October 2008

In My Mind I'm Goin' to Carolina

October 30, 2008 - David Lang — In the immortal words of James Taylor, "In my mind I'm goin' to Carolina." That's Charlotte, North Carolina to be more precise. I'm scheduled to do two training seminars in Charlotte on November 7 and 8. And while a decent number of people have registered so far, it's really not enough to justify the cost of making the trip—especially when there's so much work to be done here. We're evaluating whether or not we need to change our plans, but you North Carolinians can make the decision easier by registering to attend one of those two seminars. ...

Have We Raised Expectations Too High?

October 28, 2008 - David Lang — A week ago, I wrote a brief post explaining that we're busy finishing up a new update to Accordance which will soon be released as version 8.1. Last night I had to laugh when the following comment was left on that post: so...a week later and no release.... How keen should we be? Hours? Days? Weeks? Months? A smiley-face emoticon at the end of this comment leads me to believe that it was half written in jest, but I also have to wonder if we've raised your expectations too high. After all, earlier this year, I hinted on a Thursday that version 8 ...

Searching the Accordance Blog

October 27, 2008 - David Lang — This has been a year of big changes at OakTree software: a new version of Accordance, new DVDs, new modules, a new web-site, along with behind-the-scenes changes in infrastructure and the hiring of new staff. Unfortunately, one of the unintended victims of all these changes has been the search engine for this blog. When we transitioned to the new web-site, something broke so that the blog search no longer worked; and we've been waiting to fix it until all those infrastructure transitions are complete. I'm sorry some of you have been ...

Studying the Optative, Part 3

October 23, 2008 - David Lang — In my previous few posts, I've been using Accordance to study the optative mood in Greek. For those of you who are starting to wonder why I'm so fixated on the optative; I'm really not. I'm merely using the optative as a sort of case study to show you how you can use Accordance to answer the kinds of questions I asked in my initial post. I answered the first three questions in my first follow-up post, in which I used the Search All window and the Hits Graph to explore the use of the optative in the Greek New Testament and extrabiblical Greek ...

When it's Quiet, Things Are Happening

October 21, 2008 - David Lang — As a father of four (soon to be five!), I've learned to get concerned when the house is too quiet. When my kids were toddlers, and it suddenly got quiet, that meant they were probably getting into something they shouldn't. When they were noisily playing with toys, that meant all was well, but when things were too quiet, that's when white iMac keyboards were getting decorated with black permanent marker! In much the same way, long time followers of this blog should notice a pattern: the blog tends to gets quieter shortly before some major new ...

Studying the Optative, Part 2

October 15, 2008 - David Lang — In my previous post, I did a Search All for optative verbs and compared the use of the optative in biblical and extrabiblical Greek texts. I then examined a Graph of the use of the optative in the Greek New Testament, and observed that the optative appears most frequently among the more literary authors like Luke and Paul. Yet on closer inspection, it appeared that Paul's use of the optative consists primarily in his frequent repetition of the phrase me genoito, "May it not be!" This led me to ask whether Paul's use of the optative is limited ...

Studying the Optative

October 13, 2008 - David Lang — In my last post, I challenged you to use Accordance to study the optative mood in the Greek New Testament. So far, no one has offered any answers to my questions, but I'm hopeful at least a few of you tried doing some searches for the poor underrated optative. Here are some of the ways I found answers to those questions. I began by asking just how rare the optative is in the Greek New Testament, whether different Greek texts differ with respect to the number of times the optative appears, and how frequently the optative is used in other Greek ...

Ignore the Optative? Absolutely Not!

October 10, 2008 - David Lang — Lately my family and I have been reading through Romans, and we've consequently been getting into all kinds of theological concepts which are a bit obtuse for kids ranging from 13 to 7. To offer a bit of comic relief to help break up the headiness of it all, I've taught them to shout "Me genoito!" every time we run across the phrase, "Absolutely not!" Chances are you've never heard kids shout a Greek phrase with such passion and feeling. Me genoito is, of course, the Greek phrase which is typically translated as "Absolutely not!" It is the ...

Grudem's Systematic Theology Now Available

October 07, 2008 - David Lang — The hits just keep coming. I'm pleased to announce the release of Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology in conjunction with Bits & Bytes, Inc. Written to be understood by students and laypeople rather than just his fellow academics, Grudem's Systematic Theology has become remarkably popular among conservative evangelicals. Grudem tackles both the classic theological questions such as the authority of the Scriptures, the nature of God, and the nature of the atonement, as well as many of today's hotly contested theological controversies. At ...

John Piper's Sermons Now Available

October 06, 2008 - David Lang — We're pleased to announce the release of the John Piper Sermon Manuscript Library for Accordance. Priced at $80 and on sale this month for just $55, Piper Sermons contains twenty-eight years of sermon manuscripts indexed by date, topic, and series. For more on this valuable resource, check out this article.

The Not-So-Awkward In-Between Stage, Part 2

October 03, 2008 - David Lang — Earlier this week, I talked about the bundles designed to help those in-betweeners who may want to consult the original language texts and tools included on the Scholar's Collection, yet whose primary focus will typically be the English Bible study resources included in the Library Collection. I also promised to show how you can piggy-back off the Strong's number resources of the Library in order to explore the in depth Greek and Hebrew materials of the Scholar's collection. That will be the focus of this post. The various levels of the ...

Accordance Around the Blogosphere

October 02, 2008 - David Lang — Just wanted to post a few links to articles about Accordance around the blogosphere. At Biblical Studies and Technological Tools, Mark Vitalis Hoffman has begun reviewing how Accordance runs on a PC using the Basilisk emulator. In response to that article, Rubén Gómez of Bible Software Review made the point that because of the limitations of emulating a Mac on a PC, those who run Accordance under emulation are still missing out on the complete Accordance experience. My favorite mention of Accordance in a recent blog comes from the Macs@Church ...