If you would have said the word ‘Advent’ to me when I was a kid my first thought would have been some sort of calendar with doors that a few of my friends families had hanging in their house during the Christmas season. Advent – in any form – was not a part of my family tradition. When my wife and I got married however we were a part of a church that did Advent readings and candle lighting in the weeks leading up to Christmas. I began to explore the tradition more fully and grew to really appreciate the Biblical context it brought to the Christmas season. Now, years later with several kids, we have made Advent one of the ways that our family seeks to keep the focus on Jesus during the Christmas season. In a culture that has made it all about other things (presents, parties, decorations, etc.) we have found Advent readings and times of reflection as a family to be a beautiful centerpiece of the way we celebrate. What is Advent? Maybe like me your understanding of Advent was limited or non-existent and you’re just wondering what it is. Advent comes from the Latin word... View Article
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The 10 Vol. New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary is now available for the Olive Tree Bible App. This commentary set covers both the Old and New Testament and includes content such as: A detailed, critical commentary providing an exegetical “close-reading” of the biblical text Reflections that present a detailed exposition of issues raised in the biblical text Introductions to each book that cover essential historical, sociocultural, literary, and theological issues Comprehensive, concise articles Numerous visual aids (illustrations, maps, charts, timelines) Here’s a brief look at the New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary and how it looks in the Olive Tree Bible App on an iPad. You can access all of the study helps from the New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary from the Resource Guide in the split window. As with all of our commentaries they are uniquely enhanced to track with what you’re reading in the main window so overviews, commentary notes, charts, more all easily accessible. Verses in the commentary notes are hyperlinked so you can quickly view cross references. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary is available now at a discounted price. See it here!
The latest release of the Olive Tree Bible App for iOS devices now supports multitasking! On certain iPads you can use more than one app at a time. This means that you can have the Olive Tree Bible App opened and your favorite note taking app at the same time. In this screenshot the Bible App is opened on the right and the app Notability is opened on the left side. Evernote is one of the most popular note taking apps. Here it is opened on the right side and the Bible App is opened on the left. Update now through the App Store to use the split screen feature!
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Learning Greek can be a difficult task. It takes years of study and countless hours of practice before you reach the point of reading the Greek New Testament without the help of additional resources. Unless your aim is to be a New Testament scholar, most will not achieve that level of comfort with the Greek text. But that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from using the Greek New Testament in your studies. Whether you’re someone who can read Greek proficiently or have only ever used a Strong’s Bible, Olive Tree’s Interlinear Bibles are here to meet your needs.Here’s a look at some of the top features of an Interlinear Bible in the Olive Tree Bible App. Not only can Bible App display the text in an Interlinear format, we’ve tagged the Greek word with the Greek Parsing and Strong’s Definition: Simply tap a word to get more details on that Greek word. We’ve also tagged the English Word: And the Strong’s Number: Searching for this Greek word in the text? No problem. Tap search and Bible App will bring you a list of results for that Greek Word: You can also tap “lookup” and the Bible App will find dictionaries already downloaded... View Article
If you’ve ever wanted to trace a specific theme or word in the Bible to see how it connect with all of scripture then the newly released Olive Tree Bible Topic Threads is a must-have resource for your Bible study library. Bible commentaries and study notes are great tools for understanding and applying what the Bible has to say to us today, but often overlooked is the value that using scripture to understand scripture can bring. When viewed as a whole, individual themes create designs and textures in a single, unified pattern of revelation. Here is a brief look inside at the the Olive Tree Bible Topic Threads and how it works in the Bible App.When opened in the split window the Olive Tree Bible Topic Threads will look to the text you have opened in the main window and pull in verse cross references and thematic topics. You can tap on the verse cross reference for a quick reading or tap the particular theme to view a more comprehensive list. When you tap/click on a particular theme you’ll not only see a list of verses but you’ll also see related topics (where applicable). If you are interested in studying... View Article
Bible Handbooks and Quick References are great resources that help you go deeper in your Bible study. In this blog we’ll be taking a look at the Hayford Bible Handbook and the tools it has to help you in your understanding of God’s word. Since the content of the Hayford Bible Handbook is designed to be used for your Bible study it’s best accessed from the Resource Guide. The Resource Guide looks to the text you’re reading in the main window and then pulls in relevant information based on exactly where you are studying. In the screenshot below you’ll see that the Hayford Bible Handbook has study notes that can be accessed in the ‘Commentaries’ section of the Resource Guide. With a quick tap I can see the notes for the section of scripture I’m reading in the main window. The Hayford Bible Handbook also has introductions to each book of the Bible that give you a great starting point for unpacking the book you are about to read. This can be accessed in the ‘Introductions’ section of the Resource Guide. In addition to great study articles and applications you’ll also find charts, maps, and timelines. You can also tap... View Article
Of the many Bible study tools that Olive Tree offers, sermon collections are another great resource that are specifically enhanced to work in the Resource Guide of the Olive Tree Bible App. Sermons work much the same as a commentary in the resource guide. In the screenshot below (from an Android tablet) the resource guide recognizes that I’m in Romans chapter ten and so when I look at the sermon section of the resource guide I see that in my installed sermon collections Charles Spurgeon, D.L. Moody and John Piper have preached on this particular section of scripture. A simple tap/click then takes me to the text of their sermon for easy reading and also to help me in my understanding of the passage. We’ve just released a 63 Volume updated version of C.H. Spurgeon’s sermons. Spurgeon wrote his sermons out fully before he preached, but what he carried up to the pulpit was a note card with an outline sketch. Stenographers would take down the sermon as it was delivered and Spurgeon would then have opportunity to make revisions to the transcripts the following day for immediate publication. His weekly sermons, which sold for a penny each, were widely circulated and still remain one of the... View Article
The newly released NKJV Word Study Bible is a fantastic resource for your personal Bible study. It includes the New King James Version (NKJV) Bible text with Strong’s tagging NKJV paragraph-style text with in-text subheadings and translators’ notes, book introductions, word studies, Indexes and a concordance. In this blog we’ll show you how this great resource works when used in the Olive Tree Bible App. Strong’s Tagging The NKJV Word Study Bible includes Strong’s tagging. This means you can tap an English word and get the Greek or Hebrew word that the English word is translated from. Strong’s tagged words are indicated by a slight blue/grey shading. The Strong’s popup will then give you a dictionary definition of that word and the option to lookup more information on the word itself (very useful if you have more in depth dictionaries in your library) or search on the Strong’s number to see where that word appears throughout the Bible. Study Bible Notes The study Bible notes in the NKJV Word Study Bible are best used in the split window of the Bible App. You can access them in the Resource Guide under ‘Commentaries’ or from your Library in the split window.... View Article
Let’s be honest, it can be intimidating to ask what something is when it seems like we should already know. A theological term or Bible study method may sound familiar, but that doesn’t mean you know what it actually is. We are here to help! In this blog, we’ll talk about the difference between a study Bible and a Bible commentary and how each can help you in your own Bible study. Study Bible A study Bible is the Bible text along with additional notes and resources that are meant to help you understand what you’re reading. A non-digital study Bible is often formatted with the study Bible notes below the Bible text, which allows for quick reference without having to leave the passage you’re reading. Depending on the study Bible, the study helps can include historical and contextual background information, cross references to other verses, maps, charts, and more. Much of this will be underneath the text and some will be organized in sections in the back of the book. Study Bibles in the Olive Tree Bible App work much the same way. While you’re reading the Bible text, the resource guide will pull in the content from any study Bible you... View Article