Archive for year 2011

Android update and new books!

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Android BibleReader 4.5 Now Live on the Market

Now Available!

Long anticipated, this is a HUGE update to the Android BibleReader! We have re-written large parts of the app, and are excited to bring these new features to you.

This release adds:

  • All-new user interface
  • Split Screens that can be linked together
  • Bookmark, Note and Highlight synchronization to www.sync.OliveTree.com
  • Multi-verse highlighting, copying, and sharing using the other tools you have on your phone (Twitter, SMS, Email etc…)
  • So much more!

Continue to watch your updates as we will be rolling out more and more features in the near future! Click on the image below for screen shots and full description.


NEW! An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach

An Old Testament Theology

The Old Testament is more than a religious history of the nation of Israel. It is more than a portrait gallery of heroes of the faith. It is even more than a theological and prophetic backdrop to the New Testament. Beyond these, the Old Testament is inspired revelation of the very nature, character, and works of God. As renowned Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke writes in the preface of this book, the Old Testament’s every sentence is “fraught with theology, worthy of reflection.”

This book is the result of decades of reflection informed by an extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language, the best of critical scholarship, a deep understanding of both the content and spirit of the Old Testament, and a thoroughly evangelical conviction. Taking a narrative, chronological approach to the text, Waltke employs rhetorical criticism to illuminate the theologies of the biblical narrators. Through careful study, he shows that the unifying theme of the Old Testament is the “breaking in of the kingdom of God.” This theme helps the reader better understand not only the Old Testament, but also the New Testament, the continuity of the entire Bible, and ultimately, God himself.

An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.



New! The Justification of God


Originally published in 1983, The Justification of God is a study that attempts to understand how Paul defends the righteousness of God in Romans 9:1-23. This brief, yet powerful passage is a startling exploration of God’s utter righteousness compared to man and his election from the perspective of eternity-from the perspective of God. Author John Piper addresses the hard truth of God’s absolute sovereignty by careful exegesis of the Greek text.

“It is the foundation for everything I believe.” -John Piper

John Piper, pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and founder of Desiring God Ministries, is a respected theologian and author. He is the author of many books, which have sold more than two million copies collectively.

The Justification of God is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.



NEW! Holman Concise Bible Commentary

With solid scholarship and exceptional clarity, the Holman Concise Bible
Commentary
gives readers a feel for the key themes and intentions of all 66
books in the Bible. But don’t mistake concise for incomplete; this volume
also contains detailed introductions to the ten major units of Scripture (the
Gospels, Paul’s letters, etc.), maps related to biblical history, informational
charts, and in-depth sidebars. It is a perfect resource for adding an extra level
of insight to Sunday school lessons, sermons, and personal devotional times.

  • A detailed look at all 66 Bible books in a single volume with helpful
    introductions to the ten major units of Scripture plus maps, charts, and
    in-depth sidebars.
  • New edition of proven B&H reference title (25,000 copies sold to date).
  • Suitable for new and veteran Bible students alike.

Holman Concise Bible Commentary is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.



Updates

Be sure and check your BibleReader’s Library for updates! We’ve recently updated the CWSB to include all the components that were missing (translation reference indexes and concordances). It also can make use of the lemma lookup features in BR5.

To check for updates, go into your BibleReader library, tap on Store, and then tap on the “Updates” tab at the bottom.



In case you missed these new titles.


Release Candidate for Android has arrived!

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We are pleased to announce the Release Candidate version of our Android BibleReader 4.5. This build is feature complete, and is basically the version that we plan to release soon to the Android marketplaces, so please download this version, give it a thorough run through, and please report any crashes to androidbeta@olivetree.com. Once we release this version to the markets however, we are not done, there are many more features we’re excited to introduce!

Click HERE to download.

Latest Product Releases

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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:

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



Updates

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.

Android Beta 3 now posted!

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This build has some significant performance optimizations, lots of fixed bugs, and even a few new features. Please send feedback to androidbeta@olivetree.com 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!

Click Here to download!

Android Beta 2 is now posted!

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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.

Update to the Portuguese Bible: Nova Versão Internacional

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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.

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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.
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