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Bible Knowledge Commentary
The Bible Knowledge Commentary will help any student of the Bible answer the following questions about the Scriptures:
The readable style, combined with careful scholarship, make this a Bible study aid you will add to your “most-used” shelf of books.
New International Greek Testament Commentary Series
The New International Greek Testament Commentary Series engages in deep exegetical and interpretational study of the New Testament on a verse-by-verse level, providing readers with detailed textual commentary and scholarly research. An enticing series for any reader of the Greek New Testament at any level of comprehension of the Greek language, this series opens up new doors for a Greek-minded study of the Bible.This series is a must for anyone looking for an accessible, respectable commentary on the Greek text.
Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament
Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament is ideal for sermon preparation and serious Bible study. Pastors and students of the Bible who seek deep and detailed engagement with the text of the New Testament have long relied on R. C. H. Lenski’s classic text. Hard to find in print, this 20 volume commentary series is now available for your digital library.
Calvin’s Commentaries is comprised of 22 volumes, including commentaries on 24 books of the Old Testament and all of the New Testament except for 2 & 3 John and Revelation. Calvin completed these commentaries in a 15 year span from 1540-1555.
John Calvin’s birthday is July 10. Be prepared with Calvin’s Commentaries and see more great titles by or about John Calvin here.
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Berkhof’s Systematic Theology
Written during his tenure at Calvin Theological Seminary and mostly transcribed from his lectures between 1926 and 1928, this work provides one of the clearest articulations of Reformed theology.Theologian Wayne Grudem has called Berkhof’s Systematic Theology “a great treasure-house of information and analysis… probably the most useful one-volume systematic theology available from any theological perspective.”
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By Olive Tree Staff: Joe Carter
Here at Olive Tree we’re pretty excited about this latest update to the Bible Study App for the Mac. It’s been some time since our last significant update, so we really wanted to make sure that this update was a special one!
What’s new? Here are just the highlights!
Daily Reading Plans
We now have Daily Reading built into the app, and you can start your reading in the morning on your Mac and finish in the afternoon on your iPad (or PC or Android) and with Olive Tree cloud sync, all of your devices will be up to date on where you are in your Daily Reading!
We’ve started with 60 different plans to help you engage in God’s Word with more on the horizon. We have 5, 10, and 30 day plans – and many that go the entire year (and you don’t have to wait until next January to start – you can start a new plan TODAY!). We’re really excited to make it easy to start a daily habit of spending time in God’s Word!
New Background Sync
Keep all your Notes, Highlights, Bookmarks and Reading Plans in sync across all your devices automatically. With this turned on, you will be kept up to date on all of the above items across all your devices as long as you have internet access!
New Quick Details
Hover your mouse cursor over links in the text to get instant details in a preview screen (Strong’s Numbers, Parsing, and Cross References, as well as alternate translations)
As before, you can click and get pop-up windows for all your links in the text, but now you can also just hover your mouse over links in the text and get a quick view of the content in the left side window of the main page (see screenshot!)
Pro tip here… you can also set another translation of the Bible to show in settings so if you hover over the verse numbers you’ll see that verse in another translation – you can select an alternate translation in your preferences as well, and then tapping the option key on your keyboard will instantly show the alternate translation. You can also hold the command key down and the app will look up whatever word your mouse cursor is over in any installed dictionaries (including the system dictionary, which is the up to date “New Oxford American Dictionary”). This even includes parsed original language texts and Strong’s Bibles. Finally, you can freeze the ‘Quick Details’ view by holding the ‘control’ key (then move your mouse over to the ‘Quick Details’ area to scroll in that view).
The Bible Study App now Automatically Checks for Updated Books and Resources in your Library
If there’s an update to a resource in your library, you’ll see a notification in the left sidebar and you can download the update whenever you choose.
In this release, we’ve included integrated social sharing that allows you to share Bible Verses to your favorite social networks – for our customers running OSX 10.8 and newer.
New Built-In Dictionary Support
Right-click on a word in the Bible Study App to define that word using the built-in dictionary in your Mac. As mentioned above, you can also hover over the word and tap the command key on your Mac to get a dictionary lookup in the Quick View – using built-in dictionaries, as well as dictionaries in your library.
We’re excited about all these improvements as we feel that this update to the Bible Study App will make a real difference in the speed and ease with which you can dig into God’s word with your Mac!
What is Systematic Theology
By Wayne Grudem
Get Wayne Grudem’s book Systematic Theology for the Bible Study App HERE!
Browse other books on systematic theology HERE.
The Olive Tree Bible Study app Sync server has gone down for maintenance. This means that you will get an “unknown error” when attempting to sync The Bible Study App.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
This week we are highlighting the “Prince of Preachers,” on his 179th birthday.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) converted to Christianity at the age of fifteen. By the age of twenty-two, he was the most popular preacher in England and remained so for the latter half of the 1800s. Spurgeon delivered nearly thirty-six hundred sermons throughout his life. To celebrate this prolific writer, you can get many works written by or about Charles Spurgeon in The Bible Study App starting at $0.99.
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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, and harmonies to aid us in our study.
We’ve put quite a bit of attention into converting the rich topical content so it can be used in the Bible Study app. Our goal was to make navigating the famous topical chains easy and intuitive and to allow quick access to the additional materials as well.
We’re going to walk through a quick example of how the Bible Study App can make navigating the Thompson Chain enjoyable and easy. The example uses and refers to the PC version of our software. We’ve designed this resource to work seamlessly with the built-in resource guide, so if you don’t already know how to open it, read this article to open it in the split window, and have your Bible of choice open in the main window of your app. Although we’ll be relying on the PC version in our example, other versions of our app will have similar functionality.
If you want to follow along with the example, bring 1 Samuel chapter 17 up in your Bible. With everything set up, the screen will look similar to this (your screen may look a little different depending on what resources you have and how you have your resource guide set up):
To activate the chains, tap the name of the Thompson Chain under the commentaries section of your resource guide. Your split-window view will change to a listing of verses directly related to your location: (more…)