Olive Tree Bible Software

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Olive Tree Bible Software
Industry Software
Genre e-books, digital library, Bible study
Founded 2000 (2000)
Headquarters Spokane, Washington
Products Bibles, commentaries, devotionals, Greek and Hebrew tools, Bible dictionaries, Christian eBooks for computers
Website www.olivetree.com
Original author(s) Olive Tree Bible Software
Stable release 10.0.5 / 11 November 2011
Development status Active
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, iOS, Android
Platform Windows 7, Macintosh OS X 10.7, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android Honeycomb
Available in English
Type Biblical software
License Olive Tree License
Website homepage

Olive Tree Bible Software creates technology in Biblical software and is an electronic publisher of Bible versions, study tools, Bible study tools and Christian eBooks for mobile, tablet and desktop devices. The firm is headquartered in Spokane, Washington, and is a member of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). Olive Tree currently supports Macintosh, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android personal computer devices.


Development began in 1984 where Drew Haninger did a student project on a monochrome personal computer. During the 1980s and 1990s engineering was focused on a multilingual word processor and programs for searching the Bible. In August 1998, the first BibleReader(tm) was released for Palm OS. In 1999, the BibleReader for Pocket PC, running the Windows Mobile operating system, was released. The company continued to grow and, in 2000, assumed the name Olive Tree Bible Software. As the mobile device market continued to expand, the BibleReader was released for Symbian, BlackBerry, Smartphones, iOS (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) and Android. As of 2011, Olive Tree has over 20 employees. In November 2011 Olive Tree announced the release of BibleReader for Mac. In December 2011 the Windows PC version was released.

On 5 May 2014, HarperCollins announced it had acquired OliveTree, with Drew Haninger moving to an advisory role.[1]


Olive Tree is best known for its BibleReader application, a software tool designed for reading and searching electronic books. Recent enhancements include bookmarks, personal notes, highlighting, and auto-scrolling. Font sizes, colors, and the application display can be customized. BibleReader uses a markup language called Olive Tree Markup Language (OTML).

Bible resources[edit]

Olive Tree Bible Software provides a broad catalogue of over 1000 Bible resources including Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, devotionals, ebooks, audio Bibles, multimedia and Strong's numbering system. Some of the most notable resources include the Authorized King James Version (KJV), New King James Version (NKJV), New International Version (NIV), New American Standard Bible (NASB), New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), New Living Translation (NLT), Darby Bible (DBY), English Standard Version (ESV), Amplified Bible (AMP), The ESV Study Bible (ESVSB), NLT Study Bible, and New International Version (NIV). Bibles are also available in various languages including German, French, Spanish and others. Ancient language resources include: the Novum Testamentum Graece (NA27) Greek New Testament with morphological information and UBS dictionary; the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia the Hebrew and Aramaic Old Testament/Hebrew Bible with the Groves-Wheeler Westminster Hebrew Morphology and an abridged BDB dictionary; the Qumran (non-biblical) texts with morphological information, lexical glosses, and an abridged BDB dictionary; and the Septuagint with morphological information and the LEH dictionary.

Olive Tree has continued to work with several Christian publishers such as Zondervan, Eerdmans, Good News Publishers, Thomas Nelson (publisher), AMG International, Moody Publishers, and Baker Publishing Group.

Olive Tree has resources by several recent authors including John F. MacArthur, Wayne Grudem, John Piper (theologian), Beth Moore, Rick Warren, Gary Chapman (author), R. C. Sproul, Mark Dever, and Chuck Swindoll. Classic authors include John Calvin, and Matthew Henry.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Barto, Jolene. "HarperCollins Christian Publishing acquires Olive Tree". Retrieved 22 May 2014.