Accordance Blog
Feb 1, 2016 Richard Mansfield

NEW! IVP Old Testament & New Testament Essentials

What’s the Bible about? That’s a good question, but I have a hunch that many people—perhaps even many participating in regular worship communities each week—might have trouble answering it. Many know individual Bible stories or often-quoted passages, but how does it all tie together? Fortunately, two new resources for the Accordance Library have arrived to help Bible readers not only gain an overview of the entire biblical story, but also piece it all together into a unified whole.

IVP OT NT Essentials Covers w/drop shadow This week, we are pleased to announce the release of Old Testament Essentials: Creation, Conquest, Exile and Return by Tremper Longman and New Testament Essentials: Father, Son, Spirit and Kingdom by Robbie Fox Castleman. Together, these two volumes deliver a total of 29 in-depth and interactive Bible surveys that can be studied individually or in small groups.

In the introduction to Old Testament Essentials, Tremper Longman immediately addresses a problem that he’s observed numerous times: the Old Testament is often very foreign—and as a result, neglected—by many Bible readers who are more comfortable sticking with the New Testament. This realization led him to create three goals for Old Testament Essentials: “(1) to acquaint you with the message of the Old Testament, (2) to show you how the Old Testament points to Jesus, and (3) to show you how the Old Testament is relevant to your life” (p. 9).

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Longmans's Old Testament Essentials.

Castleman’s New Testament Essentials, like Longman’s Old Testament companion volume, is more than mere survey of the New Testament. It is also a thematic study that demonstrates how the component parts of the New Testament, written by multiple authors, fit together. Throughout each of the 12 studies, the reader will find interaction with the New Testament’s Christocentric emphasis as well as continued examples of how God has revealed himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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Castleman's New Testament Essentials.

Both volumes break down their respective chapters into four parts, which can be compared in the table below:



Bible Study—The heart of the study is reading the Scripture itself. This begins with a reading assignment (and a memory verse that captures a central theme). The reading assignment is typically a selection of passages from the topic under study. Also suggested are longer reading assignments that cover the whole topic in the Bible. After reading the assigned passage, questions follow that will help you to think about some of the crucial issues of the passage.

Bible Study—Each chapter focuses on particular texts within the New Testament to be read, as well as a verse or two suggested for memorization. This is followed by initial questions to reflect on and discuss with others from your own reading and observation of the text.

Reading—Each study includes an essay that covers the high points of the biblical texts under discussion. This essay is followed by more questions that hope to prod even further thinking about the biblical text.


Reading—In the reading section, the author offers background information and insights of her own and other scholars concerning the passage or passages and their connection to the canon of Scripture as a whole. The reading is followed by more questions to help you think further about the biblical text.

Anticipating the New Testament—This section in particular explores how Jesus is anticipated in the Old Testament. As St. Augustine said, “The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed; the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed.”

Connecting to the Old Testament—The reading is followed by a particular connection the New Testament text has to the Hebrew Scripture of the Old Testament.

The Ancient Story and Our Story—In the final major section we will look at the important implications this ancient text has for our lives today.

The Ancient Story and Our Story—The study of the passage ends by considering how the New Testament passage might connect with our own lives today.

These two titles may be purchased individually or together in the IVP Old Testament and New Testament Essentials Bundle. Page numbers are included in the text in case some of your participants are using print copies. However, we think Accordance is the perfect platform for this kind of study because any biblical text can be read and highlighted, and you can answer study questions right in the Accordance User Notes.

Through February 8, get both titles together for only $21.90!

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Sep 23, 2015 Timothy Jenney

Feast of Tabernacles (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #131)

The Feast of Tabernacles was the largest and most joyous of ancient Israel’s three annual pilgrimage feasts. It occurs at the autumnal equinox and celebrates the end of Israel's harvest season. Its importance grew over time as it added spiritual, national, and even eschatological themes. Join Dr. J as he reviews the Accordance resources for researching this greatest of Israelite feasts. [Accordance 11: Study]

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!


Sep 14, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Printing Just What You Need

Have you ever needed to print or make a PDF of a particular selection from a title in your Accordance Library? Here are a couple of tricks for exporting the exact content you need.

UPDATE: Printing is even easier with Accordance 11.1.


Jul 27, 2015 Timothy Jenney

Destined for Glory (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #127)

Rom. 8:28-30 is interpreted very differently by Wesleyans and Calvinists, a disagreement that often obscures the the point of the passage. In it Paul argues that God has destined his people for “glorification,” an often misunderstood goal reached by an even less understood process. [Accordance 11: Study]

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!


Jul 9, 2015 Timothy Jenney

Jonah (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #126)

The story of the prophet Jonah is a delight, filled with unexpected twists and turns. In this podcast, we’ll explore the way it turns the tables on its readers. Expecting judgment to fall upon others, we instead find judgement falling upon ourselves. Join Dr. J as he helps us “hear” the story of Jonah as its ancient Israelite audience would have when they heard it for the very first time. [Accordance 11: Study]

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!


Jun 22, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Playing Audio in Accordance Mobile


Accordance Mobile is made for Bible Study on the go, but did you know that it’s great for audio, too? In this week’s Accordance Mobile Minute, we will take a look at playing audio files from Accordance.

Want to know more about Michael Card's Biblical Imagination Series? Check out these other posts:

Bullet 2Dr. J's Lighting the Lamp video podcast #125: Biblical Imagination

In the podcast, Dr. J mentions a few other links, and these can be found here:

Also, check out the Accordance Blog post on Michael Card's Biblical Imagination Series.

Biblical Imagination Series All four volumes of The Biblical Imagination Series by Michael Card come with their musical complements.


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Jun 6, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Creating Ad Hoc Outlines in Accordance Mobile

Learn how to easily create on-the-fly outlines in Accordance Mobile.

Since the iPad in this video is in portrait mode, we recommend fullscreen viewing.


May 21, 2015 Timothy Jenney

Change Focus and Tie/Untie Panes (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #123)

Accordance 11.0.6 brings with it two new features: Change Focus and Tie/Untie Panes. Both are designed to enable users to investigate any verse while still being able to see its entire context. Join Dr. J as he demonstrates how these two subtle, but powerful features can make our Bible study both easier and more effective. [Accordance 11: Intermediate]

See our archive of previous Lighting the Lamp podcasts.


May 7, 2015 Timothy Jenney

How to Study A Topic (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #122)

Not all Bible studies begin with a passage. Some start with a simple question, “What does the Bible say about ______?” Investigations of this kind are called “topical studies” and may well be the most popular kind of Bible study. Topical sermons are certainly a favorite among preachers. In this podcast Dr. J shows us how to study a topic using Accordance—and how to transform that study into three simple kinds of topical sermons.

Download Dr. J's Topical Study Template for Microsoft Word!

Go to our Lighting the Lamp page to see even more podcasts on how to use Accordance Bible Software.


Apr 3, 2015 Timothy Jenney

How to Study a Word (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #120)

Word studies are one of the core techniques for Bible study. In this podcast, Dr. J provides a simple, step-by-step process for discovering a word’s meaning: Identify, Investigate, and Evaluate. First, he shows us how to identify the original language word behind every word in a Bible translation. He then explains how everyone—those who read Hebrew and Greek and those who do not—can use Accordance to find the range of meaning(s) for every word in the Bible's original languages. Finally, the podcast explains how to pinpoint the precise meaning of a word as it is used in a specific verse.