Accordance Blog

October 2012

Introducing Michael Horton's The Christian Faith

October 30, 2012 - — In honor of Reformation Day, we are pleased to announce the release of Michael Horton's The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way. This excellent systematic theology provides Christians with a holistic understanding of Christian doctrine. Price: $49.99 Buy Now! Here are some notable features of this work as outlined by the publisher: A brief synopsis of biblical passages that inform a particular doctrine. Surveys of past and current theologies with contemporary emphasis on exegetical, ...

Greek and Hebrew Word Studies

October 26, 2012 - Darin Allen — Accordance is great for those who want to do Bible word studies in Greek and Hebrew. One of the fastest ways to learn more about a word is simply to triple-click on it. This will open your default lexicon to an entry on that word. It’s fast and easy! If you’d like a different lexicon to come up when you triple-click on a word, you can change this in the Library. Just follow these simple steps: 1) Open the Library from the toolbar. 2) Click on the Greek Tools disclosure triangle to see these resources. 3) Click ...

Isolating Verses with the CONTENTS Command

October 25, 2012 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I showed how I searched for the Hebrew word meaning "cast image" and then wanted to separate the verses referring to cast images of animals from the ones referring to cast images of deities. I did this by "marking" all the animal verses and then adding those marked verses to a Reference List. At that point, I just selected all the verses I had collected and used the Copy As Reference command to get a list of those verse references. In this post, I want to show you an easy way to get a list of all the other v ...

Marking Verses in Accordance 10

October 24, 2012 - David Lang — The other day I did a search for the Hebrew word meaning "cast image" (מסכה). As I began looking through the results, I saw that some of these references had to do with the cast metal idols of pagan deities, while others referred to the cast images of animals, such as the golden calf. I decided to incorporate this observation into a writing project like this: The Bible refers to cast images of deities (list of verses) and of animals (list of verses). As you can see, I wanted to flesh out this simple sentence with two lists of verse ...

Politics According to the Bible?

October 23, 2012 - David Lang — Voting in a democratic society is an inestimable privilege, but at times it can seem like an overwhelming burden. Every election season, I must decide where I stand on a wide variety of issues I know woefully little about. Suddenly I find myself wishing I were an expert in economics, ethics, environmental science, international diplomacy, and a host of other subjects just so I can render an intelligent decision! As with other decisions in life, I try to make my voting decisions in accordance with my religious principles. Yet with almost ...

Revised Expositor's Bible Commentary NT Released

October 20, 2012 - Helen Brown — We have just released the New Testament volumes (9 to 13) of the completely revised Expositor's Bible Commentary. Those who pre-ordered it can now download it through Easy Install. We are already preparing the Old Testament volumes, and these will be added as a free upgrade to the EBC-R in a few weeks. With 60% new content and 30 new contributors, the EBC Revised is sure to become a best-seller like its predecessor, the Classic Expositor's Bible Commentary. Check out the details of the new series and the video presentation ...

Look for a Word in a Verse in Any Bible

October 17, 2012 - David Lang — The other day someone posted an interesting question on our user forums: How would I find in which version of the Bible is "endurance" used in Hebrews 12:1? In this age of multiple translations, this kind of question is becoming increasingly common. We may have heard a well-known verse in one translation growing up. Then we may attend a congregation which uses a different version of the Bible. We might also learn a worship song that sets that verse to music using yet another translation. The end result of all this is that we become ...

A Surprising Change in Workflow

October 16, 2012 - David Lang — I've written before about how varied my use of Accordance tends to be. I use it for my own research projects, to do quality control checks of modules which are nearing release, to help with the occasional tech support question, in family devotions, in teaching a Sunday School class, and more. This usually means that I have dozens of tabs open at any given time, and it's rare for all of them to be focused on the same task. Since I've been using Accordance 10, I've noticed an interesting shift in my workflow. Where previously I would use a ...

Searching for a Group of Hebrew Words

October 11, 2012 - David Lang — The other day I was researching idolatry, so naturally I started with an English Bible search for "idol." After just a few minutes of scanning the results in a Bible with Strong's numbers, I realized that there are quite a few Hebrew words translated "idol," as well as a number of other related words, such as "image," "household gods," etc. I wanted a quick way to find all the passages which spoke about idols, but how could I be sure I was searching for every relevant word? At some point, I looked up the word "Idol" in Anchor Bible ...

A Primer on Recycling, Part 2

October 10, 2012 - David Lang — Yesterday I showed you the basics of how recycling works. When a tab's contents are set to recycle, that tab will be updated whenever you perform an appropriate amplify or hypertext action. As we saw yesterday, when you triple-click a Greek word to look it up in BDAG, the BDAG tab is set to recycle and therefore updates with every new word you triple-click. This is much cleaner than opening a new BDAG tab for each of those words. In today's post, I want to explain why Accordance will sometimes open a new tab even when it seems like an ...

A Primer on Recycling, Part 1

October 09, 2012 - David Lang — The recently released 10.0.4 update contained a number of bug fixes and enhancements, but perhaps the most obvious is the new improved Recycle icon. Now that you're more likely to notice it, I thought it might be helpful to give you a brief primer on recycling in Accordance. Let's start with a new search tab containing an English Bible and the tagged Greek New Testament (GNT-T) in parallel. You'll see the Recycle icon to the right of the search box, and it should be gray. This indicates that recycling is currently turned off for this ...

Baker Exegetical Commentary Now Available

October 01, 2012 - David Lang — I'm pleased to announce that the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) is now available as an Accordance module. BECNT has long been one of our most requested commentary series, and it's no wonder. Bestcommentaries.com ranks more than half the volumes in this series among the top three commentaries on their respective books of the Bible, and most of the other volumes rank in the top ten. For more about the series and its individual volumes, see this detailed article. The BECNT is available now for $699.99.