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BibleReader: John Piper’s Mobile Bible

Olive Tree’s mission is to inspire people to connect with God and the Bible and we get excited when we hear that people are using BibleReader to do just that.

John Piper is the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the founder of Desiring God Ministries.  He is also a fan of Olive Tree’s BibleReader. In a recent blog post, Piper wrote, “Olive Tree BibleReader is my default mobile Bible. I use it for devotions every day, usually from my iPad.” He goes on to talk about some of BibleReader’s features, like split-screen reading, daily reading plans and posting verses to Facebook and Twitter and says BibleReader is “easy enough for an old guy like me.”

Read his full blog post here: “Speaking of Apps: The Voice of God in Our Hands”.

We are so glad to hear that people use our software for their daily devotions. We never tire of learning how BibleReader has impacted our users’ study of the Bible. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and let us know how Olive Tree’s BibleReader app has helped you connect with God and the Bible.

Check out Olive Tree’s collection of resources by John Piper at


The New Norwegian Bible

I know what most of you are saying: “Finally!”

Well, if you’re from Norway, this is actually a really big deal. Olive Tree Bible Software is the first to offer the Bibelen 2011 for mobile devices!

Out of necessity, most translations of God’s Word in Norwegian have been idiomatic to a greater or lesser extent.

On the other hand, “Bibel 2011″ is based rather upon a concordant translation principle, where the translators aim to reproduce the Biblical texts as close to the original as possible.

The language used is good and makes biblical text understandable for today’s people. This version comes in two dialects: The Bokmål and the Nynorsk. We also have the Bibelen 1978/85 Bokmål.

Another thing we, at Olive Tree are excited about is that since the translation is based on the oldest manuscripts it’s very reliable.

To view all Norwegian Bibles Click HERE.

Future popup window ideas…what are your thoughts?


We are considering a new popover for our parsed text in the iPhone & Android platforms. This would include resources such as the CWSB and GNT Parsed. These diagrams are “wireframes” and not actual polished screens. I am not sure if the screens for the iPhone are trying to cram too much into a small space or if they are pushing information too “deep”. Please post your comments to our Facebook Page.

Here is how the original language parsed text popover would look on tablets.

Here is how the original language parsed text popover would look on smartphones.

A few issues to consider with this on popovers is that the definition is still a click away (it is a click away with the current popover). Not all of the parsing information will always fit and so it will be linked to with a more button.

Here is how the CWSB would work for a smartphone.

Here is how the CWSB would work on a tablet.

Please post your comments to our Facebook Page.

From Palm to iPad


The years have been good...

I have been using Olive Tree Bible Software since 2004. I began mobile study with an ancient Handspring, moved to a Palm T3 then a Palm T5. I loved the T5 and it served me very well for several years, but eventually I was won over to the iPhone by apps like Olive Tree’s Bible Reader 4.0+. These days I am LOVING study on the iPad using the BR5 and awesome features like the Resource Guide, note-taking capabilities, and resources like the ESV with Strong’s and the lemma feature.

I have been a pastor for over 20 years and remember the days when my study for a sermon took at least 10+ square feet of space, with a Strong’s Concordance opened up, several commentaries scattered about, and other background study volumes in addition to one or two notebooks for recording my findings. I have always had a strong desire for greater compactness and mobility in my study. Wouldn’t it be beyond amazing to be able to do a study from an entire, well-equipped biblical library while at the same time keeping sermon notes and do the entire study regardless of where I am? I can do that now! With the IPad and BR5, whether I am in my office, at the mall, in the van waiting for one of my children to finish choir practice, or doing a mission trip in the Ukraine, I have all I need in one compact device. Text to detailed study to observations to sermon notes seamlessly!

This is also a great way to buy up those 5, 10, or 15 minute time slots during the day. Open up the IPad, choose Olive Tree, and I am suddenly and instantaneously surrounded by all the Bibles, commentaries, and original language resources I could need, and they are even put in systematic order for me in one place with the dream-come-true Resource Guide. My thanks to God for the technologies that have been harnessed for Kingdom work and to Olive Tree for pressing on to develop tools for those of us who use them not only for our devotional life but for vocational work for the Body of Christ.

Mike Williamson
Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church of St Cloud, MN

Four Olive Tree Testimonials


“I hardly even use my PC for bible study anymore; with all that’s available on @OliveTreeBible there’s no need!” – T.C., TX

“Using BR5 w/ iPad for sermon prep has allowed me to spend far less time tied to my pc, and more time w/ my family. Thank you. 9 years using OliveTreeBible and its always improving. Now with BR5 and iPad, it’s my primary Bible software. -David Palmer, SC

“I’m thrilled to have my AccordanceBible library on my iPhone but OliveTreeBible is still my primary mobile Bible reading software, elegant.” – John, MO

“I’ve just been in a warm cafe looking out over the Mediterranean, reading BR5. Actually, marveling more than reading. While there, I emailed friends saying that the world had just changed. Bible-study-wise, there was the world before BibleReader 5 and the world after BibleReader 5. This software is the stuff we dream of, on a phone, in my pocket. My friends, my old mum, my old dad, everyone I know thinks it’s amazing. Well done.” – Jools, Malta

iPhone, iPad Update to Verse Chooser


From our wonderful users input, we are including the following updates as options in the BibleReader 5 ($.99 already out and free soon to come). Watch the App Store for your updates to take effect soon! The verse chooser will also be updated on the iPad.

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