Archive for year 2013
Thanks to all who had fun with us and submitted a picture! We didn’t want to keep them to ourselves so we now present to you the Bearded Theologians of Olive Tree.
As a thanks to all who participated we’ve put The C.H. Spurgeon Collection on sale for this week.
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We’re pleased to announce The New Moody Atlas of the Bible as a new title available to the Olive Tree library for The Bible Study App. Watch the video below for a brief look at how this title looks and works within the App.
The newly released Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times has amazing content and is a great resource for Bible Study. The introduction states that the “goal of this visual guide is to restore clarity and vitality to those portions of God’s Word that speak of the activities and social stations of the past.” The Bible Study App integrates this resource into a seamless part of your Bible Study.
Here’s one example of an article I found on “Pharisee”. (screenshots taken from the Windows Desktop Bible Study App. Click for a larger view).
With Matthew 23:2 in the ESV opened in the Main Window, I read that Jesus said, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses ‘seat…”. I can open The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times in the split window and navigate to the article on “Pharisee”.
Once I get to the article, I can see the article on Pharisee and read it in the split window without having to leave my Bible text.
As I’m reading I see several full-color photographs relevant to the article I’m reading. For example, within the Pharisee article is a picture of “the seat of Moses”. If there are any footnote references, I can tap/click on those and they can be viewed in a pop up.
Continuing to look through this article, there are several other photographs that help give me not only a better understanding of Pharisees, but also a visual picture of what a synagogue would have looked like:
even down to a temple warning inscription blocked Gentile access to certain segments of the temple complex. As with all resources in The Bible Study App , I can tap/click Scripture references to view them in a pop up without having to leave my place in the Bible text.
With The Bible Study App, I can also make notes, highlights, and tags within the The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times to help keep my Bible Study organized.
Looking through these beautiful full-color photographs gives a sense of being “in the action” and gives a sense of realism and depth. As the author states, “cultural practices of the past are fascinating on their own, but even more so as they help us correctly interpret God’s Word and apply it to our lives.”
As you can see, The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times is a fantastic resource that will help you increase your Bible knowledge.
By Olive Tree Developer: Adam H.
I’m glad to finally share that we have updated the Bible+ Windows Store app for Windows 8.1. A lot has improved in this version taking it much more powerful for studying the Bible.
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The Store app now supports the full range of Olive Tree resources that were not previously available for the Windows App. This includes Strong’s Bibles with popups, parsed Greek & Hebrew texts, and other original language resources.
The Resource Guide is my favorite feature in Olive Tree’s apps. It even had me, an avid fan of Microsoft, once considering an iPad. I had a lot of fun building out this feature into the Store app, and pray that it only increases your enjoyment of God’s word.
What about Windows 8?
This latest app update will only run on the newly released Windows 8.1. While we typically don’t drop such recent versions of operating systems from our development support, there are a number of things that Microsoft enabled in Windows 8.1 that made it almost necessary to offer a great experience with this update. On top of that, Windows 8.1 is a free update. The most important additions that Windows 8.1 include are:
1. Multiple window sizes. You might have noticed some apps in Windows 8.1 appear narrow, no matter the size you’ve given them. Only by targeting 8.1 can we actually use all of that space, greatly increasing the usefulness of Resource Guide.
2. ListView improvements. For a complete Resource Guide experience, we had written a lot of custom list code that never seemed to work quite right. Microsoft enhanced the lists to meet our needs and we are now able to use the (much faster) built in versions.
It has been a while since our last update, and I’m sure you may have questions about what’s next. I encourage you to ask! Developing this app has progressed very differently than our other platforms like iOS and Android, and there are some good, technical answers as to why.
With over 130 amazing submissions we are pleased to announce the randomly selected winner of Olive Tree’s Bearded Theologian Contest!
You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard.