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Look Inside: Reformation Study Bible Notes (NKJV)

May 22, 2017 10:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Just released for Olive Tree’s Bible Study App is the new edition of the Reformation Study Bible Notes. We are excited to be able to partner with Ligonier Ministries to be one of the first to offer this outstanding Bible study resource. The Reformation Study Bible Notes (2015) have been thoroughly revised and carefully crafted under the editorial leadership of R.C. Sproul. Over 1.1 million words of new, expanded, or revised commentary from 75 distinguished theologians, pastors, and scholars from around the world contribute to make this an unparalleled discipleship resource. Includes new award-winning maps, topical articles, concordance, and historical creeds, confessions, and catechisms, and more.  It is a fantastic resource and we want to give you a look inside this new edition of the Reformation Study Bible Notes. In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad 2) I have my Bible text open in the main window to Acts 19. As I scroll through the Resource Guide in the Split Window I can see all of my enhanced resources that have an entry pertaining to the current text that I’m reading. I notice that the Reformation Study Bible Notes has entries for commentaries, maps, outlines, and introductions. The numbers indicate how many entries are available for each enhanced resource. The Reformation Study... View Article


Look Inside: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

March 20, 2017 10:00 am Published by 6 Comments

This week we’re able to offer some outstanding illustrated commentaries that are an amazing resource for use within the Olive Tree Bible 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 Olive Tree Bible App makes using Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary a seamless part of your study. In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad) 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 five 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... View Article


Three ways to use the Split Window

February 27, 2017 5:00 pm Published by 9 Comments

Whether you’re on a phone or tablet, one of the main Bible study features of the Olive Tree Bible App is the split window. In this blog, we’ll show you three ways you can use the split window for your Android smartphone, tablet, or Kindle Fire. (Click here for iOS.) First, to access the three features of the split window, do this: Now you will see three different features you can access in the split window. 1. The first and most popular is the Resource Guide The Resource Guide is your personal Bible study assistant. It looks to the main window of the app and pulls in relevant study helps such as people, places, topics, cross references, commentary notes, maps, and more. The more resources you have in your library, the more powerful the Resource Guide will be. Watch this video to see the Resource Guide in action. 2. My Stuff Selecting ‘My Stuff’ allows you to access your notes, highlights, tags, notifications and more. A personal favorite is having my notes open in the split window next to my Bible text. Whether you’re journaling during your own devotion time or taking notes from the text as your pastor is speaking, having the ability... View Article


Six ways to use the Split Window

February 27, 2017 5:00 pm Published by 60 Comments

Whether you’re on a phone or tablet, one of the main Bible study features of the Olive Tree Bible App is the split window. In this blog, we’ll show you six ways you can use the split window for your iPhone or iPad. (Click here for Android.) First, to access the six features of the split window do this: Once you tap the ‘More’ button, you will see six different features you can access in the split window.1. The first and most popular is the Resource Guide The Resource Guide is your personal Bible study assistant. It looks to the main window of the app and pulls in relevant study helps such as people, places, topics, cross references, commentary notes, maps, and more. The more resources you have in your library, the more powerful the Resource Guide will be. 2. Recently Opened This feature allows you to quickly view a list of recently-opened resources. Whether you were recently reading another Bible translation or a Christian eBook, you can quickly pull it up in the split window here. 3. Library Favorites This list is curated by you and chosen from your library. When you tap ‘Library Favorites’, you will see your... View Article


What is an ‘Enhanced’ title?

February 22, 2017 8:45 am Published by 7 Comments

If you’ve ever been on OliveTree.com or browsed the in-app store, you’ve probably seen the light bulb icon on a number of titles. In the app, it looks like this: On the website, it looks like this: So what’s different about a title that has been ‘enhanced’ compared to one that isn’t? An enhanced title means that we’ve taken a plain eBook and given it extra functionality, so that it can be easily accessed in the Resource Guide. For example, many study Bibles include not just commentary notes but also maps, charts, images, and outlines. When we enhance a study Bible, all the information from the study Bible that is relevant to the passage of Scripture you’re reading will appear in the Resource Guide. All you have to do is tap on an outline, a map, etc. in the Resource Guide to make use of the study Bible’s full capabilities. Now, whenever you see that a title is marked as enhanced, you’ll know you’re getting a great resource designed specifically to help you go deeper in your study of God’s Word.For more information about how the Resource Guide works, go HERE. For more on specific types of enhanced resources, check out... View Article


Five Benefits of Sync

February 13, 2017 2:05 pm Published by 7 Comments

The definition of synchronization (sync for short) is, the coordination of events to keep them in time. One of the most underrated and important features of the Olive Tree Bible App is the sync feature. If you’re not familiar with syncing, here are five things you need to know about sync: Sync Between Devices In the Olive Tree Bible App, sync includes your notes, highlights, tags, saved passages, book ribbons, reading plans, and categories (collectively called annotations). This means that if you have the Bible App on multiple devices, your annotations will be transferred between devices so you always have access to them. For example, if you highlight a verse on your phone, that same highlight will be present on your tablet. If you are taking notes on your laptop, you can access those same notes on your phone. Don’t Lose Your Stuff Whether it’s in water or on a hard surface, one of the worst feelings is dropping your device.  The thought of losing it and all of your important data can be overwhelming. Thankfully, the sync feature ensures that all of your annotations from the Olive Tree Bible App aren’t gone forever. Whether you’re switching devices or trying... View Article


Is that in the Bible?

February 7, 2017 12:53 pm Published by 3 Comments

When I was youth pastor, at least once a year I would open up my Bible and tell the students to turn to the book of Hezekiah. After 30 seconds of pages flapping and Bible app searching I would then reveal that there is no such book (although you can find King Hezekiah in 2 Kings). While it’s true that social media has fed our desire for bite sized quotes and Bible verses our proclivity for out of context bites of wisdom predates Twitter. Here are four of the most common quotes attributed to scripture that aren’t actually in the Bible. There’s a good chance you’ll recognize one or all of them.  “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” If your Mom ever used this to convince 8 year old you that God wanted you to take to take a bath, it probably worked. This idiom had been circulating since the 1500’s but reportedly made it’s way into Christendom in the 1700’s via a sermon by the founder of Methodism, John Wesley.“God helps those who help themselves.” This quote may pluck at the part of us that values hard work but it is nowhere to be found in scripture. While similar ideas... View Article


Look Inside: Baker Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Time Lines

February 6, 2017 1:59 pm Published by 9 Comments

Charts, maps, and timelines can enrich your understanding of God’s Word and help give you a broader understanding of the times in which the Bible was written. The aptly named Baker Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Timelines provides material based on the most up-to-date biblical scholarship to advance your study of God’s Word. This comprehensive resource brings the Bible to life and gives you access to great scholarship. Here’s a brief look inside this resource with screenshots from the Olive Tree Bible App on an Android tablet.  Many of the tools found within this resource can be accessed under the proper sections in the Resource Guide for quick reference. For this particular title we recommend opening it in the main window of the app or in the split window as you can easily navigate to what you’re looking for. The Baker Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Timelines has four primary sections. A map index, where you can search by region or keyword. A general Bible index, where you can view tools that are broad in their scope. And then a New Testament and Old Testament section with maps, charts, and timelines specifically dedication to that part of the Bible. Scriptures in the various... View Article


Olive Tree Bible App Year in Review

January 20, 2017 3:00 am Published by 7 Comments

2016 was a great year as people just like you used the Olive Tree Bible App for reading and studying God’s word! All around the world and from all walks of life people continued to use the app for personal devotions, sermon preparation, small group gatherings, church worship services and more. As the new calendar has turned over we wanted to share with you a few stats from 2016.Whether it was iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, Kindle Fire, PC, or Mac, you opened the app millions of times to engage with God’s word! 213 million app opens means that on average 6 people open the app per second. Someone somewhere is always reading at the same time as you.21 Million hours is the equivalent of 2,397 years in the app! Of all the apps you own, anytime spent in the Olive Tree Bible App is time well spent because it means you were feeding your soul.If you have a decent sized collection of resources in your library the ability to ‘favorite’ the ones you use the most is a great app feature.With reading plans as short as week to as long as two years the app makes keeping track... View Article