Of the many Bible study tools that Olive Tree offers, sermon collections are another great resource that are specifically enhanced to work in the Resource Guide of The Bible Study App.
Sermons work much the same as a commentary in the resource guide. In the screenshot below the resource guide recognizes that I’m in Galatians chapter four and so when I look at the sermon section of the resource guide I see that in my installed sermon collections both Charles Spurgeon and John Piper have preached on this particular section of scripture.
A simple tap/click then takes me to the text of their sermon for easy reading and also to help me in my understanding of the passage.
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What is the Resource Guide?
As you read along in your Bible in the main window of The Bible Study App, the Resource Guide in the split window follows along, looking in your library for any Bible study information that is relevant to your reading. As you scroll or change scripture references the Resource Guide will stay in sync looking to all of your study resources making for a powerful and easy to use study tool.
Your Very Own Research Assistant
Think of the Resource Guide as your own personal research assistant. If you were reading about Paul’s first missionary journey in Acts 13, your research assistant has a map of Paul’s journey, cross references to passages in Paul’s letters written to the churches he founded, charts that give an overview of Paul’s life, and all sorts of other resources. You didn’t have to do anything, in fact, you didn’t even have to ask. All of the work was already done by your personal research assistant, the Resource Guide.
The configuration of the Resource Guide is also customizable. To access the options for customizing the Resource Guide tap on the double arrow button (double gear for Android) in the upper right corner. You will then see the various options for customizing the different sections in the Resource Guide.
Here’s a short video on the basics of the Resource Guide:
What types of resources work with the Resource Guide?
The Resource Guide is ‘verse driven’ which means that the Bible passage that is open in the main window directs what references appear in the Resource Guide. Not every resource is verse driven but some examples of verse driven resources are:
- Articles on people, places, and other topics
- Study Bible notes
- Introductions to books of the Bible
- Cross references
This week you can save on resources that are specifically enhanced for the Resource Guide.
The Complete Word Study Bible (CWSB) is a great four volume set that includes the KJV with Strong’s numbers, Greek and Hebrew dictionaries, and more!
This expansive set has never been easier to use in The Bible Study App by Olive Tree Bible Software. Watch the video below to see how the Complete Word Study Bible works on The Bible Study App.
The Olive Tree Bible Study App developers are hard at work on our upcoming 5.9 iOS release (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 Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. (Screenshots taken from an iPad 2. Click for a larger view.)
Compare the Introduction to 1 Corinthians
Current iOS App 5.5.4 Future iOS App 5.9
Notice how the introduction text can now be displayed in the gray box to notate the 1 Corinthians Introduction (a feature mentioned in the commentary series preface).
Compare the Translation Text
Current iOS App 5.5.4 Future iOS App 5.9
Notice the author’s translation of the text is in a different font type than the exposition text.
Text display is just one of the many advantages to this future app update. Make sure you have our latest iOS update that paves the way for this future update by clicking the link App Store graphic below:
The SBL Greek New Testament is another great Free book to add to your study library!
The SBL Greek New Testament differs from the standard text in more than 540 variation units. The existence of an alternative critically edited text will help to remind readers of the Greek New Testament that the text-critical task is not finished. Moreover, by reminding readers of the continuing need to pay attention to the variant readings preserved in the textual tradition, it may also serve to draw attention to a fuller understanding of the goal of New Testament textual criticism: both identifying the earliest text and also studying all the variant readings for the light they shed on how particular individuals and faith communities adopted, used, and sometimes altered the texts that they read, studied, and transmitted.
Find this title in the in-app store of the Bible Study App or go here for download instructions.