Accordance Blog

March 2013

Powerful Preferences: More General Settings

March 29, 2013 - David Lang — This is the second in a series of posts on Accordance preferences. Yesterday we covered some of the General settings. Today, we'll cover the rest of them. In addition to letting you choose how you want Accordance to start up and what information dialogs you want to have displayed, the General settings let you tweak Accordance's amplify behavior. When you select a word or verse reference in Accordance, you can then choose to search for that selected text in any Accordance resource. This is the process we call amplifying. For ...

Powerful Preferences

March 28, 2013 - David Lang — This past weekend, I taught Accordance training seminars in Washington DC and Williamsburg, Virginia. Both groups included some pretty experienced Accordance users, and their questions prompted me to cover some more in depth aspects of Accordance than I usually get to. One thing I noticed in answering those questions was how much I turned to the Preferences panel. Over the past two decades of development, we've added numerous options you can set in order to tailor Accordance to your specific needs. Most of them can be found by choosing ...

Learning vs Staying in the Original Languages

March 25, 2013 - Darin Allen — I remember diligently studying Greek paradigms one day in seminary when I asked my professor, “Is this how we’re going to be studying Greek after we graduate?” He just laughed and said, “Nah, you’ll be using Bible software.” How true. In reflecting on his words, I’ve also noticed an interesting trend now that I’ve been out of seminary for a few years. Many of my friends and colleagues who bought Bible software in seminary are still using it to access the original languages today as pastors and ministry leaders. Granted, they may ...

Lenski's NT Commentary and other New Releases

March 20, 2013 - Darin Allen — We are excited to announce another round of new releases! These new releases are all on sale as introductory specials through April 2, 2013, so be sure to pick them up now! Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament R.C.H. Lenski’s 20-volume Commentary on the New Testament is praised for the way it throughly handles interpretive issues while applying thoughtful exegesis. Written from a conservative Lutheran perspective, Lenski’s commentary is in-depth and exhaustive, discussing various ...

Win an iPad Mini or an Accordance Gift Card!

March 14, 2013 - Darin Allen — If you haven’t heard the news, Accordance is having an exciting giveaway right now. The Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad Mini along with the Accordance 10 Essential Collection. The idea is to provide the winner with a complete mobile Bible study solution. The iPad Mini is a great tablet in this regard, as it’s large enough to accommodate serious Bible study but small enough (and light enough) to hold in one hand during long reading sessions. Its size and weight make it a great tablet for reading and searching your Accordance modules ...

Accommodating Mounce's Parsing Order

March 08, 2013 - David Lang — As I mentioned yesterday, I'm teaching my family Greek using Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek grammar. We're now at the point where they're learning to parse first and second declension nouns, and Mounce suggests that we do so by naming the case first, followed by the number, and then the gender. That is different from the default order in Accordance. If you hover over a noun and look at the Instant Details, you'll see the parsing listed by gender, then number, then case. In order to avoid the confusion that might be caused by these ...

So We Really DON'T Need to Learn This

March 07, 2013 - David Lang — As I've mentioned in a previous post, I've been teaching my family Greek using Accordance and an Apple TV. We're now learning noun case endings and beginning all those initially bewildering processes like parsing words, identifying their lexical forms, etc. As an illustration, I decided to show how Accordance makes all that stuff easy. I began by hovering my mouse over a word in the Greek New Testament to show how its lexical form and parsing is automatically displayed in the instant details box. I then triple-clicked a word to show how ...

Friday Fun: Hannah is a Palindrome

March 01, 2013 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I gave Hebrew students a technique for garnering extra credit by searching for geminate verbs: verbs like הלל in which the second and third letters of the lexical form happen to be the same. To do that, we used the question mark wildcard to represent each letter in the lexical form, and then we specified that the third letter had to be the same as the second by placing (=2) after the third question mark. This ability to specify that different letters must match was added specifically for these kinds of original language ...