The Bible Unbound

These CD-ROM collections take the Bible and study guides out of their covers and puts them on your computer

Endlessly studied, highly cross-referenced and hard to lug around, few books are better suited to CD-ROM technology than the Bible. Many publishers have bundled their best Christian Bible software of late, offering them at very affordable prices. In this first installment of Beliefnet's CD-ROM selections, we review the best available binary Christian Bible "classics," as well as new material.

  • The Book
  • Zondervan New International Version Bible
  • Family Bible Collection Deluxe Edition
  • Ultimate Multimedia Bible Reference Suite
  • Treasures of the Bible

    The Book
    Tyndale New Media
    Price: $19.99, Windows 95/98 Windows NT
    Contents: One program on one CD-ROM
    Availability: Christian booksellers, major retail and software chains, and



  • Chapter and Verse: Up-to-date and easy to use, with excellent multimedia toys, "The Book" is an especially good choice for computer beginners and evangelicals.
  • Added value: "Photobubbles," 360-degree panoramic images of the Holy Land

    A joint project with Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, Tyndale's CD-ROM shows the New Living Translation verse-by-verse on one window while a "working" window engages the reader with an atlas, "Great Stories From the Book" and "Great Chapters From the Book," plus a "People" section with detailed profiles of Biblical figures. A "Topics" area addresses the Bible's treatment of myriad human concerns, including love and marriage and depression.

    Standard on most of these discs, but especially well done here, is the "Media" section, with photos, art, 150 dramatic readings, time lines, a personal journal of your journey through the Bible and the "photobubbles."

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