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
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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
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!
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