App review: NRSV Bible with Apocrypha
App review: NRSV Bible with Apocrypha

Smart phone by Jannis Andrija Schnitzer via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Google Play Store rating: 4.2 / 5

My rating: 4.5 / 5

Price: Free


NRSV Bible with Apocrypha might be the most straightforward app review we have done here on Key Resources. It loads directly to the menu of categories shown above. The Bible is broken into nine different sections: Pentateuch, History, Poetry, Prophecy, Apocrypha, Gospel, Early Church, Epistles, and Apocalypse.

Within each of these categories resides the appropriate portions of the Bible. The folder tree is easy to navigate: Gospel > Mark > Chapter 1 > Text. The design lends itself to quick access of any part of the Bible.


The design uses all available screen real estate with big, easy-to-touch menu buttons. The size of the actual text can be adjusted as well. Bookmarking and retrieving of particular passages is straightforward.

The lack of a search function is the only major downfall of the application. If you want to search for a word or phrase, you will need to look elsewhere (this feature is available for many paid NRSV apps). Also, if you do not know which category your desired book belongs to, you are in for a bit of hunting. But this is a minor annoyance, and it has the added benefit of teaching you the biblical genres over time.


Did I mention this application is free? It is hard to find a functional NRSV Bible with Apocrypha that is also free. The intuitive design, easy readability, and unbeatable price make this app a must have for Android users on a budget.

Click here to access in the Google Play Store.

Chris Hamby (@chris_hamby) is the digital producer in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and an M.Div. student at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Image credit: “Smart Phone” by Jannis Andrija Schnitzer via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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1 Comment

  1. There’s something very attractive about an uncomplicated Bible app that functions a lot like a Bible on a shelf at home – pull it out and head straight to the passage you’re looking for. Bells and whistles can delay engaging the text. Nice.