(Review) Bible Gateway New Website


Bible Gateway is an online Bible source. This includes both reading and audio.
Study tools are available. For example, dictionaries and commentaries.
To have full access of the study tools a membership is required. The price is $3.99 a month or $39.99 a year. Taxes are an additional charge.
To read or listen to the Bible there is no charge.
There are 18 choices for Bible reading plans.
You can signup for devotionals, newsletters, and reminders about reading the Bible.
A Spanish language option is available.

What I like about the new changes is the easy access at the top left to look up a Bible book. Don’t enter anything in the empty box. Click on the Bible Book List (down arrow) and a pop-up of all the books of the Bible appears. When you click on a Bible book the contents are shown. For example in the book of Genesis, you will see the content listed: 1 The Beginning, 2 Adam and Eve, 3 The Fall, 4 Cain and Able, and 5 From Adam to Noah. The content choices go all the way through the Bible. I love this. Often when I am looking for something in the Bible I don’t know what chapter to look in, but I am looking for a particular story.
In this same spot, but on the right side is the menu of Bible translation choices. Spanish language Bible translation choices are available.

The main navigation area is a vertical rectangle shaped burgundy colored box on the far left side. If you click on the Study Tools section it takes you to a couple of choices: Scripture Engagement and More Resources. The Scripture Engagement has a lengthy list of choices to better understand Bible reading, memorization, journaling, visual arts, singing, and handwriting Scripture. More Resources holds the information about Reading Plans and additional Study Tools.

Bible Gateway has an app at both Google Play Store and the Apple Store.

This link is a post on how to navigate the new Bible Gateway site.
Tips for Navigating the New Bible Gateway.

Bible Gateway’s Bible Audio App

biblegatewayI’m a Blogger Grid Member. I’ve been asked to review the new Bible Gateway Bible Audio App after receiving it for free and using it on my iPad.

Summary:
With Bible Gateway’s Bible Audio App you can hear as well as read (at the same time) the Bible while on your daily commute, doing household chores, or as you drift off to sleep. Listen and read along with the Bible wherever you have an internet connection. It’s free and easy to use.

Bible Gateway’s Bible Audio App is a great tool to help you memorize Bible verses and passages. The verse text appears on your screen as you listen and changes when the spoken verse changes. And you can quickly swipe to navigate between verses.

Bible translations are available to read the text or listen in the app.

It’s available in iOS and Android.

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My primary way of learning is visual. Audio is my least learning style. However, I have several books on Audible. There is an excellent audio book of the New Testament and it’s read by the actor David Suchet. I love to listen to his voice as I’m winding down the day and ready for sleep.

My Thoughts about the Bible Gateway Bible Audio APP:
What I like!
•The male voices are clear and easy to listen to.
•There are choices about how to listen: dramatized (there is music and other sound effects), a Pure Voice, or Max McLean (he has a deep resonating voice.)
•Other Bible translations are available but not all are free. The NIV, KJV, and NVI (Spanish) are free. The ICB Word of Promise Next Generation and the NKJV is upgrade price only.
•There is a choice of Bible readings (you choose the verses) or a Bible plan. The Bible plans are Old and New Testament daily readings, Chronological-Genesis to Revelation, New Testament in a year, and M’Cheyne’s Bible Reading Plan. This last plan is OT and NT, and a choice of Psalms or Gospel readings.

What I dislike!
•There are three choices of Bible translations for free. The two other choices are upgrade price only ($1.99) and are not commonly used translations. I’ve not heard of the ICB Word of Promise Next Generation translation. Most of the people I know, including me, read from the NIV, KJV, ESV, and CSB. The ESV (English Standard Version) and the CSB (Christian Standard Bible) are my favorite translations. The She Reads Truth in the CSB is a fantastic Bible and I read from it everyday. I feel the Bible Gateway’s Bible Audio APP needs more translations if they are going to compete with other Bible audio app choices.
•The upgrade fee for so few choices is not a good idea.
•I’d like a children’s version for the audio Bible.
•I’d like a choice to hear a female voice instead of a male.
•I feel the Bible Gateway’s Bible Audio App needs more. More of other things that make it enticing, because it looks and sounds incomplete.