Archive for June, 2011
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Authorized KJV, Olive Tree now offers the KJV Anniversary Collection, a package of resources to help you make the most of your Bible study. You will get the KJV, Strong’s Numbers, cross-references, commentaries, dictionaries, devotionals, a concordance, and more—all ideally suited for use on the BibleReader 5 platform.
New! IVP New Testament Commentary Series (20 vol.)
Twenty volumes of sound exposition, pastoral leadership, and the best of up-to-date evangelical scholarship come together in the IVP New Testament Commentary Series.
Each volume presents passage-by-passage commentary based on the NIV along with background information on authorship, setting, theme and various interpretive issues. The main commentary focuses on the message of the New Testament for today’s church, while study notes include valuable scholarly information to support those who use the volumes as a resource for preaching or teaching preparation.
With readable commentary and reliable research helps in the same volume, preachers, teachers, students and other individuals who want to dig deep into the heart of the New Testament will find an indispensable companion in the IVP New Testament Commentary Series.
The complete set includes:
- Matthew, Craig Keener
- Mark, Ronald J. Kernaghan
- Luke, Darrell L. Bock
- John, Rodney A. Whitacre
- Acts, William J. Larkin, Jr.
- Romans, Grant R. Osborne
- 1 Corinthians, Alan F. Johnson
- 2 Corinthians, Linda L. Belleville
- Galatians, G. Walter Hansen
- Ephesians, Walter L. Liefeld
- Philippians, Gordon D. Fee
- Colossians & Philemon, Robert W. Wall
- 1-2 Thessalonians, G. K. Beale
- 1-2 Timothy & Titus, Phillip H. Towner
- Hebrews, Ray C. Stedman
- James, George M. Stulac
- 1 Peter, I. Howard Marshall
- 2 Peter & Jude, Phillip H. Towner
- 1-3 John, Marianne Meye Thmopson
- Revelation, J. Ramsey Michaels
IVP New Testament Commentary Series (20 vol.) is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, and Android.
NEW! Lutheran Study Bible Notes (Augsburg)
The Lutheran Study Bible spotlights introductions, commentary, and essays by more than 60 Lutheran pastors and professors. It’s composed to invite readers to encounter the Bible’s good news via sound contextual information, specifically Lutheran instruction, and ample occasion for personal contemplation. Readable, inviting, and appealing, this study Bible is ideally suited for young and old people who desire to meet scripture anew.
*Readable: With conversational-English commentary, the Lutheran Study Bible displays Biblical content in a stimulating, accessible way. No previous knowledge of theological terms is assumed, thus making it suitable for both youth and adults.
*Inviting: The abundant study notes of this Bible facilitate finding new knowledge and provide constructive context while directly challenging the reader to immerse him or herself in the Bible.
*Appealing: The study notes empower the reader to become aware of biblical material and to know God’s word in terms of how biblical figures understood it, and how we understand it today.
There are four kinds of study notes:
*The Word of the Bible explains the historical, cultural, and geographic context of a specific selection.
*Biblical Concepts elaborate significant words or themes in terms of other Scriptures.
*Lutheran Perspectives emphasize Lutheran theological instruction and catechetical relationships from certain verses.
*Faith Reflections offer advice and questions that foster personal application.
Lutheran Study Bible Notes is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.
New! Common English Bible
The Common English Bible (CEB) is a daring new translation made to serve today’s Christians as they build intimate relationships with Jesus Christ. It arises from both an absolute dedication to accuracy and the firm stance that Scripture remain accessible to today’s common readers and worshippers.
118 prominent biblical scholars-representing twenty two denominations/groups-labored on this translation, which then underwent field tests in 77 unique reading groups in order to ensure graceful flow of language. Especially in a worship setting, clarity of language can facilitate and improve communal participation-not to mention personal study. The clearness of the CEB helps allow children and youth to explore the Bible themselves-perhaps for the first time.
The CEB contains the Deutero-canonical books
Common English Bible is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.
NEW! Holman Concise Topical Concordance
If you have a topic of interest, chances are The Holman Concise Topical Concordance can help you study it faster and more efficiently. It will lead you straight to scriptures that speak to your subject, whether you want to go to the New Testament or the Old, helping you both read and educate others with discernment and responsibility.
Whereas most concordances point out words, the Holman Concise Topical Concordance also notes passages that are related by theme or idea. These references are alphabetically organized and allow for hundreds of potential options-ideally suited for composing Bible lessons on specific topics.
Even completely new Bible students can draw on this accessible reference to acquire a full knowledge of what Scripture says about nearly any desired topic. The Holman Concise Topical Concordance includes 40,000 Biblical references.
Holman Concise Topical Concordance is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.
New! Asbury Bible Commentary
The Asbury Bible Commentary is a modern one-volume commentary on the whole Bible. This is the first one-volume evangelical Wesleyan commentary on the entire Bible. Nearly 50 Wesleyan scholars collaborated on this landmark aid to pastors, Sunday school teachers, Bible study leaders, and college and seminary students.
In addition to the the thorough exegesis, The Asbury Bible Commentary includes an extensive selection of articles examining origin, history and make up of Scripture.
Asbury Bible Commentary is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.
Other New Titles
- Pillar New Testament Commentary: Romans
- New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words, by Lawrence Richards
- Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament
, by Frederick William Danker
- Four Portraits, One Jesus, by Mark L. Strauss
- Jesus Under Fire, by Michael J. Wilkins and J. P. Moreland
- Hell Under Fire, by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson
Be sure and check your BibleReader’s Library for updates! We’ve recently updated the King James Version for paragraphing and poetry formatting along with two of our Strong’s tagged Bibles! The KJV and HCSB Strong’s tagged Bibles can now do a lemma lookup (BibleReader 5)! To check for updates, go into your BibleReader library, tap on Store, and then tap on the “Updates” tab at the bottom.
This build has some significant performance optimizations, lots of fixed bugs, and even a few new features. Please send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org We don’t have popups yet, but if you are reading in full screen and tap on a hyperlink it will open split window…so more of a “Popups lite.” This beta also is the first of our BibleReaders with the ability to Tweet a verse!
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Beta 2 for BibleReader 4.5 is here! In addition to the new user interface and split windows we have added synchronization to OliveTree.com and Evernote, annotation conversion, and more highlighter functionality. It also fixes many crash bugs and inconsistencies in behavior. To download go HERE.
Though not a new product we’ve had so much interest in the Nova Versão Internacional that our Content Engineering department decided to give it and update to restore it to its original format.
Some of the main changes are:
- Poetry formatting has been restored.
- Chapter and section headings have been centered and now have whitespace above and below.
- Extra hyphens that appeared in the old text have been completely eliminated.
- Small caps have been restored when referring to the Lord (“o Senhor”).
- The notes have been versified.
- Verse references in the notes are now tagged.
Apesar de não ser um produto novo, tivemos tanto interesse na Nova Versão Internacional que decidiu actualizá-lo e restaurá-lo ao seu formato original.
- Formatação de Poesia foi restaurado.
- Títulos de capítulo e seção tem-se centrado e agora tem espaço em branco acima e abaixo.
- Extra hífens que apareceram no texto antigo foram completamente eliminados.
- Capitalização foi restaurado ao se referir ao Senhor (“o Senhor”).
- As notas foram versified.
- Verso referências nas notas agora são marcados.
Yesterday we released the first public beta version of BibleReader 4.5 for Android. This is a huge step forward, and we are very excited about the beta, the reception we have received and our upcoming Market release. While we don’t have the rest of our usual documentation or support behind this, I wanted to take a few minutes and post some of the highlights in this release.
First, you can’t help but see the great new User Interface. I love the new look and feel! It brings the familiar and usable iOS interface, and adds in a number of small changes that make it fit very well into the Android platform. If you tap on the main window, you will get the main tools laying over the top of your window, where you can find the Library button, that changes the book you are reading, the Go To button, that changes your location in the current book, and on the right are the Search, History and Ribbon buttons. You can also get to Search through the hardware search button if your device allows.
If you have never used the iOS versions of BibleReader, you may miss the split window divider at the bottom of the window. Just grab the two little horizontal lines at the bottom (they will turn blue when you have them) and drag upwards. Personally, I think this is the biggest jump forward in the new version, as it allows you to have a Bible and commentary open at the same time, or perhaps the Strong’s definition of the word you tapped in a Strong’s Bible in the main window. Don’t forget that we have the KJV Strong’s Bible available on the Android Marketplace for only $5.99 (https://market.android.com/details?id=kjvs.biblereader.olivetree). The Split Window is a huge jump forward for Bible reading on Android, and one of the primary things that sets this new version apart.
We have added highlights and ribbons to our already existing bookmarks and notes feature set. Collectively, the annotation system is a big new addition too. Ribbons are a new feature, recently introduced in BibleReader 5 for iOS, that basically serve the same purpose as the ribbon in your paper Bible. It’s a transient bookmark that can be added by just tapping the icon, and then removed just as easily by tapping it again. Where it’s better than a physical ribbon is that you can add lots. If your small group is working through one passage, your devotionals another and your church sermons yet another, you can have a ribbon for each one. You can always get to your ribbons (and all your annotations) through the My Stuff button in the main menu. To add highlights, bookmarks or your own notes, just tap the verse number, and choose the one you want. We do not have an ability at this time to select individual words, or multiple verses. Both of these features are on our list, and we’re working as fast as we can!
Also coming to the My Stuff screen is the Sync and Backup feature. You will be able to create a note (or bookmark, highlight or ribbon) on your Android phone, and synchronize it to our server, https://sync.olivetree.com and then pull it down onto your Xoom, iPad, iPhone or whatever other device you may have. We’re really excited about this, and it is coming in 4.5. It’s not in the public beta because of a last minute bug, but we’ll add it in soon again.
There’s so much more I could go on about, but I should probably get back to programming… those features and bug fixes aren’t going to program themselves. If you have feedback or bug reports, please send them to email@example.com, or use the Feedback button in the menu in-app. Just remember, the more info you give us, the better we can reproduce what you’re seeing.
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