Read Holy Bible on Linux with KDE GUI environment

Friday, 5th April 2013

Whether you're Christian and you're into the habit to read daily a Chapter from Holy Bible and you use Linux with KDE environment on your Desktop, you definitely have to check BibleTime. BibleTime is one of Crosswire Sword Projects. The aim of project is to bring Holy Scriptures to people who spend long time in front of PC. Though Xiphos Bible reading app does the same Xiphos is build on top of GTK2 and targets GNOME users thus, if you're a KDE user and you prefer to use applications build on top of KDE's QT library it is preferable to use BibleTime.

Below is description of Debian package;

debian:~# apt-cache show bibletime|grep -i description -A 5

Description: A bible study tool for Qt
 BibleTime is a free and easy to use bible study tool.
 It uses the Qt and SWORD software libraries.
 BibleTime provides easy handling of digitized texts (Bibles, commentaries
 and lexicons) and powerful features to work with these texts (search in
 texts, write own notes, save, print etc.) in the SWORD module format.

debian:~# apt-get install bibletime
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree      
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  bibletime bibletime-data
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 77 not upgraded.
Need to get 4,812 kB of archives.
After this operation, 16.1 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y

Once installed to launch it invoke bibletime cmd:

debian:~$ bibletime

Libletime Holy Bible read in KDE Linux reading tool launch screen

Just like with Xiphos, BibleTime KDE app supports installing extra Holy Bible texts in your mother language. To install additional Bible translations from:

Settings -> BookShelf Manager -> Languages

BibleTime read holy bible on Linux BookShelf Manager adding Holy Bible in additional languages

Then to choose default language in which default Holy Bible translation will appear use menus:

BibleTime Holy Bible Linux KDE reading program adding Holy Scripture additional language translations


One major disadvantage in BibleTime whether compared with Xiphos is it doesn't support Tabs. So there is no way to read in Parallel two different language translation of Holy Bible. Thus those wanting to stick to compare different versions of Holy Bible translations Install Xiphos

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    Hi! Thanks for sharing this useful content related Bible its very appreciable work that you have done for the christianity.and it is a big opportunity for the linux user that they can read bible on their linux base system. I feel good that when I saw that there are many sources in this world form you can access the bible like online, apps and much more for the IT persons. Thanks God bless you.

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