Accordance Blog

April 2012

Comparing a Verse in All Translations

April 26, 2012 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I examined the HCSB's translation of Matthew 6:9. Instead of "Hallowed be thy name," the HCSB has "Your name be honored as holy." In that post, I looked at the underlying Greek and discussed how the traditional rendering, while good in its day, is now a bit misleading to modern readers. I also discussed how our familiarity with the traditional rendering of well-known passages presents a challenge for translators. A few translations dare to improve the rendering of these favorite passages, but many just retain the ...

What Happened to "Hallowed Be Thy Name"?

April 25, 2012 - David Lang — As I've mentioned numerous times on this blog, I use the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) as my primary translation. It is a good "mediating translation" (watch Dr. J's podcast on Choosing a Translation for an explanation of that term) which I find offers good English readability without getting too far from the wording of the original text. One of the things about this translation which I both like and dislike is its willingness to break from traditional renderings of well-known passages. You see, one challenge translators face i ...

Learn to Use the Copy As Options, Part 2

April 24, 2012 - David Lang — In my last post, I pointed out the usefulness of several of the options in the Copy As submenu of the Edit menu. In this post, I want to focus on two more Copy As options designed to be used with original language texts. Copy As Transliteration: Need to discuss Greek and Hebrew with folks who don't actually read it? The best way to do that is to transliterate the Greek or Hebrew text. When you transliterate a word, you replace its letters with the corresponding letters of another alphabet. So, for example, the Greek word ἄλφα is ...

Learn to Use the Copy As Options, Part 1

April 19, 2012 - David Lang — A couple weeks ago, I blogged about how Accordance makes it easy to get text and images into other programs using drag-and-drop. Accordance offers all kinds of ways to get the information you need into other applications, and you'll find most of them in the Copy As submenu of the Edit menu. Here is a brief explanation of what the first three of those options do. Copy As No Superscript: Copies the selected verses as they are, except that it removes any superscripted footnote markers. Copy As Citation: Applies the format you ...

The BEST Resource for Help with Family Devotions

April 18, 2012 - David Lang — Yesterday, I discussed several Accordance resources which have helped me explain the passages we read during family devotions. Today, I want to point you to what I think may be the single best resource for help with family devotions. If you could use only one Accordance module other than the Bible text itself, which one should it be? For me, that honor goes to Fee and Stuart's Reading the Bible Book by Book. Designed to act as a kind of reader's guide to the entire Bible, this Accordance reference tool is easy to place in a parallel ...

Helpful Resources for Family Devotions

April 17, 2012 - David Lang — Over the past several posts, I've discussed the challenge of having a regular time of family Bible reading, and offered seven tips for successful family devotions (1-3, 4-7). In the process, I've revealed quirky things about my family, such as our tendency to shout out Hebrew words and our willingness to resort to violence in order to memorize Scripture. Today, I want to point you to some of the Accordance resources I've found particularly helpful during family devotions. Graphic Resources. The Atlas, Timeline, and PhotoGuide have all ...

7 Tips For Successful Family Devotions, Part 2

April 13, 2012 - David Lang — This week I've been discussing the challenges of having a regular time of family devotions. Many of us want to read the Bible with our families, but how do you actually make it work? Yesterday I offered the first three of seven tips for having successful family devotions. Those were: (1) Pick a regular time and make it a habit, (2) Follow a reading plan, and (3) Have everyone read. Here now are the final four: 4. Explain the passage. In our family, after we each take turns reading through that day's passage, I will go through the ...

7 Tips For Successful Family Devotions, Part 1

April 12, 2012 - David Lang — Yesterday I promised to offer some advice on how to have a time of devotional Bible reading with your family. Here are the first three of seven tips I hope you find helpful. I'll cover the final four tips in tomorrow's blog post. 1. Pick a regular time and make it a habit. Establishing a consistent time for family devotions is crucial. Without a regular time the whole family knows is reserved for devotions, it simply becomes too easy to let other demands crowd them out. Pick a time which is least likely to be interrupted by other ...

Help with Family Devotions

April 11, 2012 - David Lang — If you've ever attempted to have a time of devotional Bible reading with your family, you know it can sometimes be a heart-warming experience. You also know it can just as often be a hair-pulling experience. Young children can squirm and get disruptive. Older children may look like they would rather be anywhere else. Parents so often feel unequal to the task of teaching the Bible, and it is hard to know where to start. Much of the advice on how to have family devotions seems utterly impossible for "normal" families with imperfect children and ...

Don't Take Drag and Drop for Granted

April 09, 2012 - David Lang — Accordance offers tremendous advantages over other Bible programs—speed, flexibility, powerful features and valuable resources found nowhere else. Yet sometimes, in focusing on those big advantages, we lose sight of the many smaller advantages we all tend to take for granted. Recently, a reviewer was evaluating Accordance and pointed out an advantage that hadn't really occurred to us: the ability to drag and drop text and images. As this reviewer was working with Accordance, he arranged his screen so that Accordance was side-by-side w ...

Learn to Study the Bible Better with Dr. J

April 05, 2012 - David Lang — If you haven't watched Dr. J's latest podcasts yet, you're really missing out. Episodes 69–71 all focus on teaching you how to study the Bible more effectively. Episode 69 teaches how to study a single book of the Bible, Episode 70 discusses how to choose the best translation for various Bible study tasks, and Episode 71 focuses on how to read the Bible better. In each of these podcasts, Dr. J shows how to create an Accordance workspace which will accommodate the Bible study methods he demonstrates. He also discusses how to choose the ...

Accordance Is Now In The Mac App Store

April 02, 2012 - David Lang — We are very excited to announce that a special Scholars' Edition of Accordance is now available in the Mac App Store. Accordance has been the Mac Bible program par excellence since it was first released in 1994, and we've been adapting to changes in the Macintosh platform ever since. We've successfully transitioned through three processor changes (68K to PowerPC to Intel), we were the first Bible program to move from the classic Mac operating system to Mac OS X, we developed an iOS app which syncs with our Mac app, and now we're ...