Accordance Blog

June 2011

Tool Browser: When You Can't See the Triangle

June 28, 2011 - David Lang — For the past couple posts I've been showing how to get the most out of the Tool Browser. Here's a simple tip which will soon have you spoiled. As you know, the disclosure triangles let you expand or collapse a section of the browser. But what if you can't see the disclosure triangle? For example, the top level of the browser for most dictionaries is each letter of the alphabet. Expand one of those sections, and you'll likely get a long list of articles beginning with that letter. As you scroll down through that list, you can very q ...

Tool Browser: Seeing the Forest for the Trees

June 27, 2011 - David Lang — Last Friday I discussed the value of the Tool Browser as a navigation tool and promised to show some other cool features of the browser. The first of these I want to talk about is the Browser's value for showing you where you are in the context of a tool. For example, let's say I want to see what Grudem's Systematic Theology has to say about Genesis 1:26. I search the Scripture field of that module for =Gen 1:26 (the equals sign tells Accordance to limit the search to where a verse is cited exactly rather than included in a range of ...

Life Application Study Bible At-A-Glance

June 25, 2011 - Darin Allen — As we continue profiling the Study Bibles from this month's sale, today we will take an at-a-glance look at the Life Application Study Bible. Title: Life Application Study Bible Area of Focus: Practical Application of Scripture in Today's Context Contributors: Almost 100 contributors, including biblical scholars from multiple denominations. Description: The Life Application Study Bible is similar to many Study Bibles in the way that it seeks to explain difficult passages. However, it then goes beyond this ...

Who Needs a Table of Contents?

June 24, 2011 - David Lang — Did you know that Accordance module developers routinely strip out information from the e-texts we receive? That's right. We select a big chunk of text and just hit the delete key. Often the text we delete has been carefully prepared with hypertext links to other parts of the text—links someone worked hard to put in there. We don't care. It gets left on the cutting room floor. What information could we possibly be so cavalier about tossing aside? The Table of Contents. Many of the e-texts we receive have a detailed table of contents at ...

Jewish Study Bible At-A-Glance

June 22, 2011 - Darin Allen — As we continue profiling the Study Bibles from this month's sale, today we will take an at-a-glance look at the Jewish Study Bible. Title: The Jewish Study Bible Area of Focus: Jewish Studies Contributors: Edited by Adele Berlin and Mard Zvi Brettler Description: The Jewish Study Bible is designed to meet the needs of those seeking to study the Hebrew Bible from the Jewish perspective. The JSB draws from various schools of Jewish traditions of biblical exegesis (rabbinic, medieval, mystical, etc.) and is ...

The Pastor's Study: Detailed Accordance Workflow

June 22, 2011 - Steve Bauer — This week's installment of The Pastor's Study comes from Steve Bauer, Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in West Newton, Pennsylvania. Background The people at Accordance have asked me to include a section on how I make use of Accordance in my sermon preparation. There is no doubt that some of this will overlap with what others have written. But I hope that as you travel through this with me you’ll learn to use Accordance in ways you haven’t thought of before, or in ways that might help save you some time in preparing for your ...

Halley's Bible Handbook At-A-Glance

June 19, 2011 - Darin Allen — As we continue profiling the Study Bibles from this month's sale, today we will take an at-a-glance look at Halley's Bible Handbook. Title: Halley's Bible Handbook Area of Focus: Historical Context Contributors: Henry H. Halley Description: Halley's Bible Handbook was written from the conviction that everyone should be a daily reader of the Bible. According to Dr. Halley himself, it was designed as a handy brief manual, of a popular nature, to assist the average reader in their Bible study. The handbook w ...

ESV Study Bible At-A-Glance

June 15, 2011 - Darin Allen — As we continue profiling the Study Bibles from this month's sale, today we will take an at-a-glance look at the ESV Study Bible. Title: ESV Study Bible Area of Focus: General Study Contributors: A team of over 95 evangelical Christian scholars and teachers. Description: The ESV Study Bible quickly became an instant favorite among evangelical Christians when it was released. This is partly due to the high level of scholarship that went into its development, but also due to the quality and quantity of the ...

What the Heck Are "Extra" Sites?

June 14, 2011 - David Lang — Over the last two weeks I've been talking about how truly flexible the Accordance Bible Atlas is. Far from offering a series of static maps, the Atlas lets you create your own unique maps by combining various layers of information. I've also spent some time showing how you can customize these layers to eliminate label conflicts and get just the look you want. Today, I want to explain the concept of "extra sites" to you and show how you can use them to create even more customized maps. If you've ever selected a place name in a Bible text ...

The Dake Annotated Reference Bible At-A-Glance

June 13, 2011 - Darin Allen — As we continue profiling the Study Bibles from this month's sale, today we will take an at-a-glance look at the Dake Annotated Reference Bible. Title: The Dake Annotated Reference Bible Area of Focus: Outlines, Annotations, and Cross References Contributors: Finnis Jennings Dake Description: Finnis Jennings Dake produced these notes over a lifetime of studying the Bible. There are over 35,000 commentary notes, 500,000 cross references, and 8,000 sermon outlines. Exhaustive lists are pervasive throughout t ...

Embark on The Quest

June 13, 2011 - David Lang — Last fall, we were pleased to announce the release of 13 books from Carta, an Israeli publisher which specializes in Bible maps, Atlases, and books on Biblical geography and archaeology. At the time, I talked about a few of those resources in detail, such as The Sacred Bridge, a genre-redefining Bible Atlas written with the help of Accordance, and Carta's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. These resources, along with most of the books in the Carta collection, are fantastic reference works with detailed maps and ...

Catholic Study Bible At-A-Glance

June 10, 2011 - Darin Allen — As we continue profiling the Study Bibles from this month's sale, today we will take an at-a-glance look at the Catholic Study Bible. Title: The Catholic Study Bible Area of Focus: Catholic Studies Contributors: Editors Donald Senior and John J. Collins are joined by 12 other scholars who have contributed articles, notes and material for the reading guide. Description: One of the main features of the Catholic Study Bible is an extensive Reading Guide for each book of the Bible. The Reading Guides are found ...

Gimme a Map with No Overlap, Part 3

June 10, 2011 - David Lang — Last week, I showed how the Accordance Bible Atlas lets you create custom maps that show information you won't normally find in a print atlas or a software program that offers only static maps. The final map I showed combined several layers of information, and a user pointed out that there were some places where the labels overlapped. So I followed up that post by showing how tweaking one of the Site layers eliminated all but one of the label conflicts. In yesterday's post, I showed how to eliminate that last conflict by removing one of the ...

Gimme a Map with No Overlap, Part 2

June 09, 2011 - David Lang — Last week, I pointed out how the Accordance Bible Atlas lets you create custom maps that show information you won't normally find in a print atlas or a software program that offers only static maps. The final map I showed combined several layers of information, and a user pointed out that there were some places where the labels overlapped. So I followed up that post by showing how tweaking one of the layers eliminated all but one of the label conflicts. In today's post, I want to show how to eliminate that last conflict. In the ...

Seven Steps for Sermon Prep

June 08, 2011 - Lorinda Hoover — This week's installment of The Pastor's Study comes from Lorinda Hoover, a United Methodist elder in Iowa. Lorinda is currently the Stated Supply pastor of the United Presbyterian Church of Pocahontas, and will soon begin serving as the pastor of Glidden United Methodist Church. I’ve been using Accordance for about 6 years. Over that time, I’ve gradually developed my process for using Accordance for sermon preparation, which I’ve been asked to share with you. In the interest of space, I’ve not detailed every command involved. If you’re ...

Archaeological Study Bible At-A-Glance

June 06, 2011 - Darin Allen — As we continue profiling the Study Bibles from this month's sale, today we will take an at-a-glance look at the Archaeological Study Bible. Title: The Archaeological Study Bible Area of Focus: Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations Contributors: Walter C. Kaiser Jr. and Duane Garrett are the editors. Dr. Kaiser is distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament and president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Garrett is Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological ...

From Atlantic To Pacific, Accordance Training is Terrific

June 06, 2011 - David Lang — This week, we're exhibiting Accordance at conferences and offering free Accordance training seminars on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. So whether you enjoy an ocean sunrise or an ocean sunset, we've got you covered. This week we're exhibiting at the Calvary Chapel Senior Pastor's Conference at the Murrieta Hot Springs Conference Center in Murrieta, California. Then on Saturday we're offering a free training seminar in Santa Ana. Meanwhile, on the east coast, we'll be exhibiting at the PCA General Assembly in Virginia Beach, ...

Apologetics Study Bible Profile

June 03, 2011 - Darin Allen — If you haven't heard yet, we are having a great sale on Study Bibles this month. With so many excellent Study Bibles to choose from, you might be wondering which of these tools would prove useful in your own study of the Bible. While we do provide a brief description of each Study Bible on our sale page, we thought it might help to take a closer look at some of the Study Bibles included in our sale. We will be profiling a different Study Bible every few days or so over the course of the month, and providing some sample material from each to ...

Gimme a Map with no Overlap

June 02, 2011 - David Lang — On Tuesday I showed how the Accordance Bible Atlas lets you create custom maps that give you the exact information you need, even when it would not be found on most standard maps. By combining layers and searching for specific locations, I was able to create this map which shows the portion of Dan's tribal allotment which was actually controlled by the Philistines. All this flexibility does have a downside, one which was pointed out in the comments on that post: What I wish for is a way to reposition names of places so that ...

The Pastor's Study: Tools for the Craftsman

June 01, 2011 - Jeremy Writebol — This week's installment of The Pastor's Study comes from Jeremy Writebol, Adult Ministries Pastor of Santa Rosa Bible Church in Santa Rosa, California. Every craftsman has his own unique set of tools that helps him accomplish his task and produce quality work for the people he serves. For the preacher the tools we have for preaching are the books that exist in our libraries. One of the great benefits of living in such a technologically advanced age is that we now have access to thousands of books on our computers. As someone who teaches ...