Accordance Blog

Accordance for Windows/Mac Updated to 11.2.3

July 25, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Fire up App Update-- Accordance for Windows and Mac has been updated to v. 11.2.3. This is a minor update including the following changes: Removed length cap when saving search ranges Easy Install will now download Atlas data updates if needed Added Portuguese localization of the Atlas Additional bug fixes and stability improvements. Accordance 11.2.3 can be downloaded from within the program by selecting "Check App Update" from the Utilities menu (Windows) or the Accordance menu (Macintosh). ...

Göttingen LXX: Update & Price Reduction!

July 25, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — The Septuagint (LXX) is the first known translation of the Bible. Beginning in approximately the 3rd century BC with the translation of the Pentateuch into Greek from the original Hebrew, the creation of the LXX spans three centuries and comprises all books of the Hebrew Bible, plus the books of the Deuterocanon/Apocrypha. The significance of the LXX cannot be overstated as nearly all quotations of the Old Testament by the New Testament writers as well as Josephus and Philo come from this translation. Even today, over 200 million Christians ...

Take Class Notes in Accordance (7 Strategies for Students #1)

July 22, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — When I began my M.Div classes in the early '90s, laptops were a luxury most of us could not afford, and powerful Bible software like Accordance was non-existent (Accordance 1.0 was released in 1994). In class, I took my notes by hand with pencil and paper. Then, I went home and transcribed them onto my computer in Microsoft Word. Although this repittive method was actually a good way to reinforce what we had covered in class, it was also very time consuming. If I were a student taking classes today, I would simply create a User ...

Ready, Set, Save on Collections & Upgrades

July 19, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — Important Notice: Now is the time to upgrade your Accordance Collection! Although we can’t give specifics at this time, due to expiring licensing agreements, the current Accordance Collections will be reorganized in the next few months. Certain popular titles in the current collections will no longer be part of these packages. What does this mean for you? If you’ve been eyeing a particular collection because of what it offers, now is the time to upgrade. We can’t guarantee that particular titles will be included in the new packages. To ...

Scripture to Sermon, Part 2 (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #144)

July 18, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — This is the second podcast in a two-part series on preparing a sermon from scratch. Resuming the process at studying the paragraph, Dr. J explains how to harvest the hard work of exegesis (the verse-by-verse study) to build an expository sermon. Novices and experienced preachers alike will appreciate this clear explanation of the sermon-building process. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

A Closer Look at the Orthodox Study Bible

July 15, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — This past Spring, we released the Orthodox Study Bible for the Accordance Library [see original announcement here]. I have known Theron Mathis, one of the contributors, for nearly two decades. In the interview below, I asked him about his involvement in the project and what he considers significant about the Orthodox Study Bible for all readers of Scripture. Theron, tell us a bit of your background and how you got involved with the Orthodox Study Bible project. I have two Religion degrees: a BA from Liberty University, where I ...

NEW! Beale's Revelation: A Shorter Commentary

July 11, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — For many Bible readers, Revelation can be the most challenging book of the New Testament. Not only does the reader face the regular historical and cultural challenges met with any book of the Bible, Revelation is also written in the apocalyptic genre, which is not very familiar to most modern readers. Thus, over the last two millennia, Revelation has easily spurred more schools of interpretation than perhaps any other portion of biblical writing. Almost two decades ago, one of the better commentaries on Revelation was released: Gregory ...

Accordance Adventures in the Philippines

July 08, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — After leaving Hong Kong, Ryan Mudge and I headed to the Philippines. Like Hong Kong, everyone we met in the Philippines—both locals and those originally from other countries—were friendly and gracious; but the cultures are very different. Our ride from the airport to our initial lodgings was only about 28 km, but it took three hours to get there! I had great admiration for our driver as it definitely took an entirely different skillset than anything I’ve ever had to do when driving back home. While in the Philippines, we also got to ...

Reading Scripture with the Reformers

July 04, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Many Accordance users (myself included) will state that one of their favorite commentary series is the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Today, we are releasing a “sequel series” (a term also used by InterVarsity Press), the Reformation Commentary on Scripture. No doubt, this series will also become a favorite as it offers a second means of “reading the Bible with the dead” (as first termed by General Editor John L. Thompson). Together with the previously released ACCS, the Reformation Commentary on Scripture (RCS) is “ ...

NEW! Feasting on the Word (22 volumes)

June 27, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Today we are releasing all 22 volumes of the Feasting on the Word commentary series on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) for the Accordance Digital Library. This incredible resource has been long requested by Accordance users and will be of interest to many beyond the clergy whose churches who follow the RCL. The American Heritage Dictionary defines feast as “a plentiful supply of something enjoyable, especially for the mind or senses.” That definition of feast perfectly describes the Feasting on the Word (FotW) series. For those who ...

Scripture to Sermon Part 1 (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #143)

June 25, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Many pastors struggle to create sermons from scratch, with moving from a passage of Scripture to a finished sermon. In this podcast Dr. J details the entire process, step-by-step, showing the decisions that one must make, the points at which prayer and reflection are especially important, and how to integrate Accordance effectively into one’s workflow.

Accordance Adventures in Hong Kong

June 24, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Earlier this week, we began our month-long Accordance Tour of Asia. Over the next four weeks, we are making multiple presentations in Hong Kong, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan. I am giving various Accordance seminars in these areas along with my trusty sidekick, Ryan Mudge who offers sales and support. Our first stop was Hong Kong. On Monday of this week, we held an all-day Accordance Training Seminar at Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary. Anyone from the area could attend, and it was exciting to interact with ...

Of Apes and Ethics

June 13, 2016 - David Lang — THE AGE IN WHICH WE LIVE We seem to live in an age of moral outrage—at least judging from the amount of moralizing we see on our social media feeds. It seems that every day I see a new outrage-du-jour: a politician says something foolish, political demonstrators behave badly, a rapist gets a scandalously light sentence, or an endangered gorilla is shot to protect the life of a child who climbed into its zoo enclosure. Each source of outrage then gets debated in staccato 140-character bursts. In the case of Harambe, the aforementioned ...

Introducing Construct Searches (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #142)

June 10, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Construct Searches are a unique, Accordance-exclusive graphical interface for complex searches. Once we understand the concept, they are actually easier to use than regular searches! In podcast, Dr. J introduces this feature for those interested in searching Bibles and texts, including Greek and Hebrew grammatically-tagged texts. [Accordance 11.2: Intermediate] See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

NEW! (Relatively Speaking) The Living Bible

June 06, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — If you’re old enough, you remember the unmistakable dark green padded hardcovers of the Living Bible. My father had one; my grandmother had one, too. For a generation or so, they seemed to be everywhere; and they were distinctive when read aloud back in a day that was still dominated by the King James Version. Long-requested by our users, we’re pleased to announce the Living Bible available for the Accordance Library beginning today. It's about time! The Living Bible was the brainchild of Kenneth Taylor who created the paraphrase from ...

NEW! The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible

June 06, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Available, beginning today, for the Accordance Library, the highly acclaimed Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible (44 volumes) is a comprehensive resource for expository and topical preaching! Popularly identified simply as POSB, this well-known resource provides an extensive verse-by-verse outline and commentary of the entire Bible, organizing key points of Scripture passages in a systematic outline form, along with content synthesized from 200+ Bible commentaries, language sources, and reference works. Each volume of the ...

Free Accordance Webinars for June 6 - 8, 2016

June 03, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — 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 June 6 - 8, 2016: Beginner's Basics Part 1: Getting Started Monday, June 6, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT Join us for this hands-on class with step-by-step instruction while working in your own Accordance program. This webinar includes tutorials in the following subjects: Using the Library; ...

RELEASED! Accordance 11.2 (Windows/Mac)

May 30, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Fire up App Update! Accordance 11.2 is here for Windows and Mac! Version 11.2 is a significant update that is free to users who have already upgraded to Accordance 11. There are over 50 new features, changes and fixes in this release! Here are a few of the major ones: New "Accordance" font Export of Bibliographic Data to Endnote, Zotera, Bookends and others Citation of paragraph numbers for older titles without page numbers Multiple Undo/Redo in text entry windows Startup by Favorite W ...

NEW! Goldingay's The Old Testament for Everyone

May 30, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Daily readings of the Bible have a long history in Jewish and Christian traditions. We even facilitate daily readings in Accordance if you want to practice this discipline digitally. Many daily reading plans of the Bible seek to have the reader complete the Scriptures in a year, and some aim for an even shorter time period. I sometimes wonder, “What’s the rush?” Of course, there’s a difference between reading the Bible and studying the Bible. The latter takes a bit more effort and goes at a slower pace. Few will have the time to study ...

Advanced Greek Searches (Lighting the Lamp Podcast #141)

May 26, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — This podcast picks up where Basic Greek Searches ends. It covers searching for Greek tags, using Search in, and adding more sophisticated Search commands. It also gives an overview of Searching and Amplifying to Greek Tools, and using Research for Greek language searches. Join Dr. J for this in-depth look at what Accordance offers those with a working knowledge of Greek. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

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