The Bible in Irish, ‘An Bíobla Naofa,’ is now available on the internet. It can be downloaded to a computer for use with dedicated Bible software, viewed online in pdf format, or even downloaded for viewing on a mobile phone, at www.anbioblanaofa.org.
There are several advantages to viewing ‘An Bíobla Naofa’ with free Bible software, e-Sword. For example, viewing verses in Irish and English at the same time can be a great aid in learning Irish. Alternatively, having the whole Bible on a mobile phone means that it can be read anywhere, anytime. Both programs can also be used in the medium of Irish.
With a desire to see the Bible in Irish used more widely, and with the publisher’s (Mons. Pádraig Ó Fiannachta, ‘An Sagart’) similar generosity in allowing it to be free of charge, Colin Glen Christian Fellowship has converted the existing CD-ROM contents into Bible software formats.
“The Bible has been a source of inspiration and faith in Ireland from the era of Celtic Christianity up to the present day. While it has only been available in print in the Irish language in recent centuries, the release of ‘An Bíobla Naofa’ on the internet is a significant step forward in making God’s Word more widely accessible in the Irish language,” says project leader John Duffy. Whether it is for Bible reading, or just finding a favourite Bible verse in Irish, visit www.anbioblanaofa.org.
Notes for Editors
1 - Links to files that may be of interest:
Image of printed pocket version of An Bíobla Naofa: http://www.cgcf.net/abn/misc/An_Biobla_Naofa_cover.jpg
Image of mobile phone version (Go Bible): http://www.cgcf.net/abn/misc/DSC04180c.jpg
Image of program with parallel Irish and English versions (e-Sword): http://www.cgcf.net/abn/misc/parallel-l.gif
Image of program with Irish language user interface (e-Sword): http://www.cgcf.net/abn/misc/gaeilge-l.gif
Image of sample PDF page (which shows the format as it appears on the CD-ROM): http://www.cgcf.net/abn/misc/Hebrews_pdf.gif
A4 bilingual Promotional leaflet (PDF): http://www.cgcf.net/abn/misc/ABN_promotion_leaflet_A4.pdf
2 - An Bíobla Naofa (1981) can still be purchased in print or on CD-ROM – see website above for more details.
3 - Associated with the release of An Bíobla Naofa on the internet, John Duffy will be giving a talk on the history of the Bible in the Irish language as part of Féile an Phobail, the West Belfast Festival, on 4th August, 7.30pm, at the Colin Glen Forest Park Centre, Belfast.
4 - An Bíobla Naofa differs from 'Protestant' versions of the Bible in that is contains additional 'deuterocanonical' books in the Old Testament. The New Testament is the same, though. See the notes page on the website for more details, especially the Wikipedia links at the bottom of the page.
5 - An Bíobla Naofa is not the only non-English Bible translation available for use with Bible software. Translations in many other languages are currently available for a range of Bible software programs. The older copyright-free translations are free while most modern versions require payment before download.