and now we are waiting eagerly for the Czech Bible. Will we see it soon? And it doesn’t even have to be free :-)