Search in English to view and stream any darb al wosoul file. Enter a book and chapter from the Bible or the module and lesson number from the app. For example, type “John 15” to see if there are any files from John chapter 15. Or type “2.3” to get the files from module 2 lesson 3.
Then drag and drop the contents of the folder onto an SD card and it will be ready to go. After installing, a user can…
The Current App Package has 750 lessons and was last updated on .
Our hope and prayer is that by creating the app from these three convictions more leaders can be involved and the glory of God can be more fully expressed in different communities.
This video covers what we call a Generation 1 user - someone who gets the App Package from the website and preloads an SD card. If you have local partners who want to use the app, make sure you check out the next video below about Generations 2 and beyond.
In order for you to make SD cards with the app and lesson files you need to have:
Please note this app currently only works on an SD card. If your android phone doesn’t have an SD card, then you can’t use this app at this time.
To get the App Package on an SD card:
Here’s a summary of steps covered in the above video:
Before you begin, make sure you have the app installation file, the APK, on an Android phone with an SD card inserted.
Very few people will see a message that their phones can’t open the file. If you see this, you probably need to download a file manager from the Play store to open the APK.
In this video we cover two ways new users can get the app and lesson files without using the Internet. If you want to give someone else the app and lessons, here are your two options:
You can make someone a new SD card from the App Package you downloaded from your computer.
If you have the app and lessons on your phone you can easily give them to a teammate or local partner without your computer or the Internet. Check out the video above to see how.
Good question. In the previous videos, we’ve gone over why the app is offline and how to share playlists in person by using WiFi Direct. If you got a message on Threema about new content or notice there are new lessons on the website, you can get them in one of these two ways:
Whether there is a new version of the app or new lessons, how you get and share them is the same.
If you want to be the first person to get the new content or version of the app and give them to your team or local partners, download a new App Package from the website - just like you did when you got started.
As it downloads, uninstall the old version of the app and, if you are a first generation user with the .data folder, delete that too.
Then once it’s downloaded, go ahead and load the contents of the ZIP to your SD card, and install the app.
*Only if you get new content from the website will you need to uninstall the app. Technically there are a few ways you could do this without uninstalling or deleting, but because different phones and SD cards may act differently this is the most straightforward way to go about it.
Whether there is a new version of the app or new lessons how you get and share them is the same.
Let’s say the book of John is new and you have all of Matthew, Mark and Luke, but nothing for John. There is also a new version of the app.
If someone you meet up with already has John, he can share the playlist that John is in with you and only the MP3s that you don’t have will be sent to you.
The new version of the app will also be sent automatically as you receive the MP3s for John without you needing to do anything.
After the transfer, you’ll get a message to ask if you want to install the new version of the app. Then, the installation process will start and you’ll have the new version of the app with all the lesson files you already had and John.
Now you can give the MP3s for John and the new app version to someone else just like how you received them.
There isn’t an iPhone app, but if you are an iPhone user, you can use this website on your phone to easily search and stream lessons when you need them.
Also from your computer (not your iPhone or iPad) download a playlist of lessons from this website. Once you have done that, you can import those MP3s into your iTunes library, and sync them with your iPhone.
Good question! Please watch this short video and send us an email or message if you have any questions or concerns.
If you have any problems sharing media files from app to app turn off WiFi for both devices, turn it back on and then try again. If that doesn't work, see if there is a new version of the app to download here.
When you message us we might ask what version of the app you are using and to send us your logs so we can better fix the problem. Here's a short video about how to do that:
THE AIM: that anyone from the Levant, no matter her level of education or religious background, can understand the Word of God and reproduce new DBS groups.
That includes you.
These MP3s were originally made to help English speakers from the West start new Discovery Bible Study groups in the region. We were finding that the person from the West would have to be the one to read the Bible in Arabic, and that was a huge barrier keeping groups from being sustainable and reproducible.
If you aren’t fluent in Arabic we hope this site will help you easily find different lessons and enable you to start sustainable and reproducible groups or share a relevant lesson with someone you know from the Levant.
from the Levant
People from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine should be able to easily understand this project because their spoken dialects are similar. Also because the Levantine Spoken Arabic dialects are popular in TV shows they can also be understood in the broader region by many people.
Here is some feedback from Arab pastors about this project:
“It’s so different hearing the Bible in the language we speak.”
“You know something….I have a hard time understanding other pastors when they read the Bible because they don’t read clearly enough.”
“This is great! I really don’t like to read.”
And from someone without experience in the Bible:
“I love reading in Arabic. I always have a novel or philosophy book in Arabic with me for when I have free time. A few years ago a friend gave me a Bible for the first time and I thought it would be easier to understand than the Quran, but it wasn’t and I stopped reading. But with this project I felt like the story of Jesus came alive and I wanted to keep going to see what would happen next. It’s nice to be able to relax and listen to the actual story and not always be trying to figure out the difficult things in the written language.”
And that is from someone who reads in Arabic everyday!
The original project was 140 DBS Lessons retold in a spoken dialect from Beirut. These first MP3s where a significant first step to validate the idea of having a passage retold in a dialect of Spoken Arabic after it is read from a Written Arabic translation of the Bible.
From this experience, we were also able to clarify our vision and improve our process to better serve a growing audience.
Make sure to read more answers to the other related questions to understand this approach and the difference between a Bible Passage MP3 and a DBS Lesson MP3.
no matter her level of education or religious background, can understand the Word of God
A voice actor reads about 20 verses from the Good News Arabic Bible (Mushtarake) and then retells the passage in the Damascus dialect - like a TV drama from Damascus. The Written Arabic is read first to show the more formal and authoritative source that Arabs expect from a holy book. But when the voice actor retells it, he uses words that everyone in the room can understand no matter their education or religious background. He follows the Good News Arabic translation of the Bible closely and sounds like a Christian from Damascus because that is who he is. However, it should be clear to the listeners that it is important to him that everyone in the room can understand the Bible as he retells the passage with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).
The result of this retelling should be that someone from a Christian background will hear important words in a more vivid and impactful way and hear the Gospel in his spoken language. For someone who is from a non-Christian background, we hope to show him that Jesus is for him, today, no matter where he is from or where he is at on the journey towards Jesus.
An Opportunity in the Retelling
Words like Messiah, temple, Pharisee, tax collector and circumcision don’t make sense to someone new to the Story of God. Words like these carried images & emotions and had multiple dimensions to the original audience, but they are typically skipped over today by Christian and Muslim readers alike.
Through introductions and added explanations in the retelling the goal is that listeners who hear the term “Pharisee” can know the significance of that person to the story and picture people in their community who are modern day equivalents to the Pharisees. The hope is that in doing so, our audience can better see how Jesus was different from his own culture & its expectations and how He is different from what we might have expected today.
reproduce new DBS groups
By having passages retold in the spoken language and including DBS questions on every MP3 anyone who can press play and pause on their phone can become a group facilitator and help others start new groups. This means people who aren’t fluent in Spoken Arabic or are unable to read Written Arabic can be involved in this.
Make sure to read the answer to the next question to learn more about Spoken and Written Arabic.
Good question! Here’s two reasons.
Written Arabic is a language used in newspapers and books and news broadcasts. Because no one speaks Fusha natively in the home it will always be functionally a second (or third) language for Arabs.
Written Arabic is also the language of textbooks and homework for schools, but oftentimes the oral instruction in the classroom is in Spoken Arabic, French or English depending on the type of school and its location.
It is important to know that there are different levels of Written Arabic. The Quran and Van Dyke translation of the Bible were written before Modern Standard Arabic was adapted making them more difficult to understand for today’s reader.
Translations such as the Sharif, Good News, Hayat and Simplified Arabic use Modern Standard Arabic with different degrees of ease of understanding for different types of readers. However, all of these Arabic translations of the Bible use the written form of Arabic that is never spoken. As a result, the amount, type, and quality of education an Arab has influences how comfortable he is with a text in the Written language.
Arabs’ first language is a dialect of Spoken Arabic. This is the language of relationship and it’s not written or taught in school. The dialects of Spoken Arabic differ from Written Arabic depending on where in the region someone lives, his age, economic level, literacy, and religious influences. Even within a country you can find a significant difference in spoken dialects.
However, because of cultural, historical and religious reasons, a holy book is expected to have a high level of written Arabic and to require much striving and religious education to understand. This means that, to Arabs, the language of the Bible should not be the same language as their thoughts and relationships. Not only that, but culturally for many Muslims and Christians, a more poetic and high Arabic translation of the Bible is pointed to as evidence that a text is from God.
And that’s why we read each passage in Written Arabic and then retell it in Spoken Arabic
The most common language used by Arabs to described the idea of pairing the Written and Spoken languages is “a sigh of relief.”
First, a listener is able to relax and know that the authoritative, written language of Arabic he expects the Bible to be in is included. In a region where new translations of the Bible are met with suspicion this allows listeners to know where the retelling came from and use the Written Arabic as a standard reference.
Secondly, by including the retelling in the Spoken dialect we give listeners the chance to hear Jesus speaking in their language. The retelling creates a “sigh of relief” because instead of paying attention to the written Arabic grammar and feeling like you might miss something you get to hear the Bible in the language you actually speak. As a result everyone in the family can gather around and be able to hear, understand and obey the Word of God.
Through pairing the written and spoken language we’ve heard feedback like this:
“You know something, I have a hard time understanding pastors when they read the Bible out loud in a sermon.”
“We’ve never been able to understand a religious lesson until now. And now we can teach them to others.”
Both the MP3s that are tagged Bible Passages and DBS Lessons have a passage read from the Good News Arabic Bible and then retold in the spoken language. However, there are two differences:
In time, the new content labeled Bible Passages will be used to make new DBS Lesson MP3s and take the place of the current DBS lessons in the spoken dialect from Beirut. This audio is more thoughtfully made for anyone to be able to understand it no matter his or her educational and religious background and is in a dialect that is more widely understood thanks to popular Turkish TV shows being dubbed in Damascus.
You can easily see all of the Scripture lists in English by browsing through the playlists of DBS Lessons above on this page.
The standard set is covered in these 3 playlists:
In the long run, users of the Android App will be able to make their own Scripture lists within the app and share them across their in-person networks.
Each DBS MP3 has Discovery Bible Study questions that are read before and after a passage or two from the Bible.
The Bible passage is read from the Good News Arabic Bible and then retold in a Spoken Levantine dialect.
The DBS questions are the same for every lesson and are always included in every MP3 and PDF for any DBS Lesson. This way a new group can facilitate their own lessons from the first meeting and reproduce easier and more consistently. If you are starting a new group have someone in the group press play and then pause after each question.
Here’s the script of the questions. Please note that the English is a close to literal translation from the Arabic.
Now the voice actor will read the passage from the Bible and then he will pause and say, “Now I will retell it to you in the spoken language.” Then he will retell it.
At the end of the retelling he will say “Now let’s retell the story together with all of its details.” Then pause and make sure the group can retell it without missing any main points. If they need to listen again that’s fine.
All darb al wosoul audio uses the Mushtarake (aka The Good News Bible) which is an ecumenical translation by the Bible Society of Lebanon.
When the first MP3s were made, the target audience was only in Beirut and the decision to use the Mushtarake was based on 1) the council from local believers with the same purpose and 2) the ability to get permission to use the Mushtarake from the Bible Society of Lebanon.
It’s been a surprise to see God use this project beyond Beirut and in different types of communities. With these DBS MP3s, Arabs from all education levels and religious backgrounds have been able to understand the Word of God, groups are reproducing, and they are speaking and acting in a way that is accepted and relevant in their own communities.
So far, the feedback from those who have been using these MP3s for a year or more is that the translation of the Bible wasn't as big of a deal as they thought it would be. Group members still speak like they always have to their neighbors and to each other. They have also learned to filter and share other things with people before giving the DBS MP3s to them - an essential skill no matter what translation is used.
It seems that the Bible translation doesn’t change how people act and talk in their own community and culture especially if they want to remain a part of their own community. Instead, it's what is modeled by other believers and if someone goes to a church building that seems to influence what words they use and how they engage in their own communities.
Because of this feedback darb al wosoul intends to use Good New Arabic Bible for the long run with the hope that other people will create something similar in other dialects and with other Arabic translations of the Bible.
If you are interested in doing that, find us and we can connect, share what we have learned, and talk about making this technology available for you too.