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date: 21 January 2020

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The digital Bible is often viewed as promising, with unparalleled accessibility to the biblical text through mobile and analytical technologies; it is also viewed as imperiling the reading of printed Bibles, undermining the reflective and collective practices that have shaped religious faith for hundreds of years. An idolatrous distraction by the overload of hypermedia Bibles, a prioritization of the individual’s consumerist choices, and a disengagement from community and conversation—all these challenges of the digital Bible are being addressed by a rise in hybrid reading practices that both retain printed Bibles for types of religious reading, and that utilize digital devices in “iDisciplines” supporting traditional and emerging practices of individual devotion and community formation.

Keywords: electronic Bibles, digital culture, Bible reading, hybrid reading, technology, Bible software, spiritual disciplines, iDisciplines, Bible memorization, Bible covers

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