We all learned how to use those big, paper dictionaries in school — but what about a digital dictionary? There are so many creative, innovative ways to find helpful information. Check out these three ways of using Bible dictionaries in the Olive Tree Bible App.


The Resource Guide can you show you information related to the passage you’re reading.  All you have to do is open your favorite Bible translation in the main window. Then, open the Resource Guide in the Study Center.  As you read through your Bible text, the Resource Guide searches through all the resources in your library to find related Bible study content.

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If you look through the Resource Guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.”  There you will find articles from resources, like Bible dictionaries.

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Then, click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about. I chose “Nebo” in this example. We’ll look at the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (NIBD) within the Resource Guide as an example.

We do love the NIBD, but here are some of our other favorite Bible dictionaries:

Theological Dictionary of the Old and New Testaments
Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary
Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary

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You’ll notice that the resource has the words “Article to Nebo” underneath the book cover.  So, if you tap on the book cover, you’ll go directly to the article within the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (NIBD).

Oh! And as you read, the Scripture references become hyperlinks! You can tap to read them like this:

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You can also use these dictionaries in a more traditional sense.  Just pull down the Go To menu and scroll through this awesome resource as you would a hard-copy dictionary.

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Highlight a word and select “look up.” Then you can choose which resource you want to search in. Then, follow the same steps as you would in the resource guide option above.

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Head on over to our olivetree.com to see all of our dictionaries.



  1. I Love my Olive Tree Bible App & how you can compare versions! I also Love my Daily Devotionals! They keep me Inspired & I Love Sharing them with others that I have text contact with. While I Greatly Enjoy these Apps; I still Love Holding a Book in my hands, & My Bible & other CHRISTIAN Resouce BOOKS IN MY HANDS TO READ OR Mark comments in the margins. My IPhone is too small & hard on my eyes. Love the APPS; but give me a Book any day. Have a Healthy, Happy, Blessed New Year to ALL!!

  2. I Love my Bible App on my IPhone & The Daily Inspirations! I share them with other people that have cellphones; which is a joy! But, while Great; give me a Book to hold in my hands any day! This way I can see better & in a lot of my Christian Books, I can write in them & put notes to myself! But, Thank all of you & Have a Healthy, Happy, Blessed New Year!!

  3. The Messenger
    I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me.
    Malachi 3:1
    READ MALACHI 3:1–5
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    “I have a message for you!” A woman working at the conference I was attending handed me a piece of paper, and I wondered if I should be nervous or excited. But when I read, “You have a nephew!” I knew I could rejoice.
    Messages can bring good news, bad news, or words that challenge. In the Old Testament, God used His prophets to communicate messages of hope or judgment. But when we look closely, we see that even His words of judgment were intended to lead to repentance, healing, and restoration.
    Both types of messages appear in Malachi 3 when the Lord promised to send a messenger who would prepare the way for Him. John the Baptist announced the coming of the true Messenger, Jesus (see Matthew 3:11)—“the messenger of the covenant” (Malachi 3:1) who will fulfill God’s promises. But He will act “like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap” (v. 2), for He will purify those who believe in His word. The Lord sent His word to cleanse His people because of His loving concern for their well-being.
    God’s message is one of love, hope, and freedom. He sent His Son to be a messenger who speaks our language—sometimes with messages of correction, but always those of hope. We can trust His message.
    By Amy Boucher Pye
    Ask the Lord to help you share His good news with others in the new year.
    Lord Jesus Christ, help me not only to understand Your message but to live it.
    Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with millions every day.

    Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, was written by a man whose name means “my messenger.” Malachi, believed to be a contemporary of Ezra and Nehemiah, ministered to the Jews who had returned from the Babylonian exile. Although the temple had been rebuilt (Ezra 6:14-15), the temple service and sacrifices were defiled for several reasons: lack of reverence for God, offering of blemished sacrifices (Malachi 1:6-9, 12-14), and willful neglect of the tithe (3:8-9). Worse, the priests were defiled by mixed marriages and marital unfaithfulness (2:1-16). Because the priesthood—which served as “the messenger of the Lord”—failed in their priestly function (2:7-9), Malachi speaks of a future “messenger” who would prepare the way for “the messenger of the covenant” (3:1). Four hundred years later, Jesus identified John the Baptist as that messenger (Matthew 11:9-10; 17:12-13).

  4. Olive Tree is wonderful!! I use it every day. I’m not sure how I came to have it. I think the Lord intervened and “gave” it to me! I have learned so much from its resources. It makes my Bible study time so much more productive because I don’t have to stop and search through my resources to locate a scripture or find commentaries. I really would be lost if it were not for Olive Tree.
    My friends are probably very tired of hearing me tell them that they should get the Olive Tree app!!
    Thank you and God bless all of you who make this wonderful app possible!

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