Aug 19, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Back to School with the Best Bible Dictionaries!

Bible Definition Last week’s sale featured the best lexicons and grammars for biblical languages. Now that you’re ready for your language classes, it’s time to grab the best Bible dictionaries for the rest of your studies. This week, we offer some of the top Bible dictionaries at significantly discounted prices.

Dictionaries are invaluable for understanding language and concepts. There are so many names, places, events and concepts in the Bible that a good Bible dictionary is crucial for getting up to speed on any of these subjects. The Bible dictionaries featured here differ from regular language dictionaries in that the entries are more like articles than quick definitions.

Just as with with commentaries and translations of the Bible, dictionaries can reflect the various perspectives of the individuals who compose them. Therefore, just as you might read more than one translation or commentary, you may also want to consult more than one Bible dictionary to gain a complete understanding of a subject. Even if disagreement is found with a particular point of view, a more thorough knowledge of a subject may come from exploring various viewpoints.

So what’s the difference in perspectives between different Bible dictionaries? If you’re not familiar with the Accordance discussion forums, a recent post discussing the differences between Bible dictionaries might be a good introduction. The original poster asked about the ISBE Revised and the ensuing discussion compared it to both the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary and the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible.

Regardless of perspective, all the Bible dictionaries below are highly respected and have become favorites of readers in biblical studies. You can’t go wrong with any particular series or with all of them to use together in your biblical studies.



Anchor-sm The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (Six Volumes)

Acclaimed as the most extensive Bible dictionary ever created, The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is an interdisciplinary and multicultural exploration of the Bible in 6,000 entries authored by nearly 1,000 contributors. It is enriched by cross-references as well as detailed illustrations and maps keyed to related text for archaeological and biblical sites. This comprehensive reference is a bargain at our everyday low price of $269. Get 26% savings at just $199.

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ISBE Revised ISBE Revised (Four Volumes)

The fully-revised International Standard Bible Encyclopedia is a complete update of the 1915 edition. This exhaustive encyclopedia, edited by Geoffrey W. Bromiley with hundreds of evangelical contributors, provides detailed articles covering virtually every topic and point of interest in the Bible. Offering more than 9,000 articles, with extensive maps and illustrations, ISBE Revised provides topically cross-referenced information on the language and literature of the biblical world, as well as biblical culture, history and religious environments. Save almost 33% off the regular price of $149 – now only $99.90.

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NIDB New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (Five Volumes)

Written for all serious Bible students, the New Interpreters Bible Dictionary features 7,100 authoritative articles by 900 expert scholars from 40 nations representing a variety of perspectives and theological backgrounds. Based on the NRSV, this resource provides the best contemporary biblical scholarship on a comprehensive range of topics including: the Old and New Testaments, the Deuterocanonical books, and contextual studies of the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman worlds and their literatures. Regularly $299, get 23% savings – now only $229.

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zeb set Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (Five Volumes)

The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible offers more than 5,000 pages of vital information on Bible lands and people in 7,500 articles enhanced by hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations, charts, and graphs. Now thoroughly revised, this new five-volume edition provides up-to-date entries based on the latest scholarship across the entire spectrum of theological and biblical topics, backed by the most current body of archaeological research. Regularly $259, get 23% savings – now only $199.

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Aug 14, 2014 David Lang

Throwback Thursday: Codename "Gravy"?

Blackbird. Pismo. Lombard. Columbus. Cold Fusion. These are just a few of the cool-sounding code names Apple would use to refer to products it was developing. In most cases, these code names were only used internally, but sometimes they would actually be used to market the finished products. With Mac OS X, Apple's big cat code names ultimately became the actual product names. Here at Accordance, we were never so big or clandestine that we felt it necessary to assign code names to new versions of the software, but when we were developing Accordance 5, I joked that we should start using the code name "Gravy."

In previous Throwback Thursday posts, I've detailed the development of Accordance from a specialized Greek and Hebrew language tool (version 1.0) to a more well-rounded Bible program offering a variety of study aids (version 2.0) to a full-featured Bible program which included Bible texts with Strong's numbers (version 4.0). Until Accordance 4.0 was released, we were working hard to add must-have features that the average Bible software user had come to expect (along with many groundbreaking new features no one had ever attempted before). When we began planning the feature set for Accordance 5.0, we were really in uncharted territory: rather than adding "must-have" features our users had been asking for, we were primarily adding extra features and interface enhancements which went beyond what anyone was expecting. Hence my suggestion of the code name "Gravy."

I look back now and realize how naive I was. Accordance 5.0 turned out to be a huge upgrade that added lots of “gravy” type features, but it happened to be released at a time when everything was changing, and we soon found ourselves chasing a new set of “must-have” enhancements. Such is the nature of software development.

Shortly after we began the development of Accordance 5, Apple unveiled its strategy for getting classic Mac OS developers to make their software compatible with Mac OS X. We weren’t thrilled at the prospect of having to rewrite portions of our software to support a new operating system that was still very much in flux, but we committed one of our programmers to making Accordance OS X-compatible (a process known as “Carbonization”). Meanwhile, our lead programmer continued to add the new features and interface changes we had planned for Accordance 5.


Accordance 5.0 was released in July of 2001, a few months after the very first version of Mac OS X (Cheetah). Our efforts to Carbonize Accordance were not yet finished at that point, so we still only supported the older Mac OS. We weren’t alone, however. Very few classic Mac apps had been Carbonized at that time, and Mac OS X was still so new that very few Mac users had transitioned to it. Those few OS X early adopters knew they would have to wait for their favorite apps to become Carbonized, and since Mac OS X provided a way to run classic Mac apps, they were able to get along just fine in the interim.

A year later, the situation was very different. In that year Apple had released OS X 10.1 (Puma), which added much-needed stability, and 10.2 (Jaguar), which was the first version usable enough to encourage widespread adoption. Calls for an OS X version of Accordance got louder and more frequent as soon as Jaguar was released. Accordance 5.6 Carbon was released in October of 2002, just two months later. This meant that Accordance was the first Bible program released for Mac OS X.

Our relatively early support for Apple’s next-generation operating system proved to be a huge competitive advantage, which led many users to switch from older Mac Bible programs that appeared to be languishing. However, the transition to a new (and changing) operating system meant more than just making sure Accordance ran natively. It meant adjusting to new interface conventions, adopting new technologies, supporting new features of the operating system, etc. In other words, there would be no more “gravy” releases.

In my next Throwback Thursday post, I’ll talk about how some of the very improvements we made to Accordance 5 actually became liabilities under OS X, forcing us to make major changes to the interface of Accordance 6.


Aug 6, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Read the Latest Reviews about Accordance!

Reviews There have been a number of Accordance reviews lately in the blogosphere. In case you missed any of them, here are a few highlights.

Over at the Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth blog, Nick Norelli, newly converted to the Mac, has been test driving the Accordance 10 Essential Collection. Nick writes,

“Is Accordance 10 the most powerful Bible study software on the market? I’m not the one to answer that but I can say that it’s more powerful than anything anyone will ever need. Just about everything that Accordance does, it does extremely well. Dropping hundreds of dollars on any program can be daunting, but you really get your money’s worth with the Accordance 10 Essential Collection.”

Read Nick’s full review: Accordance 10: Essential Collection

At the Missionary Geek blog, Shane Rice, a longtime Accordance user, has offered up a very thorough review of Accordance 10. At the end of his review, Shane concludes:

“I prefer to read and study the text of the Word of God, and base my studies off what is found and written therein. I study themes and I look at other material, but the Bible is always the center of my study. If that is what you are looking for, then Accordance is what you need to get the job done.”

Read Shane’s full review: Accordance 10 Bible Study Software Review

Writing for the One in Jesus blog, Jay Guin has delivered a review of Accordance, focusing specifically on the Windows version of the software released last year. In his review, Jay makes this statement:

"I’m extremely pleased with the software. The layout and formatting, once tinkered with a bit, work extraordinarily well — by far the best I’ve seen. And the resources are plentiful and easily accessed. I’ll be working with this software for a while.”

Read Jay’s full review: Tools of the Trade: Accordance—First Impressions

In a review for Direction Magazine, Mark Wreford says that “Accordance Bible Software is the stuff of dreams...” He also describes what sets Accordance apart:

“Accordance has all the note taking and keeping capability you would expect from powerful software, but where it wins is in the quality of the notes it allows you to make. Bible Gateway and free Bible apps offer a lower cost opportunity to start engaging with God’s Word, but if you’re committed to trying to understand Scripture to the best of your ability, Accordance 10 is a must have tool.”

Read Mark’s full review, “Software that Brings the Bible to Life” in a PDF file of the original article.

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Aug 4, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Six New Apologetics and Theology Titles

Years ago, I can remember my teachers quoting 2 Timothy 2:15 in the classic King James Version: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Their emphasis was on the word study, but they were actually misinterpreting the meaning of the word.

The New Oxford American Dictionary on my computer offers three different definitions for study. When most of us use this word today, we think of the first use listed: “devote time and attention to acquiring knowledge on (an academic subject), especially by means of books: she studied biology and botany.” Certainly, this is what my teachers meant, but this meaning is not what the word study means in 2 Timothy 2:15 as rendered by the King James Version.

spoudazo As anyone with a keyed version of the KJV in Accordance can determine, the English word study translates the Greek word σπουδάζω/spoudazo, which means “to use speed, i.e. to make an effort, be prompt or earnest:--do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endeavor, labour, study” (Greek Strong’s). This fits the third definition for study in The New Oxford American Dictionary: “archaic: make an effort to achieve (a result) or take into account (a person or their wishes).

And it just so happens that if you’re the kind of person who wants to “make an effort” to gain a better foundation in apologetics or theology, this week’s new titles are for you. Six new titles are now available allowing you to “study to shew thyself approved.”

Atheism Remix


Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists
--R. Albert Mohler

Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens—these are the “new atheists.” Atheism has always been with us, but it has taken on a new flavor in recent years. In this volume, Al Mohler examines the thought of the new atheists and equips Christians to effectively interact with those who follow them.


Creation & Courts


Creation and the Courts: Eighty Years of Conflict in the Classroom and the Courtroom
--Norman L. Geisler

Renowned apologist Norman L. Geisler traces the history of creation vs. evolution battles in the courts since the famous Scopes Trial of 1925. Examining a total of six significant trials in the last eight decades, Geisler not only makes observations about the declining state of Christian influence in education and civil discussion, he also helps the believer understand which issues are truly worth fighting for in this debate.


Nothing But Truth


Nothing But the Truth: Upholding the Gospel in a Doubting Age
John MacArthur

1 Peter 3:15 states, “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (NASB). In Nothing but the Truth, John MacArthur examines what it means to put this verse into regular practice. To equip the believer to interact with a secular culture, John MacArthur focuses on four specific elements of evangelism in today’s world: your attitude, your preparedness, the content of your answers, and your priority in witnessing.




The Consequences of Ideas: Understand the Concepts that Shaped Our World
--R. C. Sproul

Used by many as an introductory text for philosophy courses, R. C. Sproul takes the reader on a historical journey in The Consequences of Ideas from classical Greek philosophy to the influence of Darwin and Freud in our world today. Whether we realize it or not, the ideas of Plato, Augustine, Locke, Hume, and many others still influence us in significant ways in the modern world. Sproul suggests that ideas are never neutral; but rather, they always have impact and consequences.


Liberating Black Theology


Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America
--Anthony B. Bradley

Many considered Liberation Theology to be an increasingly forgotten school of thought until the teachings of President Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, brought them back into discussion at a national level during the presidential campaign of 2008. In Liberating Black Theology, Anthony B. Bradley (professor of theology at the King’s College in New York City) addresses the often controversial and sensitive issues of the black experience in America and its continued influence from Liberation Theology. From the publisher: “...Liberating Black Theology does more than consider the ramifications of this belief system; it suggests an alternate experience that can truly liberate all Christ-followers.”


Experiencing Trugh


Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African American Church
--Anthony J. Carter, Ken Jones, and Michael Leach

Centered around the themes of theology, preaching, worship, spirituality, and the doctrines of grace, Anthony J. Carter, Ken Jones, and Michael Leach communicate the importance of Reformed Christianity to the African American Church. In an attempt to counter the all-too-common practice of choosing a church based on felt needs, this book is an attempt to refocus this very important choice of community and fellowship upon finding a church where biblical truth and sound Christian doctrine is proclaimed.




Jul 29, 2014 Helen Brown

Does the New Testament Fulfill the Old?

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The relationship between the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the New Testament is immensely important yet often debated. If their relationship seems obvious to you, it may surprise you to learn that different Christian and Jewish groups have very different notions of how the two Testaments relate to each other:

  • Traditional Jewish Interpretation: The Hebrew Bible, together with the oral law later codified in the Mishna, are sacred. The New Testament springs from a sect of Judaism which accepted Jesus as Messiah and later split off from Judaism.
  • Traditional Christian Interpretation (including Reformed): The New Testament is the fulfillment of all the Old, and the Church supplants Israel as the people of God. Laws and promises given to Israel in the Old Testament now apply to the Church in spiritual ways.
  • More recent Christian Interpretation (including Dispensational): The New Testament springs out of the Old, but God works in different ways in each period and what is true of one period does not necessarily apply to another. Laws and promises given to Israel in the Old Testament may not apply to the Church and may still await fulfillment.
  • Messianic Jewish Interpretation: The New Testament reveals the fulfillment of God’s promises in the Old, particularly in the Messiah Jesus. The Old Testament laws and promises still apply to Jewish believers, and many Jewish practices are observed as they were by the first Jewish believers.

In practice most Christians in the West neglect the Hebrew Bible and are not familiar with the Jewish roots and background of their faith, which may limit their understanding of the New Testament.

Of course, there are widely divergent opinions within each group. Our intention is NOT to open up a discussion on our brief definitions or on the merits of each position. Our goal is to help you go deeper in your study of the relationship of the Old to the New Testament. Accordance offers a wide variety of resources from different viewpoints to assist each user to tackle these issues. Many of these are on sale with great discounts for one week only.

Check the Quotations of the Hebrew Bible in the New Testament

The OT in NT Parallel, included in all Mac and Windows versions of Accordance but not on iOS, lets you compare the texts in the original (two versions at once) with their quotations. This under-used resource is best accessed by opening it from the Library: Parallels section and entering the book and chapter you are studying. You can then select each passage in the list in the top right corner, and see the parallels. There are also a number of cross reference modules such as the ESV Crossrefs and the GNT Notes which can be used in parallel with the text to link to other passages relevant to the top verse in the pane.

Understand How the NT Uses and Quotes the OT

NT quotes may differ significantly from the original text as we have it today, and may seem to interpret it very differently from its context. Well-known scholars have authored the following books which help us to understand how the New treats and quotes the Old. These works give us different approaches to the principles of such interpretation, and tackle the passages themselves, and the challenges they present.


Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
-- G. K. Beale, D. A. Carson, authors

Leading evangelical scholars G. K. Beale, D. A. Carson, and their distinguished team of contributors, have produced 1280 pages worth of commentary focused on the Old Testament quotations, allusions, and echoes that appear throughout the New Testament. This landmark reference employs contextual interpretation, informed by historical background, to present a unified understanding of Old Testament references in Matthew through Revelation.

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Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis and Interpretation
-- G. K. Beale, author

G. K. Beale developed this companion volume to the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament to present a methodological approach to the task of understanding how New Testament writers refer to the Old Testament. Scholars, pastors and serious students will appreciate the solid framework of interpretation and exegesis applied to understanding the continuity of all Scripture.

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Beale Commentary & Handbook Bundle

Buy both the Commentary and the Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament for just $49.90, a savings of over 37% off our regular low price.

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NT Use of OT

Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
-- Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Darrell L. Bock, Peter Enns, contributors

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Darrell L. Bock, and Peter Enns discuss how Old Testament texts relate to their New Testament references and allusions, allowing users to develop their own views on this important subject.

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Read a New Jewish Commentary on the NT

This new Study Bible on the New Testament, written by Jewish scholars, sheds a unique light on the Gospels and Epistles, explaining to Jews what the text means to Christians while at the same time pointing out the Jewish customs and beliefs of the time that are implicit in the writings. Christians will not agree with every conclusion, but they will deepen their grasp of the meanings of the actions and teachings of Jesus and his apostles.

Jewish Annotated NT

The Jewish Annotated New Testament Notes
--Amy-Jill Levine, Marc Z. Brettler, editors

Renowned Jewish scholars Marc Z. Brettler and Amy-Jill Levine created the first ever Jewish Study Bible of the NT, designed to explain the text to Jews and the Jewish background to Christians. Thirty separate essays illuminate important topics for any reader.

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Explore the Messianic Movement

Standing in the gap between traditional forms of Judaism and Christianity, the controversial Messianic movement attempts to return to the Jewish roots of faith in Jesus as Messiah, as described in the Gospels and book of Acts. The titles below enhance our study of the issues it raises.

Views-Messianic Movement

How Jewish Is Christianity?: 2 Views on Messianic Movement

Six authors interact on whether Messianic congregations are necessary or whether Jewish believers should instead be incorporated into the Gentile church.

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Messianic Judaism

Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations
--David Rudolph, Joel Willitts, editors

Both Gentile Christian and Messianic readers will benefit from this balanced and accessible introduction to the diverse Messianic Jewish movement, its ecclesial context and biblical foundations.

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Jewish New Testament Commentary & Complete Jewish Bible with Notes bundle

David Stern revised the 1917 JPS Tanakh and translated the New Testament to show the close connections between the testaments. The commentary answers questions about the NT from his messianic perspective.

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Study Classic Works by Hebrew Christians

19th. century scholars from a religious Jewish background brought a new dimension of knowledge to the Christian world. Their understanding of Hebrew and of Jewish life informed and infused all their writings, many of which were widely circulated at the time and are highly regarded to this day.

Keil & Delitzsch

Commentary on the Old Testament
(Keil & Delitzsch) (10 volumes)

A triumph of rigorous scholarship from a Hebrew background, this remains one of the most popular Old Testament commentaries available, especially for in-depth analyses of the Hebrew text. (Included in the Advanced and Ultimate Collections.)

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Edersheim Group

Alfred Edersheim wrote extensively on the Jewish background to Christianity. This group (included in the Ultimate Collection) comprises four of his best known works on OT History, the Life of Christ, Temple worship, and Jewish Life.

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Jul 28, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Five New Martyn Lloyd-Jones Titles

MLJ Few well-known Christian figures can claim adherents from both Reformed and Charismatic schools of Christian thought, but Martyn Lloyd-Jones did (perhaps demonstrating the two do not have to be irreconcilable after all). Born David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), he served as both a medical doctor, and more famously, for almost 30 years as a minister and eventual senior pastor at Westminster Chapel in London.

Sometimes controversial, but never stale, Martyn Lloyd-Jones left a legacy of over 75 books and thousands of hours of recorded sermons. Many of our customers have already enjoyed the special edition of Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Preaching and Preachers in Accordance, and you have continued to request more titles in our reader forums.

This week, we’re pleased to announce two new offerings (five volumes) by Martyn Lloyd-Jones for Accordance.

ACTS (6 Volumes in 3)


Acts Chapters 1-8
Originally released in six volumes, and then in three, you can now purchase in a single module Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ classic exposition of the first eight chapters of the Book of Acts.

As described at the publisher’s website, “Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the message of the first eight chapters of Acts with clear language and pastoral warmth. From Peter’s bold preaching to the dramatic stoning of Stephen, Lloyd-Jones points readers back to the foundational figures and key events of the Christian faith, emphasizing the basic truths undergirding genuine belief.”

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones 4-Volume Set

MLJ-Genesis The Gospel in Genesis: Fig Leaves to Faith.
In this volume, readers have access to nine sermons from Genesis 3-12. These nine sermons explore the introduction of sin upon the human race, its effects upon our first parents, its ramifications for Noah’s day, its path to rebellion at Babel, and finally its counter through hope for the world with the introduction of Abraham.



MLJ-Heart Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled.
From 1951, these eight sermons by Martyn Lloyd-Jones were first preached to give hope and courage to those facing life or death situations. The pastoral side of Dr. Lloyd-Jones can be seen in these messages as he encourages his listeners (and now his readers) to confront those forces in this world that people fear and recognize that nothing is greater than the power of the Gospel.


MLJ-KingdomThe Kingdom of God.
These sermons date from 1963, one year in a decade of upheaval in the Western World. Martyn Lloyd-Jones works from the assumption that if the people of New Testament times did not fully understand the Kingdom of God, people of our age understand it even less. In these 12 sermons, Dr. Lloyd-Jones demonstrates that the biblical understanding of the Kingdom of God is even more radical than anyone can imagine, especially as embodied by the person of Jesus Christ.


MLJ-War Why Does God Allow War?
Martyn Lloyd-Jones originally wrote this volume at the beginning of the Second World War, but in our post-9-11 world, with continued new rounds of violence seemingly on a daily basis, this work becomes even more profound. Here, Dr. Lloyd-Jones attempts to answer age-old questions about tragedy, sin and suffering. Peace can only come from God himself and gives comfort to us in our own times of upheaval and crisis.


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Jul 24, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Wil Gafney on Accordance

Wil Gafney teaches Hebrew and Hebrew Bible at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. In this video, she describes her use of Accordance in her writings and how she has created an entire course for using Bible software for biblical exegesis.


Jul 22, 2014 Timothy Jenney

Podcast #107: Bible Atlases (Lighting the Lamp)

Remember the old Bible map transparencies of yesteryear? There's a reason they aren't around any longer. In 1998 Accordance launched its interactive and customizable Bible Atlas, the first of its kind in Bible study software. Using the metaphor of transparent layers, Accordance's Atlas offered unequaled flexibility and ease of use. Today the Atlas remains one of Accordance's most popular resources. It includes a dozen different backgrounds, thirty region layers, seventy-five routes (most of them animated), thirteen site collections, and six sample layers, as well as continuous elevation and geographic coordinate readouts and rotatable 3D perspectives. Users can even create their own map layers! Join Dr. J as he offers this retrospective look at the Accordance Atlas.


Jul 17, 2014 David Lang

Throwback Thursday: Striking Out on Our Own

Way back when Accordance was first being conceived, we established a partnership with The GRAMCORD Institute (TGI), a scholarly non-profit organization which had pioneered the development of a grammatically searchable Greek New Testament. TGI had developed software for mainframe computers back in the 1970s and for DOS PCs in the '80s, but by the early '90s, they needed to add support for the Macintosh and Windows platforms. They did that by establishing partnerships with independent Macintosh and Windows software developers.

The basic nature of our partnership with TGI was this: We would develop and retain ownership of the Accordance program, which would offer, among other things, a Macintosh interface for reading and searching the GRAMCORD Greek New Testament. TGI would also license other Bible texts and resources from various publishers for use with Accordance. TGI would sell Accordance to its established customer base, while we would provide all technical support.

This arrangement had a number of advantages. TGI had a solid reputation among scholars and an established presence at the high end of the Bible software market. They were already equipped to handle sales and distribution of the software, which freed us to focus on development. They also had established licensing agreements with various book publishers, which meant that we didn't have to start building a library of materials from scratch. On the other hand, TGI would benefit by being able to sell a product to Mac users without having to develop that software themselves.

Of course, when businesses form partnerships, they're like the intersecting circles of a Venn diagram. Where the intersection occurs, each partner benefits from the other. However, the areas where the circles do not overlap represent differences in focus, market, and expertise among the partners, and those differences can actually work to pull the circles farther apart. The smaller the amount of overlap between the circles, the less the partnership actually benefits each partner, and the greater the pull away from each other.

For example, in the beginning of our relationship with TGI, there was a significant amount of overlap between the circles.


GRAMCORD was focused on the academic market, and version 1.0 of Accordance was loaded with features aimed at that market. Likewise, TGI had licensed Bibles and some academic resources from other publishers, which fit well with Accordance's initial focus on high-end features for study of the Biblical text. GRAMCORD was also focused on selling its DOS software, but the DOS platform was shrinking, and they had not yet released a Windows product. Accordance was therefore an exciting expansion of their product line and a sign that they were embracing graphical user interfaces. For our part, we had long-term plans to expand Accordance into a full-featured Bible program that would appeal to non-academics, but we weren't there yet. Consequently, there was a fair amount of overlap between the two companies, and the partnership clearly benefitted both parties.

As time went on, the situation changed.


TGI's partnerships with software developers for Windows and handheld computers eventually resulted in its offering products for those platforms. TGI naturally marketed these products as GRAMCORD for Windows, GRAMCORD for handhelds, and thus Accordance as "GRAMCORD for Mac." Yet these were different programs from different developers with different feature sets and different libraries. Much of what made Accordance unique ended up being obscured by its identification with the GRAMCORD brand. At the same time, Accordance was expanding to become a full-featured Bible program which was no longer just aimed at academics. Our marketing, licensing, and development efforts became increasingly focused in areas that were beyond TGI's academic focus. The more we began to negotiate our own licenses, do our own marketing, and process our own sales, the more complicated our relationship with TGI became. Eventually, we reached the point where it was necessary to strike out completely on our own.

Such transitions are never easy, but over time it became clear that we had made the right decision. By bringing everything in-house, we were able to forge our own brand identity, simplify life for our users, increase our offerings, and greatly expand the Accordance user-base.

At the same time we were managing that transition, Apple was facing a major transition of its own: the rollout of Mac OS X. Accordance 5 was the first version of Accordance we released after our partnership with TGI came to an end, and it was also the first Bible program to support Mac OS X. I'll tell you the story of that major turning point in my next Throwback Thursday post.


Jul 7, 2014 Richard Mansfield

New Zondervan Theology Releases

Two New Zondervan Theology Volumes!

This week sees the release of two theology volumes for Accordance, both of which can be obtained for special introductory prices.

Renewal Theology Renewal Theology
Author: J. Rodman Williams

This work is a systematic theology from a charismatic perspective. Written by J. Rodman Williams, former professor of theology at Regent University School of Divinity, this work combines three previous titles (God, the World and Redemption; Salvation, the Holy Spirit and Christian Living; and The Church, the Kingdom, and Last Things) into one volume.

Not another dry systematic theology, this work encourages the reader to have a proper spirit of reverence when examining the Scriptures for truth about God and his revelation.

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Bird-Theology Evangelical Theology
A Biblical and Systematic Introduction

Author: Michael Bird

A fairly recent work (2013), this theology by Michael Bird—lecturer in theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry in Melbourne, Australia—is written to “produce a textbook for Christians that represents a biblically sound expression of the Christian faith from the vantage point of the evangelical tradition.” Although a “serious work,” Bird’s sense of humor regularly comes through in his writing, making this another theology text that is quite readable. Bird writes for both the scholar and the layperson with the regular use of tables, sidebars, and questions for discussion.

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