Accordance Blog

November 2011

New Release: Comprehensive Bible Cross References

November 30, 2011 - Rick Bennett — Every so often there are those individuals who are so enamored with the Bible that they embark on a journey to unearth its meaning and message in fresh new ways for the church as a whole. This describes Timothy and Jerry Clontz, the editors of The Comprehensive New Testament, who spent over a decade translating the New Testament and mapping out 40,000 cross references from the Bible to a vast array of secondary literature. The stated goal of the editors in their Cross Reference Index is summarized as follows: To better understand ...

"Accordance Has Changed My Life"

November 23, 2011 - David Lang — The annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) are now over, and after flying all night, I am happily back home with my family. Like all the other members of the Accordance team, I'm exhausted after a busy week of demonstrating Accordance to hundreds of scholars, students, and pastors. Yet we're also exhilarated by all the kind words we received and excitement we saw. This year, more than any other I can remember, we had numerous people thanking us for the work we're doing and ...

Shootout in the Morning, Party at Night

November 21, 2011 - David Lang — Yesterday was a big day for us at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). In the morning, we participated in a "Bible Software Shootout" organized by the Computer Assisted Research Section. In spite of the title, the "shootout" was a congenial affair in which different Bible software vendors got to show how their software could be used in academic teaching. Mark Hoffmann has written a good summary of the event at his Biblical Studies and Technological Tools blog, and you can download a transcript of the Accordance ...

San Francisco Training Seminar This Friday

November 15, 2011 - David Lang — Whenever we travel to another city for a conference, we make it a point to offer at least one Accordance training seminar while we're there. But when you're exhibiting at conferences as all-consuming as the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), working in a training seminar can be a challenge. In recent years, we've decided the best day to offer a seminar is the Friday when ETS is drawing to a close and SBL is about to begin. That way, anyone staying through the close of ETS ...

Basics of Biblical Greek: Remastered

November 14, 2011 - Rick Bennett — Rewind to Fall 2004: I just decided to register for my first Biblical Greek course in college, and while waiting in line to finalize my registration I ended up talking with a student who was actually taking it for the second time. Naturally, I started to get a little paranoid, wondering if this was a good choice. Not to mention, he also warned me that on the first day of class our prof would line us up outside the class and we’d have to light a match and recite the alphabet before it went out! As it turns out you can actually recite it a ...

Learning Biblical Greek

November 09, 2011 - Darin Allen — When I was a sophomore in college, I remember going through a Bible study workbook called Men of Faith. One of the most memorable lessons from this workbook was a chapter on the Apostle Peter. This lesson focused on the exchange between Peter and the resurrected Jesus in John 21. In this chapter, Peter has just denied Jesus three times—after fervently promising that he would stand by Jesus to the bitter end. Now, Jesus gives Peter three chances to reaffirm his love by asking the question “Do you love me?” Each time, Peter responds by saying, ...

Accordance 9.5 Brings Dynamic Interlinear and More

November 08, 2011 - David Lang — The fact that people are still blown away by the features we introduced in Accordance 1.0 is a testament to how revolutionary a program it was. Seventeen years later, we haven't stopped innovating. We haven't even slowed down. More cool stuff is right around the corner… That's how I ended my most recent blog post last week. Today, I'm pleased to announce that some of the "cool stuff" I alluded to has arrived: Accordance 9.5 is here, with more ridiculously cool features than can reasonably be expected in a point-update. Better still, it's ...

SBL Snapshots: The 1.0 Demo

November 03, 2011 - David Lang — This week I've been giving you glimpses into the upcoming annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). We exhibit at these shows every year, and we generally time major product releases to coincide with them. So far, I've described how we provide sit-down demos so customers can really get a feel for how Accordance can meet their research and study needs. Today I want to talk about another interesting ETS/SBL phenomenon: the 1.0 Demo. At most shows, Accordance's unmatched ...

Post Your Reviews for a Chance to Win

November 02, 2011 - David Lang — Last week, Darin announced that the Accordance website now supports user-submitted product reviews. We know it's one thing for us to tell you that a particular Accordance resource will be an indispensable addition to your library, and quite another when another users writes, "Hey, I purchased this and can't imagine life without it!" Or when they write, "I thought this would be helpful, but it's not a good fit for my needs." Because these users have no vested interest in getting you to purchase or pass over a particular resource, their ...

SBL Snapshots: The Sit-Down Demo

November 01, 2011 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I talked about how we're all gearing up for the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). I promised to give you a few glimpses into what it's like to exhibit at these scholarly conferences. The first thing I want to mention is an approach to demos we don't use at any other shows: the sit-down demo. At most shows with exhibit halls, people browse the booths without a whole lot of purpose. They might be looking at books and be surprised to see a booth ...