Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (NIV) — 2 Corinthians 12:6-10 Extraordinary religious experiences often come at personal cost. When Jacob wrestled with God, he hobbled away lame. When Paul entered paradise, he came away with a thorn in his flesh. Few remarks in Scripture have generated as much scholarly discussion as this one. Whatever the thorn was,... View Article
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2017 was another great year at Olive Tree Bible Software. Along with all of new app updates and functionality we added to our Olive Tree Bible App this past year, we also added almost 1,000 titles to our store—bringing our current catalog up to over 11,800 titles. It’s been our privilege to help choose what new titles to release, and what titles to highlight over this past year. We are always trying to provide resources that you will find interesting and helpful. That’s why we took a look back at what YOU thought the best titles and new releases were for the year. Here they are! BEST-SELLING BIBLESAt the top of charts in Bibles is the Amplified Bible (2015 Edition). This update to the 1987 Bible translation has continued to rise in the rank of favorite translations for our users. It includes more amplification in the Old Testament and refined amplification in the New Testament. For new Bibles in 2017, we added the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) as well as the Passion Translation: New Testament. Both have become popular choices among our users. If you haven’t read these Bible translations, all make excellent choices to setup as a parallel Bible in the... View Article
Parallel Bibles are a useful way to compare two different Bible translations. In print, you can often find parallel Bibles that contain both an English translation and another language. Another type of parallel Bible may contain a more literal translation next to a dynamic translation or paraphrase. With the Olive Tree Bible App, you can easily set up your own customized parallel Bible and in video below we’ll show you how. WHY MULTIPLE TRANSLATIONS? Now you know how to create a parallel Bible. But why use one? Here are three reasons: Read a more literal translation (KJV, ESV, NASB) alongside a more dynamic one (NLT, Message, TLB) to get a better idea of what the text says Have an English translation open alongside the different language text Compare commentaries or dictionaries by having those resources open instead of a Bible MAKE YOUR OWN PARALLEL BIBLES See all the available Bibles for the Olive Tree Bible App here!
Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary is a great resource for those that don’t have any background with Greek or Hebrew. Here’s how I used it in a recent sermon. I read this verse in Genesis 39:2: “And Jehovah was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” This passage got me thinking about the word “prosperous” in this passage, so, I opened the Resource Guide in the split window of the Olive Tree Bible App typed in “prosper”. This brought up Vine’s under the search menu for tsaleach צָלַח, along with an article about the word. The article shows some of the different occurrences of tsaleach in the Bible. All I have to do is tap the reference and the biblical passage appears in a pop-up window. This gives me instant access to other places the word is used in the Bible and helps me keep my Bible Study on track by not having to stop in the middle of my study to find the reference. Another great thing about this resource is that Vine’s gives the Strong’s number (6743 in this case) and is tied into the Olive Tree... View Article
The term Bible Dictionary probably makes you think of a fairly boring and dry reference book. However, a Bible Dictionary is truly invaluable in helping you unpack God’s word. Unlike a normal word dictionary a good Bible dictionary will not only give you the definition of a word, person or a place but you can often read a short article, access verse cross references, or see things like images and maps. The insight it gives can help you explore the world of the Bible like never before! Watch this short video to see how they work in The Olive Tree Bible App. Click HERE to view all dictionaries available for The Olive Tree Bible App.
A standard and widely-used reference work for nearly 40 years, the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDNTTE) has been thoroughly revised and updated to aid today’s pastors, students, scholars, and teachers in their study of the New Testament. The NIDNTTE offers a wealth of background and information on the meaning of Greek words in the New Testament—as well as related usage in classical Greek sources, the Septuagint, Jewish literature, and more Here are Five ways to use the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDNTTE) in the Olive Tree Bible App. ONE – Traditional Dictionary Open the NIDNTTE in the main window. Tap the GO TO button. From here you can search for the word you are looking for as you would another other dictionary through the Table of Contents. TWO – Traditional Dictionary Search Similarly, with the NIDNTTE in the main window. Tap GO TO > Browse Dictionary > Enter the Greek Word you are looking for. The Bible App searches the NIDNTTE for the Greek word. Tap the word and read the article. These first two options require a working knowledge of Biblical Greek. I’m sorry to say that my Greek is a bit... View Article
An Interview with Dr. David A Bennett: When it was first printed, the Geneva Bible was the most reader-friendly version of the Bible ever translated, with numerous innovations making it ideal for the common reader. What sets the Geneva Bible apart? I recently sat down with Dr. David A. Bennett, a local antique Bible collector and amateur historian of Bible history, to find out. Q: Can you give us a brief history of the Geneva Bible? During Queen Mary’s reign, from 1555 and 1558, she burned 288 Protestant ministers at the stake for their denial of one tenet or another of the Roman religion. During the 1550s, when the Protestants of England were under such fierce persecution, many of their minsters fled to Geneva, Switzerland, to a theocracy maintained by Calvin and his contemporaries. Such a blessed company of Protestant theologians and scholars produced a Bible in 1560 aptly called the Geneva Bible. John Calvin, John Knox, Myles Coverdale, John Foxe, and several other Reformers may have collaborated on the Bible, but most of the work was done by William Whittingham, the pastor of the Geneva Church and a dear friend of John Calvin. The Geneva New Testament of 1558... View Article
You may have received a test push notification titled “Olive Tree Notification Test: Please Ignore this.” This test push notification was part of our going QA process in our efforts to make the Olive Tree Bible App faster and more reliable. We are constantly testing our apps and functionality to better serve our Olive Tree community. This involves testing and checking our features and functionality like our push notification system, to make sure they are performing smoothly and how we can make them better. Sometimes we make mistakes in that process and things don’t go as planned. We sincerely apologize for this error and any confusion it may have caused. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by emailing us at email@example.com.
Bible Commentaries are extremely valuable study tools. Many commentaries include historical and cultural context, theological interpretation, and other resources like timelines and charts. Here are Six Reasons to use Commentaries in Bible+. (Screenshots are from an iPad Mini 4. Click on Images for a larger view) 1. Resource Guide Open your preferred Bible Translation in the main window and have the Resource Guide open in the Split Window. You’ll see relevant “hits” from Preaching the Word in the split window. Bible+ also keeps up with the scripture passage you’re reading in the main window with sync scrolling. This means that as you move along in the Bible text, the commentary syncs to exactly where you are in your study. No more flipping pages back and forth. No more holding the commentary text open on your desk in one spot, reading through your Bible text, and having to go back and find your place in the commentary. You’ll save an enormous amount of time with this feature alone. 2. Search & Look Up Feature Search commentaries for words or passages. Take “Vine” as an example. You can search the entire commentary series for where “Vine” is mentioned in the commentary series. You can also limit your search to the... View Article
My early attempts at Bible study were sporadic and didn’t go that smoothly. I soon learned that I needed a more formalized approach to my Bible study. Here are a few tips & resources that I’ve found that will help you keep your Bible Study on track. Prepare yourself through Prayer “All our study is futile without the work of God overcoming our blindness and hardheartedness.” – John Piper, Martin Luther Lessons from His Life and Labor p. 33 There is no substitute for prayer when reading and studying the Bible. Prayer takes the attention off of what we can do and puts the attention instead on what God can do in and through us. Bible study is a spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1) in which we present our best to God. We have to remember that this is not just a book we’re reading. We need prepare our hearts and minds for Bible study. Read the Scripture for yourself Read and re-read the passage you’re studying. Get familiar with the flow of the passage. If there are terms that you don’t know, look them up in a simple dictionary. Ask yourself these Questions Observe – What does the text say? Interpret... View Article