These texts are converted from the Online
Bible. Some may have restrictions on commercial usage. See the copyrite.txt
file in the Peshitta archive for more information and the RSV
agreement for more information on the Revised Standard Version.
Here is some information on how to convert texts from Online Bible to
- Get the BibleConverter
and unzip it to a free directory. Make sure you have java
- unzip the contents of fromolb.zip and put
them in the same directory.
- In Online Bible, choose File | Print.
- Select a verse range to convert. You can more easily select the
whole bible by choosing "Set range". Note that "Set
range" will not work if you're working the Deuterocanonical works, the
- Make sure you have "Include verse text checked" and nothing
- In the "Output" tab, have "Use Clipboard"
- In the "Versions" tab, have only one version checked.
- Go back to "Content" tab and press OK.
- This will take a while. Once it's done, go to Microsoft Word (or
some other wordprocessor) and paste in the text (ctrl-v).
- Save the file as a plain text file, using the default Windows encoding, in
the same directory where BibleConverter and fromolb.zip sit. I
recommend you save in the file bible-in.txt, where "bible"
is the name of the version you're converting. I will assume you have
done this below.
- At the MS-DOS command prompt in that directory run: fromolb enbooks.txt
BibleName "Descriptive information on version" < bible-in.txt
> bible.txt . Here, "BibleName" should be a
short name like "Peshitta" or "RSV", and bible-in.txt
and bible.txt are the input and output filenames. The output must
have extension .txt. If you're converting a
Hebrew/Aramaic/Syriac text, please include an h at the end of the
command line, just before the "< bible-in.txt".
- There may be some error messages about unrecognized lines. If the
lines look like nothing interesting (e.g., a number or two), don't
worry. But if the lines contain Biblical text, then fromolb was unable
to recognize the titles of some books. You may need to edit
enbooks.txt to fix this.
- Finally, run: java -cp . BibleConverter bible , where "bible"
was the filename you gave it in step 12, without the extension.
- If all is well, you should have a .pdb file ready for upload to