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We encourage those new to Accordance to watch our training videos in this sequence. About Us will introduce our company and its philosophy. The episodes under Accordance offer basic training for our computer software, while Accordance iOS offers the same for our mobile app.

Lighting the Lamp, our podcast series, first aired in May 2009 with Accordance 8. In the 100 plus podcasts since then, we’ve covered methods of Bible study, reviews of the new resources [“modules”] available for purchase, and Accordance’s successive improvements and additional features. While the current user interface is more modern, the underlying principles and techniques in these podcasts remain the same. We are continually updating the earliest of these podcasts.

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About Us

#16) The Accordance Philosophy

[Basic: Accordance 8] Explains the Accordance Philosophy: who we are, what we do, and why we do it.


#54) Why Bible Software?

[Basic: Accordance 9] Lists the benefits of using software to study the Bible, a growing trend among serious students of the Bible. Shows demos of both Accordance 9.3 for computers and Accordance 1.2 for iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch). Explains how to get trial copies and starter packages.



#93) Accordance Quick Start

[Basic: Accordance 10] This podcast is the fastest way to get up and running with Accordance Bible Software. See how to search the Bible, add a parallel translation, and a side-by-side commentary. Learn the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts, how to add an independent zone—and even how to adjust user preferences. It's all here, covered in a podcast of about ten minutes. This is also a great podcast to share with friends who are considering purchasing Bible software.


#113) Instant Details & Acc 11 Preferences

[Basic Accordance 11] Accordance 11 has brought us a lot of new options—and new users!  Instant Details is now more powerful and much more customizable. This podcast reviews Instant Details (for new users) and the new Accordance  11  preferences that enhance it (for all users).


#114) The Info Pane

[Basic Accordance 11] The Info Pane is easily the most popular of the many new features in Accordance 11. This new parallel pane offers quick and easy access to relevant resources for every passage: commentaries, Bible dictionaries, Parallel passages, topics, and textual apparatus.  “Quick and easy access” means being able to consult more resources in less time. In this podcast, Dr. J walks us through the Info Pane, setting its preferences, and modifying our workflow to take advantage of it.


#101) Digital Concordances

[Accordance 10: Basic] Remember the old printed concordances of yesteryear? They were “must have” tools for Bible study, but each Bible translation needed a different one! Thankfully, modern Bible software has set us free from those sorts of limitations. In this podcast, Dr. J celebrates Accordance’s twentieth anniversary, reminding us of some of the advantages of digital concordances—and the reasons we should be grateful for them.


#109) Maximize Your Reference Tools

[Accordance 10: Basic] Tired of flipping back and forth through different sections in the same Reference Tool? Accordance has several different ways to open and use a tool. It even allows multiple instances of a Tool in the same Workspace. Join Dr. J as he shows us all how to maximize our Reference Tools.


#102) Key Numbers

[Basic: Accordance 10] Key numbers are a numerical system designed to help people with little or no knowledge of Hebrew or Greek.  They identify the most important words in the Bible, enabling those who do not read the ancient, original languages to do basic word searches and studies. Once upon a time, key numbers only appeared in the most expensive of printed concordances. Even then, using them was laborious and time-consuming. Now they are included with every copy of Accordance Bible Software. Not only do they make our Word Searches fast and accurate, but they enable Instant Details, Cross-highlighting, the Dynamic Interlinear, and Instant Lookups. Join Dr. J in this episode as he shows us how to leverage the power of Key Numbers in Accordance.


#79) One Sweet Suite

[Basic: Accordance 10] Want to know what Bible software can do for you? Accordance Bible Software is not just a search engine, nor a simple library of books. It is a complete software suite for studying the Bible. Join Dr. J in a whirlwind tour of Accordance 10's twenty-five major features. This podcast is an excellent overview for those brand new to Accordance—or those considering purchasing it.


#112) Accordance 11—Simply Brilliant

[Basic Accordance 11] Accordance 11 is simply brilliant! This podcast gives an overview of its most significant feature additions and improvements. Improvements include the Library, which now offers improved organization and customization, User Notes, which can now be in any language and used with Tools as well as Texts, and Search All, now renamed “Research,” which is now faster, smarter, and easier to use. New features include a Topic Search, Quick Entry, Bookmarks, and a parallel Info pane that offers quick links to a variety of passage-by-passage suggested research topics.


#111) Accordance 11 Collections

[Accordance 11: Basic] Accordance 11 Collections are here! This podcast reviews the contents of the six collections, describes the best use of each, and explains the new Custom Upgrade process.


#77) Accordance 10: First Look!

[Basic: Accordance 10] Introduces the most recent version of Accordance, with its sleek, modern interface, unified workspace, customizable toolbar, detachable Instant Details, and improved Library Window.


#94) Accordance for Windows

[Basic: Accordance 10] It's here!!! Accordance for Windows has been officially released and is now available for purchase. PC owners now have a native Windows version of the world's premiere Bible software program. This podcast reviews the changes this version of Accordance needed to make it look and feel like a Windows program, without sacrificing its speed, power, or efficiency.


#100) Design Your Own Study Bible

[Basic: Accordance 10] Lighting the Lamp podcast one hundred, Design Your Own Study Bible, demonstrates an easy way create your very own, custom Study Bible in Accordance.  First, choose your Bible from any of Accordance’s modern translations: over thirty English and more than fifty in other modern languages. Next, add your choice of one or more of twenty-three difference sets of Bible study notes—or over fifty different commentaries. Finally, select one of the six different systems of cross-references and add your favorite atlas and Bible dictionary. Save the Workspace. Presto! You now have a custom Study Bible, designed to your specifications.


#80) Flex Search

[Basic: Accordance 10] Accordance 10 's new "flex search" makes searching English Bibles easier and more natural. Just enter the search term(s) and hit [Enter]. Accordance does the rest, finding every form of the word and (if there is more than one word) any order in the verse. Accordance now also switches automatically between searching for "Words" and "Verses."


#82) Sharpen Your Search Skills

[Intermediate: Accordance 10] Search options and Search commands are two additional ways to sharpen your searches. In this podcast Dr. J explains both and gives specific examples of their usefulness.


#86) Search Symbols

[Intermediate: Accordance 10] Search Symbols add precision in verse and word searches, helping Accordance outperform those old printed Bible concordances. This podcast explains each of the fourteen different symbols and demonstrates their use in practical situations.


#88) [FUZZY] Searches

[Intermediate: Accordance 10] [FUZZY] searches and flex searches are both more flexible than exact searches, allowing users to include similar words and phrases in their search results. This podcast compares the the two, demonstrating how to use both. It also explains how to "tune" the ambiguity of a [FUZZY] search for the best search results.


#59) Let There Be Light!

[Bible Studies: Accordance 9] This study of the word "light" uses the Accordance 9.4 free trial version and modules. A great podcast for first time users, it shows how to search the Bible, compare Bibles, discover the original word and its meaning, and access Bible study tools.


#81) Expositor's Bible Commentary-Rev

[Resources: Accordance 10] The revised edition of the Expositor's Bible Commentary is a major improvement upon the original. Dr. J reviews this new resource, highlights some of its additional improvements as an Accordance module, and walks viewers through setting up a Book Study Workspace. This episode also features tips on setting and using a default commentary—and showcases Accordance 10's new"reading mode.


#65) Dynamic Interlinear

[Basic: Accordance 9] Demonstrates the use of Accordance 9.5's new Dynamic Interlinear, including designing and saving custom interlinears.


#66) Enhanced Key Numbers

[Basic: Accordance 9] Describes "enhanced key numbers," which integrate information from multiple tagged texts in Instant Details, distinguish G/K numbers from Strong's numbers, and support advanced "phrase-tagging"—like that found in the new Mounce-NT.


#84) Make a Christmas Presentation

[Basic: Accordance 10] Text and images in Accordance can be printed directly, copied and pasted, and dragged and dropped into other programs. In this episode, Dr. J designs a Christmas Keynote presentation for children, highlighting key words in a passage, then using Search All to find relevant photos and illustrations.  He also shows how to make a movie of an animated route in the Bible Atlas and import it into a slide. The podcast concludes with the completed slide show.


#62) Peter's Mother-in-Law

[Bible Studies: Accordance 9] Showcases the important contributions Accordance's Parallels can make to the study of a passage, using Mark 1:29-31 as a case study.


#52) How to Study a Place

[Methods: Accordance 9] Explains how to use the Bible, Bible dictionaries, atlases and photos to research biblical places.


#63) User Notes

[Basic: Accordance 9] Suggests several different uses for User Notes, plus demonstrating how to add, edit, open and search them.


#83) Statistical Research

[Intermediate: Accordance 10] Search options and Search commands are two additional ways to sharpen your searches. In this podcast Dr. J explains both and gives specific examples of their usefulness.


#61) Accordance Help

[Basic: Accordance 9 and iOS 1.2] How to use the Accordance Help quickly and efficiently. Covers Help on both OSX and iOS.


Accordance for iOS (IPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)

#91) Accordance Compared: iOS vs. Mac and PC

[Basic: Accordance 10; iOS 6] Tens of thousands of people using our Bible Study with Accordance app on iPhones and iPads know little about the full version on Accordance, which runs on Macs and PCs. They don't realize how much more powerful the computer programs are. In this podcast, Dr. J answers some of the most common questions about the differences between Accordance iOS and Accordance Mac and PC.


#85) Bible Study with Accordance iOS 1.6

[Basic: Accordance iOS 1.6] Version 1.6 of our mobile Accordance app combines a more polished interface with a host of new features: flex search, auto words/verses switching, bookmarks, Remember My Place, and syncing User Content between iDevices.


#55) Accordance Sync

[Basic: Accordance 9 and iOS 1.1] How to download Bible Study with Accordance, our free iOS app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Includes setting up your online account and  syncing Accordance iOS with your computer.


#56) Accordance for iOS

[Basic: Accordance iOS 1.1] How to install, navigate, and customize Accordance iOS. Lists the free resources included in the app download. Briefly mentions some of the most popular add-on modules available for purchase.


#57) Accordance iOS Searching

[Basic: Accordance iOS 1.1] How to search the Bible for word, phrase, or verse. Offers users a glimpse inside our multi-layered texts, explaining why our searches are so fast and precise. Includes some tips for becoming an Accordance "Search Master."


#97) Tweaking Accordance iOS

[Basic: Accordance iOS 1.7.1] Accordance is great on an iPhone or iPad right out of the box, but it can do SO much more. Join Dr. J as he explains how to tweak its resource settings to fit our own personal preferences. This is a great podcast for those new to  Accordance on an iOS device.


#60) Fire from Heaven

[Bible Studies: Accordance iOS 1.2] 1 Kings 18 & 19 records Elijah's confrontation with the prophets of Baal on top of Mt. Carmel, then his journey to Jezreel, Beersheba, the wilderness of the Negev, and finally Mt. Horeb (Sinai). How can understanding these places better help us discern the meaning of this story? Join Dr. J as he investigates this passage using Accordance mobile and its bundled free modules.


#61) Accordance Help

[Basic: Accordance 9 and iOS 1.2] How to use the Accordance Help quickly and efficiently. Covers Help on both OSX and iOS.


Want to learn still more? Our entire podcast archive is available (sorted by topic) at Podcast Index and (sorted by date) at Lighting the Lamp. Enjoy!