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What’s in the 500 Million Synced Items?

January 13, 2016 9:31 am Published by 6 Comments

If you haven’t already heard, our sync server recently reached the milestone of syncing 500 million items. Today, we wanted to give you an idea of what this data looks like in terms of numbers and types of items that are synced. With over 6 million users of our software, over one million have created an account so they can sync their annotations. Of those million users, here’s some interesting data based on what they’ve synced. Highlights Whether you have a physical or digital Bible, one of the things that people like to do in their Bibles is highlight their favorite passages. This is no different in Bible+ and our users love to highlight. Our users have created and synced over 87 million highlights to our servers! Of those highlights that have been made, here are their favorite colors: 1) yellow, 2) green, and 3) pink. But, did you know you can also create your own highlighter colors & styles? The highlighting possibilities are endless & you can truly make your Bible+ experience unique. Although you can highlight more than Bible text in Bible+, the Bible verse that has been highlighted the most is Romans 12:2, which is certainly a verse we should all... View Article


Over 500 Million Items Synced!

January 11, 2016 11:48 am Published by 2 Comments

We recently crossed an exciting milestone… One of the benefits of Bible+ is that you can install it on different devices and those devices have the ability to sync with each other. With the sync feature you can take a note or make a highlight and it will then be available on any device that has Bible+ installed. Not only do all of your notes, highlights, saved passages, and tags sync across devices – but so do reading plans. Start a reading plan on your phone and continue reading on your tablet or computer. So about that milestone. Our sync server recently crossed the 500 Million mark! That number represents thousands of people from all over the world who are actively reading and studying God’s word. For all of us at Olive Tree Bible Software this is a great reminder about why we love what we do. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the free sync service in Bible+ signup for a free account HERE to get started. To celebrate this milestone we’ve discounted the top Bible study titles from 2015. Go HERE To see them!


Studying Theology Doesn’t Have to be Hard

January 2, 2016 5:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Out of all the works that a Christian can read, systematic theologies are some of the most daunting. While some might have a volume or two on their bookshelf just for looks, about the only people you find reading them are pastors and seminary students. Why is that? More often than not, these titles are seen as dense and hard to understand. That is usually reason enough for the average Christian to leave these titles alone. Having read through several sets and volumes, I would argue that all Christians should own a systematic theology or two and reference them often in their studies. Let me share a few reasons why Christians should study theology and why it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. I will use John Frame’s Systematic Theology for illustration. Bible+ Makes it Easy Like commentaries, a systematic theology title can be a big book, or even span multiple volumes. Trying to carry that around with other books can quickly become unwieldy. Bible+ alleviates this problem by allowing you to fit an entire Bible study library in the palm of your hand. This is reason alone to consider buying a systematic theology in Olive Tree. Portability aside, Bible+ also makes... View Article


Using Gospel Harmonies

December 31, 2015 5:00 pm Published by 4 Comments

A Gospel Harmony seeks to take the Four Gospels and put them in a Chronological order so that you can compare how the Gospel writers address events in Jesus’ life.  We wanted to show you how to use this Bible study tool. (screeshots are taken from an iPad Mini 4. Click the image for a larger view) When Jesus goes to Pilate in Matthew 27:2; Mark 15:1; Luke 23:1; John 18:28 – you can read the interactions between Jesus and Pilate in all four Gospels without having to navigate back and forth.  Because of this unique layout, the screen will default to vertical “flick” scrolling for a better viewing experience. On a larger device like a tablet you can view all (4) columns side-by-side. The side-by-side view scales down two a two or single column view as the horizontal viewable area gets smaller, or when Resource Guide is opened. All of the Scripture references are hyperlinked, so you can tap on the headers to see that one reference in a popup. Here’s where the Harmony of the Gospels is also very helpful. You can see that John goes into much more detail about the conversation between Jesus and Pilate than the other three Gospels.... View Article


How to Use Dictionaries in Bible+

December 30, 2015 5:00 pm Published by 1 Comment

Here are three ways you can use dictionaries & lexicons in Bible+. To illustrate we will use the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. The first way is through the Split Window and Resource Guide.  Open your favorite Bible translation in the main window and the Resource Guide in the Split Window.  As you read through your Bible text, the Resource Guide searches through all the downloaded resources in your library to find related Bible study content. You’ll notice that the Resource Guide pulls related content from all of your downloaded resources.  If you scroll down the Resource Guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.”  These headings give you the results of articles based on your downloaded resources. Tap or click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about. I chose “Nebo” in this example.  Bible+ then brings you results from within the resources you have on your device.  This is where you will find the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (NIBD) within the Resource Guide. You’ll notice that the resource has the words “Article to Nebo” underneath the book cover.  Tap/Click on the book cover and Bible+ will take you directly to the article within the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of... View Article


Make the Most of Bible Handbooks

December 29, 2015 5:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Bible Handbooks and Quick References are great resources that help you go deeper in your Bible study. Here’s how we’ve enhanced these resources: Bring up your preferred Bible translation in the main window. Then open the split window. Adjust the split window to your desired size. Next, make sure the Resource Guide is open. Please note that the split window opens to the last place that you had viewed, so if you were last in the library, the screen will default back to the library. The Resource Guide keeps up with me as I scroll through the Bible text and searches through the books in my library for content related to the Scripture passage in the main window. Scroll down to view “Places,” “Maps,” “Outlines,” and “Introductions.” All quick reference content will be displayed in these sections. In our example, after clicking “Rome” under “Places,” the resource guide shows me that I have several images and maps available in my library. I can click these images to see a larger view or even view them within the resource from which the content is found. I can also see that there are Outlines and Introductions available in MacArthur’s Quick Reference Guide to the Bible and... View Article


Kickstart Your Bible Reading in 2016

December 28, 2015 5:00 pm Published by 10 Comments

Every new year thousands of Christians start a new Bible reading plan with the hope of reading through the entire Bible in a year. A few weeks into January or February and most have already abandoned those plans. I readily admit that I used to be one of those people. Let’s be honest, after getting through the familiar & event packed books of Genesis & Exodus things start to slow down and get boring. This is particularly true once you get to Leviticus and all the talk about being clean or unclean. In 2016 I want to encourage you to start a new reading plan and provide some tips that will keep you reading throughout the year. Bible Reading Tips Here are a few tips that I have found helpful over the years, and I hope they encourage you as we enter the new year: Start Small. If you’ve never read through large portions of Scripture before, don’t try to start with a plan that looks insurmountable. That’s like someone new to the gym thinking they can lift the same weights as a power lifter. It’s not a good idea and can be a setup for failure. Instead of a year long... View Article


Using Commentaries in Bible+

December 27, 2015 5:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the key components to any digital Bible study library is a commentary. Study Bibles are great for getting quick information about a passage but when you want to investigate a passage further you’ll turn to a commentary. Today I want to show you how most commentaries work in Bible+. Using a Commentary Like many resources in Bible+, the best way to get the most out of your library is by using the Resource Guide; commentaries are no exception. To illustrate, let’s use the Moody Bible Commentary & assume we’re starting to read Mark’s gospel. Introductions When beginning a study on a new book of the Bible, one of the first things you want to do is get some background information. Resource Guide makes this easy. Simply scroll down to the “Introductions” section, where we find a hit for our commentary. Here we find information about the gospel, it’s author, date, audience, purpose, and other issues worth keeping in mind. Outlines Next, you’ll want to get a feel for how the book is laid out, so let’s find an outline. Again, the Resource Guide shows us that Moody Bible Commentary has an outline for our book, and we see that it is quite extensive. One thing worth... View Article


How to Use a Study Bible in Bible+

December 25, 2015 5:00 pm Published by 3 Comments

Study Bibles are an essential part of any Bible study library. Study Bibles provide quick access to understanding passages and getting a general overview of the Bible. Today we want to highlight Study Bibles by showing you what kind of content you can expect to find and how to use them. Screenshots are from an iPad Mini 4 and using the NIV Zondervan Study Bible for illustration. Book and Section Introductions Most Study Bibles offer section introductions to the Bible’s literary genres, such as the Pentateuch and the Historical Books. In the book introductions, you will find everything from the author’s purpose in writing, the book’s theme, a full outline, and relevant photos. They leave no stone unturned. These introductions cover the essentials of what you need to know before studying any book of the Bible. Verse-by-Verse Notes After reading through the book and section introductions, you’re ready to dive into the study notes. The notes will help you understand each passage in its context and show you how it relates to the overall message of the Bible. You can access the study notes in conjunction with your Bible by opening them in a split window or through the Commentaries section of the... View Article


Read Bibles Side-by-Side in Bible+

December 24, 2015 5:00 pm Published by 6 Comments

We all have our favorite Bible translation that we like to use and read from. Right now, for me, it’s the English Standard Version (ESV). When it comes to looking up a passage or doing my daily Bible reading it’s the Bible I go to by default. But when I’m studying or preparing a sermon I reference multiple Bible translations so that I can gain a fuller understanding of the passage. Today I want to show you why owning multiple Bible translations is a good idea and how to use them side by side in Bible+. The screenshots below are from an iPad Mini 4, but the process works identically on Android devices. The methods described below require the split window to be open and assume a Bible is already open in the main window. Method #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 top left icon in the split window. This will open a list of your resources. If you have a large library, you may want to filter this view... View Article