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Titles to Help you Study the Bible

January 13, 2015 2:13 pm Published by 4 Comments

Reading and studying the Bible are important disciplines for all Christians, but the concept of Bible study can be more elusive. In Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods, Warren starts out by saying, “I have discovered that most Christians sincerely want to study their Bibles on their own, but they just don’t know how.” If you’re unsure of where to get started, we have several titles that will help. Take a look at How to Read the Bible Book by Book and How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart as good introductory Bible study resources. Learn To Study The Bible by Andy Deane, and Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul are also helpful for picking up good Bible study tools and habits. Study Bibles, like the NIV Study Bible Notes can provide notes, cross references and other insights into the text to help you in your Bible study. However, don’t get too bogged down with study books and miss out on the truths you can glean from digging into the text on your own. Here are some things to keep in mind when studying the Bible. Context, Context, Context Start by looking for the historical context: the author, style of writing, time period, audience and the historical background that... View Article


Syncable Bible Reading Plans

January 8, 2015 3:00 am Published by 17 Comments

Bible reading plans in The Bible Study App are easy to use and they sync between any device that has the App. Watch this video to see how! Sync is only possible with a free Olive Tree account. If you don’t have one sign up for one here!


Enhanced for the Resource Guide: Commentaries

January 2, 2015 8:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Bible Commentaries can be an extremely valuable study tool. Many commentaries include historical and culture context, theological interpretation, and other resources like timelines and charts. The resource guide of The Bible Study App makes using commentaries a seamless part of your study.In the below screenshot (click to enlarge) I have my Bible opened to Daniel chapter 1. The commentary section of the resource guide then shows me which of my commentaries have related entries to this text. The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary indicates seven entries so I’ll click on that commentary to see a preview of the those entries. Since this chapter talks about Daniel and his friends being placed in a Babylonian learning environment, I’m interested in learning more about what that may have looked like. I then click on the third entry that talks about the language and literature of the Babylonians. I can then read a fascinating article about historical Babylonian education that Daniel and his friends would have been exposed to. Thanks to enhanced commentaries like the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary I can easily gain some amazing insight that helps me view the Biblical text in new ways. Go here to see available commentaries!


Customize Your Resource Guide

October 17, 2014 8:10 am Published by 15 Comments

The Resource Guide is one of the top tools of the The Bible Study App. In the video below we show you how you can customize the layout of the different sections of the resource guide as well as what appears in those sections. Browse titles Enhanced for the Resource Guide Here!


Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook: A Companion for Bible Reading

September 30, 2014 11:09 am Published by Leave your thoughts

An excellent companion to your daily Bible reading, The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook is split into three sections: The first section explores the Bible’s organization, explains the basics of each book of the Bible, and gives a cultural and historical framework for the Old and New Testaments. The second section deals with the inspiration of Scripture and the steps taken to bring Scripture into the form we know it today. Topics explored in this section include the New Testament canon, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Bible translation, and more. The third section of The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook addresses how we use and understand the Bible, including information about literary features in the Bible, archeology in the Bible, and issues of authorship. There is something new for every student of Scripture. This invaluable resource will give you a broader and deeper understanding of the historical and cultural roots of God’s Word. Here is a sample from the Book of Acts: If you like the The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook you may also be interested in the Baker Illustrated Collection 6 Volume Set that includes the The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary, The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary, The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook, Visual Guide to Bible... View Article


Why learn Greek?

August 13, 2014 9:46 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Dr. Bill Mounce explains the benefits of learning Greek. a Interested in learning more? Grab Dr. Mounce’s book Basic’s of Biblical Greek Grammar and also check out this weeks sale on Greek and Hebrew resources.


Look Inside: Understanding The Bible Commentary Series

July 10, 2014 8:25 am Published by 5 Comments

The Understanding The Bible Commentary Series is now complete and consists of 36 volumes spanning the entire Old Testament and New Testament. Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. (screenshot below is of The Bible Study App on PC, click for larger view) Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes are also included. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship. Get the entire Understanding The Bible Commentary Series here!Watch the video below to hear more about The Understanding The Bible Commentary series.


A conversation with R. Kent Hughes

June 24, 2014 10:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

R. Kent Hughes was in pastoral ministry for 41 years, the last 27 as senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He earned his B.A. from Whittier College (history), an M.Div. from Talbot Seminary and a D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Kent is the author of numerous books, among them the best-selling Disciplines of a Godly Man. He is also editor of the projected 50-volume Preaching the Word series to which he has made numerous contributions. I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Hughes and ask him to share how this series came about and to reflect about the role a commentary can play in a preacher’s study. Of the 29 volumes of the Preaching The Word Commentary, you wrote 22 volumes. How did this project start? I was [the pastor] at College Church in Wheaton which had lots of students and academics. I was very careful about doing all of my work on my sermons and then making them come alive when I preached. Lane Dennis (President of Crossway) and I were at an event and he approached me about publishing my sermons. We came up with the name Preaching the Word, which comes from... View Article


eBooks in The Bible Study App

June 16, 2014 1:08 pm Published by 7 Comments

Over the years I’ve read some great books by various Christian authors on a wide range of topics. One thing that many of the different devotional and theological books have in common is that they all quote Scripture – a lot of Scripture. That’s a good thing but in cases where the Scripture isn’t copied into the main text of the book it can be distracting. You either have to look in the appendix or have your Bible nearby to look up the verse that the author references. Often times I’ll tell myself that I’ll go back and look up the verse later but… that doesn’t always happen. One of the things that makes The Bible Study App a great eReader is that nearly every scripture reference in an eBook becomes a hyperlink. Tapping a scripture reference (clicking for PC and Mac) will then popup the scripture reference in your preferred translation for easy reading. Not only that but you can interact with scripture reference by easily scrolling or adding a note based off of what you were just reading in your book. Olive Tree has a good selection of books available and in the coming months will be adding lots more new... View Article


Using the NA28 in The Bible Study App

May 30, 2014 2:00 pm Published by 4 Comments

By Olive Tree Staff: Matthew Jonas Many features of The Bible Study App make the NA-28 easier to use, but using certain features of the text and the apparatus can still be confusing.  With that in mind, I’d like to explain how to do a few basic things with the NA-28 text with Critical Apparatus and Mounce parsings, available through the Bible Study App.  We also offer the NA28 with critical apparatus (but no parsings), and the NA28 with parsings (but no apparatus).  If you have one of these texts, you may still find this article helpful, but not all of the information will apply to the particular text that you have. Using the Parsings Accessing a parsing in the Bible Study App is as simple as tapping on a word.  A popup should then appear displaying the dictionary form of the word, followed by a link to a Greek-English dictionary, followed by a gloss, then the parsing information.  The parsing information is stored in the form of a code which is written out fully immediately below. One feature that many users are not aware of is that the Bible Study App supports searching for specific forms of words by using these codes.  To do so, first check the... View Article