Archives For January 2010
Have you had a chance to use the Olive Tree Bible app at all? Any thoughts on comparisons with the Logos app?
I haven’t used the various Olive Tree apps because my understanding is that Logos can do everything they can and more (esp. if you use Logos 4) for free. I may be wrong on that.
Well, I was wrong on that—at least for now.
1. What is Olive Tree Bible software?
Here’s how it describes itself:
Olive Tree Bible Software provides mobile Bible versions and study tools for iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Palm OS, Pocket PC, Smartphone and Symbian cell phones. We currently offer over 500 mobile resources including over 100 translations of the Bible as well as commentaries, dictionaries, devotionals, eBooks, and Strong’s numbering system. The Bible is offered in various languages, including German, French, Spanish, Chinese and many others. Original Hebrew and Greek texts are also available. Additionally, we provide online web and cell phone (WAP) Bible search engines.
2. What does Olive Tree Bible software offer for the iPhone and iPod Touch?
I got an iPhone this month, and it surpassed my high expectations. It’s amazing.
My 3GS model is 16 GB and weighs 4.8 ounces. That means that the little phone I keep in my pocket holds eight times as much space as the laptop I used from college through my first PhD (1998–2006).
If you have an iPhone (or iPod Touch), these resources may help you use the tool more efficiently.
1. iPhone Apps
Here’s a screen-shot of my apps as they appear iTunes (click on the image to enlarge):
- Cf. Phil Gons’s list of the main iPhone apps that he uses on his iPod Touch.
- My favorite apps include Logos Bible Software (more info), Google Mobile App, Dragon Dictation, Red Laser ($1.99), Dropbox, and Mint.com Personal Finance.
- There are many other useful apps that I’ve chosen not to use for various reasons (e.g., PIM, news, sports).
Here are some practices I’ve found to be helpful:
How’s that for the title of a sermon on the story of Adam and Eve’s fall in Genesis 3? It popped into my head while my daughter and I read that story from The Jesus Storybook Bible.
Less than one week remains before Logos Bible Software releases the Tyndale Commentaries, a 49-volume series that covers the OT and NT. The pre-pub price is $179.95, which is about $3.67 per volume, and it will go up after the product ships.
- “Scholar’s Library: Gold: A Review Article.” Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 11 (2006): 151–60.
- “PNTC, BECNT, and NIGTC: Three New Testament Commentary Series Available Electronically in Libronix: A Review Article.” Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 12 (2007): 81–99.
- Review of Anchor Yale Bible commentary series (84 vols.) in Logos Bible Software. Themelios 34 (2009): 226–27.
- Review of The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testamentst (40 vols.) in Logos Bible Software. Themelios 34 (2009): 455–57.
The Student Global Impact National Conference, a missions conference for college students and young adults, took place this week at Inter-City Baptist Church in the metro Detroit area. About 340 people attended.
In 2008, Jenni and I profited from reading two “documentary novels” by Paul Maier:
We recently received six of his books for children, and they’re outstanding.
Jenni warmly recalls reading this many times as a child.
The picture of Agrippa (p. 27) reminds me of someone I know!
Related: About a year ago, Jenni and I reviewed several hundred children’s books and highlighted our favorites: “Theology for Kids.”