Accordance Blog

January 2015 — December 2015

A Closer Look at The Dictionary of Qumran Aramaic

December 30, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Edward M. Cook’s Dictionary of Qumran Aramaic is an extremely specialized lexicon. As Cook states in the introduction, this reference work “is in a sense a fragment of a dictionary, since Qumran Aramaic is only a fragment of a language” (p. ix). You can find more information about this resource in the Accordance web store, but I thought I might offer a few tips for using this resource after exploring it myself a bit. This probably goes without saying but make certain that the Qumran Non-biblical Manuscripts are also a part of your ...

A Closer Look at the Greek Judean Desert Manuscripts

December 30, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Our “Closer Look” series of blog posts we’ve been posting this week has been designed to give a little bit of attention to all the new titles that were released in time for the ETS & SBL Conferences in November. That is such a busy time for us we often don’t get a chance to give as much focus on those new items as we would like. If your interests lie in the literary background for biblical texts, you will want to take a look at our recently released Greek Judean Desert Manuscripts module, compiled by Emanuel Tov and Martin ...

A Closer Look at Harris' Prepositions & Theology in the Greek New Testament

December 29, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — I can still remember my first semester of elementary Greek in seminary years ago. About halfway through the course, most of us were a bit overwhelmed. So, one of my classmates raised his hand and asked our instructor how long he thought it would take for us to “master” New Testament Greek. Without even hesitating, he shot back, “There’s always something more to learn when it comes to Greek.” When I first saw the title of Murray J. Harris’ book Prepositions and Theology in the Greek New Testament, I remembered my Greek instructor’s ...

A Closer Look at Decker's Reading Koine Greek

December 29, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — No doubt, anyone who knew Rod Decker still feels his absence. I did not know him well, but had met him at biblical conferences where I had conversations with him that were never long enough. An Accordance user since the early days, Decker posted frequently in our forums. However, what really stands out to me when I think of Rodney Decker is the high praise that always came from those who took his classes, especially the courses on Koine Greek. Long before his grammar was published, the notes from his classes were frequently shared on t ...

A Closer Look at Merrill's Kingdom of Priests

December 28, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Why read a history of Israel when the Bible already presents one? In Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament Israel, Eugene Merrill fills in the extrabiblical gaps from the surrounding culture and literature of the time. This helps us understand the context of both ancient Israel and the Scriptures produced by the faith community. Some writers of histories of Israel have produced works that cast doubt on the validity of the biblical records. In his review of the first edition of Merrill’s history, Charles Dyer wrote, “Kingdom of ...

A Closer Look at Emanuel Tov's Books on Textual Criticism

December 28, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — If textual studies are your area of interest, your Accordance Library will not be complete without Emanuel Tov’s Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible and The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research. Together, these volumes leave no stone unturned in looking at manuscript evidence and development of the Hebrew Bible and its first translation, the Septuagint. What is Textual Criticism? Tov defines it this way: Textual criticism deals with the nature and origin of all the witnesses of a composition or text, in our ...

A Closer Look at the Virtual Tour of the Temple

December 28, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — The Virtual Tour to the Temple, recently released for the Accordance Library, presents a visual history of the Temple beginning with the Tabernacle in the wilderness, then moving to the sanctuary at Shiloh, and culminating with the Temple in Jerusalem. Interactive maps links to over 100 high-definition 360 degree panoramas and informative videos presented by Dr. Randall Price. Buy now for $59.90

NEW Titles from McComiskey, Waltke & Thiselton!

December 20, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — With only a few days left, 2015 is winding down. However, that doesn’t mean that the Accordance Team is already nestled all snug in their winter beds just yet! In fact, we still have new titles to release before the year ends. The five new releases for the Accordance Library below are arranged in three bundles, ready to download to your Windows, Mac or iOS device. On a personal note, I’ll admit that I’ve been most excited about this release. I purchased this commentary series in print when it was first published in three ...

Why You Should Consider Adding the Ancient Christian Commentary Series to Your Accordance Library

December 18, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Confession: I used to totally ignore the Early Church’s interpretation of the Bible. I felt that it was pre-critical and not worth paying any attention beyond historical curiosity. I was simply a modernist snob. In the last decade or so, my way of thinking has been changed greatly as I've gained new appreciation for ancient faith and wisdom. Regardless of historical-critical insights, which I still value, I’ve come to appreciate the way the Early Church—those closest to at least the New Testament events—viewed the Bible. In fact, when I ...

NEW! The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible Notes

December 15, 2015 - Accordance Bible Software — New for the Accordance Library, we are pleased to announce the release of The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible notes from Reformation Heritage Books. This title is unique as it is the only set of Reformation-based study Bible notes geared to the classic King James Version of the Bible, although Accordance users can place it in parallel with any version they choose. The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible comes with thousands of study notes with integrated cross references, as well as introductions to each section and every book of ...

User Notes & Tools (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #133)

December 15, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — Accordance offers two different ways to save the results of our Bible studies: User Notes and User Tools. Both have been recently updated in Accordance 11.1. This podcast shows how to create a new User Note and User Tool—and take advantage of everything these resources have to offer. Join Dr. J for this tutorial podcast and learn how to save your work in Accordance Bible Software. [Accordance 11.1 Intermediate]

NEW! Hoehner's Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary

December 10, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Regarding Harold Hoehner’s massive commentary on Ephesians, eminent New Testament Scholar, I. Howard Marshall said this: This is probably the most detailed modern English commentary on the Greek text of Ephesians, combined with a thorough defense of its Pauline authorship and its Ephesian destination. Every facet of the text is examined with great care and exegetical skill, and the range of scholarly literature surveyed and assessed is encyclopedic. Despite the wealth of information and discussion, the material is presented with clarity ...

RELEASED! Accordance 11.1.2

December 10, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — When you launch Accordance today on your Windows or Macintosh computer, make certain to Check for App Update (Windows: Utilities menu; Mac: Accordance menu) to download Accordance 11.1.2. 11.1.2 primarily brings bug fixes, but there are also a few changes in the update: Easy Install now lists missing, but installed modules, as available for reinstallation Added UBS5 support to interlinear and elsewhere Improved interlinear export to split long lines, like gloss information, for better export Added safe mode ...

iPad Winner!

December 04, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Congratulations to Pastor David Denbek of Insight for Living for winning our 2015 ETS/SBL 64 GB iPad Air 2 giveaway! David told us that "space gray" was his color of choice. His iPad is being shipped to him this week and should arrive in a few days. We would like to offer our thanks to everyone who came by our demonstration area on the exhibit floors at this year's Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature meetings in Atlanta. Be on the look out for future offers and event appearances in 2016!

The Evolution of the PhotoMuseum

December 03, 2015 - David Lang — Version 2.0 of the Accordance Bible Times PhotoMuseum has just been released. It’s a free update to those of you who already have the PhotoMuseum. If you don’t yet have the PhotoMuseum, you can get it on sale this week. What is the PhotoMuseum? It’s similar to our wildly popular Bible Lands PhotoGuide, but where the PhotoGuide covers the various places mentioned in the Bible, the PhotoMuseum covers ancient peoples (Edomites, Moabites, Philistines), along with the objects they used (Altars, Houses, Weapons) and the activities they p ...

2015 ETS/SBL Reflections, Part 2

December 02, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Seven Kinds of Accordance Users As I mentioned last week, I’ve been participating in the Accordance “discovery space” (see part 1 of my reflections) at the annual Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature meetings for a few years now. And in all this time, I never get tired of meeting and interacting with Accordance users of all kinds. With each year’s conference, I’ve discovered that some Accordance users can fit into a handful of categories, which I’d like to share here. Perhaps you see yourself in one of t ...

2015 ETS/SBL Reflections, Part 1

November 27, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Creating a space for exploration, learning, and discovery. I'm sitting in seat 31B at 30,000 feet, iPad Pro (yes, it's really nice) on my knees, reflecting on another successful November marked by the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature. We had a great week meeting with longtime Accordance users and introducing new customers to the best Bible software for the serious explorer of the ancient texts. Now, I should clarify that when I say booth, I mean something that's actually on a ...

7 Reasons to Visit AAR/SBL Booth #903

November 21, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — If you're attending the AAR/SBL Meeting in Atlanta, be certain to come by Exhibitor Booth #903 to experience everything new related to Accordance Bible Software! Our booth is humming with activity, and if you haven't had a chance to stop by, don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the excitement! Here are SEVEN reasons you should drop everything and come by the Accordance booth right now: If you've never used Accordance, you need to see it in action! If you've never purchased Accordance, you can get the ...

New Scholarly Releases for 2015 ETS and AAR/SBL

November 17, 2015 - Accordance Bible Software — We are thrilled to present fifteen (15) completely new releases in time for the Annual Meetings of the ETS and AAR/SBL. Greek Resources The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research (3rd Edition) (Tov) This handbook provides a practical guide for the student and scholar alike who wishes to use the Septuagint (LXX) in the text-critical analysis of the Hebrew Bible. Rather than offering another theoretical introduction to the LXX, it provides all the ...

Come See Us at ETS/SBL to Win a 64 GB iPad Air 2!

November 09, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — The annual November Bible conferences are fast approaching, and as always, Accordance will be there! These days, thanks to modern technology, attendees at academic conferences no longer have to leave their research tools behind; instead, their libraries travel with them wherever they go! This year, we're giving away a 64 GB iPad Air 2 so that if you're the winner, you will be able to carry your entire Accordance Library wherever you go in the palm of your hand! The current iPad Air 2 is the most powerful and up-to-date tablet from Apple ...

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