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Olive Tree has two fantastic new resources that have been written and compiled by Olive Tree employees! Check out these resources that will bring new insight to your Bible study and depth to your personal devotions.
Compiled from great writers of the 19th century—Charles Spurgeon, Andrew Murray, Dwight L. Moody, F.B. Meyer and others — the Olive Tree 30 Day Devotional is a free resource that includes excerpted passages from the writings of these authors. Each day also includes a hyperlinked passage of Scripture and a topic for the day. Topics covered from day to day include faith, humility, witnessing, joy, prayer, provision, and many more. The words in this devotional will challenge you, encourage you, and spur you on to love the Lord with all your heart and to proclaim the Gospel with courage.
Olive Tree Places of the Bible
With careful research and many Scripture references, Olive Tree’s Places of the Bible is an invaluable resource for Bible study. Listed alphabetically, the places included in this resource range from Old to New Testament, from Greco-Roman cities like Alexandria to the Old Testament stronghold of Canaan to the Apostle Paul’s hometown of Tarsus. The descriptions for each city include a brief history of the place or city mentioned and its relevance to the biblical text.
This resource is best utilized in BibleReader’s Resource Guide. While reading 2 Chronicles 36 I came across “Babylon” and was curious about the significance of this place in the biblical text. I highlighted the word “Babylon” in verse 18 and then selected ‘Look Up Babylon.’ From there, a list of resources on Babylon appeared in a pop-up window, including an article from Olive Tree’s Places of the Bible. After reading the article, my understanding of the passage was greatly enhanced because the article provided me with history of the Israelites’ exile to Babylon and parallel texts in both the major and minor Prophets.
We encourage you to try Olive Tree’s excellent study tool on the places of the Bible to learn more about both the chronology and geography of the Bible. You can find a free sample of this resource here.
We pray these resources give you a deeper understanding of faith in Christ and of the richness of God’s Word.
Olive Tree’s Content Creation department has been busy building some great resources for Bible Study. They recently published the Olive Tree Bible Maps, and now they’ve come out with another helpful tool to enhance your time in God’s Word: the Olive Tree Concordance, available with the ESV, NKJV and KJV translations.
Why use a concordance in BibleReader? Read below to see what a concordance can do for you. Screenshots are taken from BibleReader running on Windows.
Dictionary Look up
As you read along in your Bible or other resource, you can highlight a word and select “Look Up” from the menu of options. Immediately BibleReader searches your library for resources related to your selected word.
Click on the Olive Tree Concordance from the list of articles to see the entry for the selected word. Similar to a traditional concordance, the Olive Tree concordance gives you a listing of all the other places in the Bible where that word is used. BibleReader goes beyond the traditional concordance by creating hyperlinks for all the verse references, so as you click on one, a pop up window will take you to the Bible text, making a word study quick and easy.
You may have noticed that there is a number listed next to each verse reference in the concordance. This is the Strong’s number for your selected word. Strong’s numbers represent the word in the original language that was translated into your English word.
For example, when you look up “mercy,” you will get a different Strong’s number for the Hebrew words raḥam and ḥânan which are both translated as mercy in English, but have different meanings in Hebrew. When you tap or click on the Strong’s number h7356, the search will bring up all of the verse references in the Bible that contain the Hebrew word raḥam.
In addition to the Strong’s Numbers, you will also receive access to the Strong’s Dictionary when you purchase the Olive Tree concordances. Next to each Strong’s Number in the concordance is a hyperlink to the “Dictionary.” When you tap or click on “Dictionary” a pop up will provide the original language definition. For example, when selecting “Dictionary” for h7356 (raḥam) the entry is:
h7356. רַחַם raḥam; from 7355; compassion (in the plural); by extension, the womb (as cherishing the fetus); by implication, a maiden: — bowels, compassion, damsel, tender love, (great, tender) mercy, pity, womb.
AV (44)- mercy 30, compassion 4, womb 4, bowels 2, pity 2, damsel 1, tender love 1; n m
The dictionary information tells me that raḥam comes from the Hebrew root word with the Strong’s number h7355. I can find the dictionary information for the root word if I click or tap on h7355. The dictionary entry also gives a definition for raḥam and lists the occurrences of the word and how it is translated. There are 44 instances of the Hebrew word in the Bible, 30 of which are translated as “mercy,” four are translated “compassion,” and so on.
As you can see, the Olive Tree Concordances are much more than a list of cross references for each word in the Bible. With dictionary information tied to the original language, these resources are valuable tools for Bible study. Each concordance comes with a copy of the Bible in the selected translation. If you already have the ESV or NKJV Bible in your Olive Tree account, you will get a significant discount on the concordances at OliveTree.com.
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For another week and a half, Olive Tree is offering Francis Chan’s three best-selling books for the great price of $2.99 each. Add Erasing Hell, Forgotten God, and Crazy Love to your Olive Tree account today and be inspired and challenged by Chan’s books.
Chan’s books invite us to ask challenging questions and grow in our knowledge of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
Erasing Hell invites us to ask the hard questions about life after death, including questions like “How could a loving God send people to hell?” and “Will people have a chance to believe in Jesus after death?”
Forgotten God offers us a chance to learn how the Bible speaks of God’s spirit and calls us to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit in our own lives.
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Reading each of these books in BibleReader offers you a great reading experience with the added bonus of Olive Tree’s hyper-linked verses. With Chan’s heavy reliance on Scripture, you won’t have to go back and forth between your book and your Bible. Rather, you can just click on the verses and have the Bible passage appear in front of you.
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I often find that my time in God’s Word is guided in different ways. At times, I read the Bible with a devotional lens, perhaps finding ways to encourage a friend going through a difficult time or simply learning to know and love God more deeply. There are also times when I read the Bible “thinkingly,” with eyes open to what my study notes, Bible commentaries, and Bible dictionaries might have to teach me. Olive Tree provides Bibles and Bible study materials that help me approach the Bible both thinkingly and devotionally, in order to foster a rich relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the Word.
The New Interpreter’s Study Bible, based on the text of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, blends a devotional and a thinking read of the Old and New Testament and deuterocanonical books. This resource is especially equipped with enhanced features in BibleReader. The split-screen mode allows you to read the study notes, outlines, and book introductions alongside the biblical text.
Introductions at the beginning of each biblical book highlight major themes within that book, the style of the author and his writing, and the historical and biblical context of the book. Detailed verse-by-verse notes follow the introductions and book outlines and contain helpful insights into the biblical text. Students of the Bible will find new depth and insight in this work, whether newcomers to scriptural study or seasoned academics.
Check out the New Interpreter’s Study Bible on OliveTree.com and continue to read the Bible thinkingly as a way to delve more deeply into the depths of God’s Word.
A few weeks ago we mentioned a new resource coming to Olive Tree, HALOT, The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. We are excited to offer HALOT because it is one of the best biblical Hebrew resources available today. To explain why it is such a valuable resource, Matt J., one of our Original Languages Content Formatters, is here to outline the many features in HALOT. Here’s Matt…
The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, commonly known by the acronym HALOT, is widely regarded as the best lexicon currently available for biblical Hebrew. Many of you may wonder how HALOT developed this reputation and what exactly makes it so much better than other Hebrew dictionaries (which often cost substantially less). As is often the case, what sets HALOT apart is the fact that it is organized around a few simple principles and follows them faithfully.
1. All words are arranged alphabetically.
Many older dictionaries (including BDB Hebrew and English Lexicon) have entries arranged by root rather than in strict alphabetical order. If an English dictionary were arranged this way, it would mean that to look up a word like “invaluable”, you would have to look under the entry for the word “value”. Someone who already has a good grasp of the language and understands organization by roots may be able to find the correct entry without too much difficulty, but for beginning and even intermediate level students this is often a daunting task. I remember spending many frustrating hours when I was first learning Hebrew looking up imaginary roots in futile attempts to discover what root a particular form really was derived from. Although there are advantages to arranging words by roots, strict alphabetical arrangement is a better system for ease of finding a particular entry.
2. All irregular forms are referenced.
Those of you who already know Hebrew know how commonly it drops letters in certain stems or forms. Most of these are predictable, but may still be difficult for students to identify. In addition, Hebrew (like all languages) does have many irregular verb and noun forms. Whenever a word has a form that is unusual or might be confusing, HALOT contains a separate reference that will point you to the correct entry. This makes it ideal for even beginning students. Once again, if an English dictionary were arranged like this, you could look up an irregular verb form like “is,” and the dictionary would identify it as the third person singular present tense form of the verb “to be”. Since it gives you the root form, you can then look up the definition.
3. Extensive quotations are provided for each word.
HALOT attempts to provide as much context as possible for the definitions it gives. This is mainly in the form of biblical quotes. In our electronic edition, these quotes have been turned into hyperlinks to the verses referenced. To give you an idea of how useful this feature is, there are over 120,000 scriptural references in HALOT. Each of these can be accessed in BibleReader by tapping or clicking on the link.
4. Extensive etymologies are provided, including cognates from other Semitic languages.
One of the main reasons that HALOT has eclipsed many older dictionaries as the standard reference on biblical Hebrew is its use of the modern discoveries of ancient Near Eastern literature in many languages closely related to Hebrew. The study of cognate words in languages such as Akkadian or Ugaritic has helped clarify many difficult passages in the Hebrew Bible, and HALOT makes full use of these sources.
5. Hebrew words are separated from Aramaic words.
This may seem like an obvious distinction to make, yet many older dictionaries lump them all together. HALOT separates Hebrew and Aramaic into different volumes.
Two additional points that don’t quite fit with the rest of this list should be noted. The first is that HALOT is an exhaustive lexicon of the Hebrew Bible. This means that unlike some other dictionaries (such as the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament), you will find entries for every word occurring in the Old Testament.
The second has to do with the arrangement of entries. One advantage of arrangement by roots is that it allows you easily to see all of the words derived from a particular root. Since the entries in HALOT are organized alphabetically, there are times when these kind of relationships would not be obvious. To overcome this problem, HALOT provides cross references to related forms under each root. In all, there are over 15,000 of these cross-references that have been turned into hyperlinks in our electronic edition.
While each of these points may seem obvious, many other dictionaries do not share these same features. HALOT is the current standard due to its excellent scholarship, accessibility, clarity, and consistency.
For over 12 years Olive Tree has dedicated it’s time and resources to providing premier Bible study tools to your mobile device. With the advent of the iPhone, Olive Tree quickly became a leader for Bible study in the app world. And the iPad…Olive Tree brought you one of the best looking and best study tools available on a tablet.
Now, after meeting everyone on their favorite mobile platform, Olive Tree is stepping it up once again.
Olive Tree is excited to bring you a desktop app for Mac (PC coming soon)!
Taking the concepts from our iPad and iPhone app, we’ve brought a whole new experience to desktop Bible Software. Whether you just want to read with no distractions, study with the Resource Guide, take notes while you’re reading, or searching your library, you will find Olive Tree’s desktop app to be just as simple and beautiful to use as the app on your phone or tablet.
For more information about the BibleReader on Mac you can look here.