Accordance Blog

June 2012

Using Accordance to Teach a Bible Study

June 29, 2012 - David Lang — For a while now, I've been attending a Wednesday night Bible study which uses a DVD series showing sites in Israel and discussing the Biblical events which happened there. This past Wednesday, the normal teacher was out of town and I was asked to fill in. Rather than using the DVD series, I chose to teach a lesson of my own, but to maintain consistency I focused on explaining a Biblical passage with reference to its location. I chose for my text 1 Kings 18: the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. I wanted to bring ...

Refining a Wildcard Search, Part 2

June 28, 2012 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I showed how to exclude certain words from a wildcard search. Yet since I did so in the context of a complex search we had built over the course of several other blog posts, I thought it would be helpful in this post to back up and explain this feature more simply and systematically. Let's start with a simple search for the word "love." In the HCSB (my preferred translation), this word occurs 569 times. Yet this simple search does not find other forms of "love," such as "loves," "loved," "loving," etc. If I want to ...

Refining a Wildcard Search

June 27, 2012 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I searched all English Bibles for the following: do not be afraid d*n't be afraid do not fear d*n't fear be not afraid fear not. The reason I used the asterisk wildcard in the word "don't" was because Accordance checks every word entered against the word list of each Bible, and since Bibles like the NRSV do not use the word "don't," the search was failing for those Bibles. Using the asterisk wildcard broadens the search so that it matches any word in the word list beginning with "d" and ending with "nt", and since ...

Tricking the Search All

June 26, 2012 - David Lang — In my previous post, I used Accordance to show that an internet meme claiming that the Bible has 365 occurrences of "Do not be afraid" is clearly mistaken. First I searched my default Bible using a series of OR commands to account for possible variations in the phrase. Then I used the Search All window to search all my English Bibles. At the end of that post, I pointed out something surprising: several popular English translations (such as the KJV, NRSV, and NASB) did not show up in the search results. I even offered a ten dollar Accordance ...

A "Do Not Be Afraid" for Every Day of the Year?

June 22, 2012 - David Lang — Okay, I admit it! I'm a bit of a skeptic when it comes to information I receive over the internet. In my mind, forwarded e-mails and social media posts which relate exciting, interesting, or shocking "truths" are always guilty until proven innocent by a little fact-checking. I regularly turn to snopes.com to uncover internet hoaxes, and if I'm sent some fact about the Bible, I try to verify it using Accordance. Such was the case the other day when a friend posted something to Facebook which claimed that the phrase "Do not be afraid" appears ...

Accordance User Confronts a Demon

June 18, 2012 - David Lang — Rick Mansfield is an Accordance power-user who blogs on a variety of subjects at This Lamp. Today he posted an interesting examination of the personification of sin in Genesis 4:7. After observing that the Revised English Bible (REB) renders this verse as "sin is a demon crouching at the door,” Rick was inspired to explore the Hebrew text of this passage and consult some commentaries to see why this translation used the word "demon" here. I won't summarize any more of Rick's post here. I'll just encourage you to read it for yourself. F ...

Now Producing Grammars on Steroids

June 15, 2012 - David Lang — About a year ago, we released the third edition of William Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek grammar. We had offered the second edition for quite some time, but while working on the new edition we decided to see just how far we could take it. So we upgraded Accordance to support audio pronunciations of vocabulary words, included links that would automatically search the tagged Greek New Testament and Mounce translation, and generally tried to create an introductory grammar on steroids. This week we released another performance-enhanced ...

Baker Serves Up Beale-Carson; More Cooking

June 14, 2012 - David Lang — We are very pleased to announce a new partnership with Baker Academic to bring new commentaries and reference works to Accordance. The first confectionary delight served up by this partnership is available right now: The Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson. The next batch of goodies will include two other commentaries: The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series and the New Testament Commentary series by William Hendricksen and Simon J. Kistemaker. While those others are ...

Accordance for iOS 1.5 Offers UI Improvements, Unicode Searching

June 12, 2012 - David Lang — Accordance for iOS 1.5 is now live in the App store. It offers an updated design, disappearing toolbars, a night mode, Read button, Back button, the ability to search Unicode Bibles, and more. You can find a list of the new features with screenshots here. Initial reaction to this new update has been extremely positive. Here are just a few of the comments and tweets we've seen: You need to get this upgrade! If you don't have it, download it! I'm in love with the READ Button :) With this update, Accordance has ...

Option Key Secrets: Searching for Key Numbers

June 11, 2012 - David Lang — How often do you hold down the option key when using Accordance? Holding down this simple modifier key can open up a host of powerful features you may not have known were available to you. In this series of posts, we've seen how you can option-click the close icon of any pane, tab, or zone to close all the other panes, tabs, or zones; option-click any verse to "bookmark" it; and option-click the Search button of the Resource palette to search for selected inflected forms rather than lexical forms. In this post, I want to show how you can hold ...

Quick Access to Keyboard Shortcuts

June 09, 2012 - Darin Allen — Are you someone who loves to learn all of the keyboard shortcuts in an application? If so, the #1 free app in the Mac App Store right now might be for you. It's an app called CheatSheet, and it gives you quick access to the keyboard shortcuts in any active application. CheatSheet runs in the background, and whenever you want to see a list of keyboard shortcuts for the application you're currently using, all you need to do is hold down on the Command key for two seconds. This will bring up a popover window that displays a list of available ...

Scholars Don't Care About Maps?

June 07, 2012 - David Lang — I told you yesterday about a meeting way back in 1995 that helped get us thinking about developing a Bible Atlas that would prove to be years ahead of its time. Two years later, we had developed a limited prototype covering little more than the region of Galilee, and we were about to focus all of our attention on completing development of the Atlas. Having just released Accordance 3.0, with ground-breaking features such as Greek and Hebrew text-to-speech and diagramming, we had plenty to show at that year's Annual Meeting of the Society of ...

3D Maps on a 1990s Mac?

June 06, 2012 - David Lang — In November of 1995, I traveled to Philadelphia to exhibit Accordance at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. I think we were at version 1.1a back then and offering a sneak preview of Accordance 2.0. At that time a lot of people doubted the long-term viability of Macintosh computers, and a Mac-only Bible program certainly raised eyebrows. Yet for those who took the time to see what Accordance could do, even this early version managed to drop jaws as well as raise eyebrows. About halfway through the conference, I ...

My Top Ten Features Added to Accordance 9 After Launch Day

June 01, 2012 - Darin Allen — We hope you are enjoying the recent 9.6 update for Mac. As David Lang mentioned in his last post, this update is especially good news for users of Unicode Bibles. In fact, one Accordance user recently tweeted: "I don't understand #Accordance team. Unicode support alone was worth a full new version..." It's funny, because I remember hearing the same thing back when we added the Dynamic Interlinear in version 9.5. This was a major new feature that would have worked well in a paid upgrade, but our development team felt strongly that ...