Accordance Blog

January 2012

Is Ephesians Really So Divided?

January 31, 2012 - David Lang — Some other members of the team and myself are currently in Minneapolis demonstrating Accordance at the Desiring God Pastor's Conference. Since the exhibit hall is basically deserted during the main teaching sessions, I slipped out last night and listened to the first speaker. Early in his message, he made an oft-repeated observation about the book of Ephesians: namely, that it is clearly divided into two parts. The speaker asserted that in the first three chapters, Paul uses verbs in the indicative mood—that is, verbs that make a statement or ...

New Titles from the German Bible Society

January 30, 2012 - Rick Bennett — We are happy to announce that our ongoing partnership with the German Bible Society (GBS) brings a new selection of the world's finest scholarly Bibles and original language texts to Accordance. The first round of these releases was announced just two weeks ago with the first installment of the BHQ, then last week with the long-awaited Nestle-Aland (27th ed.) tagged Greek text with sigla, and the critical apparatus. These are just the first of several new releases planned in the coming weeks. In addition to the NA27, we will also ...

Accordance 9.5.3 Enhances Typography and More

January 20, 2012 - David Lang — Exactly one month ago, a user posted a request on our forums for several minute typography enhancements. He wanted (1) some finer steps in choosing a font size, (2) support for ligatures, and (3) better hiding of superscripts in the text. In spite of his admission that he may be the "only OCD-type Accordance user who is bothered by these minutia," he's getting all of these typography enhancements in Accordance 9.5.3, a free update which is available now. In addition to answering this user's typography concerns, this latest update offers ...

New Release: Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ)

January 18, 2012 - Rick Bennett — As the name suggests, the Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ) represents the fifth in a series of texts of the Hebrew Bible that started in 1906. The fourth edition, Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) was finished in 1977 and has remained the standard Hebrew text for scholarly research since then. The BHS followed a single manuscript, the Leningrad Codex, but introduced a new apparatus and reproduction of the Masorah. The BHQ follows suit, improving upon the text (still based on the Leningrad Codex) and addresses similar but, in many cases, more ...

Sacred Techs Interviews Our Own Darin Allen

January 16, 2012 - David Lang — Remember the old commercial for Life cereal? Two boys are sitting at the breakfast table discussing this new cereal their mom says is "good for them." Not sure what to make of that, they go back and forth urging each other to be the first to try it. Then they hit on a brilliant way forward. They'll give it to Mikey, their finicky little brother, and see if he likes it. When Mikey enthusiastically digs in, the two older boys want some too. At the recent annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, I was ...

Magic Bullets

January 13, 2012 - David Lang — For several years now, I've been using the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) as my primary translation. At the risk of offering an overly simplistic evaluation, I find it offers good, readable English while still preserving much of the wording and structure of the underlying Greek and Hebrew. Another thing I like about the HCSB is that, in addition to footnotes and cross-references, it includes relatively inconspicuous bullets in front of terms which are likely to need a little explanation. In the print editions, you can look up ...

Know Your Enemies

January 12, 2012 - David Lang — My family has been reading through the Psalms together for the past few months, and the other day we read Psalm 83. Reading like a Who's Who of hostility, this psalm lists "Edom and the Ishmaelites", "Moab and the Hagrites," "Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek," "Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre", and "Even Assyria" in the space of a few verses. In an attempt to give my family a sense of who these various enemies of Israel were, I opened the Accordance Bible Atlas and overlaid the Divided Kingdoms region layer. I clicked the plus icon to ...

New Testament Translators’ Handbooks Now Available

January 10, 2012 - David Lang — I'm pleased to announce the release of an Accordance edition of the United Bible Society’s New Testament Handbook Series, a twenty-volume set of commentaries designed to provide practicing translators with “valuable exegetical, historical, cultural, and linguistic information” to help them render the New Testament text in other languages. This will obviously be a welcome resource to the many professional translators who rely on Accordance, but the UBS Handbook Series is also a fantastic resource for the rest of us. The UBS Handbooks ...

Bible Study Without Angst

January 09, 2012 - David Lang — Have you ever experienced this? You're feeling stressed, uncertain about something, frustrated, or full of doubt, so you decide to read the Bible. You open to a random passage and start reading, only to experience a wave of peace and calm come over you. In the midst of overwhelming and confusing circumstances, the simple act of reading the Bible brings comfort—like a dependable anchor in the midst of a storm-tossed sea. As a tool for studying the Bible, one would hope that Bible software would help facilitate such moments of comfort and ...

Ring out the Old New International Version, Ring in the New

January 07, 2012 - Helen Brown — As we announced yesterday, we have been asked to withdraw the NIV 84 and the TNIV from our purchase options by Jan 16, 2012. The notice from Zondervan conveyed a decision by Biblica, the publishers of the NIV: "We have been informed by Biblica that they will no longer allow us to produce and sell Bible products using the TNIV and NIV © 1984 translations. This decision is consistent with Biblica’s public statement when they announced that the NIV would be revised and updated, and it is based on their desire to have the more current NIV © ...

Braving the Cold? Find a Warm Welcome

January 06, 2012 - David Lang — At the end of this month one of our teams will be leaving sunny Florida to brave the cold of Minneapolis, Minnesota. We're headed north to exhibit at the annual Desiring God Pastor's Conference and to offer a free training seminar at the Fourth Baptist Church and Central Baptist Theological Seminary. If you're a midwesterner within driving distance, don't miss the opportunity to attend the seminar. For more details and registration information, see this page. If you're flying into Minneapolis to attend the conference, be sure to stop by ...

Looking for Resolutions

January 05, 2012 - David Lang — As a new year begins, many people seek to improve themselves by making New Year's resolutions. Some people see this practice as hopelessly legalistic, while others see it as a helpful spiritual discipline. Whatever your view, if you find yourself discussing the making and keeping of New Year's resolutions, it can be interesting to cull your Accordance library for mention of the word "resolutions." To do this, open the Search All window and select [All Tools]. The easiest way to do this is to select [All Tools] from the Search drop-down ...

Want Individual Volumes of NICOT? No Problem!

January 04, 2012 - David Lang — Many people like to buy multi-volume commentaries as complete sets, and doing so generally results in the lowest price per volume. Accordance offers a number of these large sets, such as Word, NAC, NIGTC, Pillar, Hermeneia, Tyndale, NICNT, NICOT, etc. Purchase just one or two of these sets and you'll have a commentary library that would require several bookshelves to house all the print volumes. In addition to saving money on bookshelves (and the time it takes to assemble them!), buying these sets in Accordance is typically much cheaper than ...

Illustrate Your Teaching

January 03, 2012 - David Lang — A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the value of some of our graphics resources for finding unique images to illustrate the stories of the Bible. Today, Rick Mansfield of This Lamp blogged about his own use of these resources to find an image of "Balaam in the flesh". It's a great discussion of how to find the "just right" image to illustrate your teaching. Be sure to check it out.