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General questions

What is the Bible Lesson?

Please refer to this page for a detailed explanation:

https://biblelesson.christianscience.com/about-bible-lessons

Which formats of the Bible Lesson are available with a subscription to the Digital Edition?

You can read the lesson in your browser, as a PDF, in-context with Concord, or on your eReaders with ePub and Mobi files. You can also stream the audio edition or download the mp3 audio file.

Can I access a list of Bible Lesson citations (without the full-text)?

Yes.  You can see all citations in a list format by using the In-Context feature. For more information, see How do I view and print a citation list to mark my books?

Do I need special software to read the Bible Lesson in its different formats?

You can read the Full-Text HTML and In-Context edition of the Bible Lesson online in your web browser.

PDFs can also be read by most browsers. If it doesn't work on your browser, you can download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader (it's free) and use it to read your downloaded lessons in PDF format.

You can listen to the audio format online in your browser with the built-in audio player above the Bible Lesson. Or you can download the MP3 file that can be played by many different devices and platforms.

The Mobi format can be opened only on a Kindle device.

An ePub file can be opened on Apple computers and devices using the Mobi Reader app, on PCs and Android devices using dedicated ePub apps, and on dedicated e-Readers such as NOOK and Kobo.

Can I read the Bible Lesson without downloading it?

Yes. Just log in to your digital Bible Lesson account. Once you’ve logged in, the full-text of this week’s Bible Lesson will appear in your browser window.

Which web browser should I use for the Digital Edition of the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons?

The Bible Lesson is best viewed in the most recent version of the Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browsers. (Due to technical difficulties, Safari users may experience unexpected behavior when using the browser’s print functionality. If you would like to modify the print/PDF formatting of the Bible Lesson--text size, paper size, or orientation--please use a different browser.)

You can also use Internet Explorer, but visitors have had occasional difficulty downloading and displaying site content using this particular browser. (Microsoft introduced its Edge browser in 2015 and it will eventually replace Internet Explorer.) If your computer runs on an earlier operating system (eight years or older), you may want to consult with a technically knowledgeable person about which browsers (and which version of the browsers) are most compatible with your system software.

Is there a Bible Lesson app for my mobile device?

No. However, you can add a shortcut icon to your mobile device’s home screen that will take you to the current Bible Lesson in your device’s default browser.

Check out How do I add the Digital Edition to the home screen of my smartphone? to learn how to add this shortcut icon.

How do I add the Digital Edition to the home screen of my smartphone?

To add a shortcut icon to your iPad or iPhone home screen from Safari, navigate to the page you would like to visit, click the Share icon (looks like a square with an arrow coming out of the top) and then select “Add to Home Screen.“ On your Android device, open your browser’s Menu options and select “Add to Home Screen” or “Add Page Shortcut.”

Steps may vary by browser, so if you're still having trouble, you might find the pictures and instructions on this external site helpful.

How can I bookmark the Digital Edition web page?

To create a bookmark, look for a command like “Create bookmark” or “Add bookmark” in your browser’s Bookmark menu. (Internet Explorer refers to bookmarks as “favorites.”) Browsers such as Chrome and Firefox provide a tiny star icon next to the address bar that you can use to bookmark web pages, too.

The URL to bookmark that will bring you to the current lesson each week is: quarterly.christianscience.com/lesson

What is the Bible Lens content and why is it included?

Bible Lens is a feature of the Christian Science Sentinel that provides a helpful mix of information -- including history, context, translations, and word definitions -- related to citations from the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons. The online version of Bible Lens includes additional research and verse translations. In the Digital Edition of the Christian Science Quarterly, we provide tabs to help our readers access this expanded Bible Lens content.

Italics, capitalization, and other formatting in verses from translations other than the King James Version directly reflect the formatting of those translations.

Are the Bible Lens Research and Translations part of the Bible Lesson?

No. The Bible Lens content from the Christian Science Sentinel is included in the Digital Edition of the Christian Science Quarterly simply for the convenience of our readers. Its inclusion in the Digital Edition does not indicate that it is now a part of the Bible Lesson. If you would prefer that these tabs stayed gray as you scroll through the lesson, see How does the Bible Lens on/off toggle work?

How many Bible Lessons are available once I’ve logged in?

A group of five Bible Lessons will be available when you log in to quarterly.christianscience.com: this week’s lesson, lessons for the three coming weeks, and last week’s lesson. You can find links to all of these lessons by clicking the menu icon, then clicking “Other Lessons”. 

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