By Todd Shaffer, Creative Director of Glorious Films and The Promise: Birth of the Messiah, the Animated Musical

Olive Tree has long been my digital Bible of choice. It’s simple to use, beautiful to look at, and provides a depth of research that rivals any other digital resource available.  Being a writer and director I’m always on the go, squeezing in research wherever I can, using many different devices and platforms: PC, Android, iOS and Kindle.  Olive Tree has all my devices covered, and on each device all of my resources are available, including notes and highlights which sync across all devices.

While writing the lyrics to the songs of my next film, ‘The Prodigal’, I’m delving heavily into the Old Testament to find metaphors, images and spiritual concepts that follow the spiritual journey of the younger son as he illustrates the crisis and redemption themes of the Jewish nation.  Olive Tree allows me to search certain expressions and words, and from there the cross references and footnotes broaden the scope of my search to passages that were not on my radar.  I’ve not found any need to jump to another Bible study tool.  It’s all here in Olive Tree.thepromise_poster_1000x1481

One thing I love the most about Olive Tree is that it is beautiful.  The fonts, type-spacing and color schemes invite you to dwell on the text, and this is one of the most overlooked tests of any Bible Reader.  I study slowly, and I spend a lot of time reading and rereading the same passage, reflecting on the text and it’s context.  Most readers are utilitarian in style and design, but Olive Tree has put a premium on aesthetics, and as an artist and lover of God’s Word, this is something I value.  In the battle of the digital Bible study tools, Olive Tree delivers a 5 star performance.

 

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