We are pleased to announce an update to the Understanding The Bible Commentary Series for The Bible Study App. With two more volumes added to the Old Testament the entire 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.
Watch the video below to hear more about The Understanding The Bible Commentary series.
A study Bible in The Bible Study App is an easy to use and very powerful tool in guiding you in your understanding of the text. Many study Bibles contain resources such as maps, timelines, profiles on Biblical characters, commentaries and articles. Because study Bibles are uniquely enhanced for the resource guide of The Bible Study App they will work with any version of the Bible that is open in the main window.
The New Living Translation (NLT) Study Bible is one such resource and comes with great tools to help you unpack the Bible!
In the screenshot below (taken from The Bible Study App on iOS) I have my main Bible text open to John chapter 1. As I scroll through the Resource Guide I can see all of my enhanced resources that have an entry pertaining to the current text that I’m reading. I notice that my NLT Study Bible has entries for related verses, commentaries, maps, outlines, and introductions. The numbers indicate how many entries are available for each enhanced resource.
The NLT Study Bible – in the resource guide – shows seven entries under the Commentary section for John 1:1-5. When I click on the NLT Study Bible it then shows me a preview of those seven entries.
I can then click on any of those previews to read the full commentary. As I read on in the text, those entries will stay in sync with my passage no matter what translation I have open in the main window.
The NLT Study Bible also gives you access to great resources such as maps, charts, outlines, and related verses. All of these are easy to access from the Resource Guide which pulls in entries based on where you’re reading in the main window.
As you can see the New Living Translation (NLT) Study Bible is a great resource for those that want to go deeper in their study of God’s word.
The Olive Tree Bible Study App developers are hard at work on our upcoming iOS release 5.9 (aka “Flying Eagle” as it has come to be called around here). You may have noticed a little teaser in our latest iPhone & iPad release that said ”This update paves the way for a future App update…”
One of the great things about this upcoming release is how The Bible Study App will be better able to layout text in ways that we could not before. We wanted to show you a few examples of this using the NLT (New Living Translation) Study Bible. (Screenshots taken from an iPad 2. Click for a larger view.)
Compare Romans 1:1
Current iOS App 5.5.4 Future iOS App 5.9
You’ll notice that as you scroll through that section (and most other sections of the NLT Study Bible), you will find articles and sidebars, some of which are floating or using some nice formatting to make them stand out.
Compare Genesis 1:1
Current iOS App 5.5.4 Future iOS App 5.9
The tables and articles are much laid out in a much more flowing format with the content. This is just one of the many advantages to this app update. We’ll be highlighting more sneak peaks into the upcoming iOS App release in the next week weeks.
We don’t have an official release date yet, so stay tuned by subscribing to our blog or sign up for our newsletter.
Bible Commentaries are extremely valuable study tools. Many commentaries include historical and culture context, theological interpretation, and other resources like timelines and charts. Here are Six Reasons to use Commentaries in The Bible Study App. (Screenshots are from an iPad 2. Click on Images for a larger view)
1. Resource Guide
Open your preferred Bible Translation in the main window and have the Resource Guide open in the Split Window. You’ll see relevant commentary “hits” in the split window.
The Bible Study App also keeps up with the scripture passage you’re reading in the main window with sync scrolling. This means that as you move along in the Bible text, the commentary syncs to exactly where you are in your study. No more flipping pages back and forth. No more holding the commentary text open on your desk in one spot, reading through your Bible text, and having to go back and find your place in the commentary. You’ll save an enormous amount of time with this feature alone.
2. Search & Look Up Feature
Search the commentary for words or passages. Take “Vine” as an example. You can search the entire commentary series for where “Vine” is mentioned in the commentary series. You can also limit your search to the Old Testament, New Testament, biblical genre, or a specific book.
When your search hits are displayed, you can tap on the result to go directly to that passage. You can also copy the text to add to an existing note or add a note right from the search results.
3. Linked Reference Pop ups
One of my greatest frustrations in the hard copy world of biblical commentaries are the other biblical references within the commentary. For example, when I’m reading in John 15 where Jesus is talking about the Vine and the Branches. In the Preaching the Word Commentary there’s a reference to Isaiah 5:7. With a hard copy, I have to open a different Bible and find each and every reference to read how the verse relates to what I am currently studying. This is time consuming, slows down my study momentum, and requires me to keep all of my study materials out and open, spread out over a large desk space. With The Bible Study App, the scripture references are hyperlinked within the commentary text. All I have to do is tap the scripture reference to read it instantly.
Related to this is footnotes/endnotes. Commentaries normally have a lot of references to other materials. In the past I would have to stop where I was in the reading, look at the footnote, then go back to where I was in the book. This also was a huge time waster, and I would often lose my train of thought. With The Bible Study App footnotes are linked. Just tap on the footnote, read it, and go back to where you were without losing your place.
4. Copy/Paste into Notes
Commentaries are full of great content. I often find myself reading a passage, going deeper with the commentary and finding that “perfect quote” that sums up what I was thinking but didn’t know how to express it in written form. However, in the world of hard copy commentaries, I have to re-type it into my personal study notes. With The Bible Study App, all I have to do is highlight the text that i want, copy it and paste it into my notes. This feature saves me a ton of time, not to mention the wear and tear on my typing fingers!
5. Integrated Dictionary (iOS Extra)
In iPhone/iPad app, you also have an additional option. Tap and hold a word in the Bible text and an option menu bar will pop up. From here you get the options to Copy, Highlight, Note, Bookmark, Share, Define, Lookup and More.
If you tap “Define” you will get the integrated iOS dictionary pop-up. This is extremely helpful when you run across a word in the commentaries or even the Bible text that you do not know.
6. Resource Guide on One Verse (iOS Extra)
An additional iOS option is looking up additional information on just one verse. Tap and hold a word in the Bible text and an option menu bar will pop up. From here you get the options to Tap and hold on a verse number and an option menu bar will pop up. From here you get the options Copy, Highlight, add a Note, Bookmark, Share, Guide, and More..
If you tap the “Guide” button you’ll get “hits” from your resources on just that specific verse. From here you can follow the same steps as you would in the resource guide option above. You can even choose to open the commentary in the main or split window.
This is helpful if you want to read through your Bible “full screen” and refer to the commentary when you want to see what it says about a particular verse.
As you can see, the commentaries within The Bible Study App give you the best content, while saving you valuable study time and tremendous effort.
The ESV Study Bible gives you access to in depth commentary notes, maps, historical background, outlines and more!
Watch the video below to see how the ESV Study Bible works in The Bible Study Bible.
The Archaeological Study Bible is a comprehensive study tool that highlights the archaeological, historical, and cultural background of the Bible.
In The Bible Study App you can access great images, maps, articles, and more in the Resource Guide. Watch the video below to see a brief demonstration on how it looks in App.