Charts, maps, and timelines can enrich your understanding of God’s Word and help give you a broader understanding of the times in which the Bible was written. The aptly named Baker Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Timelines provides material based on the most up-to-date biblical scholarship to advance your study of God’s Word. This comprehensive resource brings the Bible to life and gives you access to great scholarship.
Here’s a brief look inside this resource with screenshots from the Olive Tree Bible App on an Android tablet.
Many of the tools found within this resource can be accessed under the proper sections in the Resource Guide for quick reference. For this particular title we recommend opening it in the main window of the app or in the split window as you can easily navigate to what you’re looking for.
While we are getting near to the end of our 12 Days of Christmas sale we aren’t running out of fantastic resources for your Bible study library!
In Day 11 we highlight titles that give you amazing insight into the times that the Bible was written. One such title is the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Read on to see how it works in the Olive Tree Bible App.
Look Inside: Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible
You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus. Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.
Watch the video below for a quick glimpse at how NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible looks in the Olive Tree Bible App.
For an in-depth review of content of the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible check out this one!
From the Passion Movement, The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition, with exclusive articles from Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn, lifts Jesus up as the lead story of the Bible.
Profound yet accessible study features help you meet Jesus throughout Scripture. See him in every book so that you may know him more intimately, love him more passionately, and walk with him more faithfully.
Introduction by Louie Giglio
66 book introductions highlight the story of Jesus in every book
7 compelling essays on the grand narrative of Scripture by Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn guide you to treasure Jesus and encourage you to faithfully follow him as you participate in his story
Over 300 full-page articles and nearly 700 sidebar articles reveal Jesus throughout all of Scripture
Single-column text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible — the New International Version (NIV)
Cross Reference and Concordances are a must have Bible study tool and are on sale in day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale!
But what is the difference between a Cross Reference and a Concordance?
A cross reference is a verse that has a similar theme or topic as the verse that you are reading. In the Olive Tree Bible App these are most easily found in the Resource Guide under Related Verses.
In the above screenshot I’m reading Ephesians 4 in the NIV. Under related verses I see nine cross reference entries that are already a part of the NIV translation. I can tap the resource of my choice to bring up the specific cross references related to the text open in my main window.
I chose the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and now see a list of topics and words sorted by verse. The great thing about the Bible App is that I can tap any of these verses for a quick look without having to leave my primary reading.
Cross references are a great tool when you are trying to study themes or topics found in all of scripture. But if you are wanting to do a specific word study then you’ll want to use a concordance.
A concordance offers more precise lookups on specific words than a cross reference and shows you where those words appear throughout scripture. Like cross references, many Bible translations include a brief concordance section with the text but in order to do comprehensive word study a dedicated resource is the way to go. In the Bible App the easiest way to use a concordance is via the Lookup feature.
In this screenshot I’ve tapped on the word patience in Ephesians 4:2. I then tap on Lookup.
On Day Nine of the 12 Days of Christmas sale you can get great titles on Apologetics and other other great reference works.
What is Apologetics?
Why are you a Christian? Christianity is outdated and needs to get with the times. What proof do you have to substantiate your beliefs? Isn’t it just blind faith in a fictional God? The creation story in Genesis can’t be true because we’ve proven that evolution is true. Don’t all religions eventually get you to the same place? Just do what works for you.
Does any of that sound familiar? It should because it’s a picture of the times we live in. Christianity and the Bible are under attack from all angles, and if you believe in the God of the Bible, you’re viewed as someone who is antiquated and needs to get with it or shut up. While it is sometimes easier to keep our faith to ourselves, Christianity is a perfectly rational and defensible worldview. We do not hold to a blind faith. There is plenty of evidence and logic to back up our claims. As Christians, we ought to be ready to defend our faith against its opponents. The Apostle Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:15 that we should always be prepared to give a defense to anyone who asks. This wasn’t a command he gave only to church leaders; it was for everyone, including you!
Many people think they cannot share their faith or have religious conversations because they don’t have all the answers. But no one has all the answers. Not having answers doesn’t mean we cannot work with what we do have. It also doesn’t mean we cannot continue to learn as we go along. One of the great things about living in the age we do is that we have a wealth of information at our disposal, ready to be called upon at a moment’s notice. Not only that, but many of the arguments we face today aren’t new. Great Christian thinkers have already tackled these tough issues, and we can glean from their writings instead of trying to figure it out on our own. For most people, it only takes having a few apologetic resources in their library to equip them to defend and share their faith.
With the Olive Tree Bible App we can also help you defend your faith with the resources we offer. If you want an apologetic resource and Bible study notes all in a single resource you can look at resources like the Apologetics Study Bible or the Evidence Bible. We also have books dedicated to the subject, such as Alister McGrath’s Mere Apologetics, R.C. Sproul’s Defending Your Faith, and John Feinberg’s Can You Believe It’s True?, just to name a few. With the Bible Study App, you can keep both your Bible study and apologetic library with you at all times, giving you all you need to live up to Peter’s call. Both Jesus and Paul were apologists, and we should be too!
Want to know more about apologetics? Check out this video with Dr. Bill Mounce as he explains what apologetics can and cannot do.
On Day Seven of our 12 Days of Christmas we have fantastic Bible Commentaries on sale!
Whether you’re looking for a commentary on one book of the Bible or the entire Bible we’ve got you covered. A Bible commentary is an invaluable resource in helping you understand the times, theology, and application of God’s word. In the Olive Tree Bible App they are simple to use and a great reference for your study.
Watch the video below to see how they work in the Olive Tree Bible App!
On Day Six of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale add a Word Study Bible to your library!
What is a word study Bible?
A word study Bible gives you access to the original languages of the Bible for deeper study. Simply tap/click on a word and you’ll get the Hebrew or Greek word behind the English translation. You can then read a dictionary entry or lookup that word to see where and how it’s translated in other parts of the Bible.
Watch the video below to see a Word Study Bible in action or go here to browse available resources for the Olive Tree Bible App.
On Day Four of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale add a Bible Dictionary to your library!
A Bible Dictionary is truly invaluable in helping you unpack God’s word. Unlike a normal word dictionary a good Bible dictionary will not only give you the definition of a word, person or a place but you can often read a short article, access verse cross references, or see things like images and maps.