Accordance Blog

July 2009

I Feel the Need, the Need for Speed

July 31, 2009 - David Lang — Rick Mansfield of This Lamp has posted a video showing the relative speed with which Accordance performs its searches. If you've started to take Accordance's speed for granted, you need to see this.

Hermeneia Commentary Now Available

July 29, 2009 - David Lang — I'm very pleased to announce the release of the Hermeneia commentary series for Accordance. This 43-volume set includes commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and even extrabiblical works like 1 Enoch, Fourth Ezra, the letters of Ignatius, the Didache, the Shepherd of Hermas, and the Apostolic Tradition. Hermeneia is a "critical and historical commentary" which strives to "lay bare the ancient meaning" of the text without imposing any particular "systematic-theological perspective." As such, it adds theological breadth to our ...

Importing Bibles Challenge

July 28, 2009 - Helen Brown — Kevin P. Edgecomb has a new post on his Biblicalia Blog about his experiences trying to import the NETS (New English Translation of the Septuagint) into BibleWorks. He ends with this challenge: So, Accordance users, do you have problems like these? Do these problems exist in Accordance? Can Accordance do the following?: 1.) Present a version in its own proper order within the normal context of searching and display 2.) Include subverses as full verses for searching, etc 3.) Accurately align all verses and subverses without ...

Ligonier Blog on Accordance

July 22, 2009 - Helen Brown — Thank you, Keith Mathison, for a very nice review of Accordance on the Ligonier blog, and especially for promoting the cost-effective bundles.

Kaiser's History of Israel

July 16, 2009 - David Lang — When we were developing the Accordance Timeline, we debated how best to represent differing reconstructions of Biblical chronology. We knew we couldn't represent every view, so we decided to represent two broadly defined approaches, which we labeled Conservative and Critical. Our next question was this: within each of these broad frameworks, should we create an eclectic chronology based on the work of multiple scholars or choose to follow a single authority? We decided to choose a single representative authority and cite our sources in ...

Spurgeon: Not 500 yet, but still quotable

July 15, 2009 - David Lang — Last week, in honor of Calvin's 500th birthday, I showed how you could mine the Gathered Gold quotations module for pithy Calvin quotes. While Charles Spurgeon is not anywhere near 500 yet, he is still eminently quotable. In fact, I would say Spurgeon surpasses even Calvin in his ability to turn a memorable phrase. After all, he's not called the "Prince of Preachers" for nothing. So quotable is Spurgeon that numerous compilations of his quotations have been published. The latest, and largest, is Kerry Allen's Exploring the Mind and H ...

500 Years of Influence

July 10, 2009 - David Lang — As I mentioned yesterday, today is the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. Love him or hate him, Calvin's influence is undeniable, even half a millennium later. My closest brush with Calvin came about ten years ago when I entered the home of Dr. Charles Ryrie to help him with his Accordance installation. Beside the door in a glass case was a first edition of Calvin's Institutes in English. As I and the friend who had asked me to help Dr. Ryrie were preparing to leave, I started talking with Dr. Ryrie about this copy of the ...

Quote Mining John Calvin

July 09, 2009 - David Lang — Tomorrow marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, and Calvinists everywhere are defying their "frozen chosen" reputation to party like it's 1509. In honor of the occasion, I decided to search Gathered Gold for pithy Calvin quotes which I've been posting on Twitter for the past several days. Here's quote-mining made easy. First, I opened Gathered Gold and searched the Author field for John Calvin. This results in 910 hits, which should amount to 455 quotations. I could move from quote to quote by clicking the down Mark ...

Putting Accordance to iWork: Keynote Slides

July 06, 2009 - David Lang — If you use Apple's Keynote presentation software to present outlines or visuals for your lesson or sermon, here are a couple tips to help you get the information you need out of Accordance. Let's say I want to put up a slide at the beginning of a sermon listing all of the passages I'll be covering so people can bookmark them ahead of time. I use one of Keynote's slide masters and enter the title "Today's Scriptures." In Accordance, I already have a window containing the passages I'll be covering, so I just click in the text, use the ...

Credit card orders

July 03, 2009 - Helen Brown — The company that handles our credit cards is experiencing a problem with their website. In the interim please send all orders for manual processing. Happy Fourth!