Accordance Blog

January 2014 — December 2014

Does the New Testament Fulfill the Old?

July 29, 2014 - Helen Brown — The relationship between the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the New Testament is immensely important yet often debated. If their relationship seems obvious to you, it may surprise you to learn that different Christian and Jewish groups have very different notions of how the two Testaments relate to each other: Traditional Jewish Interpretation: The Hebrew Bible, together with the oral law later codified in the Mishna, are sacred. The New Testament springs from a sect of Judaism which accepted Jesus as Messiah and later ...

Five New Martyn Lloyd-Jones Titles

July 28, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — Few well-known Christian figures can claim adherents from both Reformed and Charismatic schools of Christian thought, but Martyn Lloyd-Jones did (perhaps demonstrating the two do not have to be irreconcilable after all). Born David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), he served as both a medical doctor, and more famously, for almost 30 years as a minister and eventual senior pastor at Westminster Chapel in London. Sometimes controversial, but never stale, Martyn Lloyd-Jones left a legacy of over 75 books and thousands of hours of recorded ...

Wil Gafney on Accordance

July 24, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — Wil Gafney teaches Hebrew and Hebrew Bible at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. In this video, she describes her use of Accordance in her writings and how she has created an entire course for using Bible software for biblical exegesis.

Podcast #107: Bible Atlases (Lighting the Lamp)

July 22, 2014 - Timothy Jenney — Remember the old Bible map transparencies of yesteryear? There's a reason they aren't around any longer. In 1998 Accordance launched its interactive and customizable Bible Atlas, the first of its kind in Bible study software. Using the metaphor of transparent layers, Accordance's Atlas offered unequaled flexibility and ease of use. Today the Atlas remains one of Accordance's most popular resources. It includes a dozen different backgrounds, thirty region layers, seventy-five routes (most of them animated), thirteen site collections, and six ...

Throwback Thursday: Striking Out on Our Own

July 17, 2014 - David Lang — Way back when Accordance was first being conceived, we established a partnership with The GRAMCORD Institute (TGI), a scholarly non-profit organization which had pioneered the development of a grammatically searchable Greek New Testament. TGI had developed software for mainframe computers back in the 1970s and for DOS PCs in the '80s, but by the early '90s, they needed to add support for the Macintosh and Windows platforms. They did that by establishing partnerships with independent Macintosh and Windows software developers. The basic ...

New Zondervan Theology Releases

July 07, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — Two New Zondervan Theology Volumes! This week sees the release of two theology volumes for Accordance, both of which can be obtained for special introductory prices. Renewal Theology Author: J. Rodman Williams This work is a systematic theology from a charismatic perspective. Written by J. Rodman Williams, former professor of theology at Regent University School of Divinity, this work combines three previous titles (God, the World and Redemption; Salvation, the Holy Spirit and Christian Living; and The Church, the Kingdom, ...

Accordance 10.4.3 is Automagical!

July 02, 2014 - David Lang — I'm pleased to announce the release of Accordance 10.4.3, a free update for all users of Accordance 10. Like most of our free updates, this new version includes lots of minor changes and bug fixes (especially for Windows), along with several cool new features. The coolest of these add new ways to automate your Accordance experience. Create Automatic Links to Accordance: Accordance 10.4.3 adds support for Universal Resource Identifiers—links to an application similar to URLs on a website. You can create links in a web page or word ...

Join in on the Accordance Summer of Savings!

July 01, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — When I made my first Accordance purchase way back in 1998, I really did not go about it in the best way. Although there were some packages of collected titles available at the time, I decided to start with the bare minimum of what I would need. So in addition to buying Accordance itself, I added the Greek New Testament, Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, one English Bible with key number tagging, a Greek lexicon, and a Hebrew lexicon. I don’t remember how much I paid for all this in 1998 dollars, but I can tell you that it was not a bargain to p ...

Dig in Deep with New Releases

June 30, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — The special deals on these introductory offers are good through July 7, 2014 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other offers. Transformation: def. "a change in nature, disposition, heart, or character" A Timely Study Bible with a Message that is Timeless Designed to be transformational, The Gospel Transformation Bible Notes focus on heart transformation from the inside out, rather than mere behavior modification. Produced out of the conviction that the Bible is a unified message of God’s grace ...

Throwback Thursday: Doing Our Homework

June 26, 2014 - David Lang — When I started as Accordance's sole employee, the company was run completely out of a home office, and I worked at my own home using my own computer. As we added new staff members, the ability to work at home was both a practical necessity and a major perk. Once we began hiring our own sales staff and selling directly (before that all sales had been handled by another distributor), we decided that we would need a dedicated office for sales. Since the office we got was bigger than the sales staff needed at that time, the development s ...

Butler-Analytical Bible Expositor

June 24, 2014 - Richard Perry — Butler -- blunt, unfiltered, conservative, unique He is enjoyed by multitudes, as is evidenced by his popularity in the preaching community. His commentary includes a wealth of invaluable sermons, instructive lesson outlines and insightful thoughts making it an indispensable tool for those who preach and teach. John G. Butler’s Analytical Bible Expositor is an extensively organized chapter-by-chapter commentary of the entire Bible. It is much easier to read and understand than the typical commentary usually plagued with small ...

Tip: Search All Your Illustration Books at Once

June 23, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance provides the pastor or Bible teachers with tens of thousands of illustrations and quotations through the various titles we now have available. But did you know that you can search through these titles all at the same time rather than researching topics in individual volumes? It’s actually very easy. If you go to your library icon on the toolbar (it’s the little icon that looks like a set of books, usually near the left), your library, which shows all the books you own, will open on the left. Look for the folder ...

Bill Mounce on Accordance

June 22, 2014 - — Bill Mounce is well known as the author of the widely used Basics of Biblical Greek. At the last ETS/SBL meetings he said of Accordance: "I use it so much, I use it all the time, I've used it for so long...it's where I go, it's how I read my Bible... I love all the resources, there simply isn't a book that I want that is not in the Accordance library." He goes on to endorse the use of Accordance for beginning basic Greek studies and for the more advanced student, as well as the complex searches he needs for his research. ...

Throwback Thursday: Developing the PhotoGuide

June 19, 2014 - David Lang — When we first developed the Accordance Bible Atlas, we knew we needed to include a resource that would give information about the more important site and region names on the map. The other module developer (there were only two of us at the time) was occupied with developing the data for the Atlas, so I was tasked with developing this tool which would come to be called Place Names. Each of the sites on the Atlas are given an importance ranking on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important). This ranking is used to determine ...

Is Context King?

June 13, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — You’ve probably heard the universal maxim of the “three rules” of real estate: “location, location, location.” Similarly, it could be argued that three crucial rules of Biblical interpretation are “context, context, context.” One of the very first things a good English teacher will teach you is to find the author’s intent in literature. Whether it’s Lord of the Flies, Dr. Seuss, or the Bible, we should be asking ourselves, “What is the author trying to say here?” It seems that the overall “feel” of our post-modern culture has ...

Workspace Wednesday winner 5/28/14

June 05, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — Workspace Wednesday is our way of letting you, the user, express your creativity in studying the Bible. Last week, we had some great submissions from our friends. (If this is all new to you, click this link to get caught up.) Each winner of Workspace Wednesday will receive a $20 credit in their Accordance account. (Limit one credit per user.) Each week, we have a different "theme" which we use as the basis for our sales, our newsletter, and our social media content. Get bonus points by theming your workspace around the ...

Apostles of Faith, Hope, and Love?

June 04, 2014 - David Lang — In distinguishing among the authors of the New Testament epistles, someone has observed that Paul is the apostle of faith, Peter is the apostle of hope, and John is the apostle of love. Do these three authors really have such clearly discernible emphases? That's the kind of question that can easily be explored with a simple search and the use of Accordance's search analytics. Using an English Bible tagged with Key Numbers (the HCSBS), I simply searched for (faith, hope, love). Enclosing a series of words separated by commas within ...

James Charlesworth On Accordance

June 03, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — James Charlesworth is the Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary. He's also an avid Accordance user and was happy to sit down and talk with us. Dr. Charlesworth has worked for 13 years primarily with the Pseudepigrapha, extrabiblical Jewish and Christian writings which were falsely attributed to notable figures from the Bible. He lit up with enthusiasm as he described the search functionality within the Accordance Pseudepigrapha and how it makes his life easier — even teaching him a few things h ...

ISBE Revised -- Released

June 03, 2014 - Linda Perry — We are thrilled to announce the release in Accordance Bible Software of the Revised International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, 1995, Eerdmans. Typically, when I hear the word ‘revised’ or ‘updated’, I think of minor changes or that some new information has been added to an existing work. However, the ISBE Revised is vastly and distinctly different from its predecessor. The award-winning Revised International Standard Bible Encyclopedia is a completely new version of the original 1915 edition. Covering over 9,000 topics in-depth, ...

Throwback Thursday: Getting Stronger, Part 2

May 29, 2014 - David Lang — In last week's Throwback Thursday post, I talked about how adding support for Strong's Numbers was at the top of our list of features to add in Accordance 4.0. I also wrote that every other implementation of Strong's numbers we had seen was "ugly and inelegant." At that time, every Bible program we had seen that featured a Strong's tagged Bible required you to view the Strong's numbers in the text itself. Like this: Obviously, showing all those numbers in the text itself makes the text hard to read. What's more, the numbers ...

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