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What’s New in the Windows Desktop Release

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The Bible Study App for Windows Desktop, version 5.4.0 has just been released and there are two new features that you should know about!

 

New Automatic Sync

Now you never have to wonder if that work you did on your PC synced. Automatic sync does just what it says and will always backup your notes, highlights, and bookmarks making them available on any other device that The Bible Study App is installed on. You can check your Sync status easily by looking at the bottom of the split window on the right.

Automatic Sync

 

To take advantage of the Automatic Sync feature you will need a free Olive Tree Account. Sign up for one HERE. Once you’ve signed up for an account simply login on The Bible Study App and Automatic Sync will be ready to go.

New Downloadable Reading Plans

In addition to pre-installed reading plans you can now download additional reading plans. To access these, click on the My Stuff button in the split window. Then click Reading Plans> Get More Reading Plans

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Click on any of the available reading plans to find out more information. Once you’ve found the one you want click “Install Free Reading Plan”. You’ll then be prompted to give it a name. Now it will be available to start under My Stuff> Reading Plans

 

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Do you have any other questions about this release? Feel free to leave a comment below or contact our Support team!

Gaining Bible Insights with the Thompson Chain Reference System

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By Olive Tree Employee: Genny Gager

Bible commentaries and study notes are great tools for understanding what the Bible has to say to us today. Often overlooked, however, is the value that using scripture to understand scripture can bring. God’s inspired word is a complex tapestry of themes all woven together, and the development of those themes can provide us with insight into the relevant message of the Bible for today’s readers.

Finding our way around these themes can be a daunting task, especially given the variety of subjects covered in the Bible. A word search can be helpful, but it can give an incomplete picture due to the complexity of language and the context in which words are used. The great news is that Olive Tree offers the Thompson Chain Reference system, which links various themes together as they are touched upon and developed throughout Scripture. The very heart of this product is the thematic chains that number in the thousands, and people at all stages of learning about the Bible have used it in the 100 years since its initial release. The Thompson Chain resource is also a great study Bible, offering cross references, book outlines, book introductions, maps, and harmonies to aid us in our study.

We’ve put quite a bit of attention into converting the rich topical content so it can be used in the Bible Study app. Our goal was to make navigating the famous topical chains easy and intuitive and to allow quick access to the additional materials as well.

We’re going to walk through a quick example of how the Bible Study App can make navigating the Thompson Chain enjoyable and easy. The example uses and refers to the PC version of our software. We’ve designed this resource to work seamlessly with the built-in resource guide, so if you don’t already know how to open it, read this article to open it in the split window, and have your Bible of choice open in the main window of your app.  Although we’ll be relying on the PC version in our example, other versions of our app will have similar functionality.

If you want to follow along with the example, bring 1 Samuel chapter 17 up in your Bible. With everything set up, the screen will look similar to this (your screen may look a little different depending on what resources you have and how you have your resource guide set up):

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To activate the chains, tap the name of the Thompson Chain under the commentaries section of your resource guide. Your split-window view will change to a listing of verses directly related to your location: (more…)

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?

The Help Center

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Whether you’re new to the App, just wanting a refresher, or needing to troubleshoot a problem the Help Center is a great resource for all thing related to The Bible Study App. Click the image below to check out the various help topics for all of the devices that The Bible Study App runs on and make sure to check back for updated information and helpful tips.

 

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Free Resource Friday

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Last week we highlighted John Wesley’s sermons as a great free download for The Bible Study App. This week we’re highlighting Charles Wesley’s Journal. Charles Wesley's Journal

Charles Wesley, the brother of John Wesley, helped found the Methodist denomination. He is most well known for the thousands of hymns he wrote, including some that are still well known today. Among those hymns that are still sung by Christians all over the world are “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Christ the Lord is Risen Indeed,” “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” “And Can It Be?,” “Love Divine all Loves Excelling,” and “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” Charles Wesley also kept a journal of his experiences spreading the gospel and ministering in England.

Download this title in App or by clicking HERE.

How To Update Your Resources

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There are periodic updates to various books and resources. Here’s how to check for updates and install them on The Bible Study App.

Android and iOS

Open your Library and tap Store and then Updates. Any resources that have an update available will then be shown. Simply tap ‘update’ and it will be downloaded.

Windows Desktop

In the left sidebar click on Purchased Books. Any resources that have an update available will have the word Update in the button. Click these to update.

Mac Desktop

In the left sidebar click on Purchased Books. Choose the resource that you’d like to update and reinstall it to complete the update.

 

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