Author Archives for Andrew F.

Empower Your Study With Mounce’s Expository Dictionary

July 5, 2016 2:00 pm Published by 8 Comments

Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of  Old and New Testament Words is an invaluable resource for your personal Bible study and can go a long way in illuminating God’s word. Here are three ways you can use it in the app to aid you in your study. The first way you can utilize Mounce’s Dictionary  is just as you would a traditional dictionary. Select the dictionary from your library and  use the verse chooser to  look through the resource as you would a hard-copy dictionary. Mounce’s dictionary allows you to look up words in English, Greek or Hebrew.  The second way is to use the Lookup Feature. Tap and hold a word in the Bible text and an option menu bar will pop up.  If you tap the Lookup button you’ll get hits from your resources on just that specific word. If there is an entry for that word in the English Dictionary you’ll be able to select Mounce’s Dictionary and read more about that word and the Greek or Hebrew that it was translated from. But what if there’s no entry on the English word? This is where a strong’s tagged Bible and Mounce’s Dictionary work so well together. The third way is with a Strong’s tagged Bible... View Article

Look Inside: Bible App Mac Update

June 24, 2016 9:38 am Published by 11 Comments

The recent update of our Bible App for Mac has been a major highlight here at Olive Tree. Watch the video below for a quick look at some of the new design and features. If you haven’t updated to the latest version yet make sure and head to the Mac Store or follow this link.

Mac Update!

June 20, 2016 2:00 pm Published by 54 Comments

It’s here, download Today! The long awaited update to our Mac App is now available! Here’s a quick look at what you can expect with this update. Look and Feel One of the first things you’ll notice when you open the new app is that it looks different. The look has been updated with a color scheme that better reflects our company’s branding, while flattening the icons for a sleeker look. Even though the app looks different, the way you interact with the app has not changed. This design refresh is meant to get the app out of the way so you can focus more on the content you’re studying. This design refresh also means many of our resources will look better on your Mac. No longer do you have to manually look up passages because they were in a table that was converted to a graphic. Things like tables now display in the app like they should, enabling us to hyperlink passages within them. Images will flow better with the text, along with many other visual improvements. Along with the interface refresh we have significantly improved the app’s performance. Scroll through text faster. Navigate menus more efficiently. Watch the Resource Guide populate... View Article

Resource Updates

June 16, 2016 11:14 am Published by 17 Comments

The benefit of eBooks and other digital resources is that when a particular resource needs to be updated it can happen quickly and easily. You’ve probably noticed in the past that there are periodic updates available for books in your Olive Tree library. The most common reasons have to do with fixing minor errors in the text, formatting changes, or revisions from the author or publisher. Just as we are always working to improve the Olive Tree Bible App, we are also working to keep your resources up to date, looking beautiful, and working smoothly. It’s with this in mind that we wanted to let you know of a massive update we just pushed out to a majority of titles for the Bible App. This update is part of our ongoing innovation and commitment to providing you with the best reading and Bible study experience. We understand that it can be an inconvenience to update your resources and so we appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to provide you with the most up to date resources available. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your trust in us to provide you with best Bible study tools possible!... View Article

Look Inside: The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible

June 6, 2016 1:00 pm Published by 4 Comments

The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible includes more than 7,500 articles, hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations, charts, graphs and maps from 238 contributors from around the world. With this much content, how can you sort it all out to see what’s relevant for your Bible study? Here are three ways the Olive Tree Bible App makes the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible even more powerful (screenshots are from an Android tablet): ONE: Open your favorite Bible in the main window. (I’ve got the NIV open in this example.)  Tap the split window and drag it to a width or height you like.  As I scroll through the Bible text, the resource guide keeps up with me and searches through all the books in my library for content related to the Scripture passage in the main window. If you scroll down the resource guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.” Tap or click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about.  I chose “Altar” in this example.  The Bible Study App then brings you results from within the resources you have on your device.  This is where you will find results from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.... View Article

The top question about study Bibles

June 2, 2016 10:23 am Published by 10 Comments

One of the most common question people often ask about a particular study Bible is,”What translation is it in“? The beauty of using a digital study Bible in the Olive Tree Bible App is that you can actually use them with any translation that you prefer and they will give you the same great insight. Our store offers study Bibles as either notes only or as two files that contain the notes and the Biblical text. Regardless of which study Bible you use in our app, they all function the same way. The most common way that study Bibles are used is by accessing them in the Resource Guide where you’ll find the study notes appear under the commentaries section. Like anything in the Resource Guide, they are connected to the text you have open in the main window and as such will work with any translation you are reading from. For Example: In the screenshot below, taken from the Olive Tree Bible App on a PC, I have an NIV Bible open in the main window and the notes from The Message Study Bible open in the Resource Guide. Even though the translation is different these notes stay in... View Article

Two Ways To Give

June 1, 2016 10:59 am Published by 4 Comments

Do you want to give someone the gift of Olive Tree resources but aren’t sure how? Here are two ways you can give. #1 Digital Gift Card With an Olive Tree gift card you can give any amount starting at $10. Fill out the form and choose to have it sent directly to the recipient or send it to yourself for later delivery. Once the form is filled out you’ll see the following screen. You can then add more gift cards or continue to checkout by clicking on the ‘Purchase Cards’ button. After you’ve completed the checkout the gift card redemption code will be sent to your recipient or yourself depending on what you chose.#2 Gift a Resource Another way to give is by gifting a specific title. Go to the specific product page of the title you want to give. Under the ‘Add to Cart’ button you’ll see the option to ‘Give As Gift’. Once you click/tap fill out the next screen. Similar to Gift Cards you have the option to have the redemption code sent directly to the recipient or sent to your email so you can deliver it later.

Summer Reading List

May 23, 2016 11:10 am Published by 1 Comment

One of our favorite things to do in the Summer is read a good book. We recently asked our employees to give us some of the top books on their reading list for this coming Summer and we thought we’d share those with you. If any of these look interesting to you we’ve put them and others on sale. Click the link at the bottom of this post to see more and let us know in the comments section what you’re reading.LaRosa J.   ReBuild by Tommy ‘Urban D.’ Kyllonen God’s Battle Plan for the Mind by David Saxton Jesus, Continued… by J.D. Greear Kyle M. Jesus Is by Judah Smith Fight by Craig Groeschel Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community by Reggie Joiner Ian F. The Purpose of Man by A.W. Tozer The Problem of Pain  by C.S. Lewis Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan David M.  Creedal Imperative by Carl Trueman Knowing God by J.I. Packer Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism by J. Cameron Fraser Ben S. Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging by J.I. Packer The Godly Home by Richard Baxter Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, Vol I & II by John Calvin Joe... View Article

Quick Tip: Search

May 19, 2016 3:27 pm Published by 3 Comments

Want to quickly find a word or passage? Tap the Search button and find exactly what you’re looking for. For iOS search looks like this:  For Android search looks like this:   Search works on any type of book that you have open in the main window whether it’s a Bible or eBook.Looking for more app tips?  Check out our help section for tips on all the devices our app runs on. For top iOS features checkout this blog. For top Android features checkout this blog.

Look Inside: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

May 16, 2016 3:00 pm Published by 6 Comments

This week we’re able to offer some outstanding illustrated commentaries that are an amazing resource for use within the Bible App. The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary on both the New and Old Testament brings to life the ancient world in informative entries and full-color photos and graphics.The resource guide of the Bible App makes using Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary a seamless part of your study. In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad) I have my Bible opened to Daniel chapter 1. The commentary section of the resource guide then shows me which of my commentaries have related entries to this text. The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary indicates five entries so I’ll click on that commentary to see a preview of the those entries. Since this chapter talks about Daniel and his friends being placed in a Babylonian learning environment, I’m interested in learning more about what that may have looked like. I then click on the third entry that talks about the language and literature of the Babylonians. I can then read a fascinating article about historical Babylonian education that Daniel and his friends would have been exposed to. Thanks to enhanced commentaries like the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary I can easily gain... View Article