IVP Bible Background Commentary

Thank you for your interest in the IVP Bible Background Commentary. In this help article, we will go through a few ways to use the IVP Bible Background Commentary to get the most out of your Bible study.

Open in the Main Window

The first way to view the IVP Bible Background Commentary is in the main window. This option will allow you to navigate into the Table of Contents for the IVP Bible Background Commentary. To access the Table of Contents, simply tap on the navigation menu.


Select the Settings icon.


Select 'Use List Layout'.


This will reveal the Table of Contents, so you can navigate anywhere in the resource.


Open in the Split Window

Another way to view the IVP Bible Background Commentary is in the split window. This option will allow you to have the commentary open alongside your Bible text. First, tap the grey box to open the split window.


Tap the Menu for the split window in the upper left corner (grey dot with three circles).


Tap 'Open Library' and select the IVP Bible Background Commentary.


Open in the Resource Guide

Finally, you can open your preferred Bible translation in the main window and have the Resource Guide open in the split window. 

First, open the split window.


Next, ensure that you are in the Resource Guide by selecting the split window Menu icon (grey circle with three white dots) and tapping 'Resource Guide'.


With the Resource Guide open, you’ll see relevant commentary “hits” from commentaries in the split window. By selecting your desired commentary, in this case the IVP Bible Background Commentary, you will be able to see all the entries in this resource related to the Bible text you are viewing in the main window.




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, the commentary syncs to 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 IVP Bible Background Commentary. You’ll save an enormous amount of time with this feature alone.


We hope this article has been helpful for your personal Bible study. If you have any further questions about using your commentary, please email support@olivetree.com. We are happy to help you!


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