With 61 volumes and 26,000+ pages of content, the Word Biblical Commentary is a hefty commentary series.  There is so much content! So, how do you navigate it all?

With the Olive Tree Bible App, you can easily read and study the WBC anywhere.  Here are 5 benefits of using the WBC in the app.


Open your preferred Bible translation in the main window and have the Resource Guide open in the Split Window.  You’ll see relevant Word Biblical Commentary “hits” in the split window.

Olive Tree Resource Guide

If you prefer to just read one resource at a time, you can open the WBC in the split window. The Olive Tree Bible App also keeps up with the scripture passage you’re reading in the main window with sync scrolling.

WBC Commentary

This means that as you move along in the Bible text, the WBC syncs to exactly where you are in your study.  No more flipping pages back and forth.  No more holding the commentary text open on your desk in one spot, reading through your Bible text, and having to go back and find your place in the commentary. You’ll save an enormous amount of time with these first two features alone.


Each section of commentary in WBC is divided into a number of sub-sections. These sections approach a set of verses with different methods. For instance, below you can see “translation,” “structure,” and “commentary” on John 1.  We wanted you to have quick access to each aspect of the WBC’s content! So, all you need to do is tap on where you want to start.

Word Biblical Commentary in Olive Tree

Using it with the Resource Guide like this makes it easy to drill down to one sub-section, then jump back quickly.


Search the Word Biblical Commentary for words or passages.  Take “elder” as an example.  You can search the entire series for where a word is mentioned in the commentary series.  You can also limit your search to the Old Testament, New Testament, biblical genre, or a specific book by tapping Search Options.

Searching in the Word Biblical Commentary

When your search hits are displayed, you can tap on the result to go directly to that section in the WBC.  You can also choose to open the search in a pop out window making this search accessible for further study.


Hyperlinked Verses in WBC

One of my greatest frustrations in the hard copy world of biblical commentaries are the other biblical references within the commentary.  For example, when I’m reading in Genesis 12 about Abram, there are multiple Scripture references in the WBC that help me with this passage.

With a hard copy, I have to open a different Bible and find each and every reference to read how the verse relates.  This is time consuming! It slows down my study momentum and requires me to keep all of my study materials open on a table.

With the WBC in the app, scripture references are hyperlinked.  All I have to do is tap the Scripture reference to read it instantly.


Make the Word Biblical Commentary your own! Without having to leave your current study, you can make notes and custom highlights. These will even sync across all your devices.

Notes and highlights in the Word Biblical Commentary


The Word Biblical Commentary is as an exceptional resource. It trains and equips professional theologians and instructors. It prepares and strengthens the seminary and university student. And it refreshes and inspires the working minister and every lay person interested in going deeper in their study. Are you interested in growing in your knowledge of God’s Word?


  1. Alright, I seem to miss something here. What is it with WBC 62 which I have purchased and now this new 61? Is it not called Downgrade?

    • Cierra Loux

      Hey! Awhile ago we needed to remove one of the 62 volumes due to plagiarism. We had a 61 volume set created to replace the 62 volume set that contained it. Now, we acquired the 2019 Revised Edition of Daniel, replacing the original 1989 version. So the set still has 61 volumes, technically. When someone like yourself who owns a full set puts the new the set in their cart, you’ll see special pricing that gives you the new Daniel volume. We know it can be confusing when plagiarism makes us remove a volume from our sets moving forward. But please do email support@olivetree.com if you have questions about this or want to know how to best structure your library moving forward.