Ever have one of those days where you’re out at a coffee shop talking theology with your friends and all of a sudden some random some guy walks up wanting to get into a discussion about vestigium trinitatis. Happens all the time, right? While you’re always up for a good theological exchange, it’s finals week and you’ve been living off of far more caffeine than sleep. Your mind’s a bit fried and you think you might be confusing the definitions for vestigium Dei and vestigium trinitatis. If this had been last semester, you would’ve excused yourself to go the bathroom and ran towards an exit like a scared little school girl. Things are different this semester. You confidently agree to the theological exchange, excusing yourself for a quick bathroom break first. Once you’re safely inside your porcelain sanctuary (bathroom stall), you take out your iPhone and launch the IVP Pocket Reference App. You quickly open the Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms, confirming the definitions for vestigium Dei and vestigium trinitatis. Much to your own amazement, you were right after all. Maybe you don’t need as much sleep as you thought. Exiting the stall, you wash your hands so as not to raise suspicion amongst the other patrons in the bathroom. With your head held high, you return to your table and excitedly enter into a theological discussion with that random guy, whose name happens to be Bill. Another seminary student’s reputation (and pride) saved. It’s just another day in the life with the IVP Pocket Reference App.
- ability to search terms, definitions or notes
- ability to highlight text within definitions
- ability to add your own terms and definitions
- ability to share terms and definitions via Facebook, Twitter and email
This initial release (version 1.0) comes with the Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms. The dictionaries screen within the app indicates that the Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion and the Pocket Dictionary of Ethics will be available soon. There are currently eight volumes in the print edition of the Pocket Dictionary series. The two books from this series that I always keep close at hand are the Pocket Dictionary for the Study of Biblical Hebrew and the Pocket Dictionary for the Study of New Testament Greek. As soon as IVP makes these two volumes available within the app, I’ll be ready to purchase them ASAP. Having these reference tools available on my iPhone and iPad will be a tremendous convenience for the times I’m studying Greek and Hebrew away from my home office. In addition to iOS devices, the IVP Pocket Reference App is also available for Android.
My overall rating for the app is 5 out of 5 stars.
This product was provided InterVarsity Press for review. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.