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Introduction

BibleReader has three “choosers”—tools that let you go to any location in a book-chapter-verse structured book (such as a Bible or commentary), an alphabetically-structured book (such as a dictionary), and in books that are not structured by book-chapter-verse or alphabetically (such as a theology book). This chapter will examine each of these in turn.

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Verse Chooser

Note: Verse Chooser has three different modes (see next topic)—different ways of viewing the same information. In this example, and in the screen shot below, we will be using Verse Chooser’s List Mode—its preset, default mode. Verse Chooser’s default mode can be user-defined from BibleReader’s Advanced Settings menu, a topic that is covered in the Settings chapter of this User Guide.

Verse Chooser allows you to go directly to any verse in book-chapter-verse structured books, such as a Bible or a commentary, and to do so in a manner best suited to your preferences and needs.

To open Verse Chooser, tap Go To on BibleReader’s main screen.

Verse Chooser: List Mode

Tap Deuteronomy to list the chapters in Deuteronomy.

Verse Chooser: List Mode

Tap Deuteronomy 6 to display a list of all the verses in this chapter.

Verse Chooser: List Mode

Tap Deuteronomy 6:4 to display this verse.

Verse Chooser: List Mode

Tap Go To again to display Verse Chooser. Notice that the last book you chose to go to—Deuteronomy—is highlighted. Verse Chooser has a “sticky memory.”

Verse Chooser: List Mode

This same “sticky memory” applies to your last chapter and verse selections. Tap Deuteronomy, and Verse Chooser displays Deuteronomy 6:4, highlighted.

Verse Chooser: List Mode

If you tap Deuteronomy 6:4, Verse Chooser displays that verse.

If you reposition the Verse Chooser to this location:

Verse Chooser: List Mode

you will see the numbers—5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30—on the far right side of the screen. These numbers indicate the presence of a tool called a scrubber bar. Scrubber bars allow you to scroll lists quickly and easily. Touch and hold the scrubber bar (this causes it to turn gray), and then drag your finger down the screen. Notice how the chapter numbers fly by. In this example, the scrubber bar allows you to scroll from chapter 1 to chapter 34 in the list above by moving your finger down the screen one time.

Scrubber bars appear only when Verse Chooser is in List View mode. Scrubber bars can be used to scroll any lists—book names, chapter numbers, verse numbers.

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Different Modes

Verse Chooser allows you to display books of the Bible, chapters, and verses in three different modes: Small Grid View, Large Grid View, and List View. We will look at each mode.

Open Verse Chooser, touch and hold the screen, and scroll down to display Verse Chooser’s three mode icons, which are located to the right of the Go To Verse text-entry field.

Verse Chooser: Various Modes

Left-to-right, these three icons are Small Grid View, Large Grid View, and List View.

Tap the leftmost icon—the Small Grid View—to display the books of the Bible as a small grid, like squares on a chessboard.

Verse Chooser: Various Modes, Small Grid

Tap Deu to display the chapters for Deuteronomy as a small grid.

Verse Chooser: Various Modes, Small Grid

Tap 6 to display the verses for Deuteronomy 6 as a small grid.

Verse Chooser: Various Modes, Small Grid

Tap any verse number to display that verse.

Large Grid View. Open Verse Chooser, touch and hold the screen, scroll down to display Verse Chooser’s three mode icons, and tap the middle icon—Large Grid View. You can repeat the steps immediately above to display books, chapters, and verses in a larger grid mode. The only difference between Small Grid and Large Grid views is the size of the squares.

List View. Open Verse Chooser, touch and hold the screen, scroll down to display Verse Chooser’s three mode icons, and tap the right icon to display the books of the Bible in List View. We have already covered how to use List View in the initial discussion of Verse Chooser above.

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Testament Selector

Verse Chooser’s List View allows the use of scrubber bars for quickly scrolling lists to any book name, chapter number, or verse number, as discussed above. The two grid views do not permit the use of this tool. Therefore, when in Small Grid or Large Grid modes, BibleReader includes another tool—the Testament Selector—to enable you to quickly select the book name, chapter number, or verse number you want.

To display the Testament Selector, follow the instructions above to switch Verse Chooser to Small Grid View, and then scroll the screen down to display the All, OT, and NT buttons above the three grid-view icons.

Verse Chooser: Testament Chooser, All

The All button displays all the names of the books of the Bible in grid view.

Tap the OT button to display the book names of Old Testament books only.

Verse Chooser: Testament Chooser, OT

Tap the NT button to display the book names of New Testament books only.

Verse Chooser: Testament Chooser, OT

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Quick Jump

Quick Jump is a feature of Verse Chooser that allows you to change your location within a book by using the Book, Chapter, and Verse buttons at the top of the Verse Chooser screen.

Verse Chooser: Quick Jump

Quick Jump is “sticky”; it remembers the last location you jumped to. In the graphic below, it displays Hebrews, because that is the last book that Quick Jump was used to jump to.

Tap the Book button to display the book list.

Verse Chooser: Quick Jump

Tap the Chapter button to display the chapter list. Because of its “sticky memory,” Quick Jump remembers that it last went to chapter 5 of Hebrews.

Verse Chooser: Quick Jump

Tap the Verse button to display the verse list. Because of its “sticky memory,” Quick Jump remembers that it last went to verse 6 of chapter 5 of Hebrews.

Verse Chooser: Quick Jump

Tap Hebrews 5:6 to display that verse.

Verse Chooser: Quick Jump

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Typing a Verse Reference

Verse Chooser also allows you to type a book-chapter-verse location to go to.

Open Verse Chooser and scroll down to display the Go To Verse text-entry field.

Verse Chooser: Type Reference

We’ll search for John 3:16. Type “John 3:16” into the text-entry field. This field is case-insensitive, so “John 3:16,” “john 3:16,” “jOHN 3:16” all will work.

Verse Chooser: Type Reference

Tap the blue Go button to go to John 3:16.

Verse Chooser: Type Reference

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Current Location Highlighted

Each time you open Verse Chooser, it displays the current location in the text. For example, if your text is positioned to John 3:16 and you open Verse Chooser, the Book, Chapter, and Verse Quick Jump buttons at the top will display these settings: Book = John, Chapter = 3, and Verse = 16.

Verse Chooser: Sticky Memory

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TOC Chooser

As we noted above, BibleReader has three “choosers”—tools that let you go to any location in a book-chapter-verse structured book (such as a Bible or commentary), an alphabetically-structured book (such as a dictionary), and in books that are not structured by book-chapter-verse or alphabetically (such as a theology book). In this section, we will examine the TOC Chooser. TOC stands for Table of Contents. The TOC Chooser is used in books that are not organized by book-chapter-verse or alphabetically.

In this example, we will use Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. (If you have not purchased this book, you may purchase it by clicking here.) If you do not own this BibleReader book, select a book you own that is not organized by book-chapter-verse.

Open Systematic Theology, and tap Go To to display the TOC Chooser. In the screen shot below, notice that the Chooser says “Table of Contents” in the title bar. Also notice the arrows to the right of each TOC entry. Systematic Theology is structured by parts, then chapters, then divisions within chapters, and then subdivisions. The arrows allow you to drill down in the table of contents to find a specific chapter or a specific location in a chapter.

TOC Chooser

Tap Part 2: THE DOCTRINE OF GOD to display a list of chapters in this part of the book.

TOC Chooser

Tap Ch. 12: THE CHARACTER OF GOD: COMMUNICABLE ATTRIBUTES to display the outline for this chapter.

TOC Chooser

Tap Explanation and Scriptural Basis to display the sub-outline for this internal heading.

TOC Chooser

Tap A. Attributes Describing God’s Being to display the sub-outline for this internal heading.

TOC Chooser

Finally, tap 1. Spirituality to display this subsection of chapter 12.

TOC Chooser

All of BibleReader’s choosers are “sticky”; when opened they display the current location of your open book. Thus, if you are in a book like Systematic Theology that is structured by chapters and you are in the middle of a chapter and you tap Go To to display the TOC Chooser, it will display your current location. To return to the top level of the table of contents, use the Back button in the TOC Chooser.

For example, if you are here

TOC Chooser

and you tap Go To to display the TOC Chooser, you will see this.

TOC Chooser

Tap the Back button four times to navigate back to the top level of the table of contents.

TOC Chooser

A book that is structured by parts, chapters, chapter sections, and chapter subsections (like Systematic Theology) can be compared to a tree: The top level of the table of contents is the trunk; chapters are branches; chapter sections are twigs; chapter subsections are leaves. Depending on your location in such a book, when you open the TOC Chooser you may find yourself at the leaf, twig, or branch level. You can always use the TOC Chooser’s Back button to move trunk-ward.

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Dictionary Chooser

As we noted above, BibleReader has three “choosers”—tools that let you go to any location in a book-chapter-verse structured book (such as a Bible or commentary), an alphabetically-structured book (such as a dictionary), and in books that are not structured by book-chapter-verse or alphabetically (such as a theology book). In this section, we will examine the Dictionary Chooser. As its name suggests, the Dictionary Chooser is used in dictionaries—books organized alphabetically.

In this example, we will use Merrill Unger’s New Unger’s Bible Dictionary. (If you have not purchased this book, you may purchase it by clicking here.) If you do not own this BibleReader book, select a dictionary you do own.

Open the New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, and tap Go To to display the Dictionary Chooser. In the screen shot below, notice that the word Dictionary appears immediately under the title bar. Also notice that instead of chapter names, this chooser is organized by letters of the alphabet. Finally, notice the arrows to the right of each letter. Tapping a letter causes the Dictionary Chooser to list the articles that begin with that letter.

Dictionary Chooser

Tap the letter C to display a list of articles that begin with C.

Dictionary Chooser

Tap CAESAREA to display the article about that city.

Dictionary Chooser

The Dictionary Chooser has a Browse Dictionary feature that provides a fast way to locate specific articles.

Open the New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, and tap Go To to display the Dictionary Chooser.

Dictionary Chooser

Tap Browse Dictionary to display the beginning of the list of articles in the dictionary.

Dictionary Chooser

In the Enter Word field, type cov and watch the list of article titles scroll to articles that begin with those three letters—cov. BibleReader uses type-to-search technology to make it easier to locate the article you are looking for.

Dictionary Chooser

Tap COVENANT to display that article.

Dictionary Chooser

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Mixed Chooser

As we noted above, BibleReader has three “choosers”—tools that let you go to any location in a book-chapter-verse structured book (such as a Bible or commentary), an alphabetically-structured book (such as a dictionary), and in books that are not structured by book-chapter-verse or alphabetically (such as a theology book).

In this section, we will examine mixed-type books such as study Bibles that contain introductory articles that are organized alphabetically, as well as notes that are organized by book-chapter-verse locations.

In this example, we will use the ESV Study Bible. (If you have not purchased this book, you may purchase it by clicking here.) If you do not own this BibleReader book, select a mixed-type book you do own.

Note: The two rules of thumb to keep in mind when using a mixed-type book are that Go To | List View displays the book’s table of contents—the article titles in the book, as well as the location of the notes—and that Go To | Grid View allows you to access the notes, which are tied to book-chapter-verse locations, in a second way by using the chooser’s book-chapter-verse tool.

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Go To | List View

First, we will learn how to use Go To | List View to display the ESV Study Bible’s table of contents and a specific article.

Open the ESV Study Bible (ESVSB), tap Go To, scroll down a bit until you can see the three chooser icons, and then tap the icon on the right to select List View. If you open the ESVSB at the beginning of the book, you will see the table of contents positioned at its beginning. (If you open the ESVSB when you are farther into the book, you will see a different location in the table of contents, since all BibleReader choosers display the current location in the book.)

Mixed Chooser

Notice the words Table of Contents and the arrows to the right of each entry. The arrows indicate that each entry can be expanded to reveal the entries under it.

Tap Old Testament to display the list of articles under this heading.

Mixed Chooser

Tap Pentateuch (Genesis - Deuteronomy) to display the list of articles under this heading.

Mixed Chooser

Tap Genesis to display the list of articles under this heading.

Mixed Chooser

Tap Chapter 1 to display the list of study Bible notes for Genesis 1.

Mixed Chooser

Tap 1:1 - 11:26 to display the ESVSB note on “Primeval History” for Genesis 1:1 - 11:26.

Mixed Chooser

Tap Go To. You should see this screen.

Mixed Chooser

Tap the Back button on the top left four times until you see this screen.

Mixed Chooser

Tap The Time Between the Testaments to display this screen.

Mixed Chooser

Tap The Time Between the Testaments to display the article.

Mixed Chooser

The point of this second illustration is to show that in a mixed-chooser type book such as the ESVSB, Go To | List View can take you to an article that is not tied to a particular verse, just as the first example took you to a study Bible note that is tied to a verse.

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Go To | Grid View

Now we will learn how to use Go To | Grid View to go directly to the notes for a particular chapter.

Tap Go To, scroll down a bit until you can see the three chooser icons, and then tap one of the two Grid View icons to display this screen.

Mixed Chooser

Tap Gen to display the chapter numbers in Genesis.

Mixed Chooser

Tap 1 to select the first chapter in Genesis and to display the verse numbers for this chapter.

Mixed Chooser

Tap 1 view the first study Bible note for Genesis chapter 1.

Mixed Chooser

Go back to this screen that you were just on.

Mixed Chooser

Notice that in Genesis chapter 1, there are seventeen verse-number squares that have a number in them. This means there are seventeen study Bible notes in Genesis 1 in the ESVSB. The number 1 appears in four verse-number squares. This means that four of the study Bible notes in Genesis 1 are related to the first verse.

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The Go Button

In a study Bible, the Go button allows you to jump directly to the introductory article for a particular book of the Bible or to the first study Bible note for a particular chapter of a book. First, we will look at using the Go button to jump directly to an introductory article for a particular book of the Bible.

Go to this screen, which lists the chapters for the book of Genssis.

Mixed Chooser

Notice the Go button in the top left corner. Tap the Go button to display the ESV’s introduction to the book of Genesis.

Mixed Chooser

Whenever you are in a study Bible, and you are using Go To | Grid View, and you are displaying the chapters for a book, tapping the Go button will display the introductory article for that book.

Here’s how to use the Go button to display the first study Bible note in a chapter.

Go to this screen, which lists the chapters for the book of Genesis.

Mixed Chooser

Tap 1 to display a list of the verses for chapter 1

Mixed Chooser

Notice the Go button in the top left corner. Tap the Go button to display the first ESV study Bible note for Genesis 1.

Mixed Chooser

Whenever you are in a study Bible, and you are using Go To | Grid View, and you are displaying the verses in a chapter, tapping the Go button will display the first study Bible note in that chapter.

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