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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Now Available: Wish List

Posted by on 11/22/2016 in:

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One feature we’ve had quite a few requests for is the ability to make a wish list and we are happy to announce that this is now possible at www.OliveTree.com.

If you are logged in with your Olive Tree account, click on any product and you will see a button in the left side bar that says Add To Wish List.

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When you add a product to your wish list you will then be taken to your wish list screen

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This screen confirms that the product was added to your wish list and you then have a few more options.

  • You can move the item from your list to your cart for purchase by selecting Add to Cart.
  • You can share your wishlist via email, Facebook, or Twitter
  • You can choose to make your wish list Public or Private. Public wish lists can only be seen if someone has a link.
  • Delete item or delete the entire list.

You can access your wish list at any time by going to your account screen after login and selecting My Wish List from the available options.

Do you want to purchase something for a friend or loved one that is on their Wish List? Find out how to gift a resource HERE.

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Three things to try in the app right now!

Posted by on 11/21/2016 in:

Whether you’ve just downloaded the Olive Tree Bible App for the first time or have been using it for years, if you haven’t tried these three things then you need it’s time you did!

1. Make a Note

There are plenty of good reasons to make a note. Maybe you were reading a scripture for the 456th time and the truth of it finally hit you, or maybe your Pastor is preaching on a specific passage and he’s unpacking it in a way that is cutting to your heart. Notes in the app become a reference point in your Bible reading that help you remember and capture truth.

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You can make a note by tapping on the verse number or by opening them up in the split window of the app. If you tie them to a particular verse, a note icon will be available so the next time you are reading there and you can tap it for quick access.

2. Share to Social

There are already enough kittens and political statements on social but there will never be enough scripture. Share what you’re reading to social by tapping or highlighting a verse reference and then select the social media platform of your choice. This isn’t limited to just the Bible, you can even share from an eBook or devotional.

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3. Download Free Resources

Have you checked out the in-app store? If not the best place to start is the Free Resources. With over 100 to choose from you’ll want to add another Bible translation, an eBook on prayer, or maybe a Bible commentary like Matthew Henry. You can also browse free resources on OliveTree.com.

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Don’t delay, go try out each of these three things right now!

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What is Advent?

Posted by on 11/17/2016 in: ,

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If you would have said the word ‘Advent’ to me when I was a kid my first thought would have been some sort of calendar with doors that a few of my friends families had hanging in their house during the Christmas season. Advent – in any form – was not a part of my family tradition. When my wife and I got married however we were a part of a church that did Advent readings and candle lighting in the weeks leading up to Christmas. I began to explore the tradition more fully and grew to really appreciate the Biblical context it brought to the Christmas season. Now, years later with several kids, we have made Advent one of the ways that our family seeks to keep the focus on Jesus during the Christmas season. In a culture that has made it all about other things (presents, parties, decorations, etc.) we have found Advent readings and times of reflection as a family to be a beautiful centerpiece of the way we celebrate.

What is Advent?

Maybe like me your understanding of Advent was limited or non-existent and you’re just wondering what it is.  Advent comes from the Latin word adventus which means “coming” or “arrival.” For Christians it is the time of year when we specifically look to the coming of Jesus Christ, first in his coming to bring our salvation and then his subsequent return to reign in glory. The advent season begins four Sundays before December 25, so the start date varies from year to year. This year Advent begins November 27. For four weeks the idea is to meditate on Christ’s coming, much like God’s people waited the thousands of years for him to arrive.

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If you are looking for a way to personally observe Advent we have created an Advent reading plan that is available in the Olive Tree Bible App. Starting on November 27 this plan will guide you through 28 days of select scripture that will end on Christmas Eve.

To find this plan tap on the Reading Plans section of the app then tap ‘Get More Reading Plans’ and you’ll see Advent Reading Plan 2016 available for download at the top of the list.

(Please note: on some devices you may see a preinstalled Advent Reading Plan. To get the most up to date one you’ll need to tap the ‘Get More Reading Plans’ button.)

Additional Christmas Season Resources

If you’re looking for further Advent resources such as devotionals, study guides, or eBooks here are few that can be used in the Olive Tree Bible App.

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Look Inside: New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary

Posted by on 11/09/2016 in: ,

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The 10 Vol. New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary is now available for the Olive Tree Bible App. This commentary set covers both the Old and New Testament and includes content such as:

  • A detailed, critical commentary providing an exegetical “close-reading” of the biblical text
  • Reflections that present a detailed exposition of issues raised in the biblical text
  • Introductions to each book that cover essential historical, sociocultural, literary, and theological issues
  • Comprehensive, concise articles
  • Numerous visual aids (illustrations, maps, charts, timelines)

Here’s a brief look at the New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary and how it looks in the Olive Tree Bible App on an iPad.

You can access all of the study helps from the New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary from the Resource Guide in the split window. As with all of our commentaries they are uniquely enhanced to track with what you’re reading in the main window so overviews, commentary notes, charts, more all easily accessible.

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Verses in the commentary notes are hyperlinked so you can quickly view cross references.

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The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary is available now at a discounted price. See it here!

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iOS 6.1 Release

Posted by on 11/07/2016 in: ,

The latest release of the Olive Tree Bible App for iOS devices now supports multitasking!

On certain iPads you can use more than one app at a time. This means that you can have the Olive Tree Bible App opened and your favorite note taking app at the same time.

In this screenshot the Bible App is opened on the right and the app Notability is opened on the left side.

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Evernote is one of the most popular note taking apps. Here it is opened on the right side and the Bible App is opened on the left.

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Update now through the App Store to use the split screen feature!

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