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Best Titles of 2017

Posted by on 01/17/2018 in:

2017 was another great year at Olive Tree Bible Software. Along with all of new app updates and functionality we added to our Olive Tree Bible App this past year, we also added almost 1,000 titles to our store—bringing our current catalog up to over 11,800 titles.

It’s been our privilege to help choose what new titles to release, and what titles to highlight over this past year. We are always trying to provide resources that you will find interesting and helpful. That’s why we took a look back at what YOU thought the best titles and new releases were for the year. Here they are!


At the top of charts in Bibles is the Amplified Bible (2015 Edition). This update to the 1987 Bible translation has continued to rise in the rank of favorite translations for our users. It includes more amplification in the Old Testament and refined amplification in the New Testament.

For new Bibles in 2017, we added the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) as well as the Passion Translation: New Testament. Both have become popular choices among our users.

If you haven’t read these Bible translations, all make excellent choices to setup as a parallel Bible in the Olive Tree Bible App.


Not content with only being our top Bible, our best-selling study Bible in 2017 was the Amplified Study Bible. This unique study Bible features verse-by-verse study notes and the text of the newly revised Amplified translation. Features include more than 5,000 concise study notes, 330 practical theological notes, full-color maps and more!

2017 also saw the release of the Complete Jewish Study BibleNKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible Notes, and the Spurgeon Study Bible Note—which round out our top five best-sellers for the year!


A perennial favorite, Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary lead the way in top choices for study tools yet again!

NIV Word Study Bible, Mounce’s Complete Expository DictionaryThompson Chain Reference Study Bible and Olive Tree Bible Maps complete the top five choices for the year.

Best-selling new releases included the MacArthur Topical Bible, The Complete Topical Guide to the Bible, and the New Revised Standard Version with Strong’s Numbers. All of these have been enhanced for use within our Olive Tree Bible App and will save you valuable study time.


Can anyone read the list of the best-selling original language tools? Because it’s all Greek to me! Funny, right?

Our top three best-sellers for original language tools include the Analytical Greek New Testament (AGNT) with Morphology, Lexicon, and Apparatus, the NA28 with Apparatus, Mounce Parsings, and Dictionary, and the NASB Greek-English Interlinear New Testament. If you’re looking to take your Greek word studies to the next level, these are excellent choices.


Last, but certainly not least, is our best-selling commentaries for 2017.

Our most popular choice for year was the newly released Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible (POSB) Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44 Vols.). This is an outstanding resource resource for expository or topical teaching.

However, the classic Bible Knowledge Commentary (2 Vols.) BE Series Commentary by Wiersbe (50 Vols.) and Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) held top spots for the year.

Top new releases included Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary (4 Vols.), and Walvoord Prophecy Commentary Set (4 Vols.).


To celebrate our Best of 2017, we’ve discounted all of our best-sellers in our 2017 Rewind Sale. Take a look through the list and you’re sure to find a title that will help you make your Bible study time the very best this year.

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2017 Year in Review

Posted by on 01/15/2018 in:

2017 was a fantastic year at Olive Tree. You guys read the Bible (a lot!). We were able to make some big changes that improved the way you study the Bible. It was a win-win. So, let’s reminisce over the last twelve months and what we accomplished together!


You all opened the app 262 MILLION times in 2017. That’s 262 million instances of someone reading God’s Word. Since our mission is to encourage people to connect with God and the Bible through technology, this statistic makes us SO happy.


We like looking at this statistic because it lets us know if users are having quality study time inside the app. Based on the numbers, that seems to be the case! Keep it up, you guys.


This was a little addition we thought would be fun for our notes feature. Now when you want to represent the 🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖 and 🐟🐟 from John 6, nothing is holding you back.


We’ll have another blog up soon that goes even more in-depth on the top titles from last year, but here’s a sneak peek at the top 5. You guys are really trying to place yourself in Biblical times—learning about the culture, the geography, and the original languages.

Top 5 Reading Plans of 2017

This year, 348,000 reading plans were started! We’re so proud of our users who stuck with their reading plans till they were completed. It isn’t always easy to do! It’s never too late to start a new reading plan, or jump back into one you forgot about.


We added a visual aspect to our Verse of the Day feature! You can determine when you get the notification, share the image on social channels, and quickly tap “read” to see the verse in context (because context is crucial!). Currently, this is only available for iOS devices—but watch out Android users! You’ll see this feature hit your devices in 2018.


We switched up the look for our iOS and Android apps, and we heard a great response from our users! The highlight of this change (besides the cosmetic upgrade) was the addition of the Study Center. Instead of only having the Resource Guide in the Split Window, we made it possible to quickly switch between a few tabs: Resource Guide, Parallel, Notes, and Lookup.

Also, we’ve been tossing lots of new videos up (like the one found above) on our YouTube channel. If you haven’t seen it recently, you should check it out.


In 2017, we hit the 9 year mark for our time in the App Store. We’re so excited to hit our 10-year mark this July! We also loved celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with blog series, new and free resources, and a huge sale of reformed titles.

AND we also celebrated yet another year of doing what we love: equipping God’s people to study His word: any place, any time. All glory be to Christ!

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Customer Appreciation Week

Posted by on 07/31/2017 in:

If you can’t tell, we are more than excited to celebrate our nine-year anniversary in the App Store! Since the days of Palm Pilots we have been working hard to get the Bible into hands . . . and phones, tablets, laptops, iPads, desktops, and anything else possible. We’re dedicated to this endeavor because we are dedicated to inspiring people to know God more. It has been such a joy to work hard—all for God’s glory.

It’s About You

But, this celebration isn’t about us and what we have accomplished. It’s about YOU—our users. Without you, we wouldn’t have any reason to be formatting, designing, or coding. Without you, we wouldn’t be an app at all! We are so proud of the way you seek to know God more and more through His Word. It’s truly incredible.

Share Your Story

So, we are making this week about you. If you head on over to our Facebook page, you can find a post where we are asking to hear your stories. We are always so overwhelmed with the kind words you send our way, sharing how the app has helped you read, share, and teach the Bible. You inspired us to collect these stories and publish them in a blog post.

In order to be a part of this, share your story at the bottom of this blog on our pinned Facebook post in a comment. At the end of the week we will compile our favorites and share them on the blog for everyone to see. Then we can all celebrate together the way God has used His Word to change lives!

Customer Appreciation Week

Thanks again, Olive Tree users. Whether you use our app for personal study, teaching, or preaching, you are being shaped more like Jesus Christ, and those around you can see it. Happy nine years!

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The Stress of Vacation

Posted by on 06/26/2017 in:

As I write, it is 4 a.m. I’m not used to 4 a.m. It’s dark, my house is cold, and I don’t have the drive to turn my coffee pot on. You read that right . . . I am writing without coffee.

An important question you’re hopefully asking yourself is, ‘“Why? What would cause this man to be awake so early, and trying to function without coffee?’”

The answer is pretty simple . . . vacation.

My family and I are leaving for vacation today, and I don’t know about you, but the nights before I leave for vacation are historically bad nights of sleep for me. Excitement paired with the fear of forgetting . . . well, everything, is overwhelming.

As I pull together the final things I need to pack, I am thankful for the little things. I’m thankful that over the past year I have accumulated four new chargers for my iPhone and iPad, so I don’t have to disconnect the ones that are basically built into my bed frame. I am thankful for my noise cancelling headphones. I am thankful for my backpack and all its different compartments so that I can easily separate my Macbook from my Chex Mix (an imperative snack for flying).

Also, I am very, very thankful for technology. Especially this week.

You see, when I get back from vacation, I will have 10 days until I preach at my church. For me, this takes A LOT of planning—not because I’m super intellectual and plan to go 14-layers deep into the genealogy of Christ (I don’t know where 14 came from?). Rather, it’s because I only preach once or twice a year. The other Sundays I am either leading worship services or banging around on some drums. That’s right . . . I’m a drummer.

At this point I feel that it is necessary to tell my dad’s favorite drummer joke:

Dad: “Hey Kyle, how do you get a drummer off your front porch?”

Me (Eyeroll. Glare. Give in): “ . . . How Dad?”

Dad: “Pay him for the pizza!”

You can use that one this week if you’d like. If you have a drummer in your church, I am honestly curious if he/she has heard that one. My guess is that you may get an eyeroll too, but don’t let that stop you.

Anyway . . .

One essential tool to any great vacation is my Bible. I love doing my devotional reading in new, fun places. I have a spot all mapped out where we are going. There is a bench that sits under a lone tree that overlooks the beach. It’s close enough to the water to hear the waves break, but not so close that I fear a bird will swoop down and eat my blueberry scone. Perfect.

On this trip in particular, I am looking forward to some deep studying on that bench. I know the subject I’m going to speak on that Sunday, but I also know that I have a lot of work to do to prepare—work that can all be done without wifi from my iPad with Olive Tree’s Bible App.

While having my Bible is obviously important for study, I also rely on other study resources. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • NKJV Strong’s Tagged Bible (a Strong’s Tagged Bible is a MUST HAVE in the Olive Tree app, in my opinion)
  • Vine’s Dictionary
  • NKJV Study Bible Notes
  • NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible
  • Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Revised
  • The Bible Speaks Today OT and NT sets

Having all of these in the palm of my hand makes me confident that my sermon is going to come together quite nicely. Sure, there may be a few more beach references than normal, but it’s going to be packed with great information that will be helpful to my church community. I’m thankful that, out of all the worries I have this morning before we leave for vacation, how I’m going to write this sermon is not one of them.

Where is the most exotic place you have written a sermon?

This blog was written by Kyle Menasco, an Olive Tree Bible employee.

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Bible+ 6: What Users are Saying

Posted by on 10/28/2015 in:

Bible+ 6.0 Splash Screen

Bible+ 6 for iOS has been out for a little more than a week now and the feedback we’ve received has been amazing. We at Olive Tree felt this was our best release to date, and you, our users, have confirmed what we believed. Today we want to share with you some of the positive feedback we’ve received in the App Store.

“My favorite app just got even better with this update”
– Chilldaddy

“Almost every problem I had with the previous version in term of usability and design are ‘fixed’ in this version. Good job!”
– iphone4lah

“This new update is totally awesome. Love it! Love it! Totally love it! Welcome back, Olive Tree, this time MUCH BETTER than before!! :-)”
– JoeJMV

“The new update is fantastic, really easy and intuitive! I’ve been a long time Olive Tree user and it just keeps getting better! This really is the best Bible app for true studying.”
– bmaloy

“The new UI looks so great. This design and updates to this new version were very well thought through and it shows. …Hurray for Dark Mode! …I also like that user feedback is taken into account for future releases – the developers listened to some of my suggestions in changing the names of bookmarks vs book ribbons to be less confusing. ‘Saved Passages’ is much more clear in its purpose and intent; users are now less likely to be confuse these with ‘book ribbons’ …Overall, great job guys keep up the good work!”
– Keifer86442

“Oh man, you guys made my day with this update. ”
– nordical

“This is the best Bible app I’ve found. Trust me, I’ve tried several. With this latest update, the layout functionality is even more user friendly and looks great. I’m very happy that the folks at Olive Tree continue to improve this app. It makes the purchase so worth it. I’m literally giddy over this update!”
– victorialchoo24

“Olive Tree has really raised the bar with this new version. The look and feel with iOS 9 is amazing. The app is optimized without losing speed in search, taking notes, or highlighting… I’ve tried other readers, but always come back to BibleReader.”
– G-Pappy

“My initial experience with v6 has been very positive. I honestly love the new design. The old design felt a bit like a 90s website with all of the beige and gradients, but v6 feels much more modern and slick… On the whole, it’s a solid update. Thank you developers!”
– blindseeker777

“I had dabbled with Olive Tree over the years, never jumping in. Last month I gave it another try and am so glad I did. The v6 update is outstanding. By far the best reading and study tool on the store. It’s like a developers text editor. Invest a little time setting it up, and it becomes an extension of you. Love it.”
– rivalsociety

Leave Your Own Feedback

If you enjoy what we’ve done with the Bible+ 6.0 update please do a couple things for us: 1) rate and/or review the app in the App Store, and 2) share the app with your friends. Those 4 & 5 star ratings help us have greater visibility in the App Store, and word of mouth is the best form of advertising. Thanks for your years of support, it means a lot! We wouldn’t be here without you & we did this update for you!

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How I Commune with God on my Morning Commute

Posted by on 02/18/2015 in: ,

From Guest Blogger: Ashley LaMar

In about 15 minutes I’m going to be starting my weekday commute to work. My commute looks like this: a 5-minute walk to the train station, waiting 5-10 minutes for the train to arrive, a 25-minute train ride, waiting 5-10 minutes for the bus to arrive, a 15-minute bus ride, and a 5-minute walk to my office. My total morning commute time is 1 hour – 1 hour and 15 minutes and approximately 45 minutes of that is spent either riding the transit system or waiting.  What do I do during the time? I read. I used to read a novel on my Kindle but ever since I’ve discovered the free Olive Tree Bible App I use this time for Bible study.

Note: This is not a sponsored post by Olive Tree, I just love their app and really wanted to share it with you.

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I have two faith-based apps on my iPad that I use in the morning. The first is The Christian’s Daily Challenge. I read it in the morning when I first wake up before I shower, eat breakfast, and start my day. I ruminate on it and let it sink it while I’m getting dressed for work. Then, when I head out on my commute I open Olive Tree, read the same verse that The Christian’s Daily Challenge referred to, and delve deeper into study.

The other day on my commute I was reading through the book of Matthew again and, while reading about the immaculate conception and the birth of Jesus I noticed something that I hadn’t paid much attention to before and that was the frequent references to the Angels of God communicating with Joseph and the Magi through dreams. Every time I noticed the reference to an Angle communicating via dreams I highlighted it using the Olive Tree highlight tool. It’s actually really cool because you can set different color highlights to mean different things such as highlighting quotes or passages to memorize in yellow and verses about grace and love in pink.

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Did you notice the little green arrow at the bottom of the page? Well…there is a ton of special hidden features down there! Just swipe the arrow up and you are able to access related verses, expanded detail on the people, the places, and the topics discussed on that page. You can also click through to check out maps, images, sermons, videos, etc on the people, places and topics. I admit I’m kind of a sucker for Bible maps and I love seeing how the regions discussed in the Bible correlate to the world as we know it today.

If you click on one of the topics the app will bring up a list of other places in the Bible where the same subject is discussed. That is one of my favorite features.

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Plus there is a built-in store that you can access from within the app to buy books on theology and Bible history, Christian eBooks, Devotionals, Prayer, and Marriage & Family. A few of my current favorites are:

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I love that you can buy the books from the in-app store and, in many cases, the books are cheaper than if you bought them on Amazon.

It’s an amazing app for Bible Study and it’s perfect for my commute. It allows me to commune with God in the morning as I start my day and again in the evening as I am drawing my day to a close and heading home to my family. I have noticed that I have developed more patience on my morning commute and been less irritable with crowds and delays as I start my day off in a peaceful place. I have also noticed that I return home at the end of the day less stressed and frustrated because I’ve spent time with the Lord, laid my stresses and cares upon Him and returned home with a joyful heart.

As I mentioned earlier, this isn’t a sponsored post and the app is free on all devices iPhone, iPad (like I used it) and Android. It’s both Mac and Windows compatible and it is, hands-down, the absolute BEST Bible Study app I have found. If you’re interested you can get it here.

What do you think? Think you’ll check it out? What tools do you use for your Bible Study?

Learn More about Ashley at

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What The NIDB Is and How It Has Helped Me

Posted by on 02/06/2015 in: , ,

Guest ReviewAbram Kielsmeier-Jones

NIDB Olive TreeAn underrated but really good Bible dictionary is the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (NIDB). Published by Abingdon, the five-volume set is edited by Katharine Doob Sakenfeld and includes contributions of nearly 1,000 scholars.

For a short time the dictionary set is $99.99 in Olive Tree Bible software. Below I offer–from my perspective as a preaching pastor and Bible reader–my take on the set, with a focus on Olive Tree’s iOS Bible Study App.

What The NIDB Is and How It Has Helped Me

There are more than 7,000 articles in NIDB. The contributing scholars are diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, and denominational background–a refreshing mix of voices. The dictionary balances reverence for the biblical text with rigorous scholarship–though the dictionary is rarely arcane.
The NIDB has been eminently useful to me in my weekly sermon preparation. Last fall, for example, when preaching through Genesis, I knew I’d have to make sense somehow of the “subdue” command that God gives the first humans regarding their relationship to the earth. The dictionary’s “Image of God” entry helpfully clarifies:

While the verb may involve coercive activities in interhuman relationships (see Num. 32:22, 29), no enemies are in view here–and this is the only context in which the verb applies to nonhuman creatures.

The same article puts nicely the implications of humanity’s creation in God’s image: the “image of God entails a democratization of human beings–all human hierarchies are set aside.”

This sort of blend between technical detail and pastoral application is present throughout the dictionary.

I’ve also found useful background for my Greek reading. This year, for example, I’m reading through the Psalms in Greek with a group of folks (see here). In the “Septuagint” entry in NIDB I find this:

The 4th-cent. CE “Codex Vaticanus” contains all of the books of the Hebrew Scripture or Protestant OT, and the following material that is today classified as deuterocanonical: 1 Esdras, 2 Esdras, Ps 151, the Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus or Ben Sirach, the additions to Esther (several of which were originally composed in a Semitic language; others of which are original Greek compositions), Judith, Tobit, Baruch, the Letter of Jeremiah, and the additions to Daniel (Azariah and the Three Jews, Susanna, and Bel and the Dragon).

The entry goes on to describe other Septuagint manuscripts, with hyperlinks in Olive Tree to related entries.

iOS Features in Olive Tree

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Olive Tree is as cross-platform as a Bible study app gets: it runs on iOS (iPhone and iPad), Mac, Windows, and Android. The app itself is free, and you can get some good texts free, too, so you can preview the app before you buy any resources in it.

I’ve got the Olive Tree app on Mac, iPhone, and iPad Mini. It’s one of the best-executed iOS Bible study apps I’ve seen. It is visually appealing, highly customizable (especially with gestures and swipes), and easy to learn.

When reading the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (or anything else), here are a few features that have impressed me:

You can navigate with “flick scrolling” (how iBooks is set up) or “page scrolling” (like Kindle). This will make just about any user feel at home in the app. Flick scrolling (how you’d navigate a Web page) feels more natural to me, so I use that.

Dictionary entries are easy to get to. You can simply tap on “Go To” and type in the entry you’re looking for. The auto-complete feature saves having to type very much on the iPhone’s small keyboard:


You can search the entire contents of NIDB by word. If I wanted to see not just the entry for “Septuagint,” but every time the NIDB mentions the Septuagint, I would simply type that word in to the search entry bar:

NIDB Search

Then I can select a result and read the given entry.

The full-color photos are zoomable. The NIDB contains full-color photographs that help visualize various entries. You can select the photograph and pinch-zoom for more detail.


I’ve noted this before–there is a great deal of customizable “Gestures/Shortcuts” preferences in the “Advanced Settings” menu. Olive Tree is the most versatile Bible study app in this sense. For example:

  • Two-finger swipe left and right takes you through your history within the app. I can swipe between NIDB, and the last NIV Old Testament passage I was reading, and a commentary, and…. No need to go through menus.
  • Two-finger tap gets you from any screen to your library; right away you can get at your other resources.

Concluding Assessment and How to Buy

One of my favorite features of Olive Tree’s apps is that you can view two resources at once that aren’t tied together by Bible verse. It’s like having split windows on an iPad. So you can have the NIDB open in the top half of your screen, and a Bible text or other resource open in the bottom half–even to unrelated topics if you want.

The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible is about as good a Bible dictionary as you’ll find. If you can use it to complement the Anchor Bible Dictionary (also available in OT), you’d be very well set with Bible dictionaries.

Olive Tree has done a great job, especially with its iOS apps. As much as I loved my print copy of NIDB, I unloaded it not long ago since I can essentially carry it around with me now. And getting at its contents is even easier with the enhancements Olive Tree provides.

Abram Kielsmeier-Jones is the pastor of a great church in a seaside community near Boston, a youth ministry consultant, a husband and father, and a follower of Jesus. At his blog Words on the Word he records his thoughts on the Bible (particularly as written in Greek and Hebrew), books about the Bible, pastoring, leading worship, parenting, youth ministry, music, the Church, and more. Read more about Abram here.

Thanks to Olive Tree for the NIDB for the purposes of this review, offered without any expectations as to the content of the review. You can find the product here, where it is currently on sale for $99.99.

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NICOT Review for the Bible Study App

Posted by on 01/17/2014 in: , ,

NICOT in Olive TreeGuest Review: Abram Kielsmeier-Jones

Ask a group of pastors, seminarians, professors, or serious Bible readers, “What one commentary series on the Old Testament would you most recommend?” and you’re likely to hear: “NICOT.” Eerdmans’ New International Commentary on the Old Testament blends scholarship with application in a readable and engaging manner. Few, if any, commentary series are consistently this good throughout the series. And I don’t know of any other series that has such broad ecumenical appeal.

NICOT in Olive Tree has 23 volumes, spanning 26 biblical books. The bundle includes the 2010 volume on Hosea. The only volume currently in print that is not here is The Book of Judges, by Barry G. Webb (2012). (Judges is not available in any other Bible software at the moment.)

General editor Robert L. Hubbard Jr. writes of the series:

NICOT delicately balances “criticism” (i. e., the use of standard critical methodologies) with humble respect, admiration, and even affection for the biblical text. As an evangelical commentary, it pays particular attention to the textʼs literary features, theological themes, and implications for the life of faith today.

As I preached through Isaiah this past Advent, John N. Oswalt’s two volumes on that book were the first commentary I turned to after spending time with the biblical text. While it was always clear that Oswalt knew Isaiah and his milieu well, the author would find himself swept up at times in praise of the God Isaiah preached. On Isaiah 2:2, for instance, he writes:

What Isaiah was asserting was that one day it would become clear that the religion of Israel was the religion; that her God was the God. To say that his mountain would become the highest of all was a way of making that assertion in a figure which would be intelligible to people of that time.

NICOT IsaiahOn that passage’s promise of peace among nations, he concludes:

Until persons and nations have come to God to learn his ways and walk in them, peace is an illusion. This does not mean that the Church merely waits for the second coming to look for peace. But neither does it mean that the Church should promote peace talks before it seeks to bring the parties to a point where they will submit their needs to God.

Oswalt is representative of the authors in NICOT, in that he loves the text (and its grammar, history, and background) and loves the God who inspired it.

NICOT in Olive Tree has hyperlinks to biblical references and commentary footnotes, which you can easily and quickly view in the Bible Study (computer) app through the Quick Details corner (by hovering over the hyperlink), or as a pop-up window (which can then also pop out and keep your place in a separate window). It’s just as easy to tap a hyperlink in the mobile app.

There are two ways I’ve used NICOT so far.

1. I use NICOT as my starting point in the main window.

After some time in the biblical text, I have made my way through parts of NICOT by starting from the commentary. I can use hyperlinks to read the verses being commented on, as well as any other references. I can keep a Bible open in the split window and have it follow me along as I read through NICOT.

Using NICOT this way, there are quite a few ways to get around, both by looking up a verse in the commentary, and by navigating its Table of Contents. You only need to use one of these options at a time, but here they all are:

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Note that from the Go To drop-down menu, I can keep following the sub-menus till I get to a specific place in the commentary (Introduction to Malachi in the instance above). One could also do this from the Go To item in the toolbar, which allows for both verse searching and Table of Contents navigation.

2. I use the Bible in the main window and NICOT as a supplement in the split window.

This has the advantage of letting me use NICOT as one among multiple resources in the Resource Guide, as shown (in part) here:

Resource Guide shows relevant library results (click to enlarge)

Resource Guide shows relevant library results (click to enlarge)

In both of the above setups you can take notes in NICOT, highlight, and bookmark your place. You can also do a search on a word or phrase in the commentary, with the results appearing almost instantaneously. One may wish, for example, to find all the times Oswalt refers to the “Suffering Servant” in Isaiah, which is an easy and fast search to run.

In reviewing Olive Tree I have found it to have the most versatile, smooth, and customizable Bible app I’ve seen on iOS. I write more about the Bible Study iOS app here. The fact that Olive Tree is cross-platform makes it appealing to many. Though the desktop app is well-designed, I would like to see a future update where you can create a saved workspace with multiple resources open in various tabs and windows. That, I think, would take the app to the next level.

But everything is here to help you work through NICOT in a way that you couldn’t in print. There are a couple of options (one free and one paid) for Hebrew Bibles, too, if you want to use NICOT in tandem with the original language. (NICOT uses transliterated Hebrew.)

NICOT volumes consistently top the charts of the Best Commentaries site. Preachers and professors, parishioners and pupils will all find much to mine here, as they seek to better understanding the Old Testament and to more faithfully love the God whose goodness its pages proclaim.

Abram Kielsmeier-Jones is the pastor of a great church in a seaside community near Boston, a youth ministry consultant, a husband and father, and a follower of Jesus. At his blog Words on the Word he records his thoughts on the Bible (particularly as written in Greek and Hebrew), books about the Bible, pastoring, leading worship, parenting, youth ministry, music, the Church, and more. Read more about Abram here.

*Thanks to Olive Tree for the New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT), given to me for this blog review, offered without any expectations as to the content of the review.You can find the product here

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