New Olive Tree Collections

Olive Tree has just released a new series of Bible Study Collections for Palm OS and Pocket PC devices. They are powered by BibleReader, and are fully compatible with previous products from Olive Tree. Current users can upgrade at discounted prices.

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Interactive Satellite Map of the Holy Land

Thanks to Todd Bolen’s excellent BiblePlaces Blog I learned about the Interactive Satellite Map of the Holy Land. The 30MB download of this nice piece of freeware put together by B. G. Galbraith is well worth your while. It installs effortlessly on your hard drive and provides you with a fully zoom-able satellite map of the Holy Land, with complete notes, Bible references and photos of 135 of the most important sites. All of this without leaving the familiar environment of your web browser.

For example, let’s say you focus on a particular area of the map:

and this is what happens when you click on Jabbok River:

The information on the Biblical sites is drawn from various sources, like Easton’s Bible Dictionary or Holman’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, and the Bible text is derived from the King James Version (software provided by John Hurt), whereas the photographs are courtesy of BiblePlaces.com. You can find more detailed info here.

Incidentally, I am currently reviewing Todd’s Pictorial Library of Bible Lands, and I am really enjoying it! Although he does a great job promoting it already (click on the link only if you have a broadband connection!)…

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CLIE to Launch Electronic Library in 2007

CLIE, one of the most important Christian publishers in the Spanish-speaking world, is planning on launching its first ever Electronic Library sometime in 2007. It will be a Libronix-compatible digital library that will include a good deal of its basic reference works, like Nuevo Diccionario Bíblico Ilustrado (New Illustrated Bible Dictionary) and Comentario Bíblico de Matthew Henry (Matthew Henry Bible Commentary), as well as its 1977 revision of the Spanish Reina-Valera Bible.

It is expected that this new CLIE Electronic Library will be released on a modular basis, and that future installments will be building on previous editions.

Here is the original news release in Spanish:

EDITORIAL CLIE PREPARA EL LANZAMIENTO DE SU BIBLIOTECA ELECTRÓNICA EN SISTEMA “LIBRONIX” PARA EL 2007.

Editorial CLIE proyecta lanzar en el 2006 su primera BIBLIOTECA ELECTRÓNICA CLIE, que incluirá buena parte de sus obras básicas como el Nuevo Diccionario Bíblico Ilustrado, Comentario de Matthew Henry… además de la Revisión 1977 de la Biblia Reina Valera.

El propósito de CLIE es que esta biblioteca electrónica tenga carácter modular, de forma que pueda ir enriqueciéndose anualmente con lanzamientos de las sucesivas bibliotecas CLIE que vayan apareciendo con otras obras, sin que el usuario se vea obligado a adquirir de nuevo las anteriores.

La BIBLIOTECA ELECTRÓNICA CLIE, será compatible con COMPUBIBLIA y con todos los demás productos diseñados en sistema LIBRONIX.

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User Created Resources

Contributed by guest blogger John Fidel

Most of you are probably aware that the Bible study programs you use, whether commercial, shareware, or free probably provide a feature that allows you to create your own content and use it as you would the other resources with the program. These are great tools for incorporating your own sermons and illustrations as a resource in the program that you use.

Along with personal sermons and illustrations, some users have taken public domain content and made those resources available as a free download for other users of those programs. Much of the content available on websites such as the Christian Classics Ethereal Library is also now available for use in many Bible Study programs. Here are some places to look for these resources:

Accordance: Accordance Exchange has about 23 user tools available. A few highlights include an English translation of the Qu’ran, Piper on Translations, and A.W. Tozer’s Pursuit of God. The last post to this site was back in 2004. In addition to user tools you will find some other resources such as diagrams and saved windows.

BibleWorks: BibleWorks has a few user sites with user created resources that are consolidated at the User Created BibleWorks Files page. You will find many additional English, Greek, and Hebrew resources that can be incorporated into the BibleWorks program. Works such as “Legends of the Jews”, the Gospel of Mark in Gothic, many classical Greek texts are available along with Graphical Search Engine files, synopsis files, diagrams and vocabulary files. The content is updated often.

e-Sword: In addition to the extensive free resources available by e-Sword, they have a User Modules link that includes several other public domain content from John Gill, John Bunyan and others. There is also some Bible Atlas Maps and commentaries by Lightfoot.

Logos/Libronix: Logos has a very active user group that includes several websites and blogs. By far the most active is Truth is Still Truth that includes over 400 and growing additional resources. A few highlights include the works of F. B. Meyer; John Newton, B.B Warfield, Abraham Kuyper, Louis Berkhof and many more. The content is updated almost daily.

PC Study Bible: Biblesoft sponsors a free exchange website that contains 138 resources. The most recent post is 2005. Highlights include works by Finney, Boettner, Luther, and Fenelon.

WordSearch: WORDsearch has built into their program a link to discussion groups and community documents. The community documents section has over 1000 resources available for download and integration into the program. Highlights include resources by B.B. Warfield, Harry Ironside, A.T. Roberts, F. F. Bruce and many others.

Bible study should be about developing a closer relationship to God. Many of these resources available can assist you in that goal. Never before have we had so much available to us with the click of a mouse. My prayer is that we would be good stewards over the abundance we have been provided and use these resources to grow in our knowledge of and service for Him.

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