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What’s in the Archaeological Study Bible?

November 13, 2015 12:50 pm Published by 8 Comments

When I first heard about the Archaeological Study Bible, I wasn’t sure what to think.  My initial thought was how could there be an entire Bible devoted to archaeological study?  And honestly, how could a study Bible devoted to archaeological study not be a snoozer?  So, I got a copy of the Archaeological Study Bible and began looking through it.  Wow, was I impressed (and wrong)! The Archaeological Study Bible is a great resource.  There are 520 articles covering five main categories: Archaeological Sites, Cultural and Historical Notes, Ancient Peoples and Lands, the Reliability of the Bible, and Ancient Texts and Artifacts.  The Bible Study App enriches the Archaeological Study Bible. As you read through your Bible, the split screen and resource guide keep you synced with your reading. Here’s an example of an article on the Zealots and Essenes (screenshots from an iPad Mini 4, click images to enlarge): Also included are almost 500 full-color photographs throughout the text.  Here’s two examples: Throughout the text there are detailed charts like this one: At the end of the Archaeological Study Bible there are several maps that help you get an idea of the placement of biblical events: The authors of the Archaeological Study Bible... View Article


Look Inside: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture

November 9, 2015 7:15 am Published by 10 Comments

The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture does what very few of today’s students of the Bible could do for themselves. With the aid of computer technology, the vast array of writings from the church fathers—including much that is available only in the ancient languages—have been combed for their comment on Scripture. From these results, scholars with a deep knowledge of the fathers and a heart for the church have hand-selected material for each volume, shaping, annotating and introducing it to today’s readers. Each portion of commentary has been chosen for its salient insight, its rhetorical power and its faithful representation of the consensual exegesis of the early church. Several features have been incorporated into the design of this commentary and we wanted to show you just a few.  (Screenshots are from an iPad Mini 4.  Click on Images for a larger view)Pericopes of Scripture The scriptural text has been divided into pericopes, or passages, usually several verses in length. Each of these pericopes is given a heading, which appears at the beginning of the pericope. For example, the first pericope in the commentary on Genesis is “1:1 The Beginning of Creation.” To see the Scripture passage, click on the highlighted reference, in... View Article


6 Reasons to use Preaching the Word in Bible+

November 2, 2015 10:00 am Published by 15 Comments

The Preaching the Word Commentary Series offers unique insights into Biblical texts from the heart of a pastor. It is noted for its unqualified commitment to biblical authority and clear exposition of Scripture. Its emphasis on application and shepherding makes it a valuable asset for sermon and class preparation, as well as personal study. Here are Six Reasons to use The Preaching the Word Commentary Series 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... View Article


5 Ways Bible+ 6.0 Android Titles are Different

June 5, 2015 9:21 am Published by 59 Comments

We are so excited about the newest Bible+ 6.0 Android update. We have completely rewritten our core software that displays the text you see on screen. This means you will need to re-download all your titles. Why? Besides having a cleaner text layout we want to bring you brand new tools for studying the Bible. Many of these were not possible with our older technology, but are now a reality!  Because of the new text display layout, we’ve re-designed the text layout of several favorite Bible study resources and added several NEW Bible study resources. How are books different in the Bible+ 6.0 Android update? Here’s just 5 ways that we’ve improved and enhanced resources in the Bible+ 6.0 Android release. 1. Beautiful New Layouts One of the great things about this upcoming release is how The Bible Study App will be better able to layout text in ways that we could not before. All charts are now actual text, and as with other verse references in the App, verse references now become hyperlinks that you can tap and see the verse without having to leave your place in the Bible text.  Here’s an example of this from the NIV Study Bible Notes: Text wraps... View Article


ESV Greek-English Interlinear New Testament on Bible+ 6.0 for Android

June 3, 2015 7:00 am Published by 4 Comments

With our newest App update to iOS 5.9 and Bible+ 6.0 for Android we can now offer Interlinear Bibles!  What’s an interlinear Bible you ask?  An interlinear Bible typically is the Hebrew or Greek text of the Old or New Testament with a literal English translation between the lines of the original-language text.  This is an extremely helpful Bible Study tool, especially for those wanting to dig deeper into original Bible language studies. Here’s a brief look inside the ESV Greek-English Interlinear New Testament. (Screenshots are taken from an Nexus 7, click for a larger view) Not only can The Bible Study App display the text in an Interlinear format, we’ve tagged the Greek word with the Greek Parsing and Strong’s Definition: Simply tap a word to get more details on that Greek word. We’ve also tagged the English Word: And the Strong’s Number: Searching for this Greek word in the text? No problem. Tap search and The Bible Study App will bring you a list of results for that Greek Word: You can also tap “lookup” and The Bible Study App will find dictionaries already downloaded to your device that contain more information on this Greek word: You can also search the... View Article


NIV Study Bible Notes on Bible+ 6.0 for Android

June 2, 2015 2:01 pm Published by 1 Comment

One of the great things about our new Bible+ 6.0 for Android release is how The Bible Study App will be better able to layout text in ways that we could not before. Here are some examples from the NIV Study Bible Notes. (Screenshots taken from an Nexus 7 2nd Edition.  Click images for a larger view.) With Bible+ 6.0 for Android all charts are now actual text, and as with other verse references in the App, verse references now become hyperlinks that you can tap and see the verse without having to leave your place in the Bible text and the NIV Study Bible notes. Secondly, the NIV Study Bible Notes used to require the entire width to display the images, and that the text cannot flow around the images. In the new Bible+ 6.0 for Android App, note how text flows around the images as intended. These are just two examples of how the Bible+ 6.0 for Android update dramatically improves the layout of the NIV Study Bible notes. Check out the NIV Study Bible notes and other titles that demonstrate the beautiful new layout with the latest update. Learn more about the Bible+ 6.0 for Android update here. If you haven’t already done so, you can update to... View Article


Important Notice Regarding Nook, Blackberry, Symbian, Palm and Windows Classic Mobile

April 24, 2015 1:43 pm Published by 12 Comments

Technology has come a long way in the last 20 years. I can remember how excited I was when I got my first Palm Pilot that had a 32 MB SD card and two AA batteries that were not rechargeable. The anxiety of having to remember to sync before I lost power was immeasurable! As technology changes, we have to make changes. We’re living in a world of rapid growth in personal computing and personal devices like we’ve never seen before. With those changes, it is becoming increasingly difficult to support the many devices and platforms from the past, present, and the future. In order to best serve our customers on current and future devices, we had to make the tough decision to end service for certain devices. As of June 1, 2015, we will pull down the apps for the following devices and no longer support the download of PDB titles for the following platforms: Nook (Original Nook Color) Click here for more specific information on this specific device. Blackberry Symbian 60-5 Palm Windows Classic Mobile (Pocket PC) What does this mean for me? If you are on one of these platforms, please download your apps, titles and books files to... View Article


Introducing the Biblical Imagination Series

March 23, 2015 12:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

For years Michael Card’s music has imaginatively explored the narrative power of the Word of God. Now in the Biblical Imagination Series, Card invites readers to enter into Scripture as he has learned to do, at the level of the informed imagination. These volumes will help you discover the biblical text for yourself, ask your own questions and uncover deeper truths. Taking seriously the individual life and voice of each biblical writer, the Biblical Imagination Series will help you reintegrate your mind with your heart to recapture your imagination with the beauty and power of Christ. Right now the Biblical Imagination Series 4 Volume set is only $24.99 for a limited time!


Look Inside: Reformation Study Bible Notes (2015)

March 16, 2015 11:55 am Published by 17 Comments

Just released for Olive Tree’s Bible Study App is the new edition of the Reformation Study Bible Notes. We are excited to be able to partner with Ligonier Ministries to be one of the first to offer this outstanding Bible study resource. The Reformation Study Bible Notes (2015) have been thoroughly revised and carefully crafted under the editorial leadership of R.C. Sproul. Over 1.1 million words of new, expanded, or revised commentary from 75 distinguished theologians, pastors, and scholars from around the world contribute to make this an unparalleled discipleship resource. Includes new award-winning maps, topical articles, concordance, and historical creeds, confessions, and catechisms, and more.  It is a fantastic resource and we want to give you a look inside this new edition of the Reformation Study Bible Notes. In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad 2) I have my Bible text open in the main window to Acts 19. As I scroll through the Resource Guide in the Split Window I can see all of my enhanced resources that have an entry pertaining to the current text that I’m reading. I notice that the Reformation Study Bible Notes has entries for commentaries, maps, outlines, and introductions. The numbers indicate how many entries are available for each enhanced resource. The Reformation Study Bible... View Article


Three Ways to use the Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity

March 9, 2015 12:04 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We are thrilled to announce that Olive Tree is the first to release the Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity in digital format! This three-volume encyclopedia offers unparalleled, comprehensive coverage of the people, places and ideas of ancient Christianity. With Olive Tree’s Bible Study App you can access eight Centuries of the Christian church in just three taps! Here’s three ways to use the Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity in Olive Tree’s Bible Study App! (Screenshots are taken from an iPad 2 – click for a larger view) 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 “Anointing” in this example.  The Bible Study... View Article