On Day Three of our 12 Days of Christmas we have great deals on a variety of Bible Study Tools! Whether you want to do a study on a specific word, get insight from trusted theologians, or dig into some theology we’ve got your covered in today’s sale. Read on to see an example of a great Bible Study Tool and see how it works in the Olive Tree Bible App! While many have lamented the thought of having to learn the original languages in Bible college or seminary, I relished the idea. I saw it as an opportunity to unlock a new world of Bible study that would give me greater insight for Bible interpretation. After several years of study I learned something very important: my English Bible was often enough. Yes, there were times when knowing Greek and Hebrew proved useful; but, for the most part, I found Bible translators had done a great job in conveying the thoughts of the Bible’s authors. If true, that begs the question. How do I use the original languages in my Bible study? Usually I’m doing word studies, which I want to show you how to do in the Olive Tree Bible App.... View Article
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On Day Two of our 12 Days of Christmas you can save big on Study Bibles! Study Bible notes in the Olive Tree Bible App give you answers and insight to all of scripture and quickly become an invaluable part of your Bible reading. Study Bible notes can also be used with any translation that you have open in the main window. With over 80 Study Bibles on sale, you’re sure to find the right one for you. See them all here!
Our 12 Days of Christmas begins today with this great giveaway! Thanks to our friends at Lockman we’re giving away the New American Standard Bible today through December 28. This trusted Bible translation is normally $9.99 but you can get it for free to use in the Olive Tree Bible App. Go HERE to add the NASB to your account now!
By Olive Tree Employee: Harold Coleman How do we move from reading the Bible to applying it to our lives? For many the idea of “studying” the Bible is overwhelming and questions soon follow: What commentary should I use? Do I need to know Greek or Hebrew to really understand Scripture? Does it take college-level training to understand Scripture? For the vast majority of Christians, these things aren’t necessary. Most of what is necessary to know God is simple to understand in a normal reading of the Bible, regardless of our education. I recommend the LifeConnect Study Bible Notes as a companion to learning to apply the word of God to our lives because of the simple S.O.A.P. method that it uses. Pastor Wayne Cordeiro believes it shouldn’t be so hard to apply Scripture, and he provides simple-to-understand examples of this method that has us read Scripture, make Observations about the text, consider Applications to personal challenges we see in the Scripture, and finally Pray for God’s help in applying the Scripture to our lives. With the Olive Tree Bible App, the S.O.A.P. method can be applied to any verse or part of a verse by creating a note for... View Article
If you’re ready to take the next step in your study of the Bible than this blog is for you. Read on to find out how to build your own custom study Bible! Step 0: Use the Olive Tree Bible App We don’t want to assume anything here but the foundation is important and the building blocks of your ultimate study Bible start with our Bible App. You can search resources in a matter of seconds, quickly look up cross references, and study anywhere. You don’t have to worry about flipping pages or having a large desk so that you can open all your books at once. Instead, carry your entire library on your phone, tablet, or laptop. There is no steep learning curve required to use the app and all the features are intuitive. So, download the app & let’s move to Step 1. Step 1: Add a Bible Translation A lot of people don’t think about Bible translations and how they can help their Bible study. For many, they use whatever Bible translation they were given when they became a Christian and never give it a second thought. Yes, the thee’s and thou’s of the KJV may be quite poetic, but what good... View Article
The Olive Tree store offers some fantastic Bible map and atlas resources but you may wonder how they actually work. Watch the video below to see why they are invaluable resource to have as part of your Bible study library. Want to add a map or atlas to your library? Go here to see more!
The following excerpt is taken from the newly released book No God but One: Allah or Jesus? By Nabeel Qureshi In the summer of 2012, I spent eight weeks in Oakland, California, studying Arabic through Middlebury College. I had just graduated from Duke University, where I had focused on the Gospels and the Quran for my master’s degree. Even though my mother had taught me in my childhood how to recite Arabic, I could not use the language to communicate, so I knew that greater familiarity with Arabic would go a long way in my future graduate studies. I entered Middlebury just beyond the introductory level, which meant I would be prohibited from communicating in any language other than Arabic for the entire eight weeks. The program was so serious about this rule that we had to sign a contract the day we arrived. No English whatsoever, at any point, for two whole months. Not even during the evenings and weekends! Until that time, I had not realized just how important language is for relieving stress. No jokes, no storytelling, very little fellowship—just a lot of hand gestures and listening to upperclassmen jabber away. It was a very trying time, but... View Article
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 App. For more information or to add this title to your Bible study library go HERE!
The KJV Reese Chronological Study Bible is a new release for the Olive Tree Bible App. It features the KJV text laid out in a linear fashion that’s easy to read and navigate through. At the start of each section, there are links allowing for quick access forward or backward in the Bible’s timeline. The table of contents allows for either the default Olive Tree grid verse chooser, for navigation to specific verses, or a list layout to navigate based on time period. You can quickly go from what the Bible has to say about a particular time period, to a specific verse, in a matter of seconds. If you have another Bible open in the main window of your Olive Tree Bible App, you will have access to nearly 300 study notes throughout the KJV Reese Chronological Study Bible, which will show up in the Resource Guide under the “Commentary” section. The KJV Reese Chronological Study Bible also contains additional features, like a year-long reading plan that can be followed either in this or your favorite Bible translation. Get the KJV Reese Chronlogical Study Bible for the Olive Tree Bible App today!
One of the most popular resources to use in the Olive Tree Bible App is a Strong’s tagged Bible. This Bible study tool gives you access to the Hebrew and Greek that the Bible was originally written in. See how it works in the video below. See all available Strong’s Bible’s here!