Windows Store App Update!

Posted by on 05/22/2014 in:

We’ve excited to announce a major update to our Windows Store App!

There are several ways that we’ve updated the Windows Store App experience.

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To name a few:

  • Multi-verse notes/highlights. The app now detects that whole verse(s) are selected and creates the annotation as book-chapter-verse instead of word-based.
  • Mass-annotation management.
    • Select multiple annotations/categories and delete all of them
    • Drag & drop selected items to another subcategory to move them.
    • The drag & drop works well when the destination is a sibling of the annotation/category, but there is also a “Move To” menu on selection to easily move annotations/categories anywhere.
  • Tagging annotations works a lot like the To/CC/BCC fields in modern email interfaces. That is, typing shows suggestions of existing ones along with the ability to create & use a new one.
  • Better control of removing highlights from the text – rather than simply a “Remove all” (that are included in the selected text) it is possible to remove individual highlights.

This update also includes:

  • Lookup selected text/word
  • Option to always scroll vertically
  • Finished the layout of Resource Guide, specifically how cross-references are handled.
  • Lots of squished bugs!
  • Many tweaks/enhancements/fixes based on reading user reviews over the last few months.

You can get the Windows Store App update for The Bible Study App by clicking the icon below.  If you like the update, leave us a review.  We greatly appreciate it!

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Look Inside: The Complete Word Study Bible (CWSB)

Posted by on 05/22/2014 in: , , ,

By Olive Tree Employee: Joe Carter

I’ve been a big fan of the Complete Word Study Bible (CWSB) from AMG Publishing House on Olive Tree’s Bible Study app for some time now.

This one resource in print actually takes 4 volumes:

  • The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament
  • The Complete Word Study Old Testament
  • The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament
  • The Complete Word Study New Testament

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This is a massive original language study in one resource!

I love that you can search by the English, Greek, Hebrew, or by Strong’s Numbers! Even though I personally have limited knowledge about the underlying original languages, the CWSB allows me to read through the text in English, and quickly get in-depth info on any word there just by tapping on it!

The CWSB will give you information on the parts of speech for a word (and give you links that explain what those parts of speech mean if you don’t know – with examples no less!) – the Strong’s Number for that word, a VERY robust dictionary / exegetical discussion about the word in question as well as a link to a concordance at the end of nearly every entry showing you every verse in the Bible where a word is used.

Compare this resource to a standard “Strong’s” Bible and the amount of information available with the CWSB is staggering.

For example – the entry on αγαπαω:

In a Strong’s Bible you get this:

g0025. αγαπαω agapao;

perhaps from αγαν agan (much) (or compare h5689); to love (in a social or moral sense):— (be-) love (- ed). Compare 5368.

AV (142)- love 135, beloved 7;

of persons to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly of things to be well pleased, to be contented at or with a thing

By comparison, in the CWSB, the entry on αγαπαω goes on for over 2 pages when pasted into my word processor – with various usages of the word compared and contrasted between different passages of scripture.

Here’s a very small taste of the article on αγαπαω from the CWSB (comparing the different words for love used in Peter’s encounter with the resurrected Jesus in John 21 – FYI: Greek words in the text are transliterated into English for ease of use):

The third question of Jesus to Peter was different, “Do you love me [phileo, Are you my friend]?” (a. t.). Are your interests, now that you have seen Me risen from the dead, different than before the resurrection? Peter became sorrowful because he understood the deeper meaning of Jesus ‘question (John 21:17). His answer utilized two similar, but distinct verbs, oida, to know intuitively, and ginosko (G1097), to know experientially:”Lord, thou knowest, [oidas, intuitively] all things. Thou knowest [ginoskeis, know experientially] that I love thee [philo, that I am now your friend].”

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With this one resource you can get a backpack full of resources that you can carry around in your pocket – and instead of having to reference a number in one volume – then open another one and find that number, I can just tap on a word – then tap the links. Seamlessly moving between different ‘books’ in the collection.

As you can see, the Complete Word Study Bible (CWSB) is a great resource that helps you find original word meanings quickly and easily.

Watch the video below to see how the Complete Word Study Bible works on The Bible Study App.

You can find the Complete Word Study Bible (CWSB) on the Olive Tree Store here.

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Bibles tagged with Strong’s numbers

Posted by on 05/20/2014 in: ,

Bible tagged with Strong’s numbers is one of the most powerful and easy to use study tools available for The Bible Study App!
Watch the short video below to see how a Strong’s tagged Bible works and check out the links below to add one to your study library.

You can see how powerful and easy it is to use a Strong’s tagged Bible for The Bible Study App. Try it yourself by downloading a free demo HERE or see what Bible translations are available with Strong’s in the list below.

Current Bible translations available with Strong’s tagging:

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Free Resource Friday!

Posted by on 05/16/2014 in:

Free TODAY ONLY! The Work of Christ: What the Events of Jesus’ Life Mean for You by R.C. Sproul

Do you ever wonder why Jesus’ life really matters? Written for anyone hungry to know more of God, The Work of Christ is a life-altering exploration of Jesus’ work, identity, and purpose. Renowned scholar and teacher Dr. R. C. Sproul thoughtfully leads you through Christ’s life, from Jesus’ role in the eternal covenant among the Trinity to Jesus’ coming return. With wisdom grounded in years of scholarship, Dr. Sproul looks at each part of Christ’s life and asks: What is the greater theological implication of this event? Why does this matter to us today?As you delve into the actions, words, and miracles of Christ, you will find renewed wonder at the Savior who loved you before time began.

Search for this title in the in-app store or go HERE and click the “Go Get It!” button for download instructions.

See more titles by R.C. Sproul HERE.

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Look Inside: New Bible Commentary & Dictionary

Posted by on 05/13/2014 in: , ,

For many years the New Bible Commentary and New Bible Dictionary have served Bible readers worldwide. We’ve enhanced these great resources for The Bible Study App.

Here’s how: (screenshots are from an iPad 2 – click on an image for a expanded view):

ONE: Resource Guide

Open your favorite Bible in the main window. (I’ve got the ESV open in this example.)  Tap the split window handle 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 “Commentaries”, “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.”

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Tap or click on the New Bible Commentary for the content relevant to the passage you are reading.  With The Bible Study App, the scripture references are hyperlinked within the commentary text. All I have to do is tap the scripture reference to read it instantly.  You can also view the new maps, diagrams, charts and tables that are included with each article.

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For the New Bible Dictionary content, choose the person/place/topic you want to learn more about.  I chose “Aristarchus” in this example.  The Bible Study App then brings you results from within the New Bible Dictionary.  After you’ve tapped on the New Bible Dictionary, you can scroll down and read the entire article without having to leave your Bible text.

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You can also tap the top right-hand corner of the pop-up window to bring up the option to open these hyperlinked references in the main window or the split window.

TWO: “Traditional Uses” 

You can also utilize the New Bible Dictionary as a traditional dictionary in The Bible Study App.  Just Tap/Click the “Go-To” button and scroll through this awesome resource as you would a hard-copy encyclopedia.

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As well as read the New Bible Commentary in the split window to follow along with the passage you are studying.

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iOS EXTRA #1: Lookup Feature

In iPhone/iPad app, you also have two additional options.  Tap and hold a word in the Bible text and an option menu bar will pop up.  From here you get the options to Copy, Highlight, Note, Bookmark, Share, Define, Lookup and More.  Tap “Lookup” and you’ll find the New Bible Dictionary “hit” there that you can tap and read without having to leave your Bible text.

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iOS EXTRA #2: Resource Guide on a Verse

Tap and hold a word in the Bible text and an option menu bar will pop up. From here you get the options to Tap and hold on a verse number and an option menu bar will pop up. From here you get the options Copy, Highlight, add a Note, Bookmark, Share, Guide, and More.  Here you can see the relevant content for the New Bible Commentary, and the hits on the people/places/topics and relevant articles from the New Bible Dictionary.

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As you can see, the New Bible Commentary and New Bible Dictionary are great resources that will help you deepen your Bible study.  You can find the New Bible Commentary and New Bible Dictionary as stand-alone resources on the Olive Tree store, or save more by bundling the New Bible Commentary and New Bible Dictionary together.

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Bible Maps & Atlases in The Bible Study App

Posted by on 05/12/2014 in: , ,

Bible Maps and Atlases give you insight into the historical, archaeological, and cultural times that the Bible was written.  Found in the maps category in the resource guide your map resources detect where you are in the text and pull up maps pertaining to that particular passage.

Watch the videos below to see how they look in The Bible Study App.

Maps on Mobile Devices:

Maps on Desktops:

Go here to see Bible Maps & Atlases available for The Bible Study App!

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New Title for The Bible Study App: Voice of a Prophet: A.W.Tozer

Posted by on 05/09/2014 in: ,

Voice of a Prophet is Now Available!

Voice of a Prophet is the 11th title in a series of best selling trade books compiled and edited by James Snyder, today’s leading authority on the life and writings of A.W. Tozer and includes never-before-published content based on the teachings of Tozer.  Here’s a brief introduction to this new work by the compiler and editor, James L. Synder.

From Guest Blogger and Editor:  James Snyder

One great concern of Dr. A.W.Tozer, addressed in this new book, has to do with the condition of the church. He loved the church and consequently was deeply concerned at the direction it was going.

Although he died in 1963, he had a prophetic view of where the evangelical church in particular was heading. And it disturbed him. Everything he said about the church seems to have come true.

The responsibility for this decline in the church today, according to Tozer, rests upon the gatekeepers. Or, as presented in this book, the prophets. The question posed here is simply, where are the prophets? And more pointedly, who is responsible for silencing the prophets in our day?

I think my favorite chapter is chapter 12, “We Need Prophets, Not Promoters.” The dilemma that Tozer saw the church facing was choosing between promoters and prophets. Unfortunately, the choice has been the promoters. It is more important to promote the church in such a way as to appease and appeal to the culture around us than to stand up and“earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3).

Throughout the book, Tozer insinuates that the church is always trying to go forward, but when God begins to move He always brings the church back. Back to that place where it started. This is called revival. People want to see revival, or so they say, but they do not want to go through the process of God bringing revival to them.

This matter of being a prophet is not something to be considered lightly. From the introduction, “I think Tozer would agree when I say that those who seem right for the job are not the ones God calls. God chooses a man or a woman who is out of sync with his or her generation. God uses a person, not because he or she fits in, but usually because he or she does not fit in.”

A prophet can never be a celebrity. This Tozer emphasizes throughout this book. We are the generation of celebrities and we think that God’s work can not survive without a generous share of celebrities.

However, the prophet God uses those not volunteer for the job, but rather is one that God chooses. A man who has been prepared by the world or by worldly standards is not prepared to do the job that needs to be done as a prophet of God. This book emphasizes this thing.

The book is an exploration into what G.K.Chesterton said; it is “the paradox of history that each generation is converted by the saint who contradicts it most.” And the celebrity never contradicts but rather conforms. This was an odious concept to Dr.Tozer. The world needs to be contradicted if it is to be brought to a place of knowing God.

I think to truly appreciate this book and what Dr.Tozer has to say, it is important to prayerfully read his “The Prayer of a Minor Prophet. Not only does this set the tone for the entire book, but it helps to understand a little bit about Dr.Tozer as a prophet to the evangelical church.

This is not Tozer saying something profound to the church. This is Tozer delivering to the church a message that needs to be not only heard but also put into radical practice. Every prophet is radical, radically committed to the concepts God laid down as the foundation for His Church.

It is my prayer that in reading this book, one will come under the awesome burden for the church today that Tozer had. And if we do not have men and women who are utterly committed to God and His message to the church, the church does not stand a chance of surviving.

You can find Voice of a Prophet on the Olive Tree Store here.

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Free Resource Friday!

Posted by on 05/09/2014 in: ,

The Bible Study App by Olive Tree Bible Software has been a valuable resource for people from all walks of life and from countries across the world for over a dozen years! Providing not just a great Bible reading experience but also access to thousands of great Bible study resources, The Bible Study App (formerly called BibleReader) has been downloaded and used by over 7 million people.Free ESV Download

King JamesToday we highlight over 30 free Bibles that are available for download to use in The Bible Study App. Once downloaded they can be used without a wifi connection and just like a paper Bible you can highlight, make notes, bookmark, and more.

Go here to see the free Bibles available!
See Bibles discounted this week!

Create your own Customized Parallel Bible!

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My Favorite Features of The Bible Study App

Posted by on 05/08/2014 in:

People often ask me “what sets Olive Tree’s Bible Study App apart?” Although it’s hard for me to narrow down, here are my favorite features of The Bible Study App (Screenshots are taken from an iPad 2.  Click for a larger view)

1. Split Window

The split window has many functions. While reading in the main window, I can open the Resource Guide (see below), another translation, a study Bible, or even take notes as I read the text. I love being able to take sermon notes while in church on Sunday. I can have my main window open to the passage and take notes in the split window. Before, I had to do a balancing act with my Bible in one hand and my notepad in another, trying to keep everything in place while flipping back and forth in the Bible along with the sermon. Now my Bible and notes are all easily managed in one hand.  As a bonus, any Scripture References become hyperlinks that I can tap to pop up that passage.

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2. The Resource Guide

By far my favorite and most used feature in the Bible Study App is the Resource Guide. While I’m reading the Bible, I can open the Resource Guide in the split window to see cross references, study Bible notes, maps, topics and more that are all related to my current reading. As I continue to read, the Resource Guide tracks with me and updates the material to match the Scripture I’m reading.

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3. Search Feature

I’m not very good at remembering verse references and often find myself asking things like, “Where is that verse about the mustard seed?” Instead of flipping through the Bible or searching through an index, I can tap the search icon and type in “mustard seed” and find the verse I’m looking for. As an added bonus, I can view the verse in each of the gospel accounts and see other search results related to “mustard seed.”

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4. Lookup Feature

Tap and hold a word in the Bible text and an option menu bar will pop up.  From here you get the options Copy, Highlight, Note, Bookmark, Share, Define, Lookup, and More. If you tap the “Lookup” button you’ll get “hits” from your resources on just that specific word.  Like before, just tap the book cover and you can read the article in the pop-up window, or choose to open in the Main or Split window.

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5. Automatic Background Sync

I do my daily Bible Reading in the App and Olive Tree’s Automatic Background Sync takes care of it.  This allows me to go into my other devices to access and keep up with my Reading Plan.  The Bible is able to sink into my daily life and I can refer back to that morning’s reading from wherever I am – on the go with my phone, on laptop at work, at coffee shops on my iPad, or at home on my desktop.  Because of the Bible Study App Sync function, all of my custom highlights, tags, and bookmarks are always readily available.  With Olive Tree’s Automatic Background Sync, I don’t have worry about whether or not my notes, highlights, bookmarks, and book ribbons are up to date.

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6. Cross Platform Access

Did you know that you can Download The Bible Study App all your devices?  I personally have an iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, Windows Laptop, and Windows desktop.  The advantage to having the App on your devices is that with an Olive Tree Account (have you created one yet?) you can access your entire library on up to 5 different devices from wherever you study the Bible.

That’s my favorite features, but The Bible Study App can do so much more!  What’s yours?

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