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Thanks, Desiring God!

We had a fantastic time connecting with people at the Desiring God National Conference in Minneapolis last week. Around 3500 people attended. Ian Fallon and Daniel Scott were Olive Tree’s representatives. “We talked to so many people that first day we could feel a soreness in our throats even before the day was done,” commented Daniel. “It is exciting to share about Olive Tree with a crowd that loves to study the Bible.” This year’s theme was “Finish the Mission” and plenary speakers came from a wide variety of mission backgrounds.

Below is a picture of Ian and Daniel in action with an Olive Tree enthusiast.

Ian & Daniel action

Next stop…Desiring God National Conference

Join us this weekend in Minneapolis for the Desiring God National Conference. Ian Fallon and Daniel Scott will be manning the Olive Tree booth and we’ll be giving a presentation at 6pm on Friday to give a practical demonstration. Please come by the booth and say hi!

Latest News, 1000 Products Now on Our Store

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Our Content Formatting department has been working furiously the last few weeks and we are excited to announce that Olive Tree now has over 1000 products available on our website!



Featured Titles


NEW! The Boice Expositional Commentary Series

Combining careful scholarship and clear communication, the Boice Expositional Commentary Series is a verse-by-verse and section by section reading of various biblical texts. Combining thoughtful interpretation with contemporary insight for daily living, James Montgomery Boice explains the meaning of the text and relates the text’s concerns to the church, Christianity, and the world in which we live. Whether used for devotions, preaching, or teaching, this authoritative and thought-provoking series will appeal to a wide range of readers, from serious Bible students to the interested everyday Christian.

Over two and a half decades worth of scholarship, research and work went into this commentary series to present a 27-volume collection (or individual volumes) of excellent insight for the modern-day Christian lifestyle through over 26 books and letters of the Bible.

Contained within this complete bundle, you’ll find:

The Boice Expositional Commentary Series is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android.



NEW! NIV Application Commentary Prophets Set

“This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible’s timeless message speak to this generation.”-Billy Graham

“It takes more than interpretation of God’s Word to change lives, it takes application. Application is the bottom line in preaching and teaching. Without it, we’ve missed the point of the Bible. The NIV Application Commentary is an outstanding resource for pastors and anyone else who is serious about developing ‘doers of the Word.’”-Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church

Many Bible commentaries offer us an exciting tour through the ancient world of Biblical times. They give us a cultural backdrop and add new, wonderful layers of meaning to familiar stories and passages. But when the time comes to return to normal, everyday life, we are left disconnected from the memories of our trip-without the knowledge of practical, real-life application. This is where the NIV Application Commentary series picks up the task. It merges the original, ancient context with right now, showing us both how ancient readers would have read the Bible and how we can connect to this living word of God from a modern context. Most importantly, however, it helps us begin the life-changing process of true application, showing how God’s word can continue to have a powerful voice in our lives today.

The NIV Application Commentary uses a highly accessible, three-tiered method of bringing readers to a fuller understanding of each Biblical book. Original Meaning will explore a book’s meaning in light of its historical and cultural context. Bridging Contexts, as its name implies, will help the reader link the text’s original meaning to its Contemporary Significance-the final tier that helps you apply the Bible to everyday life.

Also available as individual volumes:

The NIV Application Commentary Prophets Set is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android.



Updated! New American Commentary New Testament and Old Testament Sets

Collecting the best in contemporary evangelical scholarship in a series that examines the entire Bible in depth, the New American Commentary Sets currently offers 15 volumes of commentary on the New Testament and 23 volumes of the Old Testament. The volumes of these two sets are now also available individually – see below for links to the two sets.

The New American Commentary consistently supports the inerrancy of Scripture and contributing scholars all hold explicit commitments to Scripture’s infallibility. Its distinctive perspective is a focus on the theological ideas springing from Scripture. Along with the textual grounding of an expository commentary, the New American Commentary also focuses on the broader strokes of theology developed by each book, and interprets each book as a theological unity. Rooted in conservative theology, the New American Commentary also directly engages a wide range of theological and exegetical issues raised by contemporary biblical scholarship.

Based on the NIV Bible text, the New American Commentary offers a verse-by-verse analysis of the Scriptures. A mid-level commentary, its scholarship reflects comprehensive biblical research in original languages, but avoids overly-technical prose to maintain accessibility to readers without a seminary background.

Please note: The New Testament collection is now available at the special introductory price of $229.99, currently contains 15 of 19 volumes. The Old Testament collection is available at the special introductory price of $349.99 and currently contains 23 of 26 volumes. Not all volumes have been published. As volumes become available, they will be added to these products, and users who have already purchased either one of these products will be able to download the update with additional volumes for free.

The New American Commentary – New Testament Set and Old Testament Set is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android.



NEW! The Gospel Commmission

Written with fifty years experience helping people in Africa know God through Bible study and acts of mercy, The Gospel Commission, by Michael Horton is a comprehensive, helpful, and encouraging exploration of Jesus’ final command to us.

During a time when many churches are focused on writing vision statements and strategic plans, Horton asks us if our efforts result in building a kingdom based on our own design or God’s. In this frank and hopeful resource, he challenges congregations to renew their understanding of and commitment to the Great Commission.

The Gospel Commission is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android.



New Titles

The following are available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch only. Android coming soon!

Android update and new books!

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Android BibleReader 4.5 Now Live on the Market

Now Available!

Long anticipated, this is a HUGE update to the Android BibleReader! We have re-written large parts of the app, and are excited to bring these new features to you.

This release adds:

  • All-new user interface
  • Split Screens that can be linked together
  • Bookmark, Note and Highlight synchronization to www.sync.OliveTree.com
  • Multi-verse highlighting, copying, and sharing using the other tools you have on your phone (Twitter, SMS, Email etc…)
  • So much more!

Continue to watch your updates as we will be rolling out more and more features in the near future! Click on the image below for screen shots and full description.


NEW! An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach

An Old Testament Theology

The Old Testament is more than a religious history of the nation of Israel. It is more than a portrait gallery of heroes of the faith. It is even more than a theological and prophetic backdrop to the New Testament. Beyond these, the Old Testament is inspired revelation of the very nature, character, and works of God. As renowned Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke writes in the preface of this book, the Old Testament’s every sentence is “fraught with theology, worthy of reflection.”

This book is the result of decades of reflection informed by an extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language, the best of critical scholarship, a deep understanding of both the content and spirit of the Old Testament, and a thoroughly evangelical conviction. Taking a narrative, chronological approach to the text, Waltke employs rhetorical criticism to illuminate the theologies of the biblical narrators. Through careful study, he shows that the unifying theme of the Old Testament is the “breaking in of the kingdom of God.” This theme helps the reader better understand not only the Old Testament, but also the New Testament, the continuity of the entire Bible, and ultimately, God himself.

An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.



New! The Justification of God


Originally published in 1983, The Justification of God is a study that attempts to understand how Paul defends the righteousness of God in Romans 9:1-23. This brief, yet powerful passage is a startling exploration of God’s utter righteousness compared to man and his election from the perspective of eternity-from the perspective of God. Author John Piper addresses the hard truth of God’s absolute sovereignty by careful exegesis of the Greek text.

“It is the foundation for everything I believe.” -John Piper

John Piper, pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and founder of Desiring God Ministries, is a respected theologian and author. He is the author of many books, which have sold more than two million copies collectively.

The Justification of God is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.



NEW! Holman Concise Bible Commentary

With solid scholarship and exceptional clarity, the Holman Concise Bible
Commentary
gives readers a feel for the key themes and intentions of all 66
books in the Bible. But don’t mistake concise for incomplete; this volume
also contains detailed introductions to the ten major units of Scripture (the
Gospels, Paul’s letters, etc.), maps related to biblical history, informational
charts, and in-depth sidebars. It is a perfect resource for adding an extra level
of insight to Sunday school lessons, sermons, and personal devotional times.

  • A detailed look at all 66 Bible books in a single volume with helpful
    introductions to the ten major units of Scripture plus maps, charts, and
    in-depth sidebars.
  • New edition of proven B&H reference title (25,000 copies sold to date).
  • Suitable for new and veteran Bible students alike.

Holman Concise Bible Commentary is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.



Updates

Be sure and check your BibleReader’s Library for updates! We’ve recently updated the CWSB to include all the components that were missing (translation reference indexes and concordances). It also can make use of the lemma lookup features in BR5.

To check for updates, go into your BibleReader library, tap on Store, and then tap on the “Updates” tab at the bottom.



In case you missed these new titles.


Release Candidate for Android has arrived!

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We are pleased to announce the Release Candidate version of our Android BibleReader 4.5. This build is feature complete, and is basically the version that we plan to release soon to the Android marketplaces, so please download this version, give it a thorough run through, and please report any crashes to androidbeta@olivetree.com. Once we release this version to the markets however, we are not done, there are many more features we’re excited to introduce!

Click HERE to download.

Latest Product Releases

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To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Authorized KJV, Olive Tree now offers the KJV Anniversary Collection, a package of resources to help you make the most of your Bible study. You will get the KJV, Strong’s Numbers, cross-references, commentaries, dictionaries, devotionals, a concordance, and more—all ideally suited for use on the BibleReader 5 platform.


New! IVP New Testament Commentary Series (20 vol.)


Twenty volumes of sound exposition, pastoral leadership, and the best of up-to-date evangelical scholarship come together in the IVP New Testament Commentary Series.

Each volume presents passage-by-passage commentary based on the NIV along with background information on authorship, setting, theme and various interpretive issues. The main commentary focuses on the message of the New Testament for today’s church, while study notes include valuable scholarly information to support those who use the volumes as a resource for preaching or teaching preparation.

With readable commentary and reliable research helps in the same volume, preachers, teachers, students and other individuals who want to dig deep into the heart of the New Testament will find an indispensable companion in the IVP New Testament Commentary Series.

The complete set includes:

IVP New Testament Commentary Series (20 vol.) is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, and Android.


NEW! Lutheran Study Bible Notes (Augsburg)

The Lutheran Study Bible spotlights introductions, commentary, and essays by more than 60 Lutheran pastors and professors. It’s composed to invite readers to encounter the Bible’s good news via sound contextual information, specifically Lutheran instruction, and ample occasion for personal contemplation. Readable, inviting, and appealing, this study Bible is ideally suited for young and old people who desire to meet scripture anew.

*Readable: With conversational-English commentary, the Lutheran Study Bible displays Biblical content in a stimulating, accessible way. No previous knowledge of theological terms is assumed, thus making it suitable for both youth and adults.

*Inviting: The abundant study notes of this Bible facilitate finding new knowledge and provide constructive context while directly challenging the reader to immerse him or herself in the Bible.

*Appealing: The study notes empower the reader to become aware of biblical material and to know God’s word in terms of how biblical figures understood it, and how we understand it today.

There are four kinds of study notes:

*The Word of the Bible explains the historical, cultural, and geographic context of a specific selection.

*Biblical Concepts elaborate significant words or themes in terms of other Scriptures.

*Lutheran Perspectives emphasize Lutheran theological instruction and catechetical relationships from certain verses.

*Faith Reflections offer advice and questions that foster personal application.

Lutheran Study Bible Notes is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.


New! Common English Bible


The Common English Bible (CEB) is a daring new translation made to serve today’s Christians as they build intimate relationships with Jesus Christ. It arises from both an absolute dedication to accuracy and the firm stance that Scripture remain accessible to today’s common readers and worshippers.

118 prominent biblical scholars-representing twenty two denominations/groups-labored on this translation, which then underwent field tests in 77 unique reading groups in order to ensure graceful flow of language. Especially in a worship setting, clarity of language can facilitate and improve communal participation-not to mention personal study. The clearness of the CEB helps allow children and youth to explore the Bible themselves-perhaps for the first time.

The CEB contains the Deutero-canonical books

Common English Bible is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.


NEW! Holman Concise Topical Concordance

If you have a topic of interest, chances are The Holman Concise Topical Concordance can help you study it faster and more efficiently. It will lead you straight to scriptures that speak to your subject, whether you want to go to the New Testament or the Old, helping you both read and educate others with discernment and responsibility.

Whereas most concordances point out words, the Holman Concise Topical Concordance also notes passages that are related by theme or idea. These references are alphabetically organized and allow for hundreds of potential options-ideally suited for composing Bible lessons on specific topics.

Even completely new Bible students can draw on this accessible reference to acquire a full knowledge of what Scripture says about nearly any desired topic. The Holman Concise Topical Concordance includes 40,000 Biblical references.

Holman Concise Topical Concordance is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.


New! Asbury Bible Commentary


The Asbury Bible Commentary is a modern one-volume commentary on the whole Bible. This is the first one-volume evangelical Wesleyan commentary on the entire Bible. Nearly 50 Wesleyan scholars collaborated on this landmark aid to pastors, Sunday school teachers, Bible study leaders, and college and seminary students.

In addition to the the thorough exegesis, The Asbury Bible Commentary includes an extensive selection of articles examining origin, history and make up of Scripture.

Asbury Bible Commentary is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian 60-5.


Other New Titles



Updates

Be sure and check your BibleReader’s Library for updates! We’ve recently updated the King James Version for paragraphing and poetry formatting along with two of our Strong’s tagged Bibles! The KJV and HCSB Strong’s tagged Bibles can now do a lemma lookup (BibleReader 5)! To check for updates, go into your BibleReader library, tap on Store, and then tap on the “Updates” tab at the bottom.

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