Accordance Blog

January 2012 — December 2012

Accordance for iOS 1.6 Released

December 28, 2012 - Darin Allen — We are excited to announce a major update to our Bible study app for iOS. Version 1.6 is a free update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Similar to the 1.5 release before it, this update includes major design enhancements and readability improvements. We've also added some highly requested features like bookmarks and Dropbox syncing for notes, highlights, and user tools. For a full list of major new features, check out our New Features in 1.6 page. If you like what you see, consider leaving us a review in the App Store. Y ...

TIP: Give Tabs Better Names

December 28, 2012 - David Lang — In my last post, I encouraged you to use the Duplicate command to duplicate a tab that is already set up the way you want rather than creating a new tab and then going to the trouble of setting it up yourself. This is precisely what I did when preparing for a Sunday School class in which I wanted to display multiple passages in separate tabs. Today's tip is just as simple, but just as effective in streamlining your workflow: take the time to give your tabs names that will make it easy to tell which tab is which. After duplicating s ...

TIP: Duplicate Tabs

December 26, 2012 - David Lang — In last week's series of posts on Rachel Weeping at Ramah, I shared a few tips and tricks for using the Accordance Bible Atlas. There are, however, a few more general tips I used that may be helpful to mention now. The first is simply that it is sometimes convenient to duplicate an existing tab rather than creating a new one. In my case, I began with a tab displaying Matthew 2, and because I planned to display the text using a projector, I increased the font size to a very large size. I then wanted to have a separate tab for Genesis ...

Book of Concord Now Available

December 21, 2012 - David Lang — I've got good news for Lutherans and anyone interested in historic Protestant theology: the Kolb-Wengert edition of the Book of Concord is now available as an Accordance module. The Book of Concord is a collection of creeds, confessions, and catechisms which set forth the historic doctrinal standards of the Lutheran churches. The English translation edited by Robert Kolb and Timothy J. Wengert is a major revision of the older Tappert translation. Taking recent scholarship into account, this edition includes detailed introductions and ...

Why is Rachel Weeping at Ramah? Part 3

December 20, 2012 - David Lang — In this series of posts, we've been exploring why Matthew sees the slaughter of the innocents in Bethlehem as "fulfilling" Jeremiah 31:15, which speaks of Rachel weeping for her lost children at Ramah. In part one of this series, we saw that the connection between Bethlehem and Ramah has to do with Rachel's death in childbirth on the way to Bethlehem. It appears from 1 Samuel that she died and was buried in the vicinity of Ramah. In part two of this series, we looked at the geographical and historical context of Jeremiah 31:15. There we ...

Why is Rachel Weeping at Ramah? Part 2

December 19, 2012 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I began relating how I used Accordance to teach a Sunday School class on why Matthew saw the slaughter of the innocents at Bethlehem as the "fulfillment" of what Jeremiah wrote about Rachel weeping at Ramah. In that post, we saw that Bethlehem and Ramah, at eleven miles apart, are not exactly neighboring towns. The connection between them is not one of proximity, but of historical memory. Genesis 35 tells us that Rachel died in childbirth on the road from Bethel to Bethlehem, and 1 Samuel appears to indicate that she was ...

Why is Rachel Weeping at Ramah?

December 18, 2012 - David Lang — In Matthew's account of Jesus' birth, he points to specific events as the "fulfillment" of several Old Testament "prophecies." For the past several weeks, I've been exposing my Sunday School class to these Old Testament passages in their original context to show how Matthew's narrative is much more nuanced and profound than most of us realize. I wrote about doing this with the Immanuel prophecy in a previous post. This past Sunday, I talked about how Matthew saw the slaughter of the innocents as the fulfillment of Jeremiah's imagery of Rachel ...

Patience Rewarded - DCH Released

December 14, 2012 - Helen Brown — We were confident that we would have The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew ready for the ETS/SBL meetings, and indeed, we almost did, but then we discovered one entire letter was missing! We now have the complete set and are pleased to announce its release to those who already bought it, and to those who wish to take advantage of the introductory special through the end of December 2012. This is the complete 8 volume set of The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, edited by David J.A. Clines, a completely new and ...

The Perfect Gift for Everyone

December 12, 2012 - — A biblical scholar who knows how to write "for everyone"? It may sound too good to be true, but N. T. "Tom" Wright manages to pull it off in the New Testament for Everyone commentary series. An accomplished and widely respected New Testament scholar, Wright combines scholarly insight with an unassuming and approachable writing style. The commentary on each passage begins with a short anecdote or illustration that anyone can relate to, and while Wright briefly addresses some of the more technical details of the passage, he manages to help ...

Accordance Gift Cards for your Wish List

December 11, 2012 - Darin Allen — Every year, I get the same email. Darin, It’s time to send us your Christmas wish list. We never know what to get you, and if you don’t tell us what you want, all you are getting is socks. Love, Mom This is always an empty threat, as my family has never only given me socks. Still, as I grow older, I find it harder and harder to think of gift ideas that I genuinely want or will use on a regular basis. But I remember one Christmas, three years ago, right after I bought Accordance, and all I wanted for Christmas was ...

Organizing Your Library: English Tools

December 07, 2012 - David Lang — Last week, I showed you how I organize all the Text modules in my Accordance Library. Today we'll look at how I organize my English Tools. This is, of course, simply the way I organize my modules. You may find my system worthy of emulation, or you may decide it isn't for you. Whichever is true, I hope this series will get you thinking about how best to organize your own Accordance library. Remember that you can open your Library in Accordance 10 simply by clicking the Library icon on the Toolbar. To filter your library so that it only ...

Is This Taught in Seminaries?

December 04, 2012 - David Lang — This past Sunday, I taught my Sunday School class about the prophecy of Immanuel in Isaiah 7:14 and how Matthew applied that prophecy to the birth of Jesus in Matthew 1:22–23. That's not as easy as it sounds if you're trying to deal responsibly with Isaiah 7:14 in its original context. All too often, Christians have read Isaiah 7 like this: "Uh, ok … Isaiah is talking to some guy named Ahaz … umm, something about Aram and Ephraim and Rezin and some son of Remaliah … hmmm, when do we get to the part about Jesus?" When they ...

Organizing Your Library: Texts

November 30, 2012 - David Lang — At the recent training seminar in Chicago, one of the attendees asked me to share my system of Library organization. I didn't have an easy way to do it on the spot, but I did promise to get that to him "somehow." On the assumption that others may find this helpful, "somehow" will be a series of blog posts on each major module category. You may find my system worthy of emulation, or you may decide it isn't for you. Whichever is true, I hope this series will get you thinking about how best to organize your own Accordance library. First, ...

ETS/SBL 2012 Update and New Releases

November 28, 2012 - Darin Allen — The 2012 annual meetings for the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature wrapped up last week and the Accordance team was glad to be a part of the action. These shows are always a great time to meet a wide variety of biblical scholars, and to show everyone the latest Accordance developments. Windows Update Many people were especially interested to see our working demo of Accordance 10 on Windows. It was my first time seeing the Windows version in action as well, and I was impressed by the ...

Greek Diagrams Done For You

November 26, 2012 - David Lang — Remember diagramming sentences in school? If you're under forty, you might not, but I have vivid memories of diagramming sentences in high school English. At the time it seemed like a pointless exercise, but years later, I came to see its usefulness, especially when it comes to exegeting complex Greek sentences. The Reed-Kellogg system of diagramming is among the oldest and best known. It emphasizes the logical relationships among words and phrases in a sentence, enabling you to see through the peripheral information to the key points being ...

Headed to Milwaukee and Chicago

November 13, 2012 - David Lang — It's that time of year again! This week the Accordance team will be converging on the cities of Milwaukee and Chicago for the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). While I'll be missing ETS for the first time in many years, I'll head to Chicago later this week to teach an Accordance training seminar and to help out at SBL. If you'll be at those conferences or in those cities, there are several opportunities to meet Accordance staff and to learn from Accordance experts. ...

Calvinism: For, Against, or Undecided?

November 01, 2012 - David Lang — Are you among those rejoicing over Calvinism's recent surge in popularity? Or do you wish its (in)famous TULIP would wither once and for all? Are you among those still trying to decide what all the fuss is about? Calvinists and Arminians have been arguing over key points of theology for several hundred years now, and the conversation has all too often been marked by hostility, suspicion, uncharitable caricatures of the opposing view, even accusations of heresy. Wouldn't it be nice if you could listen to competent authorities from ...

Introducing Michael Horton's The Christian Faith

October 30, 2012 - — In honor of Reformation Day, we are pleased to announce the release of Michael Horton's The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way. This excellent systematic theology provides Christians with a holistic understanding of Christian doctrine. Price: $49.99 Buy Now! Here are some notable features of this work as outlined by the publisher: A brief synopsis of biblical passages that inform a particular doctrine. Surveys of past and current theologies with contemporary emphasis on exegetical, ...

Greek and Hebrew Word Studies

October 26, 2012 - Darin Allen — Accordance is great for those who want to do Bible word studies in Greek and Hebrew. One of the fastest ways to learn more about a word is simply to triple-click on it. This will open your default lexicon to an entry on that word. It’s fast and easy! If you’d like a different lexicon to come up when you triple-click on a word, you can change this in the Library. Just follow these simple steps: 1) Open the Library from the toolbar. 2) Click on the Greek Tools disclosure triangle to see these resources. 3) Click ...

Isolating Verses with the CONTENTS Command

October 25, 2012 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I showed how I searched for the Hebrew word meaning "cast image" and then wanted to separate the verses referring to cast images of animals from the ones referring to cast images of deities. I did this by "marking" all the animal verses and then adding those marked verses to a Reference List. At that point, I just selected all the verses I had collected and used the Copy As Reference command to get a list of those verse references. In this post, I want to show you an easy way to get a list of all the other v ...

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