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Sep 3, 2015 Richard Mansfield

My First Introduction to the Word Biblical Commentary

...and why you should consider the series, too.

I was introduced to the Word Biblical Commentary during my first semester in seminary in Fall 1991. I had somehow managed to place into Advanced Old Testament Survey, allowing me to complete in one semester what usually took two. My professor was Dr. John D. W. Watts, the original Old Testament editor for the Word Biblical Commentary. I later learned from his teaching assistant that Dr. Watts had recently completed his two-volume commentary on Isaiah for the series. This pleased the TA because evidently, the commentary had consumed Dr. Watts' time during the previous year. He said that Dr. Watts would come into a class with only his Hebrew Bible, ask a student on the front row to read the last thing in his or her notes from the previous day, and then he would pick up where he left off.

Even with his commentary completed (although revised since), Dr. Watts often followed this same procedure in our class; and honestly, it was quite impressive. Yet, it spoke to the kind of writers utilized in the Word series. The Word Commentary is written not just by experts in their fields—that’s usually true for any commentary series. The Word Biblical Commentary is the fruit of biblical scholars who have lived with these texts for decades, and in some cases, practically their entire lives.

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All the writers of the Word Biblical Commentary share a “commitment to Scripture as divine revelation and to the truth and power of the Christian gospel” (all quotations in this post come from the WBC Editorial Preface). Every volume includes an original translation into English from the biblical languages. Although some level of familiarity with biblical languages is recommended for reading these volumes, the target audience is fairly broad: “the fledgling student, the working minister, and colleagues in the guild of professional scholars and teachers as well.”

Those who have used the Word series appreciate the structure and format of its treatment of biblical passages:

  • Notes: provides information about textual witnesses on which the original translation is based.
  • Bibliography & Form/Structure/Setting: summarizes the state of modern scholarship on the passage.
  • Comment & Explanation: offers “clear exposition of the passage’s meaning and its relevance to the ongoing biblical revelation.”

According to the editors, this sectioned approach is designed to offer “something for everyone who may pick up these volumes.”

I began acquiring individual copies of the Word series during that first semester in Dr. Watts’ Old Testament class. I was only beginning my language studies, but the Word Commentaries quickly became a valuable resource I could grow into using at greater depth as my studies progressed. Later, I sold my physical copies and purchased the Word series in Accordance because I discovered it was much easier to carry dozens of commentaries with me on a laptop than what even the roomiest of book bags would allow. Even then, I had no idea that I would one day be able to carry them all in the palm of my hand on an iPad or iPhone!

Even in the years that I’ve been using the Word Biblical Commentary, it’s hard to imagine that the series has not yet been completed to cover all books of the Bible! I believe at this point, we're just waiting on Acts and 1 Corinthians. Nevertheless, the editors have not allowed the series to become outdated. Already there are multiple revisions of volumes bringing together the latest in scholarship and archaeological findings. Thus, the Word series continues to provide both a trusted and fresh approach to the Scriptures, sustaining it as a continuing standard in biblical studies.

On October 1, the publisher will raise the price of Word Biblical Commentary. However, throughout the month of September, they have allowed us to feature the series at the extremely low price of $9.99 per volume. This truly is the best time to acquire the Word series, or update it to all current volumes.

For details on the the September sale of the Word Biblical Commentary, see Monday's post on the Accordance Blog: "WBC Update & Sale."


 

Sep 2, 2015 Linda Perry

Webinar: Basics 1 - Getting Started

In this previously-recorded webinar, Linda Perry goes over the basics of the Accordance interface, preferences, and essential features for using the software.

To take part in our multiple free webinar offerings throughout the week, please see our Accordance Webinars page. And to watch other previously-recorded sessions, check out our Webinar Archives.


 

Sep 1, 2015

September to Remember Sale

Accordance has partnered with the publisher to make this a September to remember! The award-winning Word Biblical Commentary (WBC) is being relaunched with a few brand new volumes and revisions to some older titles. From now through September 30, Accordance customers will be able to purchase any of the 62 volumes of the WBC for just $9.99 per volume – the lowest price ever for WBC volumes!


Word Biblical Commentary Sale

WBC Set

–––  Each Volume Only $9.99! –––

The Word Biblical Commentary has long been a standard of Evangelical biblical scholarship. All the writers of the Word series share a “commitment to Scripture as divine revelation and to the truth and power of the Christian gospel." Every volume includes an original translation into English from the biblical languages. Although some level of familiarity with biblical languages is recommended for reading these volumes, the target audience is fairly broad: “the fledgling student, the working minister, and colleagues in the guild of professional scholars and teachers as well.”

As the Word Biblical Commentary continues to be updated in its print volumes, we're here to bring this new content to the Accordance Library. Our previous 58-volume set is being updated to 62 volumes, including five new volumes and two revised editions. To celebrate this major update, we have partnered with the publisher to bring you the entire Word Biblical Commentary series at a discount as low as $9.99 per volume.

Sale prices on the WBC volumes and sets end September 30, 2015 and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

 

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N. T. Wright and William Barclay Sale

If you want to build your theological understanding from a solid base of biblical knowledge, you can save up to 25% off N.T. Wright’s fundamental resources – For Everyone: The Complete New Testament Collection and For Everyone Bible Study Guides. Designed to help you understand Scripture in fresh ways under the guidance of one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars, both series are suitable for devotional reading and in-depth Bible study.

For almost fifty years and for millions of readers, the Daily Study Bible commentaries have been beneficial for both devotional and serious Bible study. Now, with the New Daily Study Bible, a new generation can appreciate the wisdom of William Barclay with a 28% savings. Discover how you can participate more fully in God’s kingdom and experience super savings throughout September!

Sale prices on the products listed below end September 7, 2015 and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

NTW-Bible Studies

For Everyone Bible Study Guides
-- N. T. Wright

In this series, the widely respected pastor and New Testament scholar N. T. Wright walks everyday readers book by book through the entire New Testament. Perfect for group use or daily personal reflection, these studies use the popular inductive method combined with Wright’s thoughtful insights to bring contemporary application of Scripture to life.

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NT For Everyone

For Everyone: The Complete New Testament Collection (18 Volumes)
-- N. T. Wright

N. T. "Tom" Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion, with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the end of each volume.

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NTW-Bible Studies

For Everyone Set (Commentaries and Bible Study Guides)
-- N. T. Wright

In this bundle, Accordance brings together two popular resources by the widely respected pastor and New Testament scholar N.T. Wright.

  • For Everyone NT Commentary
  • Wright's Bible Study Guides

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Regular Price $299

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Barclay NDSB

New Daily Study Bible - New Testament
-- William Barclay

This New Daily Study Bible Set contains all seventeen volumes in the New Daily Study Bible New Testament series by William Barclay. The entire New Testament is covered in these volumes. With clarification of less familiar illustrations and inclusion of more contemporary language, the New Daily Study Bible will continue to help individuals and groups discover what the message of the New Testament really means for their lives.

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Sep 1, 2015 Helen Brown

WBC Update and Sale

WBC Set

The Word Biblical Commentary, a favorite standard among students of the Bible, continues to be updated in its print volumes with both revisions to older titles and brand new installments. Therefore, we're pleased to announce today that we're bringing the most up-to-date content of the Word series to the Accordance Library. Our previous 58-volume set is being updated to 62 volumes, including 2 newly revised editions. To celebrate this major update, we have partnered with the publisher to bring you the entire Word Biblical Commentary series at a discount as low as $9.99 per volume.

The New Word Biblical Commentary Set

The new set of WBC (WBC-62 Set) is comprised of the Old Testament Set (WBC-OT-36) and the New Testament Set (WBC-NT-26). It includes all the latest and current published editions of each volume (as of August 2015). For details of the individual volumes please see the article on WBC.

The latest Old Testament Set adds six new volumes, including Judges which was released a few weeks ago. It also adds two volumes on Joshua, two volumes on Job, and the revised first volume of Psalms. The New Testament replaces the original volume on 2 Corinthians with the revised 2 Corinthians. (Note that there are currently no published volumes for either Acts or 1 Corinthians.)

The publisher has required us to remove the following superseded (original) volumes from the new sets: Joshua, Psalms 1-50, and 2 Corinthians. As a courtesy to the users of the older WBC sets, we are adding these individual original volumes to the downloads of the original sets. These will show up in the Accordance Library as individual volumes for each of these books. Even when you upgrade your sets and remove the old sets from the Library, you can download the original volumes and continue to access them (in addition to the new updated volumes).

HarperCollins is adjusting the pricing of these products beginning October 1, and we are now posting the new list prices of each item. However, they are also offering a tremendous opportunity throughout September, when each volume is only $9.99. Our new product lineup is:

Latest Sets
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Old Testament Set
36 Volumes

New List Price $999

September Sale
Only $359.64

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New Testament Set
26 Volumes

New List Price $749

September Sale
Only $259.74

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Full OT / NT Set
62 Volumes

New List Price $1,499

September Sale
Only $619.38

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Upgrade Paths to the Latest Sets

Please notice separate upgrade paths listed below for users who have
also purchased the individual volume on Judges (WBC-Judges).

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New List Price $304

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26-volume NT Set
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New List Price $54.90

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58-volume Full OT/NT Set (WBC-58 Set) to 62-volume Full OT/NT Set (WBC-62 Set) **

New List Price $359

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** - See Upgrade product page for details on the added/updated volumes within each set.

 

New Individual Books (and their Upgrades)

WBC-Joshua-2

Joshua (Revised) (Volumes 7a and 7b) (2014)
-- by Trent C. Butler

Replaces the one-volume Joshua commentary (volume 7) with two volumes (volumes 7a and 7b). No additional upgrade path.

New List Price $104
September Sale Only $19.98

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WBC-Judges

Judges (Volume 8) (2009) (New Volume)
-- by Trent C. Butler

Released in Accordance in June 2015.

New List Price $52.90
September Sale Only $9.99

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WBC-Job

Job (Volumes 17, 18a, 18b) (2 New Volumes)
-- by David Clines

This module containing the Job commentaries is updated to include two new volumes (Job 21-37 and Job 38-42). Volumes 18a and 18b are added to the previously released Volume 17. The upgrade from WBC-Job to WBC-Job-3 is listed below.

New List Price $154
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Upgrade from 1-volume Job Commentary (WBC-Job) to 3-volume Job Commentary (WBC-Job-3)

This upgrade adds Job 21-37 (Volume 18a) and Job 38-42 (Volume 18b) to the previously released Job 1-20 (Volume 17).

New List Price $102
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WBC-Psalms-3

Psalms (Updated) (Volume 19, 20, 21)
-- by Peter C. Craigie, Marvin Tate

The new 3-volume Psalms module replaces the original Psalms 1-50 commentary (Volume 19) with the Revised Psalms 1-50 commentary (Volume 19). The upgrade from the original 3-volume WBC-Psalms to the updated 3-volume WBC-Psalms-3 is listed below.

New List Price $142
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Upgrade from 3-volume Psalms Commentary (WBC-Psalms) to updated 3-volume Psalms Commentary (WBC-Psalms-3)

This upgrade replaces the original Psalms 1-50 commentary (Volume 19) with the Revised Psalms 1-50 commentary (Volume 19).

New List Price $44.90
September Sale Only $9.99

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WBC-2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians (Revised) (Volume 40)
-- by Ralph P Martin

Replaces the original 2 Corinthians commentary (volume 40). No additional upgrade path.

New List Price $54.90
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In addition to the above new/revised volumes, all other WBC products are also $9.99 per volume during this September sale. Check out the volumes available here.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to complete and upgrade your Word Biblical Commentary, or buy the new set for the first time. $9.99 per volume is a huge deal!

Remember, these sale prices last only until 11:59 PM EDT on September 30, 2015, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

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Aug 31, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Accordance Mobile: Exact vs. Flex Search

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Flex and Exact Search in Accordance Mobile? Check out this week's Accordance Mobile Minute to find out!

Discover other helpful information and videos at the Accordance Mobile Tips page.


 

Aug 28, 2015 Accordance Bible Software

Free Accordance Webinars for August 31 - September 4, 2015

Webinars - large Have you discovered our free interactive Accordance Webinars? Throughout the week you can participate in live Accordance training in hour-long sessions that cover just the content you need.

Here are the free Accordance webinars for the week of August 24-28:

Beginner Basics Part 1
Monday, August 31, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

Take part in a hands-on class with step-by-step instruction while working in your own Accordance program. Topics include the following: setting up your toolbar, managing triple click settings, working with zones, and using the Instant Details panel.

Taught by Linda Perry


Preparing Topical Sermons with Accordance
Tuesday, September 1, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

Join Dr. J as he demonstrates how to use Accordance to prepare topical sermons.

Taught by Dr. Tim Jenney ("Dr. J")


Beginner Basics Part 2
Wednesday, September 2, 1:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

Take part in a hands-on class with step-by-step instruction while working in your own Accordance program. Topics include the following: using the Library, creating a Group or Collection, navigating the Bible, using the Contextual Slider, adding Bookmarks, adding a parallel Bible, commentary, or study Bible.

Taught by Linda Perry


Using the Research Tool

Thursday, September 3, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Explore the power and features of the Accordance Research Tool.

Taught by Linda Perry


Taking part in our free Accordance Webinars is easy. Check out our Webinar page for more information or to sign up. See you online!


 

Aug 27, 2015 Helen Brown

Easier Payment Plans

Have you ever thought of trying a payment plan with Accordance but were put off by the process of application? I don't blame you—it's been rather complicated—but I have good news: it's simple now.

MoneyThanks to our dedicated webmaster and wizard, Keith Bronstrup, we now have a secure form: PayPlan Details. Just log into the website and access the form from the Payment Plans page or from the account sidebar. It opens prefilled with your account information and you just need to fill in the other details. You can save it for later, and submit it when ready.

You can even try out different values and terms to see what the monthly payments look like. Your credit card information is securely encrypted until our customer service staff retrieve it, and it's automatically wiped after that leaving just the last 4 digits to show which cards you used.

Here's the best part: once you assemble your order in the cart, you'll have the option of checking out with the PayPlan (if you have started the form). No need to enter all those details again. Our staff will set up the plan for you and confirm the details by email as soon as possible, and you'll be ready to enjoy your new software.


 

Aug 26, 2015 Timothy Jenney

Webinar: Greek New Testament Textual Criticism

In this previously-recorded Accordance Webinar, Dr. Tim Jenney ("Dr. J") demonstrates how to use Accordance for amateur or professional text-critical research.

To take part in our multiple free webinar offerings throughout the week, please see our Accordance Webinars page.


 

Aug 20, 2015 Timothy Jenney

Outlines of Biblical Books (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #129)

Outlines of Biblical Books is included with every copy of Accordance. Join Dr. J as he explains the many different ways we can view and use this helpful resource. This podcast includes examples on both Accordance and Accordance Mobile. [Accordance 11 Resource]

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!


 

Aug 17, 2015 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Paideia Commentaries & Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture

Years ago—in the dark ages before the advent of Bible software—a friend and I were talking about the impressive personal library of a mutual acquaintance. “I’ve heard that John [not his real name] has over 100 volumes about the Book of Revelation alone!” I said.

“Yes, I’ve been to his house, and I’ve seen all those books, but I was not impressed,” my friend replied.

“Really—why not?” I asked.

“Well, it’s true that John has over 100 books on Revelation, but it doesn’t matter because they all say the same thing!”

And that’s the danger, isn’t it? Those of use who have taken serious interest in the study of the scriptures risk falling into the trap of reading from only a very narrow perspective. My seminary studies taught me to value historical-critical, mostly Protestant viewpoints about the Bible. There’s nothing overtly wrong with this perspective, but it’s important to remember that there are other ways of looking at the same content.

This week, we are pleased to introduce two new commentary series from Baker Academic to the Accordance Library. For some (but certainly not all) of our users, these series will offer a wider perspective than what they might be accustomed. Reading different perspectives certainly doesn’t mean that all approaches are equal—discernment is always necessary—but it is surely hubris to think we can’t learn from others who look at our familiar categories in a different light.

New! Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament

Paideia coverFirst, you will want to explore the 14-volume Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament. This series takes its name from the Greek word παιδεία, which means “discipline, instruction, training” (UBS Lexicon). That’s because the Paideia series is aimed primarily at “students—including MA students in religious and theological studies programs, seminarians, and upper-divisional undergraduates—who have theological interests in the biblical text” (from the Foreword).

The Paideia series is essentially a literary commentary. That means its focus is on the final form of the text and not quite so interested in traditional historical-critical issues or development of the text. Instead, it emphasizes literary and rhetorical aspects. The focus is on the reader—how the text impacts the person directly interacting with it. This places the Paideia commentary series in line with many literary treatments studied and taught in liberal arts programs at many universities.

This is not a verse-by-verse commentary, but instead deals with larger rhetorical units. Most original language content is transliterated, so a formal knowledge of Greek is not required. The reader will find sidebars interspersed within the text that present the voices of figures from the Greco-Roman world on similar themes from the biblical passage.

And speaking of looking at the Bible from different perspectives, the individual volumes of the Paideia series have been written by scholars representing Protestant, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox backgrounds.

Accordance users will be pleased to know that our developers have analyzed the content of the Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament and have identified and tagged the following fields: Reference, Titles, English Content, Scripture, Greek Content, Hebrew Content, Transliteration, Translation, Manuscripts, Bibliography, Authors, Captions, Image Credits, Tables, and Page Numbers. The application of such detailed category tagging means that you can quickly find the exact information for which you’re looking.

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Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament
$399


New! Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scriptures

CCSS coverThe second series new to the Accordance Library this week is the 11-volume Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scriptures (CCSS). Fair or not, in the past, the Catholic Church sometimes had the reputation for ignoring personal or group Bible study. Vatican II changed that perspective, however, with a renewed encouragement to explore the Scriptures; and the CCSS commentary series directly reflects this.

The CCSS has a two-fold audience in mind. On one hand it is written for those training in pastoral ministry. However, it is also aimed at anyone “interested in studying Scripture to understand their faith more deeply, to nourish their spiritual life, or to share the good news with others” (from the Foreword). Less emphasis is given to technical questions, allowing the content to focus on matters of life and faith.

The New American Bible is the primary translation used in the CCSS. As the name implies, this is primarily a Catholic commentary, complete with Nihil obstat and imprimatur; however, the authors aim for a wider audience drawing not only on traditional Catholic teaching, but Protestant and Orthodox interpretations as well.

The Accordance developers have carefully analyzed the CCSS and have identified and tagged the following types of content: Reference, Titles, English Content, Scripture, Transliteration, Translation, Bibliography, Authors, Captions, Image Credits, and Page Numbers. Tagging these very specific fields allows the Accordance user to search for exact types of information in a quick and efficient manner.

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$229