The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible includes more than 7,500 articles, hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations, charts, graphs and maps from 238 contributors from around the world.
With this much content, how can you sort it all out to see what’s relevant for your Bible study?
Open your favorite Bible in the main window. (I’ve got the NIV open in this example.) Tap the split window 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 “Altar” 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 results from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.
You’ll see that the resource has the words “Article on ALTAR” underneath the book cover. Tap/Click on the book cover and the 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.
If there are scripture references in the article, just tap the verse and it will appear in a pop-up window.
You can also utilize the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible as a traditional encyclopedia in the Bible App. Just Tap/Click the “Go-To” button and scroll through just as you would a hard-copy encyclopedia.
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.
The NIDNTTE offers a wealth of background and information on the meaning of Greek words in the New Testament—as well as related usage in classical Greek sources, the Septuagint, Jewish literature, and more
Open the NIDNTTE in the main window. Tap the GO TO button. From here you can search for the word you are looking for as you would another other dictionary through the Table of Contents.
TWO – Traditional Dictionary Search
Similarly, with the NIDNTTE in the main window. Tap GO TO > Browse Dictionary > Enter the Greek Word you are looking for. The Bible App searches the NIDNTTE for the Greek word. Tap the word and read the article.
These first two options require a working knowledge of Biblical Greek. I’m sorry to say that my Greek is a bit rusty. Okay, it’s a LOT rusty. (Apologies to Dr. Walls, my Greek professor) This is where the Bible App’s functionality and integration with original language resources really shines.
THREE – Strong’s Tagged Bible Integration
If you have a Strong’s Tagged Bible, using the NIDNTTE is a snap. Open your Strong’s Tagged Bible in the Main Window (I’m using the ESV Strong’s Tagged Bible in this example). Tap the word you want to learn more about. I’ve chosen the word “worship” from Romans 12:1 latreia. From the Strong’s Popup, tap “Lookup latreia”.
There you will find an article in the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis. Tap the NIDNTTE book cover and you can read the article on the Greek word in the popup window.
You even have the option to open the article in the Main Window or Split Window.
FOUR – Original Language Integration
Along the same lines is the integration with Greek Parsed texts like the NA28 with Parsings.
FIVE – Greek New Testament Interlinear Integration
This week we’re able to offer some outstanding illustrated commentaries that are an amazing resource for use within the Olive Tree Bible App. The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary on both the New and Old Testament brings to life the ancient world in informative entries and full-color photos and graphics.
In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad) I have my Bible opened to Daniel chapter 1. The commentary section of the resource guide then shows me which of my commentaries have related entries to this text.
Since this chapter talks about Daniel and his friends being placed in a Babylonian learning environment, I’m interested in learning more about what that may have looked like. I then click on the third entry that talks about the language and literature of the Babylonians.
I can then read a fascinating article about historical Babylonian education that Daniel and his friends would have been exposed to. Thanks to enhanced commentaries like the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary I can easily gain some amazing insight that helps me view the Biblical text in new ways.
Charts, maps, and timelines can enrich your understanding of God’s Word and help give you a broader understanding of the times in which the Bible was written. The aptly named Baker Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Timelines provides material based on the most up-to-date biblical scholarship to advance your study of God’s Word. This comprehensive resource brings the Bible to life and gives you access to great scholarship.
Here’s a brief look inside this resource with screenshots from the Olive Tree Bible App on an Android tablet.
Many of the tools found within this resource can be accessed under the proper sections in the Resource Guide for quick reference. For this particular title we recommend opening it in the main window of the app or in the split window as you can easily navigate to what you’re looking for.
A detailed, critical commentary providing an exegetical “close-reading” of the biblical text
Reflections that present a detailed exposition of issues raised in the biblical text
Introductions to each book that cover essential historical, sociocultural, literary, and theological issues
Comprehensive, concise articles
Numerous visual aids (illustrations, maps, charts, timelines)
Here’s a brief look at the New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary and how it looks in the Olive Tree Bible App on an iPad.
You can access all of the study helps from the New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary from the Resource Guide in the split window. As with all of our commentaries they are uniquely enhanced to track with what you’re reading in the main window so overviews, commentary notes, charts, more all easily accessible.
Verses in the commentary notes are hyperlinked so you can quickly view cross references.
The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary is available now at a discounted price. See it here!
If you’ve ever wanted to trace a specific theme or word in the Bible to see how it connect with all of scripture then the newly released Olive Tree Bible Topic Threads is a must-have resource for your Bible study library.
Bible commentaries and study notes are great tools for understanding and applying what the Bible has to say to us today, but often overlooked is the value that using scripture to understand scripture can bring. When viewed as a whole, individual themes create designs and textures in a single, unified pattern of revelation.
Here is a brief look inside at the the Olive Tree Bible Topic Threads and how it works in the Bible App.
When opened in the split window the Olive Tree Bible Topic Threads will look to the text you have opened in the main window and pull in verse cross references and thematic topics. You can tap on the verse cross reference for a quick reading or tap the particular theme to view a more comprehensive list.
When you tap/click on a particular theme you’ll not only see a list of verses but you’ll also see related topics (where applicable).
If you are interested in studying a particular theme or topic you can also look it up directly.
Bible Handbooks and Quick References are great resources that help you go deeper in your Bible study. In this blog we’ll be taking a look at the Hayford Bible Handbook and the tools it has to help you in your understanding of God’s word.
Since the content of the Hayford Bible Handbook is designed to be used for your Bible study it’s best accessed from the Resource Guide. The Resource Guide looks to the text you’re reading in the main window and then pulls in relevant information based on exactly where you are studying.
In the screenshot below you’ll see that the Hayford Bible Handbook has study notes that can be accessed in the ‘Commentaries’ section of the Resource Guide.
With a quick tap I can see the notes for the section of scripture I’m reading in the main window.
The Hayford Bible Handbook also has introductions to each book of the Bible that give you a great starting point for unpacking the book you are about to read. This can be accessed in the ‘Introductions’ section of the Resource Guide.
In addition to great study articles and applications you’ll also find charts, maps, and timelines.
You can also tap on people, places, or topics to access relevant articles, word studies, or thematic studies.
The newly released NKJV Word Study Bible is a fantastic resource for your personal Bible study. It includes the New King James Version (NKJV) Bible text with Strong’s tagging NKJV paragraph-style text with in-text subheadings and translators’ notes, book introductions, word studies, Indexes and a concordance. In this blog we’ll show you how this great resource works when used in the Olive Tree Bible App.
The NKJV Word Study Bible includes Strong’s tagging. This means you can tap an English word and get the Greek or Hebrew word that the English word is translated from. Strong’s tagged words are indicated by a slight blue/grey shading. The Strong’s popup will then give you a dictionary definition of that word and the option to lookup more information on the word itself (very useful if you have more in depth dictionaries in your library) or search on the Strong’s number to see where that word appears throughout the Bible.
Study Bible Notes
The study Bible notes in the NKJV Word Study Bible are best used in the split window of the Bible App. You can access them in the Resource Guide under ‘Commentaries’ or from your Library in the split window. They will stay in sync as you are reading and provide you with easy access to word study articles.
Hyperlinked words are in green and allow you to quickly jump to other study sections.
Verses open in a convenient popup.
English Word Index
Scripture Passage Index
While the most common word studies are shown front and center there are often word study articles available on more than one word per verse. If that is the case you’ll find links for those additional word studies that you can easily tap for further reading.
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The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is a revised and expanded edition of the original TSK. It adds over 100,000 new cross-references, and supplies many more key words to the Bible text, making this the most complete collection of biblical cross-references ever published. Using it with the Olive Tree Bible App you’ll save tons of time and effort. No longer do you have to leave your original text to search for a reference.
From the publisher:
An incredible 1-volume Bible reference library, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is a unique resource for Bible study, teaching, or preaching. Dozens of special study aids help you develop powerful lessons or sermons – straight from the Bible itself! No other tool better helps you interpret Scripture with Scripture. Unlike any tool you’ve ever seen – loaded with helps not available anywhere else.
More flexible than a concordance, more thorough than a topical Bible, more discovery-oriented than a commentary, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge opens windows, doors, and connecting passageways into every fascinating book of the Bible. Whether you have minutes to prepare a devotional or hours to devote to in-depth study, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge maximizes your study of God’s word.
In this blog I”ll demonstrate how to use it with the Bible App running on an iPad.
First, select your preferred Bible translation in the main window. Then tap and drag the split window to access the Resource Guide in the App. The Resource Guide takes your downloaded material and connects it with the text you have open in the main window.
Under the ‘Related Verses’ section you’ll see resources listed along with a number badge. The number indicates how many entries there are in that resource for the text that is open in the main window. Since I have the NewTreasury of Scripture Knowledge installed, the Bible App has found cross references relevant to the passage in 1 Corinthians that I’m reading. I can then tap on the New TSK to see all 6 entries that are indicated.
The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge organizes these cross references by topic and by verse making it easy to do further study on the particular themes found in 1 Corinthians 13.
I can then tap the reference in the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and view it as a popup, or even split it out into a new window without leaving my original text. This feature alone saves me valuable time that I’d otherwise spend flipping back and forth between references.
You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus. Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.
Watch the video below for a quick glimpse at how NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible looks in the Olive Tree Bible App.
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