July 2010

Yes You Can!

July 30, 2010 - David Lang — Midterm congressional elections are still several months away, but already my mailbox is getting stuffed with political ads, my answering machine is becoming filled with recorded pitches for various candidates, my television screen is getting cloudy from all the mud being slung inside it, and my ears are continually met with various talking points and campaign slogans. If I were to create a campaign slogan for Accordance, I think I would modify the slogan frequently chanted during the last presidential election: "Yes we can!" That's because ...

Making Hebrews Come Alive

July 29, 2010 - David Lang — Recently my family's devotions have involved reading through the book of Hebrews. The writer of Hebrews spends a lot of time talking about the design of the Mosaic tabernacle, the function of the high priest, the offering of animal sacrifices, and other cultic practices dating from the second millennium BC: Now the first covenant also had regulations for ministry and an earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was set up, and in the first room, which is called the holy place, were the lampstand, the table, and the presentation loaves. Behind ...

The Mystery of the Lost Images

July 23, 2010 - Helen Brown — The special service that we use to send out mass emails and newsletters has been acting up lately. We successfully sent out our Piñata letter on Wednesday, but now the images have disappeared from everyone's copies. We will try to track them down and return them to their rightful place, but in the meantime here are the images we used: PS: Thankfully the problem is now fixed, but I'll leave this post up anyway.

Accordance Buzz

July 22, 2010 - Helen Brown — It took the news that Facebook has 500 million subscribers to prod us into paying attention to our own Facebook Page (not exactly true, we started working on it a few weeks ago). Clearly that is where the action is. Just yesterday we released version 8.4.7, and then sent out a general email with a sneak peek at the upcoming iPhone app, and our page really lit up with comments. Earlier we mentioned the release of The New Unger's Bible Dictionary, a remake of a classic. Be sure to Like us on Facebook to get immediate Accordance ...

Commentaries Update

July 15, 2010 - Helen Brown — Now only $699! The Hermeneia Commentary set has been very well received but remained beyond the reach of many users who really wanted it. Now, with agreement from Fortress Press, we are able to drop the price to an affordable $699. This top-of-the-line commentary is a must for every scholar and student of the Bible in the original languages. HOTC and HNTC have now been released together with the combined Holman Bible Commentary. Jeremy, who labored over these commentaries for many months, has written an excellent review of the ...

Out of the Oven

July 12, 2010 - Helen Brown — Sometimes it does seem as if preparing modules for Accordance is a bit like roasting the Thanksgiving turkey. It just takes so long to go through the necessary steps: defrosting, cleaning, salting, stuffing, wrapping, roasting, testing... It isn't made any easier by the delicious smells emanating from the oven, and the constant inquiries of "is it done yet? when can we eat?" We are pleased to announce that a batch of modules made it through the process in the last few days and are now posted for your enjoyment. The much ...

Best Commentaries

July 03, 2010 - Helen Brown — The BestCommentaries.com website run by John Dyer offers a valuable resource for the student of Scripture. He manages a comprehensive list of commentaries on the Bible, especially of multi-volume series. Volumes are given tags defining the type such as technical or devotional. Many volumes are rated based on other published listings and by members of the site. Links are provided to sellers of the volumes, both hard copy and software, and now also to Accordance! My only criticism is that with so much data the pages can load rather slowly. & ...

Announcing NIVAC Release

July 02, 2010 - Helen Brown — I would love to have Rick Bennett or David Lang blog about NIVAC, and I am sure one of them will soon. Right now they are keeping their noses to the grindstone to complete these and other important projects. So it is left to me to post the exciting news that the NIV Application Commentary is (almost) ready for release, and we are happily taking orders. During the 90 day introductory period we are offering the complete New Testament set of 20 volumes ($532) for the special one time only price of $317. Similarly, the 8 volume ...