Accordance Blog

January 2011

A Flexible Interface

January 31, 2011 - David Lang — At the training seminar I taught on Saturday, I pointed out how the Accordance search window gives you the flexibility to interact with the text of the Bible however you need at any given moment. Many Bible programs use different windows or views for different functions: the results of a search may be given in one window, but to see those hits in context you have to go to a different window. Viewing a string of discontiguous verse references may require a separate verse list window. Comparing multiple translations may require yet another v ...

Exposition Begins with Reading

January 28, 2011 - David Lang — Last week I wrote a couple of posts in which I said it is more important to read English well than to know Greek and Hebrew. I was, of course, deliberately being provocative by setting up a false dichotomy. It is not as if reading well is somehow incompatible with knowing Greek and Hebrew. My point was certainly not that Greek and Hebrew are unnecessary to good exegesis. Rather, it was that good exegesis begins with effective reading. If you know how to read texts well—a skill learned in one's native language—then you can easily apply that ...

Reading Revelation with Accordance

January 27, 2011 - David Lang — Last night my family and I read the first chapter of Revelation for our family devotions. I'm not quite sure how things will go with the rest of the book, but we had a great time discussing the first chapter. That's because I was able to use the Atlas and PhotoGuide to show my family the location of Patmos and the seven churches, as well as a few photos of the island of Patmos. I can't wait to get to each of the letters to the seven churches, simply because I want to see their reaction to some of the photos of those cities. For example, I ...

Accordance in Minneapolis and San Jose

January 26, 2011 - David Lang — Today I spent a little time with my two-year-old at a local park while two of his siblings were at their music lessons. It was a glorious day: the sun was shining, it was a little on the blustery side, and it was just warm enough to be comfortable without a jacket. The park we went to is situated under a canopy of oak trees which still have most of their leaves. As I enjoyed chasing my son around the playground, I found myself wondering why I'm leaving all this to go to Minneapolis, Minnesota this weekend. As a native Floridian, I don't ...

Purchasing Commentaries Podcast

January 24, 2011 - David Lang — January is quickly coming to a close, and that means you only have another week to take advantage of our Curl Up with a Commentary Sale. To help you choose the commentary that will best suit your needs, Dr. J's latest podcast offers a simple, three-step process for making a wise commentary purchase. Along the way, he shows where you can go for accurate information about the various commentaries, lists the different kinds of commentaries available, and wisely encourages you to buy what you can use today rather than what you think you might be ...

Not Dissected, but Digested

January 21, 2011 - David Lang — Yesterday I waxed philosophical about how it is more important to read English well than to know Greek and Hebrew. My point, in brief, was that the best exegetes are those with literary acumen and a firm grasp of how people communicate through the spoken and written word. That skill is developed in one's native language and, once acquired, can easily be applied to the original languages. Conversely, no amount of learning in Greek or Hebrew can overcome the lack of that skill. If we are to exegete the Scriptures well, we need to be ...

Better to Read English than Greek or Hebrew

January 20, 2011 - David Lang — Yesterday I talked a little about what a gifted interpreter John Calvin was. I've often pondered just what it is that sets apart the really great exegetes. In my opinion, the best exegetes are not necessarily those who have the greatest expertise in the original languages, although such knowledge certainly helps. Rather, I think the best exegetes are those who have the greatest literary acumen. In other words, the best interpreters are those who understand how to read written texts and grasp their meaning through the literary clues they ...

Sometimes Less is More

January 19, 2011 - David Lang — Someone posted an interesting question on our forums the other day: I can understand having print study bibles because we can have a range of helps quickly to hand in a single volume. But with bible software on portable devices, we can have whole dictionaries, commentaries, etc—who is the intended user of study bibles in electronic form? This user then went on to explain that he no longer uses study Bibles in Accordance that much, preferring instead to turn to more in depth commentaries and study aids. "So really," he concluded, ...

Post Your Commentary Review

January 17, 2011 - David Lang — As the number of commentary sets available for Accordance continues to grow, it can be increasingly difficult to decide which commentary best meets your needs. To help you make those decisions, we've set up a new area of our user forums where you can read product reviews from other Accordance users. We'll eventually be adding more products for review, but we thought we'd begin with the commentary sets currently on sale. If you own one of these commentaries, please write a review to help fellow Accordance users know what to expect. And if ...

Travel Back in Time

January 14, 2011 - David Lang — When I was asked to write the book Macs in the Ministry, I was tasked with showing how Mac applications like iLife and iWork could be used in a ministry setting. So I had to create a series of hands-on projects which the reader can complete using the materials supplied on the accompanying DVD. When it came to showing how to use iMovie, I created a brief promotional video introducing a preaching series about the story of David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11. The video began with a panoramic shot of Jerusalem taken from the PhotoGuide. It ...

A "Color" Commentary on the Bible

January 12, 2011 - David Lang — When you watch a sporting event on television, the broadcast crew typically includes two commentators. The play-by-play commentator tells you what is happening as a play unfolds, while the "color analyst" follows up with a more detailed explanation of why the play worked or didn't work, what the coach or player might have been thinking at the moment, and so forth. The color analyst's job is to give you an insider's perspective, drawing you into the human drama behind the athletic event. Like a play-by-play commentator, most study Bibles ...

Which is the "Best" Bible Software?

January 07, 2011 - David Lang — When you see a car commercial on television, does the commercial ever claim that the car is the "best"? As a description, "best" is rather bland, and frankly, it's too general to be meaningful. Instead, car companies distinguish their vehicles as the "fastest," "safest," "greenest," "most fuel-efficient," "longest-lasting," or "most luxurious." Think of any other product category, and you'll see the same thing happening. In almost every case, there are too many variables to consider when determining which product is "best." The question is ...

Less Hassle, More Syntax

January 06, 2011 - David Lang — Yesterday, two important updates were released. Accordance for iOS 1.0.1 fixes some bugs that were making the downloading of modules something of a hassle. And a free update to the GNT-T Syntax now adds the Gospel of Mark to those of Luke and John. You can get the iOS update through the app store, and if you own the GNT-T Syntax you can get the expanded database through Check for Updates in your Accordance menu. Enjoy!

Accordance for iOS: Instant Details

January 05, 2011 - David Lang — A couple weeks ago, I began telling you about our iOS app by showing some of its powerful search capabilities. Today I want to show you how to get instant information about the words or links under your cursor . . . I mean, finger. In the desktop version of Accordance, you can get instant information about certain items simply by dragging the mouse cursor over them. For example, you can drag the mouse over a word in an English Bible with Strong's numbers to see the Greek or Hebrew word it translates. That information appears in the ...

Accordance for iOS: Was it Worth the Wait?

January 04, 2011 - David Lang — Accordance for iOS became available through the app store last Thursday, and by now thousands of you have downloaded it and played with it. Reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, especially from previous Accordance users who can now take their Accordance libraries with them. A few people, however, have expressed disappointment that it's not yet everything they hoped it would be. Because we do our best to release software "when it's ready," and because we took what appeared to be a long time to release the app, I think some people expected ...