Bible Reading Plans for 2017

Posted by on 12/28/2016 in: ,

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The New Year is a great time to start a Bible reading plan!

Every year we start out with the best intentions to eat better, exercise and feed ourselves spiritually, yet without out a plan and some level of accountability our best intentions often run out of steam. While the Olive Tree Bible App can’t help you with diet and exercise, it can help you start a new spiritual habit of regularly being in the Word.

In the app you’ll find a variety of reading plans that are as short as a week and as long as two years. With a variety of topics and structures, a reading plan in the Bible App is a great way to dive into the word on a regular basis. There’s also no reason to feel guilty if you miss a day or two as our reading plans are setup to allow you to go at your own pace.

Of all the goals you can set for 2017 this is one that you can make and keep!

Click the link below for step by step instructions for your device!

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12 Days of Christmas – Day Four

Posted by on 12/27/2016 in:

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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.

See all available Bible Dictionaries now!

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12 Days of Christmas – Day Three

Posted by on 12/26/2016 in: ,

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On Day Three of our 12 Days of Christmas we have great deals on a variety of Bible Study Tools!

Whether you want to do a study on a specific word, get insight from trusted theologians, or dig into some theology we’ve got your covered in today’s sale.

Read on to see an example of a great Bible Study Tool and see how it works in the Olive Tree Bible App!
While many have lamented the thought of having to learn the original languages in Bible college or seminary, I relished the idea. I saw it as an opportunity to unlock a new world of Bible study that would give me greater insight for Bible interpretation. After several years of study I learned something very important: my English Bible was often enough. Yes, there were times when knowing Greek and Hebrew proved useful; but, for the most part, I found Bible translators had done a great job in conveying the thoughts of the Bible’s authors. If true, that begs the question. How do I use the original languages in my Bible study? Usually I’m doing word studies, which I want to show you how to do in the Olive Tree Bible App.

Find a Word to Study

A few years ago I taught through 1 Thessalonians at my church. In 1 Thessalonians 2:4 I came across a phrase that made me want to dig deeper. In the Complete Word Study Bible the phrase reads as “we were allowed of God.” The word “allowed” felt a bit awkward to me, so I decided to investigate.

With the CWSB open, I tapped on “allowed” in 1 Thessalonians 2:4, which gave me some quick information from the CWSB Dictionary. I see that I’m dealing with the Greek word δοκιμάζω (dokimazō), which is Strong’s number G1381. Here I get the parsing, and as I scroll down the pop-up I get a definition. This information is useful, but that doesn’t satisfy my curiosity.

Finding All Occurrences

The next step in the process is to check all the occurrences of this word in the New Testament. This provides a wider grasp for how dokimazō is translated and its meaning(s). The Bible App makes this step really easy. All I have to do is tap the “Search for g1381” button and it’ll search the CWSB for every occurrence of dokimazō based on its Strong’s number.

What I found is that dokimazō has a lot to do with the idea of examining or testing something. The majority of the usage comes from Paul and refers to examining one’s self. That’s an interesting observation. And, in the case of 1 Thessalonians 2:4 it’s interesting to see how God is the one approving or examining Paul and his co-laborers for the work of ministry.

It’s also worth noting that dokimazō occurs twice in this verse, which I wouldn’t have noticed from the English alone, since the second instance is translated as “trieth.” This data further improves my understanding of the original phrase in question.

Digging Deeper with Lexicons and Dictionaries

At this point, I have a good grasp on the lexical range of dokimazō, at least how it’s used in the New Testament. But, I don’t want to leave my study at that because I may be missing something. What can I do to go further? Simple, I’ll go back and tap the “Lookup δοκιμάζω” button from my Strong’s popup & search my dictionaries. Of the ones where I have hits, of particular interest to me is Vine’s Dictionary. There are two things I like about this dictionary: 1) the entry is based on the English word, so I can get a quick glance at any related original language words, and 2) it links to other ways the word is translated into English and provides some theological discussion on the word’s use.

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After some reading, I find my understanding of dokimazō to be on par with what the dictionaries say. As it relates to our verse, not only does God test, like on the day of judgment (1 Cor. 3:13), but he is currently testing our hearts, specifically as it relates to our usefulness in ministry.

Get the Resources You Need

While it takes some time to read through all the material, a word study is really that easy with the Bible App . Everything you need to do a word study is at your fingertips! Many of the resources you need to perform a word study, such as the two used above, are currently discounted in our current sale! Pick them up today while they’re at these low prices!

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12 Days of Christmas – Day Two

Posted by on 12/25/2016 in:

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On Day Two of our 12 Days of Christmas you can save big on Study Bibles!

Study Bible notes in the Olive Tree Bible App give you answers and insight to all of scripture and quickly become an invaluable part of your Bible reading. Study Bible notes can also be used with any translation that you have open in the main window.

With over 80 Study Bibles on sale, you’re sure to find the right one for you.

See them all here!

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Coming Soon: The Jesus Bible

Posted by on 12/14/2016 in: ,

Encounter the living Jesus in all of Scripture.

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.

Features:

  • 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)
  • NIV dictionary-concordance

Screenshots from The Jesus Bible for the Olive Tree Bible App.

Articles are inline with the Bible text.

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Content from The Jesus Bible can also be accessed via the Resource Guide while using any Bible translation in the main window. 

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 Download a sample of the Jesus Bible that covers the books of Genesis and Matthew HERE!

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Gift a Resource

Posted by on 12/07/2016 in:

Did you know that you can buy an eBook or Bible study resource for someone? It’s easy to do and makes a great giving option, especially if someone you know has an Olive Tree wishlist.

First, go to the specific product page of the title you want to give. Under the Add to Cart button you’ll see the option to Give As Gift.

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Once you click/tap the Give As Gift button you’ll see various options to fill out and then you’ll click Add to Cart to to pay for the title.
Similar to Gift Cards, at checkout you will have the option to have the redemption code sent directly to the recipient or sent to your email so you can deliver it later.

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Have a question about how to gift a resource to a friend or loved one? Ask in the comments section below.

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New iOS Reading Plan Experience

Posted by on 12/06/2016 in: ,

In our latest iOS update we’ve completely revamped our reading plan experience to make it easier to find the reading plan that is just right for you. You can also setup reminders on the day and time that you choose!

You can find reading plans by tapping Reading Plans in the menu. Then tap Featured to see available reading plans for download*. Scroll through the featured categories or  use the search feature to find a reading plan by keyword or length. There are reading plans from as short as 5 days to as long as two years.

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If you’re interested in a particular reading plan tap it to get more information.

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Once you tap Start Reading Plan you’ll be taken to a screen with more details and options. One of the new features of our reading plans is the ability to set custom reminders. To do this tap Plan Details and Options.

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At the bottom of the Plan Details and Options page you’ll see options for setting a date and time to be reminded to continue your daily reading. Set a time that works best for you and you’ll get a friendly reminder** to continue your plan.

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*Please note that an internet connection is required to view and download any reading plan. Once installed however you do not need an internet connection to read.
**You will need to have Push messaging enabled to receive reading plan reminders.

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What is a Bible Dictionary?

Posted by on 12/05/2016 in: ,

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The term Bible Dictionary probably makes you think of a fairly boring and dry reference book.  However, 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. The insight it gives can help you explore the world of the Bible like never before!

If you don’t yet have a Bible Dictionary the Essential Bible Dictionary would be a great place to start. In addition to defining words, places, people, and the many themes of the Bible, the Essential Bible Dictionary has full color images, maps and illustrations and is ideal for us in personal devotion and Bible study. It’s truly a storehouse of information that provides essential information regarding the original times of the Bible.

You can get the Essential Bible Dictionary by tapping HERE!

To view other Bible Dictionaries tap HERE!

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Use Study Bible Notes With Any Translation!

Posted by on 11/30/2016 in: ,

The great thing about using a study Bible in the Olive Tree Bible App is that they can be used with any Bible translation!

Because of the way our Resource Guide connects Bible study resources with the text you’re reading in the main window, study notes can be used with any Bible translation. In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad) I have the King James Version of the Bible opened in the main window and under the Commentaries section of the resource guide I see a number next to my study Bible notes. This number indicates available entries based on John 3:1-7. You’ll also notice that the study notes I have installed are not based on the King James Version of the Bible yet they still work the same.

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Again, any Bible opened in the main screen will work with any study Bible notes that you have installed. In the screenshot below I have the English Standard Version opened in the main window and I’ve got the NIV Study Bible Notes opened in the split window. The notes will stay in sync with what I’m reading regardless of the translation difference.

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We have 90 different study Bibles to choose from, all with a variety of insight and tools. See them all here!

Watch the video below for more on how study Bibles work in the app.

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