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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 2 Comments

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!


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


Designing Bible+ 6 for iOS: Menus and Navigation

October 30, 2015 12:57 pm Published by 18 Comments

Our goal in designing Bible+ 6 for iOS was to provide you with an experience that delights you, makes studying easier, and stays out of the way so you can focus on God’s Word. Last time, we talked a bit about how we structured text layout so that you can read faster, understand easier, and remember better. In this post, we want to talk about how you move around in the app and access all of the various features. The Menu Smartphones and tablets are rapidly changing. Screens are getting bigger and nicer. While it used to make sense to separate “My Stuff” and “Advanced Settings” into two completely different menus to save space, we find now that the added space for longer menus (among other factors) has made it a better practice to have one longer menu with headers than to have multiple menus. One effect this has is that of simplifying the reading interface. When you tap to see the menu bar, you now see fewer icons and buttons to tap on. This means that you don’t have to think as much about what it is you that want to access. We’ve also discovered that this change—at the... View Article


Designing Bible+ 6 for iOS: Typography and Layout

October 23, 2015 10:40 am Published by 17 Comments

Bible study can be a complex thing. There are a lot of things to keep track of: highlighting words and verses, writing notes, leaving bookmarks, saving passages, creating categories, tagging things, reading commentaries, studying maps and charts, looking up Greek and Hebrew words, and more things I can’t even think of right now. Honestly, I’ve tired myself out just listing all of those things. When you do all these things with paper books, it can be hard to keep track of where you put your highlighters and on which page of which book that helpful definition of agape was written. Bible software is supposed to make all of this easier for you, but sometimes it falls short of that. Sometimes apps can be hard to use: it can be hard to figure out how to view a note you’ve written or it can be tricky to get your settings just right. A lot of this has to do with how the app is designed, which is why our app’s design is something we’re always thinking about. We want Bible+ to be an app that provides easy access to all the tools and resources you need in studying the Bible. We... View Article


Look Inside: Bible+ 6.0 for Android

June 8, 2015 3:00 pm Published by 9 Comments

Take a look at the latest update for Bible+ 6.0 for Android devices. Check out many of New Titles that are 50% off this week to celebrate the launch of Bible+ 6.0 Update for Android. Learn more about the Bible+ 6.0 for Android update here. If you haven’t already done so, you can update to the latest Bible+ 6.0 for Android version by clicking the link Google Play Store graphic below: