January 2009 — December 2009

The Upgrade that Isn't

August 12, 2009 - — Back in 2005, a Windows Bible software developer delivered on its promise to release a Mac version of its software. Wanting to know what kind of competition this program would present to Accordance, I bought a copy and tried it out. Since that initial evaluation, this program has sat unused for years. Recently, for a writing project I've been working on, I needed to give a brief description of this software. So I launched it and tried to open one of its electronic books. Nothing happened. Somehow, in a few years time it had broken and ...

If you have any doubt

August 10, 2009 - Helen Brown — Rubén Gómez is taking a well deserved vacation, but on his Bible Software Review Blog last week he noted: I have just posted a new review of Accordance 8, an amazing piece of software that offers everything a student of the biblical texts may have hoped for, and all of it within the context of a superb user interface. Do check it out! This link should encourage you both to read the review and pass it on to any friends who are still in doubt. It also allows you to post any comments here, since you cannot comment on Rubén's ...

Bible Figure Smackdown

August 05, 2009 - David Lang — Abraham. Moses. David. Three figures from the Hebrew Bible face off in a clash of titans. Abraham asks, "Who's your daddy?" Moses promises, "I'm gonna lay down the law!" David shouts, "This is my house, and I rule!" It's a Bible figure smackdown! Who will be left standing when the dust settles? Okay, maybe I've seen one too many commercials for professional wrestling, but this Bible figure smackdown of mine is my answer to a serious question. In a recent speed comparison of Mac Bible software programs, Rick Mansfield did a ...

Rabbinics-Ancient and Modern

August 04, 2009 - Helen Brown — It's a great joy to be exhibiting at the 15th World Congress of Jewish Studies at hebrew University, Jerusalem. There are thousands of scholars from all over the world, and of course from Israel itself. We have many users among the attendees. We met a Hebrew scholar from Japan who has used Accordance since version 1 (and upgraded through the years), and an Israeli who teaches Bible in japan and bought Accordance last year. There's a lot of interest in our new Hebrew Introductory Bundle: just $119. In conjunction with the Congress, ...

I Feel the Need, the Need for Speed

July 31, 2009 - David Lang — Rick Mansfield of This Lamp has posted a video showing the relative speed with which Accordance performs its searches. If you've started to take Accordance's speed for granted, you need to see this.

Hermeneia Commentary Now Available

July 29, 2009 - David Lang — I'm very pleased to announce the release of the Hermeneia commentary series for Accordance. This 43-volume set includes commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and even extrabiblical works like 1 Enoch, Fourth Ezra, the letters of Ignatius, the Didache, the Shepherd of Hermas, and the Apostolic Tradition. Hermeneia is a "critical and historical commentary" which strives to "lay bare the ancient meaning" of the text without imposing any particular "systematic-theological perspective." As such, it adds theological breadth to our ...

Importing Bibles Challenge

July 28, 2009 - Helen Brown — Kevin P. Edgecomb has a new post on his Biblicalia Blog about his experiences trying to import the NETS (New English Translation of the Septuagint) into BibleWorks. He ends with this challenge: So, Accordance users, do you have problems like these? Do these problems exist in Accordance? Can Accordance do the following?: 1.) Present a version in its own proper order within the normal context of searching and display 2.) Include subverses as full verses for searching, etc 3.) Accurately align all verses and subverses without ...

Ligonier Blog on Accordance

July 22, 2009 - Helen Brown — Thank you, Keith Mathison, for a very nice review of Accordance on the Ligonier blog, and especially for promoting the cost-effective bundles.

Kaiser's History of Israel

July 16, 2009 - David Lang — When we were developing the Accordance Timeline, we debated how best to represent differing reconstructions of Biblical chronology. We knew we couldn't represent every view, so we decided to represent two broadly defined approaches, which we labeled Conservative and Critical. Our next question was this: within each of these broad frameworks, should we create an eclectic chronology based on the work of multiple scholars or choose to follow a single authority? We decided to choose a single representative authority and cite our sources in ...

Spurgeon: Not 500 yet, but still quotable

July 15, 2009 - David Lang — Last week, in honor of Calvin's 500th birthday, I showed how you could mine the Gathered Gold quotations module for pithy Calvin quotes. While Charles Spurgeon is not anywhere near 500 yet, he is still eminently quotable. In fact, I would say Spurgeon surpasses even Calvin in his ability to turn a memorable phrase. After all, he's not called the "Prince of Preachers" for nothing. So quotable is Spurgeon that numerous compilations of his quotations have been published. The latest, and largest, is Kerry Allen's Exploring the Mind and H ...

500 Years of Influence

July 10, 2009 - David Lang — As I mentioned yesterday, today is the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. Love him or hate him, Calvin's influence is undeniable, even half a millennium later. My closest brush with Calvin came about ten years ago when I entered the home of Dr. Charles Ryrie to help him with his Accordance installation. Beside the door in a glass case was a first edition of Calvin's Institutes in English. As I and the friend who had asked me to help Dr. Ryrie were preparing to leave, I started talking with Dr. Ryrie about this copy of the ...

Quote Mining John Calvin

July 09, 2009 - David Lang — Tomorrow marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, and Calvinists everywhere are defying their "frozen chosen" reputation to party like it's 1509. In honor of the occasion, I decided to search Gathered Gold for pithy Calvin quotes which I've been posting on Twitter for the past several days. Here's quote-mining made easy. First, I opened Gathered Gold and searched the Author field for John Calvin. This results in 910 hits, which should amount to 455 quotations. I could move from quote to quote by clicking the down Mark ...

Putting Accordance to iWork: Keynote Slides

July 06, 2009 - David Lang — If you use Apple's Keynote presentation software to present outlines or visuals for your lesson or sermon, here are a couple tips to help you get the information you need out of Accordance. Let's say I want to put up a slide at the beginning of a sermon listing all of the passages I'll be covering so people can bookmark them ahead of time. I use one of Keynote's slide masters and enter the title "Today's Scriptures." In Accordance, I already have a window containing the passages I'll be covering, so I just click in the text, use the ...

Credit card orders

July 03, 2009 - Helen Brown — The company that handles our credit cards is experiencing a problem with their website. In the interim please send all orders for manual processing. Happy Fourth!

The Accordance Podcast on your iPhone

June 26, 2009 - Rick Bennett — Most of you are probably aware by now that we have a Video Podcast in iTunes, Lighting the Lamp. Since we announced it back in May we've added several new episodes including one dedicated to the ESV Study Bible, and are currently in a multi-part series on Commands and Symbols. Last week Apple released the newest evolution of their iPhone, the 3Gs, along with the 3.0 OS. One of the many enhancements now available in the OS is the ability to subscribe to, and download a Podcast directly from the iPhone (or iPod Touch). For those who ...

Get the Word Out: Referral Rewards

June 25, 2009 - Helen Brown — We rely on personal recommendations to draw new users to Accordance, and we are grateful to everyone who, for sheer love of Accordance, encourages everyone within reach to get it for themselves. But some people are a little shy when it comes to recommending a product. Some teachers use Accordance to prepare their lessons, but never mention Accordance in the class. Some students get great marks for assignments done with Accordance, but never let on to their friends. You know who you are... So here's an incentive to Get the Word Out — our ...

Accordance Beast

June 22, 2009 - David Lang — Greg Willson, a friend of mine whose musical stylings can be heard on our latest demos and podcasts, mentioned me on Twitter a couple weeks ago and described me as an "Accordance Beast." He might have meant that I am grossly uncivilized, but I took it to mean that he sees me as something of an Accordance power user. I tweeted back that I liked the label and asked jokingly if I could get it printed on a T-shirt. Yesterday, one of my Father's Day presents was a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "Accordance Beast"! It was a wonderful ...

Getting in on the Act

June 19, 2009 - David Lang — Eric Lee Welch, self-proclaimed Accordance bird-dog, has apparently been having some fun with our Twitter campaign to encourage people to "Complete the Switch." In case you're not on Twitter or have not been following accordancebible, here are some of the playful exhortations we've tweeted so far: Don't settle for leeks and onions when you can have milk and honey. Complete the Switch to Mac! http://bit.ly/DjHQy #macbible Don't put your hand to the plow and look back. Complete the Switch to Mac! http://bit.ly/DjHQy ...

Tweet to Complete the Switch

June 11, 2009 - David Lang — As part of our new Complete the Switch promotion, we've put together a little Twitter marketing campaign. Once each day, we'll be unveiling a new humorous "tweet" with a Biblical exhortation to Complete the Switch. You can keep up with them by following accordancebible or accordanceguy, and if you enjoy them, we would appreciate you retweeting them. Here are the two we've unveiled so far: Don't settle for leeks and onions when you can have milk and honey. Complete the Switch to Mac! http://bit.ly/DjHQy #macbible Don't put your h ...

Complete the Switch

June 10, 2009 - David Lang — These days, a lot of people are switching from PCs to Macs, and those who depend on Bible study software are trying to weigh their options. If these Mac switchers haven't yet heard of Accordance, they'll soon find their options to be frustratingly limited. That's why I'm pleased to announce our new Complete the Switch promotion. We've devoted a section of our website to making our case for why Mac switchers should also switch to Accordance for Bible study. There you'll find testimonials, relevant links, even Complete the Switch web ...

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