Study Bibles: 3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Study Bible Notes

Study Bible Notes are a great resource for those wanting to go deeper in studying the Bible. Here are three ways to use study notes in the Olive Tree Bible App to help you unpack God’s Word.

1. Resource Guide

In your main window, open the Bible translation of your choice. (I have the NIV translation open on an iPad in portrait mode in this example.) Tap the green 'Open Study Center' bar at the bottom of your screen to open the split window. (This will open on the right if you are in landscape mode.) 


Tap the 'Resource Guide' option.


You will now see relevant “hits” in the Resource Guide from all of the resources you have downloaded to your device. 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 Resource Guide syncs to exactly where you are in your reading. You’ll save an enormous amount of time with this feature alone.

As I scroll through the Resource Guide, I can see all of my enhanced resources that have an entry pertaining to the current text I’m reading. I notice that my NIV Study Bible Notes has entries for commentaries, outlines, introductions, and maps. The numbers indicate how many entries are available for each enhanced resource.


The NIV Study Bible Notes in the Resource Guide shows six entries under the Commentary section for Romans 1:1-10. When you tap on the NIV Study Bible Notes, you will see previews of the entries, and you can tap each one to read the full commentary. As you read on in the text, those entries will stay in sync with your passage no matter what translation you have open in the main window.


2. Parallel Window – Specific Resource

Tap 'Parallel' in your Study Center toolbar. You will be taken to a list of all available resources downloaded to your device. Open a resource by scrolling through the list and tapping on it. If you would like to narrow your search, select '+Add Filter' and tap an option from the List. You can also tap 'Sort' and choose an option here to quickly find a resource. In this case, I am selecting NIV Study Bible Notes. You may select whichever study Bible notes you want to have open.


As with the Resource Guide, the Olive Tree Bible App's sync scrolling will keep track of where you are in the Bible text regardless of what translation you have open in the main window. This is a great way to study if you want to focus on just one resource in the split window.


3. Resource Guide on a Verse

An additional iOS option is looking up additional information on just one verse. Tap a verse number in the Bible text and a Menu bar will pop up. From here, you will get the options for Copy, Highlight, Note, Save, Share, Guide, and More.


If you tap the “Guide” option, you’ll get “hits” from your resources on just that specific verse. From here, you can follow the same steps as you would in the Resource Guide option above. You can even choose to open your study notes in the main or split window.


This is helpful if you want to read through your Bible on a full screen and refer to the study notes when you want to see what it says about a specific verse.


As you can see, study Bibles notes in the Olive Tree Bible App can save you a lot of time and will help you get more out of your quiet time.

Check out the NIV Study Bible, Fully Revised Edition or other Study Bibles here.

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