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Understanding Syntax - (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #135)

February 06, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Over the past few years we’ve worked hard to make our original language syntax searches faster, more accurate, and more intuitive. In this podcast, Dr. J demonstrates the value of the add-on Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament syntactical databases. He also offers guidance in how to use Syntax Trees, perform syntactical Word Searches, and hone our syntactical Construct Searches. A working knowledge of Greek or Hebrew will help viewers get the most out of this episode. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

NEW! Four R. C. Sproul Titles from Tyndale House

February 01, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — Adding to our many other popular offerings from acclaimed Reformed author, R. C. Sproul, we are pleased to announce four new titles for the Accordance Library from Tyndale House Publishers. Accordance allows for in-depth study or casual reading on whatever device you have in front of you: Windows PC, Macintosh, iPad, or iPhone. CHOSEN BY GOD With nearly 200,000 copies sold in its 25 years, Chosen by God by Dr. R. C. Sproul is a contemporary classic on predestination, a doctrine that isn't just for Calvinists, says Sproul. ...

NEW! IVP Old Testament & New Testament Essentials

February 01, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — What’s the Bible about? That’s a good question, but I have a hunch that many people—perhaps even many participating in regular worship communities each week—might have trouble answering it. Many know individual Bible stories or often-quoted passages, but how does it all tie together? Fortunately, two new resources for the Accordance Library have arrived to help Bible readers not only gain an overview of the entire biblical story, but also piece it all together into a unified whole. This week, we are pleased to announce the release of ...

New Refund Policy & Original Language Starter Collection

January 29, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — As I mentioned yesterday, we’ve had lots of interest in Accordance Bible Software from new users lately—including those who have never used Bible software at all as well as those who are considering switching from other Bible software platforms. And yet we know that investing in Bible software is not a casual decision. Rather, it’s a commitment of funds to purchase Accordance; and even though we try very hard to make Accordance as intuitive as possible, a new user will still have to invest personal time to learn to use the program to its ...

Interested in Accordance? Download the Free Trial!

January 28, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Lately I've noticed an increasing interest in Accordance Bible Software from people who have never used it before! We realize that investing in Bible software can be a big decision, so we want to make it as easy as possible to check Accordance out before you buy. If you're considering Accordance or know someone who is, be certain to check out our free Accordance Trial Demo for Windows and Macintosh. Recently, we updated the Trial Demo to the newest version of Accordance, putting it at feature parity with our paid version. The free ...

Accordance in Chicago! [UPDATED]

January 28, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — The Accordance Team will be in Chicago for three events during the first week of February! We will have an exhibit at the Moody Bible Institute Founder's Week Conference from February 1-5. If you're attending Founder's Week, come by our booth for a personal Accordance demo or just to see what's new for the Accordance Library! Plus, the Exhibitor Hall will be open to the public. If you would like to come see us, we will be set up in The Moody Church, 1630 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610. Exhibit hours are from 5 to 10 PM. ...

Closer Look: Renn's Expository Dictionary of Bible Words

January 27, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Often customers will request that we make the now-classic Vine’s Expository Dictionary available for the Accordance Library. It’s not that we have anything against Vine’s but truthfully, it’s a bit outdated. Moreover, we actually carry a title that rightfully claims to be “A Modern Replacement for the Classic Vine’s Expository Dictionary." I’m referring of course to Stephen Renn’s Expository Dictionary of Bible Words. As this title comes with every Accordance 11 Collection except the Starter and Original Languages, you may have this title ...

NEW! Fortress Commentary on the Bible

January 25, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — These days, any new Bible commentary must find a way to distinguish itself. For those looking at the new Fortress Commentary on the Bible, released today for the Accordance Library, I can happily say that this commentary finds its distinctive place among the many other scholarly treatments of the Bible. The Fortress Commentary on the Bible, originally published in two volumes in print and comprising around 1750 pages, is written by a broad diversity of scholars from Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and other traditions. Covering the Old ...

Accordance--First Run (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #134)

January 21, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Just purchased Accordance and need to install it? Already have Accordance and want to use the Setup Assistant? If your answer to either of these questions is “Yes,” this podcast is for you. It includes complete instructions for installing Accordance and running it the first time, including using the Setup Assistant. As a bonus, this podcast concludes with three slides of simple tasks, just to help you start using Accordance. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

David Lang on AuthorTalk

January 20, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — If you haven't discovered Ron Way's AuthorTalk website yet, I encourage you to check it out. It's described as a "site where you can hear some of your favorite spiritual and religious authors tell their own stories in their own words." In the most recent installment, Ron interviews our very own David Lang, who is the Vice President of Development at Accordance Bible Software. David has been around since the very beginning of Accordance and knows both the history of the company as well as the software itself more than most. The ...

Accordance 11.1.3 Update for Windows & Mac!

January 18, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — Update (1/19): The Mac App Store version of Accordance 11.1.3 is also available. If your Mac is set to autoupdate, it should download automatically. If not, go to Updates in the Mac App Store app. This free upgrade for all users of Accordance 11 will appear in your Check for App Update, or can be downloaded here. The new features include improvements to Easy Install, Syntax, and other areas, plus many important bug fixes. Dr. J has updated the Sample Notes and Sample Tool to demonstrate the many new capabilities of the ...

NEW! Diccionarios hebreo y griego de Strong (Spanish Strong's Dictionaries)

January 18, 2016 - Rubén Gómez — [Click here for English version] Como muchos de ustedes sabrán, el software bíblico Accordance ya incluye varias Biblias castellanas con los números de Strong (números clave hebreos y griegos). Esta función permite realizar búsquedas muy interesante, y es la base que está detrás de la idea de “ampliar”, que es el modo en que Accordance permite pasar de un texto a otro texto o herramienta (¡incluidos mapas y cronologías!) sin tener que abandonar en ningún momento el texto bíblico a la hora de buscar información adicional. Ahora, con la ...

New! NIV MacArthur Study Bible Notes

January 18, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — Long requested by our users, The NIV MacArthur Study Bible notes are now available for the Accordance Library! For many years Accordance users have employed the MacArthur New Testament Commentary (28 volumes) for gaining insights into the Bible for preaching, teaching or personal study. So what does The NIV MacArthur Study Bible offer in addition to the commentary series? Quite a bit, actually. When incorporated into the Accordance Library, study Bibles are incredibly useful, even when surrounded by multivolume commentary sets. Study ...

NEW! Tyndale's Handbook of Bible Application

January 11, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — What does the Bible say about tithing? End Times? Racism? Temptation? If you teach or preach the Bible, eventually someone asks these kinds of questions. What’s the best kind of resource for answering these questions? Here’s where having the right kind of tools in your Accordance Library can really pay off. When asked about biblical answers on specific topics, the best place to turn is to a kind of reference book called a topical handbook. Topical handbooks on the Bible have a rich tradition in basic Bible study. The now classic Nave’s ...

Upcoming January Accordance Training Seminars

January 06, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — In my blog post last year, "7 Ways to Become an Accordance Expert," #3 on the list was to attend an Accordance Training Seminar. We already have a number of these free seminars planned for 2016, but I wanted to let you know about three coming up right away for locations in California and Minnesota. Los Angeles, CA Saturday, January 16, 2016 (9am to 6pm) Talbot School of Theology at Biola Univ. 13800 Biola Ave., La Mirada, CA 90639 Minneapolis, MN Friday, January 22, 2016 (1pm to 5pm) Special F ...

Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament

January 05, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — When I teach or preach the Bible in church settings, I tend to avoid making too much of a distinction between original language texts and English translations. I’ve listened to plenty of preachers who like to show off their knowledge of Greek or Hebrew as if to occasionally remind their congregations of how much they know. On the other hand, in discussing this issue with a church member once, she told me, “If we don’t hear about the original languages from you, where will we hear it?” I suppose there has to be balance in such things. ...

NIVAC Sale!

January 01, 2016 - — Now through January 14, 2016, we are partnering with Harper One to repeat the best prices we have ever offered for the NIV Application Commentary in Accordance! For this limited time, you can get all volumes of the NIVAC for 70% off! Many commentaries focus only on linguistic or cultural data, ignoring any thought of personal application, or at the very least leaving the “What does this mean in today’s world and to me” questions to the reader. On the other hand, there are some popular-level commentaries that are so focused on ...

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 ...

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