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Jul 8, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Save on Holman Titles

Years ago, I worked in a seminary campus bookstore. One day a particularly grumpy Old Testament professor (name withheld to protect the not-so-innocent) walked in, and looking at a study Bible we were promoting behind the counter, asked, “The _______ Study Bible? What’s that?” After I explained to him the benefits of this particular study Bible, the professor remarked, “Well, I remember the day when it was just enough to have the Bible by itself!”

I had learned always to be polite in such situations, so I nodded and changed the subject. However, I actually wanted to say, “Well, if what you say still held true, I suppose both you and I would be out of a job.”

Holmans Bible Commentary The Holman Bible Commentary
As anyone who has ever used these kind of tools knows, commentaries and study Bibles offer helpful insights into the Scriptures. One of the most practical commentary series around is the Holman Bible Commentary series. Every commentary offers notes on the Bible, but the Holman Bible Commentary does more than that. In addition to detailed verse-by-verse notes on the Bible, this commentary is designed with the pastor and teacher in mind. Passages in the Bible are broken up into teachable or preachable sections. Every section has opening quotations and thoughts that can be used to stimulate thinking among learners. Practical illustrations and applications are ample, and there’s even a suggested prayer at the end of each section.

The Holman Bible Commentary can be purchased in a 32-volume set that covers the entire Bible, or it can be obtained in a 20-volume Old Testament package or in 12 volumes for the New Testament. Of course, regardless of how it is purchased, all respective volumes are together in one Accordance module allowing for easy searching through all volumes at once.

There’s never been a better time to purchase this extremely practical commentary series on the Bible. All 32 volumes normally run $299 but can be purchased for $199 through July 14. Old Testament volumes normally cost $229 but are on sale right now for $169. The New Testament set, which normally sells for $129, can be bought for $99.90. Again, these prices are good through July 14.


Old & New Testaments
32 volumes
Regular price $299
Sale price $199


Old Testament
20 volumes
Regular price $229
Sale price $169


New Testament
12 volumes
Regular price $129
Sale price $99.90

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Special sale prices on the Holman Bible Commentaries are good through
July 14, 2014 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

HCSB & Apologetics Study Bibles The HCSB Study Bible notes & Apologetics Study Bible notes
Sometimes a full multi-volume commentary is more than what is needed. Study Bible notes act as mini-commentaries, but often provide features that commentary sets do not such as a greater number of charts, illustrations, maps and specialized articles. This week’s sale features two of the best Bible study notes available anywhere.

The HCSB Study Bible is simply one of the best general study Bibles available. Featuring 15,000 study notes, 290 Hebrew and Greek word studies, 66 highly detailed book introductions, 62 maps, 27 topical articles, 20 charts, and 18 illustrations, the HCSB Study Bible can easily be an all-in-one stop for understanding the Scriptures. In addition to these features, the HCSB Study Bible also includes multiple Bible reading plans and a plan for Scripture memorization.

If you find yourself engaged in regular discussions with multiple worldviews, you definitely need The Apologetics Study Bible for Accordance. This set of study Bible notes includes apologetics-related commentary tied to the text of the Bible as well as over 130 specialized articles from modern apologists such as Chuck Colson, Norm Geisler, Hank Hanegraaff, Josh McDowell, Albert Mohler, Ravi Zacharias, and 90+ more contributors.

The HCSB Study Bible notes normally sells for $34.90, but through July 14 it is available for $29.90. The Apologetics Study Bible notes, normally $39.90, can also be obtained for the special price of $29.90 during this time. However, the best deal is the special Apologetics plus HCSB Bible Study Notes Bundle, which can be purchased for the deeply discounted price of $54.90 through July 14.

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Apologetics plus HCSB
Study Bible Notes
Regular price $74.80
Sale price $54.90

HCSB Study Bible

Study Bible Notes
Regular price $34.90
Sale price $29.90

Apologetics Study Bible

The Apologetics
Study Bible Notes
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Special sale prices on the Study Bible Notes are good through
July 14, 2014 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Note: While the printed versions of The Apologetics Study Bible and the HCSB Study Bible contain the biblical text of the Holman Christian Standard Bible, these modules do not include the biblical text. They do contain all the notes, articles, biographies, and charts/maps of the printed versions. The Bible study notes of these modules can be linked to run in parallel with any Accordance Bible translation (including the HCSB.)



Jul 7, 2014 Richard Mansfield

New Zondervan Theology Releases

Two New Zondervan Theology Volumes!

This week sees the release of two theology volumes for Accordance, both of which can be obtained for special introductory prices.

Renewal Theology Renewal Theology
Author: J. Rodman Williams

This work is a systematic theology from a charismatic perspective. Written by J. Rodman Williams, former professor of theology at Regent University School of Divinity, this work combines three previous titles (God, the World and Redemption; Salvation, the Holy Spirit and Christian Living; and The Church, the Kingdom, and Last Things) into one volume.

Not another dry systematic theology, this work encourages the reader to have a proper spirit of reverence when examining the Scriptures for truth about God and his revelation.

Williams Renewal Theology
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Renewal Theology
Regular price $69.90
Introductory sale price $55.90
Price good through July 14, 2014 (11: 59pm EDT)

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Bird-Theology Evangelical Theology
A Biblical and Systematic Introduction

Author: Michael Bird

A fairly recent work (2013), this theology by Michael Bird—lecturer in theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry in Melbourne, Australia—is written to “produce a textbook for Christians that represents a biblically sound expression of the Christian faith from the vantage point of the evangelical tradition.” Although a “serious work,” Bird’s sense of humor regularly comes through in his writing, making this another theology text that is quite readable. Bird writes for both the scholar and the layperson with the regular use of tables, sidebars, and questions for discussion.

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Evangelical Theology
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Jul 2, 2014 David Lang

Accordance 10.4.3 is Automagical!

I'm pleased to announce the release of Accordance 10.4.3, a free update for all users of Accordance 10. Like most of our free updates, this new version includes lots of minor changes and bug fixes (especially for Windows), along with several cool new features. The coolest of these add new ways to automate your Accordance experience.

Create Automatic Links to Accordance: Accordance 10.4.3 adds support for Universal Resource Identifiers—links to an application similar to URLs on a website. You can create links in a web page or word processing document that, when clicked, will launch Accordance 10.4.3 and open a module or perform a search. Try these links (after you've downloaded the update) to see how it works:

Support for OS X Services: You can now interact with Accordance from within other applications via Mac OS X Services. You can download some basic services from the Accordance Exchange and then follow the instructions to install them. You can then select text in a Word Processing document, an Email, a Web Page, etc., and use that selection as a quick search in Accordance. If the text selection is a verse reference, there is a Service that will insert the full text of that reference into your document in place of the reference.



Other Services let you use the selected text as a search to be run and viewed in Accordance. You can access these Services through the right-click menu, and you can even assign hotkeys to them in the System Preferences.

Support for Automator Workflows: Accordance 10.4.3 includes two Automator Actions which can be used to build complex Automator Workflows. If you're an automation guru, you can create a Workflow that would perform a series of searches in Accordance and then copy the results to another application.

Auto Link Scripture References: A new Auto Link button in User Tool and User Note Edit windows lets you format every Scripture reference in the Edit window as a hyperlink. Now instead of formatting each Scripture link individually, you can format them all with a single click!

With all these new ways to automate your workflow, Accordance 10.4.3 is automagical. Download it today and experience the magic.


Jul 1, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Join in on the Accordance Summer of Savings!

Up to 25% off Collections and Upgrades through July 31!

When I made my first Accordance purchase way back in 1998, I really did not go about it in the best way. Although there were some packages of collected titles available at the time, I decided to start with the bare minimum of what I would need. So in addition to buying Accordance itself, I added the Greek New Testament, Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, one English Bible with key number tagging, a Greek lexicon, and a Hebrew lexicon. I don’t remember how much I paid for all this in 1998 dollars, but I can tell you that it was not a bargain to purchase these titles individually.

This is where the power of collections comes into play. You can get a head start on building your Accordance library—a library that is safe from flood, fire, or any other natural disaster—with any of the six primary Accordance collections. Imagine having the equivalent of an entire bookcase (or maybe multiple bookcases) of titles that can be taken with you on your MacBook Pro, Windows tablet, iPad, or even your iPhone.

Take for instance my first Accordance purchase. If I were counseling someone about their initial Accordance purchase today, and that person was looking to buy some of the same titles I bought when I first discovered Accordance, I would steer that person to the Original Languages Collection. Regularly priced at $299.99, this collection contains over 65 titles including six Greek New Testaments, the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint, eight Greek lexicons, five Hebrew lexicons, eleven English Bibles (two of which are tagged with key numbers), and a whole lot more.

This is the best time to invest in a collection or upgrade to the next level above what you already have. Right now, the Bible Study, Original Languages, and Essential Collections are on sale for 20% off. But even better, the Advanced and Ultimate Collections are discounted at an incredible 25% off.

One more thing! Maybe you have the Starter or Bible Study Collection; but your budget is limited, and you need only to add a few very specific tools. This is where our Add-ons offer the "just right" upgrade. If you need a Hebrew Bible, Greek New Testament and a lexicon for each, consider the Student Add-on. If you only need to add tools for only one field of study, consider the Hebrew Bible or Greek New Testament Add-ons. Finally, if you have been considering the Timeline, Atlas and Photoguide, there no better way to get them than to grab them together in the Graphics Add-on.

All of the items mentioned above can be seen in more detail below.

These offers are good through July 31, 2014 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.



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Bible Study Collection

A foundational selection of Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, and more.

  • A wide variety of English study tools
  • 49-volume Tyndale Commentary set
  • Over $4,000 in print value!

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Original Languages Collection

A scholarly collection of tagged texts and tools for Greek and Hebrew studies.

  • Original language texts and lexicons
  • Tagged Greek NT, Hebrew Bible, and LXX
  • Over $1,800 in print value!

List $299.99 Sale Price: $239 (Save 20%)

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Essential Collection

A comprehensive collection of English, Greek, and Hebrew study tools.

  • Combines Starter, Bible Study and Original Languages Collections
  • Adds interactive Atlas and Timeline
  • Over $6,000 in print value!

List $499.99 Sale Price: $399 (Save 20%)

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Advanced Collection

A premium collection of research-grade Bible texts and reference tools.

  • Advanced English, Greek, and Hebrew tools
  • Pillar NT commentary and IVP Reference set
  • Over $10,000 in print value!

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Ultimate Collection

A massive collection of top-tier Bible study resources and original language tools.

  • Our best tools at our best value
  • BDAG, HALOT, NIGTC, and much more
  • Over $17,000 in print value!

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Upgrades to the Essential Collection

There are many upgrade options to the Essential Collection. Upgrades are available from some Accordance 8 and 9 packages as well as from other Accordance 10 Collections.

Save 20% through July 31, 2014

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Upgrades to the Advanced Collection

A 25% discount is offered on upgrades to the Advanced Collection. You can upgrade to the Advanced Collection from Bible Study Bundle 9 and from the Essential Collection.

Save 25% through July 31, 2014

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Upgrades to the Ultimate Collection

You can upgrade to the Ultimate Collection from Original Language Bundle 9, Mega Bundle 9, the Essential Collection, and the Advanced Collection.

Save 25% through July 31, 2014



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Student add-on

As an add-on to the Starter or Bible Study Collections, the Student add-on adds:

  • Greek NT tagged text
  • Greek lexicon
  • Hebrew OT tagged text
  • Hebrew lexicon

List $189  Regular $99.90
Sale Price: $79.90
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Hebrew Bible add-on

As an add-on to the Starter or Bible Study Collections, the Hebrew Bible add-on adds:

  • Hebrew OT tagged text
  • BDB Abridged Hebrew Lexicon
  • BHS Latin Key
  • Simplified Guide to BHS

List $125  Regular $79.90
Sale Price: $63.90 (Save 20%)

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Greek New Testament add-on

This package includes:

  • Greek NT tagged text
  • Greek-English Dictionary (Newman)
  • Thayer's Greek Lexicon

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Sale Price: $63.90
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Graphics Bundle

In this great bundle you will get:

  • Accordance Bible Atlas 2.2
  • Accordance Timeline
  • Accordance PhotoGuide 3

(Note: The Atlas and Timeline are not yet supported on iOS.)

List $189  Regular $169
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Jun 30, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Dig in Deep with New Releases

Four new Accordance releases
will help you Dig Deep
in your understanding of the Scriptures

The special deals on these introductory offers are good through
July 7, 2014 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other offers.

Gospel Transformation

New! Gospel Transformation Bible Notes

Transformation: def. "a change in nature, disposition, heart, or character"

A Timely Study Bible with a Message that is Timeless

Designed to be transformational, The Gospel Transformation Bible Notes focus on heart transformation from the inside out, rather than mere behavior modification. Produced out of the conviction that the Bible is a unified message of God’s grace culminating in Jesus, The Gospel Transformation Bible Notes help readers see Christ in all of Scripture. Every text, seen in its redemptive context, is reflecting an aspect of humanity’s fallen condition that requires the grace of God.


  • Each book has helpful, in-depth Introductions as well as book and passage outlines.
  • Multiple cross references are included in the gospel-illuminating notes. A full topical index and daily Bible reading plan complete this work.
  • Written by a team of over 50 outstanding pastors and scholars, this specially prepared material has a message for all.
  • These notes are designed to be used with the ESV Bible; however, notes will sync with the Bible of your choice.
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Here's what others have said about The Gospel Transformation Bible:

“This is a seminary education packed into one book.” 
Justin Buzzard, Lead Pastor, Garden City Church, Silicon Valley; author, The Big Story

“This Bible wisely combines doctrine and devotion.” 
Andy Naselli, Assistant Professor, Bethlehem College and Seminary

Hear what the editors of this work say:

The Gospel Transformation Bible Notes
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Biblical Exegesis Guides from Gordon Fee & Douglas Stewart

We are separated from the message of the Bible by time, culture and language. These three barriers create significant challenges for any pastor or Bible student who wants to responsibly take the original message of Scripture, properly understand it, and present it to a modern audience. Fortunately, two of the premier Evangelical standard treatments on exegesis have just been released for Accordance.

Fee-NT Exegesis New! New Testament Exegesis:
A Handbook for Students & Pastors
Author: Gordon Fee

Now in its third edition, Gordon Fee’s New Testament Exegesis is the Evangelical guide for going from the New Testament text to accurate exposition. Beginning with basic principles for writing a seminary or Bible college exegesis paper, Gordon Fee—Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada—takes the reader step-by-step through the process of exegesis. Attention is given to genre, historical context, grammar, and historical-cultural backgrounds.

It’s the method described here that is so extremely helpful, but this method does not have to end with a student’s graduation. It’s no great secret that the responsibilities and busy life of a pastor often lead to shortcuts when performing the exegetical task of preparing a sermon. Fee takes his method beyond the classroom straight to the pastor’s study.

In the section titled, “Short Guide for Sermon Exegesis,” the principles in the book are applied to sermon preparation. Acknowledging the pastor’s limited amount of time, Fee even offers suggested time allotments to each of the steps such as one hour for contextual questions, fifty minutes to examine the secondary literature, and forty minutes for application.

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Whether you are a pastor preparing Sunday’s sermon or a seminary student writing an exegesis paper, this book is an indispensable guide.

New Testament Exegesis
A Handbook for Students & Pastors

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Stuart-OT ExegesisNew! Old Testament Exegesis:
A Handbook for Students & Pastors

Author: Douglas Stuart

For over three decades, Douglas Stuart, Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, has been helping pastors and students accurately exegete the Old Testament. Now in its fourth edition, Old Testament Exegesis is essential for responsible exposition of the Hebrew Bible, bridging the Ancient Near Eastern culture to our modern context.

Stuart’s 12-step method for exegesis will bring recovery from bad habits and sloppy hermeneutics. In fact, Stuart has an appendix describing frequent hermeneutical errors that alone might be worth regular review. And his “List of Common Old Testament Exegesis Terms” makes this title accessible even to the non-specialist. As with Fee’s book, Stuart also includes a section that applies his exegetical method to the pastor’s sermon.

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Although there are some common principles between the two, both books together serve to give special attention to the nuances and distinctions of both biblical testaments. The reader will find both of these books extremely helpful because the authors use specific examples from the Bible to illustrate their steps. The reader will quickly discover that these books are not dry books detailing method. Rather, they are filled with real-world examples that allow the reader to learn more about the Bible, while learning how to learn more about the Bible!

Old Testament Exegesis
A Handbook for Students & Pastors

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Treasury Enhanced New Edition of A timeless Classic!

New! Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Enhanced & Expanded Edition

Apart from the Bible itself and a great dictionary, the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Enhanced & Expanded is possibly the most valuable Bible study resource one can possess.

This edition of Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSKe) is newly enhanced and expanded. With over 288,000 more total references, plus additional reference headings and verses with reciprocals, this tool is a must-have in your Accordance library. Here's the best news: it’s free today with your order of $100 or more!

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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“…The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge enables one, not only to understand the Word, but to feed upon the Word.” R. A. Torrey

Note: The TSKe will not automatically be added to your order of $100 or more. You must add this title to your cart with your other purchases before submitting your order. Just click the Add to Cart button below to get started.

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Jun 26, 2014 David Lang

Throwback Thursday: Doing Our Homework

When I started as Accordance's sole employee, the company was run completely out of a home office, and I worked at my own home using my own computer. As we added new staff members, the ability to work at home was both a practical necessity and a major perk.

Once we began hiring our own sales staff and selling directly (before that all sales had been handled by another distributor), we decided that we would need a dedicated office for sales. Since the office we got was bigger than the sales staff needed at that time, the development staff was asked if any of us would like to work from the new office. I remember being at a meeting where the question was raised, and we all sort of looked at each other. I think we were each hoping someone else would take it so we wouldn't have to turn it down. Eventually, we realized that none of us wanted that office space. We all had been spoiled by years of working at home.

I was reminded of this the other day when I saw a coworker post on Facebook that his family had gone to the beach while he was stuck at home working. I was tempted to tease him that his post might not engender much sympathy from someone stuck working in an office rather than at home. Instead of picking on him, I just posted another one of my "Jo Jo stories"—funny anecdotes I'll share about my five-year-old's exploits. Those are stories I'd never be able to tell if I had to work from an office every day.

Now, there are certainly advantages to having all your staff work from a single location. A random interaction between two employees at the proverbial water-cooler can sometimes lead to new solutions and greater cooperation. On the other hand, our flexibility to allow staff to work from anywhere has meant keeping great employees who had to move across town or out of state. It has also meant landing great employees who happen to live across the country or across the world. We don't have to turn away a great candidate simply because of geography.

There's one other major advantage to our willingness to allow telecommuting. The fact that most of us gladly work from home means that the vast majority of Accordance's revenues go directly toward ongoing development and customer service. Because we're not having to pay huge rents, mortgages, or utility bills, we're able to make the money you spend go farther and accomplish more with it.

Getting our first sales office was a major step in our growth as a company, but that didn't stop our development staff from continuing to do its homework.


Jun 24, 2014 Richard Perry

Butler-Analytical Bible Expositor

Butler -- blunt, unfiltered, conservative, unique

He is enjoyed by multitudes, as is evidenced by his popularity in the preaching community. His commentary includes a wealth of invaluable sermons, instructive lesson outlines and insightful thoughts making it an indispensable tool for those who preach and teach.

Butler Expositor setJohn G. Butler’s Analytical Bible Expositor is an extensively organized chapter-by-chapter commentary of the entire Bible. It is much easier to read and understand than the typical commentary usually plagued with small print, heavy intellectual arguments, and difficult to understand language. Expository in style, this commentary helps one to know both the meaning and the message of the Scripture. The annotations of the text combine exposition with practical application. It is especially helpful for ministers who are seeking to engage the text at a deeper level.

Key and Unique features of the Analytical Bible Expositor include:

  • Analyzation: First, there is a brief introduction with an outline of each chapter of each book of the Bible. Then the commentary itself is divided into points and sub-points giving you a quick visual of the main ideas and thoughts of that individual chapter.
  • Alliteration: All outlines, including points and sub-points, are alliterated in Butler's own analytical style. In addition, every New Testament book has its own comprehensive alliterated outline.
  • Annotation: The commentary itself is full of fervor with practical applications that consist of explanations, clarifications, interpretations, and exhortations.

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More than just a commentary, this reference work in Accordance becomes an amazing topical search tool as well by simply changing from reference to title in the search area and typing in practically any topic. I am astounded at the incredible amount of information displayed.

Discover today why so many preachers really like this unique commentary. There’s just nothing else like it.

Buy Now 2Take advantage of our FANTASTIC introductory pricing of only $189 through July 31, 2014. List price $536, regularly in Accordance $229. The introductory price cannot be combined with other discounts.

The following screenshot shows the Bible in parallel with the commentary, a partial outline of a New Testament book and a topical title search, all available within this module.

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If you already own the Analytical Bible Expositor in another Bible program, you are eligible for great cross grade pricing.

For the busy pastor, Accordance has plenty of resources to keep your ministry going. In our Best Preaching Titles Sale from June 24-30, you can take advantage of deep discounts on these helpful collections and titles.

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Jun 23, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Tip: Search All Your Illustration Books at Once

Accordance provides the pastor or Bible teachers with tens of thousands of illustrations and quotations through the various titles we now have available. But did you know that you can search through these titles all at the same time rather than researching topics in individual volumes? It’s actually very easy.

  1. If you go to your library icon Library icon on the toolbar (it’s the little icon that looks like a set of books, usually near the left), your library, which shows all the books you own, will open on the left.
  2. Look for the folder near the bottom titled “My Groups.” If you bring up a contextual menu (right click on a mouse or trackpad, two finger click on a trackpad or control-click on a one-button Mac mouse) from My Groups, you can choose Add Folder.
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  3. You can name your folder anything you want, but here I’ve named it “Illustrations” to keep it simple, despite the fact that it will contain titles that are both illustration and quotation collections.
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  4. After your folder is created, drag the titles related to illustrations or quotation to the Illustrations folder. You can also right-click (bring up a contextual menu) on any title and add it to your Illustrations folder right there.
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  5. Once all your titles have been added to your Illustrations folder, it will look something like this if you have taken advantage of the sale on preaching helps which starts tomorrow.
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  6. Now you’re ready to run your search. If you go to the Search field (usually toward the right side of your toolbar), you can search for any topic you want. Perhaps you’re wanting to talk about repentance and need a good illustration or quotation. Note that in this example, I am merely searching for the word repent with a wildcard symbol (*). This will find any illustration or quotation in my group that uses words like repent, repentance, repented, and repenting. Note also that your group on Illustrations that you created is now in the Search field drop-down list.
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  7. Now hit the Enter/Return key and your results will show up in a new search results zone. Click on each title to see actual entries and double-click on the title to open it.
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Jun 22, 2014

Bill Mounce on Accordance

Bill Mounce is well known as the author of the widely used Basics of Biblical Greek. At the last ETS/SBL meetings he said of Accordance:

"I use it so much, I use it all the time, I've used it for so's where I go, it's how I read my Bible...

I love all the resources, there simply isn't a book that I want that is not in the Accordance library."

He goes on to endorse the use of Accordance for beginning basic Greek studies and for the more advanced student, as well as the complex searches he needs for his research.

Watch the full interview here:

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Jun 19, 2014 David Lang

Throwback Thursday: Developing the PhotoGuide

When we first developed the Accordance Bible Atlas, we knew we needed to include a resource that would give information about the more important site and region names on the map. The other module developer (there were only two of us at the time) was occupied with developing the data for the Atlas, so I was tasked with developing this tool which would come to be called Place Names.

Each of the sites on the Atlas are given an importance ranking on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important). This ranking is used to determine which sites should be hidden when you zoom out from the map. We decided to use the sites of importance 3 or above as the ones we would cover in the Place Names module. Once I had this list of sites, I then had to research each site and write up a description of its location, history, and overall significance.

The main challenge of developing the Place Names module was the deadline. The Atlas was nearing completion and Place Names had to be finished before it could be released. To meet that deadline, the site descriptions had to be kept pretty basic and concise.

Some time after the release of the Atlas, I was approached with the idea of expanding the work I had done on Place Names into a new resource that would include photos of each site. This new resource would eventually come to be called the Bible Lands PhotoGuide.

I was given a large archive of photographs of Biblical places I had never personally visited, and I had to decide which photos best illustrated each site.

My research often began with the Bible dictionaries I had available in Accordance. Anchor Bible Dictionary was especially good about giving information about the archaeological discoveries at each site, but it had relatively few photos and illustrations. Going from a description of a Bronze Age wall discovered at a site to actually identifying that wall in a photo was next to impossible. I soon was combing through coffee table books and magazines on Biblical archaeology, tourist guide books which might illustrate how a site looks today—anything I could find that would give me clues as to what I was looking at. It would have been easy to annotate each photo with something like "Ruins at Miletus," but I wanted users of the PhotoGuide to be able to see the outline of the ancient harbor and the surrounding bay which have long since silted up. It's that level of detail which sets the PhotoGuide apart from the typical illustrated Bible dictionary.


At times it was frustrating finding the information I needed, but I learned more about the Bible doing the research for the PhotoGuide than I ever learned in seminary. If you haven't explored the PhotoGuide in depth, begin reading through its articles on sites mentioned in your current passage of study. You'll be surprised how much it can deepen your understanding of the Bible.