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The Resource Guide

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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 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.

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Completely Customizable
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.

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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 references 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
  • Commentaries
  • Outlines
  • Dictionaries
  • Introductions to books of the Bible
  • Cross references
  • Maps

For more information about the Resource Guide or other App features check out our Help Center.

 

 

Look Inside: Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary

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The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary offers easy access to articles on people, places, things, and events in Scripture. Here are two ways you can use this comprehensive resource in the Olive Tree Bible Study App.

The first way is through the Split Window and Resource Guide.  Open your favorite Bible translation in the main window and the Resource Guide in the Split Window.  As you read through your Bible text, the Resource Guide searches through all the downloaded resources in your library to find related Bible study content.

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You’ll notice that the Resource Guide pulls related content from all of your downloaded resources.  If you scroll down the Resource Guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.”  These headings give you the results of articles based on your downloaded resources.

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Tap or click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about. I chose “Samaria” 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 the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary within the Resource Guide.

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You’ll notice that the resource has the words “Article to Samaria” underneath the book cover.  Tap/Click on the book cover and The Bible Study App will take you directly to the article within the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

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As you are reading the article, any Scripture references become hyperlinks that you can tap/click to view as a pop-out window:

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The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary is a comprehensive resource with 5,000 articles by leading evangelical scholars.  There’s also 400 color illustrations, maps, and photos.  Here’s one example from the Samaria article we’ve been reading:

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The second way you can utilize the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary is as a traditional dictionary in The Bible Study App.  Just Tap/Click the “Go-To” button and scroll through this awesome resource as you would a hard-copy dictionary.

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With our Search feature, The Bible Study App takes the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary to another level. Tap/Click the “Search” icon and type the word you are looking for to find all of the references in the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

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As you can see, the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary is a helpful resource for studying the Bible.

Click here to see all Bible dictionaries available for The Bible Study App.

The Voice Bible in The Bible Study App

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The Voice Bible is a faithful dynamic equivalent translation that reads like a story with all the truth and wisdom of God’s Word. Through a collaboration of more than 120 biblical scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and artists, The Voice recaptures the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in the translation process. The result is a retelling of the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works, yet remaining painstakingly true to the original manuscripts.

Features include:

Information added to help contemporary readers understand what the original readers would have known intuitively

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Commentary notes include cultural, historical, theological, or devotional thoughts

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Screenplay format, ideal for public readings and group studies

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Book introductions

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Here’s a video from publisher Thomas Nelson to give an example of The Voice in Luke 11:

Now through July 22 you can get The Voice Bible for 40% off the regular price.

What is a Bible with Strong’s?

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The well-known Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance lists all the significant words in the Bible and references each word to the original Hebrew and Greek languages. The concordance was first published in 1890 by Dr. James Strong, whose life’s work was to provide students of the Bible with an accurate and functional tool to understand the Bible’s original languages. He and others worked on the list for 35 years!

Dr. Strong’s work is still universally recognized as one of the essential aids for studying the Bible and thanks to The Bible Study App it’s easier than ever to access for deeper study of the Bible. Here’s a brief demonstration of how it works. All screenshots are from The Bible Study App on an Android tablet.

To find out the Hebrew or Greek word behind the English translation simply tap a word on any Strong’s tagged Bible.
(Click here for a list of available Bible’s with Strong’s tagging).

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In the above screen shot I’ve tapped the word ‘nations’ found in Matthew 28:18 and I see that the Greek word is ‘ethnos’. I can then look up that Greek word in my other library resources like a concordance or dictionary by tapping the Lookup button in the popup window.

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With a concordance I can see all of the different place that word is listed and how it is translated. In this case ‘ethnos’ is often translated as Gentiles in other places in Matthew.

strongs-dictionaryI can also look the word up in a dictionary like Vine’s or Mounce’s Expository Dictionary to see further explanation.

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Lastly, if you would like to see or hide the actual Strong’s numbers associated with the words, you can turn this feature on or off by tapping Settings>Advanced Settings> Other Settings (Text Layout/Display for iOS)>Strong’s Numbers.

This is how the text would look with Strong’s numbers viewable compared with the first image in this post which hides the numbers.

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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 translations are available with Strong’s in the list below.

Here are the current Bible translations available with Strong’s tagging:

Read for relationship!

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Relationships don’t exist without communication. You don’t become friends with someone without some sort of exchange of information with that person that indicated your personality, preferences, hobbies, etc. My wife and I didn’t start our relationship with each other simply because we were physically attracted to each other. Our relationship started when we began to unpack our stories, share things we found funny, foods we liked, and what our hopes and dreams for the future were.

Communication, in all its forms, is what initiates real relationship and it’s also what maintains it. When friends lose contact (stop communicating) the friendship may still exist in principle but it’s no longer active. When marriages are on the brink of divorce it’s almost always the result of a communication issue.  Our relationship with God is no different.

There was a revelation (communication) to you about who God is and what he has done for you in the person of Jesus. This is what began your relationship with him and this is what will continue to grow it. So, why do so many of us struggle with the motivation to read the Bible? If reading God’s word feels like a duty, homework, or a necessary act to be a good Christian then it’s time to change our approach.

Read for relationship!
The whole Bible, written over a span of 1500 years by forty different authors, tells of our great God who desires relationship with us. It’s one of his greatest and most important communication methods to us and it’s the foundation of our relationship with him. When you read the Bible you get learn about his character, his attributes, and his purposes. The feelings of duty or obligation quickly fade when the Bible is read to deepen relationship with God and know him more. Not only does our reading allow us to know God more and deepen our relationship with him but our identity is also changed, because knowing who he is affects who we are.

So, if you struggle with your Bible reading remember that the Bible is God’s essential communication, given to us for a relationship that is living, growing, and life changing.

The Bible Study App vs. E-reader

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Did you know that the inspiration for the modern day E-reader was created over 60 years ago? Angela Ruiz Robles, a teacher in Spain, developed a device that proved to be very forward thinking and set the table for the E-readers of today. I wonder if she could ever have imagined how her concept would be influencing the way we read and learn in the 21st century? While E-readers have grown in popularity, the full potential of electronic books is just starting to be realized.

It’s that reality that drives our vision and belief that The Bible Study App by Olive Tree is the most powerful study app available and the best way to read, study, and grow in your understanding of God’s word. So what’s the difference between a regular E-reader and The Bible Study App? Here are the top 4:

1. The Resource Guide

While The Bible Study App is a great E-reader, it goes far beyond just that. The Bible Study App was designed with one purpose in mind; to help you study the Bible. The most obvious demonstration of this is found in The Resource Guide. While you’re reading the Bible, you 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 your current reading. As you continue to read, the Resource Guide tracks with you and updates the material to match the Scripture you’re reading and provide a seamless Bible study experience

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2. Search

Do you ever find yourself asking things like, “Where is that verse about the mustard seed?” Instead of flipping through the Bible or searching through an index, you can simply tap on the search icon and type in “mustard seed” and find the verse you looking for. As an added bonus, you can view the verse in each of the gospel accounts and see other search results related to “mustard seed.”

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3. Split Window

The split window has many great functions. While reading in the main window, in the split window you can open the Resource Guide, another translation, a study Bible, or even take notes as you read the text. While in church on Sunday you can have your main window open to the passage and take notes in the split window. No more balancing act with a Bible in one hand and a notepad in another, trying to keep everything in place while flipping back and forth. Now your Bible and notes are all easily managed in one hand and your entire study library is accessible where ever you are. You don’t even need an active internet connection!

Another powerful note function is the hyperlink feature. As you enter scripture references in your notes The Bible Study App will detect them and turn them into hyperlinks that will then pop up the text when you tap on them.

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4. Reading Plans

The Bible Study App comes with a variety of pre-installed reading plans that range in style, topic, and duration. If you don’t see one that appeals don’t worry, there are even more that you can easily download and install for free. Click here to see how.

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With numerous study resources, tons of customization options, the ability to sync between different devices, and much more, we’re confident that you’ll find The Bible Study App to be an essential part of your study and spiritual growth. If you don’t have it yet then go get it here.

We’re passionate about what we do and want you to have the best tool available to help you grow in your understanding of God’s word.

 

 

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