Accordance Blog

December 2008

Time Flies

December 31, 2008 - David Lang — Today, my thirteen-year-old son remarked that he couldn't believe how quickly 2008 had flown by. I thought to myself, "Think how I feel, kid!" For me, 2008 has been something of a blur—partly because time flies faster for a man pushing forty than it does for a boy of thirteen, and partly because this year has brought so many changes at such a breakneck pace. This is especially true where Accordance is concerned. Here are a few of the changes we've experienced this past year: Version 8 in '08: By far the biggest change has been the ...

The A-Team

December 17, 2008 - David Lang — The other day I stumbled across an internet conversation between two employees of another Bible software developer. One made a disparaging comment about the price of our ESV Study Bible module (see Monday's post), and the other questioned the wisdom of pointing people to the "A-team." The A-team? In case you're too young to remember, or old enough to remember but too sophisticated to have indulged in such low-brow entertainment, The A-Team was an eighties television show about a crack team of American commandos who are on the run for a ...

ESV Study Bible Now Available

December 15, 2008 - David Lang — We're very excited to announce that the ESV Study Bible is now available as an Accordance module. The print version of the ESV Study Bible was released in mid-October, and has already enjoyed record sales. Accordance is among the first Bible software programs to offer an electronic edition of this popular resource. One reason why the ESV Study Bible has become such a runaway success is that it offers rich content in a beautiful format. It is literally crammed with full-color maps and images, attractive timelines and tables, and detailed ...

More than a Digital Book: The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts

December 11, 2008 - Rick Bennett — Description of the Print Edition Our version of this module represents the revised edition of Comfort and Barrett's popular work, The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts (Tyndale House Publishers: 2001). This is an important work for New Testament studies because it gives access, in one volume, to transcriptions of some of the earliest New Testament papyri, along with some additional majuscules. There are transcriptions of 69 manuscripts dating from the early 2nd to 4th centuries CE. In addition there are introductory ...

An Interesting Search

December 10, 2008 - David Lang — Last year at SBL, someone remarked about the Accordance booth that it looked like there was actual research going on. I answered that indeed there was. It is not unusual to have users come to the booth and ask for help constructing a complex search. At this year's SBL, I had someone ask for help in finding every Hebrew verb which appears in the Nifal stem but which never appears in the Qal stem. I was actually impressed with how close he had gotten. In one tab, he did a search for [VERB Nifal] to get all the Nifal verbs in the tagged ...

Blog will be off-line this weekend

December 05, 2008 - Helen Brown — It's official now: we are completely crazy! Just as we get into full gear for the December sale, we plan to move the entire website to a new server and a new underlying system. You may not see much difference until you place an order, but you need to know that: The website and downloads will stay up, but once we notify the DNS servers of the move, it will take at least 24 hours for everyone to be directed to the new site.The Blog and Forum will be closed and unavailable for several hours.The online store will also be closed for several h ...

New Releases at ETS/SBL

December 02, 2008 - David Lang — Last week, I told you a little about our booth at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). The pace was exhausting, but the energy and excitement in the booth were exhilarating. Here's a picture of the booth from the morning of the first day of SBL. Believe it or not, this was one of our least busy times! One thing I couldn't tell you about last week was all the new products that were released at ETS/SBL. Because we take a number of our staff to the conferences and leave a ...