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Apr 17, 2014 David Lang

Throwback Thursday: Weighing Anchor

In my previous Throwback Thursday post, I told you about my first experience of demonstrating Accordance at the 1995 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. We were offering attendees a sneak peek at Accordance 2.0, which was released the following April. I spent most of 1996 preparing modules for the initial release of Accordance 2.0, as well as for our first CD-ROM release later that same year. Little did I realize it at the time, but my next project would prove to be a major turning point in the development of Accordance tools.

Anchor-sm Early in 1997, I was given an e-text of Anchor Bible Dictionary and told to prepare a prototype module for Accordance. Compared to the previous tool modules we had released, Anchor presented a significant increase in complexity, with a wide variety of hypertext links, images, tables, transliteration, etc. Each time I would run across a new aspect of Anchor which our current tool implementation could not support, we would have to do programming to support it. Many of the cool features in Accordance tools today are the direct result of our early efforts to support Anchor.

The time I spent developing Anchor was risky, because at that point we did not have a signed contract with the publisher. At that time, Anchor was published by Doubleday, and while Doubleday was open to working with us, we were still a relative newcomer in the Bible software market. We therefore needed to "sell" Doubelday on our ability to represent Anchor Bible Dictionary well, and the best way to do that was to show them how it would function as an Accordance tool. The risk to us was that if they ultimately decided not to license Anchor to us, a lot of work would have been wasted.

Some time around the summer of 1997, we made a trip up to New York City to meet with Doubleday and show them our sample module. This was my first trip to New York, and I remember being surprised that Doubleday was housed in a huge building right off Times Square. After ascending to whichever ridiculously high story of the building our meeting was in, we were ushered into a waiting room, where I began to get nervous about the prospect of demonstrating Accordance to a couple of publishing executives.

As it turned out, the demo wasn't the hard part. They made a few suggestions for additional minor features, but they were generally very impressed with our implementation. Much more difficult were all the questions they had about the size of the Macintosh market, the size of our user base, how we would market the product, etc. Prior to the meeting, I had made a few fumbling attempts at market research, but I certainly didn't have a lot of hard statistics I could rattle off. I realized half-way through all this that I was basically being asked to sell the viability of the Macintosh platform.

On the other hand, the only reason Doubleday was even considering working with us was because Accordance was Mac-only. They had already licensed Anchor to one Windows developer, and they had no desire to work with any competing Bible software programs. Because we served a different computer platform, they were willing to consider licensing to us as well.

Though our meeting with Doubleday went well, it was some time before the contract for Anchor was finalized, so I had to shelve a partially developed module and move on to other projects. When we finally did get the go-ahead to produce an Accordance version of Anchor, I had to pick up where I had left off and then hurry to get it done. Anchor Bible Dictionary was finally released in the Fall of 1999—I believe in conjunction with Accordance 3.6 or 4.0.

Looking back, Anchor was well worth the risks we took, the time we invested, and even the long wait for the contract to be finalized. In the short term, the work we did in developing Anchor laid the groundwork for many of the improvements in Accordance 3.0, and we were now able to support other resources with complex hyperlinks, tables, and images. When Anchor was finally released, Doubleday was very happy with the finished product, and we enjoyed an excellent working relationship with them over the years. That relationship ended up giving us added credibility with other publishers, so that they were much easier to sell on the advantages of working with Accordance. Likewise, having Anchor Bible Dictionary gave us credibility with users. For years we had customers drawn to Accordance because we offered Anchor where most other programs did not. In addition to all those benefits, the information in Anchor was of invaluable help to us when we developed other products such as our own Atlas, Timeline, and Bible Lands PhotoGuide.

All in all, landing Anchor Bible Dictionary turned out to be a significant factor in the growth and development of Accordance. Today, Yale University has since acquired the Anchor brand, and we are very excited to be able to offer the Anchor Bible commentary series in addition to the dictionary.

What about you? What has having Anchor Bible Dictionary in Accordance meant for you in your own study and research? Let us know in the comments on this post.


 

Apr 15, 2014 Matt Kenyon

Easter 2014 Sale

Save on individual commentary volumes on the New Testament. Choose any three or more volumes (limit of one volume per series) and get 25% off of your order with coupon code: 3NTComm.


Almost 2,000 years ago, two men went sprinting outside the gates of Jerusalem on the basis of an astounding claim.

"He is risen, just as He said."

What they found there was unexpected and extraordinary: emptiness. The subsequent events would eventually prove to shape history and provide the foundation for the books of the New Testament. These documents, ultimately rooted in the implications of an empty tomb, would circulate and transform the known world in a matter of years.

Today, tools like Accordance allow us to study and unearth the treasures hidden in these ancient texts with fresh eyes and hearts.

To celebrate Easter, we're giving you a chance to enhance your understanding of the New Testament with discounted Accordance modules. Save on individual commentary volumes on the New Testament. Choose any three or more volumes (limit of one volume per series) and get 25% off of your order with coupon code: 3NTComm. We’re excited to offer the individual volumes of the five New Testament commentary series listed below.

This is great time to explore a particular book or author without the need to invest in a full series.

Happy holidays!

This sale ends on Monday, April 21st at 11:59 pm EDT and cannot be combined with other discounts. This coupon code can be used more than once.

This offer applies to new orders only.


New American Commentary (3 bundles)

NAC-Gospels-Acts: 6 volumes

  • Matthew - Craig Blomberg
  • Mark - James Brooks
  • Luke - Robert Stein
  • John 1-11 - Gerald Borchert
  • John 12-21 - Gerald Borchert
  • Acts - John B. Polhill

NAC-Pauline Epistles: 6 volumes

  • Romans - Robert Mounce
  • 2nd Corinthians - David Garland
  • Galatians - Timothy George
  • Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon - Richard Melick
  • 1st & 2nd Thessalonians - D. Michael Martin
  • 1st & 2nd Timothy and Titus - Thomas Lee & Hayne Griffin

NAC-General Epistles: 3 volumes

  • James - Kurt Richardson
  • I & II Peter, Jude - Thomas R. Schreiner
  • 1, 2, 3 John - Daniel L. Akin

 

Pillar New Testament Commentary

Pillar New Testament Commentary (14 individual volumes)

  • The Gospel According to Matthew - Leon Morris (1992)
  • The Gospel According to Mark - James R. Edwards (2002)
  • The Gospel According to John - D. A. Carson (1991)
  • The Acts of the Apostles - David Peterson (2009)
  • The Epistle to the Romans - Leon Morris (1988)
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians - Roy E. Ciampa, Brian S. Rosner (2010)
  • The Letter to the Ephesians - Peter T. O’Brien (1999)
  • The Letter to the Philippians - G. Walter Hansen (2009)
  • The Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon - Douglas J. Moo (2008)
  • The Letters to the Thessalonians - Gene L. Green (2002)
  • The Letter to the Hebrews - Peter T. O’Brien (2009)
  • The Letter of James - Douglas J. Moo (2000)
  • The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude - Peter H. Davids (2006)
  • The Letters of John - Colin G. Kruse (2000)

 

New International Greek Testament Commentaries

New International Greek Testament Commentaries (13 individual volumes)

  • Matthew - John Nolland (2005)
  • Mark - R. T. France (2002)
  • Luke - I. Howard Marshall (1978)
  • 1 Corinthians - Anthony C. Thiselton (2000)
  • 2 Corinthians - Murray J. Harris (2005)
  • Galatians - F. F. Bruce (1982)
  • Philippians - Peter T. O’Brien (1991)
  • Colossians & Philemon - James D. G. Dunn (1996)
  • Thessalonians - Charles A. Wanamaker (1990)
  • Pastoral Epistles - George W. Knight III (1992)
  • Hebrews - Paul Ellingworth (1993)
  • James - Peter H. Davids (1982)
  • Revelation - G. K. Beale (1999)

 

New International Commentary on the New Testament

New International Commentary on the New Testament (21 individual volumes)

  • Matthew - R. T. France (2007)
  • Mark - William L. Lane (1974)
  • Luke - Joel B. Green (1997)
  • John (Revised Edition) - Leon Morris (1995)
  • John (2) - J. Ramsey Michaels (2010)
  • Acts (Revised Edition) - F. F. Bruce (1988)
  • Romans - Douglas J. Moo (1996)
  • First Corinthians - Gordon D. Fee (1987)
  • Second Corinthians - Paul Barnett (1997)
  • Galatians - Ronald Y. K. Fung (1988)
  • Philippians - Gordon D. Fee (1995)
  • Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians - F. F. Bruce (1984)
  • First & Second Thessalonians - Gordon D. Fee (2009)
  • Timothy & Titus - Philip H. Towner (2006)
  • Hebrews (Revised Edition) - F. F. Bruce (1990)
  • Hebrews (2) - Gareth Lee Cockerill (2012)
  • James - James B. Adamson (1976)
  • James (2) - Scot McKnight (2011)
  • First Peter - Peter H. Davids (1990)
  • Epistles of John - I. Howard Marshall (1978)
  • Revelation (Revised Edition) - Robert H. Mounce (1997)

 

Word Biblical Commentary New Testament

Word Biblical Commentary New Testament (26 individual volumes)

  • Matthew 1-13 Donald A. Hagner
  • Matthew 14-28 Donald A. Hagner
  • Mark 1-8:26 Robert A. Guelich
  • Mark 8:27–16:20 Craig A. Evans
  • Luke 1-9:20 John Nolland
  • Luke 9:21-18:43 John Nolland
  • Luke 19-24 John Nolland
  • John (2nd Ed.) George R. Beasley-Murray
  • Romans 1-8 James D. G. Dunn
  • Romans 9-16 James D. G. Dunn
  • 2 Corinthians Ralph P. Martin
  • Galatians Richard N. Longenecker
  • Ephesians Andrew T. Lincoln
  • Philippians (Rev. Ed.) Ralph P. Martin
  • Colossians-Philemon Peter T. O’Brien
  • 1 & 2 Thessalonians F. F. Bruce
  • Pastoral Epistles William Mounce
  • Hebrews 1-8 William L. Lane
  • Hebrews 9-13 William L. Lane
  • James Ralph P. Martin
  • 1 Peter J. Ramsey Michaels
  • 2 Peter and Jude Richard J. Bauckham
  • 1,2,3 John Stephen S. Smalley
  • Revelation 1-5 David E. Aune
  • Revelation 6-16 David E. Aune
  • Revelation 17-22 David E. Aune

 


 

Apr 15, 2014 David Lang

Crucifixion: Forget What You Think You Know

PhotoMuseum_120 Of all the articles I planned to write for the Bible Times PhotoMuseum, I figured the article on Crucifixion would be relatively easy. After all, I already had a pretty good idea of who invented the practice (the Romans), how crucifixion was practiced (nails through hands and feet, fully assembled crosses raised to position, etc.), and how it caused death (by asphyxiation as the crucified became too tired to lift himself up to breathe). When I started doing my research, however, I was shocked to discover how little we actually know about crucifixion.

First, I was surprised at the scarcity of evidence for crucifixion. Though crucifixion was widely practiced in the Roman world, ancient writers appear to have seen it as distasteful to discuss in detail. Even the authors of the Christian Gospels, who regarded the crucifixion of Jesus as a pivotal event, offer almost no details about the crucifixion itself. They simply read, "they crucified him" (Matt 27:38; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:33; John 19:18). Even a detail as important as that Jesus was nailed to the cross is omitted, except for the fact that the scars from the nails are mentioned later (John 20:25).

Not only are there few literary descriptions of the practice of crucifixion, there is a shocking lack of archaeological evidence for it. To date, only one set of remains has been discovered which clearly belonged to someone who was crucified. Discovered in a tomb outside Jerusalem in 1968, the remains of a first-century man featured a heel bone with an iron nail driven through it. Such nails were usually pulled out and re-used, but this nail could not be removed because it had become bent.

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Even though we now have one crucified skeleton, the question of exactly how that man was nailed to a cross is debated among scholars. Some say he was nailed through the wrists and his legs were twisted so that a single nail was driven through both heels. Others say his arms were tied to the cross and each heel was nailed to opposite sides of the upright beam. The PhotoMuseum article lets you see both reconstructions.

Also debated among scholars is what exactly caused the death of someone who was crucified. Most people have heard that victims of crucifixion died of asphyxiation, but this theory was only proposed in the 1950s and is based on limited evidence. More recently, a forensic pathologist has concluded that crucified people likely died of a very different cause.

So forget what you think you know about crucifixion. Much of what you've heard is less certain than you've been led to believe. If you want to learn what we do know for sure, check out the article on Crucifixion in the PhotoMuseum. There you'll learn that for all the questions surrounding the practice of crucifixion, the ancients who witnessed it were certain of one thing: it was "the most lamentable of deaths" (Josephus).


 

Apr 10, 2014 Matt Kenyon

5 Things About Passover You Probably Didn't Know

For Orthodox Jews, the Passover is a weighty, yet joyous celebration bringing to memory the miraculous deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt. Over the course of many centuries, the Passover feast has been contextualized to modern man, and while maintaining aspects of its traditional roots, has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon. Here are five interesting things you probably didn't know about how the world does Passover in 2014.

Soda with Seder?

Coca-Cola knows how to celebrate Passover (while also turning quite a profit).

In the old days, Coke was made with real cane sugar. Only after the 1970's did it follow the path of countless other processed foods and adapt high-fructose corn syrup as its main sweetener. During Passover, Ashkenazic Jews are forbidden to eat a category of grains known as kitniot, which includes corn. The sugar-sweetened version is distributed in areas of heavily Jewish populations, but is being snatched up not only by Jewish people, but by many foodies who simply claim, "It tastes better!"

Honest Abe

We all know the iconic story of John Wilkes Booth's dramatic assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but did you know that it happened during Passover? As a result of hearing the news, many Jewish rabbis replaced melodic Passover songs with Yom Kippur hymns and wept openly at their pulpits.

We're Gonna Need a Bigger Oven

The world’s largest matzo ball was unveiled in 2010 at the Jewish Food Festival in Tucson, Arizona, weighing in at 488 pounds. Ingredients included more than 1,000 eggs, 25 pounds of chicken fat and 125 pounds of matzo meal. If you're gonna go kosher, you may as well go big.

Remembering Egypt

Particularly pious Persian Jewish communities have a tradition of whipping each other with scallions during their Passover celebration. The tradition takes place during the singing of “Dayenu”, symbolizing the Egyptian slave masters who likewise whipped their Israelite ancestors during their captivity under Pharaoh.

Making Waves

In the Polish town of Gora Kalwaria, Hasidic Jews mark Passover by re-enacting the crossing of the Red Sea. To make it as realistic as they can, they pour water on the floor, lift up their coats and recite the names of the towns they would cross. They also make sure to raise a glass at each mention of a town and offer thanks to God for being able to reach their destination. (Source - TIME Magazine)

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Apr 10, 2014 Matt Kenyon

Eight-Day Passover Sale

With the commencement of Passover on Monday, we’re excited to offer a sale on the following modules. There’s never been a better time to enhance your knowledge of Judaism’s rich cultural heritage and the expressive Hebrew language in which these ancient texts were written. Celebrate Passover with us and expand your Accordance library today.

Please note that these sale prices expire April 17, 2014 at 11:59pm EDT and cannot be combined with other discounts.

JSB

The JSB covers the entire Hebrew Bible and presents the center of gravity of the Scriptures where Jews experience it--in Torah. It offers readers the fruits of various schools of Jewish traditions of biblical exegesis (rabbinic, medieval, mystical, etc.) and provides them with a wealth of ancillary materials that aid in bringing the ancient text to life. The nearly forty contributors to the work represent the cream of Jewish biblical scholarship from the world over.

Regular Price: $34.99 Sale Price: $26.99

JPSS1

Tanakh-Jewish Publication Society with Strong's Numbers

This contemporary translation of the Hebrew Bible prepared by Jewish scholars now comes with added Strong's numbers to identify and search for the Hebrew words. This allows dynamic interlinear as well as cross-highlighting with the tagged Hebrew text.

Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $29.99

JPS Torah Commentary

JPS Torah Commentary (5 Volumes)

Written by four outstanding Torah scholars, the JPS Torah Commentary represents a fusion of the best of the old and new. Utilizing the latest research to enhance our understanding of the biblical text, it takes its place as one of the most authoritative yet accessible Bible commentaries of our day. The print price for this product is $440.

Regular Price: $199.99 Sale Price: $159.99


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The Torah: A Modern Commentary

This volume features updated commentary and translations, including a gender-sensitive version of the JPS translation (Exodus through Deuteronomy), with largely gender-neutral God language and a completely fresh translation of Genesis by the late Rabbi Chaim Stern. In addition, the volume is reorganized by parashah and includes a helpful index and aliyot markers, improving upon the 1981 original.

Regular Price: $59.99 Sale Price: $44.99


The Jewish Annotated New Testament

An international team of scholars introduces and annotates the Gospels, Acts, Letters, and Revelation from Jewish perspectives, in the New Revised Standard Version translation. They show how Jewish practices and writings, particularly the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, influenced the New Testament writers. From this perspective, readers gain new insight into the New Testament’s meaning and significance.

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Schocken Bible: The Five Books of Moses

This translation is guided by the principle that the Hebrew Bible, like much of the literature of antiquity, was meant to be read aloud, and that consequently it must be translated with careful attention to rhythm and sound. The translation therefore tries to echo the Hebrew, and to lead the reader back to the sound structure, wordplay and form of the original.

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Jewish Add-On for Biblical Studies with JPS Materials (Bundle)

This robust collection includes 13 modules for Jewish study, making it the ultimate package for digging into the Hebrew text of the Torah or Old Testament.

Regular Price: $299.99 Sale Price: $219.99

Modules in this bundle include:

And many more!


 

Apr 7, 2014 David Lang

Answering a Question with a Question

Yesterday in my Sunday School class, I was teaching through Romans 8:31-39. In that passage, Paul reflects on whether anything can separate those who "love God and are called according to his purpose" (v. 28) from the "love of God that is in Christ Jesus" (v. 39). He does this by asking a series of questions such as "Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect?" (v. 33), "Who is the one who condemns?" (v. 34), and "Who can separate us from the love of Christ?" (v. 35). He answers each of these questions by eliminating every potential accuser, but it has always bothered me that in most English translations of this passage, Paul's answers don't quite seem to fit the questions.

In this video, I use highlight symbols to illustrate the pattern of questions and answers in this passage, and then I look at the underlying Greek to understand what is going on. I then argue that two answers in the text would be better rendered as questions. I hope you find it helpful.

Answering Questions with Questions from Accordance Bible Software on Vimeo.

 


 

Apr 3, 2014 David Lang

Throwback Thursday: Demoer and Demoee

In my last Throwback Thursday post, I talked about the development of the very first Tool modules for Accordance 2.0. Although version 2.0 was not yet ready for release in November of 1995, we were planning to offer a preview of all the new features to attendees at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in Philadelphia. I did not accompany my employers to ETS, since it was a smaller conference and they could manage the booth without me. I flew in to join them for the start of the larger SBL meeting. I had used that extra time at home to whip out a couple more prototype modules, so I arrived at SBL with some Accordance tools to demonstrate which my employers hadn't even seen yet.

Today when we attend a conference, we bring laptops and relatively portable flat-screen monitors. Back in 1995, laptops were not nearly as ubiquitous as they are today. They were expensive, and they had significant drawbacks such as tiny screens or limited speed compared to desktop computers. Fortunately, airline passengers could check more baggage back then. I had to lug my desktop Mac in one box and my 14-inch CRT monitor in another, along with my suitcase, to the airport and hope it all made it to Philadelphia without getting broken, lost, or stolen. Then I had to schlep all that stuff to the hotel and exhibit hall to get it set up. Once it was all set up, I had to be without my computer for the duration of the show.

At that time, we exhibited Accordance under the auspices of the GRAMCORD Institute, which served as the exclusive distributor of Accordance. Basically, we formed the Macintosh side of the GRAMCORD booth.

I actually found an old photo on the GRAMCORD website of Dr. Rex Koivisto, our associate Greek scholar (right), demonstrating Accordance 2.0 to Frederick Danker (the D in BDAG, center) at that very conference. If you look closely at the background, you can see me seated with my back to the camera, demonstrating Accordance to someone else. This was my very first time demoing Accordance to the public, and it was fun to be able to show scholars and students some of the cool stuff we had been working on.

Today when I demonstrate Accordance at ETS and SBL, I can only show a tiny portion of what Accordance can do. It is therefore rare that we offer a sneak peek at any not-yet-released features. Back then, however, we were the new kid on the block, doing our best to show people Accordance's potential as a Bible study platform. In those early days, we would demonstrate what the current version of Accordance could do, then offer a look at what was coming in the next version.

In the evenings, I got to be part of meetings where we would discuss new feature ideas or new resources we hoped to license, such as the massive Anchor Bible Dictionary. It was all pretty heady stuff for a young kid still in seminary.

One of the most memorable moments of this conference was when I got to tag along to a meeting with a gentleman who had high-resolution atlas data of Israel. As with laptops, such data was far less ubiquitous back then, and this gentleman was looking to establish partnerships to develop computer applications that could utilize his data. This gentleman did not have a booth in the exhibit hall. Instead, he had booked a hotel suite where he was meeting with potential partners. I remember entering his suite and seeing a Silicon Graphics workstation on the desk. Beside it was a large set of goggles. It was in this meeting that I went from the demoer to the demoee. The gentleman handed me the goggles and joked that I should be careful not to drop them, since they cost a substantial amount of money. If I remember correctly, it was somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000. Needless to say, I was very careful not to break them!

Looking through the goggles I saw a three-dimensional image of some portion of Israel. These days I might actually recognize it, but back then it was just an unfamiliar series of hills and valleys. If I remember correctly, it was just a wireframe image, but it was at a resolution that required some serious computing power to generate. Next I was shown a simulated 3D flyover. This was done without the goggles, and I seem to recall that it used actual satellite imagery rather than a mere wireframe. This felt snappier than the wireframe image as well, but that was because it was essentially a pre-rendered animation rather than a 3D image being rendered on the fly. The downside of this was that you couldn't really navigate the flyover to go wherever you wanted; you merely went where the animator had decided to take you.

This was all very cutting-edge stuff, and I must have seemed like a kid in a candy store. Our discussions centered around how we might use this data to provide Mac users with a 3D Bible Atlas. After all, there were far more people with Macs than with graphics workstations. Apple had recently begun incorporating 3D technologies into the Mac operating system, so the possibilities were tantalizing, but we also knew it would be challenging to deliver acceptable 3D performance on a personal computer.

That meeting helped get us thinking about adding an Atlas component to Accordance, but that wouldn't actually happen until Accordance 3.5 was released in July of 1998. I'll tell you the rest of the story behind the Accordance Bible Atlas in a future Throwback Thursday post.

I returned home from that first SBL Conference exhausted but excited about the future of Accordance. At that point I was still only working for Accordance part-time, but I was now officially hooked. I was getting to be a part of the creation of something truly cutting edge, and I had seen how Accordance was changing the lives of its users. Since 1995, I have exhibited Accordance at SBL every year except 1996 (when my second son was born). To this day, I return home from SBL each year both exhausted and excited about the future.

How about you? Were any of you at the 1995 SBL or ETS meetings in Philadelphia? If so, did you stop by for a demo of Accordance?


 

Apr 2, 2014 Matt Kenyon

Hashing out the Hashtags (And Applying Some Apps)

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What does the term "social media" mean to you?

Perhaps you think it’s a tremendous waste of time, or maybe you don’t quite understand it and you’re afraid it’s too late to learn. Maybe you think it’s a fun way to pass the time, but nothing that should be taken too seriously. Perhaps for some of you, the fact that you’ve actually navigated away from Facebook to read this post is a miracle in and of itself.

Whatever social media is, it’s clearly the future. You don’t need to be a marketing guru to know this. Facebook is 1 billion strong, the best way to start a revolution is to "hashtag" it, and kindergarteners are learning on iPads.

As Bob Dylan mused in the 60’s: “The times, they are a-changin’.”

Here at Accordance, we don’t shy away from change; we embrace it. Our passionate team constantly seeks to adapt to new technologies and create an even more powerful tool for Bible study and research.

In this "brave new world" of social media, we can now go beyond merely interacting with you when you make a purchase or need support; we can actually get to know you as real people.

Perhaps this is why social media is so attractive for businesses, bands, brands and everyone in between. It’s a democracy. The environment of social media is one where the user is highly empowered. Pushy shenanigans and sheisty sales tactics need not apply. We believe this is a very good thing.

Now more than ever, we want to get to know you. We want to converse with you, dialogue with you and hear your ideas. We want to know what works with our software and what doesn’t. After all, our mission is to serve you with an excellent product.

So come on in. Put up your feet, and stay a while. The conversation is only a click away.

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Apr 1, 2014 Timothy Jenney

A Study in Genesis One

One of the basic principles of effective Bible study is to allow the text of the Bible to speak for itself. That can be really difficult when we approach a passage with our own issues foremost in our minds. The more pressing the issues, the more difficult it is to set aside our own agenda.

One way to become more objective is to use the comparative method, comparing and contrasting a biblical text with one from another culture. Ideally, the other text deals with the same topic and is roughly from the same time period, but written from the point-of-view of another religion.

In Podcast #99, Genesis One, Dr. J compares and contrasts the creation story in Genesis one with Enūma Elish, an ancient Akkadian [Babylonian and Assyrian] creation epic. These two creation stories reveal some startlingly different ideas about creation, the nature of god(s), and the role of humans in this world.

Enūma Elish was discovered by Austen Henry Layard in 1849. It consists of seven clay tablets found in the library of Ashurbanipal at Nineveh. While this copy was dated to the 7th century B.C., the language of the text (Old Babylonian) is consistent with that of the 18th—16th centuries B.C. Archaeologists have discovered several other copies of this text, mostly fragmentary, throughout Mesopotamia. A translation of the text, along with many other ancient documents, is available in Accordance in The Context of Scripture, edited by William Hallo and K. Lawson Younger (Brill: 2003).

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Mar 28, 2014 David Lang

Accounting for Spelling Differences

In a recent thread on the Accordance User Forums, someone looking for purchasing advice asked some questions about an Accordance tool called the Dictionary of Early Christian Biography. This dictionary provides in depth biographical information about a variety of figures in the history of the early church, and it just happens to be a great example of a little-known feature of some Accordance tools. This short video demonstration will show you what I mean.