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Aug 28, 2015 Accordance Bible Software

Free Accordance Webinars for August 31 - September 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 August 24-28:

Beginner Basics Part 1
Monday, August 31, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

Take part in a hands-on class with step-by-step instruction while working in your own Accordance program. Topics include the following: setting up your toolbar, managing triple click settings, working with zones, and using the Instant Details panel.

Taught by Linda Perry

Preparing Topical Sermons with Accordance
Tuesday, September 1, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

Join Dr. J as he demonstrates how to use Accordance to prepare topical sermons.

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

Beginner Basics Part 2
Wednesday, September 2, 1:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

Take part in a hands-on class with step-by-step instruction while working in your own Accordance program. Topics include the following: using the Library, creating a Group or Collection, navigating the Bible, using the Contextual Slider, adding Bookmarks, adding a parallel Bible, commentary, or study Bible.

Taught by Linda Perry

Using the Research Tool

Thursday, September 3, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Explore the power and features of the Accordance Research Tool.

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!


Aug 27, 2015 Helen Brown

Easier Payment Plans

Have you ever thought of trying a payment plan with Accordance but were put off by the process of application? I don't blame you—it's been rather complicated—but I have good news: it's simple now.

MoneyThanks to our dedicated webmaster and wizard, Keith Bronstrup, we now have a secure form: PayPlan Details. Just log into the website and access the form from the Payment Plans page or from the account sidebar. It opens prefilled with your account information and you just need to fill in the other details. You can save it for later, and submit it when ready.

You can even try out different values and terms to see what the monthly payments look like. Your credit card information is securely encrypted until our customer service staff retrieve it, and it's automatically wiped after that leaving just the last 4 digits to show which cards you used.

Here's the best part: once you assemble your order in the cart, you'll have the option of checking out with the PayPlan (if you have started the form). No need to enter all those details again. Our staff will set up the plan for you and confirm the details by email as soon as possible, and you'll be ready to enjoy your new software.


Aug 26, 2015 Timothy Jenney

Webinar: Greek New Testament Textual Criticism

In this previously-recorded Accordance Webinar, Dr. Tim Jenney ("Dr. J") demonstrates how to use Accordance for amateur or professional text-critical research.

To take part in our multiple free webinar offerings throughout the week, please see our Accordance Webinars page.


Aug 25, 2015

Reference Works for Back to School

Back to School Encyclopedias

Week #7 (of 7) of Back to School Savings

Goodbye Summer -- the Fall 2015 school year is here! Accordance users are easy to spot around campus because they travel light! Gone are the days of slumped backs and tired shoulders from overstuffed book bags with textbooks, notebooks, Bibles, and all the just-in-case-I-need-them extras. An Accordance user is often seen carrying nothing but their laptop, iPad, or sometimes just their iPhone because their entire Accordance library, with everything they need for their studies, travels with them in the palm of their hand!

Have you got everything you need for school this year? Have you not yet upgraded to a new Accordance Collection? This is the final week of Back to School specials and your last opportunity to save big on a theological or biblical studies library! And this week we offer huge savings on the seventh and final category necessary for your studies: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries! Get the reference works you need before the first day of class and head into an inspirational and productive year!

Our 20% off Back to School Sale on Accordance Collections (except Starter Collection) is in its final week as well – special prices through August 31, 2015.

Sale prices on the below offerings are good through August 31, 2015 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Regardless of whether you’re looking up a biblical character or a theological topic, or interested in cultural practices as revealed in archaeological findings, there’s nothing like a Bible encyclopedia to get you the information you need. The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible is the new standard in its field with over 7,500 articles by more than 238 contributors. The publisher’s sale price this week is $159, saving $100 off our regular price. Or if your budget is a little tighter, the 10,000-article International Standard Bible Encyclopedia at $99.90 has been a trusted and time-tested favorite for recent generations.


The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible
(5 Volumes)

A classic Bible study resource for more than thirty years. Now thoroughly revised, this new five-volume edition provides up-to-date entries based on the latest scholarship. Beautiful full-color pictures supplement the text, which includes new articles in addition to thorough updates and improvements of existing topics.

Buy Now 2Regular Price $259
Sale Price $159

ISBE Revised

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (Revised Edition) (4 Volumes)

This set contains over 9,000 topics and 3,500 cross-references, including an article on every name of a person or place mentioned in the Bible. It also examines major Bible doctrines and gives opposing articles on controversial topics to ensure a rounded explanation and description.

Buy Now 2List Price $300
Regular Price $149
Sale Price $99.90


Bible Dictionaries

Bible dictionaries often serve as a first-stop resource for getting up to speed on a subject. Originally in six massive volumes, The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary now goes wherever you go bringing with it 6,000 entries from more than 1,000 contributors for just $199. Or consider the more recent New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible on sale for $219. Containing 7,100 articles by 900 scholars across a wide variety of faith backgrounds and perspectives, the NIDB delivers a comprehensive treatment of biblical and theological topics.


The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (6 Volumes)

Offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of biblical subjects and topics. More than 6,000 entries by 1,000 contributors covering people, places, historical and archaeological informaiton, articles on pseudepigraphic and apocryphal texts, Nag Hammadi tractates, and individual Dead Sea Scrolls, and much more.

Buy Now 2 List Price $599
Regular Price $269
Sale Price $199


New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible
(5 volumes)

Five volumes on a comprehensive range of topics from the Old and New Testaments, the Deuterocanonical books, and from contextual studies of the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman worlds and their literatures. The most complete coverage of theological topics. Contains maps, charts, and illustrations to further clarify the written material.

Buy Now 2 List Price $399
Regular Price $299
Sale Price $219


Specialized Dictionaries

When the subject focus is narrow, specialized dictionaries come in handy. The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism (on sale for $59.90) focuses exclusively on the Second Temple period. It includes essays, articles, illustrations and maps covering every aspect of its subject matter. Another specialized dictionary favorite is Walter Elwell’s Evangelical Dictionary of Theology ($45.90). If there’s a question about systematic, historical, or philosophical theology—or even theological ethics—Elwell has it covered.

Early Judaism Dictionary

The Eerdman's Dictionary of Early Judaism

  • 13 major essays synthesizing significant aspects of Judaism in the period between Alexander the Great and the Bar Kokhba Revolt
  • 520 alphabetical entries, many with cross-references and all with select bibliographies
  • maps and illustrations, including photos, drawings, and plans

Buy Now 2 List Price $94.90
Regular Price $79.90
Sale Price $59.90


Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (2nd Edition) (Elwell)

For 15 years it has provided pastors, teachers, and students with a balanced overview of theological trends. Elwell’s dictionary is especially noted for the caliber of its many contributors.

Buy Now 2 Regular Price $59.90
Sale Price $45.90


InterVarsity Press Dictionaries

Intervarsity Press has a longstanding reputation for having dictionaries on just about every subject imaginable in biblical and theological studies. Adding any or all of these collections is a quick and certain way to shore up your personal Accordance Library. The Essential IVP Reference Collection 3 includes over a dozen reference volumes over all aspects of biblical and related content for only $149. The IVP Bundle of 6 New Dictionaries (also $149) includes all four IVP Old Testament dictionaries, the second edition of Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, and the Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters. Finally, for really quick information—especially in Accordance Mobile—check out the IVP Pocket Dictionaries ($17.90), a three-volume, quick-reference library covering Church History, Ethics, and Biblical Hebrew.


Essential IVP Reference Collection 3

  • Over a dozen of IVP’s award-winning reference books
  • The equivalent of over 12,000 pages of printed material
  • Over 10 million words of the most up-to-date information on the Bible, Bible history, cultural background and theology
  • The authoritative work of hundreds of today’s leading biblical and theological scholars from all over the world

Buy Now 2 List Price $659
Regular Price $189
Sale Price $149


IVP Bundle of 6 New Dictionaries

  • Four IVP Dictionaries on the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Historical, Wisdom/Poetry/Writings, Historical Books)
  • IVP Dictionary of Jesus & the Gospels (2nd Edition)
  • IVP Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters

Buy Now 2List Price $350
Regular Price $199
Sale Price $149

IVP 3 Pocket

IVP Bundle of 3 Pocket Dictionaries

  • IVP Pocket Dicitonary of Church History
  • IVP Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
  • IVP Pocket Dictionary for the Study of Biblical Hebrew

Buy Now 2List Price $27.90
Regular Price $22.90
Sale Price $17.90

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Aug 20, 2015 Timothy Jenney

Outlines of Biblical Books (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #129)

Outlines of Biblical Books is included with every copy of Accordance. Join Dr. J as he explains the many different ways we can view and use this helpful resource. This podcast includes examples on both Accordance and Accordance Mobile. [Accordance 11 Resource]

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!


Aug 17, 2015 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Paideia Commentaries & Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture

Years ago—in the dark ages before the advent of Bible software—a friend and I were talking about the impressive personal library of a mutual acquaintance. “I’ve heard that John [not his real name] has over 100 volumes about the Book of Revelation alone!” I said.

“Yes, I’ve been to his house, and I’ve seen all those books, but I was not impressed,” my friend replied.

“Really—why not?” I asked.

“Well, it’s true that John has over 100 books on Revelation, but it doesn’t matter because they all say the same thing!”

And that’s the danger, isn’t it? Those of use who have taken serious interest in the study of the scriptures risk falling into the trap of reading from only a very narrow perspective. My seminary studies taught me to value historical-critical, mostly Protestant viewpoints about the Bible. There’s nothing overtly wrong with this perspective, but it’s important to remember that there are other ways of looking at the same content.

This week, we are pleased to introduce two new commentary series from Baker Academic to the Accordance Library. For some (but certainly not all) of our users, these series will offer a wider perspective than what they might be accustomed. Reading different perspectives certainly doesn’t mean that all approaches are equal—discernment is always necessary—but it is surely hubris to think we can’t learn from others who look at our familiar categories in a different light.

New! Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament

Paideia coverFirst, you will want to explore the 14-volume Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament. This series takes its name from the Greek word παιδεία, which means “discipline, instruction, training” (UBS Lexicon). That’s because the Paideia series is aimed primarily at “students—including MA students in religious and theological studies programs, seminarians, and upper-divisional undergraduates—who have theological interests in the biblical text” (from the Foreword).

The Paideia series is essentially a literary commentary. That means its focus is on the final form of the text and not quite so interested in traditional historical-critical issues or development of the text. Instead, it emphasizes literary and rhetorical aspects. The focus is on the reader—how the text impacts the person directly interacting with it. This places the Paideia commentary series in line with many literary treatments studied and taught in liberal arts programs at many universities.

This is not a verse-by-verse commentary, but instead deals with larger rhetorical units. Most original language content is transliterated, so a formal knowledge of Greek is not required. The reader will find sidebars interspersed within the text that present the voices of figures from the Greco-Roman world on similar themes from the biblical passage.

And speaking of looking at the Bible from different perspectives, the individual volumes of the Paideia series have been written by scholars representing Protestant, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox backgrounds.

Accordance users will be pleased to know that our developers have analyzed the content of the Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament and have identified and tagged the following fields: Reference, Titles, English Content, Scripture, Greek Content, Hebrew Content, Transliteration, Translation, Manuscripts, Bibliography, Authors, Captions, Image Credits, Tables, and Page Numbers. The application of such detailed category tagging means that you can quickly find the exact information for which you’re looking.

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Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament

New! Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scriptures

CCSS coverThe second series new to the Accordance Library this week is the 11-volume Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scriptures (CCSS). Fair or not, in the past, the Catholic Church sometimes had the reputation for ignoring personal or group Bible study. Vatican II changed that perspective, however, with a renewed encouragement to explore the Scriptures; and the CCSS commentary series directly reflects this.

The CCSS has a two-fold audience in mind. On one hand it is written for those training in pastoral ministry. However, it is also aimed at anyone “interested in studying Scripture to understand their faith more deeply, to nourish their spiritual life, or to share the good news with others” (from the Foreword). Less emphasis is given to technical questions, allowing the content to focus on matters of life and faith.

The New American Bible is the primary translation used in the CCSS. As the name implies, this is primarily a Catholic commentary, complete with Nihil obstat and imprimatur; however, the authors aim for a wider audience drawing not only on traditional Catholic teaching, but Protestant and Orthodox interpretations as well.

The Accordance developers have carefully analyzed the CCSS and have identified and tagged the following types of content: Reference, Titles, English Content, Scripture, Transliteration, Translation, Bibliography, Authors, Captions, Image Credits, and Page Numbers. Tagging these very specific fields allows the Accordance user to search for exact types of information in a quick and efficient manner.

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Aug 14, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Accordance Mobile: Gateway to Bible Study

iosdevices For over two decades, Accordance Bible Software has reigned as the premier Bible software platform on Macintosh, and more recently, Windows computers. Users of Accordance on laptop and desktop computers know the power and speed Accordance delivers to Bible study and research. In fact, the best sales team for Accordance is not our marketing team--but rather, Accordance users themselves!

For the past few years, we’ve made a free trial copy of Accordance available that will run on Windows and Macintosh computers. It’s a great way to share Accordance with colleagues, friends and members of a local house of worship. However, it has a few limitations, too. The Windows and Macintosh demo is fully working, with a limited number of Bibles and tools that allow the user to get a feel for how the software works. After an hour though, it will reset. If you can do all your research in 60 minutes, it’s great; but if you need a longer demo, you’ll want something more.

When we launched Accordance Mobile a few years ago, we knew we had to come up with a different solution for introducing it to new users because Apple doesn’t allow for demo versions in the iOS App Store. We could have offered a stripped down version of the software with features added through in-app purchase, but we didn’t want to do that. Instead we’ve made Accordance Mobile a free, on-the-go Bible study experience that comes complete with enough titles to make it a Gateway to Bible Study from the very outset.

Accordance Mobile

If you’re a seasoned Accordance user on both Windows or Mac and iOS, you may not realize that Accordance Mobile is a great way to introduce others to the power of Accordance, too. We will provide your friends, colleagues, and fellow worshipers with a number of complete Bible study tools that are theirs to keep forever, regardless of whether they ever spend a dime with us in the Accordance Store.

BSM Every downloaded copy of Accordance Mobile comes with the following titles:

However, if the user creates a no-obligation online account, he or she will receive the following titles, also for free!a

BTO This is an incredible beginning library of biblical texts and resources—including a full commentary and multiple dictionaries (English and original languages)—at no cost!

Note also the addition of two other titles that come with the free version of Accordance Mobile: (1)’s module with audio and video links to dozens of courses on the Bible and the spiritual life, and (2) Dr. J’s Bible Study Methods, an integraded and interactive step-by-step approach to studying the Bible. The content in these two titles alone would be worthy of their own for-pay standalone apps, but they are both included here, providing many hours of content to explore and expanding the user’s understanding of the biblical message.

All of this means that Accordance Mobile delivers a tremendous amount of value-added content by itself for no cost; but obviously, adding more titles to it, or even a complete Accordance Collection can only add to the experience.

If you’ve never tried Accordance on any platform, or if you know someone who hasn’t, consider Accordance Mobile as a powerful Gateway to Bible Study that fits in the palm of your hand!

Accordance Mobile is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch through the Apple App Store. For more information, see our website.



Aug 13, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Updates on Greek MSS Images & More

Shepherd of Hermas leaf It seem like only yesterday--okay, technically, it was Monday--when we expanded the previously-titled New Testament Images Bundle to the Greek MSS Images by adding the LXX from Sinaiticus and 1 & 2 Clement from Alexandrinus.

With the ink seemingly still wet on the virtual vellum, we've turned around and added more content to the Greek MSS Images bundle at no additional charge. Now this set also includes the The Epistle of Barnabas and The Shepherd of Hermas from Sinaiticus. Moreover, external image links have been added to 1 & 2 Clement from Alexandrinus and the Greek New Testament from Codex Vaticanus.

For those who have purchased our Orthodox Greek New Testament Set, we have added an Introduction to the GNT-Family 35. This introduction offers background and explanation of distinctives of this particular Greek New Testament.

Finally, we have a major update to our in-house Outlines of the Bible Books. This title has long been a favorite of Accordance users for gaining a quick overview of the biblical material. The new update is a fairly massive overhaul that is more accurate, more focused and adds new sections and more consistent naming. The immediate benefit of the updated outlines will be seen in more detailed pericope headings at the top of the Info Pane.

All of this new and updated material comes in free upgrades to those who have already purchased these titles. Be certain to check both Easy Install and Content Updates to make certain you have everything up to date in your Accordance Library


Aug 10, 2015 Timothy Jenney

The Merge Command (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #128)

The Merge command is the most complex of Accordance’s linking commands, which use the search results of one pane to search in another pane.  It was created specifically to search for equivalent Greek and Hebrew words in the MT and LXX Parallel, but it can also be used to search reference tools—and even perform grammatical searches in commentaries! [Accordance 11: Advanced]

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!


Aug 10, 2015 Richard Mansfield

New & Updated Titles for Biblical Language Study!

Qumran MSS When I took a masters-level textual criticism class under Dr. John Polhill in the early nineties, everything we studied was in books about the subject. We read about various textual traditions, but we weren't really able to look at them side-by-side. We learned about important manuscripts and codexes, but there was simply no easy way for us to examine these documents for ourselves. We were at the mercy of trusting those who had written about them.

The advent of Bible software has taken personal textual criticism to an entirely new level. For instance, Accordance allows me to place a modern eclectic Greek New Testament text and a Greek text from the Byzantine tradition side by side to discover the differences myself. I can go even further by examining high-resolution images of the original manuscripts and codexes and draw my own conclusions. Perhaps it's not quite the same as having direct access to an important textual source, but with the ability to zoom in on a page and examine these early handwritten documents myself, I am able to draw my own text-critical conclusions instead of having to merely depend upon the evaluations of others.

Accordance has had a long tradition of bringing important manuscript traditions and image collections for the use of the individual deeply interested in textual issues. And today, we both update a few of our previous offerings as well as deliver some entirely new titles to our users.

Orthodox Greek New Testament Set

We are pleased to announce two new morphologically tagged Greek New Testaments from the Byzantine family of manuscripts.

The first is the GNT-Family 35, a new scholarly edition of the Greek New Testament from the Center for the Study and Preservation of the Majority Text (CSPMT). Also known as the Byzantine Greek New Testament (not to be confused with the Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine Textform 2005), this text, compiled from a consensus of readings from the Byzantine Kr or Family 35 textform, is the most current Greek text of its kind. The CSPMT plans for an eventual critical apparatus to accompany this Greek text.

Orthodox NT
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In addition, this set comes with the more well-known GNT-Ecumenical Patriarchal Text, also known as the Antoniades Text. This is the official Greek text published by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1904, incorporating corrections in the printed edition of 1912.

The Patriarchal Text was developed by a team led by Basil Antoniades, consulting numerous manuscripts of the Byzantine tradition and following the writings of John Chyrsostom whenever variants among the manuscripts existed.

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Leningrad Codex Images

The Leningrad Codex is the oldest complete manuscript (1008 CE) of the Hebrew Bible and the primary basis of modern editions such as Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia and the Biblia Hebraica Quinta. Working with the West Semitic Research Project, we have now incorporated nearly 1,000 images from the Leningrad Codex to be examined in parallel with any biblical text from within an Accordance workspace.

Leningrad Codex

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Few readers of the Hebrew Bible would be able to journey to St. Petersburg, Russia, to examine the pages of the Leningrad Codex for themselves. However, having access to the codex images in Accordance allows the user to examine the pages in high resolution. Moreover, the images are fully exportable from Accordance. In a sample export, the image of one leaf from the codex measured 3673 x 4090 pixels.

Buy Now 2 Leningrad Codex Images
Regular Price $129; Sale Price $129

Greek MSS Images

Accordance users who are seriously involved in Greek studies and textual criticism have long valued our New Testament MSS Images bundle. Now, in partnership with the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, we're greatly expanding this set with the introduction of additional texts and a new name: Greek MSS Images. This collection of images includes all previous titles and will now add the Septuagint from Codex Sinaiticus, as well as 1-2 Clement from Codex Alexandrinus. The Septuagint from Codex Alexandrinus will be added later at no additional cost. Several titles in the previous NT MSS Images have also been updated with links to high-resolution online images.

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A discounted upgrade price is available for Accordance users who previously purchased NT MSS Images.

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Buy Now 2 Upgrade from NT MSS Images

Dead Sea Scrolls Index Update with Image Links

Our DSS Index has been updated to include hyperlinks to images housed at the Israel Museum as well as the Accordance Dead Sea Scrolls Images. The Index also includes the latest content updates from Dr. Martin Abegg. This is a free update to the DSS Index; a paid upgrade from the older Qumran Index. No actual images are stored or loaded in this module; links are provided for reference only.

DSS Index


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