Accordance Blog
Sep 30, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Accordance 11 Collections Are Here!

Introducing Accordance 11 Collections

Today we are very pleased to announce Accordance 11 Collections. As many Accordance users know, Collections are the best way to build one’s Accordance Library. If you are new to Accordance, you will want to select the Collection that is best suited to your work. If you are a longtime Accordance user, consider upgrading to the next Collection level using Accordance’s new Custom Upgrades.

All of our Collections have been updated. While all the Collections will have titles we have carried in the past, there are also new additions that we will highlight below.

Click on the Buy Now button with each Collection to see a complete listing of all titles provided with a particular Collection. Go to the Collections Comparison Chart to see the Accordance 11 Collections compared side by side.

Note: Accordance 11 has not yet been released but it IS included in these new Collections so you will get it without delay if you buy one now.

If you own Accordance 9 or 10 your Upgrade Calculator in Easy Install/Check for Updates will list the modules you would add with the different updates.


11Starter STARTER COLLECTION

This is the most affordable way to get Accordance 11. You get the Bibles and tools you need for basic study including the ESV Bible tagged with Strong’s numbers, Eerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible, and the IVP New Bible Commentary.

New to the Accordance 11 Starter Collection:

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Already own Accordance 10?
For users who already own Accordance 10 and wish to upgrade to Accordance 11, this is the way to do it. Purchasing the Starter Collection will upgrade your Accordance 10 to Accordance 11 immediately upon its release and you will also get all the modules currently in the Starter 11 Collection - some of which will be new for you.

There are several special offers listed below:

  • If you purchased Accordance 10 in September 2014, use the Buy Now button below and input coupon code Start11upSep at checkout to get the Starter 11 Collection for free. (Offer good through December 31, 2014.)
  • If you purchased Accordance 10 in August 2014, use the Buy Now button below and input coupon code Start 11upAug for a 50% discount on the Starter 11 Collection. (Offer good through December 31, 2014.)
  • If you purchased Accordance 10 prior to August 2014, use the Buy Now button below to receive $10 off the regular Starter 11 Collection price – only $49.90.

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11BibleStudy BIBLE STUDY COLLECTION

The Bible Study Collection offers almost two dozen Bible translations and a strong selection of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and theological works.

New to the Accordance 11 Bible Study Collection:

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11OriginalLanguages Original Languages Collection

This collection has everything needed for scholars, students, and those who want to study the Bible in Greek and Hebrew without needing access to many English study tools.

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11Essential Essential Collection

The Essential Collection offers an extensive library of English, Greek, and Hebrew Bible study tools. This collection combines the Bible Study Collection and the Original Languages Collection, and also adds our interactive Atlas, Timeline, and Bible Lands PhotoGuide.

New Version 11 texts and resources included with the Starter, Bible Study and Original Languages Collections are included with your paid upgrade to the Essential Collection.

 

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11Advanced Advanced Collection

The Advanced Collection offers an impressive library of research-grade Bible study tools. It builds upon the foundation of the Essential Collection and includes many tagged Bibles, top-flight commentaries, informative Bible dictionaries, cutting-edge original language tools, ancient texts, and interactive graphics.

New to the Accordance 11 Advanced Collection:

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11Ultimate Ultimate Collection

This massive theological library builds upon our Advanced Collection and includes an even greater wealth of Bibles, ancient texts, cutting-edge original language tools, in-depth commentaries, specialized Bible dictionaries, detailed histories, and a myriad of theological writings, engaging graphics, and much more.

The Ultimate Collection includes all Version 11 resources added to each of the other collections plus the latest version of the CNTTS (Center for New Testament Textual Studies) textual apparatus.

 

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Whoa. Hold up here! At this point you may be asking, “Wait, if the Accordance 11 Collections are available, where is Accordance 11?” Well, I can assure you it’s coming. We’re just making your upgrade easy by offering the Accordance 11 Collections first, and as soon as Accordance 11 is available in the coming days, you will be able to automatically upgrade to it. If you purchase an Accordance 11 Collection, the upgrade to Accordance 11 is included.

 


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Sep 25, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Accordance Journals: Over 800 Years of Scholarship in the Palm of Your Hand


JETS on iPhone
Whenever I grade student papers, I often look first to see what kinds of sources have been used. Sources tell me a lot about both the paper and the student. If I see all internet sources, I assume the paper was thrown together in a hurry or that the student does not have good research skills. Sources from print or electronic books are better, but if I see journal articles on the reference page, I know that the student has engaged in real research.

Why Journals Are a Must. No Accordance user’s electronic library is complete without academic journals. What are the benefits of academic journals?

  • Journals offer cutting-edge research often years before it appears in commentaries or other references books. This is where new ideas get vetted, as David Lang stated in a blog post earlier this year.
  • Journals are peer-reviewed, which means articles have already been evaluated by other professionals in the same field as the writer. This peer review process is what gives authority to the source. Not only is it written by an authority in the field, it has also been reviewed by other authorities.
  • Another invaluable feature of journals relates to their inclusion of book reviews. The Teacher said, “Of making many books there is no end” (Eccl 12:12, HCSB), and this is still true. With so many books, how do you know which ones are worth your time? A quick scan through book reviews of a particular title will quickly tell you whether or not your time would be well spent reading it

Why Journal Articles in Accordance are Superior to Paper Editions. Years ago, I met a professor who prided himself over his personal journal collection. He had a room at his home with shelves and shelves of various journal subscriptions that he had collected over his professional career. They were certainly impressive until I realized that they weren’t very accessible without volumes that indexed them.

We can cut this professor a bit of slack because this was actually in a day before Accordance was available, but that didn't make his physical journals any less difficult to use!

In Dr. J’s podcast from a few years back, he summed the problem up quite well:

For all their value, paperback journals are a nightmare! They’re physically fragile, must be searched by hand individually, and occupy a huge amount of office space. Not only that, but they never seem to be at hand when one needs to do on-the-spot research.

Journal Search These issues alone make journals in Accordance superior to print editions, but consider this as well: with Accordance, you can search through all your journals at once. Imagine searching through the equivalent of over 800 years of scholarship in seconds! You can search through all of your combined journals in English, Hebrew, or Greek--all at once! You can search through image captions, and you can perform both simple and complex Boolean searches, too!

These sophisticated multilingual searches, by the way, also demonstrate why having journals in Accordance is superior to merely having online access to them. Online databases only allow for searching plain text and occasionally a few simple commands. Accordance allows for much greater flexibility; and on a journal-by-journal basis, there are even greater options for searches based on the way a particular title has been tagged.

And there’s another advantage to having journals in Accordance. Now with mobile technology, you can carry the equivalent of an entire library of journals literally in the palm of your hand. Imagine being able to quickly access this “800 years of scholarship” from your iPad or your iPhone! Never before have we had such ease and portability in our research!


TJL16 Right now (through October 1, 2014), we have on sale all volumes of Galaxie’s updated and expanded Theological Journal Library 16th Edition—over 800 years of combined scholarship. Upgrades and crossgrades are also available for users who already own portions of this series.

See this article for a complete listing of the Journals to be included and updated in this release.

Please Note: Some of the journals are in final proofing and may take a few days to appear in Easy Install on Accordance.

 


Updated and Expanded TJL 16th Edition
(33-Journal Collection)

This 33-journal edition adds seven new journal titles including the Tyndale Bulletin (1956-2010) and the Bulletin for Biblical Research (1991-2009). There are also major updates to TJL favorites such as Bibliotheca Sacra dating back to 1844 and current through 2012.

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Upgrades for Users Who Already Own TJL for Accordance

For users who already own an earlier version of TJL for Accordance, upgrades to the 16th edition are available.

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Crossgrades Available

Crossgrades apply only to Accordance users who own The Theological Journal Library in another Bible software program. Crossgrades are based on the number of TJL volumes you currently own. For users who own 7 or more annual volumes of TJL, the crossgrade price is $100; for users who own 6 or fewer, the crossgrade price is $150. Check this page for crossgrade requirements.


 

Other Journals on Sale

Semeia

Semeia: An Experimental Journal for Biblical Criticism
--Volumes 1-91 (1974-2002)

Semeia is an experimental journal devoted to the exploration of new and emergent areas and methods of biblical criticism. Each issue was devoted to a particular theme, and articles explored the methods, models, and findings of linguistics, folklore studies, contemporary literary criticism, structuralism, social anthropology, and other such disciplines.

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JBL Journal of Biblical Literature

Journal of Biblical Literature
--Volumes 100-125 (1981-2006)

The JBL is the flagship journal of the Society of Biblical Literature, the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. The Accordance edition of JBL includes 104 issues spanning the years 1981–2006. That’s the equivalent of almost 20,000 pages of critical Biblical scholarship—all instantly searchable and easily accessible.

Regular $199 Sale Price: $149 (Save $50)

Sale prices on the above items are good through Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

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Sep 22, 2014 Richard Mansfield

James Davis on Accordance

 

James Davis, Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, discusses his use of Accordance in the classroom as well as for personal study.

If you have trouble seeing the video, click here to view it online.

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Sep 15, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Martin Abegg on Accordance

Hear Dr. Martin Abegg, Co-Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University, discuss his history with Accordance from its earliest days and his use of the software in his work on the Qumran texts, Hebrew Bible and Septuagint.


 

Sep 2, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Hermeneia Series Update

Hermeneia-BDAG According to the publisher’s website, “The name Hermeneia, Greek, has a rich background in the history of biblical interpretation as a term used in the ancient Greek-speaking world for the detailed, systematic exposition of a scriptural work.” This meaning is confirmed by a quick consultation of BDAG, where ἑρμηνεία (hermeneia) is defined as (1) capacity of doing translation, translation; and (2) product of interpretive procedure, interpretation, exposition.

WHAT KIND OF COMMENTARY SERIES IS HERMENEIA?
Again, from the publisher:

“The series is designed to be a critical and historical commentary to the Bible without arbitrary limits in size or scope. It will utilize the full range of philological and historical tools, including textual criticism (often slighted in modern commentaries), the methods of the history of tradition (including genre and prosodic analysis), and the history of religion.”

The above description is quite telling. When the claim is made that Hermeneia is designed to be “without arbitrary limits in size or scope,” that’s no exaggeration. There are countless commentaries on the Bible, but how many commentary series attempt to engage the wider body of literature related to the Bible as well? The editors and writers of Hermeneia do not confine themselves to any particular canon as the 49 volumes (so far) provide exegesis over traditional biblical literature—including the Deuterocanonicals—as well as Pseudepigrapha and the writings of the early church.

Hermeneia is described as being “designed for the serious student of the Bible,” and that’s not an understatement. Hermeneia is simply one of the most detailed modern commentary series available today, but that does not mean that it is too technical for most readers. Moreover, it is extremely thorough in its treatment of texts and issues regarding texts without becoming bogged down in in minutia.

The Hermeneia series is a critical and historical Bible commentary utilizing a full range of the most current textual, philological and historical tools. It excels in providing scholars and serious students with synchronic and diachronic textual analysis complemented by a depth of commentary and historical interpretation that sets the mark for today’s most advanced exegetical and historical-critical commentaries.

HERMENEIA ON ACCORDANCE
Accordance users who have purchased the Hermeneia series will immediately notice that the set is divided into eight distinct modules. Some of the divisions make logical sense, such as having separate modules for Old and New Testaments, for the Apostolic Fathers, and for the Pseudepigrapha. Inevitably, though, one will wonder why there are two separate New Testament volumes and two separate Old Testament volumes. A bit of explanation is necessary.

When the editors have stated that their commentary series should not have “arbitrary limits,” this applies to the volumes included. Most commentary series will have one volume devoted to a book of the Bible by one writer. Since commentary series often take decades to produce, often one volume will be entirely replaced by a newer volume that takes advantage of new archaeological discoveries or literary and textual insights. This is true with Hermeneia as well, but just because a newer volume has been produced does not mean that the original one is no longer worth reading. Moreover, the editors decided that certain sections of texts, such as The Sermon on the Mount and Q (the content in the Gospels common to Matthew and Luke) should receive focused treatment in addition to the coverage provided in the standard commentary volumes.

One of the most useful benefits of having texts and commentaries in Accordance can be found in the ability to have them side-by-side. This feature is applied to Hermeneia by allowing the Accordance user to place, for instance, Ulrich Luz’s volume on Matthew’s Gospel side by side with Hans Dieter Betz’s even more detailed volume on the Sermon on the Mount. Or perhaps the Accordance user will want to compare Richard Pervo’s treatment of Acts with the older, but still highly insightful and beneficial volume on Acts by Hans Conzelmann.

Hermeneia-NT
Above: the NRSV tagged with Strong's numbers, Luz's commentary on Matthew, Betz's commentary on the Sermon on the Mount, and the Greek New Testament. Click on the image for a larger view.

NEW HERMENEIA VOLUME ON LUKE 9:51-19:27
With the addition of François Bovon’s middle volume on Luke’s Gospel, the Hermeneia series for Accordance now stands at 49 volumes. This newly published second volume of François Bovon’s three-volume commentary on the Gospel of Luke, covers the narration of Jesus’ travel on the road to Jerusalem—the occasion in Luke of most of Jesus’ teachings to the disciples regarding faithfulness, perseverance, and the practice of justice and mercy. Bovon’s theological interest in Luke is at the forefront here as he declares in the preface, “I wish to examine his Gospel with the sober reserve of a scholar and with the confidence of a believer. For I hope in this manner to arrive at genuine understanding.” Also distinctive is Bovon’s attention to the history of interpretation of this Gospel through time.

49 VOLUMES TOTAL
Here is a breakdown of what is included in each module.

HermeneiaOT Hermeneia Old Testament (Hermeneia2 OT)

  • 1 Chronicles by Ralph W. Klein
  • 2 Chronicles by Ralph W. Klein
  • Psalms 2: A Commentary on Psalms 51-100 by Frank Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger
  • Psalms 3: A Commentary on Psalms 101-150 by Frank Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger
  • Qoheleth by Thomas Kruger
  • The Song of Songs by Roland E. Murphy
  • Deutero-Isaiah: A Commentary by Klaus Baltzer
  • Jeremiah 1: A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah, Chapters 1-25 by William L. Holladay
  • Jeremiah 2: A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah, Chapters 26–52 by William L. Holladay
  • Ezekiel 1: A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, Chapters 1–24 by Walther Zimmerli
  • Ezekiel 2: A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, Chapters 25–48 by Walther Zimmerli
  • Daniel: A Commentary on the Book of Daniel by John J. Collins
  • Hosea by Hans Walter Wolff
  • Joel and Amos: A Commentary on the Books of the Prophets Joel and Amos by Hans Walter Wolff
  • Micah by Delbert R. Hillers
  • Zephaniah by Marvin A. Sweeney
  • Fourth Ezra by Michael Edward Stone
  • 2 Maccabees by Robert Doran

Hermeneia Old Testament (alternative volume) (Hermeneia OT2)

  • Amos by Shalom M. Paul

Hermeneia Pseudepigrapha (Hermeneia2 PS)

  • 1 Enoch 1: A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch, Chapters 1–36; 81–108 by George W. E. Nickelsburg
  • 1 Enoch 2: A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch, Chapters 37-82 by George W. E. Nickelsburg
  • Fourth Ezra by Michael Edward Stone

HermeneiaNTHermeneia New Testament (Hermeneia NT-20)

  • Matthew 1–7: A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew by Ulrich Luz
  • Matthew 8–20: A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew by Ulrich Luz
  • Matthew 21–28 by Ulrich Luz
  • Mark: A Commentary by Adela Yarbo Collins
  • Luke 1: A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke 1:1–9:50 by François Bovon
  • Luke 2: A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke 9:51–19:27 by François Bovon [NEW VOLUME]
  • Luke 3: A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke 19:28–24:53 by François Bovon
  • John 1: A Commentary on the Gospel of John, Chapter 1–6 by Ernst Haenchen
  • John 2: A Commentary on the Gospel of John, Chapters 7–21 by Ernst Haenchen
  • Acts: A Commentary by Richard I. Pervo
  • Romans: A Commentary by Robert Jewett
  • 1 Corinthians by Hans Conzelmann
  • 2 Corinthians 8 and 9: A Commentary on Two Administrative Letters of the Apostle Paul by Hans Dieter Betz
  • Galatians: A Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Churches in Galatia by Hans Dieter Betz
  • Colossians and Philemon by Edward Lohse
  • The Pastoral Epistles by Hans Conzelmann and Martin Dibelius
  • Hebrews by Harold Attridge
  • James by Martin Dibelius
  • Peter 1: A Commentary on First Peter by Paul J. Achtemeie
  • The Johannine Letters by Georg Strecker

Hermeneia New Testament (alternative volumes) (Hermeneia NT2)

  • The Sermon on the Mount by Hans Dieter Betz
  • Acts of the Apostles: A Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles by Hans Conzelmann
  • The Johannine Epistles: A Commentary on the Johannine Epistles by Rudolf Bultmann

Hermeneia—Q (Hermeneia Q)

  • The Critical Edition of Q by Paul Hoffmann, John S. Kloppenborg, and James M. Robinson

Hermeneia Apostolic Fathers (Hermeneia AF)

  • The Didache: A Commentary by Kurt Niederwimmer
  • Ignatius of Antioch: A Commentary on the Letters of Ignatius of Antioch by William R. Schoedel
  • The Shepherd of Hermas by Carolyn Osiek

Hermeneia Apostolic Tradition (Hermeneia AT)

  • The Apostolic Tradition: A Commentary by Paul F. Bradshaw, Maxwell E. Johnson, and L. Edward Phillips

 

MORE INFORMATION ON HERMENEIA:
For previous coverage of the Hermeneia series, see the following:

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UPGRADES
Users who previously purchased an earlier version of the Hermeneia series have options for upgrading to the current 49-volume OT/NT series or the new 28-volume NT series.

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Aug 28, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Benjamin Gladd on Accordance

Benjamin Gladd, Assistant Professor at RTS Jackson, describes his use of Accordance for personal research and for classroom teaching.


 

Aug 26, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Crossway Preaching Bundle

Crossway Preaching Bundle This week, we are pleased to announce a new release for Accordance, the Crossway Preaching Bundle. There are numerous helpful books for pastors available, but this particular group of titles is set apart by the extensive ministry experience of the writers of these books. These books not only offer means to better preaching; they also offer experience-based methods for better pastoring. This collection draws from historical pastors, career-long practical wisdom, and proven communication methods.

 

Faithful Preacher_120 The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors
--B
y Thabiti M. Anyabwile

Thabititi Abyabwile, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands compiled the biographies and writings of three influential African-American pastors in American history. Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833) reminds pastors that eternity must shape our ministry. Daniel A. Payne (1811-1893) stresses the importance of character and preparation to faithful shepherding. And Francis J. Grimké (1850-1937) provides a vision for engaging the world with the gospel. While they are from the African-American tradition, they, like all true saints, belong to all Christians of every background and era. Distinctive for its use of rare and out-of-print messages, Anaybwile's work is valuable as a reference as well as a devotional resource.

Faithful Preaching

Inductive Preaching_120 Inductive Preaching: Helping People Listen
--By Ralph L. Lewis and Greg Lewis

Sometimes the concepts are solid, but the delivery needs some work. If you’ve ever felt like no one’s listening to your sermons, Ralph and Greg Lewis have come to the rescue with this guide to inductive preaching. If inductive preaching seems like a new subject to you, it’s actually not. The authors explain that many successful communicators including Jesus, Peter, Paul, Augustine, St. Francis, Wesley, Edwards, and D. L. Moody, to name only a few. This book also includes these helpful sections:

  • Step-by-step guidelines for constructing an inductive sermon
  • Two sample inductive sermons
  • A list of 96 inductive preachers from 20 centuries
  • A strategy for making traditional sermon structures inductive
  • A checklist of inductive characteristics
Inductive Preaching

Practical Wisdom_120 Practical Wisdom for Pastors: Words of Encouragement and Counsel for a Lifetime of Ministry
--By Curtis C. Thomas

This is the book that every pastor should receive at the beginning a career and calling. Before he retired, Curtis C. Thomas pastored numerous churches in central Arkansas. Now he shares from 44 years of his experience in hopes of helping pastors who are still in the trenches of ministry. This is a frank, no-holds-barred look at pastoral life. Some of the events recounted here are tragic, but some will make you laugh out loud. Written as a series of short articles, Practical Wisdom for Pastors begins with an exploration of a pastor’s initial call to ministry and ends with the dangers of a church that develops tunnel vision. This practical guide for ministry can be consulted as a handbook or worked through on a systematic basis like a book of daily readings.

Practical Wisdom

Using Illustrations_120 Using Illustrations to Preach with Power
--By Bryan Chapell

Supposedly, the well-known assumption goes that everyone will remember a pastor’s stories and illustrations, but no one remembers the main points of the sermon. But is this true; and if it is, why is it so? Are clever stories in a sermon merely points of entertainment to get us thinking, or can they be used for greater purpose? Is it possible, perhaps, that a sermon that employs illustrations properly will allow church members to remember not only the stories but the main points of the sermon as well? There are plenty of books that include sermon illustrations. This is not that kind of book. In Using Illustrations to Preach with Power, Chapell goes beyond the illustrations themselves to delve into their theory and philosophy—why some work well and others don’t. This is a must-have book for every preacher who wants to leave church members with messages they will truly remember.

Using Illustrations

 

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Aug 18, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Emanuel Tov on Accordance

Dr. Emanuel Tov, professor of Bible at Hebrew University, discusses the value of Accordance and computer-aided research in biblical studies.


 

Aug 14, 2014 David Lang

Throwback Thursday: Codename "Gravy"?

Blackbird. Pismo. Lombard. Columbus. Cold Fusion. These are just a few of the cool-sounding code names Apple would use to refer to products it was developing. In most cases, these code names were only used internally, but sometimes they would actually be used to market the finished products. With Mac OS X, Apple's big cat code names ultimately became the actual product names. Here at Accordance, we were never so big or clandestine that we felt it necessary to assign code names to new versions of the software, but when we were developing Accordance 5, I joked that we should start using the code name "Gravy."

In previous Throwback Thursday posts, I've detailed the development of Accordance from a specialized Greek and Hebrew language tool (version 1.0) to a more well-rounded Bible program offering a variety of study aids (version 2.0) to a full-featured Bible program which included Bible texts with Strong's numbers (version 4.0). Until Accordance 4.0 was released, we were working hard to add must-have features that the average Bible software user had come to expect (along with many groundbreaking new features no one had ever attempted before). When we began planning the feature set for Accordance 5.0, we were really in uncharted territory: rather than adding "must-have" features our users had been asking for, we were primarily adding extra features and interface enhancements which went beyond what anyone was expecting. Hence my suggestion of the code name "Gravy."

I look back now and realize how naive I was. Accordance 5.0 turned out to be a huge upgrade that added lots of “gravy” type features, but it happened to be released at a time when everything was changing, and we soon found ourselves chasing a new set of “must-have” enhancements. Such is the nature of software development.

Shortly after we began the development of Accordance 5, Apple unveiled its strategy for getting classic Mac OS developers to make their software compatible with Mac OS X. We weren’t thrilled at the prospect of having to rewrite portions of our software to support a new operating system that was still very much in flux, but we committed one of our programmers to making Accordance OS X-compatible (a process known as “Carbonization”). Meanwhile, our lead programmer continued to add the new features and interface changes we had planned for Accordance 5.

Panes

Accordance 5.0 was released in July of 2001, a few months after the very first version of Mac OS X (Cheetah). Our efforts to Carbonize Accordance were not yet finished at that point, so we still only supported the older Mac OS. We weren’t alone, however. Very few classic Mac apps had been Carbonized at that time, and Mac OS X was still so new that very few Mac users had transitioned to it. Those few OS X early adopters knew they would have to wait for their favorite apps to become Carbonized, and since Mac OS X provided a way to run classic Mac apps, they were able to get along just fine in the interim.

A year later, the situation was very different. In that year Apple had released OS X 10.1 (Puma), which added much-needed stability, and 10.2 (Jaguar), which was the first version usable enough to encourage widespread adoption. Calls for an OS X version of Accordance got louder and more frequent as soon as Jaguar was released. Accordance 5.6 Carbon was released in October of 2002, just two months later. This meant that Accordance was the first Bible program released for Mac OS X.

Our relatively early support for Apple’s next-generation operating system proved to be a huge competitive advantage, which led many users to switch from older Mac Bible programs that appeared to be languishing. However, the transition to a new (and changing) operating system meant more than just making sure Accordance ran natively. It meant adjusting to new interface conventions, adopting new technologies, supporting new features of the operating system, etc. In other words, there would be no more “gravy” releases.

In my next Throwback Thursday post, I’ll talk about how some of the very improvements we made to Accordance 5 actually became liabilities under OS X, forcing us to make major changes to the interface of Accordance 6.


 

Aug 6, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Read the Latest Reviews about Accordance!

Reviews There have been a number of Accordance reviews lately in the blogosphere. In case you missed any of them, here are a few highlights.

Over at the Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth blog, Nick Norelli, newly converted to the Mac, has been test driving the Accordance 10 Essential Collection. Nick writes,

“Is Accordance 10 the most powerful Bible study software on the market? I’m not the one to answer that but I can say that it’s more powerful than anything anyone will ever need. Just about everything that Accordance does, it does extremely well. Dropping hundreds of dollars on any program can be daunting, but you really get your money’s worth with the Accordance 10 Essential Collection.”

Read Nick’s full review: Accordance 10: Essential Collection


At the Missionary Geek blog, Shane Rice, a longtime Accordance user, has offered up a very thorough review of Accordance 10. At the end of his review, Shane concludes:

“I prefer to read and study the text of the Word of God, and base my studies off what is found and written therein. I study themes and I look at other material, but the Bible is always the center of my study. If that is what you are looking for, then Accordance is what you need to get the job done.”

Read Shane’s full review: Accordance 10 Bible Study Software Review


Writing for the One in Jesus blog, Jay Guin has delivered a review of Accordance, focusing specifically on the Windows version of the software released last year. In his review, Jay makes this statement:

"I’m extremely pleased with the software. The layout and formatting, once tinkered with a bit, work extraordinarily well — by far the best I’ve seen. And the resources are plentiful and easily accessed. I’ll be working with this software for a while.”

Read Jay’s full review: Tools of the Trade: Accordance—First Impressions


In a review for Direction Magazine, Mark Wreford says that “Accordance Bible Software is the stuff of dreams...” He also describes what sets Accordance apart:

“Accordance has all the note taking and keeping capability you would expect from powerful software, but where it wins is in the quality of the notes it allows you to make. Bible Gateway and free Bible apps offer a lower cost opportunity to start engaging with God’s Word, but if you’re committed to trying to understand Scripture to the best of your ability, Accordance 10 is a must have tool.”

Read Mark’s full review, “Software that Brings the Bible to Life” in a PDF file of the original article.

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