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Four Tips for using Commentaries in The Bible Study App

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After you’ve studied the Bible for yourself, it’s often helpful to read trusted Bible scholars to see how they explain the text you’re reading. Commentaries are a great way to do just that and The Bible Study App makes them even more powerful!

Here are a few quick tips on how to get the best experience with commentaries in The Bible Study App (screenshots are taken from an iPad 2).

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Open your preferred Bible translation in the main window and have the Resource Guide open in the split window.  You’ll see relevant commentary “hits” in the split window.

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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, your commentaries sync 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 this feature alone.

Comparing Commentaries within the Resource Guide

Not only does the Resource Guide keep up with you in one commentary, it keeps track in ALL of your commentaries.  This makes comparing multiple commentaries easy.  In this example, I’ve got the Boice Expositional Commentary Series, Thru the Bible Commentary series, Understanding the Bible Commentary Series, The Preacher’s Commentary Series, and the Zondervan Bible Commentary all showing “hits” from the Matthew 12:1-8 passage I’m studying.

With hard copies, I would have to go and find this passage in each commentary and then compare.  With the Bible Study App, the Resource Guide keeps track of where I am.  All I have to do is tap the book cover and it lists out the relevant sections of the commentary for me.  I then tap the section that interests me and The Bible Study App takes me exactly to that place in the commentary.

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To see what each commentary says about the passage in my main window, I just tap the “back” button and The Bible Study App will take me back to the “hits” list.  I then follow the same process as I did before to read my secondary commentary resource.  This is especially helpful if I’m comparing more technical, research-driven commentaries versus more devotional/pastoral commentaries.

Comparing Commentaries in the Main and Split Windows

Another handy way to compare commentaries on a specific passage is to place one of my commentaries in the main window.  I then open the resource guide in the split window.  Since commentaries are based on the biblical text, the resource guide searches my library for relevant content.  This means that I can check other commentaries for comparison and see what other scholars have said about the passage I’m studying.

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Putting your commentary in the main window will also allow you to search your commentaries for words or passages.  Take “Sabbath” as our example.  You can search the entire commentary series for where “Sabbath” is mentioned.  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 passage. You can also copy the text to add to an existing note or add a note right from the search results.

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As above, I can open the resource guide and see results from all my commentaries and other resources on my device.

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 Matthew about Jesus being Lord of the Sabbath, there are references to the Old Testament that I want to understand. 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.

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As you can see, using commentaries within The Bible Study App gives you the best in scholarly work while saving you valuable study time and tremendous effort.

What’s in the Archaeological Study Bible?

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When I first heard about the Archaeological Study Bible, I wasn’t sure what to think.  My initial thought was how could there be an entire Bible devoted to archaeological study?  And honestly, how could a study Bible devoted to archaeological study not be a snoozer?  So, I got a copy of the Archaeological Study Bible and began looking through it.  Wow, was I impressed (and wrong)!

The Archaeological Study Bible is a great resource.  There are 520 articles covering five main categories: Archaeological Sites, Cultural and Historical Notes, Ancient Peoples and Lands, the Reliability of the Bible, and Ancient Texts and Artifacts.  The Bible Study App enriches the Archaeological Study Bible. As you read through your Bible, the split screen and resource guide keep you synced with your reading.

Here’s an example of an article on the Zealots and Essenes (screenshots from an iPad, click images to enlarge):

Also included are almost 500 full-color photographs throughout the text.  Here’s two examples:

Throughout the text there are detailed charts like this one:

At the end of the Archaeological Study Bible there are several maps that help you get an idea of the placement of biblical events:

The authors of the Archaeological Study Bible also included detailed book introductions for every book of the Bible. Other study tools include a glossary, extensive concordance and several indexes to help you find articles relevant to your study.

The Bible Study App enhances this resource when articles reference other articles within the Archaeological Study Bible.  By tapping or clicking on the hyperlink, you can go directly to the related article, view in the Split Window, or view it in a Popup screen.

As you can see, you can spend hours learning the historical background of the Bible and the settings in which biblical events took place.  The articles and pictures will give you insights into the Bible and make you feel like you could have been there.

You can get the Archaeological Study Bible for 50% off this week only. Click here for more!

Enhanced for the Resource Guide: Cross References & Quick References

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By using The Bible Study App’s cross references and quick reference titles enhanced for the resource guide, you’ll save tons of time and effort.  No longer will you have to leave your original text to search for a reference.  All your content will be at your fingertips!

Here’s how we’ve enhanced these resources (screenshots are from the Windows Desktop App):

Bring up your preferred Bible translation in the main window. (I have the New Living Translation open to Romans 12:1 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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The resource guide keeps up with me as I scroll through the Bible text and searches through the books in my library for content related to the Scripture passage in the main window.

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You’ll see that the resource guide has found related Bible content in the “Content” section. (click image for larger view)

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I can click the cross reference related to “a living” (Hebrews 10:20 in this case) and a pop-up window will appear.  This means that I don’t have to leave my place in Romans 12:1 to read the related verses.  I can also click the pop-out button to view the related content in a new window.

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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 related content in this resource. The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is the best known and most widely used collection of 500,000 Scripture references and parallel passages.

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In our example, you’ll see that there are 49 related verses in the TSK from the Romans 12:1-17 passage we’re studying. By clicking on the TSK book cover, I can view each set of cross references that correspond to each individual verse from my passage in Romans.

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Like before, I can click the reference in the TSK and view it in a new window without leaving my original text.  This feature alone will save you hours.

Now, let’s turn our attention to quick references.  In the resource guide in the split window, scroll down to view “Places,” “Maps,” “Outlines,” and “Introductions.”  All quick reference content will be displayed in these sections.  In our example, after clicking “Rome” under “Places,” the resource guide shows me that I have two images available in my library.  I can click these images to see a larger view or even view them within the resource from which the content is found, the Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding the Bible.

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I can also see that there are Outlines and Introductions available in MacArthur’s Quick Reference Guide to the Bible and other resources that have related content.

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By clicking the book covers for these resources, I can see all of the results within that resource for the Bible passage.  In this example, I can see that there are three entries under introductions in MacArthur’s Quick Reference Guide to the Bible.  Click the article or reference and I can read the content in the resource.  Again, any Scripture verse becomes a hyperlink that I can view within the resource guide.

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This is how cross references and quick references are enhanced in The Bible Study App.  What are some ways that you’ve utilized this feature to deepen your Bible Study?

How I Use Vine’s in The Bible Study App

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Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary is a great resource for who don’t have any background with Greek or Hebrew.  Here’s how I used it in a recent sermon.

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.”

This passage got me thinking about the word “prosperous”, so I opened the Resource Guide in the split window of The Bible Study App and typed in “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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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, there is no end to how it can help you understand the Bible and keep your study on track.

You can get Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words for 50% off the regular price now through June 10th.  Check it out today!

A Plethora of Pop outs – part 2

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Sermon & Lesson Prep in the Windows Desktop App

In my previous post I introduced the pop out feature in The Bible Study App.  This is a handy feature if you want to study one Scripture passage with multiple resources.

But what if I want to view different scriptures in my study?  What if I want to study how Ezra and Nehemiah compare to each other?  I can open multiple pop out windows and choose either to have them sync or not sync with the main window. When I choose to have them not sync with the main window, I can move around in my main window without moving the other resources that I want open. To do this, choose the “Windows Link Options” in the pop out window drop down menu.

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This is where things get really interesting.  The Windows desktop version of The Bible Study App has an advanced feature called “linked sets”.

Here’s how it works:

After I’ve opened the new pop out window (usually a different Bible translation, comparing NIV and the ESV, for example), I click on the drop down menu of the new window and mouse down to the Window Link options.  There I find that I can have this new window track with the Main Window, or I can choose “link sets” of windows, up to three groups A-B-C.

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This means that I can have up to four groups of resources (including the Main Window and Split Window) open at the same time.  These groups will scroll together without affecting the other groups or the main window.  At this point, I can open as many as windows as my computer’s memory can handle.

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What I like to do is have my favorite Bible translation in the main window and my favorite Study Bible in the split window.  Then, I pop out an alternative Bible translation, Commentary, and Study Bible for Group A, then a third set of Bible + Study Bible + Commentary for Group B, and a fourth set for Group C.

It looks something like this:

Main / Split Window Group A Group B Group C
ESV NIV HCSB NKJV
ESV Study Bible NIV Study Notes HCSB Study Notes NKJV Study Notes
NIV Application Commentary Key Word Commentary Thompson Chain Reference System
Eerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible

An alternative would be this:

Main / Split Window Group A Group B Group C
ESV NIV HCSB KJV
ESV Study Bible NIV Study Notes HCSB Study Notes NKJV
Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary Holman Bible Atlas NLT
Word Biblical Commentary ESV Bible Atlas The Message
Amplified Bible

This allows me to check different translations, commentaries, and other Bible study resources without leaving my main text.

There is a plethora of possibilities with these features. How do you make the most of multiple windows and resources in The Bible Study App?

A Plethora of Pop outs

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Sermon & Lesson Prep in the Windows Desktop App

One of my favorite features in The Bible Study App is the Split Window feature.  However, when preparing for a sermon or small group lesson, sometimes two windows just aren’t enough.  For example, when I prepare for teaching, I like to compare multiple Bible translations, study Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, concordances, atlases, and my own notes I’ve taken on the Scriptures I’m studying. This is not a problem in The Bible Study Desktop App.  All I have to do is use the pop out feature in The Bible Study App.

I start with the split window feature in The Bible Study Desktop App (here’s a helpful video on split window feature in Windows) by clicking the split window button splitscreenbutton.  I then click the Pop out button popoutbutton at the top right hand corner of The Bible Study App.  This opens a new pop out window in the resource that I’m already in.  I can accomplish the same task by hitting the drop down menu and choosing “Open this book in a new window”.

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Next, I choose the resource that I want to view in this new window by choosing it from the drop down menu.

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I continue this process until I have all of the Bibles, Study Bibles, Commentaries, etc. open that I want to view for this study.  With this option, I can view all of the resources I want at the same time and the multiple windows will sync with where I am in the main window of the app.

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How do you utilize the pop out feature in The Bible Study App?

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