January 2014 — December 2014

Easter 2014 Sale

April 15, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — Almost 2,000 years ago, two men went sprinting outside the gates of Jerusalem on the basis of an astounding claim. "He is risen, just as He said." What they found there was unexpected and extraordinary: emptiness. The subsequent events would eventually prove to shape history and provide the foundation for the books of the New Testament. These documents, ultimately rooted in the implications of an empty tomb, would circulate and transform the known world in a matter of years. Today, tools like Accordance allow us to study and unearth the ...

Crucifixion: Forget What You Think You Know

April 15, 2014 - David Lang — Of all the articles I planned to write for the Bible Times PhotoMuseum, I figured the article on Crucifixion would be relatively easy. After all, I already had a pretty good idea of who invented the practice (the Romans), how crucifixion was practiced (nails through hands and feet, fully assembled crosses raised to position, etc.), and how it caused death (by asphyxiation as the crucified became too tired to lift himself up to breathe). When I started doing my research, however, I was shocked to discover how little we actually know about ...

5 Things About Passover You Probably Didn't Know

April 10, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — For Orthodox Jews, the Passover is a weighty, yet joyous celebration bringing to memory the miraculous deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt. Over the course of many centuries, the Passover feast has been contextualized to modern man, and while maintaining aspects of its traditional roots, has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon. Here are five interesting things you probably didn't know about how the world does Passover in 2014. Coca-Cola knows how to celebrate Passover (while also turning quite a profit). In the old days, Coke ...

Eight-Day Passover Sale

April 10, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — With the commencement of Passover on Monday, we’re excited to offer a sale on the following modules. There’s never been a better time to enhance your knowledge of Judaism’s rich cultural heritage and the expressive Hebrew language in which these ancient texts were written. Celebrate Passover with us and expand your Accordance library today. Please note that these sale prices expire April 17, 2014 at 11:59pm EDT and cannot be combined with other discounts. Jewish Study Bible< > The JSB covers the entire Hebrew Bible ...

Answering a Question with a Question

April 07, 2014 - David Lang — Yesterday in my Sunday School class, I was teaching through Romans 8:31-39. In that passage, Paul reflects on whether anything can separate those who "love God and are called according to his purpose" (v. 28) from the "love of God that is in Christ Jesus" (v. 39). He does this by asking a series of questions such as "Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect?" (v. 33), "Who is the one who condemns?" (v. 34), and "Who can separate us from the love of Christ?" (v. 35). He answers each of these questions by eliminating every potential ...

Throwback Thursday: Demoer and Demoee

April 03, 2014 - David Lang — In my last Throwback Thursday post, I talked about the development of the very first Tool modules for Accordance 2.0. Although version 2.0 was not yet ready for release in November of 1995, we were planning to offer a preview of all the new features to attendees at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in Philadelphia. I did not accompany my employers to ETS, since it was a smaller conference and they could manage the booth without me. I flew in to join them for the start ...

Hashing out the Hashtags (And Applying Some Apps)

April 02, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — < > < > What does the term "social media" mean to you? Perhaps you think it’s a tremendous waste of time, or maybe you don’t quite understand it and you’re afraid it’s too late to learn. Maybe you think it’s a fun way to pass the time, but nothing that should be taken too seriously. Perhaps for some of you, the fact that you’ve actually navigated away from Facebook to read this post is a miracle in and of itself. Whatever social media is, it’s clearly the future. You don’t need to be a marketing guru to know this....

A Study in Genesis One

April 01, 2014 - Timothy Jenney — One of the basic principles of effective Bible study is to allow the text of the Bible to speak for itself. That can be really difficult when we approach a passage with our own issues foremost in our minds. The more pressing the issues, the more difficult it is to set aside our own agenda. One way to become more objective is to use the comparative method, comparing and contrasting a biblical text with one from another culture. Ideally, the other text deals with the same topic and is roughly from the same time period, but written from the ...

Accounting for Spelling Differences

March 28, 2014 - David Lang — In a recent thread on the Accordance User Forums, someone looking for purchasing advice asked some questions about an Accordance tool called the Dictionary of Early Christian Biography. This dictionary provides in depth biographical information about a variety of figures in the history of the early church, and it just happens to be a great example of a little-known feature of some Accordance tools. This short video demonstration will show you what I mean. Dictionary of Christian Biography from Accordance Bible Software on Vimeo. < >

Throwback Thursday: Tools for Accordance 2

March 27, 2014 - David Lang — We've been doing a lot of reminiscing lately, and I promise we'll get back to helpful tips and other kinds of posts soon. Still, since it's Thursday again, I'll continue reminiscing for "Throwback Thursday." In my most recent post, I went back before my own involvement with Accordance to look at Accordance pre-history. Before I took that detour, however, I was beginning to talk about the development of Accordance 2.0. In this post, I'll pick up there. For me, the most promising feature planned for Accordance 2.0 was the addition of ...

As Accordance Turns 20

March 26, 2014 - Helen Brown — Our baby is now all grown up! < > < > We bought our first Mac computer in 1984, three months after its debut, and soon afterwards a friend planted a little seed in our minds: why not write a program to use the Mac for Bible Study? We had a deep interest in the Bible, some knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, and the time to work on the project along with part-time positions in our own professions. It was an intriguing idea. For all that the Mac was easy to use, it proved very difficult to program for. I well remember that it took ...

Accordance: You Had Me at “Hello”

March 25, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — My first experience with Accordance was as philosophically enlightening as it was informative. As a new employee with Accordance, I had the opportunity to join the team in Atlanta for a training seminar of the application. In other words, they let loose a fire hose of information on me — in a good way. The first thing that I noticed upon walking into the classroom was the wide spectrum of attenders. I saw women and men, pastors and scholars, plaid-donning seminary students with gauged earrings and some “seasoned” enough to be my ...

Another 20/20 Sale

March 20, 2014 - Helen Brown — Thank you for the amazing response. This sale is now over. < > < > Continuing our 20th Anniversary Celebrations: 20% off the entire store for 20 days! We invite all our users to “clip” this coupon and enter the code at checkout to get a 20% discount on one entire order: < > < > Order anything you’d like from our store and take advantage of 20% off our already low prices. You can even put the order on our payment plan for up to 12 months. This one-time sale does have special conditions: The coupon is valid for one use ...

Throwback Thursday: Accordance and The PerfectWord

March 20, 2014 - David Lang — As readers of this blog well know, we're currently celebrating the twenty-year anniversary of the initial release of Accordance Bible Software. In fact, today only, you can purchase twenty popular Accordance add-ons for just twenty bucks each. For my part, I've been doing a fair amount of reminiscing about Accordance's early days in this series of Throwback Thursday posts. The response to these posts has been fascinating. A number of users who go all the way back to Accordance 1.0 have shared their stories in the comments on this blog or on ...

20 Products for 20 Bucks to Celebrate 20 Years

March 19, 2014 - Julie Palmer — Accordance Bible Software is turning twenty! That's a rare feat in the software industry, and we have you, our users, to thank for it. We'd like to show our appreciation for your years of support by offering an unprecedented deal on twenty popular Accordance products. Normally costing between $29.99 and $99.99, you can now grab them for just 20 bucks each! But you'll have to hurry. This sale lasts just one day—Thursday, March 20. Be sure to keep an eye on our 20th Anniversary Page for even more ways to celebrate with us. These special ...

Accordance is Twenty! Celebrate with Us

March 18, 2014 - David Lang — Twenty years. First released in Spring 1994, Accordance Bible Software is proudly celebrating twenty years of helping people around the world get the most out of their Bible study. In the fast-moving, ever-changing world of software development, twenty years is an eternity. Consider for a moment how many of the applications you commonly use have been around for twenty years. With the exception of industry standard word processors and spreadsheets, you probably can't think of many. When Accordance was first released, Aldus PageMaker was the ...

Compare all the Pauline Salutations

March 17, 2014 - David Lang — In my last Throwback Thursday post, I mentioned my role in the design of the Parallels window. This window lets you view parallel passages side-by-side, such as parallels in the Synoptic Gospels or those found in Kings and Chronicles. Yet Accordance also includes Parallel databases covering less obvious parallel passages. For example, the Epistles parallel database lets you compare similar passages in the various New Testament epistles. You can open the Epistles parallel from the Library or from the New pop-up menu of the Toolbar. When you ...

Throwback Thursday: Every Mac User's Dream

March 13, 2014 - David Lang — In my last Throwback Thursday post, I explained how I went from being an early Accordance user to unexpectedly landing a part-time job with the company. I wasn't the first employee of Accordance Bible Software, but I am the longest running, having remained with the company for nearly twenty years now. As I explained in my last post, I started with the company when Accordance 1.1a—a minor update which added support for the tagged Septuagint—was about to be released. At that point in time, Accordance was narrow in scope but remarkably ...

A Preschool Lesson on Lachish

March 12, 2014 - David Lang — Last night as I was helping Jo Jo, my five-year-old son, brush his teeth before bed, I asked him who Naaman was. No, I don't typically quiz my preschooler on obscure Bible stories, but some weeks ago he had shown me a craft he had made during a Sunday school lesson about the leper healed by Elisha (2 Kings 5), and I had been impressed with his level of comprehension. The other day I had stumbled across that craft again, and I was curious to see how much he remembered. Not surprisingly, the words "Naaman" and "leper" failed to jog his memory, ...

Setting and Searching Your Default Bible

March 11, 2014 - Linda Perry — When your startup is set to open 'Default Search Tab' (Preferences, General Settings), you can set your default search Bible by going to Preferences and selecting Search Tabs from the column on the left. < > Find the text pop-up menu in the upper part of the pane and select your preferred text from the list. Also select Words and Exact or Flex Search. < > Click on the OK button (bottom right). Now whenever you open a new workspace, this Bible text will appear ready for you to enter your search query. Then select File and New ...

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