Accordance Blog
May 29, 2015 James Davis

UPDATED! PhotoGuide 4: Egyptian Additions

 

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We are excited to release the brand new Egyptian update for the Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide 4. This new update adds over 350 new pictures and numerous articles on Egypt, the ancient land of wonder and one of the most important lands of the Bible. Some of these articles include the following entries: Alexandria, On, Memphis, the Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara, Thebes, Luxor, Karnak, Hatshepsut’s Temple, the Valley of the Kings, and Syene (Aswan).

According to the Table of Nations, the Egyptians were descended from Noah’s son Ham through his son Mizraim (Genesis 10:6, 13), a name which corresponds to the Hebrew word for Egypt. Starting in Genesis and extending into the New Testament era, there are numerous and significant biblical connections to Egypt. The most significant connection is the 400 years of Israelite slavery, which ended in a spectacular deliverance of the Israelites through the hand of Moses. The Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt became a defining moment in Israel’s history. It was an event which was to be commemorated annually in the feast of Passover, and an event that left a permanent mark on Israel’s identity as a people delivered by God.

Ramses II But what was ancient Egypt like? How did the Egyptians live? What did they believe? For example, Moses told pharaoh to let the people go (Exodus 5:1). But who were the pharaohs? Where did they live and rule? What did they think of themselves? In another place, God told Moses that he would execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt (Exodus 12:12). But who were these gods on whom God wanted to execute judgment?

The addition of pictures and articles on Egypt in the Accordance PhotoGuide 4 helps to illustrate and understand the ancient Egyptian civilization, with a view of understanding the Bible better. When people think of Egypt, they think of the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and Nile River; but Egypt is much more than that. It was a people whose history and beliefs intertwined with and conflicted with those of Israel, and later the church, for over 2000 thousand years of biblical history.

I hope that you greatly benefit by this new addition to the Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide 4. For those who have already purchased PhotoGuide 4, this upgrade is free; just Check for Content Updates within Accordance. For those who already have PhotoGuide 3 (or an even earlier version), there is a nominal upgrade fee to PhotoGuide 4.


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May 28, 2015 Richard Mansfield

How to Select a Default Lexicon in Accordance Mobile

Learn how to change your default Greek or Hebrew lexicon in this week's Accordance Mobile Minute.

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May 27, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Endorsement: Brandon Crowe

Hear Brandon Crowe, Associate Professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, describe his personal use of Accordance as well as in the classroom.


 

May 26, 2015

Hermeneia and Wisdom of the Fathers Sale

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In gastronomic circles, the trend is fusion: blending of one culture’s food traditions with another’s. With thousands of years of interpretation, the Bible invites a similar kind of interpretational fusion. We can find value in ancient insights from voices that are sometimes closer chronologically to the actual events. At the same time, these voices often look at the Bible from a pre-critical point of view. To develop a well-rounded view of the Scriptures and faith, one needs also to be able to benefit from the best modern understanding of the biblical text.

This week, we bring you savings on a fusion of both modern and ancient voices with a sale on the rarely-discounted Hermeneia Commentary on the Bible as well as the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and related titles.

The below special prices are good through June 1, 2015 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


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As part of a promotion from the publisher, we're pleased to offer you the Hermeneia Commentary on the Bible for the lowest cost we've ever offered; only $499 for the current 49-volume set! The Hermeneia series is a critical and historical Bible commentary utilizing a full range of the most current textual, philological, and historical tools. It excels in providing scholars and serious students with critical textual analysis complemented by a depth of commentary and historical interpretation that sets the mark for today’s most advanced exegetical and historical-critical commentaries.

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By helping you to read holy writings with ancient eyes, the church fathers offer you a deep drink from the only water that can give true life. These three guides to prayer and reflection combine excerpts from the writings of the church fathers as found in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture with a simple structure for daily or weekly reading and prayer.

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May 21, 2015 Timothy Jenney

Change Focus and Tie/Untie Panes (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #123)

Accordance 11.0.6 brings with it two new features: Change Focus and Tie/Untie Panes. Both are designed to enable users to investigate any verse while still being able to see its entire context. Join Dr. J as he demonstrates how these two subtle, but powerful features can make our Bible study both easier and more effective. [Accordance 11: Intermediate]

See our archive of previous Lighting the Lamp podcasts.


 

May 20, 2015

Endorsement: Anthony Abell

Hear Anthony Abell, Provost of Clearwater Christian College, describe why his school chose to supply their students with Accordance Bible Software over their competitors.


 

May 18, 2015 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Carasik's Commentators' Bible & the Bible's Many Voices

Commentators Bible Set The Commentators' Bible

Miqra'ot Gedolot (מקראות גדולות) or “Great Scriptures,” also known as the “Rabbinic Bible,” is an edition of the Hebrew Bible containing commentary drawn from the wisdom of medieval Rabbinic tradition. In the past, access to these volumes has required an extensive knowledge of not only biblical Hebrew, but medieval Hebrew as well. Now, under the editorship of Michael Carasik the content of these volumes is available for modern English readers through The Commentators' Bible.

First published 500 years ago as the "Rabbinic Bible," the biblical commentaries known as the Miqra'ot Gedolot have inspired and educated generations of Hebrew readers. With this edition, the voices of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Nahmanides, Rashbam, and other medieval commentators come alive once more, speaking in a contemporary English translation annotated and explicated for lay readers.

Volumes for Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy are now available for the Accordance Library. These volumes make for fascinating reading as each section begins with questions, followed by commentary representing interpretation made by those mentioned in the previous paragraph. See the screenshot below for an example of this format demonstrated from Exodus 5.

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Regardless of one’s faith background, there is much to be gained by all students of the Bible from studying these medieval voices of tradition. Making these resources even more valuable for research, the Accordance development team has carefully analyzed the text of each volume and tagged content according to the following fields: Reference, Titles, English Content, Scripture, Hebrew Content, Transliteration and Authors. These specific search fields allow for precise research according to the kind of content in the volumes.

Note: While the printed version of this publication includes 1) the Hebrew text of the Bible, and 2) two English translations (the old Jewish Publication Society translation of 1917 and the new JPS translation of 1985), this module does not contain the actual Hebrew text or translations. It contains all the Notes, Commentary, Editorial Annotations, and Special Topics of the printed version.  The commentary of this module can be linked to run in parallel with any Accordance Bible translation.

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Carasik Many Voices The Bible's Many Voices

In addition to The Commentators’ Bible, we are also making available Carasik’s volume, The Bible’s Many Voices for the Accordance Library.

The most common English translations of the Bible often sound like a single, somewhat archaic voice. In fact, the Bible is made up of many separate books composed by multiple writers in a wide range of styles and perspectives. It is, as Michael Carasik demonstrates, not a remote text reserved for churches and synagogues but rather a human document full of history, poetry, politics, theology, and spirituality.

Using historic, linguistic, anthropological, and theological sources, Carasik helps us distinguish between the Jewish Bible’s voices—the mythic, the historical, the prophetic, the theological, and the legal. By articulating the differences among these voices, he shows us not just their messages and meanings but also what mattered to the authors. In these contrasts we encounter the Bible anew, as a living work whose many voices tell us about the world out of which the Bible grew—and the world that it created.

As with the other volumes from Carasik, the Accordance development team has carefully analyzed the text of each volume and tagged content according to the following fields: Reference, Titles, English Content, Scripture, Hebrew Content, Transliteration and Page Numbers. These specific search fields allow for precise research according to the kind of content in the volumes.

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May 16, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Creating a Combined Resource in Accordance

Learn how to create a combined resource to scroll in parallel with a biblical text. We recommend watching this video fullscreen.

For more information on combining resources, got the Accordance Help system from within the application, then Digging Deeper > Combining Resources.


 

May 12, 2015 Helen Brown

Just Released: Accordance 11.0.6 for Windows & Macintosh

Accordance 11.0.6 has just been released for both Macintosh and Windows. More than just bug fixes, his release brings brand new functionality to Accordance.

Now users can untie scrolling of parallel panes by clicking on the Action Menu (the icon that looks like a gear) and choosing "Untie Scrolling." This allows the user to access content in one pane without moving the others. The untied panes can be tied again by accessing the Action Menu and choosing "Tie Scrolling." Pressing the shift key changes these menu items to Untie All Scrolling/Tie All Scrolling.

This image shows how to untie the Jewish Study Bible from the other panes.

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Another handy new feature resets the "focus" of all the tied non-text panes to the selected verse. A simple control-click (Windows) or command-click (Mac) in a verse anywhere in a text pane will scroll all tied non-text panes to the selected verse (instead of the verse at the top of the panes). This lets the user study the verse in its context and view the relevant information in the Info pane, and any commentaries, notes, or syntax in the same tab.

In this image, a command-click in Numbers 3:25 has aligned the commentary and the Info pane to that verse.

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See the New Features since Version 11 for a complete list of the changes and bug fixes in this and previous versions.

Update to Accordance 11.0.6 by running "Check for App Update" (Accordance Application menu on Macintosh or Utilities menu in Windows). If you use the Mac App Store version, please wait for a notification of the next update in the App Store.


 

May 9, 2015 Richard Mansfield

The Verse Chooser in Accordance Mobile

The Verse Chooser in Accordance Mobile not only adapts to the text being read, but it also offers two different ways to find your passage!