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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 ...

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:

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