Author Archives for Monty Galloway

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 our 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 the Olive Tree Bible App! 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 app then brings you results from within the resources you have on your device.  This is where... View Article


Free Resource Friday!

February 20, 2015 3:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Throughout the book of Psalms, believers are admonished to lift their voices and offer praises to God. For centuries now, the faithful have composed “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” to express their trust in God and their love for Jesus Christ. Included in Hymns of Praise are a short introduction and the complete words to ten best-loved hymns, to offer inspiration and encouragement in your daily walk with God. Find this great resource in the Bible Study in-app store or go HERE for install instructions. Please note that a Free Olive Tree account is required to access this Free Download.


3 Ways to Get More Out of Quiet Time with Study Bible Notes

January 26, 2015 9:44 am Published by 1 Comment

Study Bible Notes are a great resource for those wanting to go deeper in their study of the Bible. Here’s 3 Ways to use them and get more out of your quiet time. (screenshots are taken from an iPad 2. Click for a larger view) 1. Resource Guide In your Main Window, open the Bible translation of your choice. (I have the NIV translation open in this example).  Then tap, hold and pull the split window handle bar at the bottom of the screen. Tap Open > Resource Guide. You’ll see relevant “hits” in the resource guide from all of the resources you have downloaded to your device.The Bible Study App 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 Bible notes sync to exactly where you are in your reading.  You’ll save an enormous amount of time with this feature alone. As I scroll through the Resource Guide I can see all of my enhanced resources that have an entry pertaining to the current text that I’m reading. I notice that my NIV First-Century Study Bible Notes has entries for commentaries, outlines, introductions, and maps. The numbers... View Article


Best New Bible Study Tool: Greek-English Interlinear New Testament

January 21, 2015 12:37 pm Published by 9 Comments

In July 2014 we released our newest App update to iOS 5.9.  With this update we released Greek Interlinear Bibles and they soon became a go to Bible study tool for many people. What’s an Interlinear Bible? 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 a 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 iPad 2, 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... View Article


Look Inside: Harmony of the Gospels

January 19, 2015 11:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m really excited about a newly released title of ours, Harmony of the Gospels.  What’s a Harmony of the Gospel?  I’m glad you asked! 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 a brief look inside this new Bible study tool. (screeshots are taken from an iPad 2. 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... View Article


How to Study the Bible This Year

January 12, 2015 12:51 pm Published by 1 Comment

It’s a New Year. You’ve started your reading plan and are off to a great start studying the Bible this year.  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... View Article


Bearded Theologians 2014!

December 2, 2014 11:05 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Congrats to Ross M. our 2014 Bearded Theologian winner of The Olive Tree Charles Haddon Spurgeon Collection! This year’s runners up are James A., Christopher S., and Davd G. They received Spurgeon’s Sermons bundle! Didn’t win?  Both of these titles and more are on sale now! Watch the video below of all the beard photo submissions! Thanks to all that participated!


5 Benefits of Using the WBC in The Bible Study App

November 19, 2014 2:00 pm Published by 2 Comments

With 60 volumes and 26,000+ pages of content, the Word Biblical Commentary is a hefty commentary series.  With this much content, how do you navigate it all? With the Bible Study App, you can easily read and study the WBC anywhere.  Here’s 5 benefits of Using the WBC in The Bible Study App (Screenshots are from the Windows Desktop version of The Bible Study App.  Click on Images for a larger view) 1. Resource Guide & Split Window Open your preferred Bible Translation in the main window and have the Resource Guide open in the Split Window.  You’ll see relevant Word Biblical Commentary “hits” in the split window. If you prefer to just read one resource at a time, you can open the WBC in the split window. The Bible Study App 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 WBC 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.... View Article