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Bem-vindo português!

Biblearc is now available in Portuguese! Help us spread the word by sharing this blog entry with your Portuguese-speaking friends.

O Biblearc é um ministério do Bethlehem College & Seminary desde 2009. Foi criado e preparado para auxiliar estudantes da Bíblia que querem o prazer da descoberta pessoal antes de partir para quaisquer comentários. É uma plataforma que serve tanto a pregadores em sua exegese quanto a estudantes da Bíblia que estão famintos pela Palavra de Deus.

Biblearc é uma aplicação baseada na nuvem, ou seja, online, para o estudo profundo das Escrituras. Você encontrará uma integração acessível e poderosa de referências, notas de estudo e pesquisa no idioma original, com as mais avançadas ferramentas disponíveis online. Os métodos visuais do estudo da Bíblia, chamados Arcing, Bracketing e Diagramming tornam a ferramenta Biblearc algo singular. Todo seu trabalho é salvo online em projetos para uso futuro, além do estudante poder ter acesso ao trabalho de outros feito com o Biblearc.

A ferramenta está completamente disponível para uso imediato em português! Isso inclui a integração completa da tradução Almeida Século 21 e também acesso a outras traduções em português por meio da integração do YouVersion. Estamos no processo de trazer ao site em português os recursos de ensino ou cursos de aprendizagem.

E se tudo isto não fosse suficiente, o Bethlehem College & Seminary oferece uma inscrição gratuita para todos que não moram nos EUA. Isto significa que todos os países com idioma de Língua Portuguesa (Brasil, Portugal e outros) terão acesso ao BibleArc 100% gratuito em nosso próprio idioma! Inscreva-se agora e comece a conhecer a ferramenta do BibleArc!

Epaphroditus Fund

Epaphroditus Fund

As we move toward the completion of our third round of Introducción al Arcing (Introduction to Arcing course in Spanish), we are preparing the very first Advanced course for Spanish-speaking students. We have called this course El Flujo de Pensamiento de las Oraciones de la Biblia (The Flow of Thought of Biblical Prayers), and aim to not only teach the students how to advance their Arcing skills, but also challenge them into a life of prayer according to principles of Scripture.

Paul was well supplied as the result of the fragrant offering given by the Philippians through Epaphroditus. In order to release this course, we need joyful Philippian-like givers who are willing to supply well those in need of biblical training for their personal study, families and ministries.

We are looking for joyful Philippian-like givers who are willing to supply well those in need of biblical training.

We are hoping to have 25+ students, primarily from Latin America. While some students have the means to pay for the course, most do not as they live outside the Western world, in countries were finances are tight. Thus, to give all interested students the opportunity to participate we need to raise at least $1,250. This would provide 15 full scholarships and 5 partial scholarships, besides the $25 already subsidized from the enrollment fee.

Would you help us expand our Biblearc Global Initiative through the Epaphroditus Fund?

Give now (Check “Give a Scholarship”)

Update: Praise the Lord, $1400 has been given, which goes beyond our goal! We will joyfully put the extra toward further equipping Spanish-speakers theologically.

Arcing et bracketing … Quelle est la différence?

See here for the English version of this blog entry, and here for more on our Biblearc Global initiatives.

L’arcing et le bracketing sont deux méthodes d’étude qui permettent de visualiser le déroulement de la pensée dans un texte biblique. D’une certaine manière, c’est la même chose, sauf que le type de représentation graphique diffère. Chaque méthode possède cependant ses propres points forts. La force de l’arcing est d’afficher clairement comment des groupes de propositions se rapportent les uns aux autres. La force du bracketing est d’afficher clairement la phrase-clé du passage.

Ci-dessous, pour Romains 3 : 21-26, voici un arc et un bracket :

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L’arc permet de repérer très facilement que 25a sont connectés à 25b-26b par une relation de but (Action–But). Dieu a présenté Jésus comme victime expiatoire (l’action) dans le but de montrer la justice de Dieu et montrer qu’il était à la fois juste et justificateur (deux buts).

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Dans le bracket (ou : crochet), l’élément-clé se voit clairement par la ligne la plus longue : « Mais maintenant, sans la loi est manifestée la justice de Dieu ». C’est l’argument essentiel que tout ce passage défend et développe.

Voir aussi Qu’est-ce que l’arcing? et Qu’est-ce que le bracketing

Apprenez les tenants et les aboutissants de l’arcing, via Arcing 101 ou un online Biblearc course.

Qu’est-ce que le bracketing

See here for the English version of this blog entry, and here for more on our Biblearc Global initiatives.

Le bracketing est un outil graphique pour étudier le déroulement logique d’un passage et en discerner l’élément-clé.

La façon dont nous relions nos paroles est de la plus haute importance. Je peux chercher à plaire à Dieu afin qu’il m’aime (en retour), ou parce qu’il m’aimé… cette différence influencera mon destin éternel. Il est tout aussi essentiel de discerner l’élément-clé d’un texte pour le comprendre correctement. Mais comment être certain de discerner le passage-clé de l’auteur et non son propre passage préféré ? Le bracketing permet d’atteindre ces objectifs en vous obligeant à considérer chaque proposition d’un paragraphe et la façon dont il se rapporte au passage dans son ensemble.

Par exemple, considérez ce que Jésus dit en Jean 12 : 47-48.

Si quelqu’un entend mes paroles et ne les garde point, ce n’est pas moi qui le juge ; car je suis venu non pour juger le monde, mais pour sauver le monde. Celui qui me rejette et qui ne reçoit pas mes paroles a son juge ; la parole que j’ai annoncée, c’est elle qui le jugera au dernier jour.

Que veut dire Jésus en disant qu’il ne jugera pas la personne, mais ses paroles ? Vous trouverez la réponse en prêtant attention au connecteur au début du verset 49.

Car je n’ai point parlé de moi-même ; mais le Père, qui m’a envoyé, m’a prescrit lui-même ce que je dois dire et annoncer.

« Car » est un mot qui introduit une affirmation causale, en l’occurrence le fondement d’une explication. Pourquoi les paroles de Jésus jugeront celui qui ne les garde pas, même si juger n’était pas l’objectif premier de Jésus? Parce que les paroles de Jésus sont les paroles du Père. L’essentiel à comprendre, ici, n’est pas que Jésus ne jugera pas du tout (plusieurs passages montrent clairement qu’il le fera), mais que Jésus n’est pas venu indépendamment du Père pour faire preuve de dureté et fournir de nouveaux motifs de jugement. Jésus est venu pour sauver, non pour juger. Cependant, nous devons être prudents, car puisque ses paroles viennent de Dieu le Père, nous devrons rendre compte de la façon dont nous y avons réagi. Mais ces mots ne sont pas seulement une occasion de jugement, ils sont aussi le chemin de la vie éternelle. Jésus ajoute donc :

Et je sais que son commandement est la vie éternelle. C’est pourquoi les choses que je dis, je les dis comme le Père me les a dites. (V. 50)

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Vous voulez en savoir plus? Prenez un online Biblearc course.

Voir aussi Qu’est-ce que l’arcing? et Arcing et bracketing, quelle est la différence?

Qu’est-ce que l’arcing ?

See here for the English version of this blog entry, and here for more on our Biblearc Global initiatives.

« Un arc est un outil graphique utilisé pour discerner, exposer, discuter le
déroulement de la pensée dans un texte biblique. »
Arcing 101, disponible via Biblearc.com.

La plupart des chrétiens savent que la Bible nous commande de nous humilier devant Dieu. La plupart des chrétiens savent aussi que nous sommes invités à nous décharger de tous nos soucis sur lui. Cependant, la plupart ne savent pas que ces deux réalités ne sont pas indépendantes, mais plutôt intimement reliés.

Humiliez-vous donc sous la puissante main de Dieu, afin qu’il vous élève au temps convenable ; et déchargez-vous sur lui de tous vos soucis, car lui-même prend soin de vous. (1 Pierre 5 : 6-7)

Quelle est la relation logique entre ces deux idées ? Qu’ont-elles à voir l’une avec l’autre ? C’est le genre de questions que l’arcing vous force à poser et à répondre. Et quand vous posez ces questions et y répondez, vous discernez tellement plus de la Parole.

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Vous comprenez désormais la façon dont vous vous humiliez devant Dieu : en lui confiant vos soucis. Quand nous faisons cela parce que nous savons qu’il prend soin de nous, c’est alors que nous nous humilions sous sa puissante main.

Apprenez les tenants et les aboutissants de l’arcing, via Arcing 101 ou un online Biblearc course.

Voir aussi Qu’est-ce que le bracketing? et Arcing et bracketing, quelle est la différence?

Helping Non-Western Pastors

Imagine…

that you are the pastor of a church somewhere in the non-western world. Like pastors everywhere, you want to see your flock grow in the grace of God and in wisdom. You want to equip them with sound teaching from the Word. You want to protect them from those who would twist the truth. You want to help them find biblical answers to the questions and challenges they encounter. In short, you want them to know, love and submit to God through the Bible he has given us.

This is no small task for any pastor, and especially for one in a place where resources are few. Concordances, training in exegesis and original language study are all incredible resources that unfortunately do not exist widely outside of the English-speaking world.

We want to help change that. Our goal at Biblearc is to help you dig into God’s Word, no matter where you are or what language you speak. That is why we’ve created the Biblearc Global Initiative.

Bible Study GlobalWhat is the Biblearc Global Initiative?

  1. Translations. With the help of volunteers from around the world, the Biblearc website has so far been translated into five different languages. Additionally, scholarly translations of the Bible have been added for each of these language.
  2. Free Subscriptions. For people in the non-western world, The Biblearc Subscription for advanced modules is free.
  3. Discounted/Free Courses. We now offer the online course Introduction to Arcing in Spanish! For those in the non-western world, this course is deeply discounted or even free, depending on the need of the student.

For pastors and lay-people alike we want to encourage deep study of the Word. Would you like to be a part? There is so much more we would like to do! Here are options of how you can help: Give a tax-deductible donation to Biblearc. Get the Biblearc Global subscription add-on to cover the subscription for someone in the non-western world. Volunteer your time to help translate.

Three New Translations, in French and Spanish

We are pleased to announce the integration of two translations of the Bible in French, the Nouvelle Bible Segond, edition d’étude (NBS) and La Bible Annotée (LBA). In addition, we have added an additional Spanish translation, Nueva Biblia Latinoamericana de Hoy (NBLH). Check them out on Biblearc.

Biblearc is now in French! Read more in English or French.

NBS

Nouvelle Bible Segond, edition d’étude (NBS)

LBA

La Bible Annotée (LBA)

NBLH

Nueva Biblia Latinoamericana de Hoy (NBLH)

We thank God for the publishers who have made these translations available.

Société biblique française for the NBS
Claude Royère for providing the files for the LBA
The Lockman Foundation for the NBLH

Introducing Biblearc in French!

Arc, bracket, search, read, look up—do it all…in French!

Thanks to the great effort of our French-speaking volunteers, the website has been completely translated into the French language, with two wonderful French translations of the Bible. Please help us get the word out. You can point your French-speaking friends to this post in French.

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For more information on our efforts to translate Biblearc into many languages in order to serve those in cultures/places where study resources are scarce, please see our post on Biblearc Global. We welcome your support!

Qu’est-ce que Biblearc ?

This is the “What is Biblearc?” blog post for French speakers. For information in English, see here.

Biblearc est un ministère du Bethlehem College and Seminary depuis 2009. Il a été conçu pour assister celui qui étudie la Bible en débutant par une observation stricte et minutieuse du texte sacré avant d’ouvrir un commentaire. Ce peut être un prédicateur féru d’exégèse, un étudiant de la Bible ou tout simplement celui qui a faim de la Parole.

Biblearc in French

Biblearc est un programme implémenté dans le cloud et permet une étude approfondie des Écritures. Vous profiterez d’une intégration conviviale et puissante de références parallèles, de notes d’étude et de la recherche la plus avancée en langues originales disponible en ligne, ainsi que deux versions françaises de la Bible : la Bible annotée et la Nouvelle Bible Second, très appréciée pour ses notes de traduction. Biblearc est spécialisé dans des méthodes visuelles d’étude de la Bible : vous vivrez l’expérience la plus extraordinaire d’arcing, de bracketing et de diagramming de phrases. Tout votre travail est automatiquement enregistré en ligne dans des projets que vous pouvez retravailler plus tard.

Faites un tour interactif de Biblearc pour en savoir plus sur les possibilités.

Application disponible pour l’iPad dans l’App Store

Biblearc Global

Bible Study GlobalIf you live in America…or any English-speaking country, then you have access to a veritable wealth of biblical resources. Bible study tools in English are both affordable and accessible to you, with more information than you could ever possibly take in. With this abundance of Bible resources, we are able to pick and choose, and by God’s grace are spurred forward in our faith.

However, this abundance of resources is a blessing that the majority of the world knows nothing of, since these resources rarely exist with such access in languages beyond English. Yes, there are Bible translations available in countless languages (praise the Lord!), but little-to-no tools for deep study of the scriptures. Thus, English has become in many ways a gateway language for biblical proficiency.

But this shall no longer be! Introducing our Biblearc Global Initiative. With God’s help, we are looking to break the mold by making our Bible study resources available to people in all parts of the world, by providing them online in a host of different languages.

English has become in many ways a gateway language for biblical proficiency. But this shall no longer be!

The first part of this initiative is to work with volunteers to translate the site itself into as many languages as possible and give users access to the best available Bible translations in those languages. To date the site is available in Spanish, German and Romanian, with French presently in the works.

Secondly, we have the ambition of hosting many international online courses, also in a variety of languages. We are so very excited about our first non-English course beginning this fall, Introducción al Arcing, taught completely in Spanish by pastor and skilled arcer Josué Pineda from Honduras.

Finally, in addition to translating the site and courses into multiple languages, we recognize that many in non-Western countries are not able to pay for a subscription. Thus, when someone registers for an account on Biblearc from outside the West, their subscription is free.

Would you like to help us expand our Biblearc Global Initiative? Subscribe to the Bible Study Global add-on, and advance our efforts by paying for the subscription of a brother or sister in the non-Western world.

 

Learning Resources, Bible Study Global and the new Biblearc Subscription

We are pleased to announce several upgrades to Biblearc. The Biblearc Subscription now includes all advanced modules, and there are two new available add-ons.

Learning Resources add-on

The Learning Resources add-on provides great practical helps for those seeking to learn the Bible study methods available on Biblearc. Subscribers with this add-on will receive a fresh Arcing, Bracketing, or Diagramming example video each week, access to all the example archives, and personal feedback on one of his/her modules each month.

The Biblearc Subscription is now completely free for those outside the Western world as part of Biblearc Global.

Bible Study Global

The Bible Study Global add-on is an easy way for users to join us in equipping the world with the excellent Bible study resources found on Biblearc. By choosing the Bible Study Global add-on, users allow us to invest more resources into translations and the promotion of Biblearc in places where scholarly Bible resources are scarce. As we kick-off this new add-on, we are happy to announce that Biblearc is now available in two new languages: Romanian and German.

Come take the new interactive tour of Biblearc to see more of what you can do.

 

Coming soon: Interactive, month-long intensive courses for Arcing and Bracketing on Biblearc.

Bible study for all tongues

Praise the Lord for the many websites and apps available today with endless translations of the Bible. This is a wonderful service to the worldwide Body of Christ for which we give thanks.

Yet we also see a need that remains–not just Bible reading for the world, but Bible study for all tongues. You see, if you are trying to find Bible software that goes beyond presenting the text of scripture, you will discover that there is not much to be found beyond English. It is for this reason that we are making efforts to bring the tools and resources of Biblearc to more and more languages. We have developed a translation app for Biblearc and invite multi-lingual volunteers who love Biblearc to help us bring this tool to their people.

Romanian searchAnnouncing the translation of Biblearc into two new languages: Romanian and German. The Spanish version of the site has been put to very significant use for some time and we pray that this will be true to Romanian, German and other translations we add in the future as well.

 

(See also Biblearc Global, our parallel pursuit of this goal in which The Biblearc Subscription is free to those outside the Western world.)

In depth Bible study for everyone

We make it our ambition to present Biblearc in such a way so as to not be below nor beyond anyone with desire to study God’s Word. We expect scholars to come to Biblearc and find powerful tools for their research, and they do. However we also strive to give every lay person a user-friendly path to deep study. Biblearc is for those who teach in seminaries and Biblearc is for those studying the bible for the first time.

The video below gives five examples of approaches to Bible study on Biblearc that require zero Bible training.
Is Biblearc right for you? The answer to this question is not a matter of how much Bible training you have or have not had. If you are coming ready to seek deep study of the scriptures, then you are right for Biblearc and we hope that Biblearc is right for you.