Lumina allows you to experience the NET Bible with all of its notes for free and in a visually friendly and intuitive way.
- Read the New English Translation (NET) Bible like the book that it is, by swiping through its pages without worrying about chapter boundaries.
- Tap the current passage title to change passages.
- Learn and grow by reading the 58,506 translators’ notes and the associated Bible cross references in popups.
- Highlight/underline passages of interest.
- Bookmark your favorite passages by tapping a verse number.
- Take notes that are tied to verses by tapping a verse number.
- Sync your highlights, notes, and bookmarks with lumina.bible.org and other iOS devices running this App.
- See an indication of your notes when reading the text.
- Search the bible using our fuzzy search that doesn't require you to know all of the words or even the translation it came from.
- Share verses via Twitter, Facebook, Email, and Messaging by tapping a verse number.
- Choose books by using a grid, canonical list, or alphabetical list of books. Force Touch a Book/Chapter to go directly to it.
- Two-finger swipe left/right to navigate your history during sermons and Bible studies.
- Change the font and size of the text.
- Night Reading Mode
The NET Bible is a modern of the Bible with 58,506 translators’ notes! It was completed by more than 25 scholars – experts in the original biblical languages – who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts.
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Ratings and Reviews
As a non-Christian I was looking for a bible that contained detailed notes about the history of the bible and that contained a healthy dose of literary criticism. This is certainly it. Very detailed, thoughtful notes on translation issues as well as historical, theological and sociological issues. Even cites the specific mss in question when the authenticity of a certain passage is investigated (though the notes do a good job of explaining the evidence to the point that you don't necessarily need to be familiar with the mss themselves). Four stars, however, because even with the exhaustive attention to detail present here, there is still a rather clear bias towards elements of the historicity of the biblical accounts. But, I guess that would be too much to ask of a team of biblical scholars!
I am truly thankful for this resource. I am a high school foreign language teacher (Latin&German) and a student of biblical languages. The notes give incredible insight into the original languages, explanations for why a particular translation was chosen as well as other possible translations. The notes also address relevant cultural-historical-linguistic background which sheds considerable light on the text. I'm humbled by the effort that went in to making this scholarship available to everyone. I can't imagine how much Christian thinkers and scholars throughout church History would have accomplished if they had had resources like this readily available.
One think I would like to see fixed.
I love the app and it is one of the best resources I have. I especially like the translator's notes as well as the study notes. One thing that is a minor annoyance on the iPad and iPhone apps is that when a verse is highlighted, the page normally changes and it is necessary to go to the other page to highlight any additional verses. Sometimes this happens more than once when trying to highlight a passage. Like I said, I really like the app overall, but this is something I would really like to be fixed in a future update. It's the only thing that kept me from giving a 5 star rating.
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