The NIV Word Study Bible provides a complete index of every appearance of every word in the NIV Bible; it’s a must-own for every reader of the NIV Bible. More accurate and comprehensive than online searches and offering complete access to the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek from which the NIV was translated, this resource promises to make your Bible study the very best.
Olive Tree’s Bible Study App makes Goodrick-Kohlenberger (G/K) Key numbers & Strong’s numbers powerful AND easy to use. Tap on a word in the text and open the related dictionary information in a new screen, split screen, or pop-up window, depending on your device and settings.
Here’s quick look inside the NIV Word Study Bible that will show you how it can help your word studies (Screenshots are taken from an Android tablet).
G/K & Strong’s Number Pop-Ups
Open the NIV Word Study Bible you’ll see that some words are a slightly different color. Tapping or clicking on those words will pop-up the information for that word. These pop-ups contain a wealth of information, including:
The Goodrick-Kohlenberger (G/K) Key numbers & Strong’s numbers for that word.
A short definition for that word.
An outlined list of the different meanings for that word in the original language.
Often you will also find that another number is included as a link. These can be similar words that you can compare or other words from which your current word selection derives its meaning.
At the bottom of the pop-up, there are two buttons that perform “look-ups” or searches based on the Strong’s number or the word in its original language.
Look-up by Keyed Number
The first button contains the keyed number for your word. Clicking or tapping on this button will perform a search in your library for articles containing this number.
Look-up by Original Language
The second button contains the word in its original language. Clicking or tapping on this word will perform a search in your library for articles about the word in its original language. For example, I see that Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary has an article on this word.
The NIV Word Study Bible is also a fantastic on your phone for when you’re at church, small group, or on the go.
The NIV Word Study Bible with Goodrick-Kohlenberger (G/K) Key numbers & Strong’s numbers is an excellent resource for diving deeper into the biblical text. It offers insight into the original languages of Scripture without requiring you to have any formal training in Greek or Hebrew.
Here’s a quick look at what you can expect with this update.
Look and Feel
One of the first things you’ll notice when you open the new app is that it looks different. The look has been updated with a color scheme that better reflects our company’s branding, while flattening the icons for a sleeker look. Even though the app looks different, the way you interact with the app has not changed. This design refresh is meant to get the app out of the way so you can focus more on the content you’re studying.
This design refresh also means many of our resources will look better on your Mac. No longer do you have to manually look up passages because they were in a table that was converted to a graphic. Things like tables now display in the app like they should, enabling us to hyperlink passages within them. Images will flow better with the text, along with many other visual improvements.
Along with the interface refresh we have significantly improved the app’s performance. Scroll through text faster. Navigate menus more efficiently. Watch the Resource Guide populate quicker. All around we’ve made the app better to help you study with fewer distractions.
One of the biggest advantages of the Bible App Update for Mac is all the new titles you can add to your library. Our old app had significant limitations in its ability to display text, which kept us from creating resources with complex layouts. We now have the ability to display interlinear Bibles, text-wrapped images, and properly-formatted tables. The update also gives us the ability to make our resources more closely resemble what you would find in print.
With this update, you can now enjoy all the same resources that our iOS and Android users have been enjoying, including interlinear Bibles, Gospel harmonies, the BHS with Critical Apparatus, the Reformation Study Bible, and Tyndale Commentaries to name a few.
You will also be able to purchase hundreds of new eBooks that were not available on our old platform. So not only do our books look nicer, but you can build a more robust Bible study library too.
Find this update in your Mac App store or go HERE!
The benefit of eBooks and other digital resources is that when a particular resource needs to be updated it can happen quickly and easily. You’ve probably noticed in the past that there are periodic updates available for books in your Olive Tree library. The most common reasons have to do with fixing minor errors in the text, formatting changes, or revisions from the author or publisher.
Just as we are always working to improve the Olive Tree Bible App, we are also working to keep your resources up to date, looking beautiful, and working smoothly. It’s with this in mind that we wanted to let you know of a massive update we just pushed out to a majority of titles for the Bible App. This update is part of our ongoing innovation and commitment to providing you with the best reading and Bible study experience. We understand that it can be an inconvenience to update your resources and so we appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to provide you with the most up to date resources available.
We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your trust in us to provide you with best Bible study tools possible! Thank you, and may God continue to inspire you through his word!
One of the best ways to stay engaged in God’s word is by using a reading plan. A reading plan can be anywhere from 5 days to two years and is a great tool in helping you stay consistent. Watch the video below to see how to find and start a reading plan.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible includes more than 7,500 articles, hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations, charts, graphs and maps from 238 contributors from around the world.
With this much content, how can you sort it all out to see what’s relevant for your Bible study?
Open your favorite Bible in the main window. (I’ve got the NIV open in this example.) Tap the split window and drag it to a width or height you like. As I scroll through the Bible text, the resource guide keeps up with me and searches through all the books in my library for content related to the Scripture passage in the main window.
If you scroll down the resource guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.”
Tap or click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about. I chose “Altar” in this example. The Bible Study App then brings you results from within the resources you have on your device. This is where you will find results from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.
You’ll see that the resource has the words “Article on ALTAR” underneath the book cover. Tap/Click on the book cover and the App will take you directly to the article within the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible. After you’ve tapped on the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, you can scroll down and read the entire article without having to leave your Bible text.
If there are scripture references in the article, just tap the verse and it will appear in a pop-up window.
You can also utilize the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible as a traditional encyclopedia in The Bible Study App. Just Tap/Click the “Go-To” button and scroll through just as you would a hard-copy encyclopedia.
The Bible Study App Search feature takes the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible to another level. Tap/Click the “Search” icon (magnifying glass icon) and type the word you’re looking for to find all the references of that word in the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.
One of the most common question people often ask about a particular study Bible is,”What translation is it in“?
The beauty of using a digital study Bible in the Olive Tree Bible App is that you can actually use them with any translation that you prefer and they will give you the same great insight. Our store offers study Bibles as either notes only or as two files that contain the notes and the Biblical text. Regardless of which study Bible you use in our app, they all function the same way.
The most common way that study Bibles are used is by accessing them in the Resource Guide where you’ll find the study notes appear under the commentaries section. Like anything in the Resource Guide, they are connected to the text you have open in the main window and as such will work with any translation you are reading from.
For Example: In the screenshot below, taken from the Olive Tree Bible App on a PC, I have an NIV Bible open in the main window and the notes from The Message Study Bible open in the Resource Guide. Even though the translation is different these notes stay in sync with the Bible text no matter what translation I’m using.
Watch this video for more on how study Bibles work in the app:
One of our favorite things to do in the Summer is read a good book. We recently asked our employees to give us some of the top books on their reading list for this coming Summer and we thought we’d share those with you. If any of these look interesting to you we’ve put them and others on sale. Click the link at the bottom of this post to see more and let us know in the comments section what you’re reading.
This week we’re able to offer some outstanding illustrated commentaries that are an amazing resource for use within the Bible App. The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary on both the New and Old Testament brings to life the ancient world in informative entries and full-color photos and graphics.
The resource guide of the Bible App makes using Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary a seamless part of your study.
In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad) I have my Bible opened to Daniel chapter 1. The commentary section of the resource guide then shows me which of my commentaries have related entries to this text.
TheZondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary indicates five entries so I’ll click on that commentary to see a preview of the those entries.
Since this chapter talks about Daniel and his friends being placed in a Babylonian learning environment, I’m interested in learning more about what that may have looked like. I then click on the third entry that talks about the language and literature of the Babylonians.
I can then read a fascinating article about historical Babylonian education that Daniel and his friends would have been exposed to. Thanks to enhanced commentaries like the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary I can easily gain some amazing insight that helps me view the Biblical text in new ways.