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The Resource Guide

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What is the Resource Guide?
As you read along in your Bible in the main window of The Bible Study App, the Resource Guide in the split window follows along, looking in your library for any information that is relevant to your reading. As you scroll or change scripture references the Resource Guide will stay in sync looking to all of your study resources making for a powerful and easy to use study tool.


 

Your Very Own Research Assistant
Think of the Resource Guide as your own personal research assistant. If you were reading about Paul’s first missionary journey in Acts 13, your research assistant has a map of Paul’s journey, cross references to passages in Paul’s letters written to the churches he founded, charts that give an overview of Paul’s life, and all sorts of other resources. You didn’t have to do anything, in fact, you didn’t even have to ask. All of the work was already done by your personal research assistant, the Resource Guide.

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Completely Customizable
The configuration of the Resource Guide is also customizable. To access the options for customizing the Resource Guide tap on the double arrow button (double gear for Android) in the upper right corner. You will then see the various options for customizing the different sections in the Resource Guide.

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What types of resources work with the Resource Guide?
The Resource Guide is ‘verse driven’ which means that the Bible passage that is open in the main window directs references in the Resource Guide. Not every resource is verse driven but some examples of verse driven resources are:

  • Articles on people, places, and other topics
  • Study Bible notes
  • Commentaries
  • Outlines
  • Dictionaries
  • Introductions to books of the Bible
  • Cross references
  • Maps

For more information about the Resource Guide or other App features check out our Help Center.

 

 

Look Inside: Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary

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The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary offers easy access to articles on people, places, things, and events in Scripture. Here are two ways you can use this comprehensive resource in the Olive Tree Bible Study App.

The first way is through the Split Window and Resource Guide.  Open your favorite Bible translation in the main window and the Resource Guide in the Split Window.  As you read through your Bible text, the Resource Guide searches through all the downloaded resources in your library to find related Bible study content.

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You’ll notice that the Resource Guide pulls related content from all of your downloaded resources.  If you scroll down the Resource Guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.”  These headings give you the results of articles based on your downloaded resources.

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Tap or click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about. I chose “Samaria” 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 the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary within the Resource Guide.

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You’ll notice that the resource has the words “Article to Samaria” underneath the book cover.  Tap/Click on the book cover and The Bible Study App will take you directly to the article within the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

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As you are reading the article, any Scripture references become hyperlinks that you can tap/click to view as a pop-out window:

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The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary is a comprehensive resource with 5,000 articles by leading evangelical scholars.  There’s also 400 color illustrations, maps, and photos.  Here’s one example from the Samaria article we’ve been reading:

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The second way you can utilize the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary is 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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With our Search feature, The Bible Study App takes the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary to another level. Tap/Click the “Search” icon and type the word you are looking for to find all of the references in the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

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As you can see, the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary is a helpful resource for studying the Bible.

Click here to see all Bible dictionaries available for The Bible Study App.

The Bible Study App vs. E-reader

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Did you know that the inspiration for the modern day E-reader was created over 60 years ago? Angela Ruiz Robles, a teacher in Spain, developed a device that proved to be very forward thinking and set the table for the E-readers of today. I wonder if she could ever have imagined how her concept would be influencing the way we read and learn in the 21st century? While E-readers have grown in popularity, the full potential of electronic books is just starting to be realized.

It’s that reality that drives our vision and belief that The Bible Study App by Olive Tree is the most powerful study app available and the best way to read, study, and grow in your understanding of God’s word. So what’s the difference between a regular E-reader and The Bible Study App? Here are the top 4:

1. The Resource Guide

While The Bible Study App is a great E-reader, it goes far beyond just that. The Bible Study App was designed with one purpose in mind; to help you study the Bible. The most obvious demonstration of this is found in The Resource Guide. While you’re reading the Bible, you can open the Resource Guide in the split window to see cross references, study Bible notes, maps, topics and more that are all related to your current reading. As you continue to read, the Resource Guide tracks with you and updates the material to match the Scripture you’re reading and provide a seamless Bible study experience

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2. Search

Do you ever find yourself asking things like, “Where is that verse about the mustard seed?” Instead of flipping through the Bible or searching through an index, you can simply tap on the search icon and type in “mustard seed” and find the verse you looking for. As an added bonus, you can view the verse in each of the gospel accounts and see other search results related to “mustard seed.”

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3. Split Window

The split window has many great functions. While reading in the main window, in the split window you can open the Resource Guide, another translation, a study Bible, or even take notes as you read the text. While in church on Sunday you can have your main window open to the passage and take notes in the split window. No more balancing act with a Bible in one hand and a notepad in another, trying to keep everything in place while flipping back and forth. Now your Bible and notes are all easily managed in one hand and your entire study library is accessible where ever you are. You don’t even need an active internet connection!

Another powerful note function is the hyperlink feature. As you enter scripture references in your notes The Bible Study App will detect them and turn them into hyperlinks that will then pop up the text when you tap on them.

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4. Reading Plans

The Bible Study App comes with a variety of pre-installed reading plans that range in style, topic, and duration. If you don’t see one that appeals don’t worry, there are even more that you can easily download and install for free. Click here to see how.

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With numerous study resources, tons of customization options, the ability to sync between different devices, and much more, we’re confident that you’ll find The Bible Study App to be an essential part of your study and spiritual growth. If you don’t have it yet then go get it here.

We’re passionate about what we do and want you to have the best tool available to help you grow in your understanding of God’s word.

 

 

The Bible Study App for Kindle

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The Bible Study App for Kindle is a great addition to your Kindle HD or Kindle Fire. If you don’t already have it installed here’s how!

  1. From your Kindle Fire home screen tap on “Apps” appsselection
  2. Tap on “Store” on the top right corner of the Apps window
  3. Tap on the top input bar “Search Appstore” and then type in “Olive Tree”

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  1. Tap on the FREE Olive Tree Bible Study app
  2. Tap on the Download button
  3. Once the download begins you should see a progress bar
  4. After the download is complete, you can tap the ‘Open’ button or go to your apps screen and tap on the Bible Study icon to open the Olive Tree app

For instructions to download titles which are registered to your Olive Tree account, click here.

Not seeing your Notes or Highlights in the text?
There is a setting on some platforms which affects whether or not highlights and notes are displayed in the text.  In order to hide or display highlights in the text please follow these steps:

Open the Olive Tree app

With Scripture on the screen, select the ‘Settings’ icon (A*)

Select ‘Advanced Settings’

Select ‘Other Settings’

Selecting ‘Hide Annotations’ places a check mark, enabling this feature

Unchecking this selection will Show Annotations in the text

Practical Group Bible Study with Olive Tree and Android

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From Olive Tree Staff: Ben Backstrom

I currently lead a Bible study at my church and being an Olive Tree employee, I naturally want to utilize our software to meet the needs of our group as well as my own needs in preparing for our study. Like most of us, I am pretty busy and need to make the most of my time spent on preparing for our meeting. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps I take each week to prepare for the Bible study I lead. Olive Tree’s software makes each step easy.

I use the Android application primarily, since I have both an Android phone and tablet. However, I also use the Windows and Mac applications when available. The screenshots come from my Android phone.

Each week, we go through a chapter or two from a book of the Bible. We are currently studying Acts. We created a Facebook group for our small group so that members can post events, prayer requests, and the like to other members in the group. The first thing I do to prepare for our discussion is to post the week’s passage on our small group’s Facebook page. This is easy with the Android Bible Study App. I simply select the verse number of the current passage and select share. Once I’ve shared, members can read the verses on Olive Tree’s website by clicking the link in the post. I can also choose to add comments to the message if I like:

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Now, all group members can see the week’s passage from the Olive Tree website.

My work at Olive Tree includes converting the text of original works so that Olive Tree’s application can display it, so I am blessed with a familiarity of the books we offer. Of these, there are several that I use repeatedly to prepare for the study.

thumb_216171. Archaeological Study Bible: This resource provides a wealth of knowledge about the cultural background of the Bible. I often use it as a starting point to understand basic concepts about thumb_16583the week’s passage. For our current book (Acts), the maps and images give me something visual to present to the group on my Android tablet.

2. English Standard Version: A great free translation available with the Olive Tree application.

 

 

 

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3. NIV Study Bible: Since most of the members in our group use the NIV, I usually consult the Study Bible for insight on why the passage was translated the way it was. The notes highlight specific words used in the NIV translation and why they are significant to the passage.

4. NASB Strong’s: I find myself using this Strong’s Bible most often. A Strong’s Bible is especially useful during group study when someone has a question about a word in the passage.

One of the benefits of having Olive Tree on several platforms is that I can access my study materials anywhere. If I have some free time and my laptop is available, I can use the Mac or Windows app. If I’m away from my computer, I can access the app on my Android phone or tablet.

The ability to sync my notes and highlights makes the app even better. I facilitate the group exclusively from the notes I make in my Olive Tree app. I’m often on the go and can’t sit down at my laptop to study very often. So, it is great to have Olive Tree on my Android phone. I can study a passage and make notes on my phone, then sync those notes to my tablet, which I use at the study.

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Those are a few of the ways I use The Bible Study App to prepare for and engage my small group.
How do you use Bible software to prepare for your personal or group study?

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.

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