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Olivetree Bible Software for iPhone

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YouVersion Bible App:  Free on iTunes

YouVersion Bible App: Free on iTunes

Since purchasing my iPhone in 2007, I’ve been using the Bible App from YouVersion any time I want to read a passage. That application has come in very handy, and has increased the amount of scripture I read. In fact, I’ve read through the entire New Testament four times in the last year, and much of that was done on my iPhone with this app.  With 19 different translations at my fingertips from YouVersion, I’m able to pick up something new every time I read it.  The main downside to this YouVersion app is that a connection to the Internet is required in order to use it, as it loads content from YouVersion’s server.  In other words:  I can’t read the Bible using this app if I’m, say, leaving on a jet plane.

When my friend David Louis Harter purchased an iPhone just weeks ago, I knew two things would happen for sure:  (1) I knew I’d soon be seeing interesting iPhone photos produced by David, and (2) I knew he’d diligently bring new iPhone apps and features to my attention. I wasn’t disappointed.  One of the first apps David recommended was the BibleReader for iPhone from Olivetree software.

A Partial View of my BibleReader for iPhone Library

A Partial View of my BibleReader Library - Click to Enlarge

If you’re an iPhone user, I can’t recommend this software highly enough.   Be sure to click to enlarge the screenshots I’m posting to check out what you’re missing.  Olivetree has brought a lot more than the Bible to this free application.  At my fingertips is Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, various concordances and study guides, the complete works of Flavius Josephus, the Confessions of St. Augustine, books by the likes of Charles Spurgeon, Martin Luther, John Piper, John Calvin, and a lot more.  Many of these books are completely free!  Just about any translastion of the Bible can be loaded into BibleReader, some free, some for a fee.

Free items for Olivetree BibleReader - Click to Enlarge

Free items for Olivetree BibleReader - Click to Enlarge

AND NO INTERNET CONNECTION IS REQUIRED TO READ THEM! The Bible, the books… all are downloaded to your iPhone and available at any time.

Navigating scripture is easy: after picking the translation you’d like to read from your library, click the “Verse” button on the top right side of the screen, simply select the Book you wish, followed by the Chapter, and then the Verse. It couldn’t be easier, and is much faster than flipping through the pages of a printed Bible.

I am particularly fond of this software’s split screen features (I’ll post screenshots below to show examples).  I can have two translations open at the same time, comparing, for example, the text of Today’s New International Version with that of the King James Version.  OR perhaps I’ll have a passage of scripture in one window, and commentary notes for it open in the other… or a concordance… or… or… or… It’s nifty, I tell ya! And flipping the screen sideways changes to a landscape view (see examples below).  The OliveTree Blog features “how-to” videos that explain everything for even the mentally slowest amongst us (which explains why I spent a good part of my morning watching said videos).

Since I never go anywhere without my phone, this software means I have multiple translations of the Bible, and related books, available in my pocket at all times.

Or at least until my battery dies…

DOWNLOAD BIBLEREADER FREE – CLICK HERE

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Split Screen Views

Split Screen Views

It's very easy to select book, chapter, and verse

It's very easy to select book, chapter, and verse

10 thoughts on “Olivetree Bible Software for iPhone

  1. Donny,

    I am pleased that you have found the Olive Tree Bible software for the iPhone so to your liking. I was certain that you would. It is an app that I use several times daily and thoroughly enjoy the interface, the functionality, the ease-of-use, the speed, etc.

    Before moving to an iPhone 3G, I used an HP iPAQ 2785 Pocket PC. With this, I used QuickVerse Platinum. It was $69.95. The Olive Tree Bible application is superior to QuickVerse Platinum in every way, in my opinon!

    – David

  2. Donny,

    I am pleased that you have found the Olive Tree Bible software for the iPhone so to your liking. I was certain that you would. It is an app that I use several times daily and thoroughly enjoy the interface, the functionality, the ease-of-use, the speed, etc.

    Before moving to an iPhone 3G, I used an HP iPAQ 2785 Pocket PC. With this, I used QuickVerse Platinum. It was $69.95. The Olive Tree Bible application is superior to QuickVerse Platinum in every way, in my opinon!

    – David

  3. Thanks for the great review! We have a lot of other great features planned for BibleReader. User notes should coming out soon.
    Stephen
    Senior Software Engineer
    Olive Tree Bible Software
    http://Twitter.com/StephenLJohnson

  4. Thanks for the great review! We have a lot of other great features planned for BibleReader. User notes should coming out soon.
    Stephen
    Senior Software Engineer
    Olive Tree Bible Software
    http://Twitter.com/StephenLJohnson

  5. donny thanks for droppin’ by velvet park but mostly thanks for eating baked beans with me! i’m too pooped to read your blog as i oughta but sooooooon…

  6. donny thanks for droppin’ by velvet park but mostly thanks for eating baked beans with me! i’m too pooped to read your blog as i oughta but sooooooon…

  7. Donny,

    I very randomly stumbled across your blog (I’m a fellow Dooce reader, and followed a link from your comment about her bathroom remodel), and was so thrilled to read your story. I work with a small organization that deals with sex trafficking on a daily basis, and we’re always talking about a lot of the ideas that you’ve discussed in your blog. About how while it might not be the same thing as trafficking, the sex industry is not harmless. Thank you for being willing to open up and talk about those very issues. The passion God has given you for this stuff is so important and so needed. It’s all connected!

    –Abby

  8. Donny,

    I very randomly stumbled across your blog (I’m a fellow Dooce reader, and followed a link from your comment about her bathroom remodel), and was so thrilled to read your story. I work with a small organization that deals with sex trafficking on a daily basis, and we’re always talking about a lot of the ideas that you’ve discussed in your blog. About how while it might not be the same thing as trafficking, the sex industry is not harmless. Thank you for being willing to open up and talk about those very issues. The passion God has given you for this stuff is so important and so needed. It’s all connected!

    –Abby

  9. > The main downside to this YouVersion app is that a connection
    > to the Internet is required in order to use it, as it loads content
    > from YouVersion’s server.

    Hi, I’ve been using the youversion app for a fair long while now and am able to use it offline, without an internet connection. Many entire translations are downloadable for continuous offline use. Some translations which would normally need to be licensed, such as the New King James Version (NKJV) or the New Century Version (NCV), have been licensed for you and are downloadable for free.

    I’ve been using youversion for quite a while and I can’t remember a time when I could only use it online.

  10. > The main downside to this YouVersion app is that a connection
    > to the Internet is required in order to use it, as it loads content
    > from YouVersion’s server.

    Hi, I’ve been using the youversion app for a fair long while now and am able to use it offline, without an internet connection. Many entire translations are downloadable for continuous offline use. Some translations which would normally need to be licensed, such as the New King James Version (NKJV) or the New Century Version (NCV), have been licensed for you and are downloadable for free.

    I’ve been using youversion for quite a while and I can’t remember a time when I could only use it online.

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