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Nov 27, 2015 Richard Mansfield

2015 ETS/SBL Reflections, Part 1


Creating a space for exploration, learning, and discovery.

I'm sitting in seat 31B at 30,000 feet, iPad Pro (yes, it's really nice) on my knees, reflecting on another successful November marked by the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature. We had a great week meeting with longtime Accordance users and introducing new customers to the best Bible software for the serious explorer of the ancient texts.

Now, I should clarify that when I say booth, I mean something that's actually on a far grander scale. Many vendors at these conferences have a booth—a 10 x 10 space usually consisting of a backdrop, long table, maybe a couple of chairs and often lots of physical books and/or informative literature. When we set up our space to demo Accordance, we create an environment for exploration, learning, and discovery.

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The Accordance area actually takes up about four standard booth spaces together in one big square. We bring in multiple tables, chairs, and computers of all kinds. There's a projector running all week, displaying a slideshow of our newest titles and best deals of the year.

We’ve designed an environment made for much more than selling software. Rather, we want to build relationships with our customers--have them sit down and tell us about their research--so that we can help them tailor the incredibly flexible Accordance engine to their specific scholarly pursuits related to biblical studies. The Accordance area is staffed by a dozen or so Accordance professionals--mostly employees, but often a couple of power users, too--who can help users regardless of their questions or needs.

Now, I only began working in the Accordance booth around 2008, so I'm somewhere between rookie and old pro compared to some of my fellow Accordance professionals. Nevertheless, in my time spent demoing Accordance at these two scholarly conferences, I've come to recognize a few common types of individuals who frequent our booth.

In the second part of my 2015 ETS/SBL reflections, to be posted early next week, I'll describe the SEVEN types of Accordance users who frequent our booth. Maybe you'll see yourself in one of these descriptions.

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Nov 27, 2015 Accordance Bible Software

Free Accordance Webinars for November 30 - December 4, 2015

Webinars - large Have you discovered our free interactive Accordance Webinars? Throughout the week you can participate in live Accordance training in hour-long sessions that cover just the content you need.

Here are the free Accordance webinars for the week of November 30 - December 4, 2015:

Basics: Searching
Monday, November 30, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Learn basic searching techniques in Accordance with emphasis on the following features: using Quick Entry; single word, Exact, and Flex Search; Wildcard Search; Phrase Search; searching for two words in the same verse; words beginning with a capital letter; and designing a Concordance; and using Analytics.

Taught by Linda Perry

Basic Greek
Tuesday, December 1, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Learn how to leverage Accordance for work in Greek, even if your knowledge of Greek is fairly limited. This webinar will focus on Greek Word Studies, how to learn Greek with Accordance as well as pointing attendees to podcast resources on Greek.  

Taught by Dr. Timothy Jenney ("Dr. J")

Basic Hebrew Searching
Tuesday, December 1, 5:00 - 6:00 PM EST

Learn basic techniques for searching and study of Hebrew words in Accordance, even if your knowledge of Hebrew is limited or rusty.

Taught by Mark Allison

Sermon Preparation in Action
Wednesday, December 2, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Join Pastor Abram Kielsmeier-Jones as he demonstrates using Accordance for the sermon preparation process--from initial brainstorming through the final manuscript. 

Taught by Abram Kielsmeier-Jones

Basics: User Notes
Thursday, December 3, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Learn how to use User Notes in Accordance for recording your own thoughts and insights on biblical texts and other titles in your personal Accordance Library.

Taught by Linda Perry

Taking part in our free Accordance Webinars is easy. Check out our Webinar page for more information or to sign up. See you online!


Nov 27, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Black Friday/Cyber Monday


Confession time: I've never been good at Black Friday shopping. I seem to hear about the best deals after they're sold out. It's frustrating. One time I actually got up before dawn to get in a line (that was surprisingly longer than I anticipated) at a local discount superstore chain. No one told me that I would need to have on my best running shoes and perhaps even wear some defensive padding. As people swarmed around and over me, I made my way to the sale item I was seeking, only to discover that all those people running past me had already grabbed all of the available stock—which evidently was not all that much. Discouraged, I came home thinking I could at least get a few items from the online retailers; but by that time, the best-advertised items were sold out, too. And all this before I normally even eat breakfast.

Of course, if you're an Accordance user you are already aware of a glorious truth: digital resources never run out of stock! However, there's always the potential for disappointment. Maybe you've been waiting for that particular lexicon, commentary, or ancient text to go on sale. Theoretically, you could rush to see our Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials only to discover titles discounted that are already in your Accordance Library. So we're doing something different this year, and we hope you like it.

We realize your funds are limited, and you have plenty of options out there. We’re not going to offer any bait and switch or offer you items for your Accordance Library that you don't really need at some ridiculous price so inexpensive that they're too good to pass up. Here is our no-gimmicks offer: you spend your money on Accordance software between the beginning of Black Friday and the end of Cyber Monday, and we will give you credit back in the form of a gift card on a sliding scale. Really, it's this simple. The more you spend, the more you get back—up to 20% back.


The more you spend, the greater your return.



In the days that follow Cyber Monday, you will receive an email with an Accordance Gift Card based on how much you spent between Friday and Monday. Use that Gift Card for someone else this holiday season, or spend it for your own personal Accordance Library (we won't tell!).

It's easy: simple math and simple rewards. No gimmicks. No short supplies. No bait and switch. Sleep in on Black Friday, have a good breakfast, and order from the Accordance web store on your own schedule. Let everyone else get stressed out from the crowds and missed-opportunity blues. Order at your own pace at and get the exact rewards you want.


Nov 21, 2015 Richard Mansfield

7 Reasons to Visit AAR/SBL Booth #903

If you're attending the AAR/SBL Meeting in Atlanta, be certain to come by Exhibitor Booth #903 to experience everything new related to Accordance Bible Software! Our booth is humming with activity, and if you haven't had a chance to stop by, don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the excitement!

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Here are SEVEN reasons you should drop everything and come by the Accordance booth right now:

  1. If you've never used Accordance, you need to see it in action!
  2. If you've never purchased Accordance, you can get the incredible Essential Collection for 40% off at the conference!
  3. Whether you purchase Accordance or not, you can register to win a FREE 64 GB iPad Air 2!
  4. Learn about our conference-only discounts, including reduced prices on everything in the catalog!
  5. Come see our new titles for the Accordance Library released only yesterday!
  6. Discover the incredible new features in Accordance 11.1!
  7. Hang out with Accordance employees and fellow users--it's one big celebration going on in booth #903!

See you soon!


Nov 17, 2015 Accordance Bible Software

New Scholarly Releases for 2015 ETS and AAR/SBL

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We are thrilled to present fourteen (14) completely new releases in time for the Annual Meetings of the ETS and AAR/SBL.

Greek Resources


The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research (3rd Edition) (Tov)

This handbook provides a practical guide for the student and scholar alike who wishes to use the Septuagint (LXX) in the text-critical analysis of the Hebrew Bible. Rather than offering another theoretical introduction to the LXX, it provides all the practical background information needed for the integration of the LXX in biblical studies. The third edition has been thoroughly revised to incorporate the most recent scholarship.

Buy Now 2$42.90


Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament (3 Volumes) (EDNT)

The English translation of the three-volume Exegetisches Wörterbuch zum Neuen Testament, the EDNT goes beyond merely defining NT Greek words to discuss their historical, theological, and exegetical significance. It stands in the tradition of the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (TDNT), but advances the discussion in light of more recent scholarship. Designed for the pastor and student as well as the scholar, it includes an index of English key words which points to corresponding Greek entries.

Buy Now 2$149


UBS5 Greek New Testament (Tagged) with Apparatus

**Note: This product is in the final stages of development and will be released within a few days.

The UBS 5th Revised Edition updates the UBS4 with new textual readings and a revision of the apparatus, which is intended especially for students and translators.

Buy Now 2$89.90


UBS5-T add to GNT28-T or NA28-T

Buy Now 2$39.90


UBS5-T upgrade from UBS4-T

Buy Now 2$39.90

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Reading Koine Greek (Rodney Decker)

This introductory grammar of Koine Greek covers not only the Greek of the New Testament but also that of the Septuagint, Apostolic Fathers, and more. Informed by his 25 years of classroom teaching, Decker emphasizes reading Greek for comprehension as opposed to merely translating it. The workbook is integrated into the textbook, enabling students to encounter real examples as they learn each new concept, and the Accordance edition includes audio pronunciations of reading passages and vocabulary words.

Buy Now 2$49.90

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User’s Guide to NA28

This guide to the 28th edition of the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament explains its structure, the text-critical apparatus and appendices, and the innovations of the new edition. Designed for beginning students as well as scholars, it includes exercises for use in self-study and classroom instruction.

Buy Now 2$19.90

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Prepositions and Theology in the GNT

This study explores how prepositions contribute to the theological meaning of Greek New Testament passages. It explains each preposition’s basic meaning, relationship to other prepositions, important New Testament uses, and even its use in verbal compounds. The many New Testament examples include helpful commentary on how to interpret the prepositions in those passages.

Buy Now 2$42.90


Hebrew Resources


Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible (3rd Edition) (Tov)

Since its initial publication, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible has established itself as the indispensable authoritative textbook and reference on the subject. In this thoroughly revised third edition, Emanuel Tov has incorporated the insights of the last ten years of scholarship, including new perspectives on the biblical texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Designed with the beginning student of textual criticism in mind, it includes expanded discussions of the contribution of textual criticism to biblical exegesis.

Buy Now 2$89.90


Greek Judean Corpus (Tagged)

Comprises all the Greek documents that have been discovered in the Judean Desert that are not related to the Qumran find or the Bible. In the main these are documentary texts: Loans, Deeds of Sale, various Accountings, Marriage Contracts, Writs of Divorce, Deposits, Petitions, Summons, Crop Purchases, Letters, and a few Literary Texts. They mostly date to the time of the first and second Jewish Revolt. These documents might be thought of as the personal files and papers of the Jews who were hiding from the Roman authorities.

Buy Now 2$49.90

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Dictionary of Qumran Aramaic (Cook)

Written by a noted specialist in Qumran Aramaic, this dictionary covers all the Aramaic texts from the 11 Qumran caves—an important "missing link" between Biblical Aramaic and the later Aramaic of the targums. An indispensable resource to anyone interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Dictionary of Qumran Aramaic offers a wealth of detail, including definitions, extensive citations of the sources, discussions of difficult passages, revised readings, and a bibliography.

Buy Now 2$49.90


Ugaritic (Tagged) (prototype)

**Note: This product is in the final stages of development and will be released within the next few weeks.

An ongoing project of the tagged transliterated Ugaritic corpus, it will eventually include the entire corpus with Notes, Apparatus, and English translation.

The initial release in December 2015 is a prototype module consisting only of the Ba’lu Myth. Further free updates will add more texts until the database is completed over a few years.

Buy Now 2$129.90


Ugaritic Bundle

Contains the newly released Tagged Ugaritic along with the Ugaritic Data Bank.

Buy Now 2$199


Ugaritic Bundle upgrade from Ugaritic Data Bank (adds tagged Ugaritic)

Buy Now 2$99.90


Ethiopic (Ge’ez) Untagged OT

**Note: This product is in the final stages of development and will be released within the next few days.

This version of the Ge’ez (Ethiopic) Bible currently includes Genesis-Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, and Psalms. It is based on Ran HaCohen’s digitization of Biblia Veteris Testament Aethiopica, edited by Augustus Dilllmann, et. al. We expect, with the cooperation of the Textual History of the Ethiopic Old Testament (THEOT) Project, to eventually be able to offer additional Old Testament books, as well as additional books in Ethiopia’s larger canon.

Buy Now 2$79.90


General Resources

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The SBL Handbook of Style (2nd Edition)

The SBL Handbook of Style is the essential style manual for writing and publishing in biblical studies and related fields. This long-awaited second edition includes key style changes, updated and expanded abbreviation and spelling-sample lists, a list of archaeological site names, material on qur’anic sources, detailed information on citing electronic sources, and expanded guidelines for the transliteration and transcription of seventeen ancient languages.

Buy Now 2$39.90


Kingdom of Priests (2nd Edition) (Merrill)

This comprehensive history of Old Testament Israel, written from a conservative evangelical point of view, has been a standard textbook in college/seminary classes for more than two decades. It is also the source used for the “Conservative” OT dates of the Accordance Timeline. Merrill reconstructs the history of ancient Israel not only from Old Testament texts but also from Ancient Near Eastern literary and archaeological sources. The second edition has been updated and revised to interact with recent discoveries and current scholarship.

Buy Now 2$39.90

Virtual Temple

Virtual Tour to the Temple

**Note: This product is in the final stages of development and will be released within the next few weeks.

The Virtual Tour to the Temple is a wonderful blend of two types of visual media. First is an interactive 360°  tour of the Jerusalem Temple based on 100 high-resolution panoramic photos. The second is 40 short video clips of Dr. Randall Price explaining the historic meaning of each site at the site itself. Accordance has added text and links to each video.

See promo video here.

** Note: This resource will eventually be available in additional languages: German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Each version will be sold separately, but the user can request additional versions at no extra charge.

Buy Now 2$59.90


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Nov 9, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Come See Us at ETS/SBL to Win a 64 GB iPad Air 2!

iPad Giveaway The annual November Bible conferences are fast approaching, and as always, Accordance will be there! These days, thanks to modern technology, attendees at academic conferences no longer have to leave their research tools behind; instead, their libraries travel with them wherever they go!

This year, we're giving away a 64 GB iPad Air 2 so that if you're the winner, you will be able to carry your entire Accordance Library wherever you go in the palm of your hand! The current iPad Air 2 is the most powerful and up-to-date tablet from Apple in this size range. And 64 GB of storage is more than enough space to carry a theological library with you at all times that would rival personal libraries of generations past!

And if you win the iPad, we'll even let you pick the color!

During either conference, simply register for the drawing at our booths (ETS #29 & SBL #903) from November 17-24 or at the Accordance Training Seminar (November 20).

Please, only one entry per registered attendee please.


Nov 9, 2015 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Life Application Bible Commentary

LABC Hebrews A Commentary for Everyone

New for the Accordance Library, the 17-volume Life Application Bible Commentary (LABC) is one of the best all-around series for pastors, teachers, and laypersons who are simply interested in understanding or communicating the message of the Bible better. Previous knowledge of the Bible is not required for using the LABC, so it is perfect for the person who simply wants to gain practical understanding of the Scriptures. And pastors and teachers will discover illustrations, quotations, and insightful means for communicating the truths of God’s Word in practical terms to a modern audience.

No knowledge of Hebrew or Greek is required for using the LABC for study, but important original language words are sometimes transliterated in English. The commentary primarily uses modern translations such as the NIV, NRSV, and NLT, but interacts with other translations as well, often explaining why some translations differ from others.

A Commentary for the Layperson

Have you ever read a passage from the Bible only to come away thinking, “I just don’t know what any of that has to do with me!” If you have ever expressed that thought, the Life Application Bible Commentary Series is for you. The LABC bridges the gap of the ancient world to the modern context. Imagine one biblical reference source that provides explanation, background, and application for every verse in the New Testament.

A Commentary for Pastors & Teachers

Teaching a class or preaching a sermon? The Life Application Bible Commentary provides teaching notes and sermon ideas that apply biblical principles to the issues of today. Incorporate charts, diagrams, maps, and quotations from famous figures of history into your presentation slides or handouts. Everything in this series is designed to help you understand the Bible and equip you to communicate it to others.

An Example Passage

Take for example the LABC’s treatment of the uncomfortable subject of God’s discipline in Hebrews 12:1-13. The first section connects this chapter to the previous content of Hebrews by offering a thorough summary of what has come before. Hebrews 12:1 is presented from the NKJV with an explanation of the cultural context that the original hearers would have better understood than a modern audience.

Picking up on the idea of “the race that is set before us,” the writer provides “Three aspects to this ‘race’ […] set before all believers” to make a connection to the modern reader. These aspects are presented in three memorable alliterated points of Preparation, Participation, and Perseverance. Each of these three points includes an explanation that interweaves ancient practice with modern experience.

A callout passage that immediately follows the above is titled “Shedding Weight.” This section contains practical action steps for the modern believer:

To run the race set before us, we must train. Long-distance runners work hard to build endurance and strength. On race day, their clothes are lightweight and their bodies lean.

Since shedding “sin weight” is important to your spiritual run, how can you do it:

  • Choose friends who are also committed to the race. Wrong friends will have values and activities that may deter you from the course. Much of your own weight may result from the crowd you run with. Make wise choices.
  • Drop certain activities. That is, for you at this time these may be a weight. Try dropping them for a while; then check the results. If TV consumes precious time, try doing without it. If shopping is your stress relaxer, try something else.
  • Get help for addictions that disable you. If you have a secret “weight” such as pornography, gambling, or alcohol, admit your need and get help today.

Finally, there’s a quotation from Matthew Henry. And all of this is just for one verse of Hebrews 12!

The Accordance Difference

Accordance users will be glad to know that our developers have carefully analyzed the entire content of the Life Application Bible Commentary and have identified the following categories: Reference, Titles, English Content, Scripture, Transliteration, Translation, Bibliography, Quotations, Quoted Authors, Captions, and Table Titles. Such careful tagging of the text allows you to find the exact content you’re looking for quickly and efficiently.

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Buy Now 2 Life Application Commentary (17 volumes)



Nov 7, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Printing Just What You Need: EASIER in Accordance 11.1

Now that Accordance 11.1 is here, there’s a much easier way to print or export just the content you need!


Nov 5, 2015 Richard Mansfield

FREE Accordance Training Seminar in Atlanta!


Training seminar

If you're planning to be in Atlanta later this month for the meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society or Society of Biblical Literature, consider joining us for a FREE all-day Accordance Training Seminar.

Our seminar will take place on Friday, November 20, from 9 AM to 5 PM. Whether you are a new user or experienced Accordance veteran, come learn how to take your Bible study and research to the next level.

Location for the meeting:

Candler School of Theology at Emory University
Rita Anne Rollins Building, Room #252
1531 Dickey Dr., Atlanta, GA 30322

For more information, including driving directions, please see our Seminars and Shows page.

Although the seminar is free, we do ask that you register at [email protected]. And if you register by Tuesday, November 17, you will qualify for $20 worth of Accordance credit!

Note also that if you live in the area or within driving distance, you do not have to attend ETS or SBL to join us for our seminar.


Nov 5, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Recommend Accordance to a Friend!

Accordance Keyboard - smaller You already know how valuable Accordance is to your study, work and devotion. Why not share Accordance with someone else who would benefit from it? As an ongoing incentive, we’re going to reward our current users every time you recommend Accordance to friends, colleagues, and church members.

For every new referral who purchases an Accordance Collection, you will receive a $5 credit in your account. All the new user has to do is enter your name in the Referral Details under “How Did You Hear about Us?” and we will give you a $5 credit that can be used to add additional content to your own Accordance Library.

By the way, this will even work as a "walk up" at conferences such as the upcoming Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature meetings in Atlanta. Grab someone you know who should be using Accordance and bring him or her to our booth. If your friend makes a purchase, you get a $5 credit!