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Mar 24, 2015

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Accordance continues to deliver advanced tools for biblical study that adapt to our users' changing needs and contexts. Whether on a traditional Windows or Macintosh computer or on the go with an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, Accordance has the tools that are ideal for everyone.

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Mar 20, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Top Ten Features of Accordance Mobile 2.0

The wait is over--Accordance Mobile 2.0 is finally here!

I’ve had the privilege to use Accordance 2.0 since the alpha stage last year. It has been fun to see it develop into the version that officially released yesterday. Over the past few weeks, I would occasionally post a screenshot to illustrate something on the iPhone or the iPad and wait to see how long it took for someone to notice I wasn’t using the “regular” version (v. 1.7x).  Truthfully, v. 2.0 has been the only iOS version of Accordance I’ve used for months now, having removed the previous version from both my iPhone and iPad. In spite of that, the official launch of v. 2.0 makes it all feel new again because now I can talk about it!

Having spent a good bit of time with Accordance Mobile v. 2.0, I thought I’d offer a Top Ten list of new features. This is my list, but you may have your own, and I'd like to hear your favorites, too.


1. A New Name

We have to distinguish various versions of Accordance one way or another. For instance, there's Accordance for the Macintosh and Accordance for Windows. Our version of iOS has been called a number of things: “iAccord,” “Bible Study with Accordance,” “Accordance for iOS,” etc.

With the release of v. 2.0, you will see two names. In the iTunes App Store, we still refer to it as “Bible Study with Accordance.” That’s simply so that people who aren’t familiar with us, but who are perhaps looking for Bible study software, will find us. From now on, when we refer to it elsewhere, we will use the name “Accordance Mobile.” This will help us distinguish this version from the traditional version. We will probably use this name for our eventual Android Version, too.


2. Enhanced Text Selection

This has probably been the most requested feature for Accordance on the iPad and iPhone: selecting text is now more versatile in Accordance Mobile 2.0. In the new version, selection handles can be used to select words, phrases, parts of a verse or multiple verses.

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Selecting just one word brings up Instant Details, as in the past, along with the Action Menu. Selecting multiple words brings up even more options in the Action Menu. Here you have a number of choices for what can be done with the chosen text: Copy, Highlight, Clear, Share, Search, Amplify, Define, Note, and Bookmark. These choices will vary sometimes based upon whether you are selecting content in a biblical text or another title in your Accordance Library.

3. Define Words with the iOS System Dictionary

One of the options in the Action Bar is “Define.” This will allow me to access the built in iOS System Dictionary on my iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. In my case, it’s the New Oxford American Dictionary. Although I might have Bible dictionaries in Accordance Mobile, this other dictionary may be better suited for general definitions.

4. Social Sharing

Another one of the new options in the Action Bar is Social Sharing. You know how it is—sometimes you read something really profound and want to share it with others. By selecting the Share button, I can share any Bible verse or passage from a book in my Accordance Library on Facebook, Twitter, or any other means of communication I have set up on my iPhone or iPad.

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Tip: Use the share feature to save clips to popular note-sharing apps like Evernote or OneNote.

5. Display Customization

Have it your way. Accordance Mobile 2.0 allows you to customize the look and feel of the app in an infinite number of ways. Change the font, change the font color, change the background—whatever allows your creativity to best intersect with your study of the Bible. You can even change the color of hyperlinks. Customizations can be made universally or to individual titles.

6. Enhanced for Larger Screen Sizes

Since September we’ve been asked, “When is Accordance going to be updated for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus?" The new larger iPhone screens are game changers. I know because I’ve got the iPhone 6 Plus. With the larger, high-resolution screen, I’ve often found myself using my iPhone for purposes that I used to reserve for the iPad. The lines are blurred between these kinds of devices, but it doesn’t matter for Accordance users--we’ve got you covered. Accordance Mobile 2.0 takes advantage of the additional space and resolution quite well and is perfect for the larger screen sizes of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The image below is from an iPhone 6 Plus.

7. Link/Unlink Parallel Panes

Need to explore intertextuality between the Old and New Testaments? Read the introductory material in a commentary or study Bible while in a pane parallel to a biblical text? Now you can. A new button appears in the Additional pane to Unlink and Link content. Click the Linked button (linked) to unlink the panes; click the Unlinked button (unlinked) to link the panes. When panes are unlinked, each can be navigated independently. A separate Table of Contents icon will appear in the parallel pane of the unlinked text.

8. Brand New Help System

As the saying goes, Good help is hard to find, but not when it comes to Accordance, fortunately. Our desktop help system is literally award winning. And now we have thoroughly revised our Accordance Mobile Help to bring it up to that same level. Accordance Mobile Help is an HTML-based help system that can be accessed from within Accordance and/or bookmarked on any device. You'll find exactly what you need in this Help system that is both thorough and easy to access.

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Tip: Bookmark Accordance Mobile Help on all your devices. Since iOS devices only display one program at a time, you can have Accordance Mobile open on one device and Accordance Mobile Help open on another device.


9. Improved Easy Install

Easy Install is now much easier! If you’ve ever tried to install your entire Accordance Library onto your iOS device and were frustrated at having to touch every checkbox, you’ll be glad to know there’s now a new Download All button next to the original Download button. Or if space is limited, and you can only install a handful of select titles, the newly added Easy Install Search field will be very helpful to find only the titles you really need.

10. Accordance Mobile Widget

Want a shortcut to Accordance from the lock screen or any other program on your iPhone or iPad? Now it’s as easy as swiping down on the Today List in iOS. The edit button at the bottom of the Today List allows you to add Accordance to your view. It will list the most recently opened titles from your Accordance Library. Select the title and Accordance opens up with your selected title in place.

So those are my top ten features of Accordance Mobile 2.0. What are yours? Feel free to give your picks in the comments below!


 

Mar 19, 2015 Timothy Jenney

Accordance Mobile 2.0 (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #119)

Accordance Mobile 2.0 is here! Designed for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches running at least iOS 8.0, the latest version of “Bible Study with Accordance” (iPhone App Store name) is sure to please. It is optimized to take advantage of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus screen sizes—and boasts a host of new features: enhanced text selection, social sharing, highlight symbols, quick definitions, tool bookmarks, easier downloads, and more. Join Dr. J for this quick tour of the very latest in mobile Bible study software.

See also: What's New in Accordance Mobile 2.0

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Mar 17, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Picture The Biblical World

If a picture is worth a thousand words, 2,500 pictures would equal a multivolume set! Today, we are announcing two new collections from the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands. These collections are perfect for illustrating cultural and geographical elements from the Scriptures in Bible studies, sermons, or the classroom.

Cultural Images of the Holy Land

Remember that time you were asked to fill in to teach a Bible class, and it turned out to be a lesson about dietary laws in Leviticus? As you quickly read Leviticus 11, you sincerely hoped that no one would ask you what a hyrax (or coney or rock badger, depending on your translation) was! Too bad you didn’t have the new Cultural Images of the Holy Land for the Accordance Library. If you had, you could have shown the class a photo of this wonderful little fellow taken not in a zoo, but at En Gedi.

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Did you know that the hyrax can move about difficult terrain so easily because its feet have built in suction? I didn’t know that either, but I learned it from the Cultural Images collection. I’ve actually learned more about hyraxes in the last few minutes than I’ve known in my entire lifetime. There is not just one hyrax photo in this collection, but eight stunning high-res photos (the original image above exported out of Accordance at 2390 x 1600) of hyraxes, all in their natural habitat in biblical locations.

Although I could look at hyraxes, oryxes, and ibexes all day (they're all here!), there’s a lot more in this collection that contains photos of the grain harvest, grape harvest, olive harvest, plowing, shepherds, sheepshearing, watchtowers, wells, cisterns, pottery making, Samaritan Passover, Jewish holidays, Christian holidays, weddings, scribes, Bedouin tents, and a host of other animals as well.

Consider for example this photo of pottery and a kiln taken at Kom Ombo. Since much of the pottery in the Middle East has been created the same way for thousands of years, think of how well this photo would illustrate a sermon about the potter and the clay in Jeremiah 18?

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The Cultural Images of the Holy Land collection comes with over 1,000 photos, including descriptions and biblical references.

Through March 23, 2015 you can get this photo collection for $29.90, which is 25% off the regular price of $39.90.

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Trees, Plants, and Flowers of the Holy Land

I grew up in northern Louisiana where we had a lot of tall pine trees. I’ve spent the second half of my life in Kentucky, where granted, I’m no horticulturalist, but I still think the grass actually looks more green than blue. When it comes to biblical plants though, I can sometimes find myself at a bit of a loss. For instance, although the Bible mentions pomegranates around 30 times, I’ve only seen them at Whole Foods. Thanks to the Trees, Plants & Flowers of the Holy Land collection, I can see pomegranates in their natural environment, such as this one on a tree at Tell Samaria.

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Another example: Olives are mentioned in various forms (olive oil, olive branches, olive trees, etc.) nearly 100 times in the Bible. But to get a good idea of what olives look like, is it better to grab a glass jar of them from the refrigerator or gaze upon these plump examples hanging on a tree at the Haas Promenade in Jerusalem?

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This diverse collection of over 1,500 high-resolution photos of trees, crops, herbs, shrubs, plants, thorns, drugs, spices, incense, perfume and more is carefully organized and documented with scripture references. This delightful resource will be a useful addition to your Accordance Library for many years to come.

Through March 23, 2015 you can get this photo collection for $29.90, which is 25% off the regular price of $39.90.

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To make it easier to find the exact information you are looking for in these collections, our developers have carefully analyzed the content of both allowing you to search for information according to titles, English content, Scripture, captions, transliteration, bibliography and even photo codes.

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Mar 16, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Biblia Hebraica Quinta: Proverbs Released

BHQ Proverbs cover We are pleased to announce the addition of Proverbs to the ongoing Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ) release for the Accordance Library.  If you have already purchased the BHQ, Proverbs is a free update that can be downloaded via Check for Content Updates in Accordance.

The Biblia Hebraica Quinta is an ongoing project that will eventually succeed the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia when complete. The BHQ edition also includes the additional Masorah magna and parva, based on the annotations found in the original Leningrad Codex, as well as a critical apparatus and commentary explaining the Masorah.

In Accordance, all these elements are broken up into separate modules in the Accordance Library so that users can arrange them in any way necessary to facilitate specific study needs. The image below displays all five modules synced using the Tab Ties feature in Accordance as merely one of an infinite number of possible ways to arrange the BHQ components for flexible study. Of course, all off the additional modules can also simply be incorporated into a workspace zone using the Add Parallel button above the primary BHQ text.

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Click on the above image for a fullscreen view of the Accordance BHQ workspace.

Proverbs is now included with the already released BHQ editions of Deuteronomy, Megilloth (Ruth, Canticles, Qoheleth, Lamentations, Esther), Ezra and Nehemiah. The Twelve Minor Prophets is in the works and forthcoming.

 

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Mar 13, 2015

Endorsement: Steve Walton

Professor Steve Walton, Research Fellow at Tyndale House in Cambridge, has been using Accordance since version 1.0! In this video, he describes his use of Accordance in the classroom and his personal workflow for research.


 

Mar 9, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries: Minor Prophets

Last Fall, we chose to release the Isaiah – Malachi section of the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary even though we did not have the 12 Minor Prophets completely ready yet. If you purchased this module for your Accordance Library, and haven’t done so already, go to Content Updates to download this free update released a couple of weeks ago.

For me, the update with the Minor Prophets was perfect timing. I had just started teaching a survey of the Minor Prophets at church on Sunday. In our first session, I was covering Nahum 1:1-8, which is a fascinating passage concerning the prophesied fall of the Assyrian capital of Nineveh.

The first chapter of Nahum wastes no time in describing God’s attitude toward Nineveh with words like jealous (קַנּוֹא/qannoʾ), avenging (נְקָמָה/nᵉqāmāh), and wrathful (חֵמָה/ḥēmāh). While I believe these characteristics are perfectly appropriate considering some of the atrocities committed by the ancient Assyrians, detailing God’s wrath at this level can be difficult for some modern readers to take.

Fortunately, I found the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary on Nahum by Duane Christensen to be quite helpful in explaining the balance of the opening verses of this Minor Prophet with those in vv. 7-8 which describe Yahweh as good (טוֹב/ṭoḇ) and a stronghold (מָעוֹז/māʿoz). Christensen writes,

Though vengeance is a dominant motif in the opening Psalm of Nahum and the book as a whole, that theme is balanced by specific reference to God’s grace. In v 7 we read that YHWH is good, with the emphasis on good. Nahum, at the turbulent end of an era in human history, with armies in conflict and empires tottering on the brink of destruction, affirms the eternal truth “Good is YHWH.”

Nahum gives two reasons to substantiate this claim. In the first place, God is “a stronghold in the day of distress” (v 7b), a mighty fortress so that we need not fear, “though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea” (Psalm 46:1-2). God’s protection is eternal. He provides peace in the midst of the raging storm. Second, God is good because “he knows those who take refuge in him” (v 7c). And that knowledge implies intimacy—tender loving care, like that of a husband for his cherished wife (see the earlier discussion of the term baʿal at 1:2) or of a father for his child. God knows their needs, their wants, their desires, and their sufferings. He cares for his own and sustains them in time of need with his loving presence.

Christensen’s commentary on Nahum in the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary helped me to clearly communicate to a modern audience the distinction between God’s wrath directed at his enemies and his goodness and protection to those who belong to him.

The addition of the Minor Prophets brings commentary and analysis to these biblical texts from world-renown scholars. Here’s the lineup:

  • Hosea (Vol. 24) by Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman (1996)
  • Joel (Vol. 24C) by James L. Crenshaw (1995)
  • Amos (Vol. 24A) by Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman (1989)
  • Obadiah (Vol. 24D) by Paul R. Raabe (1996)
  • Jonah (Vol. 24B) by Jack M. Sasson (1995)
  • Micah (Vol. 24E) by Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman (2006)
  • Nahum (Vol. 24F) by Duane Christensen (2009)
  • Habakkuk (Vol. 25) by Francis I. Andersen (2001)
  • Zephaniah (Vol. 25A) by Adele Berlin (1994)
  • Haggai, Zechariah 1-8 (Vol. 25B) by Carol L. Meyers and Eric M. Meyers (2004)
  • Zechariah 9-14 (Vol. 25C) by Carol L. Meyers and Eric M. Meyers (1998)
  • Malachi (Vol. 25D) by Andrew E. Hill (1998)

In addition, the Isaiah – Malachi module of the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary has been carefully analyzed by our developers and tagged according to the following 14 search fields: References, Titles, English Content, Scripture, Greek Content, Hebrew Content, Transliteration, Translation, Manuscripts, Bibliography, Authors, Captions, Table Titles, and Page Numbers. This level of content classification allows the user to find very specific information to aid in his or her research or teaching preparation.

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Mar 3, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Witherington's Letters & Homilies

Dictionary of Jesus & the Gospels definition of socio-rhetorical criticism In tracing my family history, I’ve discovered a number of ancestors who fought in the American Civil War. One individual stands out, though: my second great grand uncle, James Marion Kelzer, who was a doctor tending to the injured. He stands out because of a number of letters that he wrote his wife Mary Ann. The letters are fascinating because they provide details of events that his service record would never include. His request for his wife to kiss their son for him, confirms the birth of Allen “Harry” Kelzer, who was my first cousin, 3x removed.

What’s fascinating about letters like this is that looking at them a century and a half later requires me to make many assumptions and inferences, often “reading between the lines” of particular details of events. I’ve noticed, for instance, that often James Kelzer, who normally writes with vivid details, seems to become more vague when writing about the actual battles, toning down the brutality of war so as not to overly concern his wife, Mary Ann.

Unfortunately, my Uncle James was killed during the Battle of Murfreesboro in 1863 and was buried in a mass Confederate grave. He never made it home to his beloved wife, Mary Ann. Nevertheless, his letters to his wife remain valuable testimony to the events surrounding his military service as well as his relationship with his wife even if they do sometimes require a bit of historical analysis to fully understand their contents.

In a similar way, Ben Witherington has been reading between the lines of New Testament letters for the past few years and has become the authoritative voice for socio-rhetorical criticism. What exactly is this method for understanding ancient writings? The Pocket Dictionary for the Study of New Testament Greek defines socio-rhetorical criticism as “The discipline concerned with the interpretation of the biblical text with special sensitivity to the way in which an author uses forms, traditions and rhetorical or literary devices to connect with an audience and communicate.”

The first edition of The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels provides an example of socio-rhetorical criticism in Mark’s Gospel:

Mark is found to be a biography depicting the career of a disciple-gathering teacher who enacted a system of thought and action. Mark portrays Jesus as a composite of the biblical prophets and the Greco-Roman philosopher-teachers. In so doing he makes Jesus understandable and identifiable to first-century Mediterranean society.

I’ve stated before that my favorite kind of biblical commentary is a backgrounds commentary. In reading some of Witherington’s previous works, I’ve found his socio-rhetorical analysis to be somewhat of a “sister” approach in looking at the text. Whereas backgrounds analysis looks at the history and culture surrounding the content of a passage, socio-rhetorical analysis does the same thing with the specific words the writer uses. It’s an analysis of the writer’s method of persuasion in conjunction with the particular audience to whom he is writing.

Letters & Homilies_120 Today, we are pleased to announce the release of Ben Witherington’s Letters and Homilies series for the Accordance Library. Witherington has divided these volumes according to the socioreligious context for which they were written, shedding new light on selected New Testament letters and their provenance, character, and importance. Two volumes focus on Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians, covering the letters to Titus, 1-2 Timothy, 1-2 Peter, and 1-3 John. Additionally, Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians provides commentary on Hebrews, James, and Jude.

Throughout, Witherington shows his thorough knowledge of recent literature pertaining to these texts and focuses his attention on the unique insights brought about through socio-rhetorical analysis that either reinforces or corrects those gleaned from other approaches.

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These titles are available with introductory pricing of $74.90 for all three volumes.

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Feb 27, 2015

Endorsement: Tommy Wasserman

Tommy Wasserman, Associate Professor of New Testament Exegesis at Örebro School of Theology and longtime Accordance user, describes how he uses the software for personal research and in teaching introductory Greek courses.

Wasserman is also an editor and contributor for the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog.


 

Feb 26, 2015 Timothy Jenney

The Ziggurat of Babylon (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #118)

The Tower of Babel is one of the best known Bible stories, but rarely read in its literary and cultural context. In this podcast, Dr. J draws on his knowledge of the Ancient Near East and the images in Accordance to retell the story as its original hearers might have understood it, complete with some timeless applications.

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