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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 ...

Workspace Wednesday winner (5/21/14)

May 29, 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 ...

Imad Shehadeh on Accordance, iPads, and Arabic [video]

May 28, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — At ETS-SBL, we had the privilege of talking to many scholars who use Accordance, including Imad Shehadeh, President of Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary. Dr. Shehadeh had nothing but positive things to say about Accordance on his Mac, and especially appreciated the Accordance app on the iPad. In fact, he said it was the first place he goes every single morning — to his iPad, then to Accordance, then to his Arabic Bible. Dr. Shehadeh particularly praised Accordance's fast search capabilities in Arabic, a language that most ...

NA28 with Apparatus Review

May 26, 2014 - — Josh Mann recently posted this video review of the NA28 text and apparatus in Accordance. We think it is worth repeating here, in his own words. Thanks to Accordance for allowing me to review what I have found to be the most powerful electronic version of the NA28 available at the present time. In the video below, I demo and review some of my favorite features. Accordance users may also pick up a tip or two on using the software in general (e.g., cmd-J in the search bar will yield possible search terms). In ...

Workspace Wednesday winner (5/14/14)

May 22, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — Once again, Workspace Wednesday was a great success. (If you're not sure what we're referring to, 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.) Note: 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 content being featured! Last week's winner is Josh Pannell for his diverse workspace replete ...

Throwback Thursday: Getting Stronger, Part 1

May 22, 2014 - David Lang — The initial release of Accordance in 1994 made it easy to study grammatically-tagged Greek and Hebrew texts. Accordance 2.0, released in April of 1996, added much needed features like tools (commentaries, dictionaries, etc.), user notes, parallels, and more. Accordance 3.0, released in October of 1997, added library-wide searching, grammatical diagramming (a first for Bible software), and the ability to select any text—including Greek and Hebrew—and have the computer "speak" it. Accordance 3.5, released the summer of 1998, added support for ...

New Interpreter's Bible Now Available

May 20, 2014 - Graham Buck — We here at Accordance take pride in what we do. Every project becomes something of a labor of love. As the developer who labored to bring it to you, it is with parental pride that I get to introduce you to the newest commentary offering from Accordance: The New Interpreter’s Bible — Old Testament & Apocrypha volumes. If you're unfamiliar with this highly regarded series allow me to introduce you. When it was first published in 1951, The Interpreter’s Bible was the first whole bible commentary to appear in over 50 years, and i ...

iOS Tip: Drawing Back the Tabernacle Curtains

May 19, 2014 - Helen Brown — The buttons on the Instant Details help you dig into the meaning of a word in the text, and yet simply slide back to where you were studying without losing your place. Let's draw back the curtains on the word tabernacle or dwelling in this simple study illustrated on an iPhone. Navigate to Psalm 84 in the ESVi and tap and hold on the word dwelling. Instant details pops up with the definition mishkan and the dictionary article. Tap on the Amplify button and ...

Workspace Wednesday winner (5/7/14)

May 15, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — Once again, Workspace Wednesday was a great success. (If you're not sure what we're referring to, click this link to get caught up.) Each winner of Workspace Wednesday will receive a $20 credit in their Accordance account! Last week's winner is Abram K-J for his undeniably epic two-part entry. Bask in the glory, Abram! Part 1: Part 2: The runners-up!: Origen Adamantius: Jaap Cramer:

Throwback Thursday: Before and After iMac

May 15, 2014 - David Lang — For the first several years I worked for Accordance, I found that I spent as much time selling people on the Macintosh platform as I did promoting Accordance itself. From 1995 to 1997, Apple was rapidly losing consumer confidence. It seemed that every time the company was mentioned in the press, it was described as "beleaguered." The Mac still had a large and loyal user base, and some usability advantages over Windows, but Windows was widely perceived as being good enough, and few people wanted to buy computers from a company that might not b ...

Swiping, Tapping, and Scrolling into the Future

May 14, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — It’s no secret that we are right in the middle of the mobile revolution. In January 2014, mobile devices accounted for 55% of internet usage in the United States, officially surpassing desktop internet usage. That was four months ago, and the numbers have undoubtedly risen. As a business, we knew that if our users were on smartphones and tablets, that’s where we needed to be, too. We quickly realized that a vital step to catering to this new trend was optimizing our website for mobile devices. Mobile optimization is a catch-all ...

Keys to a Magic Portal

May 13, 2014 - David Lang — I'll never forget the first time I was shown a Strong's Exhaustive Concordance. It was a high school Bible study in which the teacher decided to expose us to the use of a concordance as a Bible study tool. After he showed us how to look up an English word, he pointed out the little number beside each occurrence of the word. He then showed us how to look up these numbers in the dictionary at the back of the concordance to learn more about the Greek or Hebrew word being translated. I seem to recall him discussing the two Greek words for "love" ...

Get Inspired by Godly Men

May 09, 2014 - David Lang — As a young man in college, trying to figure out how to live out my faith, I began reading the biographies of various preachers, missionaries, and church leaders. As I did, I started to notice some common patterns. First, these tended to be people with a vision. Jim Elliott had a vision to preach the gospel to people who had never heard it before. John Knox prayed for the reformation of Scotland lest he "die". Eric Liddell was so focused on mission work in China that he walked away from athletic stardom. Second, they all tended to ...

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