Accordance Blog

July 2012

Barclay’s New Daily Study Bible Now Available

July 31, 2012 - David Lang — William Barclay's New Daily Study Bible is not actually a study Bible; it's a seventeen-volume New Testament commentary. Neither am I sure in what sense it is "daily," except perhaps that you could easily read each passage segment along with the associated commentary in a single day. It is indisputably new in that it is a thorough revision of Barclay's Daily Study Bible, yet there is also a sense in which it is old: Barclay himself having written the original in the latter half of the twentieth-century. Yet in spite of its odd title, this ...

Going from Anything to Anything

July 27, 2012 - David Lang — For months now, I've been working on a research project which will eventually give birth to a really exciting Accordance tool. As with the PhotoGuide, the Timeline, and the Atlas—all of which I contributed to—my work on this project is teaching me an incredible amount about the world of the Bible. And just as I did with those other projects, I have relied heavily on the wide array of Accordance resources I have available to me. Who needs to travel to a library when you have an entire research library on your laptop? One of the things I ...

Big Kittel Now Available

July 24, 2012 - David Lang — We are very pleased to announce the release of the unabridged Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, affectionately known as "Big Kittel." This ten-volume Greek lexicon is an English translation of the German Theologisches Wörterbuch Zum Neuen Testament, edited by Gerhard Kittel (hence the nickname). Accordance has long offered the condensed TDNT ("Little Kittel"), but the Big Kittel adds a wealth of information about word usage in periods other than the New Testament, along with far more biblical citations, bibliographic information, ...

Inferences for the Rest of Us

July 18, 2012 - David Lang — One of the most powerful and unique features of Accordance is the INFER command, yet it's quite possible you've never even heard of it. This command is designed to let you search two different passages for "inferences" from one to the other. An inference can be a direct quotation, a paraphrase, or even a relatively vague allusion—really any use of similar language. For example, the gospel of John begins with the phrase "in the beginning," a clear allusion to Genesis 1:1. Understanding that connection helps us better understand what John ...

Using Accordance to Teach a Bible Study, Part 5

July 13, 2012 - David Lang — This is the last in a series of posts on using Accordance's Slide Show feature. Part 1 explored how to set up a workspace with separate tabs for each Bible passage you plan to cover. Part 2 showed how to add a map. Part 3 demonstrated how to add a series of images from a resource like the PhotoGuide. Finally, Part 4 showed how to use the Search All window to search your entire library for just the right graphic. Once all the pieces of your slide show are assembled, all that's left to do is to present it. In this post, I'll explain how to do ...

Using Accordance to Teach a Bible Study, Part 4

July 12, 2012 - David Lang — In this series of posts, I've been relating how I used Accordance's Slide Show feature to teach a Bible study on the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. I began by creating separate workspace tabs for each passage I wanted to read. Next I added a tab with a map showing the location of Mount Carmel and the political boundaries at the time. Then I showed how to add a series of pictures from the PhotoGuide. In this post, I want to show how I did a broader search to find just the right image. In addition to showing ...

Using Accordance to Teach a Bible Study, Part 3

July 10, 2012 - David Lang — In this series of posts, I've been relating how I used Accordance's Slide Show feature to teach a Bible study on the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. I began by creating separate workspace tabs for each passage I wanted to read. Next I added a tab with a map showing the location of Mount Carmel and the political boundaries at the time. Today I want to show how I added tabs for the various images I wanted to display. First, I wanted to show photos of Mount Carmel itself. The best place to find location photos is ...

Using Accordance to Teach a Bible Study, Part 2

July 02, 2012 - David Lang — In my previous post, I began showing how I taught a Bible study using the Slide Show feature of Accordance. This feature lets you present any workspace with tabs as a series of "slides," with each tab constituting one "slide." The only caveat is that all the tabs have to be in a single zone, so you may have to drag one into another before you use this feature. In setting up the workspace I would present as a slide show, I began by assembling the various passages I would be reading. My main passage was the story of Elijah's showdown with ...