Nashville, Tenn. 11/10/2009 10:20 PM GMT (WooEB)
In early December, B&H Publishing Group will introduce an Xbox 360 application featuring the complete Holman Christian Standard Bible.
"Bible Navigator X" is thought to be the first complete Bible available on a video game console and will be downloadable through the "Indie Games" channel of Xbox.com.
"This application will bring the Bible into people’s living rooms and onto their televisions in a completely new and innovative way," said Aaron Linne, B&H Publishing Group’s executive producer of digital marketing. "The Xbox isn’t just secular entertainment anymore. We can use technology that other people developed to study Scriptures through a new medium. Some people are just more comfortable with a controller in their hands than a book."
The application will consist of the complete Old and New Testaments as well as three additional tools: a basic search function that operates much like a concordance, a bookmarking function that allows for marking passages and reorganizing those bookmarks into an order appropriate for teaching or study, and a presentation mode that features a larger display suitable for projecting on a screen.
Additionally, "Bible Navigator X" features 10 themes that will allow users to customize the look of the Bible while maintaining the readability. Themes geared toward students, including one based on LifeWay’s Fuge Camps, will be available in addition to others.
Linne explained that the tools were designed for everyone, but particularly with youth ministers in mind. "Certainly it’s convenient to be able to quickly pull up a Bible verse on your television at home," he said, "but this is also a great tool for youth ministers who teach in youth spaces that already have Xbox consoles in them. It’s a quick way to create teaching aids from equipment you already have."
For more information about "Bible Navigator X" on Xbox 360, visit BibleNavigatorX.com.
B&H is a division of LifeWay Christian Resources. LifeWay, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, is one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services, including Bibles, church literature, books, music, audio and video recordings, church supplies, and Internet services through LifeWay.com. Established in Nashville, Tenn., in 1891, the company owns and operates more than 150 LifeWay Christian Stores throughout the United States, as well as two of the largest Christian conference centers in the country.