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Apr 26, 2015 Richard Mansfield

NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC) - 70% Off!



Now through May 9, 2015, we are partnering with Zondervan to bring to you the best prices we have ever offered for the NIV Application Commentary in Accordance! For this limited time, you can get all volumes of the NIVAC for 70% off!

Many commentaries focus only on linguistic or cultural data, ignoring any thought of personal application, or at the very least leaving the “What does this mean in today’s world and to me” questions to the reader. On the other hand, there are some popular-level commentaries that are so focused on application that they ignore the historical context of the biblical writings and deliver little more than devotional thoughts. The NIV Application Commentary is designed to bring both of these pursuits together in one series of books.

The NIV Application Commentary is a unique and valuable commentary for those who want to apply the ancient truths of Scripture to their modern-day lives. While many commentaries tend to focus on either historical meaning or practical application, the NIV Application Commentary elegantly weaves these concepts together, helping readers enter the world of the Bible and connect the dots to their lives today. Each passage has three distinct sections of commentary:

Original Meaning: This section gives readers insight into the meaning of the passage in its historical, literary, and cultural context. This is where you will find elements of traditional exegesis.

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Bridging Contexts: This portion builds a bridge between the world of the Bible and the world of today. It discusses which aspects of the passage are specific to the time period it was written in and which aspects of the passage are just as applicable today.

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Contemporary Significance: Here the reader learns to identify contemporary situations, problems, or questions that are comparable to those faced by the original audience. The authors also explore a variety of contexts in which the passage can be applied today.

NIVAC Contemporary Significance
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The NIVAC delivers up-to-date scholarship from some of the best scholars and pastors of the Evangelical world. Here's the lineup:

Genesis – John Walton
Exodus – Peter Enns
Leviticus/Numbers – Roy Gane
Deuteronomy – Daniel I. Block
Joshua – Robert L. Hubbard, Jr.
Judges/Ruth – K. Lawson Younger, Jr.
1-2 Samuel – Bill T. Arnold
1-2 Kings – August H. Konkel
1-2 Chronicles – Andrew E. Hill
Esther – Karen H. Jobes
Job – John H. Walton (with Kelly Lemon Vizcaino)
Psalms 1-72 – Gerald H. Wilson
Proverbs – Paul E. Koptak
Ecclesiastes/Song of Songs – Iain Provan
Isaiah – John N. Oswalt
Jeremiah/Lamentations – J. Andrew Dearman
Ezekiel – Iain M. Duguid
Daniel – Tremper Longman III
Hosea/Amos/Micah – Gary V. Smith
Joel/Obadiah/Malachi – David W. Baker
Jonah/Nahum/Habakkuk/Zephaniah – James Bruckner
Haggai/Zechariah – Mark J. Boda
Matthew – Michael J. Wilkins
Mark – David E. Garland
Luke – Darrell L. Bock
John – Gary M. Burge
Acts – Ajith Fernando
Romans – Douglas J. Moo
1 Corinthians – Craig L. Blomberg
2 Corinthians – Scott J. Hafemann
Galatians – Scot McKnight
Ephesians – Klyne Snodgrass
Philippians – Frank Thielman
Colossians, Philemon – David E. Garland
1 & 2 Thessalonians – Michael W. Holmes
1 & 2 Timothy/Titus – Walter L. Liefeld
Hebrews – George H. Guthrie
James – David P. Nystrom
1 Peter – Scot McKnight
2 Peter/Jude – Douglas J. Moo
Letters of John – Gary M. Burge
Revelation – Craig S. Keener

Note: This collection contains all of the Old and New Testaments except for the unpublished volumes of Ezra/Nehemiah and Psalms 73-150.

As mentioned, these are the best prices ever offered on the NIV Application Commentary for the Accordance Library. Without a doubt, there is no better time to incorporate the NIVAC into your study of the Bible and preparation for teaching and preaching.


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Below is a "classic" podcast showing the NIVAC in action. The software demonstrated may not be the latest version and the information regarding the volumes and pricing may be out-dated, but the NIVAC information is still very relevant.

Please note that the special prices listed above are good only through May 9, 2015 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Apr 24, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Saving Content from Accordance Mobile to Evernote

Here's a handy trick for saving content in Accordance Mobile to Evernote.


Apr 23, 2015 Timothy Jenney

The Greatest Commandment (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #121)


[Accordance 11: Study] What is the Greatest Commandment? All three Synoptic Gospels include the story of Jesus' answer to the Pharisees' question—but they have significant differences. In this podcast Dr. J will help us understand the reason for such variations. Along the way, we’ll trace the history of this commandment, consider the ways in which the Gospels were composed, and investigate the nature of a common figure of speech in the Bible.

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


Apr 20, 2015

New NAC Volumes and Other New Releases

Have you discovered the New American Commentary? The writers and editors of the NAC have developed a commentary series that is accessible and beneficial for all who study the Bible—pastors, teachers, and serious students of the Bible alike. The entire New American Commentary has not been on sale at Accordance for over two years so be sure to take advantage of this very special sale while you can! You will not only receive an amazing price but also the superb quality you have come to appreciate and expect from Accordance. In addition to the NAC update we are pleased to announce four new classic titles to enrich your Accordance Library.

Special sale prices on the products featured here cannot be combined with other discounts and will end on April 27, 2015 (11:59 pm EDT).

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Accordance has just released the following four volumes for the New American Commentary:

  • Isaiah 40-66: Vol. 15B by Gary V. Smith
  • 1 Corinthians: Vol. 28 by Mark Taylor
  • Hebrews: Vol. 35 by David L. Allen
  • Revelation: Vol. 39 by Paige Patterson

With the release of these four volumes, only Psalms (2 volumes) and Ephesians are still left to be published.

The New American Commentary from B & H Publishing Group is for those who seek a commentary that honors the Scriptures, represents the finest in contemporary evangelical scholarship, and lends itself to the practical work of preaching and teaching. This series serves as a minister's friend and a student's guide, focusing on historical and theological issues in the main body of the commentary, where knowledge of biblical languages is not required. However, the footnotes provide rich and detailed interaction with the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts of the Bible for those who have had opportunity to study these languages. The writers of the NAC have created a balance in both, holding to a high view of Scripture while paying serious consideration to the influences and cultures that produced the individual books of the Bible. Now with four additional NAC volumes available for the Accordance Library, your study of the Bible will be greatly enhanced.

Features of the NAC:

  • Vast in scope; currently 42 volumes in all
  • Commentary based on the New International Version (NIV)
  • Sound scholarly methodology reflecting capable research in the original languages
  • Interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book and Scripture as a whole
  • Readable and applicable exposition
  • Insightful and technical, aimed at the serious Bible scholar
  • Over 40 scholars worked on the complete set
  • Thorough verse-by-verse analysis

"The scholarship behind the New American Commentary is first rate, but the books are written clearly enough for ordinary people to understand them.... These books bring out something of the profound meaning of the original writers." - Leon Morris, Melbourne, Australia

"The strength of the New American Commentary is that it genuinely focuses on what the text says. This does not mean that the authors are out of touch with the vast array of secondary literature; rather it means they are committed to putting first things first. Pastors and Bible teachers will be grateful for this resource for years to come." - Dr. D. A. CarsonTrinity Evangelical Divinity School


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To enable our users to upgrade a set they currently own -- such as Major Prophets, Pauline Epistles, or General Epistles -- or just to purchase the commentaries you need from our offered set selections, we are offering a special 20% discount. Just use code NACvols20 to receive your 20% discount off our regular price on any partial NAC sets or upgrades offered in our store.

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Don't neglect the Classics

Yesterday's blog post focuses on the new titles below.


Robertson-James NEW! Studies in the Epistle of James
--A. T. Robertson

As a well-known author, scholar, preacher, professor, and son-in-law of the famous preacher John Broadus, A. T. Robertson wrote for ministers, social workers, students of the Bible, Sunday school teachers, and all lovers of the Word of God.

Studies in the Epistle of James is another greatly sought-after book by this author.  It provides an excellent introductory discussion about James himself followed by commentary offering fresh insights from the Greek text which are not obvious in the English.


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Ryle-Gospels_120NEW! Expository Thoughts on the Gospels
--J. C. Ryle

Bishop J. C. Ryle (1816-1900) was a strong supporter of the evangelical school and a critic of Ritualism. He was a writer, pastor, and an evangelical preacher. Warmly welcomed by evangelical Christians of all denominations, his writings on the Gospels are considered by many to be the best practical, devotional, and Christ-centered commentaries EVER written!


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Wood-QuotationsNEW! Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources
--Rev. James Wood

Written in 1899, this work by Rev. James Wood contains a plethora of useable quotes including phrases, mottoes, maxims, proverbs, definitions, aphorisms, and sayings of wise men all arranged alphabetically with a topical index for easy access. (English translations are provided for the proverbs not originally in English.)


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Clergymen & DoctorsNEW! Clergymen & Doctors: Curious Facts and Characteristic Sketches
--William P. Nimmo

Clergy and doctors are frequently associated with major life events, and thus provide an abundant supply of remarkable anecdotes illustrating life, success, and failure. Much of the charm and value of a collection of this kind consists in the blending of personal experience and individual character--which the nature and duties of the pastoral and medical professions so readily supply.

A wonderful and interesting addition, this classical work written in 1868 by W. P. Nimmo is now available with a special introductory offer of just $7.90.


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Apr 20, 2015 David Lang

Don’t Neglect the Classics



I love everything that’s old—old friends, old tunes, old manners, old books, old wine.

—Goldsmith (From Dictionary of Quotations From Ancient
and Modern, English and Foreign Sources


New, up-to-date commentaries and reference works are important, but older works still have their place. Here are a few reasons you should add old books to your library (followed by a few newly-released old books you should consider).

  1. When we read the biblical text, we are often quick to connect it to our immediate concerns, to focus too quickly on how it applies to the current news cycle or the latest theological controversy. Classic commentaries do not look at the text through those same lenses, so they can (paradoxically) help us to see the text from a fresh perspective.
  2. Classic commentaries also have the advantage of having been written by scholars and clergy whose works have stood the test of time. The fact that they’re still around is an indication that they contain insights which are timeless.
  3. Older works can also prove to be a rich source of sermon illustrations. Your people may well have repeatedly heard that joke or sappy story that’s circulating via the internet, and your use of it can therefore seem stale and outdated. On the other hand, an illustration that is a century old can (again paradoxically) come across as novel and informative. You want your people saying “Wow, I never knew that!” rather than “Yeah, I've heard that one before.”
  4. Finally, classic works are typically a great bargain. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to expand your library, don’t neglect the classics.


Here are some newly released classics I’m really excited about. These works are being offered with introductory specials through April 27, 2015 (11:59pm EDT).

J. C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: A commentary on the gospels by the famous nineteenth century Anglican Bishop, Ryle’s Expository Thoughts were published in seven volumes. Ryle’s aim was to be “plain and pointed,” seizing on “the really leading points of the passage.” It is therefore both succinct and yet deeply devotional.


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A. T. Robertson’s Studies in the Epistle of James: Written by the renowned Baptist scholar who authored Word Pictures in the New Testament and a landmark grammar of New Testament Greek, this commentary demonstrates a depth of grammatical understanding combined with pastoral sensitivity. The commentary offers solid verse-by-verse exposition without getting bogged down in minutia.


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Dictionary of Quotations From Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources: I absolutely love this collection of quotations. The compiler’s aim was to select ancient and modern sayings “that seem to reveal an insight into” and “bear pertinently upon” life, literature, speculation, science, art, religion, and morals. Because of this emphasis on wisdom, I find that this collection of quotes contains far less dross than other collections. It’s packed with proverbs and maxims from various nationalities, like the Cornish proverb, “He who will not be ruled by the rudder must be ruled by the rock.” It contains quotes from ancient Greek and Latin authors in the original language as well as in translation. It includes the insights of church fathers and the pithy sayings of modern (prior to the 20th century) writers, politicians, and philosophers. It’s truly a rich vein to be mined.


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Clergymen and Doctors: Curious Facts and Character Sketches: Another rich source of illustrations, this book is a collection of anecdotes about medical doctors and clergymen. Naturally, I find the clergy stories the most interesting. There are stories of famous preachers who dealt comically with sleeping listeners, and others who dealt cleverly with reprobate kings. For example, there is the story of a famous French minister who was told by Louis XIV: “Father, when I hear other preachers, I am very well satisfied with them; when I hear you, I am dissatisfied with myself.” That’s a critique any preacher might aspire to!

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Apr 16, 2015

Endorsement: Leeor Gottlieb

Hear Leeor Gottlieb, Assistant Professor of Bible at Bar-Ilan University describe his use of Accordance going all the way back to his student days and now in his own teaching. Instructors will especially be interested to hear how Leeor uses Accordance in the classroom.

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Apr 13, 2015 Mikhal Oren

New from Carta: The Raging Torrent & Echoes from the Past

Accordance users already familiar with quality Carta Jerusalem titles such as The Sacred Bridge will be pleased to see two new inscription-related titles added to the Accordance Library: The Raging Torrent and Echoes from the Past.


Raging Torrent The Raging Torrent: Historical Inscriptions from Assyria and Babylonia Relating to Ancient Israel

The Raging Torrent (translated and annotated by Mordechai Cogan) collects Assyrian and Babylonian historical inscriptions relating to Israel and its neighbors in biblical times. These inscriptions, composed in cuneiform script between the 9th and 6th centuries BCE, cast new light on many events mentioned in the Bible in greater detail (such as the conquest of Galilee by Tiglath-pileser, the fall of Samaria under Sargon II, or Sennacherib's campaign to Judah). The biblical text and the cuneiform inscriptions present the contrasting viewpoints of opponents at war, of conqueror, and conquered.

The inscriptions are presented here in a new English translation, and each is supplemented by an introduction describing the general background and by extensive explanatory notes and bibliographic references. The translations and annotations, by Prof. Mordechai Cogan of the Hebrew University, are accompanied by many helpful maps and illustrations. Bible students and scholars alike will benefit from the historical insight this work provides.

The Raging Torrent has been carefully analyzed by our developers and content has been tagged to allow for very specific research. Users can search this title by the follow fields: Titles, Texts, English Content, Hebrew Content, Arabic Content, Greek Content, Transliteration, Scripture, Bibliography, Image Captions and Page Numbers.

For even more information regarding this title, see this review by David Vanderhooft of Boston College.

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Echoes from the Past Echoes from the Past: Hebrew and Cognate Inscriptions from the Biblical Period

Echoes from the Past is a collection of inscriptions from the biblical period, in Hebrew and closely-related languages (Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite). It includes historical records and dedicatory inscriptions graven on stone, letters and administrative documents written on ostraca and papyri, weights and measures, and more. Each inscription is shown in photograph and facsimile, and the original text is presented alongside a vocalized Hebrew version and an English translation. A short introduction provides information on the inscription’s provenance and history, and the inscription’s content is discussed in detailed notes expounding its paleographic and linguistic features and its historical context and relation to the Bible; the notes are accompanied by a comprehensive bibliography.

Of particular note are inscriptions such as the inscription of the Meshaʿ Stela, the Siloam Inscription, and the Book of Balaam son of Beor, that feature events and people mentioned in the biblical texts; while many lesser-known texts give us valuable insight on the lives and mores of ordinary people in biblical times. This collection will thus be of great interest to anyone interested in the world of the Bible, whether from a linguistic, an epigraphic, a historical, an archeological, or a religious perspective.

Echoes from the Past was first published in Hebrew in 1992 as The Handbook of Hebrew Inscriptions (אסופת כתובות עבריות), and in 2005 in revised form as HaKetav VeHaMiḵtav (הכתב והמכתב), by Prof. Shmuel Aḥituv of the Ben-Gurion University, a leading Bible scholar and laureate of the 2015 Israel prize. The English translation, published in 2008, was made by Prof. Anson Rainey of Tel-Aviv University, a world-renowned authority on Semitic linguistics and historical geography of the biblical period.

Echoes from the Past has been carefully analyzed by our developers and content has been tagged to allow for very specific research. Users can search this title by the follow fields: Titles, Glossary Entries, Inscriptions Text, Inscriptions Translation, English Content, Hebrew Content, Arabic Content, Syriac Content, Greek Content, Transliteration, Scripture, Bibliography, Image Captions, and Page Numbers.

For even more information, see this review by Matthieu Richelle.

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Apr 10, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Accordance Mobile 2.0: How to Install Books

If you’re new to Accordance Mobile, you may want to immediately begin adding Bibles and books to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. This blog post is designed to be a quick guide for installing your personal Accordance Library into Accordance Mobile.

I’ll assume that you’ve at least downloaded Bible Study with Accordance to your iOS device, and you’ve either signed into your account or created a new one. Accordance Mobile comes with a number of titles and demos of titles, and more are available free in your account, but you will get the most out of the Accordance Mobile experience if you’ve added a few more books or Bibles of your own.

If you have purchased titles for your Accordance Library from the Accordance web store or as an in-app purchase, you are now ready to download your new Bibles or books to Accordance Mobile. To do this, follow these simple steps, and click on the images to see a larger view:

1. From the main screen, click on the Library Icon in the bottom left corner. If you don’t see the Library icon, tap in the middle of the screen to bring up the interface.

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2. This will take you to the Recently Opened Library screen. At the bottom left is a downward pointing arrow. Click on this to launch Easy Install.

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3. In Easy Install you will see a list of the titles in your Accordance Library available to add to Accordance Mobile. You will also see two icons in the top left of the screen. These are the Download and Download All Icons. If you are concerned about space on your iOS device, you may only want to select certain titles by tapping the circle to the left of each book or Bible name. If you want to download everything, simply click the Download All button.

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4. After you choose to either download selected titles or your entire Accordance Library, leave your device alone while new titles are being downloaded. If you switch to another app or turn off your device, it will interrupt the process, and you will have to start over. If you have a lot of titles to download, plug into a power source .

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5. Once the installation is complete, simply tap Done in the top right corner of the screen and you will be back at your library. You should be able to find your downloaded titles.

This is not the only way to add titles to Accordance Mobile, but we will save the other method for a later day. For more information, see Accordance Moble Help, accessible from any device.


Apr 7, 2015

NEW! Reformation Study Bible Notes (2015)

When it comes to study Bibles, English language readers have an embarrassment of riches for which to be thankful. In recent years, I’ve noticed a trend from study Bibles for general audiences (such as the Thompson-Chain or NIV Study Bible) to ones that meet particular purposes (the Apologetics or Archaeological Study Bible) or reflect specific interpretations, such as the Reformation Study Bible.

Reformation SB 2_120 With the NIV Study Bible, the most popular study Bible of the previous generation of study Bibles, the second edition was universally thought to be superior to the first. If a Bible reader is willing to be patient, there will eventually be a revision or later edition that improves upon the first edition’s foundation.

Thus, we are pleased to announce the completely revised 2015 edition of the Reformation Study Bible.

I had a user write to me privately just in the last 24 hours or so lamenting the fact that the first edition of the Reformation Study Bible did not have as many study notes as this user would have liked. Well, that should not be a concern any longer!

The new 2015 edition of the Reformation Study Bible expands upon the original with a total of 20,000 new, revised or expanded study notes, now totaling well over a million words of commentary from the Reformed tradition!

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The 2015 RSB on an iPhone 6 Plus. Click the image for a larger view.

The 2015 Reformation Study Bible builds on the first edition with more theological notes from general editor R. C. Sproul and an international committee of 75 theologians. In addition to study notes, 70 topical articles are included covering everything from Antinomianism to the Will of God. Covering two millennia of church history, 10 Creeds, Confessions and Catechisms are included as well. In this edition you’ll also discover 16 new full-color maps that can also be used in a variety of teaching and preaching settings.

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The 2015 Reformation Study Bible on an iPad Air. Click the image for a larger view.

Although the print edition of the 2015 Reformation Study Bible comes with the English Standard Version (a translation already included in every Accordance Collection), as with any study Bible in Accordance, these study notes can be paired with the user’s translation of choice or even with Greek and Hebrew texts. Because the 2015 Reformation Study Bible does not replace the 2005 edition, both editions can even be placed in parallel with each other and scrolled in sync together.

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In parallel: the English Standard Version, 2005 Reformation Study Bible and 2015 Reformation Study Bible (synced with Tab Ties) on an 8" Windows tablet. Click the image for a larger view.

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Apr 6, 2015 Richard Mansfield

N. T. Wright's For Everyone Bible Studies

What if N. T. Wright offered to lead your Bible study? Most of us would jump at the chance for one of the world’s most acclaimed New Testament scholars to guide us through the pages of the Bible. With the newly released For Everyone Bible Study Guides such an opportunity has now become a reality.

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Grow on the go! Above: N. T. Wright's For Everyone Bible Study Guides on an iPhone 6 Plus. Click the image for a larger view.

I first discovered inductive Bible studies—that is, the kind of study that focuses on making conclusions from observations about the biblical text—in the late eighties. The first few Bible studies I had taught before then had been “mini-lectures” with a handful of token questions thrown in to make certain those in attendance were actually awake. Inductive studies brought a fresh dimension to Bible study because of the emphasis on asking questions—the ancient Socratic method re-introduced to modern audiences—and facilitated discussion rather than one person (me) talking until everyone was nearly asleep from boredom.

Books like Walter Wink’s Transforming Bible Study (out of print) changed the way I taught the Bible. Many times I would come to lead a Bible discussion, and I would show a group a sheet of paper and say, “See, all I have is a list of questions. The success of this study depends upon you.” And I would also make the promise, “You can’t give me a wrong answer.” Well, I learned over time not to make that last promise. I’ll be honest: I’ve received lots of wrong answers in Bible studies I’ve led over the years. Of course, in reality, there was always more to my Bible studies than questions. I had already spent hours studying the passage in depth, and I also had a particular direction in mind that I was trying to lead the group. We really were trying to go from point A to point B whether the participants knew it or not.

Looking at the For Everyone Bible Study Guides from N. T. Wright, I’m pleased to see that published inductive Bible studies have evolved for the better. In this series from Intervarsity Press, Wright covers every chapter in the New Testament with questions, commentary and insights. Each study begins with an introduction that sets the stage for the passage being covered. An opening question helps to focus participants’ thoughts toward the primary theme. This is a question, that in the classic inductive tradition, is “safe” for all participants because it draws upon individual experience rather than Bible knowledge or interpretive ability.

Following the opening question, the Bible study departs from many of the “question only” studies I was familiar with years ago. Many published inductive studies are merely lists of open-ended questions on a biblical passage that require no previous biblical knowledge from the participant. This series is different in that in addition to questions, the reader also has access to N. T. Wright’s commentary interspersed with the questions. Wright provides both commentary and background information that gives a certain amount of guidance to the study—taking it from point A to point B—and keeping it on track. Wright explains concepts familiar in ancient culture that modern readers may not be able initially to understand on their own.

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On-the-go Bible Study with N. T. Wright's For Everyone Bible Study Guides! Above: Romans study on an iPad Air. Click the image for a larger view.

Following the discussion questions, there is a section for focused prayer. In some, but not all, of the studies, there is an additional section in which Wright offers some final comments. These extra sections of commentary are often included with passages that might leave readers with more questions after the study. He tries to anticipate certain scenarios—such as Jesus’ words on divorce in the Sermon on the Mount—and provide additional counsel. This is where N. T. Wright’s experience as both a scholar and a pastor combine to add a unique approach to inductive Bible study.

There are a total of 282 individual studies in this series! Studied on one’s own or in a group, the For Everyone Bible Study Guides provides enough content for nearly six years of weekly studies. And now with the ability to add one’s own notes to any title in Accordance (a feature coming soon to Accordance Mobile!), a group participant can answer questions and record insights directly in Accordance!

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Take it all with you! Above: N. T. Wright's For Everyone commentary AND For Everyone Bible Study Guides on an 8" Toshiba Encore 2 Write Windows tablet.

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