Accordance Blog

How to Study a Word (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #120)

April 03, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — Word studies are one of the core techniques for Bible study. In this podcast, Dr. J provides a simple, step-by-step process for discovering a word’s meaning: Identify, Investigate, and Evaluate. First, he shows us how to identify the original language word behind every word in a Bible translation. He then explains how everyone—those who read Hebrew and Greek and those who do not—can use Accordance to find the range of meaning(s) for every word in the Bible's original languages. Finally, the podcast explains how to pinpoint the precise meaning ...

Learning a Modern Language with Accordance

April 02, 2015 - Joel Arnold — Note: Today's guest post is from Accordance user, Joel Arnold. See more about Joel at the bottom of this blog entry. A little over 18 months ago my family moved to the Philippines, and for the last year I have been studying Tagalog intensively. There’s lots of money in language learning and all kinds of expensive programs exist to help you on your way. But I realized that I already owned a really powerful tool in Accordance, and using it for language study didn’t have to cost me anything extra. It quickly became my favorite tool. ...

Announcing Word-World: A Bible-Based Orlando Theme Park

April 01, 2015 - David Lang — Accordance Bible Software is pleased to announce plans to open Word-World™, a new Bible-based theme park in Orlando, Florida. Accordance has been headquartered in the theme park capital of the world for more than two decades, but our corporate presence has been relatively inconspicuous. When Word-World™ opens in April of 2016, that will change in a big way. While this announcement may be unexpected, the opening of a theme park is something we’ve been quietly working on for several years. In order to avoid word of our plans leaking ...

Accordance Mobile 2.0: The Reviews Are In!

March 31, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance Mobile 2.0 has been out for about a week and a half, and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Here are just a few! Wow! Thank you. Everything I dreamed of :-) Arne B. (via Accordance Forums) If you don’t have this app, get it! Great tool! If you have it, this is a great upgrade. BenoîtC (via iTunes) Really liking the new @AccordanceBible iOS 2.0 update. Looks great, feels familiar. Kevin Burr (via Twitter) An app that keeps ...

Accordance 11 Now Available in the Mac App Store!

March 30, 2015 - — Accordance 11 is now available for purchase in the Macintosh App Store! If you currently use v. 10 from the Mac App Store, you should first install the free upgrade to 10.4.6 so that v. 11 will be able to access all your current Accordance titles, user notes, and related files. If you are a current registered user of Accordance 10 who purchases v. 11 from the Mac App Store, you can use the coupon Start11AppStore-up to get $10 off your next purchase in the Accordance web store. Did you recently purchase Accordance 10 in the ...

Top Ten Features of Accordance Mobile 2.0

March 20, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — The wait is over--Accordance Mobile 2.0 is finally here! I’ve had the privilege to use Accordance 2.0 since the alpha stage last year. It has been fun to see it develop into the version that officially released yesterday. Over the past few weeks, I would occasionally post a screenshot to illustrate something on the iPhone or the iPad and wait to see how long it took for someone to notice I wasn’t using the “regular” version (v. 1.7x). Truthfully, v. 2.0 has been the only iOS version of Accordance I’ve used for months now, having r ...

Accordance Mobile 2.0 (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #119)

March 19, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — Accordance Mobile 2.0 is here! Designed for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches running at least iOS 8.0, the latest version of “Bible Study with Accordance” (iPhone App Store name) is sure to please. It is optimized to take advantage of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus screen sizes—and boasts a host of new features: enhanced text selection, social sharing, highlight symbols, quick definitions, tool bookmarks, easier downloads, and more. Join Dr. J for this quick tour of the very latest in mobile Bible study software. See also: What's New in ...

Picture The Biblical World

March 17, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — If a picture is worth a thousand words, 2,500 pictures would equal a multivolume set! Today, we are announcing two new collections from the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands. These collections are perfect for illustrating cultural and geographical elements from the Scriptures in Bible studies, sermons, or the classroom. Cultural Images of the Holy Land Remember that time you were asked to fill in to teach a Bible class, and it turned out to be a lesson about dietary laws in Leviticus? As you quickly read Leviticus 11, you sincerely ...

Biblia Hebraica Quinta: Proverbs Released

March 16, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — We are pleased to announce the addition of Proverbs to the ongoing Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ) release for the Accordance Library. If you have already purchased the BHQ, Proverbs is a free update that can be downloaded via Check for Content Updates in Accordance. The Biblia Hebraica Quinta is an ongoing project that will eventually succeed the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia when complete. The BHQ edition also includes the additional Masorah magna and parva, based on the annotations found in the original Leningrad Codex, as well as a ...

Endorsement: Steve Walton

March 13, 2015 - — Professor Steve Walton, Research Fellow at Tyndale House in Cambridge, has been using Accordance since version 1.0! In this video, he describes his use of Accordance in the classroom and his personal workflow for research.

Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries: Minor Prophets

March 09, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Last Fall, we chose to release the Isaiah – Malachi section of the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary even though we did not have the 12 Minor Prophets completely ready yet. If you purchased this module for your Accordance Library, and haven’t done so already, go to Content Updates to download this free update released a couple of weeks ago. For me, the update with the Minor Prophets was perfect timing. I had just started teaching a survey of the Minor Prophets at church on Sunday. In our first session, I was covering Nahum 1:1-8, which is a ...

Witherington's Letters & Homilies

March 03, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — In tracing my family history, I’ve discovered a number of ancestors who fought in the American Civil War. One individual stands out, though: my second great grand uncle, James Marion Kelzer, who was a doctor tending to the injured. He stands out because of a number of letters that he wrote his wife Mary Ann. The letters are fascinating because they provide details of events that his service record would never include. His request for his wife to kiss their son for him, confirms the birth of Allen “Harry” Kelzer, who was my first cousin, 3x ...

Endorsement: Tommy Wasserman

February 27, 2015 - — Tommy Wasserman, Associate Professor of New Testament Exegesis at Örebro School of Theology and longtime Accordance user, describes how he uses the software for personal research and in teaching introductory Greek courses. Wasserman is also an editor and contributor for the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog.

The Ziggurat of Babylon (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #118)

February 26, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — The Tower of Babel is one of the best known Bible stories, but rarely read in its literary and cultural context. In this podcast, Dr. J draws on his knowledge of the Ancient Near East and the images in Accordance to retell the story as its original hearers might have understood it, complete with some timeless applications. For more Lighting the Lamp podcasts, visit our website or subscribe through iTunes.

Bibliotheca Sacra Archive (1844 - 1933) added to TJL 16

February 23, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — When we released the 16th edition of the Theological Journal Library last fall, I described it as "800 Years of Scholarship in the Palm of Your Hand" (I recommend that post to you as a good summary of the benefit of adding journals to your Accordance Library). And yet some of you have been waiting patiently for a missing century or so of that scholarship. Fortunately, we can finally announce that the full Bibliotheca Sacra Archive has now been added to TJL 16. If you have already purchased this journal collection, all you have to do is to go ...

Endorsement: Darrell Bock

February 19, 2015 - — Hear Darrell Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, discuss his longtime use of Accordance and offer his unreserved endorsement of the program.

Important Update for Mac App Store Accordance Users!

February 18, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — If you purchased your copy of Accordance in the Mac App Store, there was a very important update released a few days ago that you need to download. Accordance v. 10.4.6 will prep your copy of Accordance for the imminent release of v. 11 in the Mac App Store. Please update to 10.4.6 as soon as possible. We will make another announcement as soon as Accordance v. 11 is available through the Mac App Store. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below.

Why Study Extrabiblical Greek Texts?

February 17, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — A while back, I was asked to preach a sermon at my church explaining the idea of canon, that is, the list of writings accepted as sacred or inspired in my faith tradition. I titled my sermon, “What’s in Your Bible?” making a play on the phrase, “What’s in your wallet?” from the ongoing series of credit card commercials on television. Although I can never be certain since our church originated in the 1830s, I’d like to think that I may be the first person who ever read from the Pseudepigrapha in the pulpit at our church! No, I was not ...

Using the INFER Command with Extrabiblical Greek Texts

February 16, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — One of the more powerful--but probably somewhat underused--commands in Accordance in the INFER search. You would want to use the INFER search most often when you are looking for issues in intertextuality—that is, where a text quotes another text either directly or through allusion. The INFER command is probably most often used in looking for places where the New Testament is quoting the Old Testament, but did you know it can be used with extrabiblical texts as well? As I’ve already mentioned, the INFER command is one of the most p ...

Ancient Wisdom for Head and Heart

February 16, 2015 - David Lang — What do the church fathers have to teach us today? Two new Accordance resources apply the wisdom of the fathers to the study of theology and the practice of personal devotion. Ancient Christian Doctrine Similar in format to the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Ancient Christian Doctrine is a five-volume commentary on the Nicene creed. The theological concepts articulated in each phrase of the creed are examined and illuminated with passages from various early church fathers. For example, the section on the term ...

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