The term Bible Dictionary probably makes you think of a fairly boring and dry reference book. However, a Bible Dictionary is truly invaluable in helping you unpack God’s word. Unlike a normal word dictionary a good Bible dictionary will not only give you the definition of a word, person or a place but you can often read a short article, access verse cross references, or see things like images and maps. The insight it gives can help you explore the world of the Bible like never before!
If you don’t yet have a Bible Dictionary the Essential Bible Dictionary would be a great place to start. In addition to defining words, places, people, and the many themes of the Bible, the Essential Bible Dictionary has full color images, maps and illustrations and is ideal for us in personal devotion and Bible study. It’s truly a storehouse of information that provides essential information regarding the original times of the Bible.
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The great thing about using a study Bible in the Olive Tree Bible App is that they can be used with any Bible translation!
Because of the way our Resource Guide connects Bible study resources with the text you’re reading in the main window, study notes can be used with any Bible translation. In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad) I have the King James Version of the Bible opened in the main window and under the Commentaries section of the resource guide I see a number next to my study Bible notes. This number indicates available entries based on John 3:1-7. You’ll also notice that the study notes I have installed are not based on the King James Version of the Bible yet they still work the same.
Again, any Bible opened in the main screen will work with any study Bible notes that you have installed. In the screenshot below I have the English Standard Version opened in the main window and I’ve got the NIV Study Bible Notes opened in the split window. The notes will stay in sync with what I’m reading regardless of the translation difference.
We have 90 different study Bibles to choose from, all with a variety of insight and tools. See them all here!
Watch the video below for more on how study Bibles work in the app.
Whether you’ve just downloaded the Olive Tree Bible App for the first time or have been using it for years, if you haven’t tried these three things then you need it’s time you did!
1. Make a Note
There are plenty of good reasons to make a note. Maybe you were reading a scripture for the 456th time and the truth of it finally hit you, or maybe your Pastor is preaching on a specific passage and he’s unpacking it in a way that is cutting to your heart. Notes in the app become a reference point in your Bible reading that help you remember and capture truth.
You can make a note by tapping on the verse number or by opening them up in the split window of the app. If you tie them to a particular verse, a note icon will be available so the next time you are reading there and you can tap it for quick access.
2. Share to Social
There are already enough kittens and political statements on social but there will never be enough scripture. Share what you’re reading to social by tapping or highlighting a verse reference and then select the social media platform of your choice. This isn’t limited to just the Bible, you can even share from an eBook or devotional.
3. Download Free Resources
Have you checked out the in-app store? If not the best place to start is the Free Resources. With over 100 to choose from you’ll want to add another Bible translation, an eBook on prayer, or maybe a Bible commentary like Matthew Henry. You can also browse free resources on OliveTree.com.
Don’t delay, go try out each of these three things right now!
If you would have said the word ‘Advent’ to me when I was a kid my first thought would have been some sort of calendar with doors that a few of my friends families had hanging in their house during the Christmas season. Advent – in any form – was not a part of my family tradition. When my wife and I got married however we were a part of a church that did Advent readings and candle lighting in the weeks leading up to Christmas. I began to explore the tradition more fully and grew to really appreciate the Biblical context it brought to the Christmas season. Now, years later with several kids, we have made Advent one of the ways that our family seeks to keep the focus on Jesus during the Christmas season. In a culture that has made it all about other things (presents, parties, decorations, etc.) we have found Advent readings and times of reflection as a family to be a beautiful centerpiece of the way we celebrate.
What is Advent?
Maybe like me your understanding of Advent was limited or non-existent and you’re just wondering what it is. Advent comes from the Latin word adventus which means “coming” or “arrival.” For Christians it is the time of year when we specifically look to the coming of Jesus Christ, first in his coming to bring our salvation and then his subsequent return to reign in glory. The advent season begins four Sundays before December 25, so the start date varies from year to year. This year Advent begins November 27. For four weeks the idea is to meditate on Christ’s coming, much like God’s people waited the thousands of years for him to arrive.
If you are looking for a way to personally observe Advent we have created an Advent reading plan that is available in the Olive Tree Bible App. Starting on November 27 this plan will guide you through 28 days of select scripture that will end on Christmas Eve.
To find this plan tap on the Reading Plans section of the app then tap ‘Get More Reading Plans’ and you’ll see Advent Reading Plan 2016 available for download at the top of the list.
(Please note: on some devices you may see a preinstalled Advent Reading Plan. To get the most up to date one you’ll need to tap the ‘Get More Reading Plans’ button.)
Additional Christmas Season Resources
If you’re looking for further Advent resources such as devotionals, study guides, or eBooks here are few that can be used in the Olive Tree Bible App.
A detailed, critical commentary providing an exegetical “close-reading” of the biblical text
Reflections that present a detailed exposition of issues raised in the biblical text
Introductions to each book that cover essential historical, sociocultural, literary, and theological issues
Comprehensive, concise articles
Numerous visual aids (illustrations, maps, charts, timelines)
Here’s a brief look at the New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary and how it looks in the Olive Tree Bible App on an iPad.
You can access all of the study helps from the New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary from the Resource Guide in the split window. As with all of our commentaries they are uniquely enhanced to track with what you’re reading in the main window so overviews, commentary notes, charts, more all easily accessible.
Verses in the commentary notes are hyperlinked so you can quickly view cross references.
The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary is available now at a discounted price. See it here!
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Learning Greek can be a difficult task. It takes years of study and countless hours of practice before you reach the point of reading the Greek New Testament without the help of additional resources. Unless your aim is to be a New Testament scholar, most will not achieve that level of comfort with the Greek text. But that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from using the Greek New Testament in your studies. Whether you’re someone who can read Greek proficiently or have only ever used a Strong’s Bible, Olive Tree’s Interlinear Bibles are here to meet your needs.
If you’ve ever wanted to trace a specific theme or word in the Bible to see how it connect with all of scripture then the newly released Olive Tree Bible Topic Threads is a must-have resource for your Bible study library.
Bible commentaries and study notes are great tools for understanding and applying what the Bible has to say to us today, but often overlooked is the value that using scripture to understand scripture can bring. When viewed as a whole, individual themes create designs and textures in a single, unified pattern of revelation.
Here is a brief look inside at the the Olive Tree Bible Topic Threads and how it works in the Bible App.
When opened in the split window the Olive Tree Bible Topic Threads will look to the text you have opened in the main window and pull in verse cross references and thematic topics. You can tap on the verse cross reference for a quick reading or tap the particular theme to view a more comprehensive list.
When you tap/click on a particular theme you’ll not only see a list of verses but you’ll also see related topics (where applicable).
If you are interested in studying a particular theme or topic you can also look it up directly.
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