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Dec 16, 2014

Light Up the Holidays Sale

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Welcome to Week 3 of some tremendous holiday ideas!! For this week's specials, Accordance shines a light on some wonderful new additions as well as special pricing on Jewish study resources for a great Hanukkah gift. We have also put some great prices on some attractive Graphics modules. So don’t delay; the lights go out on this sale December 22nd.

Check out this blog post for more information on the three new releases from this week.

New Titles from InterVarsity Press

IVP-Prophets

Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets

This 2012-published volume includes recent scholarship in its coverage of all aspects of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and the twelve Minor Prophets.

Regular Price: $47.90
Sale Price: $35.90

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IVP-Wisdom

Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings

More than ninety expert contributors make this an authoritative volume for researching all of the important literary aspects of Job, Proverbs, Psalms, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther.

Regular Price: $47.90
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The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical Thought World of the New Testament (Volumes 1 and 2)

This two-volume set examines the theological and ethical thought world of the New Testament. The first volume looks at the individual witnesses, while the second examines the collective witness.

Regular Price: $79.90
Sale Price: $59.90

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Jewish Study Tools

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Jewish Study Bible Notes

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Jewish Annotated NT

Jewish Annotated New Testament

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JPS Tanakh with Strong's Numbers
(Jewish Publication Society)

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JPS Torah Commentary

JPS Torah Commentary

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Outstanding Graphics Modules

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Bible Times PhotoMuseum

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Churches and Monasteries in Israel

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100 Israel Sites

100 Archaeological Sites and Biblical Landscapes in Israel

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Graphics Bundle

Graphics Bundle (Atlas, PhotoGuide3, Timeline)

Regular $149
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Please note that these sale prices expire December 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST and cannot be combined with other discounts.

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Dec 12, 2014 David Lang

Commentaries Go To 11, Part 2

In this series of posts, I’ve been talking about how the newest version of Accordance takes various features and ”turns them up to 11”. My last post discussed how the Info Pane makes it easier to discover which commentaries in your Accordance library actually discuss your current passage. I ended that post by promising to help you arrange your commentaries in the Library to get the most out of the Commentaries section of the Info Pane. Here goes:

How the Info Pane Displays Commentaries: The Info Pane displays your commentaries in the order they appear in your Library, except that it skips any commentaries which do not include a comment on the current verse. For example, let’s say I have an Old Testament commentary like Keil & Delitzsch at the top of my list of commentaries. As long as I am looking at a New Testament verse, Keil & Delitzsch will never appear in the Info Pane. If my first ten commentaries only cover the Old Testament, then my eleventh commentary will be the first to appear in the Info Pane whenever I am studying a New Testament verse.

Recognizing this can help you to arrange your commentaries in such a way that the Info Pane will present you with commentaries you might otherwise overlook. Below is a screenshot of my current system of organization—color-coded so you can see the relationship between the Library and the Info Pane.

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From Narrow to Broad: Prior to the advent of the Info Pane, I tended to organize my commentaries so that those which covered the entire Bible came first, followed by partial or specialized commentaries. The problem with such a broad-to-narrow arrangement is that I never see those partial or specialized commentaries in the Info Pane, since all those complete commentaries appear in the first five, ten, or even fifteen spots. That’s a shame, because we have some really fantastic commentaries which only cover a small portion of the Bible.

For example, Bruce Waltke’s commentary on Genesis has quickly become my favorite commentary on that particular book. Likewise, I love Beale and Carson’s Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, which only covers a specific set of Old and New Testament passages. Since those commentaries will only appear in the Info Pane when they actually cover my current passage, it makes sense to move them toward the top of the list, ahead of all those commentaries that cover the entire Bible and will therefore always show up.

Using Folders: If you group your commentaries into folders, those folders will not show up in the Info Pane, but they will appear in the Library and as submenus in your Commentaries menu. Since I don’t want to scroll past every partial or specialized commentary to get to my mainstays, I created a folder named “Specialized/Partial” to contain them all. I then put that folder near the top of my commentaries for the reasons mentioned above. After that I have other folders grouping my more complete commentaries by type. A folder named “Expository” contains all those commentaries that give you a basic sense of a passage’s meaning without getting bogged down in too many technical discussions. Below that are my “Technical” commentaries: those thick-volumed sets that dig into every jot and tittle of the text. Further down the list I have “Background” commentaries, “Application” commentaries, “Patristic” and “Classic” commentaries, etc. These categories helps me find the commentaries that best suit my purpose at any given time.

Mixing Things Up: There’s one major downside to the way I’ve grouped my commentaries into these categories. In each category, I have a few favorite commentaries, followed by commentaries I don’t use as often. I might do better to add a Favorites folder to contain my favorites from each category. That way, the Info Pane might present me with a better mix of Expository, Technical, and Classic commentaries.

Starting With a Summary: When I’m studying a passage, I try to put off turning to commentaries as long as possible. It’s too easy to begin reading a passage through the lens of a commentary, so I try to wrestle with the passage on my own before consulting one. When I do turn to commentaries, I tend to look for as little help as possible, so I’ll begin with the more general “Expository” commentaries. Only when I am really struggling with an interpretive question will I delve into my more “Technical” commentaries. Because I like to get as little help as possible, I’ve placed Fee and Stuart’s How To Read the Bible Book by Book at the very top of my commentary list. It’s a helpful reader’s guide which gives a brief overview of each passage with hints of literary features to watch for. I often find that is all the help I need. If you don’t have that, you might consider starting with a Bible Handbook or a good set of Study Bible notes.

Speaking of Study Bibles: Study Bibles are basically super-concise commentaries, but they are now automatically placed in a separate Study Bibles folder in the Library. Nevertheless, they will show up in the Info Pane if you display enough commentaries. For me, I have to show about 35 book covers before the first Study Bible will appear. Of course, I could always move a few favorite Study Bibles up so they show up in the Info Pane sooner. I could either move them into the Commentaries folder somewhere, or I could create a Favorites folder that grouped my favorite commentaries and study Bibles together. The new Library gives you that level of flexibility, and the Info Pane offers a strong incentive to prioritize your favorite resources.

Personally, I’m still experimenting with how to organize my commentaries in order to get the most out of the Info Pane. I hope you find some of these suggestions helpful in developing your own system. By optimizing the way commentaries appear in the Info Pane, you can turn your commentaries “up to 11” and experience Bible study that really rocks.


 

Dec 10, 2014 David Lang

Commentaries Go to 11

In this series of posts, I’ve been talking about how the newest version of Accordance takes features like the Library and triple-clicking and ”turns them up to 11”. In today’s post, I want to focus on how commentaries now “go to 11.” I also want to offer some tips for how to organize your commentaries to get that “extra push over the cliff.”

Accordance has long enabled you to view commentaries in parallel panes that scroll alongside the Bible, or to open them in separate tool tabs to browse and search them. Unfortunately, short of doing a global search for a verse reference, there was no way to tell which commentaries actually included a comment on your passage of study. You therefore always ran the risk of opening a commentary that wasn’t relevant to your current study.

Accordance 11 has now introduced the Info Pane to solve that problem. The Info Pane acts as a clearing-house of information about your passage. To open it, simply select Info Pane from the Add Parallel pop-up menu.

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The first section of the Info Pane shows you the covers of the first five (or more, depending on your settings) commentaries which contain a comment on the verse at the top of the window. As you scroll through the text, the information in the Info Pane will update to reflect the current verse.

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Previewing and Opening Commentaries: If you hover your mouse over one of the commentary book covers, you’ll see a preview of the comment in the Instant Details box. That way, you can quickly skim through your commentaries to see which are most helpful. Once you find one you want to explore further, simply click the book cover to open that commentary in a parallel pane. Hold down the shift key while clicking a cover to force the commentary to open in a vertical pane, or hold down the command key (on Mac) or Ctrl key (on Windows) to open the commentary in a separate tool tab.

Customizing the Info Pane: You can customize how your commentaries appear in the Info Pane by selecting Set Info Pane Display from the Gear menu.

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In the dialog that opens, you can set the size of the covers and text, hide the covers altogether, and specify how many commentaries you want to appear when you first open the Info Pane. Once you’ve made your changes, be sure to click the Use As Default button to make the changes permanent.

Organizing Your Commentaries for Best Results: This is where I’m going to show you how to get that “extra push over the cliff” I promised. Unfortunately, this post is already getting long, so it will have to wait. In my next post, I’ll give you advice for how you can arrange your commentaries in the Library to get the most out of the Commentaries section of the Info Pane. Stay tuned…


 

Dec 8, 2014 Richard Mansfield

3 Zondervan Titles You Shouldn't Miss!

As the availability of titles you can add to your Accordance Library grows, you may find it difficult at times to keep up with the works available that can inform your study of the Bible. In this post, I’d like to shine the spotlight on three Zondervan reference works that you may or may not have considered for your Bible study toolkit.

ZEC_NT Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series: New Testament

Have you discovered the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series: New Testament (ZECNT for short)? It’s so new (the volume on James has the earliest copyright date, 2008) that you may not have noticed it yet. If you spend some time with the series, though, you will immediately see that it is different from many other commentary series. Imagine if some of the top Evangelical scholars were to write exegesis papers—not stuffy ones, but ones you actually wanted to read—over every passage in the New Testament. This is what the ZECNT is like!

Though not complete yet, the ZECNT is an ongoing commentary project that takes every New Testament passage and analyzes it by the following categories:

  • Literary Context—a concise discussion of how the passage functions in the broader literary context of the book.
  • Main Idea—a one- or two-sentence statement of the big idea or central thrust of the passage.
  • Translation and Graphical Layout—perhaps the greatest distinction of the series, the purpose of this diagram is to help the reader visualize, and thus better understand, the flow of thought within the text.
  • Structure—the commentator describes the flow of thought in the passage and explains how certain interpretive decisions regarding the relationship of the clauses were made in the passage.
  • The Exegetical Outline—the overall structure of the passage is described in a detailed exegetical outline.
  • Explanation of the Text—the emphasis on this section of the text is to convey the meaning of the passage.
  • Theology in Application—a reflection of the theological contribution of the passage.

This series is ideal for the person who has had one or two years of Greek, but may or may not be a little bit rusty. The ZECNT is not as technical as the Word Biblical Commentary or the New International Greek Testament Commentary as it is designed for a broader audience. If the reader has not had any training in biblical Greek, the series is still accessible because all Greek text follows English translation.

Volumes available so far:

  • Matthew by Grant R. Osborne (2010)
  • Luke by David E. Garland (2012)
  • Acts by Eckhard J. Schnabel (2012)
  • Galatians by Thomas R. Schreiner (2010)
  • Ephesians by Clinton R. Arnold (2010)
  • Colossians & Philemon by David W. Pao (2012)
  • 1-2 Thessalonians by Gary S. Shogren (2012)
  • James by Craig L. Blomberg and Mariam J. Kamell (2008)
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ZEB PNG Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible

Perhaps you are a longtime user of the now classic Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible. Did you know it has been thoroughly revised and improved? Now known as the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (ZEB), this work has become one of my favorite Bible reference works.

I admit up front that I tend to be a very visual person. I gravitate toward the works in my Accordance Library that have a good selection of photos and illustrations. The ZEB has a caption search field, so in addition to simply looking up and reading about subjects, I can actually search for images of a particular subject. I often use these pictures when I am teaching at church or in the classroom by inserting them into a Keynote (Apple’s equivalent of PowerPoint) presentation.

The original ZPEB was edited by Merrill C. Tenney, and the ZEB revision has been edited under the care of Moisés Silva. The completely new work contains the following features:

  • The equivalent of more than 5,000 pages of vital information on Bible lands and people
  • More than 7,500 articles alphabetically arranged for easy reference
  • Hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations, charts, and graphs
  • 32 pages of full-color maps and hundreds of black-and-white outline maps for ready reference
  • Scholarly articles ranging across the entire spectrum of theological and biblical topics, backed by the most current body of archaeological research
  • 238 contributors from around the world

Tip: Make the ZEB your default Bible dictionary for triple-clicking in the Amplify section of Accordance’s preferences.

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Zondervan Atlas Zondervan Atlas of the Bible

Here is another fantastic update to an established reference work. Perhaps you wore out your print copy of the 1999 Zondervan NIV Atlas of the Bible by Carl. G. Rasmussen. Well, if so, you’ll be glad to know that this title has been completely revised as the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible, and it is now available in Accordance to integrate with your other Bible study tools.

Frankly, you simply cannot understand the Bible’s story without understanding the land in which it takes place. Although there are a number of quality Bible atlases available for Accordance in addition to our own dynamic atlas, the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible is now a standard work indispensible for study of biblical geography.

The atlas has two primary sections. The first covers the general region of the Middle East to give context to the next section, a thorough exploration of biblical geography from Eden to the Seven Churches of Revelation. With the print equivalent of over 300 pages, the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible includes the following features:

  • Thoroughly revised edition of the Gold Medallion Award-winning Zondervan NIV Atlas of the Bible
  • Innovative 3D imaging technology
  • Over one hundred images to bring the biblical world to life with unprecedented clarity
  • Over one hundred full-color, multidimensional maps trace the progression of Old and New Testament history

Use the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible as a reference to which you can amplify locations straight from the biblical text, or study through it chapter by chapter as a means of better understanding the biblical story.

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All three of the above-mentioned titles will go on sale Dec 9-15, 2014 at discounted prices. It is also worth mentioning that any of these titles make great add-ons to our iOS versoin of Accordance if you have never bought a standard Accordance collection for Macintosh or Windows computers.

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Dec 8, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Accordance vs. Print Books & Ebooks

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.

Book Stack 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 eight physical volumes around with you? What about the 38-volume Church Fathers? Having these reference works in Accordance means you can always have them with you, and they don’t weigh any more than your laptop or mobile device. The library used to be a place we went to; now the library goes with us!

Finding content in Accordance is much faster than thumbing through page after page of a reference work or looking in an index, hoping that what you’re looking for will be there. With Accordance, you can search for any subject in a variety of ways and find it at near-instantaneous speeds. Hold that thought, though—I’ll come back to it in a moment.

Accordance also future-proofs your library. Physical objects (such as print books) are subject to physical harm. Heaven forbid this happen to you, but fire, flood or any other kind of natural disaster can wipe out a personal library created from decades of investment in print books. I’ve known people to whom this has happened. Once you purchase titles for your Accordance Library, however, they are yours—period. If your laptop or mobile device is lost, damaged or stolen, you don’t actually lose your Accordance Library. It can be downloaded again on a replacement device.

Kindle Bible Accordance vs. Ebooks. Some people think of the many titles you can add to Accordance simply as ebooks, but they’re much more than that. Occasionally, someone will point to a sale Amazon is having on a Kindle title that we also have in Accordance and ask if we are going to match prices. This question, however, misunderstands the distinction between books in Accordance and regular ebooks.

The kinds of ebooks you might read on a Kindle or Nook device are great, but they are what I consider “dumb” texts. Yes, you can search through them, but you can only search all text at once, and only in one language. Accordance titles are “smart.” That is, Accordance texts have been thoroughly analyzed by our developers who have painstakingly tagged different kinds of text.

search fields In the search window of every Accordance title is a dropdown menu that shows various search fields. These fields represent the kind of searches that can be done in any given title. They include everything from bibliographic text in a commentary to words in other languages such as Greek or Hebrew. These search fields will vary from title to title based on the kind of content in it. For instance, on the left you see the search fields available in the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible. It contains Greek and Hebrew search fields, but the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible does not because the Atlas doesn’t contain Greek or Hebrew. Here’s what it comes down to: you can’t run those kinds of searches in a Kindle book. In fact, you can’t get “normal” Hebrew text in a Kindle title at all.

At one time many ebook apps and readers had one advantage over Accordance—the ability to add notes. But now with the release of Accordance 11, you can take notes on any title in your Accordance Library! Add that to the very specific search fields in any title, and Accordance has suddenly become the best tool available for reading the Bible or books about the Bible. This is also why we are continuing to add an ever-increasing body of subject specific works in addition to the reference works we were focusing on in the past.

Finally, to each his own; but for me, I love the smell of new Accordance books!

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Dec 5, 2014 David Lang

Triple-Clicking Goes to 11

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. For example, if you triple-clicked a Greek word, Accordance would look that word up in whatever Greek Lexicon was at the top of your list of Greek Tools. This dependence on Library order necessarily limited the ways you could organize your Library.

For example, let’s say you wanted to alphabetize all your Hebrew lexicons, but you also wanted HALOT to be the one that appeared when you triple-clicked. You could certainly alphabetize all your Hebrew tools, but you would then have to drag HALOT to the top of the list.

With Accordance 11, we wanted to give you near total freedom when it came to Library organization, but that meant we needed a better way to specify the triple-click defaults. Here it is:

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Simply open the Amplify settings of the Preferences and specify which tools to use when triple-clicking an English, Greek, Hebrew, or Latin word, as well as any verse reference. By the way, the ability to triple-click a word in a Latin text like the Vulgate to look it up in a Latin lexicon is another new feature of 11.

When it comes to Bible texts with Strong’s numbers, each is hard-wired to go to a specific Strong’s number dictionary: for example, triple-clicking a word in the NAS95S will open the NAS Greek or NAS Hebrew dictionaries. However, you can now override these defaults and pick any Greek or Hebrew lexicon from your Library. As you can see from the screenshot above, I have Accordance 11 set to go directly to BDAG and HALOT.

By letting you choose your triple-click defaults in the Preferences, Accordance 11 now frees you to organize your library however you like, without having to worry about which tool comes first in a given category.


 

Dec 2, 2014

Free Accordance 11 Starter Collection Gift Offer

Starter Gift Do you have someone on your holiday shopping list who loves to study the Bible? If so, we have a special offer that you won't want to miss. This holiday season, you can buy Accordance for yourself and give Accordance to a friend at the same time! If you spend $150 or more in a single order between now and December 24, 2014, we will give you a free Accordance 11 Starter Collection to give to someone on your holiday shopping list.

At a $59.90 value, the Starter Collection makes a wonderful gift for friends, family members, and pastors. This introductory collection contains more than two dozen Bible study resources, including the tagged ESV Bible, Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, IVP New Bible Commentary and Dr. J's Bible Study Methods.

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To obtain your free Accordance 11 Starter Collection, use the Add Gift button below. Please note that you must have this gift product in your cart at the same time as your $150+ purchase in order to qualify. The recipient may also use this product to upgrade to Accordance 11 from an earlier version or as a $59.90 credit toward a larger Accordance collection. An attractive gift certificate with instructions will be emailed to the recipient, or if you prefer you can have this gift certificate emailed directly to you. However, this free Starter must be given away; you cannot use it on yourself.

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Dec 1, 2014 David Lang

The Library Goes to 11

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 organized.

Type of Tool

Structure

Where You Would Find…

English Tool

English Alphabetical Order

Bible Dictionaries, Topical Resources, etc.

Greek Tool

Greek Alphabetical Order

Greek Lexicons

Hebrew Tool

Hebrew Alphabetical Order

Hebrew Lexicons

Reference Tool

Bible Verse Order

Commentaries, Cross-References, Translation and Study Bible Notes, Outlines

General Tool

Any Other Method (Chapter and Section, Calendar Date, etc.)

Historical Works, Systematic Theologies, Devotional Literature, Grammars, etc.

This system of categorizing tools was simple and objective, but it also required some explaining and was not immediately obvious to new users. After all, you don't walk into a bookstore or library and find all the alphabetized resources on one shelf and all the verse-based resources on another.

ToolCategories Somewhere around Accordance 6 or 7 we enabled you to subdivide the resources within these five categories however you liked. Within Reference Tools, for example, you might create a folder for all your commentaries, another for your Study Bibles, another for Cross References, and another for Critical Apparatuses. This made a lot of you—especially those with large libraries—very happy. Still, you could only create subcategories within the five categories listed above. There was no way to move a Greek grammar out of General Tools and into Greek Tools, for example.

That has all changed in Accordance 11, which now organizes your Tool modules into 23 distinct—and far more intuitive—categories. Not only that, but these top-level categories are now completely flexible. You can rename them, delete them, create new top-level categories, or even place modules outside of any category.

New Accordance users will see their modules organized into these categories automatically, but those of you who upgrade to 11 can decide whether you want to move to the new system or stick with the old one. Just click Organize Library in the Setup Assistant to have all your Tool modules reorganized. Just be aware that you'll lose any custom folders you've created.

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Important: Before you move to the new system, be sure to select Check for Content Updates… from the Accordance menu (on Mac) or the Utilities menu (on Windows) and update any modules you've purchased to the latest versions. The information that tells Accordance where to put each resource is built into the module itself, and if you have an old version of a module, you may find commentaries and lexicons being placed in the Other Books category.

Any new modules you purchase from this point should automatically be placed in the proper categories, so you shouldn't need to click the Organize Library button again.

Now that your modules are organized into these categories, you can begin adding subfolders, moving modules around, and generally making your library your own. If you don't agree with where we've placed a module, just move it into a different category. For example, our newly released N.T. Wright books are all grouped together under Writings, but we could just as reasonably have chosen to place some of them under Biblical Studies, others under Theological, etc. If you would prefer to organize them that way, go right ahead.

It's your Library, and it now "goes to 11."


 

Nov 27, 2014 Richard Mansfield

The Wright Stuff Comes to Accordance

Wright

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 the Question of God series.

NTW-NT & People The New Testament and the People of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God: Volume 1
This first volume in the series Christian Origins and the Question of God provides a historical, theological, and literary study of first-century Judaism and Christianity. Wright offers a preliminary discussion of the meaning of the word god within those cultures, as he explores the ways in which developing an understanding of those first-century cultures are of relevance for the modern world.

 

NTW-Jesus & Victory Jesus and the Victory of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God: Volume 2
In the second volume, N. T. Wright focuses directly on the historical Jesus: Who was he? What did he say? And what did he mean by it? Wright begins by showing how the questions posed by Albert Schweitzer a century ago remain central today. Then he sketches a profile of Jesus in terms of his prophetic praxis, his subversive stories, the symbols by which he reordered his world, and the answers he gave to the key questions that any world view must address. The examination of Jesus' aims and beliefs, argued on the basis of Jesus' actions and their accompanying riddles, is sure to stimulate heated response. Wright offers a provocative portrait of Jesus as Israel's Messiah who would share and bear the fate of the nation and would embody the long-promised return of Israel's God to Zion.

NTW-Resurrection The Resurrection of the Son of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God: Volume 3
The third book in the series sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians' belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his "appearances."

NTW-Paul & Faithfulness Paul and the Faithfulness of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God: Volume 4
In the fourth installment (both print volumes are combined in one Accordance module), Wright carefully explores the whole context of Paul’s thought and activity—Jewish, Greek and Roman, cultural, philosophical, religious, and imperial—and shows how the apostle’s worldview and theology enabled him to engage with the many-sided complexities of first-century life that his churches were facing. Wright also provides close and illuminating readings of the letters and other primary sources, along with critical insights into the major twists and turns of exegetical and theological debate in the vast secondary literature. The result is a rounded and profoundly compelling account of the man who became the world’s first, and greatest, Christian theologian.

In addition to the series listed above, the N. T. Wright bundle from Fortress Press also includes the following title:

NTW-Pauline Perspectives Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978-2013
This companion volume to Paul and the Faithfulness of God and Paul and His Recent Interpreters brings together N. T. Wright's most important and influential articles on Paul over the last 35 years. This text includes previously unpublished exegetical essays on Paul's letters, specially written for this book. The book begins with N. T. Wright's auspicious essay of 1978, when as a young, aspiring scholar he gave the annual Tyndale lecture in Cambridge, and proposed, for the first time, "a new perspective" on Pauline theology. The book ends with an expanded version of a paper he gave in Leuven in 2012, when as a seasoned scholar at the height of his powers he explored the foundational role of Abraham in Romans and Galatians. In all, the thirty-three articles published here provide a rich feast for all students of Paul, both seasoned and aspiring.

 

Buy Now 2 N.T. Wright Bundle of Five (5) Works from Fortress Press
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In addition to the bundle above, we bring you two N. T. Wright titles from InterVarsity Press.

 

NTW-Evil & Justice Evil and the Justice of God
We hear of child abuse, ethnic cleansing, AIDS, torture and terrorism, and rightfully we are shocked. But N. T. Wright says we should not be surprised. For too long we have naively believed in the modern idea of human progress. In contrast, postmodern thinkers have rightly argued that evil is real, powerful and important; but they give no real clue as to what we should do about it. In fact, evil is more serious than either our culture or our theology has supposed. How then might Jesus' death be the culmination of the Old Testament solution to evil but on a wider and deeper scale than most imagine? Can we possibly envision a world in which we are delivered from evil? How might we work toward such a future through prayer and justice in the present? These are the powerful and pressing themes that N. T. Wright addresses in this book that is at once timely and timeless.

NTW-Justification Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision
Few issues are more central to the Christian faith than the nature, scope and means of salvation. Many have thought it to be largely a transaction that gets one to heaven. In this riveting book, N. T. Wright explains that God's salvation is radically more than this. At the heart of much vigorous debate on this topic is the term the apostle Paul uses in several of his letters to describe what happens to those in Christ--justification. Paul uses this dramatic image from the law court to declare that Christians are acquitted of the cosmic accusations against them. But justification goes beyond this in Paul's writings to offer a vision of God's future for the whole world as well as for his people. Here in one place Wright now offers a comprehensive account and defense of his perspective on this crucial doctrine.

 

Buy Now 2 N.T. Wright Bundle of Two (2) Works from InterVarsity Press
List price $41.90, Regular price is $29.90

 


Bonus Tip: Organizing Your Accordance Library

Accordance 11 automatically arranges your books into one of 23 categories. But this organization is not rigid, and you can rearrange your Accordance Library any way that works best for your studies.

Wright Accordance Library If you purchase the complete seven N. T. Wright titles listed above, after running Easy Install, you will find them in the "Writings" section of the Library window. I've been in the process of giving my Accordance Library a little bit of "further" organiztion, and I wanted to do the same for the N. T. Wright titles.

As you can see in the image on the right, I have created an "N. T. Wright" subfolder in Writings (right-click on any title or category to find the command to create a new folder). In the first section of the subfolder, I've placed the four titles in the Christian Origins and the Question of God Series in order.

After these four books, I've added a dividing line (right-click and choose "Add Divider"). Here I've added the fifth N. T. Wright book from Fortress Press. Under that, I've added another divider, and then I've listed my two IVP volumes in alphabetical order.

Ultimately, it doesn't take a whole lot of effort to organize your Accordance Library making your content even easier to find.

Simply Brilliant!


 

Nov 26, 2014 Rick Bennett

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

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 International Version seeks to recreate as far as possible the experience of the original audience—blending transparency to the original text with accessibility for the millions of English speakers around the world. This 2011 revision represents the latest effort of the Committee on Bible Translation to articulate God’s unchanging Word in the way the original authors might have said it had they been speaking in English to the global English-speaking audience today.

The new footnotes include much more extensive cross-references.

Owners of the previous 1984 edition of the NIV in Accordance can use it in parallel with the NIV11 in order to compare the translations.