October 2011

Gearing Up for the Scholars' Conferences

October 31, 2011 - David Lang — Every year around this time, the entire Accordance team is busy gearing up to exhibit at the annual meetings of the Evengelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), both of which take place in the week before Thanksgiving. We time new releases of Accordance, new module releases, and more to coincide with these major shows, and Accordance users who attend these conferences often make an annual pilgrimage to the Accordance booth to purchase all the latest and greatest. They also drag their colleagues and ...

A Better Shopping Experience (Part III): Accordance Reviews

October 27, 2011 - Darin Allen — If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we’ve been making some changes to our website in order to improve the shopping experience for our customers. So far we’ve revamped our main product landing page and implemented a customizable comparison chart of our primary collections. I am pleased to announce that we have just completed another project: Accordance Reviews. All of our product pages now feature a five-star review system where you can share your thoughts on a product with other Accordance users. Why add a User Review ...

A Good Sign: Dimmed Video Icons

October 27, 2011 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, Darin gave us a glimpse of his cool international wall clocks that help him know when—and more importantly when not—to videoconference with other members of the Accordance team. A week or so ago, I had just finished a video chat with a member of the team in Jerusalem when I glanced at my "buddy list" in iChat. Beside each buddy's name, a video icon appears to show you that a video conference with that person is possible, and you can click that icon to start a video chat. If that person is already engaged in a video ...

Keeping Track of the Time

October 26, 2011 - Darin Allen — Do you have any family members that live in different time zones? This is a common experience for many of us. When I first moved to California for seminary, my family could never remember that we were three hours apart. This resulted in far too many 5 AM phone calls on Saturday morning. Family visits were also challenging, since jet-lagged East-coasters were ready to call it a night while the rest of LA was preparing for an early dinner. Although it took several months, my family eventually adjusted to the different time zones. When I joined ...

Dad, What Do You Know About Ancient Toilets?

October 25, 2011 - David Lang — My ten-year-old daughter, Lexi, is studying ancient history, and she's been assigned a variety of projects for which she's come to me for help. Thankfully, Accordance has made me look like the dad who can answer any question. First, there was the report she was asked to write on ancient toilets. I remembered reading an article in Biblical Archaeology Review which had a nice illustration of a Roman latrine, and I knew the PhotoGuide also has a few photos of ancient latrines. So I opened the Search All window, set the language pop-up menu to ...

Johnny Can't Preach Because Johnny Can't Read

October 19, 2011 - David Lang — In his book, Why Johnny Can't Preach, T. David Gordon argues that much poor preaching stems from an inability to read and appreciate literary texts. Today's reader, he asserts, knows how to read for information, but has largely lost the skill of appreciating the artistry with which texts communicate. If preachers lack this skill, their exegesis of the biblical text and their preaching of that text will inevitably suffer. In yesterday's post, Darin announced the release of How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, How to Read the Bible Book by ...

How to Series from Zondervan

October 18, 2011 - Darin Allen — We have three new modules available in Accordance from Zondervan’s “How to” series. These books are great resources for those interested in getting the most out of their Bible study. How to Choose a Translation for all its Worth: $15 I was recently asked in an Accordance seminar about which Bible translations I recommend. My typical answer is that I recommend using at least two or three Bible translations that are based on different translation philosophies, meaning that you want at least one literal translation (word for word) ...

Abridged NIDNTT Now Available

October 17, 2011 - David Lang — When people ask me which Greek lexicon they should purchase, I try to get a feel for how well they know Greek. If they've studied the language and will be working directly with the Greek text, I recommend BDAG as the generally recognized standard New Testament Greek lexicon. If, however, they make it clear that they'll primarily be studying in English and consulting a lexicon when doing New Testament word studies, I usually recommend The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology (NIDNTT). NIDNTT is a little more accessible to the ...

Don't Miss Our Next Users Conference

October 14, 2011 - David Lang — Just over a year ago, we held our first ever Accordance Users Conference in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. The idea was to create a conference which would be more relaxed, less structured, and more participatory than a typical Accordance training seminar. We wanted those who attended to be able to get help with their questions, to have opportunities to offer their feedback, to learn more about Bible study in general, and to be the first to see the future of Accordance. To get a feel for how that conference went, see my summary of it here. You'll ...

Focus by Magnifying a Zone

October 11, 2011 - David Lang — In my previous post, I described the results of a survey about the use of digital texts in Bible study. One of the more intriguing aspects of that survey had to do with the question of focus. Some felt that studying in Accordance helped them avoid "losing lines of thought while looking for information," while others felt that their reading was more "fragmentary" because they lost sight of context or were distracted by the multitude of available resources. So what can you do to take advantage of Accordance's strengths without letting it take ...

What Difference Do Digital Texts Make?

October 07, 2011 - David Lang — Recently I stumbled upon (or rather, Google alerts brought to my attention) a paper entitled, Accordance Bible Software in Reading and Teaching: The Difference a Digital Text Makes. In it, the author summarizes the results of a survey he posted a while back to our User Forums and Facebook page. The author summarized the purpose of the survey as follows: This brief study addresses two interrelated questions. First, what are the similarities and differences between the reading/interpretation and teaching/preaching of, 1) printed Bibles, and 2) ...

Easily Get the Best of Both Worlds

October 03, 2011 - David Lang — In my previous post, I explained the difference between opening a commentary in a pane alongside your Bible text and opening it in a separate zone. In brief, opening a commentary in a pane has the advantage of automatically scrolling with the text, while opening a commentary in a separate zone lets you search and navigate the commentary itself. I also showed how you can manually tie the scrolling of a commentary in one zone with a Bible text in another: effectively giving you the best of both worlds. In today's post, I want to show you an even ...