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With 60 volumes and 26,000+ pages of content, the Word Biblical Commentary is a hefty commentary series. With this much content, how do you navigate it all?
With the Bible Study App, you can easily read and study the WBC anywhere. Here’s 5 benefits of Using the WBC in The Bible Study App (Screenshots are from the Windows Desktop version of The Bible Study App. Click on Images for a larger view)
1. Resource Guide & Split Window
Open your preferred Bible Translation in the main window and have the Resource Guide open in the Split Window. You’ll see relevant Word Biblical Commentary “hits” in the split window.
If you prefer to just read one resource at a time, you can open the WBC in the split window. The Bible Study App also keeps up with the scripture passage you’re reading in the main window with sync scrolling.
This means that as you move along in the Bible text, the WBC syncs to exactly where you are in your study. No more flipping pages back and forth. No more holding the commentary text open on your desk in one spot, reading through your Bible text, and having to go back and find your place in the commentary. You’ll save an enormous amount of time with these first two features alone.
2. Easily Navigate to Commentary Sections
Each section of commentary in WBC (covering a range of verses) is further divided into a number of sub-sections which each approach the entire set of verses from different perspectives like “Bibliography”, “Translation” and more. Each of the sub-sections has been individually tagged based on content, meaning that if you have a particular Bible passage open in the main window, the Resource Guide will display the commentary notes for that passage in the WBC for each of the subsections.
Using it with the Resource Guide like this makes it easy to drill down to one sub-section, then jump back up quickly and then back down to another
3. Search & Look Up Features
Search the Word Biblical Commentary for words or passages. Take “elder” as an example. You can search the entire series for where “love” is mentioned in the commentary series. You can also limit your search to the Old Testament, New Testament, biblical genre, or a specific book.
When your search hits are displayed, you can tap on the result to go directly to that section in the WBC. You can also choose to open the search in a pop out window making this search accessible for further study.
4. Linked Reference Pop ups
One of my greatest frustrations in the hard copy world of biblical commentaries are the other biblical references within the commentary. For example, when I’m reading in Genesis 12 about Abram, there are multiple other Scripture references in the WBC that help me with this passage. With a hard copy, I have to open a different Bible and find each and every reference to read how the verse relates to what I am currently studying. This is time consuming, slows down my study momentum, and requires me to keep all of my study materials out and open, spread out over a large desk space. 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.
5. Highlight, add a Note, Bookmark or Copy & Paste
Make the Word Biblical Commentary your own with The Bible Study App. Without having to leave your current study, you can:
Add a Note, Copy & Paste
Or Bookmark and save under your own custom category.
Bonus: Cross Platform
The Bible Study App is available for your iPhone, iPad, Android Phone or Tablet, PC or Mac. With our our background sync technology, you can access all of your notes, highlights, and bookmarks on all of your devices with a free Olive Tree Account.
The Word Biblical Commentary set serves as an exceptional resource for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship. Now through December 9, the Word Biblical Commentary 60 Volume set is Half off the regular price for The Bible Study App.
Have you ever heard a sermon where the preacher says something like “turn to Luke 4:5, hold your finger there, then turn to 2 Kings 17:29″? Well, then you know that turning to both passages and “holding your finger” in a digital Bible can be a challenge.
This is where the History Button can come in really handy.
(screenshots are taken from an iPad and an Android Phone. Click on the images for a larger view)
First, use the Go To Button and navigate to the first Scripture Reference (Luke 4:5 in this case).
Then navigate to the second Scripture reference (2 Kings 17:29) using the Go To Verse chooser.
Now, tap - the History Button: (the clock icon)
From here, you can use the left/right arrows to see your forward and back history.
This will help you navigate quickly between the two passages.
You can also tap “View History/View All”.
Now you can view your history by date or by Scripture reference You can view by date or by title (depending on your device).
The “View All” feature is especially helpful if you’ve ever gotten three verses into a Bible Study and want refer back to one of those previous verses.
Extra Tip for iOS:
If you have any iOS device (iPhone/iPad), you can also use Gestures as shortcuts for the History back and forth. By default, 2 finger swipe left will take you into your History Forward, and 2 finger swipe right will take you to your History Back. You can also go to Settings > Advanced Settings > Gestures/Shortcuts to view other Gestures/Shortcuts or set your own customized Gestures/Shortcuts.
How do you navigate quickly in The Bible Study App? Do you have any quick tips for navigating your history?
An award-winning legacy continues; completely revised and featuring world-class evangelical scholarship, the Expositor’s Bible Commentary-Revised includes brand new commentaries and updates throughout the volumes. In The Bible Study App, the Expositor’s Bible Commentary-Revised comes to life.
(Click any of the images to zoom)
Verse references become hyperlinks:
Android iOS Windows Desktop
The split window allows you to read the Bible side-by-side with the commentary:
Android iOS Windows Desktop
Easily copy and paste from the text into notes, or make your own notes:
Android iOS Windows Desktop
Enhanced for use in the Resource Guide:
Thanks to Ant Blair for his review of The Bible Study App!
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The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible has been a classic Bible study resource for more than thirty years. Now thoroughly revised, this new five-volume edition provides up-to-date entries based on the latest scholarship.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia 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?
Here are three ways The Bible Study App makes the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible even more powerful (screenshots are from an iPad and a Nexus 7 – click on an image for a expanded view):
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 “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 to altar” underneath the book cover. Tap/Click on the book cover and The Bible Study 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.
When you encounter a map, chart, image or photo, you can tap to bring up a closer view.
If there are scripture references in the article, just tap the verse and it will appear in a pop-up window.
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.
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 this awesome resource 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.
In iPhone/iPad app, you also have an additional option. 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.
If you tap “Define” you will get the integrated iOS dictionary pop-up.
If you tap the “Lookup” button you’ll get “hits” from your resources on just that specific word. From here you can follow the same steps as you would in the resource guide option above.
Discounts end September 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.
Olive Tree Bible Software just released the 5.4.0 version of The Bible Study App for Android devices. Besides some design tweaks there was one major new feature: Background Sync
What is Background Sync?
If you have The Bible Study App on multiple devices then you already know that the ability to sync your notes, highlights, bookmarks, and reading plans between devices is a great feature. In the past if you were using The Bible Study App on your laptop and forgot to hit the sync button, your current annotations wouldn’t be available on your other device. Background sync now takes care of that problem.
As long as you are signed into your free Olive Tree account, The Bible Study App will now automatically sync all of your notes, highlights, reading plans, etc. To see when the last automatic sync happened just tap on the My Stuff icon and look at the bottom of the window. (See image right) You still have option to manually sync by simply tapping the sync button.
What about if I don’t want automatic sync turned on?
To change your sync settings tap Settings>Advanced Settings> Sync Settings
You’ll then see two options. You can uncheck ‘Auto-sync’ (on by default) and only sync manually or you can leave it checked and never have to think about it.
If you’re concerned about your data plan you can also check WiFi only (off by default). Doing this will only allow The Bible Study App to automatically sync when connected to a WiFi network. Leaving it unchecked allows automatic sync to happen on both a cellular connection or WiFi.