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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!


How to use the NIDNTTE in The Bible Study App

November 5, 2014 11:01 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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 Bible Study App (screenshots are from an iPad 2 – click for a larger view). 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 Study App search the NIDNTTE for the Greek word. Tap the word and read the article. These first two options require a working knowledge of... View Article


How are Commentaries Enhanced for the Resource Guide?

October 6, 2014 1:00 pm Published by 2 Comments

Bible Commentaries can be an extremely valuable study tools. Many commentaries include historical and culture context, theological interpretation, and other resources like timelines and charts. The resource guide of The Bible Study App makes using commentaries a seamless part of your study. Watch the video below to see how commentaries work within The Bible Study App’s Resource Guide. Browse this week’s sale including enhanced commentaries and more!


Look Inside: A Visual Guide to Bible Events

October 3, 2014 3:00 am Published by 5 Comments

This week, Olive Tree has an awesome sale on A Visual Guide to Bible Events.  The book’s introduction states that its purpose is to be “a door through which to enter the world of the Bible and encounter the power and love of our Lord Jesus and the unity of Scripture.” This resource does just that.  This book is not written in your typical research academic resource. Rather, it has a conversational tone to which any person can relate.  A Visual Guide to Bible Events is packed with over 500 photographs and maps brings a heightened awareness to the biblical text like no other. For example, take the seven churches of Revelation. With the addition of the map, you can visualize how John’s letter carrier would have made a circular trip and how closely the seven churches were geographically.  You can also see the length of the Israelites’ detour around Edom in Numbers 20:14–21 and Deuteronomy 2:1–8. Looking through the beautiful full-color photographs gives a sense of being “in the action” and gives a sense of realism and depth like no written resource could. Another example is a section of the Jerusalem wall during Nehemiah’s time. Or, seeing a scale model of the... View Article


Look Inside: NIV Application Commentaries

September 22, 2014 1:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The NIV Application Commentaries merge the original, ancient context with right now, showing us both how ancient readers would have read the Bible and how we can connect to this living word of God from a modern context. Most importantly, however, it helps us begin the life-changing process of true application, showing how God’s word can continue to have a powerful voice in our lives today. The NIV Application Commentaries use a highly accessible, three-tiered method of bringing readers to a fuller understanding of each Biblical book. Original Meaning will explore a book’s meaning in light of its historical and cultural context. (click images for bigger view) Android                              iOS                                       Windows Desktop             Bridging Contexts, as its name implies, will help the reader link the text’s original meaning to its Contemporary Significance Android                              iOS                                       Windows Desktop          ... View Article


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, teacher, or student who is preparing to serve a congregation. Here are three ways you can use this comprehensive resource in The Bible Study App. (Screenshots are taken from a Macbook) 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. Click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about. I chose “Nebo” in this example.  The Bible Study App then brings you... View Article


Look Inside: NIV Study Bible Notes

July 24, 2014 6:00 pm Published by 6 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