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Today we feature a new release by David C. Cook written by pastor and author Kyle Idelman.
We’ve all had “aha!” moments in our lives, times when a sudden revelation surprises us with insight. According to pastor and bestselling author Kyle Idleman, we can experience this same kind of “aha!” in our spiritual lives. With everyday examples and trademark testimonies, Idleman draws on Scripture to reveal how three key elements can draw us closer to God and change our lives for good.
Also check out this free live event Free Live Event featuring Duck Dynasty’s Beardless Brother, Al Robertson, and author Kyle Idleman sharing about their AHA moments and more. Click here to register!
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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
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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.
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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:
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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.
You can also go HERE to check out other Hebrew and Greek resources for use within The Bible Study App.
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him
Never were these words more true than for Ricky Wagoner of Trotwood Ohio. Yesterday morning as he stood outside of the bus he drives he was assaulted, shot, and stabbed in the leg. When it was all over two bullets had hit him in the chest – actually not him but The Message Bible that was in his shirt pocket. While we’re big fans of all things digital, this was definitely one case where a good old fashioned paper Bible turned out to be a life saver.
You can read the entire account here…
One of the many free Bibles we’re able to offer as part of the Bible Study App is the historic, trusted, and reliable King James Version of the Bible.
Here’s a brief glimpse into the history of the KJV:
It is said that when William Tyndale (1494 to 1536) was burned at the stake for translating the New Testament into the English vernacular in 1526, his last words were, “Lord, open the eyes of the king!”
Shortly thereafter, the Bible was made available in English by royal decree; in 1604, 85 years after Tyndale’s work, King James I authorized a new translation of the whole Bible for use by the Church of England. The result was the King James Version, or KJV, of 1611: a work of profound gravity, careful scholarship, and surpassing literary quality that has influenced English language and literature for hundreds of years, has been preached from thousands of pulpits, has been quoted by countless writers, and has led millions to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Though modern scholarship has led to revisions that strive for greater accuracy and readability (based both on a broader array of Greek texts and on gradual changes in English usage), the King James Version is still the source from which most literal English translations derive their inspiration.
For more information about the King James Version of the Bible checkout: A Visual History of the King James Bible
KJV related resources are on special this week. See them HERE!
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The Olive Tree Bible Study App developers are hard at work on our upcoming iOS release 5.9 (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…”
In my last post I briefly showed how The Bible Study App will be better able to layout text. With this new technology, we can now offer Interlinear Bibles. What’s an interlinear Bible you ask? An interlinear Bible typically the Hebrew or Greek text of the Old or New Testament with a literal English translation between the lines of the original-language text. This is an extremely helpful Bible Study tool, especially for those wanting to dig deeper into original Bible language studies.
Here’s an example of what the KJV Greek-English Interlinear New Testament will look like:
Not only can The Bible Study App display the text in an Interlinear format, we’ve tagged the Greek word with the Greek Parsing and Strong’s Definition:
We’ve also tagged the English Word:
And the Strong’s Number:
We’re really excited about this upcoming release for iPhone and iPad. This is just one of the many advantages to this app update. We’ll be highlighting more sneak peaks into the upcoming iOS App release in the next few weeks.
We don’t have an official release date yet, so stay tuned by subscribing to our blog or sign up for our newsletter.
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Today we wanted to highlight a great FREE resource from Pastor John Piper who also uses The Bible Study App from Olive Tree. Here’s what he says about The Bible Study App by Olive Tree:
“Olive Tree BibleReader is my default mobile Bible. I use it for devotions every day, usually from my iPad… The split window lets me keep a Greek and Hebrew window open as I read, and the pop-up lexicons fill in the gaps in my memory. The copy-and-paste features let me copy and paste easily to Twitter if I want to create a tweet out of something moving from my devotions.”
“Never before has the Bible been so easily accessible. Go there over and over again through the day. It is the voice of God.”
You can download and read over 1200 sermons spanning 20+ years of Pastor John Piper’s ministry find them in the store of the Bible Study App or get download directions by clicking here!