Accordance Blog

January 2013 — December 2013

Kingdom Versus Gospel

April 15, 2013 - David Lang — Last week, I was busy exhibiting Accordance at the Gospel Coalition's National Conference here in Orlando. During a few of the sessions, I stepped away from the booth to listen to the speakers. One of these was a panel discussion entitled "Did Jesus Preach the Gospel?" In it Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung, Tim Keller, and John Piper discussed the distinction some interpreters make between the "gospel" that Paul preached and Jesus' own emphasis on the coming of the "kingdom." It was a lively, interesting, and collegial discussion. The s ...

Powerful Preferences: Workspace Settings

April 12, 2013 - David Lang — This is the fourth in a series of posts on Accordance preferences. We've already covered the General and Appearance settings. Today, we'll look at the Workspace settings. The first three options all have to do with the look and behavior of workspace zones. The active zone in a workspace is highlighted with a certain color. You can change this color by choosing a new one from the pop-up menu labeled Active Zone Color. The next option lets you specify the maximum number of zones that can be opened in any given workspace. If ...

Hebrew Ain't Hard

April 11, 2013 - David Lang — When I was in college, I decided to take Greek and Hebrew at the same time. The Classics department didn't offer Biblical Greek, so I had to take Classical Greek with its dizzying array of paradigms and its wild-and-wooly approach to word order. By comparison, Biblical Hebrew was a breeze: there were only three "tenses," a relatively small vocabulary, and a relatively simple sentence structure (at least at first!). I left college with the firm conviction that Greek is a more difficult language than Hebrew. Then I went to seminary, where ...

Powerful Preferences: Appearance Settings

April 05, 2013 - David Lang — This is the third in a series of posts on Accordance preferences. We've already covered the General settings here and here. Today, we'll look at the Appearance settings. The Appearance preferences present you with a number of broad ways you can change the look of Accordance. While this is not the place to go to change the font used in your various texts and tools (click Text Display or Tool Display for that), Appearance is the place to go when you want to make more fundamental changes, such as the maximum width of a line of text ...

Powerful Preferences: More General Settings

March 29, 2013 - David Lang — This is the second in a series of posts on Accordance preferences. Yesterday we covered some of the General settings. Today, we'll cover the rest of them. In addition to letting you choose how you want Accordance to start up and what information dialogs you want to have displayed, the General settings let you tweak Accordance's amplify behavior. When you select a word or verse reference in Accordance, you can then choose to search for that selected text in any Accordance resource. This is the process we call amplifying. For ...

Powerful Preferences

March 28, 2013 - David Lang — This past weekend, I taught Accordance training seminars in Washington DC and Williamsburg, Virginia. Both groups included some pretty experienced Accordance users, and their questions prompted me to cover some more in depth aspects of Accordance than I usually get to. One thing I noticed in answering those questions was how much I turned to the Preferences panel. Over the past two decades of development, we've added numerous options you can set in order to tailor Accordance to your specific needs. Most of them can be found by choosing ...

Learning vs Staying in the Original Languages

March 25, 2013 - Darin Allen — I remember diligently studying Greek paradigms one day in seminary when I asked my professor, “Is this how we’re going to be studying Greek after we graduate?” He just laughed and said, “Nah, you’ll be using Bible software.” How true. In reflecting on his words, I’ve also noticed an interesting trend now that I’ve been out of seminary for a few years. Many of my friends and colleagues who bought Bible software in seminary are still using it to access the original languages today as pastors and ministry leaders. Granted, they may ...

Lenski's NT Commentary and other New Releases

March 20, 2013 - Darin Allen — We are excited to announce another round of new releases! These new releases are all on sale as introductory specials through April 2, 2013, so be sure to pick them up now! Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament R.C.H. Lenski’s 20-volume Commentary on the New Testament is praised for the way it throughly handles interpretive issues while applying thoughtful exegesis. Written from a conservative Lutheran perspective, Lenski’s commentary is in-depth and exhaustive, discussing various ...

Win an iPad Mini or an Accordance Gift Card!

March 14, 2013 - Darin Allen — If you haven’t heard the news, Accordance is having an exciting giveaway right now. The Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad Mini along with the Accordance 10 Essential Collection. The idea is to provide the winner with a complete mobile Bible study solution. The iPad Mini is a great tablet in this regard, as it’s large enough to accommodate serious Bible study but small enough (and light enough) to hold in one hand during long reading sessions. Its size and weight make it a great tablet for reading and searching your Accordance modules ...

Accommodating Mounce's Parsing Order

March 08, 2013 - David Lang — As I mentioned yesterday, I'm teaching my family Greek using Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek grammar. We're now at the point where they're learning to parse first and second declension nouns, and Mounce suggests that we do so by naming the case first, followed by the number, and then the gender. That is different from the default order in Accordance. If you hover over a noun and look at the Instant Details, you'll see the parsing listed by gender, then number, then case. In order to avoid the confusion that might be caused by these ...

So We Really DON'T Need to Learn This

March 07, 2013 - David Lang — As I've mentioned in a previous post, I've been teaching my family Greek using Accordance and an Apple TV. We're now learning noun case endings and beginning all those initially bewildering processes like parsing words, identifying their lexical forms, etc. As an illustration, I decided to show how Accordance makes all that stuff easy. I began by hovering my mouse over a word in the Greek New Testament to show how its lexical form and parsing is automatically displayed in the instant details box. I then triple-clicked a word to show how ...

Friday Fun: Hannah is a Palindrome

March 01, 2013 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I gave Hebrew students a technique for garnering extra credit by searching for geminate verbs: verbs like הלל in which the second and third letters of the lexical form happen to be the same. To do that, we used the question mark wildcard to represent each letter in the lexical form, and then we specified that the third letter had to be the same as the second by placing (=2) after the third question mark. This ability to specify that different letters must match was added specifically for these kinds of original language ...

Hebrew Students Need Extra Credit Too

February 28, 2013 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I offered you Greek students a method for garnering extra credit from your professors: Approach them on Friday and ask for extra credit if you spend the weekend finding all the hapax legomena in the Greek New Testament. Then do a simple search in Accordance, open an Analysis tab, and print! (Be sure to look tired and disheveled when you turn it in on Monday.) Now, you Hebrew students could use extra credit too, so far be it from me to leave you out. Here's a search that is sure to impress your first semester Hebrew ...

Hey Greek Prof, How 'Bout Some Extra Credit?

February 27, 2013 - David Lang — Whenever I teach Accordance training seminars (I'll be doing two in Washington D.C. and Williamsburg next month), I get to show some really cool Greek and Hebrew searches. Because the seminar attendees can range from brand new users who don't know Greek and Hebrew to students taking their first class to Bible scholars who work with it every day, it can be challenging to show how some of the more esoteric searches are useful. So I sometimes will joke that the beginning students can use these searches to garner extra credit. For example, ...

Why Does Timothy Get Such a Bad Rap?

February 21, 2013 - David Lang — The other morning I attended a Men's Bible Study on 1 Timothy, and it wasn't long before poor Timothy was being maligned as "timid." One man in the group said that Paul was like a "bull," while Timothy was not so naturally bold. Another man described Timothy as a "mama's boy," and someone else mentioned his "nervous stomach." Meanwhile, I was sitting there thinking, "Wasn't this the guy Paul asked to remain in Ephesus some time after Paul got run out of town? How timid could Timothy really be?" This is not the first time I've heard ...

Teaching Greek with Accordance and an Apple TV

February 15, 2013 - David Lang — My wife and I homeschool four of our five children. (At four, Jo Jo hasn't begun formal schooling yet, although he seems to be learning more than all the rest of us combined.) To satisfy the older kids' high school language requirement, I've been teaching the whole family Greek using Bill Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek. Since I have the textbook on Accordance, I've been viewing it on my laptop and projecting it to our Apple TV using Airplay Mirroring. My basic set up is a workspace with two zones. One contains Mounce's grammar and t ...

Did You Know You Can Hide Windows?

February 11, 2013 - David Lang — It happens every week: Sunday rolls around and my main Accordance workspace is filled with tabs and zones related to my current work projects. But I have to teach Sunday school, and I want to present the passages and visual aids related to my lesson without closing—or showing—the other stuff I've been working on. Obviously, I'll want to open an additional workspace and do my lesson preparation in that, but how do I make sure my class doesn't see my main workspace? The easiest thing to do is simply to hide my main workspace using the H ...

New Releases and Introductory Specials

February 05, 2013 - Darin Allen — We have some exciting new releases available for you today, along with a couple of introductory specials! Whether you are looking for commentaries, Bible study guides, histories, or theological works, we have you covered! To start, we have two resources that you will want to pick up by February 18, 2013 in order to take advantage of introductory specials. The first of these resources is the Life in the Spirit New Testament Commentary. In addition to being an excellent one-volume commentary for Pentecostal and charismatic Accordance ...

EBC Revised Now Complete

February 01, 2013 - David Lang — When it rains it pours. The past couple weeks I have been doing my best to keep up with a flood of new Accordance modules which have come to me for final checks. Be looking for lots of new goodies to appear very soon. In the meantime, you can enjoy one of these new releases today: the Revised Edition of Expositor's Bible Commentary is now complete. We released the New Testament volumes of the Revised EBC last October, with a promise to release the Old Testament volumes "in a few more weeks." As weeks stretched into months, we've r ...

That's Interesting! Now Where Is It?

January 25, 2013 - David Lang — Last week I wrote a series of posts designed to teach you powerful original language search techniques. In the final post of that series, we did a search for any inflected form spelled epsilon-iota-sigma (regardless of its breathing mark and accent), finding two inflections of the lexical form εἷς, along with three inflections of the preposition εἰς. This screenshot shows both the Search tab and the Analysis which we customized to list the inflected forms beneath each lexical form. The unusual thing about this search result is ...

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