Accordance Blog

February 2012

Hearing the Church Fathers Speak

February 29, 2012 - David Lang — Last week, I read a blog post which called for Christian theologians to focus anew on articulating the doctrine of the Trinity in response to recent challenges. In recent years, many Christians from non-liturgical traditions have shown renewed interest in more liturgical forms of worship. Modern society's can't-stop-for-breath pace has many people looking for ways to achieve greater simplicity, a deeper sense of community, a more thoughtful spirituality, and a more profound appreciation of the sacred. These are all areas where contemporary ...

A Different Kind of Training Seminar

February 27, 2012 - David Lang — This weekend, we experimented with doing a different kind of training seminar here in Orlando. Rather than giving systematic instruction on how to use the main features of Accordance, we took a more topically-oriented approach. For example, rather than spending an hour hurriedly showing all the features of the Atlas and Timeline, I spent two hours discussing how to use those tools and others to explore the historical and geographical background of a specific passage. Rather than merely discussing how to set certain preferences or arrange your ...

Pursuing Parallel Parallelisms

February 24, 2012 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I showed how you can do simple searches for words you find in a text, such as the words "lion" and "serpent" in Psalm 91:13. There are two ways to do this: (1) select the word then choose Search from the Search menu of the Resource palette, or (2) right-click the word and choose Word from the Search For submenu of the contextual menu. This verse contains an interesting example of parallelism, with three sets of parallel terms: "You will tread (1) on the lion (2) and the cobra (3); you will trample (1) the young lion ...

Simple Searches Can Yield Deeper Insights

February 23, 2012 - David Lang — On Monday, I wrote about a study of Psalm 91 I did with my family last week. We noted that the devil had quoted verses 11 and 12 in his temptation of Jesus, and we compared the context of the quotation with the context of the original. Then we read Psalm 91:13, which reads, "You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the young lion and the serpent." It occurred to me then that it is interesting that the devil chose not to quote that verse, particularly since Scripture describes the devil as both a lion and a serpent. At ...

Finding the Pinnacle of the Temple

February 22, 2012 - David Lang — On Monday, I recounted a study of Psalm 91 I did with my family last week. During his temptation of Jesus, the devil quoted Psalm 91:11-12, so we also looked at the account of the temptation in Luke 4. There we discovered that the devil was using these verses to tempt Jesus to throw himself down from the "pinnacle of the temple." Have you ever wondered what the "pinnacle of the temple" is? Here's how to stop wondering and find out: simply select the phrase "pinnacle of the temple," then choose PhotoGuide from the English Tools menu of ...

Finding OT Quotations in the NT

February 21, 2012 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I recounted a study of Psalm 91 I did with my family last week. When we read verses 11 and 12, we realized they had been quoted in the devil's temptation of Jesus, and we wanted to view that parallel passage. Because I happened to remember the reference, I simply used the Go To box to jump to Luke 4. But what if you don't remember the reference for a parallel passage? How do you find it? Some translations of the Bible will note parallel passages in the footnotes, so you might just hover over the footnote markers in ...

The Best Cross-References

February 20, 2012 - David Lang — Sometimes the best system of cross-references you can use is your own brain. As you're reading a passage of Scripture, your mind makes associations with other passages which may be related in ways that wouldn't necessarily show up in a typical list of cross-references. I experienced that last week when reading Psalm 91 during family devotions. This has been one of my favorite psalms since I first read it in college, yet it's funny how you can read a familiar passage and make associations you've never seen before. At times like that, you ...

Quietly Moving Forward

February 17, 2012 - David Lang — Yesterday, Apple announced the upcoming release of OS X Mountain Lion, less than a year after the release of OS X Lion. A few hours later, I saw a tweet in which someone asked, "What does this mean for Accordance?" The tweet linked to an article which mentioned that Apple is "deprecating" certain programming interfaces. By the end of the day, folks were already testing the latest version of Accordance on the Developer Preview of Mountain Lion and reporting that it continues to work just fine. It's funny. Some of our users wonder if our ...

Tip: Use the Go To Box to Navigate a Tool

February 16, 2012 - David Lang — Picture this: you open Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary and want to go to the main article on David. You could search the Entry field for the word "David," but that would give you every article and subarticle which mentions David. You would then have to hit the down Mark arrow a half-dozen times to jump to the main article on David. A much simpler approach is not to do a search at all, but to use the Go To box in the bottom right corner of the Tool tab. Simply enter "David" in that box and hit Return to navigate to the article which begins ...

The REAL Love Chapter

February 15, 2012 - David Lang — Quick! Name the "Love chapter" in the New Testament. That label is usually applied to 1 Corinthians 13, but another chapter looks to be far more deserving of it. To see what I mean, try searching by the root αγαπη in a tagged Greek New Testament. Simply type a plus sign (to indicate a root search) followed by αγαπη, then hit Return. Searching by root will automatically include every lexical form derived from this root, including the verb ἀγαπάω ("to love"), the noun ἀγάπη ("love"), and the adjective ἀγαπητός ("beloved"). That's a ...

Link the PhotoGuide to the Atlas

February 13, 2012 - David Lang — Last week, I wrote a couple posts highlighting aspects of our Bible Lands PhotoGuide, the illustrated dictionary of place names included with our Graphics Bundle. Today I want to show you how to make the PhotoGuide more accessible by linking it to the Atlas. When you're looking at a place name in the Atlas and you want to learn more about it, wouldn't it be nice if you could just double-click it to look it up in the PhotoGuide? Doing so would give you in depth information as well as illustrative photos. This is the primary way I access ...

Bible Software for Impatient People

February 10, 2012 - David Lang — Yesterday I was talking with a friend of mine, and he was contrasting his experience of using Accordance with various other programs. He observed that with these other programs, he will perform an action and then experience a second or two lag before anything happens. He then contrasted that with Accordance by saying, "In Accordance, everything is instantaneous." He speculated that he might not mind the lag in these other programs so much if he hadn't already experienced the responsiveness of Accordance, but he was spoiled by the ability to ...

Not Just Any Photos

February 09, 2012 - David Lang — In order to make sure the Bible Lands PhotoGuide had adequate coverage of each biblical location, we supplemented our own photos with the work of some professional photographers. Not surprisingly, these photos are some of the most beautiful in the PhotoGuide. Yet as we went through their catalogues looking for photos, we found that not every photo was suitable for the PhotoGuide. This is because the PhotoGuide is focused on teaching you about the biblical and historical significance of a site rather than just offering you an attractive image. ...

So Much More Than Pictures

February 08, 2012 - David Lang — The Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide contains more than 1,600 high-quality photographs of biblical sites and regions. Yet it is far more than just a photographic archive. The PhotoGuide is a carefully-researched dictionary of biblical places which is packed with useful information. Take the time to explore it, and you'll learn a great deal about the world of the Bible. Over the next several posts, I'll highlight a few of the gems you'll find in the PhotoGuide. One of my favorite articles in the PhotoGuide is the one entitled, ...

Video Demonstrating How to Search for Images

February 06, 2012 - David Lang — Last month, I linked to a post by Rick Mansfield entitled Balaam in the Flesh. In that post, Rick showed how he used Accordance to find an image that would illustrate the story of Balaam for a Bible study he teaches. Rick recently followed up that post with a video demonstrating how he uses Accordance, other Bible software, and (as a last resort) Google to find those kinds of visual aids and incorporate them into his Keynote presentations. Be sure to check it out.

Five New Volumes of Pillar Available

February 03, 2012 - David Lang — We're pleased to announce the release of five new volumes of the Pillar New Testament Commentary: Acts (By David G. Peterson), 1 Corinthians (by Roy E. Ciampa & Brian S. Rosner), Philippians (by G. Walter Hansen), Colossians & Philemon (by Douglas J. Moo), and Hebrews (by Peter T. O'Brien). You can purchase all fourteen Pillar volumes for an introductory sale price of just $349.99. If you own a previous edition of the entire Pillar series, you can add all the new volumes for one low price. If you would prefer just to pick up a few ...

Dr. J Looks at the UBS Handbooks

February 02, 2012 - David Lang — Not long ago, we announced the release of the UBS Translators' Handbook Series on the New Testament. Now Dr. J has devoted an entire podcast to showing the usefulness of this unique commentary series. In this podcast, he examines several important passages and shows how the UBS Handbooks help to clarify their meaning in terms anyone can understand. Watch it, and not only will you learn more about this new Accordance resource, you'll also learn more about the Bible!