Word from the entertainment world is that superstar-producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Touched by an Angel star Roma Downey, are teaming up with digital Bible maker Glo Bible; and Christian publisher Zondervan (an imprint of HarperCollins) to launch Bible360, “a new app that brings the text of Scripture to life through video, interactive technology and social media.” According to the press release:
Bible360 will build upon Glo Bible’s award-winning digital platform — which incorporates 360-degree virtual tours and animated maps — by adding social features and reading plans. Bible360 will also feature The New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, preloaded by Zondervan. In the future, video from Roma Downey and husband Mark Burnett’s forthcoming HISTORY(R) series about the Bible will be integrated into the app to further enhance the reader’s experience.
Social features include the ability to share Bible verses, photos and snapshots via social networking channels such as Twitter and YouVersion, through the popular Jesus Daily page on Facebook, or through the reader’s own personal social networking platforms. Bible360 is free with a premium upgrade available.
This announcement follows the announcement made in August 2011 that Burnett and Downey are producing a ten-hour series on the Bible for the History Channel. The series will be a docu-drama that will recount several of the Bible’s most important stories using a combination of live action and computer-generated imagery (CGI). The series will be in production this year and will air in 2013.
Thanks to a friend recently giving me an iPad for Christmas, I was able to download Bible 360 last week. I have to wholeheartedly say that I am in love with the application. It provides me with easy access to the Bible wherever I go and not many other Bible apps or software can beat the videos that the Immersion Digital folks have put together. I can easily travel to biblical locations without ever putting my iPad down and having to pack up and head for the airport. I can’t wait to see how the Burnet/Downey partnership with Glo Bible will further enhance an already terrific application. My only suggestion is the addition of a version of the NRSV with apocrypha or the New American Bible. I realize that not all Christian denominations embrace the apocrypha, but as a Catholic and an educator I would love to have easy access to the apocrypha and the Catholic translation so that I can use this application in the classroom. Just a thought. In the meantime, this app is fantastic even without some of the things I miss. Here’s the demo video;
I am also glad to see Roma Downey back in the headlines a few years after her inspiring run as Touched By An Angel‘s Monica. For nine great years she inspired many viewers, including this one. The Bible 360 announcement follows Downey’s press tour for her new DVD series Little Angels–an educational series for preschoolers featuring angels! I hope to have a review of Little Angels here in the near future.