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Look Inside: The NIV Greek-English Interlinear

April 11, 2016 12:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Learning Greek can be a difficult task. It takes years of study and countless hours of practice before you reach the point of reading the Greek New Testament without the help of additional resources. Unless your aim is to be a New Testament scholar, most will not achieve that level of comfort with the Greek text. That doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from using the Greek New Testament in your studies. Whether you’re someone who can read Greek proficiently or have only ever used a Strong’s Bible, Olive Tree’s NIV Greek-English Interlinear New Testament is here to meet your needs. Here’s a brief look inside the NIV Greek-English New Testament Interlinear . 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... View Article


Important Notice Regarding the Bible+ Windows Store App

April 4, 2016 3:00 am Published by 47 Comments

The mission of Olive Tree Bible Software is to inspire people to connect with God and the Bible via technology. Since our beginning as a company we’ve been blessed to carry out this mission and see God’s word being read and studied all around the world. While technology has changed our mission has remained the same and by God’s grace we’ll continue to carry out this mission for many years to come. We love to hear from people around the globe who have been with us through the many iterations of our App and advances in technology. Many of you found us while looking for a Bible for your very first handheld mobile device and as you moved from device to device your Olive Tree notes, highlights, and Bible study resources have moved with you. In order for us to continue to fulfill our mission we sometimes have to adapt to the changing market of technology to best focus our software development resources to serve the widest range of people. It’s with this in mind that we wanted to let you know we will no longer be supporting the Windows Store App (different than our Windows Desktop App). What does... View Article


3 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Study Bible Notes

March 29, 2016 3:00 am Published by 2 Comments

Study Bible Notes are a great resource for those wanting to go deeper in their study of the Bible. Here are three ways to use them in the Bible Study App that will help you unpack God’s word. 1. Resource Guide In your Main Window, open the Bible translation of your choice. (I have the NIV translation open in this example).  Then tap the arrow to open the split window on the right side of the screen (bottom if you are in portrait). Tap the more button (3 dots) and then choose Resource Guide. You’ll now see relevant “hits” in the resource guide from all of the resources you have downloaded to your device.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 Bible notes sync to exactly where you are in your reading.  You’ll save an enormous amount of time with this feature alone. As I scroll through the Resource Guide I can see all of my enhanced resources that have an entry pertaining to the current text that I’m reading. I notice that my NIV Study Bible Notes has entries for commentaries, outlines, introductions, and... View Article


It Is Finished

March 25, 2016 3:00 am Published by 1 Comment

By Olive Tree Staff: David T. Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:27–30 (NIV) I struggle to begin, here, at the end of Jesus last breath. I struggle because there is a depth of richness in these few verses. There is so much that I want to share, but if I shared it all, then I would lack a necessary focus for a meaningful a message. I also fear that I could easily over simplify what I want to say to make it more meaningful to us finite beings, and in that simplification misrepresent our Lord and his finished work on the cross. I would like to go back to the Sunday just prior to this day where Jesus makes his triumphal entry on a donkey and then proceed forward and take a... View Article


What is Apologetics?

March 15, 2016 3:35 pm Published by 2 Comments

Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith. The simplicity of this definition, however, masks the complexity of the problem of defining apologetics. It turns out that a diversity of approaches has been taken in defining the meaning, scope, and purpose of apologetics. The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used as a speech of defense. In ancient Athens it referred to a defense made in the courtroom as part of the normal judicial procedure. After the accusation, the defendant was allowed to refute the charges with a defense (apologia). The classic example of an apologia was Socrates’s defense against the charge of preaching strange gods, a defense retold by his most famous pupil, Plato, in a dialogue called The Apology. The word apologia appears 17 times in noun or verb form in the NT, and can be translated “defense” or “vindication” in every case. The idea of offering a reasoned defense of the faith is evident in Php 1:7,16; and especially 1 Pt 3:15, but no specific theory of apologetics is outlined in the NT. In the second century this general word for “defense” began taking on a narrower sense... View Article


Who was St. Patrick?

March 14, 2016 3:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Watch the following short video from our friends at Rose Publishing for a brief explanation of St. Patrick and how God used him to evangelize his former captors. Looking for resources on apologetics? Checkout the Apologetics Study Bible and other great titles HERE!


This Week’s Specials!

March 8, 2016 8:12 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This week get 8 Bible Study Titles at 70% off starting today! These titles will not only save you money, but will also make your Bible study quick and easy. Beat the Clock sale prices and hours are based on Pacific Standard time and are listed in US Dollars. Some deals are available only at OliveTree.com. Browse Entire Sale Discounts End March 14, 11:59PM PST Products and discounts listed above are available at OliveTree.com. Product and Discount availability may vary for in-app purchases. All prices are listed in USD and are exclusive of any applicable taxes. Some items not available for all regions or platforms. Copyright © 2016 Olive Tree Bible Software, All rights reserved. We send special offers to customers who sign up for an Olive Tree account. Our mailing address is: Olive Tree Bible Software P.O. Box 48271 Spokane, WA 99228


Verse Chooser for Bible+

February 22, 2016 8:18 am Published by 2 Comments

The verse chooser for the Bible+ App has functions beyond just navigating to chapter and verse in the Bible. Watch the video below to see more! Checkout our specials on great Bible study titles!


Look Inside: Thompson Chain Reference System

January 1, 2016 5:00 pm Published by 4 Comments

By Olive Tree Employee: Genny Gager Bible commentaries and study notes are great tools for understanding what the Bible has to say to us today. Often overlooked, however, is the value that using scripture to understand scripture can bring. God’s inspired word is a complex tapestry of themes all woven together, and the development of those themes can provide us with insight into the relevant message of the Bible for today’s readers. Finding our way around these themes can be a daunting task, especially given the variety of subjects covered in the Bible. A word search can be helpful, but it can give an incomplete picture due to the complexity of language and the context in which words are used. The great news is that Olive Tree offers the Thompson Chain Reference System, which links various themes together as they are touched upon and developed throughout Scripture. The very heart of this product is the thematic chains that number in the thousands, and people at all stages of learning about the Bible have used it in the 100 years since its initial release. The Thompson Chain resource is also a great study Bible, offering cross references, book outlines, book introductions, maps,... View Article


Get the Most out of your Strong’s Tagged Bible

December 26, 2015 5:00 pm Published by 4 Comments

By Olive Tree Employee: David Mikucki The great part about Strong’s Tagged Bibles is that anyone can use them. You don’t need to be seminary trained or have years of experience. You can just tap and read. The tool is powerful and practical enough to be useful even for personal study. As with many powerful tools, these resources can do more if you know how to use them. They can also be somewhat dangerous if you don’t know how to use them. We don’t just want to provide you with the resource; we want to help you get the most out of it and avoid the dangers of misinterpretation. In this post, we’ll talk about the basic features of Strong’s Tagged Bibles and about how to get the most out of each of them. Tap to See Greek/Hebrew Word The first feature is the most obvious. As soon as you tap, you can see what Greek or Hebrew word is behind it. This is the first thing you’ll see when you tap on a word. It’s probably most helpful for people who know Greek or Hebrew. Now, if you tap on a darker word and it doesn’t open to do anything, that means that the word... View Article