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Three Strong’s Bibles Quick Tips

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

iOS Quicktip – resource guide on a verse

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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.

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

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Try it out and let us know what you think.

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).

Resource Guide

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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Search

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.

Looking for Help?

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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.

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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

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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):

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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TWO:

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.

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THREE:

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.

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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?

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?

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