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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: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

September 29, 2014 1:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This week we’re able to offer some outstanding illustrated commentaries that are an amazing resource for use within The Bible Study App. The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary on both the New and Old Testament brings to life the ancient world in informative entries and full-color photos and graphics. The resource guide of The Bible Study App makes using Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary a seamless part of your study. In the below screenshot (click to enlarge) I have my Bible opened to Daniel chapter 1. The commentary section of the resource guide then shows me which of my commentaries have related entries to this text. The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary indicates seven entries so I’ll click on that commentary to see a preview of the those entries. Since this chapter talks about Daniel and his friends being placed in a Babylonian learning environment, I’m interested in learning more about what that may have looked like. I then click on the third entry that talks about the language and literature of the Babylonians. I can then read a fascinating article about historical Babylonian education that Daniel and his friends would have been exposed to. Thanks to enhanced commentaries like the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary I can easily... 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, 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 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


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