The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (NIBD), complete 5-volume set, is the definitive starting point for research on any topic, place or person in the Bible, with emphasis on the crucial theological concepts. Based on the NRSV, the NIBD is a balanced and relevant Bible study resource for any pastor, teacher, or student who is preparing to serve a congregation.
Here are three ways you can use this dictionary in the Olive Tree Bible App.
All of the screenshots are taken from our Mac app. But you can use this resource in all the same ways on your phone or tablet.
1) RESOURCE GUIDE
The first way is through the Split Window and Resource Guide. Open your favorite Bible translation in the main window and the Resource Guide in the Split Window. As you read through your Bible text, the Resource Guide searches through all the downloaded resources in your library to find related Bible study content.
You’ll notice that the Resource Guide pulls related content from all of your downloaded resources. If you scroll down the Resource Guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.” These headings give you the results of articles based on your downloaded resources.
Click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about. I chose “Nebo” in this example. Our app then brings you results from within the resources you have on your device. This is where you will find the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (NIBD) within the Resource Guide.
You’ll notice that the resource has the words “Article to Nebo” underneath the book cover. Click on the book cover and you’ll go directly to the article within the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (NIBD). As you are reading the article, any Scripture references become hyperlinks that you can click to view as a pop-out window:
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible was written by 900 scholars from 40 nations. It contains 7,100 original articles and 1,300 distinct cross-reference entries. Here’s one example from the Mount Nebo article we’ve been reading:
2) A TRADITIONAL DICTIONARY
The second way you can utilize the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (NIBD) is as a traditional dictionary in the Olive Tree Bible App. Just pull down the Go To menu and scroll through this awesome resource as you would a hard-copy dictionary.
2) THE LOOKUP FEATURE
The third way is to use the Lookup Feature. Use your mouse to highlight a word and right-click in the Bible text, and an option menu bar will pop up. If you select “Search full library for ‘Nebo’” button you’ll receive a list from your resources on just that specific word. From here you can follow the same steps as you would in the resource guide option above.
As you can see, the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible is an extremely helpful resource for studying the Bible in-depth. Whether you are using your smart phone, tablet, or laptop, you can have quick access to historical, biblical insights.