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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 9, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Digging Up the Bible

Hat and Whip
Grab your felt hat and bullwhip, and let’s start digging!

Okay, truth be told, real archaeology does not come with the same kind of excitement we see in the movies—but that does not mean it’s not exciting! The really big finds (the Ark of the Covenant is still missing, by the way) are few and far between, but history is waiting to be discovered with each new excavation. No, real archaeology doesn’t (usually) involve being chased by bad guys or narrowly escaping deathtraps created thousands of years ago. Instead archaeology demands knowledge and patience, often accompanied by lots of sweat and toil in the hot sun.

Fortunately, for those of us who are not professional archaeologists, we live in a time that allows the excavations and historical treasures to come to us through the power of Accordance Bible Software. From your computer, tablet, or even mobile phone, you can gain insights into the biblical story by reading about archaeological discoveries and viewing ancient treasures in high-resolution images. And unless your air conditioning has gone out, you can do it all without even breaking a sweat!

This week, we have a carefully chosen selection of some of the best archaeological titles available for Accordance, ranging from study Bible notes to nearly 30 years of articles on archaeology. Read about the role that geography played in the biblical story and peruse thousands of historical and archaeological photos.

On another note, I’ve never understood why an archaeologist would need a bullwhip to begin with...

Here are the titles that are part of this week's special selections:

NIDBA-cover New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology

There are lots of great Bible dictionaries out there, but the New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology stands out because of its incorporation of archaeological information about its subjects. It’s one thing to read an article about a biblical topic, but it’s something else entirely to find out the latest archaeological information for that topic. Articles range from archaeological subjects themselves to biblical topics that incorporate information about specific archaeological sites, ancient cultures, extrabiblical literature and historical figures.

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C-Sacred-Bridge2 The Sacred Bridge: Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World
—By Anson F. Rainey and R. Steven Notley

In the newly released, 2nd emended and enhanced edition The Sacred Bridge stands as the standard biblical atlas by which all others are measured. Although it is categorized as an atlas, this is not merely a book of maps. Carta’s Sacred Bridge contains a detailed running narrative of the events that have taken place in the geography of the biblical story. Containing over 700 maps, illustrations, photographs and tables, The Sacred Bridge spans the history of the Levant from the Early Bronze Age to the Second Century AD. If it’s true that it’s impossible to understand the Bible without a familiarity with its geography, it’s also true that it’s impossible to fully appreciate the geography apart from The Sacred Bridge.

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C-Understand Archaeology Understanding Biblical Archaeology: An Introductory Atlas —By Paul Wright

At roughly a tenth of the size and scope of The Sacred Bridge, this title is suitable for those who need something a bit more introductory in nature. Part of Carta’s “Understanding” series, this volume provides more than 100 years of scientific archaeology, offering greater insight into the lives and customs of the ancient peoples who inhabited the region.

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Archaeology Study Bible Archaeological Study Bible Notes

Among the numerous study Bible notes available, the Archeological Study Bible stands unique with its 8,000 study notes connecting the reader to the culture and context of the Bible, and affirming archaeological support for biblical events. In addition to the archaeological insights in the notes themselves, this resource also includes over 500 articles covering archaeological sites, cultural and historical notes, ancient peoples and lands, the reliability of the Bible, and ancient texts and artifacts. In addition, the Archaeological Study Bible includes over 500 full-color photographs of ancient texts, artifacts, and archaeological sites. Originally paired with the New International Version (not included), Accordance allows the reader to pair these study notes with his or her translation of choice.

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BAR Archive Biblical Archaeology Review Archive

From the Biblical Archaeology Society, an organization synonymous with archaeology of the biblical world, come almost three decades of Biblical Archaeology Review. Comprised of every article from 1975 to 2003, this collection includes 1600 articles and 8000 photos, maps, drawings, and charts. This collection also includes five books published by the Biblical Archaeological Society.

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BAS-box The Biblical World in Pictures
—From Biblical Archaeological Society

For years the Biblical Archaeological Society sold slide sets of photos from the Holy Land in the pages of Biblical Archaeology Review. These photo collections could cost hundreds of dollars when purchased together. Now, over 1300 of the best images along with extensive captions have been gathered together for personal use or for teaching purposes. Some of the images are not of the best reproduction quality, but they are a must-have for all of the history they document.

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BP-American Colony Historic Views of the Holy Land: Bible Places—American Colony Collection

This collection of over 4,000 photographs, taken in the decades of the late 19th century through the 20th century—an era prior to industrialization—captures authentic-looking scenes and individuals who appear as though they just stepped out of the biblical pages. This Accordance module includes all 8 volumes of The American Colony and Eric Matson Collection of photos from the Historic Views of the Holy Land series published by Bible Places. The module includes all the images in high resolution, together with searchable descriptions, captions, bibliography, and Scripture links.

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BP-Bivin Views Historic Views of the Holy Land: Bible Places—Views That Have Vanished

In the early 1960s, David Bivin went to study at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Armed with a Yashica-D medium-format camera, Bivin traveled the land of Israel and the surrounding regions taking photographs of biblical sites, archaeological excavations, and everyday scenes. Today these photographs provide a window on a land that has changed radically, as a result of the construction of cities, the Six Day War, and the unification of Jerusalem. This set features over 700 photos of Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Greece, and Rome from the late 1960s.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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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
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.

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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.


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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Aug 4, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Six New Apologetics and Theology Titles

Years ago, I can remember my teachers quoting 2 Timothy 2:15 in the classic King James Version: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Their emphasis was on the word study, but they were actually misinterpreting the meaning of the word.

The New Oxford American Dictionary on my computer offers three different definitions for study. When most of us use this word today, we think of the first use listed: “devote time and attention to acquiring knowledge on (an academic subject), especially by means of books: she studied biology and botany.” Certainly, this is what my teachers meant, but this meaning is not what the word study means in 2 Timothy 2:15 as rendered by the King James Version.

spoudazo As anyone with a keyed version of the KJV in Accordance can determine, the English word study translates the Greek word σπουδάζω/spoudazo, which means “to use speed, i.e. to make an effort, be prompt or earnest:--do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endeavor, labour, study” (Greek Strong’s). This fits the third definition for study in The New Oxford American Dictionary: “archaic: make an effort to achieve (a result) or take into account (a person or their wishes).

And it just so happens that if you’re the kind of person who wants to “make an effort” to gain a better foundation in apologetics or theology, this week’s new titles are for you. Six new titles are now available allowing you to “study to shew thyself approved.”

Atheism Remix


Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists
--R. Albert Mohler

Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens—these are the “new atheists.” Atheism has always been with us, but it has taken on a new flavor in recent years. In this volume, Al Mohler examines the thought of the new atheists and equips Christians to effectively interact with those who follow them.


Creation & Courts


Creation and the Courts: Eighty Years of Conflict in the Classroom and the Courtroom
--Norman L. Geisler

Renowned apologist Norman L. Geisler traces the history of creation vs. evolution battles in the courts since the famous Scopes Trial of 1925. Examining a total of six significant trials in the last eight decades, Geisler not only makes observations about the declining state of Christian influence in education and civil discussion, he also helps the believer understand which issues are truly worth fighting for in this debate.


Nothing But Truth


Nothing But the Truth: Upholding the Gospel in a Doubting Age
John MacArthur

1 Peter 3:15 states, “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (NASB). In Nothing but the Truth, John MacArthur examines what it means to put this verse into regular practice. To equip the believer to interact with a secular culture, John MacArthur focuses on four specific elements of evangelism in today’s world: your attitude, your preparedness, the content of your answers, and your priority in witnessing.




The Consequences of Ideas: Understand the Concepts that Shaped Our World
--R. C. Sproul

Used by many as an introductory text for philosophy courses, R. C. Sproul takes the reader on a historical journey in The Consequences of Ideas from classical Greek philosophy to the influence of Darwin and Freud in our world today. Whether we realize it or not, the ideas of Plato, Augustine, Locke, Hume, and many others still influence us in significant ways in the modern world. Sproul suggests that ideas are never neutral; but rather, they always have impact and consequences.


Liberating Black Theology


Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America
--Anthony B. Bradley

Many considered Liberation Theology to be an increasingly forgotten school of thought until the teachings of President Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, brought them back into discussion at a national level during the presidential campaign of 2008. In Liberating Black Theology, Anthony B. Bradley (professor of theology at the King’s College in New York City) addresses the often controversial and sensitive issues of the black experience in America and its continued influence from Liberation Theology. From the publisher: “...Liberating Black Theology does more than consider the ramifications of this belief system; it suggests an alternate experience that can truly liberate all Christ-followers.”


Experiencing Trugh


Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African American Church
--Anthony J. Carter, Ken Jones, and Michael Leach

Centered around the themes of theology, preaching, worship, spirituality, and the doctrines of grace, Anthony J. Carter, Ken Jones, and Michael Leach communicate the importance of Reformed Christianity to the African American Church. In an attempt to counter the all-too-common practice of choosing a church based on felt needs, this book is an attempt to refocus this very important choice of community and fellowship upon finding a church where biblical truth and sound Christian doctrine is proclaimed.




Aug 1, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Video: Dan Wallace on Accordance Bible Software

In this video, Dan Wallace discusses his history with Accordance (he has been using Accordance since the first beta!). He also names what he considers to be the "must have" Accordance titles needed for textual criticism.

Dr. Wallace is professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM).