Project “Free Scriptures”

Welcome to the website of “Free Scriptures”! The goal of our project is to create and to maintain a free software package consisting of tools for processing Bible texts. With the term “free software” we’re referring to the specific concept of free software licensing and the four essential freedoms associated with it, as defined by the Free Software Foundation. Please note that prices, costs and commercial use are absolutely legitimate and no problem at all – instead, we are facing artificial technical and legal restrictions in our digital age, which are only in place to support inadequate business models and sheer protectionism, causing a lot of social and practical harm in past, present and future. Therefore, all of our material and software is provided under free software licenses such as GNU Affero General Public License 3 (or any later version) or Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International, or is in public domain because of copyright expiration. This way, we ensure that everybody is technically capable of and permitted to use our material and software to the greatest extend possible, as long as the freedoms of other people are not restricted by it, including, but not limited to distribution (gratis or commercial) and modification (alone or together).

If you are interested in developing free software Bible tools, you may contribute to our public repository on GitHub. If you need any help on how to participate, feel free to contact us.

As you might have noticed right away, this website is relatively incomplete. We’re still “internationalizing” our efforts from the German “Freie Bibel” project and are migrating some stuff to here. However, due to recent events, we believe that it is somewhat urgent to build and encourage the development of free bible software, as a lot of work and time gets wasted on proprietary and/or restrictive projects every day. In the meantime, you may watch a first video with some kind of “mission statement” and a demonstration of the early osis2html1 workflow, which serves as a bridge between our old software package and what’s to come.

Questions, suggestions, ideas, criticism and participation are highly appreciated, just use our contact form.