Free Resource Friday

Posted by on 01/31/2014 in: ,

Free ESV DownloadThe 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.

King JamesToday we highlight over 50 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!
For all available Bible translations go here!

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Bibles with Strong’s Numbers

Posted by on 01/30/2014 in:

A 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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A Basic and Solid Bible Study Library

Posted by on 01/30/2014 in: ,

basiclibraryIf you’re like me, your introduction to Bible study tools was a bit rocky.  I first began teaching and preaching in my local church at age 14.  Before my first sermon, my Dad handed me my first Strong’s Concordance and a brand new Bible. Not really knowing where else to start, I would read through a passage of Scripture and look up every word in the Strong’s Concordance that I didn’t understand or that caught my attention.

I quickly learned that I needed a more formalized approach to studying God’s Word. Since that time I’ve learned that I needed some basic tools to keep my Bible study on track.

A Basic and Solid Library

To help you get started, Olive Tree has bundled resources together to help you dig deeper into God’s word.  These bundles give you the basic tools to help you build a solid starter library. All of these wonderful resources are designed to be integrated into the Resource Guide within The Bible Study App for a seamless and easy-to-use Bible study experience.

What’s in The Study Bible Bundles?

Bible Study Essentials 

  • Choose from the following Bible Translations: NIV, HCSB, NKJV or NRSV
  • A Study Bible that corresponds to your Preferred Bible Translation
  • Bible Dictionary
  • Cross-References
  • Maps

Bible Study Standard 

  • Everything in the Essentials bundle
  • Strong’s Tagged Bible
  • Essential Bible Companion
  • Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
  • Expanded Maps

Bible Study Expanded 

  • Everything in the Standard bundle
  • Key Word Commentary
  • Expository Dictionary
  • Bible Concordance
  • and even more Maps

Bible Study Premier

  • Everything in the Expanded bundle
  • More Commentaries
  • Bible Encyclopedia
  • More Cross-references
  • A Bible Atlas

Bible Study Bundles are available in the following Bible translations: NIV, HCSB, NKJV, or NRSV.

Using these and tools will deepen your Bible study and further prepare you to present God’s word (2 Timothy 2:15).

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How to Create a Parallel Bible in The Bible Study App

Posted by on 01/27/2014 in: ,

The Bible Study App has over 50 Bibles available in multiple languages and as result is used by millions of people all around the world. Once a Bible is downloaded to your device you don’t need an internet connection to read or study.

In the videos below you can see how to setup your own parallel Bible in the Bible Study App for easy translation comparison.

For Mobile Devices:

For Desktop:

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2013 Rewind Sale!

Posted by on 01/25/2014 in:

Thanks for a great 2013!
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Free Resource Friday

Posted by on 01/24/2014 in:

HitchcockThis Friday we highlight Hitchcock’s Bible Names Dictionary as a free download for The Bible Study App!

This dictionary lists the meanings of most of the Hebrew names that appear in the Bible (over 2,500). Though first published in 1869, Hitchcock’s scholarship of the Hebrew language still measures up to contemporary standards. In fact, biblical linguists to this day are undecided about the meaning of the few words Hitchcock did not include. This work can prove an invaluable resource for anyone who wishes to study Scripture or the Hebrew language more deeply.

Find it in-app or go HERE for download instructions!

Also make sure and check out our month long giveaway HERE!

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In Desperate Need of Hope

Posted by on 01/22/2014 in: ,

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
– The Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:6 (ESV)

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. “
-Jesus in John 16:33 (ESV)

Since Adam and Eve were cast from the garden, every generation has been on a desperate search for hope. Hope that there is a cure, that there is a way out, that something ‘I’ can do will make all things right again. For those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus we know that He alone is our hope. It’s only through his saving grace that our desperate search for hope finds an answer.

But, here’s the thing, it’s not yet fully complete. The day of Jesus Christ that the Apostle Paul references in Philippians 1:6 (see above) is yet to come. Our hope begins when we accept the gift of God’s grace and say ‘yes’ to Jesus – and it’s fully and wholly completed on Christ’s return.  So what do we do in the meantime? What do we do when health fails, depression overwhelms, and the circumstances of life overwhelm us?

We still cling to hope! We still believe the promises of Jesus (see above verse) and at that moment – as the writer of Hebrews says – hope becomes our anchor. If Jesus isn’t that hope that anchors us down – then just like a ship in a storm – we become lost, aimless, and desperate. Have you ever felt like that? I certainly have and it’s in those seasons of desperation that everything the world has to offer is no more solid than sinking sand.  Jesus says, we ‘will have tribulation’ but despite the hardships of life we choose hope. Hope in him and his promises – knowing he is faithful.

This is the good news the world needs to hear and we need build our lives on!

Watch the video below to hear how the reality of Jesus brought hope despite the circumstances of life. If you find yourself in a season that has tried to steal your hope check out the book 365 Days of Hope or check out other great books on hope here.

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Look Inside: Archaeological Study Bible

Posted by on 01/20/2014 in: ,

The Archaeological Study Bible is a comprehensive study tool that highlights the archaeological, historical, and cultural background of the Bible.

In The Bible Study App you can access great images, maps, articles, and more in the Resource Guide. Watch the video below to see a brief demonstration on how it looks in our app.

You can get the Archaeological Study Bible on special right now!

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3 Ways to Enhance your NIV Study Experience

Posted by on 01/20/2014 in: , , ,

You have the NIV, but what’s the next step in your Bible Study Experience?

Here are three ways you can enhance your NIV Bible Study Experience (screenshots are taken from an iPad 2. Click for a larger view).

#1: NIV Study Bible Notes

A study Bible in The Bible Study App is an easy to use and very powerful tool in guiding you in your understanding of the text. Many study Bibles contain resources such as maps, timelines, profiles on Biblical characters, commentaries and articles.

Our most popular NIV Study Bible Notes are Archaeological Study Bible Notes and the NIV Study Bible Notes.  However, there are also several other Study Bible Notes to choose from.  From Quest Study Bible Notes, and Couples’ Devotional Bible Notes, to Men’s Devotional Bible Notes and NIV True Identity Notes: The Bible for Women, we are sure you can find one that will help deepen your spiritual walk. Because study Bibles are uniquely enhanced for the resource guide they will work with any version of the Bible that is open in the main window.

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#2: NIV Application Commentaries

After you’ve studied the Bible for yourself, it is often helpful to read trusted Bible scholars to see how they explain the text you are reading.  Bible Commentaries can be an extremely valuable study tool. The NIV Application Commentaries merge the original, ancient context with right now, showing us both how ancient readers would have read the Bible and how we can connect to this living word of God from a modern context. Most importantly, however, it helps us begin the life-changing process of true application, showing how God’s word can continue to have a powerful voice in our lives today. The resource guide of The Bible Study App makes using the NIV Application Commentaries a seamless part of your study.

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#3: NIV Bible Study Bundles

Olive Tree has bundled collections of resources to help you dig deeper into God’s word.  These bundles give you the basic tools that you need like the study tools mentioned above. All of these wonderful resources are designed to be integrated into the Resource Guide within The Bible Study App for a seamless and easy-to-use Bible study experience.

NIV Bible Study Bundles come in the following Collections:

  • Bible Study Essentials (NIV Bible, Dictionary, Cross-Reference and Maps)
  • Bible Study Standard (Essentials bundle, plus Strong’s Tagged Bible, Essential Bible Companion, Dictionary of Biblical Imagery and Expanded Maps)
  • Bible Study Expanded (Standard bundle, plus Key Word Commentary, Expository Dictionary, Concordance, and even more Maps)
  • Bible Study Premier (Expanded bundle, plus more Commentaries, Bible Encyclopedia, more Cross-references and a Bible Atlas)

Bible Study Bundles are also available in the following Bible translations: HCSB, NKJV, and NRSV.

As you can see, these titles will enhance your NIV Bible Study experience to help you go deeper in the Word of God.  All of these NIV enhancements are on sale now through January 27.

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