The S.O.A.P. method of Bible study stands for: Scripture Observation Application Prayer Watch the video below to join Pastor Wayne Cordeiro as he leads you through a brief Bible study using this method. You can get the LifeConnect Study Bible for use in the Olive Tree Bible App HERE! Want to see how it looks in the app first? Go here!
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The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is a revised and expanded edition of the original TSK. It adds over 100,000 new cross-references, and supplies many more key words to the Bible text, making this the most complete collection of biblical cross-references ever published. Using it with the Olive Tree Bible App you’ll save tons of time and effort. No longer do you have to leave your original text to search for a reference. From the publisher: An incredible 1-volume Bible reference library, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is a unique resource for Bible study, teaching, or preaching. Dozens of special study aids help you develop powerful lessons or sermons – straight from the Bible itself! No other tool better helps you interpret Scripture with Scripture. Unlike any tool you’ve ever seen – loaded with helps not available anywhere else. More flexible than a concordance, more thorough than a topical Bible, more discovery-oriented than a commentary, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge opens windows, doors, and connecting passageways into every fascinating book of the Bible. Whether you have minutes to prepare a devotional or hours to devote to in-depth study, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge maximizes your study of God’s word. In... View Article
From our beginnings as a Bible app on some of the first mobile devices our mission at Olive Tree has always been to connect people to God’s word, enabling people to read the Bible wherever they are. As technology changed we began to offer additional resources to aid people in their study of the Bible such as commentaries, maps, and eBooks. Just recently we crossed a significant marker that we wanted to share with you. We now have over 10,000 titles available to use in the Olive Tree Bible App! As you can see we actually have over 11,000 titles. Once we hit 10,000 we were so excited that we just kept going. What does this mean for you? Over 10 years ago we started adding different types of resources to aid you in your understanding of God’s word. As digital books began to be more readily available and widely used, it was our desire to make them available to help people grow in their understanding of God’s word and by extension their faith. Today within the Olive Tree Bible App you can access devotionals, maps, dictionaries, Bible commentaries, Christian eBooks and more. With your smartphone, tablet, or computer you... View Article
The Apple App store first launched in July of 2008 and our Bible App was available for iOS devices the following month. This month we celebrate 8 years of being in the App Store and look forward to continuing on for many more years to come. As a part of our celebrating we’ve discounted select titles that we hope will be a blessing to you and empower your continued growth and understanding of God’s word! Go here to see them now!
Parallel Bibles are a very useful way to compare two different Bible translations. In print you can often find parallel Bibles that have the English language on one side and another language on the other side or possibly a more literal translation one side and a more dynamic (sometimes called paraphrase) version on the other. With our Bible App you can easily setup your own customized parallel Bible and in this blog we’ll show you how. The screenshots below are from an iPad Mini but the process works almost identically on Android devices. The options described below require the split window to be open and assume a Bible is already open in the main window. Option #1: Library View The first way to create a parallel Bible is through the library view. If your split window is currently open to Resource Guide or Notes you can return to the library view by tapping the more button (circle with 3 dots) found in the upper left in the split window. Tapping Open Library will open a list of your available resources. Now select a different Bible translation to open in the split window. In the screenshot below I already had the NIV opened... View Article
Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s intimidating to ask what something is when it seems like we should already know. Maybe you’ve heard of the theological term or Bible study method before, but that doesn’t mean you know what it actually is and it can be embarrassing to ask. Well, we’re here to help. In this blog we’ll talk about the difference between a Concordance and a Cross-Reference and how they can help you in your own Bible study. Cross References A cross reference is a verse that has a similar theme or topic as the verse that you are reading. In the Olive Tree Bible App these are most easily found in the Resource Guide under Related Verses. In the above screenshot I’m reading Ephesians 4 in the NIV. Under related verses I see nine cross reference entries that are already a part of the NIV translation. I can tap the resource of my choice to bring up the specific cross references related to the text open in my main window. I chose the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and now see a list of topics and words sorted by verse. The great thing about the Bible App is that I... View Article
The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK) is the best known and most widely used collection of 500,000 Scripture references and parallel passages. By using The TSK in Olive Tree Bible App you’ll save tons of time and effort. No longer do you have to leave your original text to search for a reference. I’ll demonstrate how to use it with the Bible App running on an iPad. First, select your preferred Bible translation in the main window. Then tap and drag the split window to access the Resource Guide in the App. The Resource Guide takes your downloaded material and connects it with the text you have open in the main window.Under the ‘Related Verses’ section you’ll see resources listed along with a number badge. The number indicates how many entries there are in that resource for the text that is open in the main window. Since I have the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK) installed, the Bible App has found cross references relevant to the Titus passage I’m reading. I can then tap on the TSK to see all 19 entries that are indicated. The TSK organizes these cross references by topic and by verse making it easy to do further study on the particular themes found... View Article
If you’ve ever been through a tough season in your life than you know how important it is to get support and encouragement from those close to you. A kind word can be a much needed ray of hope and really give you the perspective you need. From your smartphone you can easily text a quick word or prayer to a friend right when you’re thinking of them. With the Olive Tree Bible App you can actually share a scripture verse or even an entire devotional reading right from the app, via text, to your friend or loved one who needs to be encouraged. Here’s how to easily share right from the app! For Android Tap and hold to select the text you want to share. Select ‘Share’ in the menu bar. For some phones you’ll need to scroll the menu bar to the side to see the share button. Select your messaging app and then enter the recipient just as you would for any text message. For iOS Tap and hold to select the text you want to share. Select ‘Share’ in the menu bar. For some phones you’ll need to scroll the menu bar to the side to see... View Article
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
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.