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A Look Inside “A Visual Guide to Bible Events”

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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!.

Expositor’s Bible Commentary in The Bible Study App

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.

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Verse references become hyperlinks:

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The split window allows you to read the Bible side-by-side with the commentary:

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Easily copy and paste from the text into notes, or make your own notes:

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Enhanced for use in the Resource Guide:


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Windows Desktop

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Let The Bible Study App simplify your study with The Expositor’s Bible Commentary-Revised.  Get it 30% off now through October 21st!

Three Strong’s Bibles Quick Tips

The Strong’s Concordance matches every word in the King James Bible to the word it came from in the original Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek. Olive Tree’s Bible Study App has integrated Strong’s numbers to work with the ESV, KJV, HCSB, NKJVNASB, and the Almeida Revista e Atualizada (RA) translations of the Bible.

I recently found the integrated Strong’s function particularly helpful when reading John 21:5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?”  Since I normally read the NIV in my devotional time, I was puzzled by the use of the word “children” in this passage as the NIV Translation uses the word “Friends”.  So, I wanted to do a quick study to find out more.

Here’s three quick tips that helped me discover more about the translation behind this word. (Screenshots are taken with the ESV with Strong’s on an iPad, but will work with any of the Translations mentioned above and all supported devices.)

Strong’s Pop-Ups


Open the your Bible with Strong’s and you’ll see that some words are a slightly different color. Tapping or clicking on those words will pop-up the Strong’s information for that word. These pop-ups contain a wealth of information, including:

  1. The Strong’s number (beginning with either a “g” or an “h”) for that word.
  2. A short definition for that word.
  3. An outlined list of the different meanings for that word in the original language.
  4. Often you will also find that another Strong’s number is included as a link. These can be similar words that you can compare or other words from which your current word selection derives its meaning.

You can also go to your settings in the The Bible Study App and turn on the setting to show Strong’s Numbers (iOS = Settings – Advanced Settings – Text Layout / Display; for Android = Settings – Other Settings). The numbers for the words will appear in the Bible text. Tapping on the number will also bring up the Strong’s pop-up.


Look-Up Options

At the bottom of the Strong’s pop-up, there are two buttons that perform “look-ups” or searches based on the Strong’s number or the word in its original language.

Look-up by Strong’s Number

The first button contains the Strong’s number for your word. Clicking or tapping on this button will perform a search in your library for articles containing this Strong’s number.


Look-up by Original Language

The second button contains the word in its original language. Clicking or tapping on this word will perform a search in your library for articles about the word in its original language.


Using the Search Function

Strong’s tagged Bibles can quickly create a very accurate concordance. By entering the Strong’s number into the search bar at the top right of the The Bible Study App, you can easily find all of the places within the Bible where that specific word is used. This is different than searching for the word in its English form.

Secondly, when you have a Strong’s pop-up open, you can select the word as it appears in its original language form, like αγάπη, and copy and paste it into your search bar to find all of the places in the Greek text were this Greek word appears.


I also love using the Strong’s Bibles on my iPhone.  It’s a fantastic resource when I’m at church, small group, or on the go.

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Bibles tagged with Strong’s Numbers are excellent resources for diving deeper into the biblical text. It offers insight into the original languages of Scripture without requiring you to have any formal training in Greek or Hebrew.  Be sure to check out these great resources on sale this week.

Looking for Help?

So you just downloaded The Bible Study App and like any other new thing you’ve poked around a bit and discovered some of the new features but you’re wondering how to do ________?

Here are a few places that may help!

1. The Help Center

Here you’ll find platform specific (ios, android, desktop, etc) help sections that will help you learn the basics of The Bible Study App. Click the image below to browse the various articles in the Help Center.

help center

2. Social

Are you on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+? So are we and we’re constantly communicating about new releases, app tips, study resources and a whole lot more. Connect with us today by clicking one of the social networks in the sidebar!

3. Contact Support

If you can’t find the answer to your question then we have a great support team that is waiting to help you out with all your questions. You can click the button below to submit a support request.

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Enhanced for the Resource Guide: Bible Dictionaries

What is the resource guide?  The resource guide is your personal research assistant within The Bible Study App.  When we say a resource is “enhanced” for the resource guide, it means it’s more than just a flat ebook that you read once and put away.  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.  A Bible dictionary is one of the products that Olive Tree enhances for the resource guide.

Here’s three ways The Bible Study App enhances a Bible dictionary (screenshots are from an iPad):


Open your favorite Bible in the main window. (I’ve got the NLT open in this example.)  Then 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 “Gethsemane” 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 dictionaries that have been enhanced for the resource guide.


You’ll see that the resource has the words “Article to Gethsemane” underneath the book cover.  Tap/Click on the book cover and The Bible Study App will take you directly to the article within the enhanced resource.


Here I’ve chosen the Tyndale Bible Dictionary as an example.  Already an invaluable addition to the library of pastors, students, and any serious reader of the Bible, The Bible Study App makes it even more powerful.  You’ll find over 1,000 articles on a comprehensive range of topics, complete with hundreds of additional maps, photos, and illustrations—all based on the research of 139 prominent Biblical scholars and available at your fingertips.


After you’ve tapped on the Tyndale Bible Dictionary, 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.



You can also utilize the Tyndale Bible Dictionary 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.



The Bible Study App Search feature takes Bible dictionaries 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 Tyndale Bible Dictionary.


This is how Bible dictionaries enhanced for the resource guide will enhance your Bible Study.  How do you use Bible dictionaries in your personal Bible Study?

What’s new in the iOS App?

The recent release of the Bible Study App has some great new features. Read on to find out more!

Notification center!

The notification center allows you to stay up to date with great content from Olive Tree. You can subscribe to things like verse of the day or verse of the week and stay up to date on new App features. To customize your subscriptions tap Subscriptions and then Notification Settings. You’ll then see options for controlling how you are notified of new content.Notification OptionsChoose what type of content you would like to subscribe to then tap ‘Subscriptions’. Now choose from the list of content you’d like delivered to your device.Subscription Options

Keep Your Devices In Sync

Besides our new notification system we’ve also added an automatic sync feature to The Bible Study App. Now your notes, highlights, bookmarks, tags, book ribbons, and reading plans will automatically sync across all of your devices.Sync
To change the settings of the automatic sync feature tap ‘Settings’ – ‘Advanced Settings’ – ‘Automatic Sync’. You can then choose to disable automatic sync or choose to only sync when connected to WiFi.
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