Accordance Blog

Accordance vs. Print Books & Ebooks

December 08, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — You're ready to buy a new book. Have you ever wondered--what's the difference between a book in Accordance format or a regular ebook? Or is it best just to buy the book in print? If you are ever torn between these choices, here are some thoughts to consider. Accordance vs. Print. I know, I know.. new books smell great. They feel good in the hand. You can read them in the bathtub. But is this enough? Think about this: The Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series contains only eight volumes so far. But would you want to carry all ...

Triple-Clicking Goes to 11

December 05, 2014 - David Lang — In my last post, I explained how Accordance 11 turns the Library up to 11 with new tool categories and increased flexibility. You can now move any tool into any category you like or even pull it out of every category. In today’s post, I want to talk about how triple-clicking in Accordance now “goes to 11.” The two subjects are closely related. In previous versions of Accordance, the tool that was at the top of each category in the Library became the default tool that would be opened whenever you triple-clicked a word or verse reference. ...

Balancing Ministry & Personal Growth

December 02, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — I once knew an older minister who had walked several decades in obedience to the path that had been laid out before him when he was a young man. He had experienced both the joys and devastations that came from what he considered an undeniable call from God. Occasionally, young and inexperienced individuals would seek his counsel about going into ministry. "Don't do it," he would tell them. "Do anything else but this. But if you've tried everything else, and everything else has failed, then you will know that your calling is sure." ...

The Library Goes to 11

December 01, 2014 - David Lang — Accordance 11 is here, and we’ve been playfully alluding to a scene from This is Spinal Tap in which a guitarist boasts that his amplifiers “go to 11,” which is “one louder” than the usual maximum volume of 10. In this series of blog posts, I want to look at how specific features of Accordance now “go to 11.” We’ll start with the Library. Ever since we added tools such as commentaries and dictionaries way back in Accordance 2.0 (nearly twenty years ago!), we have divided those tools into five categories based on how those resources were ...

The Wright Stuff Comes to Accordance

November 27, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — After releasing N. T. Wright’s “For Everyone” New Testament Commentary Series, Accordance users have continued to request more titles from the former Bishop of Durham. Regardless of whether one is a fan of Wright’s work, a critic, or somewhere in-between, few can ignore the impact he has made on modern biblical studies. Thus we are pleased to bring you two brand new N. T. Wright bundles with titles from two prominent publishers. First, from Fortress Press come five titles, including the first four volumes in the Christian Origins and t ...

NIV 2011 with Enhanced Goodrick-Kohlenberger Key Numbers & Phrase Tagging

November 26, 2014 - Rick Bennett — Rick Bennett, Director of Content Development for Accordance Bible Software, demonstrates the unique features of the recently released NIV 2011 with Enhanced Goodrick-Kohlenberger Key Numbers & Phrase Tagging. This video can be best viewed full-screen. This version adds the Goodrick-Kohlenberger Key numbers to the 2011 edition of the NIV as well as enhanced phrase tagging. This offers users the ability to amplify to Hebrew and Greek dictionaries and perform searches based on the G/K numbers. The best-selling New ...

Get Your Accordance Gear!

November 14, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — Just in time for the holidays, we have created a new selection of “official” Accordance 11 gear so that you can proclaim your favorite Bible study software to all your friends and family with both pride and style! Many of you have been asking for an Accordance coffee mug or perhaps a t-shirt with the new “Simply Brilliant” Accordance 11 logo. Now you can send the loved ones who compile Christmas lists for you over to zazzle.com/accordancebible. If you pick up any of the new Accordance gear, please post a picture of you with your ...

New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (PRE-RELEASE)

November 13, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — Many Accordance users have been asking about the availability of the recent (print) release of the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDNTTE). Today, we are pleased to announce introductory pre-release pricing for the NIDNTTE, which will be available for Accordance users in Spring 2015. If you purchase the NIDNTTE between now and December 5, you will pay only $159, which is a savings of $90 (or over 35%) off the regular Accordance price of $249. A standard and widely-used reference work f ...

Turning It Up to 11: the New Version of Accordance Is Here!

November 10, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — THE WAIT IS OVER After weeks of sneak peeks and veiled references in the Accordance Forums, the wait is over: Accordance 11 is finally here! Response on Twitter, Facebook and our own Accordance user forums has been overwhelmingly positive. After using alpha and then beta copies, and now the final release of Accordance 11, I am not exaggerating when I say that I can’t remember the last time I was so excited about a software upgrade (the release of Accordance v. 5--first native OS X version--in 2002 comes as a close second)! Although we ...

Biblical Sites in Israel

November 04, 2014 - — This week we are thrilled to offer a brand new work (exclusive to Accordance), 100 Archaeological Sites and Biblical Landscapes in Israel. This title is guaranteed to immerse you in the history and landscape of the Holy Land through stunning photographs and detailed descriptions of 100 key sites. Also on sale is the companion volume Churches and Monasteries in Israel, a pictorial journey through the remarkable art and architecture of the Christian experience in Israel. We are also highlighting one of the newest additions to the ...

Have You Discovered Accordance Services?

October 20, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — If you haven’t discovered Accordance Services, you’re going to love this little gem of a utility. Note that this is a Mac-only utility; but don’t worry, Windows users. You will be able to access similar functionality in the upcoming Accordance 11 release. Accordance Services run through OS X’s Services, which you may or may not even know you have. The first thing to do is download Accordance Services. If you don’t already have them, download them from http://www.accordancebible.com/Accordance-Installers/#Services After you ...

Accordance 11 Collections (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #111)

October 09, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — In the latest Lighting the Lamp video podcast, Dr. J reviews the contents of the six new Accordance 11 Collections, describes the best use of each, and explains the new Custom Upgrade process. If you have trouble viewing the above video, go to https://vimeo.com/108465223

Custom Upgrades

October 08, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — With the release of Accordance 11 Collections, we’ve introduced a new Custom Upgrade procedure that makes certain you don’t accidently pay for titles that are already in your Accordance Library when you upgrade. This post will walk you step-by-step through the Custom Upgrade process. Any of the images can be enlarged by clicking on them. After going to the Accordance website, first make certain that you are logged in by clicking on the My Account link at the top right corner of the webpage. If you would like to see w ...

Halvor Ronning on Accordance

October 06, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — Halvor Ronning, Co-founder and Co-director at Home for Bible Translators and Scholars, Jerusalem, Inc., discusses his use of Accordance and why it is invaluable for Bible translation.

Accordance 11 Collections Are Here!

September 30, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — Today we are very pleased to announce Accordance 11 Collections. As many Accordance users know, Collections are the best way to build one’s Accordance Library. If you are new to Accordance, you will want to select the Collection that is best suited to your work. If you are a longtime Accordance user, consider upgrading to the next Collection level using Accordance’s new Custom Upgrades. All of our Collections have been updated. While all the Collections will have titles we have carried in the past, there are also new additions that we ...

Accordance Journals: Over 800 Years of Scholarship in the Palm of Your Hand

September 25, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — Whenever I grade student papers, I often look first to see what kinds of sources have been used. Sources tell me a lot about both the paper and the student. If I see all internet sources, I assume the paper was thrown together in a hurry or that the student does not have good research skills. Sources from print or electronic books are better, but if I see journal articles on the reference page, I know that the student has engaged in real research. Why Journals Are a Must. No Accordance user’s electronic library is complete without ...

James Davis on Accordance

September 22, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — James Davis, Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, discusses his use of Accordance in the classroom as well as for personal study. If you have trouble seeing the video, click here to view it online.

Martin Abegg on Accordance

September 15, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — Hear Dr. Martin Abegg, Co-Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University, discuss his history with Accordance from its earliest days and his use of the software in his work on the Qumran texts, Hebrew Bible and Septuagint.

Hermeneia Series Update

September 02, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — According to the publisher’s website, “The name Hermeneia, Greek, has a rich background in the history of biblical interpretation as a term used in the ancient Greek-speaking world for the detailed, systematic exposition of a scriptural work.” This meaning is confirmed by a quick consultation of BDAG, where ἑρμηνεία (hermeneia) is defined as (1) capacity of doing translation, translation; and (2) product of interpretive procedure, interpretation, exposition. WHAT KIND OF COMMENTARY SERIES IS HERMENEIA? Again, from the p ...

Benjamin Gladd on Accordance

August 28, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — Benjamin Gladd, Assistant Professor at RTS Jackson, describes his use of Accordance for personal research and for classroom teaching.

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