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May 26, 2015

Hermeneia and Wisdom of the Fathers Sale

Ancient Wisdom

Explore Bible & Faith
from Both Modern and Ancient Perspectives
with Recent Releases and Exceptional Pricing!

In gastronomic circles, the trend is fusion: blending of one culture’s food traditions with another’s. With thousands of years of interpretation, the Bible invites a similar kind of interpretational fusion. We can find value in ancient insights from voices that are sometimes closer chronologically to the actual events. At the same time, these voices often look at the Bible from a pre-critical point of view. To develop a well-rounded view of the Scriptures and faith, one needs also to be able to benefit from the best modern understanding of the biblical text.

This week, we bring you savings on a fusion of both modern and ancient voices with a sale on the rarely-discounted Hermeneia Commentary on the Bible as well as the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and related titles.

The below special prices are good through June 1, 2015 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Hermeneia Set

Modern Interpretation

Hermeneia Commentary on the Bible

As part of a promotion from the publisher, we're pleased to offer you the Hermeneia Commentary on the Bible for the lowest cost we've ever offered; only $499 for the current 49-volume set! 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 critical 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.

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OT/NT Set
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Old Testament
(21 volumes)

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New Testament
(28 volumes)

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Wisdom of the Fathers

ACCS_Gen_1 Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (29 volumes)
The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (Updated Edition) gives you a verse-by-verse commentary and topical view of the Bible and the Apocrypha that is based on the vast array of writings from the church fathers. This commentary, based on the RSV text, renders ancient Greek, Latin, Coptic, and Syriac writings in a lucid English translation, is ready to assist you in getting the most from the church fathers' writings.

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Ancient Doctrine Ancient Christian Doctrine (5 volumes) Recent Release
This exciting five-volume series follows up on the acclaimed
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture to provide patristic commentary on the Nicene Creed. The series renders primary Greek, Latin, Coptic, and Syriac source material from the church fathers in lucid English translation (some here for the first time) and gives readers unparalleled insight into the history and substance of what the early church believed.

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Ancient Devotional Ancient Christian Devotional (3 volumes) Recent Release
By helping you to read holy writings with ancient eyes, the church fathers offer you a deep drink from the only water that can give true life. These three guides to prayer and reflection combine excerpts from the writings of the church fathers as found in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture with a simple structure for daily or weekly reading and prayer.

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Worshiping with the
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Learning Theology with the
Church Fathers

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Christian Fathers Special Bundle
Want to have all these great Christian Fathers titles in one bundle at discounted pricing? For a limited time, we are making available these five titles together in one package.

This bundle is only available throughout the remainder of this sale. A Custom Upgrade will be calculated if you already own part of the bundle.

Christian Fathers bundle

Christian Fathers Special Bundle
(5 Titles; Custom Upgrade Available)

List Price: $726.80
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May 21, 2015 Timothy Jenney

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

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

See our archive of previous Lighting the Lamp podcasts.


 

May 20, 2015

Endorsement: Anthony Abell

Hear Anthony Abell, Provost of Clearwater Christian College, describe why his school chose to supply their students with Accordance Bible Software over their competitors.


 

May 18, 2015 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Carasik's Commentators' Bible & the Bible's Many Voices

Commentators Bible Set The Commentators' Bible

Miqra'ot Gedolot (מקראות גדולות) or “Great Scriptures,” also known as the “Rabbinic Bible,” is an edition of the Hebrew Bible containing commentary drawn from the wisdom of medieval Rabbinic tradition. In the past, access to these volumes has required an extensive knowledge of not only biblical Hebrew, but medieval Hebrew as well. Now, under the editorship of Michael Carasik the content of these volumes is available for modern English readers through The Commentators' Bible.

First published 500 years ago as the "Rabbinic Bible," the biblical commentaries known as the Miqra'ot Gedolot have inspired and educated generations of Hebrew readers. With this edition, the voices of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Nahmanides, Rashbam, and other medieval commentators come alive once more, speaking in a contemporary English translation annotated and explicated for lay readers.

Volumes for Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy are now available for the Accordance Library. These volumes make for fascinating reading as each section begins with questions, followed by commentary representing interpretation made by those mentioned in the previous paragraph. See the screenshot below for an example of this format demonstrated from Exodus 5.

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Regardless of one’s faith background, there is much to be gained by all students of the Bible from studying these medieval voices of tradition. Making these resources even more valuable for research, the Accordance development team has carefully analyzed the text of each volume and tagged content according to the following fields: Reference, Titles, English Content, Scripture, Hebrew Content, Transliteration and Authors. These specific search fields allow for precise research according to the kind of content in the volumes.

Note: While the printed version of this publication includes 1) the Hebrew text of the Bible, and 2) two English translations (the old Jewish Publication Society translation of 1917 and the new JPS translation of 1985), this module does not contain the actual Hebrew text or translations. It contains all the Notes, Commentary, Editorial Annotations, and Special Topics of the printed version.  The commentary of this module can be linked to run in parallel with any Accordance Bible translation.

Below are a couple of representative screenshots that highlight the material and layout of this commentary series. You can click each image to get a full size product illustration.

Exodus Leviticus Numbers

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Exodus

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Leviticus

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Numbers

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Deuteronomy

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The Commentators’ Bible: Set of 4

Regular Price: $249

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Carasik Many Voices The Bible's Many Voices

In addition to The Commentators’ Bible, we are also making available Carasik’s volume, The Bible’s Many Voices for the Accordance Library.

The most common English translations of the Bible often sound like a single, somewhat archaic voice. In fact, the Bible is made up of many separate books composed by multiple writers in a wide range of styles and perspectives. It is, as Michael Carasik demonstrates, not a remote text reserved for churches and synagogues but rather a human document full of history, poetry, politics, theology, and spirituality.

Using historic, linguistic, anthropological, and theological sources, Carasik helps us distinguish between the Jewish Bible’s voices—the mythic, the historical, the prophetic, the theological, and the legal. By articulating the differences among these voices, he shows us not just their messages and meanings but also what mattered to the authors. In these contrasts we encounter the Bible anew, as a living work whose many voices tell us about the world out of which the Bible grew—and the world that it created.

As with the other volumes from Carasik, the Accordance development team has carefully analyzed the text of each volume and tagged content according to the following fields: Reference, Titles, English Content, Scripture, Hebrew Content, Transliteration and Page Numbers. These specific search fields allow for precise research according to the kind of content in the volumes.

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May 16, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Creating a Combined Resource in Accordance

Learn how to create a combined resource to scroll in parallel with a biblical text. We recommend watching this video fullscreen.

For more information on combining resources, got the Accordance Help system from within the application, then Digging Deeper > Combining Resources.


 

May 12, 2015 Helen Brown

Just Released: Accordance 11.0.6 for Windows & Macintosh

Accordance 11.0.6 has just been released for both Macintosh and Windows. More than just bug fixes, his release brings brand new functionality to Accordance.

Now users can untie scrolling of parallel panes by clicking on the Action Menu (the icon that looks like a gear) and choosing "Untie Scrolling." This allows the user to access content in one pane without moving the others. The untied panes can be tied again by accessing the Action Menu and choosing "Tie Scrolling." Pressing the shift key changes these menu items to Untie All Scrolling/Tie All Scrolling.

This image shows how to untie the Jewish Study Bible from the other panes.

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Another handy new feature resets the "focus" of all the tied non-text panes to the selected verse. A simple control-click (Windows) or command-click (Mac) in a verse anywhere in a text pane will scroll all tied non-text panes to the selected verse (instead of the verse at the top of the panes). This lets the user study the verse in its context and view the relevant information in the Info pane, and any commentaries, notes, or syntax in the same tab.

In this image, a command-click in Numbers 3:25 has aligned the commentary and the Info pane to that verse.

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See the New Features since Version 11 for a complete list of the changes and bug fixes in this and previous versions.

Update to Accordance 11.0.6 by running "Check for App Update" (Accordance Application menu on Macintosh or Utilities menu in Windows). If you use the Mac App Store version, please wait for a notification of the next update in the App Store.


 

May 9, 2015 Richard Mansfield

The Verse Chooser in Accordance Mobile

The Verse Chooser in Accordance Mobile not only adapts to the text being read, but it also offers two different ways to find your passage!


 

May 7, 2015 Timothy Jenney

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

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

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

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


 

May 5, 2015 Richard Mansfield

How to Sync Accordance Using DropBox

This week's Accordance Mobile Minute demonstrates how to sync content across a user's various devices (iOS, Windows, Macintosh). Note that once the user has given Dropbox permission to sync to Accordance, this will not have to be repeated prior to syncing again.

For optimum viewing, consider watching this video expanded to full screen.


 

May 5, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Just Released: Solid New Titles from IVP

InterVarsity Press (IVP) has a longstanding reputation for publishing high quality Evangelical works for study of the Bible as well as Christian life and practice. This week, we are pleased to announced a number of new IVP titles available for the Accordance Library. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series offers pastors and teachers sound expositional guidelines for communicating the message of the New Testament. The Global Dictionary of Theology allows the Christian to act as a world citizen by listening to a wide range of voices in understanding theological truths. Move from theological understanding in general to more defined biblical theology with The Theology of the Book of Isaiah. Finally, focus your studies intently with an entire book dedicated to one chapter of the Bible in The Lost World of Genesis One.

IVP-NTCNew! IVP New Testament Commentary Series

Why another commentary series? The editors of the IVP New Testament Commentary Series offer an explanation in the general preface to the series:

The simplest answer is that no other series has yet achieved what we had in mind—a series to and from the church, that seeks to move from the text to its contemporary relevance and application. No other series offers the unique combination of solid, biblical exposition and helpful explanatory notes in the same user-friendly format. No other series has tapped the unique blend of scholars and pastors who share both a passion for faithful exegesis and a deep concern for the church.

Using the New International Version as its base text (not included), the IVP New Testament Commentary Series presents content in an innovative manner. According to the publisher’s description, “A unique format allows the main commentary to focus on the vital message of the New Testament for today’s church, while bottom-of-the-page notes include valuable scholarly information….”

Having this content in Accordance allows the reader the flexibility of customized study. The main commentary has been separated from the notes into two separate modules. Both will scroll in parallel with any translation of the Bible. However, if the reader wants to temporarily hide the more technical notes, he or she can simply not display the notes module for the time being. Or content can be arranged in whatever manner is most helpful to the reader’s study habits.

IVP NT Commentary Series screenshot
Click on the image above for a larger view of the IVP NT Commentary.

The Accordance team has carefully analyzed the text of the IVP New Testament Commentary and has tagged content according to the following categories: Reference, Titles, English Content, Scripture, Greek Content, Hebrew Content, Transliteration, Manuscripts, Bibliography, Authors, and Page Numbers. This allows the reader to search this title for very specific kinds of content. Moreover, other works of literature have been hyperlinked, such as the works of Eusebius shown in the Instant Details of the screenshot above. If the brief glimpse of an external title is not enough, clicking on the hyperlink will open it in a new window.

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$299


Global TheologyNew! Global Dictionary of Theology

Through technology, high-speed travel, and instantaneous global communication, our planet is shrinking, figuratively speaking. Those of us in the West cannot presume that the way we look at the Christian faith is a singular, and therefore solely correct, outlook. In fact, the “center” of the Christian world has shifted in recent decades from the northern to the southern hemisphere. Christianity has always held greatest power when believers stood in unity as opposed to allowing differences to divide them, so it’s important for us to listen to other voices in the worldwide church and not just our own.

The concept described above is the impetus for the Global Dictionary of Theology, edited by William A. Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kãrkkãin. As described in the Introduction, this work “was conceived to provide a general overview of theological reflection and practice throughout the world.”

Like any dictionary of theology, this volume contains articles on a variety of subjects. Unlike other dictionaries, the articles often take the form of a conversation in which contributors from diverse backgrounds offer their own perspectives on particular subjects. While this dictionary can be used like any other—looking up a subject as the need arises—I personally found it refreshing simply to read through some of the subjects, enjoying the back and forth of perspectives while simultaneously broadening my own worldview.

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Click on the image above for a larger view of the Global Dictionary of Theology.

The Global Dictionary of Theology has nearly 200 contributors from all around the world and from many different expressions of the Christian faith. The Accordance team has carefully analyzed the text and tagged content according to the following search fields: Titles, English Content, Scripture, Hebrew Content, Transliteration, Bibliography, Authors, and Page Numbers. Therefore, not only can the reader look up topics alphabetically, but content can also be accessed by specific type.

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$39.90


Lost World GenesisNew! Lost World of Genesis One:
Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate

It seems that most believers can agree that God created the cosmos, but after that numerous opinions diverge from one another. Any book written on Christian origins, especially as it pertains to Genesis 1, inevitably has the potential for controversy and even debate. John Walton’s Lost World of Genesis One is not immune to any of this, but he does attempt to sidestep much of the same kind of debate of the last two centuries in regard to the biblical account of creation vs. modern perspectives of origins and offer what he hopes to be a helpful perspective.

Taking seriously the Ancient Near Eastern context of the Genesis creation account, Walton lays out his position through a set of 18 propositions (which I have tried to display in the browser for the title in the screenshot below). Thus, Walton is proposing

…a reading of Genesis that I believe to be faithful to the context of the original audience and author, and one that preserves and enhances the theological vitality of this text. Along the way is opportunity to discuss numerous areas of controversy for Christians, including relating Genesis to modern science, especially evolution. Intelligent Design and creationism will be considered in light of the proposal, and I make some comments about the debate concerning public education [pp. 5-6].

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Not all readers will agree with everything Walton proposes, but most will agree he tries to be evenhanded to those with whom he might disagree as well as faithful to the Bible as he understands it. The Accordance team has carefully analyzed the text of The Lost World of Genesis One and tagged the content according to the following search fields: Titles, English Content, Scripture, Hebrew Content, Transliteration, Bibliography, and Page Numbers.

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Goldingay-Theology IsaiahNew! The Theology of the Book of Isaiah

At 66 chapters, Isaiah is the second longest book of the Bible. Commentaries on this immense ancient work abound, including multivolume treatments focusing solely on Isaiah's content in exclusion to other books of the Bible. Unfortunately, often commentaries help us close in on passages—chapters and verses—without necessarily understanding the big picture of a biblical book—without understanding the diverse themes that may run through it.

Moreover, the Old Testament prophets sometimes seem to be the most foreign kind of literature in the Bible when compared with that of the modern world. In the Introduction to his extensive Theology of the Book of Isaiah, John Goldingay quotes Martin Luther in regard to the prophets in general:

[They] have a queer way of talking, like people who, instead of proceeding in an orderly manner, ramble off from one thing to the next, so that you cannot make head or tail of them.”

Goldingay’s goal is to get us beyond this common sentiment to a greater understanding of the prophet Isaiah’s timeless message. His goal is to bring out the theology expressed in different sections of Isaiah and then “articulate the theology of the book called Isaiah as a whole…” [p. 11].

To do this Goldingay’s treatment of Isaiah’s theology is broken into two parts. In the first part, he presents a theological commentary of Isaiah in the order we have received it. From this analysis, he narrows these theological ideas into 13 separate theological themes which he explores in great detail (see the accompanying screenshot for a list in the book’s browser).

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Click on the image above for a larger view of the Theology of the Book of Isaiah.

Goldingay provides his own translation of the Hebrew text behind Isaiah, but all references to Hebrew words are transliterated, opening up the accessibility of this work to a wider audience. The Accordance team has carefully analyzed Goldingay’s Theology of the Book of Isaiah and categorized content according to the following fields: Titles, English Content, Scripture, Transliteration, and Page Numbers.

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$14.90




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