Accordance Blog

Don’t Neglect the Classics

April 20, 2015 - David Lang — 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). When we read the biblical text, we are often quick to connect it to our immediate concerns, t ...

Endorsement: Leeor Gottleib

April 16, 2015 - — Hear Leeor Gottleib, 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.

Classical Hebrew Texts Sale

April 14, 2015 - — No body of ancient literature was written in a vacuum, including the Hebrew Bible. Its composition reflects the culture and influence of the surrounding people groups and nations when it was written. As history moved forward, the Hebrew Bible became an influence itself, inspiring other literature as writers reflected on its meaning and implications. This week we are offering at significant discount new inscription titles from Carta Jerusalem that relate to the Hebrew Bible as well as a wide variety of Classical Hebrew texts. ...

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

April 13, 2015 - Mikhal Oren — 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. 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 ...

Accordance Mobile 2.0: How to Install Books

April 10, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — 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 ...

NEW! Reformation Study Bible Notes (2015)

April 07, 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. With the NIV Study Bible, the most popular study Bible of the previous generation of study Bibles, the second edition was universally thought ...

N. T. Wright's For Everyone Bible Studies

April 06, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — 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. 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 ...

How to Study a Word (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #120)

April 03, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — Word studies are one of the core techniques for Bible study. In this podcast, Dr. J provides a simple, step-by-step process for discovering a word’s meaning: Identify, Investigate, and Evaluate. First, he shows us how to identify the original language word behind every word in a Bible translation. He then explains how everyone—those who read Hebrew and Greek and those who do not—can use Accordance to find the range of meaning(s) for every word in the Bible's original languages. Finally, the podcast explains how to pinpoint the precise meaning ...

Learning a Modern Language with Accordance

April 02, 2015 - Joel Arnold — Note: Today's guest post is from Accordance user, Joel Arnold. See more about Joel at the bottom of this blog entry. A little over 18 months ago my family moved to the Philippines, and for the last year I have been studying Tagalog intensively. There’s lots of money in language learning and all kinds of expensive programs exist to help you on your way. But I realized that I already owned a really powerful tool in Accordance, and using it for language study didn’t have to cost me anything extra. It quickly became my favorite tool. ...

Announcing Word-World: A Bible-Based Orlando Theme Park

April 01, 2015 - David Lang — Accordance Bible Software is pleased to announce plans to open Word-World™, a new Bible-based theme park in Orlando, Florida. Accordance has been headquartered in the theme park capital of the world for more than two decades, but our corporate presence has been relatively inconspicuous. When Word-World™ opens in April of 2016, that will change in a big way. While this announcement may be unexpected, the opening of a theme park is something we’ve been quietly working on for several years. In order to avoid word of our plans leaking ...

Accordance Mobile 2.0: The Reviews Are In!

March 31, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance Mobile 2.0 has been out for about a week and a half, and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Here are just a few! Wow! Thank you. Everything I dreamed of :-) Arne B. (via Accordance Forums) If you don’t have this app, get it! Great tool! If you have it, this is a great upgrade. BenoîtC (via iTunes) Really liking the new @AccordanceBible iOS 2.0 update. Looks great, feels familiar. Kevin Burr (via Twitter) An app that keeps ...

Accordance 11 Now Available in the Mac App Store!

March 30, 2015 - — Accordance 11 is now available for purchase in the Macintosh App Store! If you currently use v. 10 from the Mac App Store, you should first install the free upgrade to 10.4.6 so that v. 11 will be able to access all your current Accordance titles, user notes, and related files. If you are a current registered user of Accordance 10 who purchases v. 11 from the Mac App Store, you can use the coupon Start11AppStore-up to get $10 off your next purchase in the Accordance web store. Did you recently purchase Accordance 10 in the ...

Top Ten Features of Accordance Mobile 2.0

March 20, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — 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 r ...

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

March 19, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — 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 ...

Picture The Biblical World

March 17, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — 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 ...

Biblia Hebraica Quinta: Proverbs Released

March 16, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — 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 ...

Endorsement: Steve Walton

March 13, 2015 - — 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.

Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries: Minor Prophets

March 09, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — 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 ...

Witherington's Letters & Homilies

March 03, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — 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 ...

Endorsement: Tommy Wasserman

February 27, 2015 - — 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.

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