Accordance Blog

March 2012

IVP Pocket Dictionaries and Baptism Views

March 30, 2012 - David Lang — As I mentioned on Wednesday, last week we released a bunch of new Accordance modules. Among them are several new books by InterVarsity Press: three new pocket dictionaries and a book exploring three views of baptism. The pocket dictionaries include The Pocket Dictionary for the Study of Biblical Hebrew, The Pocket Dictionary of Church History, and the The Pocket Dictionary of Ethics. These concise dictionaries are all priced under ten dollars and offer helpful definitions of important terms in their respective fields of study. A bundle ...

Fire Bible and Acts Commentary

March 28, 2012 - David Lang — Last week saw a spate of new Accordance module releases. Among them were the notes to the Fire Bible: Global Study Edition. Originally titled The Full Life Study Bible, it began in the early 1980s as a missionary project by the late Don Stamps (1938-1991). While Rev. Stamps was serving in Brazil, he recognized a great need among pastors and lay workers for a study Bible written from a Pentecostal perspective. Later published as the Life in the Spirit Study Bible, it was first called the Fire Bible by believers in mainland China after they ...

A Commentary To Help You Craft Better Sermons

March 27, 2012 - David Lang — If you're a preacher or teacher, your work is only half done when you've finished exegeting a passage. Next you face the daunting task of organizing what you've discovered into a meaningful sermon or lesson. Unfortunately, most commentaries focus on helping with the task of exegesis, but do little to help with the challenge of communication. The Exploring Commentary Series by John Phillips is different: it focuses on presenting the books it covers in a way that can be easily communicated with others. First, Phillips organizes his ...

Quickly Nix the Asterisk

March 16, 2012 - David Lang — All this week, I've been explaining the function of the asterisk in the search entry box of any new Search window you open in Accordance. On Monday, I explained that searching for this symbol with Verses selected will simply display all verses in the search text. On Tuesday and Thursday, I showed how searching for this symbol with Words selected will find and highlight every word, enabling you to do some really cool statistical analyses of those words. On Wednesday, I addressed the use of the asterisk symbol in Tools. Today, I want to end t ...

Uniqueness and Importance

March 15, 2012 - David Lang — On Tuesday, I showed how you can search for every word in a book (like Mark), then open an Analysis window to get a listing of those words. Today, I want to show how you can customize the Analysis to show unique words and important words. When I had you create an Analysis of the words in Mark and choose Count Down from the Sort pop-up menu, I told you to scan past the most common words like common nouns, articles, conjunctions, etc. When sorting the analysis by the mere number of times a word appears, those common words will naturally b ...

The Asterisk in Tools

March 14, 2012 - David Lang — This week I've been blogging about how searching for the asterisk symbol in a Bible window will either display all verses or search for every word. But what about in a Tool window? You don't search Accordance tools by words and verses, but by the various fields of content each tool contains (Titles, Content, Scripture, etc.). Entering an asterisk in the search entry box, regardless of which field is selected, will always display the entire contents of the tool. This is analogous to the asterisk in a Bible window when Verses is selected. ...

Searching for Every Word

March 13, 2012 - David Lang — Yesterday I explained that entering an asterisk in a Bible window set to Verses will result in the entire text being displayed. Search for that same asterisk with Words selected, and Accordance will find and highlight every word in the text. Why in the world would you want to search for every word in a text? Because Accordance offers statistical analysis tools which let you analyze every word found by a search. For example, search the tagged Greek New Testament for * [RANGE Mark] (you can find the AND and RANGE commands listed in the ...

Why is That Asterisk There?

March 12, 2012 - David Lang — Whenever you open a new resource in Accordance, you'll see an asterisk entered in the search entry box. Why is it there? To understand the purpose of the asterisk, you must first understand that in Accordance, everything is a search. What you have entered in the search entry box of any resource window will determine what you see in that window's display pane. Enter a book name in a Bible window with Verses selected, and you'll see that book, and that book only, in the display pane of the window. Do a word search, and you'll see only ...

Enthroned Above the Cherubim?

March 09, 2012 - David Lang — This morning in my family's devotions, we read Psalms 99 and 100 together. Psalm 99 calls the people to praise the Lord because of his sovereignty, justice, and holiness, while Psalm 100 calls them to celebrate the fact that he created them, that they belong to him, and that his love for them is eternal. The juxtaposition of these two psalms led me to discuss the difference between the concepts of God's transcendence, which Psalm 99 focuses on, and his immanence, which is the focus of Psalm 100. Interestingly, each of these psalms ...

The Greatest Advance in Bible Study Ever

March 05, 2012 - David Lang — Ever since it was first released in 1994, Accordance Bible software has been advancing the state of Bible study through technological innovation. Accordance was the first to offer graphical search constructs, easy morphological searching, statistical and graphical breakdowns of search results, sentence diagramming, root searches, INFER searches, and on and on. Some of these innovations have been imitated by others with varying degrees of success. Some remain unique to Accordance. But for all they've done to advance the process of studying the ...

TIP: Use the Dynamic Interlinear to Spot Wordplay

March 02, 2012 - David Lang — Ever heard a preacher or read a commentary which identified some subtle play on words in the original Greek or Hebrew? That kind of literary artistry, which depends on similarities in the sound or spelling of the original words, is very difficult to duplicate in translation. After all, two words that sound alike in Hebrew may have English counterparts which sound totally different. Don't you wish you could pick up on those kinds of things when you study the Bible? Of course you do! But there's the little matter of needing to become ...

Award Winning Help. Are You Using It?

March 01, 2012 - David Lang — Years ago, I was responsible for creating a Help system for Accordance using Apple Guide. It was enough to teach me that writing good help is an extremely difficult job—and Accordance was a much less full-featured program back then! Writing good help and keeping it up to date is so difficult, in fact, that many software developers have simply stopped doing it. Instead, they have taken a page from the open source playbook, depending on their experienced users to document features and support other users. We've never felt like that was ...