Here’s how to get the most out of The Bible Study App by learning about its powerful features and how they can work for you.
We’re pleased to announce The New Moody Atlas of the Bible as a new title available to the Olive Tree library for The Bible Study App. Watch the video below for a brief look at how this title looks and works within the App.
The newly released Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times has amazing content and is a great resource for Bible Study. The introduction states that the “goal of this visual guide is to restore clarity and vitality to those portions of God’s Word that speak of the activities and social stations of the past.” The Bible Study App integrates this resource into a seamless part of your Bible Study.
Here’s one example of an article I found on “Pharisee”. (screenshots taken from the Windows Desktop Bible Study App. Click for a larger view).
With Matthew 23:2 in the ESV opened in the Main Window, I read that Jesus said, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses ‘seat…”. I can open The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times in the split window and navigate to the article on “Pharisee”.
Once I get to the article, I can see the article on Pharisee and read it in the split window without having to leave my Bible text.
As I’m reading I see several full-color photographs relevant to the article I’m reading. For example, within the Pharisee article is a picture of “the seat of Moses”. If there are any footnote references, I can tap/click on those and they can be viewed in a pop up.
Continuing to look through this article, there are several other photographs that help give me not only a better understanding of Pharisees, but also a visual picture of what a synagogue would have looked like:
even down to a temple warning inscription blocked Gentile access to certain segments of the temple complex. As with all resources in The Bible Study App , I can tap/click Scripture references to view them in a pop up without having to leave my place in the Bible text.
With The Bible Study App, I can also make notes, highlights, and tags within the The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times to help keep my Bible Study organized.
Looking through these beautiful full-color photographs gives a sense of being “in the action” and gives a sense of realism and depth. As the author states, “cultural practices of the past are fascinating on their own, but even more so as they help us correctly interpret God’s Word and apply it to our lives.”
As you can see, The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times is a fantastic resource that will help you increase your Bible knowledge.
By Olive Tree Developer: Adam H.
I’m glad to finally share that we have updated the Bible+ Windows Store app for Windows 8.1. A lot has improved in this version taking it much more powerful for studying the Bible.
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The Store app now supports the full range of Olive Tree resources that were not previously available for the Windows App. This includes Strong’s Bibles with popups, parsed Greek & Hebrew texts, and other original language resources.
The Resource Guide is my favorite feature in Olive Tree’s apps. It even had me, an avid fan of Microsoft, once considering an iPad. I had a lot of fun building out this feature into the Store app, and pray that it only increases your enjoyment of God’s word.
What about Windows 8?
This latest app update will only run on the newly released Windows 8.1. While we typically don’t drop such recent versions of operating systems from our development support, there are a number of things that Microsoft enabled in Windows 8.1 that made it almost necessary to offer a great experience with this update. On top of that, Windows 8.1 is a free update. The most important additions that Windows 8.1 include are:
1. Multiple window sizes. You might have noticed some apps in Windows 8.1 appear narrow, no matter the size you’ve given them. Only by targeting 8.1 can we actually use all of that space, greatly increasing the usefulness of Resource Guide.
2. ListView improvements. For a complete Resource Guide experience, we had written a lot of custom list code that never seemed to work quite right. Microsoft enhanced the lists to meet our needs and we are now able to use the (much faster) built in versions.
It has been a while since our last update, and I’m sure you may have questions about what’s next. I encourage you to ask! Developing this app has progressed very differently than our other platforms like iOS and Android, and there are some good, technical answers as to why.
When Paul and Silas went to the town of Berea to teach, the book of Acts records their response to the teaching : “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. “Acts 17:11 (ESV)
We live in an exciting time where access to God’s word is advancing faster than ever yet Biblical illiteracy in America is actually on the rise. We should look at the Bereans response and make it our own, being eager to receive God’s word and diligent to study it. The mission statement of Olive Tree is to “inspire people to connect with God and the Bible” and the Bible Study App is a result of that mission. So how can The Bible Study App help you as you study God’s word and grow in your faith?
There are many unique tools in The Bible Study App that help me study God’s word but if I had to pick one that has the most potential it would be the Resource Guide. The Resource Guide is found in the split pane of the Bible Study App. The Resource Guide allows you to easily access commentaries, maps, topics, cross reference verses, and a whole lot more. There are also many great resources available on the Olive Tree bookstore that can be easily added to enhance your study. Whether you’re preparing a sermon, bible study, or just for your own personal growth, you can literally have a library’s worth of content at your fingertips to aid your study and understanding of God’s word.
With all of these resources available, the Bible Study App then allows you to highlight and take note of those things that God is teaching you through his Word. By clicking on a verse or highlighting it with your cursor you can take notes and organize them into custom categories or color highlight for future reference. Because of the ability to sync devices you can not only sync notes between platforms but also have the confidence they won’t ever be lost.
As I continue to use the Bible Study App I’m finding that the tools it provides me with allow me to really dig deep into God’s word in a different way than I ever have – as scripture, note taking, and resources are all combined into one experience. Being a 21st century Berean is great!
The Life Application Study Bible is newly available to the Olive Tree library for The Bible Study App.
Here’s a short video showing how it works.