Accordance Blog

January 2008 — December 2008

Studying the Optative, Part 2

October 15, 2008 - David Lang — In my previous post, I did a Search All for optative verbs and compared the use of the optative in biblical and extrabiblical Greek texts. I then examined a Graph of the use of the optative in the Greek New Testament, and observed that the optative appears most frequently among the more literary authors like Luke and Paul. Yet on closer inspection, it appeared that Paul's use of the optative consists primarily in his frequent repetition of the phrase me genoito, "May it not be!" This led me to ask whether Paul's use of the optative is limited ...

Studying the Optative

October 13, 2008 - David Lang — In my last post, I challenged you to use Accordance to study the optative mood in the Greek New Testament. So far, no one has offered any answers to my questions, but I'm hopeful at least a few of you tried doing some searches for the poor underrated optative. Here are some of the ways I found answers to those questions. I began by asking just how rare the optative is in the Greek New Testament, whether different Greek texts differ with respect to the number of times the optative appears, and how frequently the optative is used in other Greek ...

Ignore the Optative? Absolutely Not!

October 10, 2008 - David Lang — Lately my family and I have been reading through Romans, and we've consequently been getting into all kinds of theological concepts which are a bit obtuse for kids ranging from 13 to 7. To offer a bit of comic relief to help break up the headiness of it all, I've taught them to shout "Me genoito!" every time we run across the phrase, "Absolutely not!" Chances are you've never heard kids shout a Greek phrase with such passion and feeling. Me genoito is, of course, the Greek phrase which is typically translated as "Absolutely not!" It is the ...

Grudem's Systematic Theology Now Available

October 07, 2008 - David Lang — The hits just keep coming. I'm pleased to announce the release of Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology in conjunction with Bits & Bytes, Inc. Written to be understood by students and laypeople rather than just his fellow academics, Grudem's Systematic Theology has become remarkably popular among conservative evangelicals. Grudem tackles both the classic theological questions such as the authority of the Scriptures, the nature of God, and the nature of the atonement, as well as many of today's hotly contested theological controversies. At ...

John Piper's Sermons Now Available

October 06, 2008 - David Lang — We're pleased to announce the release of the John Piper Sermon Manuscript Library for Accordance. Priced at $80 and on sale this month for just $55, Piper Sermons contains twenty-eight years of sermon manuscripts indexed by date, topic, and series. For more on this valuable resource, check out this article.

The Not-So-Awkward In-Between Stage, Part 2

October 03, 2008 - David Lang — Earlier this week, I talked about the bundles designed to help those in-betweeners who may want to consult the original language texts and tools included on the Scholar's Collection, yet whose primary focus will typically be the English Bible study resources included in the Library Collection. I also promised to show how you can piggy-back off the Strong's number resources of the Library in order to explore the in depth Greek and Hebrew materials of the Scholar's collection. That will be the focus of this post. The various levels of the ...

Accordance Around the Blogosphere

October 02, 2008 - David Lang — Just wanted to post a few links to articles about Accordance around the blogosphere. At Biblical Studies and Technological Tools, Mark Vitalis Hoffman has begun reviewing how Accordance runs on a PC using the Basilisk emulator. In response to that article, Rubén Gómez of Bible Software Review made the point that because of the limitations of emulating a Mac on a PC, those who run Accordance under emulation are still missing out on the complete Accordance experience. My favorite mention of Accordance in a recent blog comes from the Macs@Church ...

The Not-So-Awkward In-Between Stage

September 30, 2008 - David Lang — For those beginning with Accordance, we offer two distinct tracks in our product line. The Library Collection is for those primarily interested in doing English Bible study, but who may nevertheless want to delve into the Greek or Hebrew behind the English. The Scholar's Collection is for those who wish to work with the original language texts directly: seminary students, pastors, and of course, scholars. But what if you're an in-betweener? Someone who is primarily doing English Bible study, but who may nevertheless want to do simple searches ...

Taking The Typical Tasks Test, Take Two

September 25, 2008 - David Lang — In my previous post, I showed how Accordance can easily accomplish some of the "typical tasks" which Mark Vitalis Hoffman of Biblical Studies and Technological Tools enumerated in a recent post. In this post, I'll finish subjecting Accordance to Professor Hoffman's "typical tasks test." Still in Mark 16.6, what is known about Nazareth? Find it on a map. (On a map in the program or linked out to an online map.) To do this, simply select the word "Nazareth" and click the Map button of the Resource palette. A new map will open with Nazareth ...

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