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NIV Application Commentaries in The Bible Study App

The NIV Application Commentaries use a highly accessible, three-tiered method of bringing readers to a fuller understanding of each Biblical book.

Original Meaning will explore a book’s meaning in light of its historical and cultural context.
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Bridging Contexts, as its name implies, will help the reader link the text’s original meaning to its Contemporary Significance

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Contemporary Significance—the final tier that helps you apply the Bible to everyday life.

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The Bible Study App makes the NIV Application Commentaries even more powerful and accessible.  Verse references become hyperlinks, the split window allows you to read the Bible side-by-side with the commentary, and you can easily take notes and highlights within the text. Enhanced for use in the Resource Guide, read YOUR CHOICE of Bible translations while the commentaries keep track of where you are in the scriptures.

App Tip: Verse Chooser

Did you know there are different styles of navigation to get you to book, chapter, and verse in The Bible Study App?

iOS Devices

The Grid View orders books by Old Testament and New Testament

The List View orders the books by canonical category: Pentateuch, History, Poetry, Prophets, Gospels, Epistles, Revelation

For iOS it may not be obvious how to change between the two views. Here’s how to switch between the two (using an ipad as an example):
Tap the Go To button in the upper left. iOS currently defaults to ‘Grid View’. Drag the list downward and you’ll see two buttons next to the search bar. Now click on the button indicated by the arrow below to change to the ‘List View’.

Grid View

Verse Chooser Grid copy

List View

Verse Chooser List

Android Tablet

Tap the Verse Chooser in the upper left, next to the Library icon.

To access the different styles of verse chooser then tap the gear icon in the pop out. You’ll then see 3 options:

The Grid View orders books by Old Testament and New Testament

The Alphabetical List View orders books by number…just kidding.

The Cannonical List View orders the books by canonical category: Pentateuch, History, Poetry, Prophets, Gospels, Epistles, Revelation


Android Verse Chooser


Android Phone

Tap the Go To button in the upper left. Android currently defaults to ‘Grid View’. Then tap the menu button your device. Please note that this is a button on your actual device, not the App, and it varies depending on the type of phone you have. You’ll then see 3 options:

The Grid View orders books by Old Testament and New Testament

The Alphabetical List View orders books by number…just kidding.

The Cannonical List View orders the books by canonical category: Pentateuch, History, Poetry, Prophets, Gospels, Epistles, Revelation

HTC One Verse Chooser





Bible Study Tips & Resources

Bible StudyI 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. Following his lead, 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 soon learned that I needed a more formalized approach to my Bible study.  Here are some basic steps and tools that help me focus on Bible Study and get me back on track to studying God’s Word.

Prepare yourself through Prayer
“All our study is futile without the work of God overcoming our blindness and hardheartedness.” – John Piper, Martin Luther Lessons from His Life and Labor 

There is no substitute for prayer when reading and studying the Bible.  Prayer takes the attention off of what we can do and puts the attention instead on what God can do in and through us.  Bible study is a spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1) in which we present our best to God.  We have to remember that this is not just a book we’re reading.  We need prepare our hearts and minds for Bible study.

Read the Scripture for yourself
Read and re-read the passage you’re studying.  Get familiar with the flow of the passage.  If there are terms that you don’t know, look them up in a simple dictionary.

Ask yourself these Questions

  1. Observe – What does the text say?
  2. Interpret – What does the text mean?
  3. Apply – How does it apply to me today?

Asking these questions will keep you focused on the study at hand.  These questions are also helpful when preparing, guiding, and leading discussions for small group and Sunday school Bible studies.

Read and Research

1. Cross References

After you’ve thoroughly read the scriptures for yourself, read all of the related verses for that text.  The Bible Study App has some great resources to help you find all of the cross references.  These are helpful because they will save you tons of time and effort just looking up the references.


2. Bible Concordances
Concordances are great tools that give you a list of verses that contain that root word in the Bible.  However, be careful that you do not JUST use a concordance in your preparation.  Concordances are a great place to BEGIN, but are never the END of your Bible Study.

With that “don’t try this at home” disclaimer, I do suggest using a digital Bible with Strong’s numbers integrated into the text for your Bible study.


3. Bible Dictionaries
Dictionaries give you more explanation and meaning for specific words.  They also help us to keep our Bible Study on track.


4.Bible Study Notes
There are multiple Bibles that have study notes written by scholars and trusted authors that will assist you in better understanding the Bible.  I recommend choosing one that corresponds to your preferred translation (KJV, ESV, NIV, NLT, etc.)

5. Bible 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.


6. A Basic and Solid Library

To help you get started, 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.


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

7. How to Study Resources
Lastly, here are some useful resources to further your Bible Study methods:

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

What are your favorite Bible Study resources?

iOS Quicktip – resource guide on a verse

You know about the resource guide in The Bible Study App and how it looks into the passage you’re studying.  But, what if you just really want to dig deeper into just one Bible verse?

Tap and hold on a verse number and an option menu bar will pop up.  From here you get the options Copy, Highlight, add a Note, Bookmark, Share, Guide, and More.


If you tap the “Guide” button you’ll get the resource guide “hits” from just that specific verse.


Try it out and let us know what you think.

Free Resource Friday

The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is a great Bible translation to add to your library for use in The Bible Study App

One hundred scholars collaborated to produce this new translation, one which they envisioned not as a revision of earlier English translations, but as something completely original, derived directly from the most reliable Greek and Hebrew texts.

The guiding principle behind the Holman Christian Standard Bible, or Holman CSB, or HCSB is neither word-for-word nor thought-for-thought translation, but a combination of the best of both principles called “optimal equivalence,” which seeks to convey the precise meaning of the original by the best means available in the language of the new version, with clarity and readability being high priorities.

Get the HCSB for free in your in-app store and also check out these other great HCSB resources!


Enhanced for the Resource Guide: Cross References & Quick References

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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?

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