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Olive Tree’s Summer Fun

Summer can be a challenging time for a business. Why? Because summer is the time for vacations. And if you’re not taking a vacation, it can still be distracting because it’s typically the time for beautiful weather where you find yourself looking out the window thinking about how nice it would be to take a vacation. So what can be done to give employees a break, reward them for their efforts, and yet create a bond where being around their co-workers day after day becomes even more enjoyable? Here’s what Olive Tree did this summer:

On a sunny, hot Saturday in July, Olive Tree employees and family began our summer event at a nearby pizza establishment: Shakey’s. We had our own reserved seating area. The food and service were great. Added to the fun were door prizes for all the kids and most of the staff.

Olive Tree at Shakeys

From there we made a short jaunt down the road to Wonderland Family Fun Center for what else but more fun! It began with an 18-hole round of miniature golf. Teams were assigned in such a way to give staff and their guests an opportunity to meet some new people, or at least people they did not always work with directly. Prizes were given out to the team with the best average score, and to the individual on each of the other teams with the best score. After that, people were free to take advantage of the many other available activities. Go-karts and bumper boats seemed to be the favorites.

Olive Tree Mini Golf

The turn-out was great; a fun time had by all, and it gave everyone additional topics of conversation back at work, making for an even more pleasurable work environment. Now, on to figuring out what to do for a bonding winter event!

Go Karts
Soaked After Bumper Boats

–Written by Judy M.

New Faces in the Book Formatting Department

Hello all! My name is Kathy and I am new to the Book Formatting department. I spend my days formatting books, Bibles, and commentaries for all of you to enjoy on BibleReader. I love the detail work of book formatting and helping people use the Bible and Bible study tools in innovative, creative ways. I am currently working on a Master’s in Library and Information Science, and Olive Tree is a great place to learn about the many ways of providing access to digital information. BibleReader allows users to “read outside the box,” so to speak, and I try to take advantage of BibleReader’s ability to get users to information quickly and from many paths.

Some recent projects I’ve enjoyed working on were the Reformation Study Bible Notes, some commentaries by John Frame, and even some Bibles in French and German. Add to all that I get to work with great people who share my dry sense of humor and love of dark chocolate. I’m glad to be on the team!

BibleReader tops iTunes List

NIV BibleReader App Tops iTunes List

We’ve all heard that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time. Apparently, this holds true even in the new world of eBooks!

Olive Tree’s app NIV Bible for BibleReader recently topped the list of Top Grossing Apps in the category “Books” (pictured at right). As Bible publishers, we’re happy to see that God’s Word hasn’t lost any of its edge, despite the massive changes that are rocking the world of print books and traditional publishing.

Even though our NIV app is a leader among book apps on iTunes, Olive Tree also offers many options for Bible reading and study that are completely free. BibleReader Free is a free app for iPhone and iPad that you can find on iTunes. BibleReader for other mobile platforms like Android, BlackBerry, and more can be installed immediately by pointing your mobile browser to

And along with our perennially popular premium Bible translations like the NIV and others, Olive Tree offers a host of free Bibles, free Bible Study Tools, and more free products of all kinds.

Olive Tree is proud to be a leading electronic Bible publisher and we’re excited about the innovation we bring to Bible study in the new world of mobile devices and digital publishing. In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll be sharing details about our exciting plans for the future BibleReader. Stay tuned!

Zondervan & Olive Tree Form Digital Publishing Partnership

Yesterday, Zondervan, a world leader in Christian communications and the leading Christian publishing brand, announced a partnership with us here at Olive Tree in the electronic publishing of 29 volumes, and the hopes of more to come. We here at Olive Tree are excited about the opportunity to offer such quality resources from one of the leading Christian publishers.

Electronic releases include the bestselling The Purpose Driven Life and substantial Bible reference works like Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (OT & NT) and Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times by J. Daniel Hays, J. Scott Duvall and C. Marvin Pate. Zondervan’s extensive catalog of biblical reference works in electronic form will capture the Olive Tree advantage of Bible-centric eBook technology that offers a reading and study experience designed especially for the Bible. For a full list of Zondervan releases, and details on an upcoming Zondervan resource sale, see the end of this post.

Drew Haninger, president and CEO of Olive Tree, said, “Olive Tree’s established user base on iPad, iPhone, and other mobile devices will be glad to add Zondervan titles to their mobile libraries and expand their Olive Tree Bible study experience with Zondervan’s premier and plentiful biblical resources.”

Zondervan Resource Sale

Look for us here at Olive Tree to be announcing this great, new partnership and the release of these truly spectacular resources with an email blast and sale! If you are not currently signed up for our newsletter, you can sign up here: Don’t miss this great opportunity to add these critical tools to your library at discounted pricing!

Full List of Zondervan Resources Available at Olive Tree

New International Version (NIV)

NIV Study Bible Notes

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know by Wayne Grudem

Study Guide: Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

NIV Compact Bible Commentary

NIV Compact Dictionary of the Bible

All-in-One Bible Reference Guide

Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs by Bill Hybels

Insights on Romans by Charles Swindoll

Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times

Study Guide: Survey of the Old Testament by John Walton

Study Guide: Grasping God’s Word by Duvall and Hays

Journey into God’s Word by Duvall and Hays

A Little Guide to Christian Spirituality by Glen Scorgie

Amplified Bible

Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

Bible Study Tips: Using Strong’s Numbers

Olive Tree Bible Software’s BibleReader is probably the most sophisticated Bible study tool you can get for your mobile device, though I admit I’m a little biased. I would like to start a small series of posts on how using the rich feature set of BibleReader can enhance your Bible study. In this first installment, we will take a look at the importance of doing word studies for your Bible study, and how a Strong’s-tagged Bible from Olive Tree makes doing a word study easy, intuitive and enjoyable.

What is a word study? It is a study on a particular word in a passage you are reading, usually going back to the original language to find a richer, fuller meaning. The primary reason this is important for Bible study is that the Bible wasn’t written in English or any other language used today. Even modern Hebrew and Greek are different than the languages used to pen the Bible. Some of the difficulties that a word study can address are: being able to track and sort out one Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic word that is translated in multiple ways, multiple Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic words that are translated into the same word in English (or another modern language), and being able to find all the places a certain Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic word is used. The translators of the versions we all use to read the Bible in our own language have done an excellent job conveying the what the original languages say and mean. However, it is inevitable that some things get lost in the translation.

An example of this can be easily seen in the exchange between Jesus and Peter after the resurrection in John 21:15-17. Without a word study, it just appears that Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him and Peter responds three times that he does, though he is cut to the heart after the third time, likely a parallel to the thrice denial by Peter before the crucifixion. However, a word study on the word “love,” used seven times in the passage, reveals that two different Greek words are being used. Both “agapao” and “phileo” are translated with the word “love” in the passage, yet we lose the sense of what kind of love is being mentioned. Without this word study, we would never know to ask why Peter is using a different word than Jesus, why Jesus changes the word he uses in the third instance of the question, and if Jesus’ word change is why Peter is “cut to the heart” as the passage describes.

A Strong’s-tagged Bible from Olive Tree can greatly aid this type of study. I use it quite a bit in my own personal study and greatly enjoy the ease which the BibleReader brings to this method of study. Olive Tree offers a Strong’s-tagged version of the following Bible versions: KJV, NASB, ESV, HCSB, and Almeida Revista e Atualizada (Portuguese), with hopefully more to come! BibleReader offers you the ability to view Strong’s numbers in the text or to hide them. Hiding them makes each word with a Strong’s number a hyperlink to bring up the dictionary entry for the word in a pop-up with a simple tap. I prefer to hide mine to maintain an visually-pleasing reading experience. You can choose to show or hide the numbers in your settings under “Other Settings -> Show Strong’s Numbers.”

Whether you have chosen to show or hide your Strong’s numbers, a tap is all it takes to bring up the dictionary entry for that word. If you come to a longer dictionary entry, or would like to leave it up while you scroll, you can tap the window icon in the top right corner of the pop-up to open the dictionary, at the current entry, in either the split window (for those platforms that have this feature) or the main window.

As you begin to use the dictionary, you will become accustomed to seeing the code for each word at the beginning of the entry. One of the great features of doing a word study in an Olive Tree Strong’s-tagged Bible is the ability to create an Englishman’s Concordance on the fly. Using our example from above, if you were studying the word “love” and wanted to see all the places in the New Testament where “phileo” is used, no matter how it was translated, BibleReader lets you do it easily. Just take the Strong’s number for the word “phileo,” which is g5368 if you were wondering, and search your Strong’s-tagged Bible for “g5368.” The search result will be a list of every instance of that Strong’s number, no matter how it was translated. Pretty handy!

I hope this brief tutorial of how to enhance your Bible study with a Strong’s-tagged Bible from Olive Tree has been helpful. I hope to do more of these in the future.

-Steven C; Resource Conversion and Formatting

James White mentions Olive Tree BibleReader on iPad!

James White, a Reformed apologist, made a video describing how he uses technology, including Apple iPad, for his debates and preaching. One of the apps he uses is Olive Tree’s BibleReader!

He explains how he’s used BibleReader in preaching, for sermon notes, and for study of Greek biblical text. His review of BibleReader begins at about 5:40. He also offers detailed descriptions of a wide range of other electronic devices and other useful apps for reading and Bible Study.

Thanks for the mention, Dr. White!

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