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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: 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, 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


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