Accordance Blog

April 2015

Webinar: How to Prepare a Sermon with Accordance

April 30, 2015 - — In this previously recorded webinar, pastor Abram Kielsmeier-Jones demonstrates how he uses Accordance for sermon preparation. Anyone who preaches or teaches the Bible regularly will benefit from watching Abram's presentation. Download Abram's accompanying Sermon Prep Handout. We have new webinars available every week. Sign up at our Webinars page, and see past webinars at our Webinars Archive page.

NEW! Tremper Longman's How to Read Series from IVP

April 28, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Even a casual reader of the Bible quickly discovers that not all books in Scripture are the same. The Bible contains an amazingly diverse representation of literary styles. Reading Genesis is not the same as reading the Gospels, which is not the same as reading Revelation. Many biblical introductions give an overview of content and themes, but a reader often has to seek out specialized technical works for exploring methods for interpreting specific books or literary types in the Bible. Fortunately, this week we are pleased to release ...

Saving Content from Accordance Mobile to Evernote

April 24, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Here's a handy trick for saving content in Accordance Mobile to Evernote.

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

April 23, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — [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!

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 Gottlieb

April 16, 2015 - — 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.

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 biblical ...

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 ...