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Look Inside Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible

September 10, 2014 3:12 pm Published by 2 Comments

The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible has been a classic Bible study resource for more than thirty years. Now thoroughly revised, this new five-volume edition provides up-to-date entries based on the latest scholarship.  The Zondervan Encyclopedia includes more than 7,500 articles, hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations, charts, graphs and maps from 238 contributors from around the world. With this much content, how can you sort it all out to see what’s relevant for your Bible study? Here are three ways The Bible Study App makes the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible even more powerful (screenshots are from an iPad and a Nexus 7 – click on an image for a expanded view): ONE: Open your favorite Bible in the main window. (I’ve got the ESV open in this example.)  Tap the split window handle and drag it to a width or height you like.  As I scroll through the Bible text, the resource guide keeps up with me and searches through all the books in my library for content related to the Scripture passage in the main window. If you scroll down the resource guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.”   Tap or click on the person/place/topic you want... View Article

How to Use the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible

July 31, 2014 3:00 am Published by 4 Comments

The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (NIBD), complete 5-volume set, is the definitive starting point for research on any topic, place or person in the Bible, with emphasis on the crucial theological concepts. Based on the NRSV the NIBD is a balanced and relevant Bible study resource for any pastor, rabbi, preacher, teacher, or student who is preparing to serve the congregation. Here are three ways you can use this comprehensive resource in The 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... View Article

Look Inside: God’s Word Translation

July 30, 2014 8:05 pm Published by 1 Comment

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) accurately translates the meaning of the original texts into clear, everyday language. Readable and reliable, GW is living, active, and life-changing. Here’s a brief video to help introduce you the translation philosophy behind GOD’S WORD Translation You can get GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) for $4.99 now through August 4th. What People Are Saying about GOD’S WORD Translation “An easy-to-understand Bible. . . . It is a wonderful version.”—Rev. Billy Graham “Readable, faithful, accurate—what more could you ask for in a modern translation of the Bible? GOD’S WORD Translation is a great version for enhancing your love for God’s Word. I recommend it.” —Ann Spangler, General Editor of The Names of God Bible “A remarkably fresh, accurate, and readable translation that communicates well the original text for modern readers. An outstanding achievement.”—Dr. David Dockery “The Bible is the means God has chosen to reach out in human language, reveal the essence of his relational heart, and relate the Good News of his redemptive plan. GOD’S WORD Translation presents that message in a way that makes sense to readers of all ages. It is an accurate translation using modern English language and phraseology which makes it easier to understand.”—Josh McDowell Experience GOD’S WORD with these Sample... View Article

Look Inside: NIV Study Bible Notes

July 24, 2014 6:00 pm Published by 7 Comments

One of the great things about our new iOS 5.9 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 iPad 2.  Click images for a larger view.) With iOS 5.9 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 iOS 5.9 App, note how text flows around the images as intended. These are just two examples of how the iOS 5.9 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 iOS 5.9 update here. If you haven’t already done so, you can update to the latest iOS... View Article

Look Inside: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

July 24, 2014 2:00 pm Published by 5 Comments

One of the great things about this our latest iOS 5.9 app update is how The Bible Study App will be better able to layout text in ways that we could not before.  We wanted to show you a few examples of this using the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT). (Screenshots taken from an iPad 2.  Click for a larger view.) Compare the Introduction to 1 Corinthians Previous iOS App 5.5.4                                               Current iOS App 5.9       Notice how the introduction text can now be displayed in the gray box to notate the 1 Corinthians Introduction (a feature mentioned in the commentary series preface). Compare the Translation Text Current iOS App 5.5.4                                               Future iOS App 5.9       Notice the author’s translation of the text is in a different font type than the exposition text. Check out the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) and other titles that demonstrate the beautiful new layout with the latest... View Article

Look Inside: NLT Study Bible

July 24, 2014 10:49 am Published by 11 Comments

One of the great things about our new iOS 5.9 release is how The Bible Study App will be better able to layout text in ways that we could not before.  We wanted to show you a few examples of this using the NLT (New Living Translation) Study Bible. (Screenshots taken from an iPad 2.  Click for a larger view.) Compare Romans 1:1 Previous iOS App 5.5.4                                               Current iOS App 5.9       You’ll notice that as you scroll through that section (and most other sections of the NLT Study Bible), you will find articles and sidebars, some of which are floating or using some nice formatting to make them stand out. Compare Genesis 1:1 Previous iOS App 5.5.4                                               Current iOS App 5.9       The tables and articles are much laid out in a much more flowing format with the content.  This is just one of the many advantages to this app update. Check out the NLT Study Bible... View Article

Look Inside: ESV Greek-English Interlinear New Testament

July 21, 2014 2:43 pm Published by 33 Comments

With our newest App update to iOS 5.9 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 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 on this Greek word: You can also search the Greek word in the same... View Article

5.9 Update Now Available for iOS!

July 14, 2014 11:50 am Published by 87 Comments

We are excited to release this latest update (iOS 6 &7) after over two years of hard work! You may say, “but I don’t see anything new,” which for many of you means we did our job right! 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 very near reality! Here are a few things of note: The first time you use the app, it may feel a little sluggish. This is because we are updating all of your notes, bookmarks, and highlights in the background to the new format. If you have a lot of them this may take a few minutes. (Remember, patience is a virtue) Users with lots of annotations may see a slow initial start up Re-download all of your titles.  Because of the new text display layout, we’ve re-designed the text layout of several favorite Bible study resources. Watch short preview of the version 5.9 Bible Study App for iOS... View Article

The Voice Bible in The Bible Study App

June 25, 2014 8:00 am Published by 2 Comments

The Voice Bible is a faithful dynamic equivalent translation that reads like a story with all the truth and wisdom of God’s Word. Through a collaboration of more than 120 biblical scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and artists, The Voice recaptures the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in the translation process. The result is a retelling of the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works, yet remaining painstakingly true to the original manuscripts. Features include: Information added to help contemporary readers understand what the original readers would have known intuitively Commentary notes include cultural, historical, theological, or devotional thoughts Screenplay format, ideal for public readings and group studies Book introductions Here’s a video from publisher Thomas Nelson to give an example of The Voice in Luke 11: Now through June 30th you can get The Voice Bible for 30% off the regular price.

Tips & Refreshers for The Bible Study App

June 20, 2014 10:00 pm Published by 17 Comments

If you’re new to The Bible Study App, you might be asking yourself “where do I start?”  Here’s Nine Quick Tips & Refreshers to get you started in The Bible Study App. (Screenshots taken from an iPad. Please note that icon graphics vary somewhat across devices). 1. The “Library” Button: This is where you can find all of the Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, and other resources you’ve downloaded to your devices.  You can choose from All, Recent, or Favorites. 2. “My Stuff” Suitcase Button is the central nervous system of The Bible Study App. Here you can find your notes, bookmarks, highlights, tags, reading plans, and the ever important Sync button at the bottom left.  If you haven’t already done so, Click here to create an Olive Tree Account.  I can’t go into great detail here, but there are enormous benefits to creating an Olive Tree Account.  It’s Free and will only take a minute to set up. 3.“History” Button:  Do you ever get three verses into a Bible study and want to refer back to a previous verse?  The History Button is the fastest way to refer back to a previous reference.  You can view by date or by title. 4. Settings Button is where... View Article