January 2012 — December 2012

Marking Verses in Accordance 10

October 24, 2012 - David Lang — The other day I did a search for the Hebrew word meaning "cast image" (מסכה). As I began looking through the results, I saw that some of these references had to do with the cast metal idols of pagan deities, while others referred to the cast images of animals, such as the golden calf. I decided to incorporate this observation into a writing project like this: The Bible refers to cast images of deities (list of verses) and of animals (list of verses). As you can see, I wanted to flesh out this simple sentence with two lists of verse ...

Politics According to the Bible?

October 23, 2012 - David Lang — Voting in a democratic society is an inestimable privilege, but at times it can seem like an overwhelming burden. Every election season, I must decide where I stand on a wide variety of issues I know woefully little about. Suddenly I find myself wishing I were an expert in economics, ethics, environmental science, international diplomacy, and a host of other subjects just so I can render an intelligent decision! As with other decisions in life, I try to make my voting decisions in accordance with my religious principles. Yet with almost ...

Revised Expositor's Bible Commentary NT Released

October 20, 2012 - Helen Brown — We have just released the New Testament volumes (9 to 13) of the completely revised Expositor's Bible Commentary. Those who pre-ordered it can now download it through Easy Install. We are already preparing the Old Testament volumes, and these will be added as a free upgrade to the EBC-R in a few weeks. With 60% new content and 30 new contributors, the EBC Revised is sure to become a best-seller like its predecessor, the Classic Expositor's Bible Commentary. Check out the details of the new series and the video presentation ...

Look for a Word in a Verse in Any Bible

October 17, 2012 - David Lang — The other day someone posted an interesting question on our user forums: How would I find in which version of the Bible is "endurance" used in Hebrews 12:1? In this age of multiple translations, this kind of question is becoming increasingly common. We may have heard a well-known verse in one translation growing up. Then we may attend a congregation which uses a different version of the Bible. We might also learn a worship song that sets that verse to music using yet another translation. The end result of all this is that we become ...

A Surprising Change in Workflow

October 16, 2012 - David Lang — I've written before about how varied my use of Accordance tends to be. I use it for my own research projects, to do quality control checks of modules which are nearing release, to help with the occasional tech support question, in family devotions, in teaching a Sunday School class, and more. This usually means that I have dozens of tabs open at any given time, and it's rare for all of them to be focused on the same task. Since I've been using Accordance 10, I've noticed an interesting shift in my workflow. Where previously I would use a ...

Searching for a Group of Hebrew Words

October 11, 2012 - David Lang — The other day I was researching idolatry, so naturally I started with an English Bible search for "idol." After just a few minutes of scanning the results in a Bible with Strong's numbers, I realized that there are quite a few Hebrew words translated "idol," as well as a number of other related words, such as "image," "household gods," etc. I wanted a quick way to find all the passages which spoke about idols, but how could I be sure I was searching for every relevant word? At some point, I looked up the word "Idol" in Anchor Bible ...

A Primer on Recycling, Part 2

October 10, 2012 - David Lang — Yesterday I showed you the basics of how recycling works. When a tab's contents are set to recycle, that tab will be updated whenever you perform an appropriate amplify or hypertext action. As we saw yesterday, when you triple-click a Greek word to look it up in BDAG, the BDAG tab is set to recycle and therefore updates with every new word you triple-click. This is much cleaner than opening a new BDAG tab for each of those words. In today's post, I want to explain why Accordance will sometimes open a new tab even when it seems like an ...

A Primer on Recycling, Part 1

October 09, 2012 - David Lang — The recently released 10.0.4 update contained a number of bug fixes and enhancements, but perhaps the most obvious is the new improved Recycle icon. Now that you're more likely to notice it, I thought it might be helpful to give you a brief primer on recycling in Accordance. Let's start with a new search tab containing an English Bible and the tagged Greek New Testament (GNT-T) in parallel. You'll see the Recycle icon to the right of the search box, and it should be gray. This indicates that recycling is currently turned off for this ...

Baker Exegetical Commentary Now Available

October 01, 2012 - David Lang — I'm pleased to announce that the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) is now available as an Accordance module. BECNT has long been one of our most requested commentary series, and it's no wonder. Bestcommentaries.com ranks more than half the volumes in this series among the top three commentaries on their respective books of the Bible, and most of the other volumes rank in the top ten. For more about the series and its individual volumes, see this detailed article. The BECNT is available now for $699.99.

Opening and Amplifying in Accordance 10

September 28, 2012 - David Lang — Accordance has always offered two distinct ways to access any resource. You can simply open it, in which case you'll get a new window showing the beginning of that resource; or you can amplify to it. Before you can amplify to a resource, you must first select a word or verse reference you want to look up in that resource. For example, if I select a word like "Heaven" in a Bible text, and then amplify to an English Bible dictionary, that dictionary will automatically open to the first article which mentions heaven. As I said, Accordance has ...

Accordance 10 is now Available on the Mac App Store

September 19, 2012 - Darin Allen — At long last, Accordance 10 is now available on the Mac App Store! Thank you for your patience, as we know many of you have been waiting for this release. For those interested in the differences between the Mac App Store version and the version you can buy directly from our website, here they are. Mac App Store Requires Intel Macs running OSX 10.7.3 or later Updates are released through the Mac App Store Updates may be delayed due to Apple’s approval process Possibility of future iCloud support No special ...

Searchin' fer Buried Treasure

September 19, 2012 - David Lang — Avast, ye lubbers! Know ye what today be? Aye, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! In honor of this day, I challenge ye to embark on a quest fer buried treasure aboard the good ship Accordance. Tell us, if ye dare, which is the only English Bible clever enough to mention pirates by name? Judge ye it to be a true rendering? Or like most things to do with pirates, is it a bit of a stretch? If ye successfully navigated that first challenge, here's another'n for ye. Can ye find a story of pirate lore that could serve ...

Recent Releases and Updates

September 17, 2012 - Helen Brown — In all the excitement over the release of version 10, the release of some new modules went unannounced and mostly unnoticed. Included in most levels of our new Collections: Bible Themes Dictionary -- the basis of several publications, this powerful topical work explores themes of the Bible with links to the verses and to related themes. Many Thoughts of Many Minds -- a treasury of quotations from the literature of every land and every age English Revised Version -- the forerunner of many modern revisions of the ...

Highlights and Diagrams as a Teaching Tool

September 14, 2012 - David Lang — Yesterday I told you about the Sunday School class I'm teaching on Bible Study methods using the book of Colossians. I told you about the I See! So What? Hmm… method, and showed how I used a User Notes file as a convenient way to record the class's observations, applications, and questions about Colossians 1:3-8. The next week we went over Paul's prayer for the Colossians in 1:9-14, and this gave me a great opportunity to talk about one particular kind of observation they should make when studying a passage. You see, when we read these ...

User Notes as a Teaching Tool

September 13, 2012 - David Lang — For the past few weeks, I've been teaching a Sunday School class on Bible study methods using the book of Colossians. Rather than just giving a series of lectures about the Bible, I want to get people reading the Bible for themselves and learning some basic methods of interpretation. I started by laying out a bare-bones inductive method: what I call the I See! So What? Hmm… method. The I See! step refers to making simple observations about the text being studied. The So What? refers to deriving simple life applications from the text. T ...

Accordance and Airplay Mirroring

September 10, 2012 - David Lang — I upgraded to Apple's Mountain Lion Operating System this weekend, and by far the coolest thing about it is Airplay Mirroring. I can now wirelessly mirror my laptop screen on the family TV through our Apple TV. This came in handy the other night when we had an impromptu family discussion about teenagers who think Biblical righteousness means no longer being able to have any fun. I pulled up Matthew 6:16, which talks about how hypocrites "disfigure their faces" to show the world that they're fasting, went into reading mode, mirrored it to the ...

Accordance 10 Analytics: Making Options More Accessible

September 07, 2012 - David Lang — In January of this year, I heard a conference speaker make an oft-repeated observation about the book of Ephesians: namely, that it is clearly divided into two parts. The speaker asserted that in the first three chapters, Paul uses verbs in the indicative mood—that is, verbs that make a statement or convey information. In the last three chapters, Paul switches to imperative verbs. Thus, he moves from theology to application, from instruction to exhortation. This inspired me to blog about how you could use Accordance's Analytics tools to see i ...

IVP OT Dictionaries: A Personal Recommendation

September 06, 2012 - David Lang — When we first released the IVP Dictionary of the OT: Pentateuch and IVP Dictionary of the OT: Historical Books in May of this year, I blogged about how useful they are and how excited we were to be able to offer them. Since then, I've found myself turning to these dictionaries more and more in my own research, and I just wanted to offer a quick personal recommendation. As I've been writing about various aspects of Old Testament narratives—worship practices, pagan religion, daily life, etc.—I've been looking up subjects that are not ...

Accordance 10: Making Features More Discoverable

September 05, 2012 - David Lang — Last week, I blogged about how Accordance 10 tries to strike a balance between hiding lesser-used features that might add to a new user's learning curve, while still keeping them easy to find and easily within reach. Today I want to show how some of our efforts to simplify the interface have actually made many features more easily discoverable. One example of this is the new gear icon in the top right corner of every text pane. Click this icon, and the first item you'll see is Move Up or Move Down. This option replaces the pane ...

10.0.2 Update Addresses Urgent Issues

September 02, 2012 - Helen Brown — If it ain't broke... don't fix it. But sometimes it is broke. Despite the widespread acclaim the initial release of version 10 received, we recognize that some things were broken. Most seriously, and fixed within 24 hours as 10.0.1, was the last minute bug that broke amplifying, triple-clicking, and copying of images. We took the opportunity to add searching of the Library by the new Library module names. This version was only posted as an update therefore many new users encountered the same bugs at first, our apologies. ...

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