Accordance Blog

May 2014

Throwback Thursday: Getting Stronger, Part 2

May 29, 2014 - David Lang — In last week's Throwback Thursday post, I talked about how adding support for Strong's Numbers was at the top of our list of features to add in Accordance 4.0. I also wrote that every other implementation of Strong's numbers we had seen was "ugly and inelegant." At that time, every Bible program we had seen that featured a Strong's tagged Bible required you to view the Strong's numbers in the text itself. Like this: Obviously, showing all those numbers in the text itself makes the text hard to read. What's more, the numbers ...

Workspace Wednesday winner (5/21/14)

May 29, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — Workspace Wednesday is our way of letting you, the user, express your creativity in studying the Bible. Last week, we had some great submissions from our friends. (If this is all new to you, click this link to get caught up.) Each winner of Workspace Wednesday will receive a $20 credit in their Accordance account. (Limit one credit per user.) Each week, we have a different "theme" which we use as the basis for our sales, our newsletter, and our social media content. Get bonus points by theming your workspace around the ...

Imad Shehadeh on Accordance, iPads, and Arabic [video]

May 28, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — At ETS-SBL, we had the privilege of talking to many scholars who use Accordance, including Imad Shehadeh, President of Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary. Dr. Shehadeh had nothing but positive things to say about Accordance on his Mac, and especially appreciated the Accordance app on the iPad. In fact, he said it was the first place he goes every single morning — to his iPad, then to Accordance, then to his Arabic Bible. Dr. Shehadeh particularly praised Accordance's fast search capabilities in Arabic, a language that most ...

NA28 with Apparatus Review

May 26, 2014 - — Josh Mann recently posted this video review of the NA28 text and apparatus in Accordance. We think it is worth repeating here, in his own words. Thanks to Accordance for allowing me to review what I have found to be the most powerful electronic version of the NA28 available at the present time. In the video below, I demo and review some of my favorite features. Accordance users may also pick up a tip or two on using the software in general (e.g., cmd-J in the search bar will yield possible search terms). In ...

Workspace Wednesday winner (5/14/14)

May 22, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — Once again, Workspace Wednesday was a great success. (If you're not sure what we're referring to, click this link to get caught up.) Each winner of Workspace Wednesday will receive a $20 credit in their Accordance account! (Limit one credit per user.) Note: Each week, we have a different "theme" which we use as the basis for our sales, our newsletter, and our social media content. Get bonus points by theming your workspace around the content being featured! Last week's winner is Josh Pannell for his diverse workspace replete ...

Throwback Thursday: Getting Stronger, Part 1

May 22, 2014 - David Lang — The initial release of Accordance in 1994 made it easy to study grammatically-tagged Greek and Hebrew texts. Accordance 2.0, released in April of 1996, added much needed features like tools (commentaries, dictionaries, etc.), user notes, parallels, and more. Accordance 3.0, released in October of 1997, added library-wide searching, grammatical diagramming (a first for Bible software), and the ability to select any text—including Greek and Hebrew—and have the computer "speak" it. Accordance 3.5, released the summer of 1998, added support for ...

New Interpreter's Bible Now Available

May 20, 2014 - Graham Buck — We here at Accordance take pride in what we do. Every project becomes something of a labor of love. As the developer who labored to bring it to you, it is with parental pride that I get to introduce you to the newest commentary offering from Accordance: The New Interpreter’s Bible — Old Testament & Apocrypha volumes. If you're unfamiliar with this highly regarded series allow me to introduce you. When it was first published in 1951, The Interpreter’s Bible was the first whole bible commentary to appear in over 50 years, and i ...

iOS Tip: Drawing Back the Tabernacle Curtains

May 19, 2014 - Helen Brown — The buttons on the Instant Details help you dig into the meaning of a word in the text, and yet simply slide back to where you were studying without losing your place. Let's draw back the curtains on the word tabernacle or dwelling in this simple study illustrated on an iPhone. Navigate to Psalm 84 in the ESVi and tap and hold on the word dwelling. Instant details pops up with the definition mishkan and the dictionary article. Tap on the Amplify button and ...

Workspace Wednesday winner (5/7/14)

May 15, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — Once again, Workspace Wednesday was a great success. (If you're not sure what we're referring to, click this link to get caught up.) Each winner of Workspace Wednesday will receive a $20 credit in their Accordance account! Last week's winner is Abram K-J for his undeniably epic two-part entry. Bask in the glory, Abram! Part 1: Part 2: The runners-up!: Origen Adamantius: Jaap Cramer:

Throwback Thursday: Before and After iMac

May 15, 2014 - David Lang — For the first several years I worked for Accordance, I found that I spent as much time selling people on the Macintosh platform as I did promoting Accordance itself. From 1995 to 1997, Apple was rapidly losing consumer confidence. It seemed that every time the company was mentioned in the press, it was described as "beleaguered." The Mac still had a large and loyal user base, and some usability advantages over Windows, but Windows was widely perceived as being good enough, and few people wanted to buy computers from a company that might not b ...

Swiping, Tapping, and Scrolling into the Future

May 14, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — It’s no secret that we are right in the middle of the mobile revolution. In January 2014, mobile devices accounted for 55% of internet usage in the United States, officially surpassing desktop internet usage. That was four months ago, and the numbers have undoubtedly risen. As a business, we knew that if our users were on smartphones and tablets, that’s where we needed to be, too. We quickly realized that a vital step to catering to this new trend was optimizing our website for mobile devices. Mobile optimization is a catch-all ...

Keys to a Magic Portal

May 13, 2014 - David Lang — I'll never forget the first time I was shown a Strong's Exhaustive Concordance. It was a high school Bible study in which the teacher decided to expose us to the use of a concordance as a Bible study tool. After he showed us how to look up an English word, he pointed out the little number beside each occurrence of the word. He then showed us how to look up these numbers in the dictionary at the back of the concordance to learn more about the Greek or Hebrew word being translated. I seem to recall him discussing the two Greek words for "love" ...

Get Inspired by Godly Men

May 09, 2014 - David Lang — As a young man in college, trying to figure out how to live out my faith, I began reading the biographies of various preachers, missionaries, and church leaders. As I did, I started to notice some common patterns. First, these tended to be people with a vision. Jim Elliott had a vision to preach the gospel to people who had never heard it before. John Knox prayed for the reformation of Scotland lest he "die". Eric Liddell was so focused on mission work in China that he walked away from athletic stardom. Second, they all tended to ...

Accordance and the Birth of a New Translation

May 08, 2014 - David Lang — Today, in lieu of our regular Throwback Thursday post, we're pleased to present this guest post by James F. Davis, PhD. Part of the translation and editorial team of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), James reflects on how their use of Accordance helped them develop a completely new translation (as opposed to a revision of an earlier translation). Accordance and the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) In their book, HCSB: Navigating the Horizons in Bible Translation, editors E. Ray Clendenen and David ...

Workspace Wednesday winner (4/30/14)

May 07, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — Once again, Workspace Wednesday was a great success. (If you're not sure what we're referring to, click this link to get caught up.) Update: Each winner of Workspace Wednesday will receive a $20 credit in their Accordance account! Last week's winner is Sky Chen for his unique language study workspace. Congrats, Sky! Runners-up (click to enlarge images): Wil Gafney Dan Langston Thanks to everyone who submitted!

More Important to Know Theology Than the Bible?

May 07, 2014 - David Lang — My seminary professor had a penchant for shocking his students and challenging their assumptions with outrageous statements. One of the most shocking was this one: "It is more important to know theology than the Bible." Now, this was a seminary that stressed the authority of the Bible and the importance of teaching the Bible, so the idea that knowing a particular system of theology was more important than knowing one's Bible seemed absolutely blasphemous. Even more peculiar was the fact that this particular professor taught ...

Ligonier Titles Offer Reformed Theology "For the Rest of Us"

May 06, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — For more than 40 years, Dr. R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries have been been equipping Christians to "articulate what they believe and why they believe it, how to live it and how to share it." With a focus on offering seminary-level teaching to a non-academic, lay audience, Ligonier's teachers and authors offer Reformed Theology "for the rest of us." These new Ligonier titles will teach you how important theology is for "everyone," inspire you with examples of "godly men," and give you the answers to "Crucial Questions." This week ...

Measuring the March to Moriah

May 05, 2014 - David Lang — Yesterday in my Sunday School class, I was teaching on Genesis 22, the story of Abraham's binding of Isaac. One of the elements of that narrative is the description of their journey to the land of Moriah. It is clear from the surrounding context that Abraham and Isaac began their journey at Beer-sheba, and the narrative records that "on the third day" Abraham saw their destination in the distance. Since 2 Chronicles 3:1 identifies the temple mount in Jerusalem as "Mount Moriah," it appears that Jerusalem was their intended destination. ...

Workspace Wednesday winner (4/23/14)

May 01, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — We were thrilled at the user response to our first Workspace Wednesday competition. (If you're not sure what we're referring to, click this link to get caught up.) Last week's winner is Stanley Ng (@sshieng). He designed a workspace to follow the footsteps of Paul's missionary journeys. Congrats, Stanley! Runners-up: Ramone Raschad Billingsley Joel Madasu Adam Pymble (@adampymble) Thanks to everyone who submitted!

Throwback Thursday: Scholars Don't Care About Maps

May 01, 2014 - David Lang — In a previous Throwback Thursday post, I told you about a meeting way back in 1995 that helped get us thinking about developing a Bible Atlas that would prove to be years ahead of its time. Two years later, we had developed a limited prototype covering little more than the region of Galilee, and we were about to focus all of our attention on completing development of the Atlas. Having just released Accordance 3.0, with ground-breaking features such as Greek and Hebrew text-to-speech and diagramming, we had plenty to show at that year's Annual ...