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My Favorite Features of The Bible Study App

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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 updated 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?

12 Days of Christmas – Day 5

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An enhanced resource is a powerful feature in The Bible Study App that you can use to find what you’re looking for easily and quickly.  Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias are some of the products that Olive Tree enhances for the resource guide.

Here’s three ways The Bible Study App enhances Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias (screenshots are from an iPad 2 and a Nexus 7 – click on an image for a expanded view):

ONE:

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.”

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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.  I’m using the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible for our example.

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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.

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When you encounter a map, chart, image or photo, you can tap to bring up a closer view.

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If there are scripture references in the article, just tap the verse and it will appear in a pop-up window.

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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:

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.

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THREE:

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.

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EXTRA:

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.

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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.

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Three Tips for Mounce’s Dictionary to Enrich Your Bible Study

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Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (MED) is a word study dictionary covering the entire Bible.

Here are three tips for Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary in The Bible Study App to enrich your personal Bible Study. (screenshots are from an iPad 2, click for a larger view):

ONE: RESOURCE GUIDE

Open your favorite Bible translation in the main window. (I’ve got the NIV open in this example.)  Then tap the split window handle and drag it to a width or height you like.  As you scroll through the Bible text, the resource guide keeps up with you and searches through all the books in your 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.”

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Tap or click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about.  I chose the topic “Fellowship” in this example.  The Bible Study App then brings you results from Mounce’s Expository Dictionary.

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You’ll see that Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary has the words “Article to Fellowship” underneath the book cover.  Tap/Click on the book cover and The Bible Study App will take you directly to the article. You can scroll down and read the entire article without having to leave your Bible text.  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.

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TWO: LOOKUP FEATURES

For iPhone/iPad open the Resource Guide in the split window of The Bible Study App, tap the double arrows, then tap the “lookup” option in iOS, type in “Fellowship” and then tap “search”.  This will bring up Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary article on Fellowship as we’ve seen before.

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If you like reading your Bible “full screen”, try the integrated look-up 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..

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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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THREE: INTEGRATES WITH STRONG’S TAGGED BIBLES

If you have a Bible Tagged with Strong’sMounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary is a great addition to your Bible Study library.  This is also a great Bible study method to see how other versions of the Bible translate different scriptures.  Since I have the English Standard Version (ESV) with Strong’s, I pulled it up in my main window and tapped “fellowship”. This brings up the Strong’s article and definition for κοινωνία (koinōnia).

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From there I tapped “look up κοινωνία (koinōnia).  This brought up Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary that I can tap then read the article on κοινωνία (koinōnia) in the pop-up window, or open the Main Window or Split Window.

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This is how Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary has been enhanced for The Bible Study App to enrich your personal Bible Study. How do you use the Mounce Expository Dictionary in your personal Bible Study? What are some insights you have learned by using Mounce’s Expository Dictionary?

The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK) in The Bible Study App

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The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK) is the best known and most widely used collection of 500,000 Scripture references and parallel passages. By using The TSK in The Bible Study App you’ll save tons of time and effort.  No longer will you have to leave your original text to search for a reference.

Here’s how: (screenshots are from the Windows Desktop App.  Click for a larger view):

Bring up your preferred Bible translation in the main window. (I have the English Standard Version open to Titus 1:5 in this example.)  Click the split window button at the top right of the screen.

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Click and hold to adjust the split window to your desired size.  Next, click “Tools & Notes” to see the drop-down menu and choose “resource guide.”  Please note that the split window opens to the last place that you had viewed, so if you were last in the library, the screen will default back to the library.

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If you scroll a little further down the split window, you’ll find the “Related Verses” section.  Since I have the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK) downloaded to my PC, The Bible Study App has found cross references relevant to the Titus passage we are studying.

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In our example, you’ll see that there are 44 related verses in the TSK from the Titus 1:5-16 passage we’re studying. By clicking on the TSK book cover, you can then view each set of cross references that correspond to each individual verse from our passage in Titus.

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You can click the reference in the TSK and view it as a popup, or even split it out into a new window without leaving your original text.  This feature alone will save you hours. Clicking the cross references for “Crete” in this example, I can see where the book of Acts references Crete.

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As you can see, having the the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK) cross references in The Bible Study App will help you broaden your biblical understanding quickly and easily.

What are some ways that you’ve utilized the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK) to deepen your Bible Study?

Vine’s Expository Dictionary in The Bible Study App

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Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary is a great resource for those who don’t have any background with Greek or Hebrew.

Here’s how I used it in a recent sermon. (screenshots are taken from an iPad 2. Click on the images for a larger view)

I read this verse in Genesis 39:2: “And Jehovah was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” (ASV)

This passage got me thinking about the word “prosperous”, so I opened the Resource Guide in the split window of The Bible Study App, found the “lookup” option in iOS and typed in “prosper” and then tapped “search”.

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From there I got two search results, and tapped the one for “prosper”.

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This brought up Vine’s under the search menu for tsaleach צָלַח, along with an article about the word.

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The article shows some of the different occurrences of tsaleach in the Bible.  All I have to do is tap the reference and the biblical passage appears in a pop-up window. This gives me instant access to other places the word is used in the Bible and helps me keep my Bible study on track by not having to stop in the middle of my study to find the reference.

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Another great thing about this resource is that Vine’s gives the Strong’s number (6743 in this case) and is tied into the Olive Tree Enhanced Strong’s Dictionary that is included in this resource.  This allows me to tap on the Strong’s number and see the definition of the word and the words in both the original language and transliterated form.

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If you have a Bible Tagged with Strong’sVine’s Complete Expository Dictionary is a great addition to your Bible Study library.  This is also a great Bible study method to see how other versions of the Bible translate different words.

Since I have the English Standard Version (ESV) with Strong’s, I pulled it up found that the ESV translates “prosperous” as “successful”.  I verified this by tapping on the word “successful” and confirmed that it is the same word for “prosper/prosperous” that the ASV uses.

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From there I tapped “look up tsaleach צָלַח”.  This brought up the Olive Tree Enhanced Strong’s dictionary and Vine’s.  From there I also can tap Vine’s and read the article on tsaleach צָלַח.

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Lastly, I find that the popup windows can be a little small sometimes, so the popup window gives me the option to open in the Main or the Split window.  This way I never have to leave my Bible text to do a quick word study and study more in depth.

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As you can see, Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words is a fantastic, easy-to-use resource that gives anyone access to the original languages. With over 6,000 key biblical words that have reference to Strong’s numbers, it makes a great addition to any Bible study library.  There is no end to how it can help you understand the Bible and keep your study on track.

A Look Inside “A Visual Guide to Bible Events”

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This week, Olive Tree has an awesome sale on A Visual Guide to Bible Events.  The book’s introduction states that its purpose is to be “a door through which to enter the world of the Bible and encounter the power and love of our Lord Jesus and the unity of Scripture.”

This resource does just that.  This book is not written in your typical research academic resource. Rather, it has a conversational tone to which any person can relate.  A Visual Guide to Bible Events is packed with over 500 photographs and maps brings a heightened awareness to the biblical text like no other.

For example, take the seven churches of Revelation.

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With the addition of the map, you can visualize how John’s letter carrier would have made a circular trip and how closely the seven churches were geographically.  You can also see the length of the Israelites’ detour around Edom in Numbers 20:14–21 and Deuteronomy 2:1–8.

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Looking through the beautiful full-color photographs gives a sense of being “in the action” and gives a sense of realism and depth like no written resource could.

Another example is a section of the Jerusalem wall during Nehemiah’s time.

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Or, seeing a scale model of the temple and envisioning what it would have been like to be with the early church in Solomon’s Colonnade.

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Perhaps even seeing a picture of an altar to an unknown God and how that would have affected the Apostle Paul.

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Bible history told and shown in this context is insightful for all those wanting to deepen their Bible knowledge.  The Bible Study App enhances this resource to strengthen your Bible study.  As you’re reading through A Visual Guide to Bible Events, tap or click on a scripture reference to instantly see the Bible text.  You can also use the split screen feature to view the articles and pictures while reading your Bible to augment your daily reading.

This week you can pick up A Visual Guide to Bible Events and other great Maps, Atlases & Visual Guides on sale now through October 28th!.

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