Accordance Blog

April 2014

New Introductory Bible Atlases from Carta

April 28, 2014 - David Lang — Ever flipped through the average Bible atlas? You can learn something new just by looking at the maps and illustrations, but once you start reading, you can quickly get overwhelmed with information about geological formations, weather patterns, people groups, and archaeological discoveries. Thankfully, Carta Publishing has produced a series of brief, narrowly-focused "introductory atlases" to help you better understand the world of the Bible. Each title in this series tackles a different subject—archaeology, kingdoms and empires, great ...

Alliterating Points Acceptable Practice? Alternate Perspectives

April 25, 2014 - David Lang — The other day on our social media channels, we posted the following question: Alliteration is, of course, a time-tested rhetorical device which can help listeners remember what was said. Take, for example, Martin Luther King Jr.'s "dream" that his children would one day be judged "not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." The use of alliteration here (and consonance with the "k" in skin) helps to draw our attention to the contrast. Many notable preachers have used alliteration to draw a ...

Throwback Thursday: A Capital Offense

April 24, 2014 - David Lang — When Accordance was first released, our logo looked like this: Pretty cool, right? The almost completely curved letters of the typeface stood out from all the other text on our brochures. This font was also somewhat similar to the Chicago typeface used throughout the Macintosh interface. The use of lowercase for the initial "a" further reflected the playfulness and approachability of the Macintosh platform. At the same time, the capitalization of the second "c" drew attention to the "Cord" part of the name—a play on the name of T ...

A Literary Approach to Genesis

April 23, 2014 - David Lang — For some time now, I've been teaching through the book of Genesis in my Sunday School class. About the time I got to the Abraham cycle, one of our developers finished a new commentary on Genesis by Bruce Waltke, and it was submitted to me for final checks. This fortuitous timing led me to begin using the pre-release module in my Sunday School preparation. Like many of you, my main method of using commentaries in Accordance is to view them in a parallel pane together with the Biblical text. When I first opened Waltke on Genesis in a ...

Workspace Wednesday

April 22, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — We at Accordance believe that our software is so much more than just a tool to study the Bible. It's a means of community and creativity. We've created Workspace Wednesday because we want to give you a chance to show us your creative workflow in Accordance. Watch the video to find out how you can participate: Join us on social media to post your workspace: Take a screenshot of your workspace Post the screenshot to the comments section of our Workspace Wednesday post every Wednesday Hashtag ...

New Modules on Sale -- Something for Everyone!

April 22, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — We've got a diverse collection of fascinating new modules this week, each one at a special introductory price. You have just one week to save on the excellent titles below. News for the Anchor Bible Commentary-Old Testament: the second section, 12 volumes from Joshua to Esther, is now available for Easy Install to those who have purchased the OT or the complete set. More volumes are heading your way very soon. Living God’s Word New Testament scholar J. Scott Duvall and Old ...

Throwback Thursday: Weighing Anchor

April 17, 2014 - David Lang — In my previous Throwback Thursday post, I told you about my first experience of demonstrating Accordance at the 1995 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. We were offering attendees a sneak peek at Accordance 2.0, which was released the following April. I spent most of 1996 preparing modules for the initial release of Accordance 2.0, as well as for our first CD-ROM release later that same year. Little did I realize it at the time, but my next project would prove to be a major turning point in the development of Accordance ...

Crucifixion: Forget What You Think You Know

April 15, 2014 - David Lang — Of all the articles I planned to write for the Bible Times PhotoMuseum, I figured the article on Crucifixion would be relatively easy. After all, I already had a pretty good idea of who invented the practice (the Romans), how crucifixion was practiced (nails through hands and feet, fully assembled crosses raised to position, etc.), and how it caused death (by asphyxiation as the crucified became too tired to lift himself up to breathe). When I started doing my research, however, I was shocked to discover how little we actually know about ...

5 Things About Passover You Probably Didn't Know

April 10, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — For Orthodox Jews, the Passover is a weighty, yet joyous celebration bringing to memory the miraculous deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt. Over the course of many centuries, the Passover feast has been contextualized to modern man, and while maintaining aspects of its traditional roots, has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon. Here are five interesting things you probably didn't know about how the world does Passover in 2014. Coca-Cola knows how to celebrate Passover (while also turning quite a profit). In the old ...

Answering a Question with a Question

April 07, 2014 - David Lang — Yesterday in my Sunday School class, I was teaching through Romans 8:31-39. In that passage, Paul reflects on whether anything can separate those who "love God and are called according to his purpose" (v. 28) from the "love of God that is in Christ Jesus" (v. 39). He does this by asking a series of questions such as "Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect?" (v. 33), "Who is the one who condemns?" (v. 34), and "Who can separate us from the love of Christ?" (v. 35). He answers each of these questions by eliminating every potential ...

Throwback Thursday: Demoer and Demoee

April 03, 2014 - David Lang — In my last Throwback Thursday post, I talked about the development of the very first Tool modules for Accordance 2.0. Although version 2.0 was not yet ready for release in November of 1995, we were planning to offer a preview of all the new features to attendees at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in Philadelphia. I did not accompany my employers to ETS, since it was a smaller conference and they could manage the booth without me. I flew in to join them for the start ...

Hashing out the Hashtags (And Applying Some Apps)

April 02, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — What does the term "social media" mean to you? Perhaps you think it’s a tremendous waste of time, or maybe you don’t quite understand it and you’re afraid it’s too late to learn. Maybe you think it’s a fun way to pass the time, but nothing that should be taken too seriously. Perhaps for some of you, the fact that you’ve actually navigated away from Facebook to read this post is a miracle in and of itself. Whatever social media is, it’s clearly the future. You don’t need to be a marketing guru to know this. Facebook ...

A Study in Genesis One

April 01, 2014 - Timothy Jenney — One of the basic principles of effective Bible study is to allow the text of the Bible to speak for itself. That can be really difficult when we approach a passage with our own issues foremost in our minds. The more pressing the issues, the more difficult it is to set aside our own agenda. One way to become more objective is to use the comparative method, comparing and contrasting a biblical text with one from another culture. Ideally, the other text deals with the same topic and is roughly from the same time period, but written from t ...