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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!000000


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. 000000


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. 000000


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


Using the NA28 Apparatus as a Part of a Bible Study

May 29, 2014 2:46 pm Published by 5 Comments

By Olive Tree Staff: Matthew Jonas I teach a weekly Bible study, and recently we were reading through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).  This has always been one of my favorite passages in the Scriptures and I was especially excited to get to the section on prayer and specifically to discuss the Lord’s Prayer.  I began by reading over the text of the passage itself.  I generally prepare my notes working from the Greek and Hebrew, but I then read from a number of different English translations in the study itself.  For this particular passage, I was reading from the ESV.  As soon as I had finished reading, someone pointed out that there was a line “missing” from the ESV at the end of the Lord’s Prayer.  She was using the NKJV, which adds the line “for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen” at the end of verse 13.  This question led to a discussion about why that line is in some translations but not others. Since I started working for Olive Tree, I’ve transitioned to using almost entirely electronic texts of the Bible.  I had my notes and my Bibles there...... View Article


Look Inside: NA28 Greek New Testament

May 27, 2014 1:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Novum Testamentum Graece (NA28) sets a new standard among Greek New Testament editions with its revisions and improvements. In the Bible Study App by Olive Tree Bible Software the NA28 is an invaluable resource for those who want to study the original language of the New Testament. Watch the video below to see how the NA28 works in The Bible Study app running on a Mac. Go HERE to see all Greek & Hebrew Titles available for The Bible Study App! 000000


Look Inside: The Complete Word Study Bible (CWSB)

May 22, 2014 7:15 am Published by 1 Comment

By Olive Tree Employee: Joe Carter I’ve been a big fan of the Complete Word Study Bible (CWSB) from AMG Publishing House on Olive Tree’s Bible Study app for some time now. This one resource in print actually takes 4 volumes: The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament The Complete Word Study Old Testament The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament The Complete Word Study New Testament This is a massive original language study in one resource! I love that you can search by the English, Greek, Hebrew, or by Strong’s Numbers! Even though I personally have limited knowledge about the underlying original languages, the CWSB allows me to read through the text in English, and quickly get in-depth info on any word there just by tapping on it! The CWSB will give you information on the parts of speech for a word (and give you links that explain what those parts of speech mean if you don’t know – with examples no less!) – the Strong’s Number for that word, a VERY robust dictionary / exegetical discussion about the word in question as well as a link to a concordance at the end of nearly every entry showing you every verse in the Bible where a word is...... View Article