Category: Look Inside

Introducing: New Beacon Bible Commentary Set

Posted by on 02/21/2018 in: ,

This week, we’ve added 29 volumes of the New Beacon Bible Commentary Set to our website! This Wesleyan commentary based on the NIV is readable, relevant, and academically thorough. General Editors Roger Hahn, Alex Varughese, and George Lyons care deeply about the Church being well-equipped to study and teach God’s Word.

Want to know what’s inside? Hear from the Editor’s themselves:

GENERAL EDITOR’S PREFACE

“The purpose of the New Beacon Bible Commentary

…is to make available to pastors and students in the twenty-first century a biblical commentary that reflects the best scholarship in the Wesleyan theological tradition. The commentary project aims to make this scholarship accessible to a wider audience to assist them in their understanding and proclamation of Scripture as God’s Word

Writers of the volumes in this series not only are scholars within the Wesleyan theological tradition and experts in their field but also have special interest in the books assigned to them. Their task is to communicate clearly the critical consensus and the full range of other credible voices who have commented on the Scriptures. Though scholarship and scholarly contribution to the understanding of the Scriptures are key concerns of this series, it is not intended as an academic dialogue within the scholarly community.

Commentators of this series constantly aim to demonstrate in their work the significance of the Bible as the church’s book and the contemporary relevance and application of the biblical message. The project’s overall goal is to make available to the church and for her service the fruits of the labors of scholars who are committed to their Christian faith.

The New International Version (NIV) is the reference version of the Bible used in this series; however, the focus of exegetical study and comments is the biblical text in its original language. When the commentary uses the NIV, it is printed in bold. The text printed in bold italics is the translation of the author. Commentators also refer to other translations where the text may be difficult or ambiguous.

The structure and organization of the commentaries

…in this series seeks to facilitate the study of the biblical text in a systematic and methodical way. Study of each biblical book begins with an Introduction section that gives an overview of authorship, date, provenance, audience, occasion, purpose, sociological/cultural issues, textual history, literary features, hermeneutical issues, and theological themes necessary to understand the book. This section also includes a brief outline of the book and a list of general works and standard commentaries.

The commentary section for each biblical book follows the outline of the book presented in the introduction. In some volumes, readers will find section overviews of large portions of scripture with general comments on their overall literary structure and other literary features. A consistent feature of the commentary is the paragraph-by-paragraph study of biblical texts. This section has three parts: Behind the Text, In the Text, and From the Text.

The goal of the Behind the Text

…section is to provide the reader with all the relevant information necessary to understand the text. This includes specific historical situations reflected in the text, the literary context of the text, sociological and cultural issues, and literary features of the text.

In the Text explores what the text says,

…following its verse-by-verse structure. This section includes a discussion of grammatical details, word studies, and the connectedness of the text to other biblical books/passages or other parts of the book being studied (the canonical relationship). This section provides transliterations of key words in Hebrew and Greek and their literal meanings. The goal here is to explain what the author would have meant and/or what the audience would have understood as the meaning of the text. This is the largest section of the commentary.

The From the Text section examines the text

…in relation to the following areas: theological significance, intertextuality, the history of interpretation, use of the Old Testament scriptures in the New Testament, interpretation in later church history, actualization, and application.

The commentary provides sidebars on topics of interest

…that are important but not necessarily part of an explanation of the biblical text. These topics are informational items and may cover archaeological, historical, literary, cultural, and theological matters that have relevance to the biblical text. Occasionally, longer detailed discussions of special topics are included as excurses.

We offer this series with our hope and prayer that readers will find it a valuable resource for their understanding of God’s Word and an indispensable tool for their critical engagement with the biblical texts.”

HOW IT WORKS

If you’re reading a passage of the Bible in the main window, this commentary will track side-by-side with you in the Study Center. The Resource Guide will also let you know when there is an introduction or outline from this commentary that is applicable to what you are reading in the main menu. These features speed up your Bible study AND get you the information you need, without you searching for it.

Also, verses are linked in the resource, along with abbreviations. See what this looks like!

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Look Inside: Essential Bible Reference Collection

Posted by on 02/16/2018 in:

Learning how to study the Bible shouldn’t be difficult. The Essential Bible Reference Collection provides four quality, easy-to-use resources to get you started. Before you know it, you’ll feel confident using Bible dictionaries, handbooks, and historical resources.

Let’s take a look inside this new collection in our store!

THE ESSENTIAL BIBLE COMPANION

This resource covers each book of the Bible! It gives easy-to-digest bits of information that will help build context before you begin your study. Each introduction covers:

  • Summary Overview
  • Key Themes
  • Purpose
  • Author
  • Recipients
  • Interesting Facts

There are also applicable pictures—which are always a plus!

LOOK INSIDE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

THE ESSENTIAL BIBLE DICTIONARY

This resource is a typical Bible dictionary. You can look through it alphabetically on its own like this:

OR — you can use the lookup feature. Either select a word in the text or look for articles in the resource guide.

RESOURCE GUIDE

SELECT A WORD AND TAP “LOOK UP”

ESSENTIAL BIBLE COMPANION TO THE PSALMS

Similar to the Essential Bible Companion, this resource provides fundamental information on each Psalm.

You’ll find information on:

  • Type
  • Author
  • Background
  • Structure
  • Special notes

AN ENTRY ON PSALM 1

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PICTURES AND IMAGES

There are also photos, charts, and lists. Some of the hyperlinked lists (that can be made full-screen) include: unusual terms found in the Psalter, Hebrew References to God, and Types of Psalms.

ESSENTIAL BIBLE COMPANION TO LIFE IN BIBLE TIMES

This resource is a short Bible handbook covering topics on family, household, work, society, government, and religious life during Biblical times.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

TAP TO READ HYPERLINKED VERSES 

IT’S ESSENTIAL

A resource like this is great for anyone wanting to start the journey of deeper Bible study. Learn to use a dictionary, handbook, and historical resource to investigate passages of Scripture. You’ll build context and be able to interpret the Bible more accurately.

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Look Inside: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

Posted by on 02/12/2018 in:

Have you ever been sitting in church and wondered what a Philistine era oil jar looked like? Okay, maybe that is a little too specific… but the idea is that you CAN find an image of this ancient artifact WITHOUT using wifi. How? We’ve got the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary available for the Olive Tree Bible App. Let’s look inside.

STUDY MADE SIMPLE

The resource guide of the Olive Tree Bible App makes using Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary a seamless part of your study.

In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad) 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 circle next to the title indicates there five entries related to this section of Scripture. 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. So, I tapped on the third entry that talks about the language and literature of the Babylonians.

Then, I 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 insight that helps me view the Biblical text in new ways.

TAKE A FEW MORE PEEKS

This illustrated commentary is full of pictures, charts, graphics, maps and more. Here are a few more images to give you an idea of what’s inside:

        

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Read an in-depth product description, compare bundles, and more over on our website.

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Look Inside: NKJV Study Bible Full Color Edition

Posted by on 02/08/2018 in:

We’ve added a new title to our store! Keep reading to get a sneak peek into the NKJV Study Bible in Full Color. It’s packed full of helpful articles, maps, and more.

CONTENTS

Typically, study Bibles are known simply for their short comments in the footnotes—but the NKJV Study Bible in Full Color comes with much more than that. Let’s take a look at all the contents by type:

ARTICLES

When looking at the contents list, you’ll see a section called “List of Articles.” These titles are hyperlinked, and tapping on one will take you directly to the article in the study Bible. As an example, there are 9 articles listed for the book of Psalms, covering topics like Image of God, Royal Psalms, and The Sanctity of Life.

This study Bible also provides a short article titled, “How to Understand What the Bible Means by What It Says,” along with a preface to the NKJV. Additionally, you can quickly navigate to hyperlinked lists of Teachings & Illustrations of Christ, Prophecies of the Messiah Fulfilled in Jesus Christ, parables, miracles, prayers of the Bible, a concordance and more.

Just when you think you’ve seen all the study Bible has to offer, there’s more for you to discover. The best part? It’s all easily accessible and organized, getting you where you want without turning a page.

CHARTS & DIAGRAMS

Under the “Charts and Diagrams” section, you can quickly find all the helpful visual aids inside the study Bible. For instance, under 1 Kings, there is a visual representation of Solomon’s Temple. Here’s what happens when you tap:

There are also plenty of charts and timelines, helping you grasp the historical events of the Bible.

MAPS

There are four ways to view maps in this resource.

ONE: Maps will appear as you are working your way through the notes. If there is an applicable map, you’re sure to stumble upon it.

But if you are wanting a specific map, here’s how you find it:

TWO: View the contents of the study Bible and tap on “List of In-Text Maps.” Here you will be able to tap on hyperlinked map names in order to quickly navigate to the map in-context of the passage.

THREE: Know the place you’re trying to find? Navigate to the Map Index. Places are arranged alphabetically. Just tap to see a map!

FOUR: Select “Nelson’s Full Color Maps” at the bottom of the list of contents. Here you will find maps which are typically discovered in the back of a Bible. Tap and zoom to enlarge the map!

WORD STUDIES

While you’re reading the Bible, the NKJV Study Bible in Full Color will occasionally provide you with a word study using Strong’s numbers. This is a very helpful tool for making sure you are interpreting a passage correctly.

To see a list of all the word studies, tap on “List of Word Studies” in the table of contents. Here’s what we found on “mighty men” in 2 Samuel!

INTRODUCTIONS

Each book of the Bible comes with an introduction. It provides you with important background information, timelines, description of the author and how the book was composed, and any other historical information you may need.

MOST IMPORTANTLY!

Last, but not least, there are over 15,000 notes in this study Bible. You’re going to learn so much while reading the Bible with this resource. And if you have a question on a topic, check out the List of Bible Times and Culture Notes. You might be able to find some answers without digging through the entire Bible first.

HOW IT WORKS

In case you haven’t used the Olive Tree Bible App very much, we’ll give you a brief description of how the Study Center works in the app.

When you purchase the NKJV Study Bible in Full Color, you are actually receiving TWO resources: the NKJV Bible and the notes. You can have any translation of the Bible open in the main window while using the notes in the Study Center,

Best of all, the Resource Guide always knows when you have a resource that discusses the passage you are reading. So, when you’re studying the Bible, just tap on study Bible in the split-window, and it will follow along with you.

WHY IT’S USEFUL

Whether you just started studying the Bible, or have been an avid reader for decades, you will always be in need of direction and guidance. There’s so much to learn about the Bible, and we have to be careful to turn to the right resources for information on our faith! Looking to the wrong places (or not looking for outside help at all) can have detrimental consequences.

So, if you’re in need of a good study Bible, we recommend the NKJV Study Bible in Full Color. To learn more about this resource, see a view of how it works in our app, and even make a purchase, visit our website.

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Look Inside: Life Application Bible Commentary

Posted by on 02/06/2018 in:

While there are lots of commentary sets that have been published over the years, there are very few that everyone should own. Tyndale’s Life Application Bible Commentary is one of those few. It presents a unique blend of verse-by-verse commentary alongside riveting sermon & lesson applications and quotes from greats in Church history. It’s one of those rare commentaries that hits the sweet spot of explaining the Scripture without getting too deep, while not forgetting to apply it to the here & now. This great New Testament commentary set is available for the app, and we want to show you what you get when you add it to your library.

What You Get

The Life Application Bible Commentary provides verse-by-verse explanation, background, and application for every verse in the New Testament. In addition, it gives personal help, teaching notes, and sermon ideas for applying God’s Word. Each volume contains introduction and commentary.

The beautiful thing about using the Life Application Bible Commentary in the app is using with Resource Guide. Instead of hunting for the right place in the commentary, it’ll always be in the right spot when you need it.

Introductions

The introduction includes an overview of the book, the book’s historical context, a timeline, cultural background information, major themes, an overview map, and an explanation about the author and audience. The information you’ll find in this section make it a one stop resource for getting the background on any New Testament book of the Bible. You’ll only need to turn elsewhere if you want to go significantly deeper in your studies.

With Resource Guide all you just need to go to the “Introductions” section and find the commentary and all the introductory material is right there for you to read.

Commentary

The commentary section includes running commentary on the Bible text with reference to several modern translations, accompanied by life applications interspersed throughout. Inline with the commentary text, you will find charts, diagrams, maps, and illustrations. The commentary goes verse-by-verse through each book of the Bible, making it easy to follow. It also includes the text of each passage, along with a citation of the translation it comes from.

There are also insightful quotes from church leaders and theologians such as John Calvin, Martin Luther, John Wesley, A. W. Tozer, and C. S. Lewis. These features combine to help you quickly make sense of the biblical information and communicate it to others.

Maps & Charts

Interspersed throughout the introduction and commentary are several charts and maps that further help you make sense of the biblical landscape. The maps make it easy to see where different biblical events occurred, whereas the charts help you visualize some of the data presented in the commentary in an easy to understand format.

The Commentary for Everyone

The Life Application Bible Commentary is truly the Bible commentary for everyone. It’s a great resource for the layman looking to make sense of the Bible and how to apply it to their life. For the pastor it’ll help you gain fresh insight into the passage while giving you ample application for your congregation. It achieves the fine balance of being readable & practical while not compromising on depth of content. Add the Life Application Bible Commentary to your library today.

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New! NIV Chronological Study Bible

Posted by on 01/10/2018 in:

We have a new title in our store this week! The NIV Chronological Study Bible is a great tool for gaining a historic understanding of God’s Word.

WHAT IS A CHRONOLOGICAL STUDY BIBLE?

If you have used an Olive Tree study Bible before, you know that study Bibles come with two texts: the notes and the Bible text. But a chronological study Bible is the exception to this rule. Why? Because the main reason to own a chronological Bible is so that you can read through the Bible in chronological order!

So, when you open this resource in the app, you’ll see the Bible text and still be able to use the verse chooser. The only difference is that, this time, you’ll navigate through different “epochs” or eras of time to read sections of corresponding Scripture.

WHAT IS A CHRONOLOGICAL STUDY BIBLE?

Study Bibles contain tidbits of great information sprinkled throughout the Bible text. They give you insights you might not have known otherwise. The NIV Chronological Study Bible uses its notes to teach you about the history and culture of the Bible.

Inside you’ll find:

  • The entire NIV text with the translator’s notes, arranged in chronological order
  • Full-color illustrations of places and artifacts that place you inside the era you’re reading about
  • Fascinating articles that connect the Bible to world history and culture
  • Daily Life Notes that explain how people lived in Bible times
  • Time Panels and Charts show the flow of Bible history
  • In-text maps of the Biblical world

WHY GET A DIGITAL COPY?

Here’s a few reasons why using this resource in the app is way more helpful to your study time:

  1. You can tap on images and enlarge them
  2. Tap on verses referenced notes to open them (in context!) in a pop-up window
  3. Reading a different Bible? The resource guide will let you know if the NIV Chronological Study Bible has any information on what you’re reading
  4. You can make unlimited notes and highlights that sync between your devices

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Visit our website to learn more about the NIV Chronological Study Bible.

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Look Inside: Maps & Atlases

Posted by on 01/01/2018 in: ,

3 WAYS TO USE MAPS & ATLASES

Maps and atlases are great tools in the Olive Tree Bible App. You’ll be able to quickly see the region you’re reading about and gain more insight about the Bible. Here’s a look inside on the ESV Bible Atlas.

FULL SCREEN MAPS

Enlarge a map to fill the whole screen. Zoom in and learn more!

OPEN IN THE STUDY CENTER

The Resource Guide will let you know when you have a map that corresponds to the text you’re reading in the main window. Just tap and enter into the Bible lands.

OPEN THE ATLAS

By opening the atlas in the main window, you’ll find lots of articles and content surround each map to give you more insight.

IT’S THE BEST TIME TO GET AN ATLAS

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How To: Cross References

Posted by on 12/31/2017 in: ,

IT’S EASY

The best way to understand a passage of Scripture is to read other passages of Scripture related to it. Learn more about cross references in this short video!

CHEAP CROSS REFERENCE PACKS

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How To: Dictionaries in the App

Posted by on 12/28/2017 in: ,

HERE ARE 3 WAYS TO USE A BIBLE DICTIONARY WITH OLIVE TREE

All of the screenshots are taken from our Mac app. But you can use this resource in all the same ways on your phone or tablet.

1) RESOURCE GUIDE

The first way is through the Split Window and Resource Guide.  Open your favorite Bible translation in the main window and the Resource Guide in the Split Window.  As you read through your Bible text, the Resource Guide searches through all the downloaded resources in your library to find related Bible study content.


You’ll notice that the Resource Guide pulls related content from all of your downloaded resources.  If you scroll down the Resource Guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.”  These headings give you the results of articles based on your downloaded resources.

Click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about. I chose “Nebo” in this example.  Our app then brings you results from within the resources you have on your device.  We’ll look at theNew Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (NIBD) within the Resource Guide as an example.

You’ll notice that the resource has the words “Article to Nebo” underneath the book cover.  Click on the book cover and you’ll go directly to the article within the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (NIBD). As you are reading the article, any Scripture references become hyperlinks that you can click to view as a pop-out window:

2) A TRADITIONAL DICTIONARY

You can also use these dictionaries in a more traditional sense.  Just pull down the Go To menu and scroll through this awesome resource as you would a hard-copy dictionary.

2) THE LOOKUP FEATURE

The third way is to use the Lookup Feature. Use your mouse to highlight a word and right-click in the Bible text, and an option menu bar will pop up.  If you select “Search full library for ‘Nebo’” button you’ll receive a list from your resources on just that specific word. From here you can follow the same steps as you would in the resource guide option above.

BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR

Bible dictionaries are extremely helpful resources for studying the Bible in-depth. Whether you are using your smart phone, tablet, or laptop, you can have quick access to historical, biblical insights.

And right now is the time to look at getting one! We are currently having our 12 Days of Christmas Sale… and you DON’T want to miss out on the discount. Visit our website to see what we’re talking about!

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