One of the key components to any digital Bible study library is a commentary. Study Bibles are great for getting quick information about a passage but when you want to investigate a passage further you’ll turn to a commentary. In this blog we’ll do a walk through on how to use a Bible commentary in the Olive Tree Bible App. Using a Commentary Like many resources in the Bible App, the best way to get the most out of your library is by using the Resource Guide; commentaries are no exception. To illustrate, let’s use the Moody Bible Commentary as if we’re starting to read Mark’s gospel. Introductions When beginning a study on a new book of the Bible, one of the first things you want to do is get some background information. Resource Guide makes this easy. Simply scroll down to the “Introductions” section, where we find a hit for our commentary. Here we find information about the gospel, it’s author, date, audience, purpose, and other issues worth keeping in mind. Outlines Next, you’ll want to get a feel for how the book is laid out, so let’s find an outline. Again, the Resource Guide shows us that Moody Bible Commentary has an outline for our book,... View Article
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The Olive Tree Bible App comes loaded with features but sometimes you just need somewhere to start. Here are four features of the app – in no particular order – that you should try out today. Notes and Highlights There are plenty of good reasons to make a note or highlight. Maybe something you we’re reading really impacted you in a new way or maybe your Pastor is preaching on a specific passage and said something you don’t want to forget. Notes and highlights in the app become a reference point in your Bible reading that help you remember and capture truth. The great thing is that if you make a note or highlight they will sync up and be available on any other device you have the app installed on! Reading Plans Intentions are great but if they aren’t accompanied with a plan they usually don’t happen. Reading plans in the app help our best intentions to be in God’s word become a reality. From as short as 7 days to as long as a year there are dozens of great reading plans to choose from. Resource Guide The feature that is guaranteed to be the most useful to... View Article
While we are getting near to the end of our 12 Days of Christmas sale we aren’t running out of fantastic resources for your Bible study library! In Day 11 we highlight titles that give you amazing insight into the times that the Bible was written. One such title is the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Read on to see how it works in the Olive Tree Bible App. Look Inside: Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus. Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world. Watch the video below for a quick glimpse at how NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible looks in the Olive Tree Bible... View Article
Encounter the living Jesus in all of Scripture. From the Passion Movement, The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition, with exclusive articles from Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn, lifts Jesus up as the lead story of the Bible. Profound yet accessible study features help you meet Jesus throughout Scripture. See him in every book so that you may know him more intimately, love him more passionately, and walk with him more faithfully. Features: Introduction by Louie Giglio 66 book introductions highlight the story of Jesus in every book 7 compelling essays on the grand narrative of Scripture by Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn guide you to treasure Jesus and encourage you to faithfully follow him as you participate in his story Over 300 full-page articles and nearly 700 sidebar articles reveal Jesus throughout all of Scripture Single-column text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible — the New International Version (NIV) NIV dictionary-concordance Screenshots from The Jesus Bible for the Olive Tree Bible App (iOS). Articles are inline with the Bible text. Content from The Jesus Bible can also be accessed via the Resource Guide while using any Bible translation in... View Article
Cross Reference and Concordances are a must have Bible study tool and are on sale in day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale! But what is the difference between a Cross Reference and a Concordance?Cross References A cross reference is a verse that has a similar theme or topic as the verse that you are reading. In the Olive Tree Bible App these are most easily found in the Resource Guide under Related Verses. In the above screenshot I’m reading Ephesians 4 in the NIV. Under related verses I see nine cross reference entries that are already a part of the NIV translation. I can tap the resource of my choice to bring up the specific cross references related to the text open in my main window. I chose the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and now see a list of topics and words sorted by verse. The great thing about the Bible App is that I can tap any of these verses for a quick look without having to leave my primary reading. Cross references are a great tool when you are trying to study themes or topics found in all of scripture. But if you are wanting... View Article
On Day Nine of the 12 Days of Christmas sale you can get great titles on Apologetics and other other great reference works. What is Apologetics? Why are you a Christian? Christianity is outdated and needs to get with the times. What proof do you have to substantiate your beliefs? Isn’t it just blind faith in a fictional God? The creation story in Genesis can’t be true because we’ve proven that evolution is true. Don’t all religions eventually get you to the same place? Just do what works for you. Does any of that sound familiar? It should because it’s a picture of the times we live in. Christianity and the Bible are under attack from all angles, and if you believe in the God of the Bible, you’re viewed as someone who is antiquated and needs to get with it or shut up. While it is sometimes easier to keep our faith to ourselves, Christianity is a perfectly rational and defensible worldview. We do not hold to a blind faith. There is plenty of evidence and logic to back up our claims. As Christians, we ought to be ready to defend our faith against its opponents. The Apostle Peter tells us in... View Article
Bible Maps, Visual Guides, and Illustrated title are what you get in Day Eight of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale! For the visual learner these types of resources give us a literal picture of Bible times and aid in giving us the big picture of the awesomeness of God and his word. Watch the video below to see why they are a must have for your Bible study library! See all of our great visual titles on sale now!
On Day Seven of our 12 Days of Christmas we have fantastic Bible Commentaries on sale! Whether you’re looking for a commentary on one book of the Bible or the entire Bible we’ve got you covered. A Bible commentary is an invaluable resource in helping you understand the times, theology, and application of God’s word. In the Olive Tree Bible App they are simple to use and a great reference for your study. Watch the video below to see how they work in the Olive Tree Bible App! See the hundreds of Bible commentaries that are on sale now for up to 80% off!
On Day Six of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale add a Word Study Bible to your library! What is a word study Bible? A word study Bible gives you access to the original languages of the Bible for deeper study. Simply tap/click on a word and you’ll get the Hebrew or Greek word behind the English translation. You can then read a dictionary entry or lookup that word to see where and how it’s translated in other parts of the Bible. Watch the video below to see a Word Study Bible in action or go here to browse available resources for the Olive Tree Bible App.See all Word Study Bibles on sale now!
Day Five of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale features thousands of great Christian eBooks as well as Greek and Hebrew resources! The Olive Tree store has top Christian eBooks that have unique functionality within the app. Watch the video below to see how they work and then find your favorite author at OliveTree.com! Browse Day Five our sale now!