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Sneak Peek: Archaeological Study Bible Notes

March 7, 2014 1:55 pm Published by 22 Comments

One of the great things about our upcoming 5.9 iOS 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 Archaeological Study Bible Notes. (Screenshots taken from an iPad 2.  Click for a larger view.) Compare the Study Notes in the Resource Guide in the Split Screen On the current iOS 5.5.4 App, The Archaeological Study Bible Notes 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 the caption actually looks like a proper caption, and the text flows around the images as intended. Compare the Study Notes in Full Screen Text display is just one of the many advantages to this future app update.  Make sure you have our latest iOS update that paves the way for this future update by clicking the link App Store graphic below: The Archaeological Study Bible Notes and all enhanced titles for the Resource Guide are discounted this weekend.


Enhanced for the Resource Guide: Bible Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

March 7, 2014 11:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

What is the Resource Guide?  The Resource Guide is your personal research assistant within The Bible Study App.  When we say a resource is “enhanced” for the Resource Guide, it means it’s more than just a flat ebook that you read once and put away.  An enhanced resource is a powerful feature in The Bible Study App that you can use to find what you’re looking for easily and quickly.  Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias are two of the products that Olive Tree enhances for the Resource Guide. Here are three ways The Bible Study App enhances Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias (screenshots are from an iPad 2 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.”... View Article


Sneak Peek: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

February 28, 2014 11:00 am Published by 5 Comments

The Olive Tree Bible Study App developers are hard at work on our upcoming 5.9 iOS release (aka “Flying Eagle” as it has come to be called around here). You may have noticed a little teaser in our latest iPhone & iPad release that said “This update paves the way for a future App update…” One of the great things about this upcoming 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 Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. (Screenshots taken from an iPad 2.  Click for a larger view.) Compare the Introduction to 1 Corinthians Current iOS App 5.5.4                                               Future 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                                   ... View Article


Sneak Peek into iOS 5.9 Greek-English Interlinear New Testament

February 21, 2014 1:00 pm Published by 27 Comments

The Olive Tree Bible Study App developers are hard at work on our upcoming iOS release 5.9 (aka “Flying Eagle” as it has come to be called around here). You may have noticed a little teaser in our latest iPhone & iPad release that said “This update paves the way for a future App update…” In my last post I briefly showed how The Bible Study App will be better able to layout text.  With this new technology, we can now offer Interlinear Bibles.  What’s an interlinear Bible you ask?  An interlinear Bible typically 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 an example of what the KJV Greek-English Interlinear New Testament will look like: 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: We’ve also tagged the English Word: And the Strong’s Number: We’re really excited about this upcoming release for iPhone and iPad. This is just one of the many... View Article


Sneak Peek into iOS 5.9 Release

February 13, 2014 6:00 pm Published by 29 Comments

The Olive Tree Bible Study App developers are hard at work on our upcoming iOS release 5.9 (aka “Flying Eagle” as it has come to be called around here). You may have noticed a little teaser in our latest iPhone & iPad release that said “This update paves the way for a future App update…” One of the great things about this upcoming 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 Current iOS App 5.5.4                                               Future 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 Current iOS App 5.5.4               ... View Article


6 Reasons to use Commentaries in The Bible Study App

February 4, 2014 4:00 pm Published by 2 Comments

Bible Commentaries are extremely valuable study tools. Many commentaries include historical and culture context, theological interpretation, and other resources like timelines and charts. Here are Six Reasons to use Commentaries in The Bible Study App.  (Screenshots are from an iPad 2.  Click on Images for a larger view) 1. Resource Guide Open your preferred Bible Translation in the main window and have the Resource Guide open in the Split Window.  You’ll see relevant commentary “hits” 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 commentary 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. You’ll save an enormous amount of time with this feature alone. 2. Search & Look Up Feature Search the commentary for words or passages.  Take “Vine” as an example.  You can search the entire commentary  series for where “Vine” is mentioned in the commentary series.  You can also limit your search to... View Article


A Basic and Solid Bible Study Library

January 30, 2014 12:02 pm Published by 10 Comments

If you’re like me, your introduction to Bible study tools was a bit rocky.  I first began teaching and preaching in my local church at age 14.  Before my first sermon, my Dad handed me my first Strong’s Concordance and a brand new Bible. Not really knowing where else to start, I would read through a passage of Scripture and look up every word in the Strong’s Concordance that I didn’t understand or that caught my attention. I quickly learned that I needed a more formalized approach to studying God’s Word. Since that time I’ve learned that I needed some basic tools to keep my Bible study on track. A Basic and Solid Library To help you get started, Olive Tree has bundled resources together to help you dig deeper into God’s word.  These bundles give you the basic tools to help you build a solid starter library. All of these wonderful resources are designed to be integrated into the Resource Guide within The Bible Study App for a seamless and easy-to-use Bible study experience. What’s in The Study Bible Bundles? Bible Study Essentials  Choose from the following Bible Translations: NIV, HCSB, NKJV or NRSV A Study Bible that corresponds to your... View Article


How to Create a Parallel Bible in The Bible Study App

January 27, 2014 1:21 pm Published by 16 Comments

The Bible Study App has over 50 Bibles available in multiple languages and as result is used by millions of people all around the world. Once a Bible is downloaded to your device you don’t need an internet connection to read or study. In the videos below you can see how to setup your own parallel Bible in the Bible Study App for easy translation comparison. For Mobile Devices: For Desktop:


3 Ways to Enhance your NIV Study Experience

January 20, 2014 3:09 pm Published by 2 Comments

You have the NIV, but what’s the next step in your Bible Study Experience? Here are three ways you can enhance your NIV Bible Study Experience (screenshots are taken from an iPad 2. Click for a larger view). #1: NIV Study Bible Notes A study Bible in The Bible Study App is an easy to use and very powerful tool in guiding you in your understanding of the text. Many study Bibles contain resources such as maps, timelines, profiles on Biblical characters, commentaries and articles. Our most popular NIV Study Bible Notes are Archaeological Study Bible Notes and the NIV Study Bible Notes.  However, there are also several other Study Bible Notes to choose from.  From Quest Study Bible Notes, and Couples’ Devotional Bible Notes, to Men’s Devotional Bible Notes and NIV True Identity Notes: The Bible for Women, we are sure you can find one that will help deepen your spiritual walk. Because study Bibles are uniquely enhanced for the resource guide they will work with any version of the Bible that is open in the main window. #2: NIV Application Commentaries After you’ve studied the Bible for yourself, it is often helpful to read trusted Bible scholars to see how they... View Article