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
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
The New Year is a great time to start a Bible reading plan! Every year we start out with the best intentions to eat better, exercise and feed ourselves spiritually, yet without out a plan and some level of accountability our best intentions often run out of steam. While the Olive Tree Bible App can’t help you with diet and exercise, it can help you start a new spiritual habit of regularly being in the Word. In the app you’ll find a variety of reading plans that are as short as a week and as long as two years. With a variety of topics and structures, a reading plan in the Bible App is a great way to dive into the word on a regular basis. There’s also no reason to feel guilty if you miss a day or two as our reading plans are setup to allow you to go at your own pace. Of all the goals you can set for 2017 this is one that you can make and keep!Click the link below for step by step instructions for your device! Android/Kindle iOS Mac PC
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. 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
Did you know that you can buy an eBook or Bible study resource for someone? It’s easy to do and makes a great giving option, especially if someone you know has an Olive Tree wishlist. First, go to the specific product page of the title you want to give. Under the Add to Cart button you’ll see the option to Give As Gift. Once you click/tap the Give As Gift button you’ll see various options to fill out and then you’ll click Add to Cart to to pay for the title. Similar to Gift Cards, at checkout you will have the option to have the redemption code sent directly to the recipient or sent to your email so you can deliver it later. Have a question about how to gift a resource to a friend or loved one? Ask in the comments section below.
In our latest iOS update we’ve completely revamped our reading plan experience to make it easier to find the reading plan that is just right for you. You can also setup reminders on the day and time that you choose! You can find reading plans by tapping Reading Plans in the menu. Then tap Featured to see available reading plans for download*. Scroll through the featured categories or use the search feature to find a reading plan by keyword or length. There are reading plans from as short as 5 days to as long as two years. If you’re interested in a particular reading plan tap it to get more information. Once you tap Start Reading Plan you’ll be taken to a screen with more details and options. One of the new features of our reading plans is the ability to set custom reminders. To do this tap Plan Details and Options. At the bottom of the Plan Details and Options page you’ll see options for setting a date and time to be reminded to continue your daily reading. Set a time that works best for you and you’ll get a friendly reminder** to continue your plan.*Please note that an internet... View Article
The term Bible Dictionary probably makes you think of a fairly boring and dry reference book. However, a Bible Dictionary is truly invaluable in helping you unpack God’s word. Unlike a normal word dictionary a good Bible dictionary will not only give you the definition of a word, person or a place but you can often read a short article, access verse cross references, or see things like images and maps. The insight it gives can help you explore the world of the Bible like never before! If you don’t yet have a Bible Dictionary the Essential Bible Dictionary would be a great place to start. In addition to defining words, places, people, and the many themes of the Bible, the Essential Bible Dictionary has full color images, maps and illustrations and is ideal for us in personal devotion and Bible study. It’s truly a storehouse of information that provides essential information regarding the original times of the Bible. You can get the Essential Bible Dictionary by tapping HERE! To view other Bible Dictionaries tap HERE!
The great thing about using a study Bible in the Olive Tree Bible App is that they can be used with any Bible translation! Because of the way our Resource Guide connects Bible study resources with the text you’re reading in the main window, study notes can be used with any Bible translation. In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad) I have the King James Version of the Bible opened in the main window and under the Commentaries section of the resource guide I see a number next to my study Bible notes. This number indicates available entries based on John 3:1-7. You’ll also notice that the study notes I have installed are not based on the King James Version of the Bible yet they still work the same. Again, any Bible opened in the main screen will work with any study Bible notes that you have installed. In the screenshot below I have the English Standard Version opened in the main window and I’ve got the NIV Study Bible Notes opened in the split window. The notes will stay in sync with what I’m reading regardless of the translation difference. We have over 90 different study Bibles to choose... View Article
One feature we’ve had quite a few requests for is the ability to make a wish list and we are happy to announce that this is now possible at www.OliveTree.com. If you are logged in with your Olive Tree account, click on any product and you will see a button in the left side bar that says Add To Wish List. When you add a product to your wish list you will then be taken to your wish list screen This screen confirms that the product was added to your wish list and you then have a few more options. You can move the item from your list to your cart for purchase by selecting Add to Cart. You can share your wishlist via email, Facebook, or Twitter You can choose to make your wish list Public or Private. Public wish lists can only be seen if someone has a link. Delete item or delete the entire list. You can access your wish list at any time by going to your account screen after login and selecting My Wish List from the available options. Do you want to purchase something for a friend or loved one that is on their... View Article