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I know what most of you are saying: “Finally!”
Well, if you’re from Norway, this is actually a really big deal. Olive Tree Bible Software is the first to offer the Bibelen 2011 for mobile devices!
Out of necessity, most translations of God’s Word in Norwegian have been idiomatic to a greater or lesser extent.
On the other hand, “Bibel 2011″ is based rather upon a concordant translation principle, where the translators aim to reproduce the Biblical texts as close to the original as possible.
Another thing we, at Olive Tree are excited about is that since the translation is based on the oldest manuscripts it’s very reliable.
To view all Norwegian Bibles Click HERE.
One of the new faces here at Olive Tree Bible Software is John Cruz. John has many years in the Christian publishing industry, and joins us as the Vice President for Publisher Relations. Bringing John on board is part of our commitment here at Olive Tree to bring you the very best Christian content available.
John’s excitement about Olive Tree is infectious. Over the years he has witnessed how technology has helped make God’s Word even more available, however the explosive potential of mobile and desktop software astounds him with its possibilities: “We can reach more people in the most remote places now with Smartphones,” John says. This means that those who couldn’t be reached before might at last be able to have the Word.
Our CEO, Drew Haninger said of John:”With over 14 years of various executive positions at the International Bible Society, Mr. Cruz will bring a wealth of talent and experience to the Olive Tree staff. We’re excited about the contribution he will bring in the area of publisher relationships.”
This week, John will be representing us at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the annual meeting place of experts in publishing, booksellers, film producers, agents, or authors.
“I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces from around the world I’ve worked with for many years. I’m thrilled to be part of a company that has generated so much excitement around the growth of unique and innovative software solutions for the casual Bible reader and serious Bible student,” John says regarding his new position, “Es una alegría ser parte de Árbol Olive!”
John is married to Kristine, and has three sons in college.
How Steve Jobs Helped Me to get God’s Word Out “unto all the nations…”
Drew Haninger, President, Olive Tree Bible Software:
By the Lord’s leading, I’ve used my abilities as a software designer to make God’s Word accessible to computer users since 1984. There was a lot going on in 1984. January of that year Hitachi announced it had developed the first memory chip capable of holding 1 MB! Also in that year about 25-percent of workers used a computer at their jobs.
And, in 1984, Steve Jobs’ now famous Super Bowl ad ran, introducing the Apple Macintosh.
Mobile Technology was still in its infancy. Today, the industry is growing so fast the stats can’t keep up. Cell phone subscribers worldwide have reached over 5 billion—and Smartphones have become an ever larger and more important part of that figure. That’s billions of souls with the potential of carrying around a Bible or Olive Tree’s whole Bible study library in their hand. Talk about the potential of following Christ’s command to get the Word out!
Steve Jobs was in many ways at the center of Smartphone development as we know it today. Whether he knew it or not, the technology he helped develop has been used by God to enable us to preach the good news of Christ’s redeeming love. People download worship music on their iPods, they read the Bible on their iPhones, and can even lead a Bible Study in the middle of the Sudan using their iPads. Apple technology is a beautiful thing that we hope and pray it is being used in God’s cause to make all things beautiful in His time.
The business principles Steve applied have inspired an industry. His encouragement was to keep innovating. He said, “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle,” which echo our Lord’s encouragement to, “ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
He instructed his company members to, “Be passionate about every product you work on.” And we, as Christians in the business community, are held to no less a standard, for, “if anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 4:11).” Of course the highest standard we must follow is always to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, all our souls, and all our minds.
Our hearts go out to the family members of an industry pioneer. His vision created platforms that help enable us to “strain toward what lies ahead and press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call.”