Bible Lesson News

Considering "The following citations comprise our sermon"
New Readers for audio lesson
Citation lines now link to Concord Express
ePubs in iOS 7

Considering "The following citations comprise our sermon"

A small change has been made to the Quarterly to give branch churches and their readers greater flexibility as they plan and conduct weekly services. The brief transitional line between the Responsive Reading and Lesson-Sermon that read, "The following citations comprise our sermon" has been removed. Click here for a fuller explanation from the Trustees of the Christian Science Publishing Society in the March issue of The Christian Science Journal.

New Readers for audio lesson

In 2014, you’ll hear new voices reading the weekly Bible Lesson online. Beginning with the December 30–January 5 lesson titled “God,” the current First and Second Reader of The Mother Church, Judith Hardy Olson and Norm Bleichman, will be featured on both the online audio lesson and CD Edition, as well as on weekly radio programs around the country. You may also occasionally hear other readers.

Click here to “meet” Judy and Norm and listen to Sunday church services and Wednesday testimony meetings at The Mother Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

Citation lines now link to Concord Express

Starting with “Everlasting Punishment” (October 28–November 3), the Bible and Science and Health citation lines that appear in the HTML Bible Lessons on the eBibleLesson and myBibleLesson pages will be links to Concord Express, a version of Concord (an electronic study tool with the full text of the King James Version of the Bible as well as all of Mary Baker Eddy’s published writings). Clicking on a citation will open a popup window that shows the passage bracketed in its context in the Bible or Science and Health, allowing readers to explore a particular idea more fully. Anyone wanting to see all the citations in context as they study the lesson may want to use the In-Context Edition that’s part of eBibleLesson.

ePubs in iOS 7

Apple has issued an updated version of iBooks for iOS 7. It resolves some but not all of the problems the previous iBooks version had in iOS 7, but eBibleLesson subscribers may still encounter problems with the way the ePub Bible Lesson displays in iBooks.

The problems appear randomly, as far as anyone can tell. The ePub text will be properly displayed at one time, but the same text will be improperly displayed another time. The bugs cause problems such as

  • blank spaces appearing where text should be (especially around marginal heads in the ePub Edition),
  • text not taking up the entire page,
  • blank pages appearing,
  • pages not appearing,
  • duplicate pages appearing, and
  • the search function not working properly.

Currently we’re aware of three workarounds that appear to solve the problems (except possibly the ones related to searches).

The first and easiest is to rotate your device to a different orientation—for instance, from vertical to horizontal (portrait to landscape)—and back again. The text will often display properly then.

The second is to increase or decrease the font size and then return to the desired font size. To change the font size,

  • tap the AA menu at the top of the iBooks screen;
  • tap either the small or large A to decrease or increase the font size;
  • tap anywhere on the screen outside the selection boxes to make the selection boxes disappear and to read the ePub;
  • repeat the process to return to the font size you want.

The final workaround is to view the ePub in Scroll mode instead of Book mode. In Scroll mode, instead of turning pages, readers scroll through pages, as on a Web page or in a word-processing document. To turn on Scroll mode,

  • tap the AA menu at the top of the iBooks screen;
  • then tap Themes and select Scroll by tapping it;
  • then tap anywhere on the screen outside the selection boxes to make the selection boxes disappear and to read the ePub, which will now have a scroll bar. 

If your device is held vertically, the scroll bar may sometimes obscure part of a marginal head.

Finally, iBooks in iOS 7 does not automatically include a dictionary. When you first tap a word in an ePub to get a definition, you may get a page saying no definition is found. If this occurs, tap the Manage button at the bottom left of the screen saying no definition is found. Then choose the dictionary you’d like to use from the list that appears and tap its name. This will download that dictionary. You can download more than one dictionary if you want to. The dictionary will download from iCloud, so you must have an active iCloud account to download one. Each Apple user has one, but you may need to set yours up or activate it. To do this, open the Settings app and tap iCloud in the list that appears. When the next screen appears, tap the Account line to set up your account or to enter or verify your password. Once this is done, you’ll see the amount of free storage space you have in iCloud. Then you can return to iBooks to download a dictionary.

Apple is preparing an update to iOS 7, and we hope it will solve the problems iBooks users may currently experience. We’ll keep subscribers informed via this page.