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Oct 21, 2014

Influential Leaders of the 20th Century

Leaders of Influence Enhance Your Teaching, Preaching and Personal Growth

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) and Stanley Horton (1916-2014) were born at the beginning of the twentieth century and served during years of intense social and religious change. Out of the crucible of day-to-day ministry, these servant leaders left a legacy of fierce biblical faithfulness, unyielding conviction, and genuine humility. They continue to inspire the leaders of today’s generation who follow in their footsteps.

This week you have the opportunity to save on four special offerings that will add the timeless quality of the works of Bonhoeffer, Lloyd-Jones, and Horton to your Accordance Library. They are all on sale at discounts of up to 40%, but only through October 27th.

 


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Works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (16 Volumes)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the most influential Christian martyrs in history, left a legacy of theological creativity and spirituality that continues to inspire people from a variety of theological backgrounds. This 16-volume Works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer offers a fresh, critical translation of Bonhoeffer’s writings, with introductions, annotations, and interpretations. It also includes Theological Education at Finkenwalde, (Volume 14) which is not available in other software offerings.

This exceptional collection has a print value of $715. You save over 33% off our regular low price – now just $299.

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Regular price is $449; Sale price $299


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Martyn Lloyd-Jones Collection (4 Volumes)

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was an immensely powerful and influential preacher who served in central London for almost 30 years. Few well-known Christian figures can claim adherents from both Reformed and Charismatic schools of Christian thought, but Martyn Lloyd-Jones did with his gift of theological precision infused with his zeal for revival. This collection delivers four of Lloyd-Jones’ classics highlighting his considerable expositional skill, pastor’s heart, and passion for boldly preaching biblical truth in the face of the controversial issues of his time.

Save over 30% off our everyday low price on the Martyn Lloyd-Jones Collection – now just $34.90.

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Acts: Chapters 1-8

Originally published in three volumes, Acts: Chapters 1-8 traces the birth and development of the church in Jerusalem 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.

Save over 28% off our everyday low price on the Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Acts: Chapters 1-8 – now just $49.90.

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The Key Works of Stanley Horton (5 Volumes)

Stanley Horton is widely recognized as a premier shaper of Pentecostal theology emerging from the post Azusa Street Revival period. A renowned scholar, prolific writer and lecturer, he has authored dozens of books and published more than 250 articles and book reviews. This collection of Horton’s works includes his commentaries on Acts and First and Second Corinthians as well as his volumes on Bible doctrine, systematic theology and the Pentecostal perspective on the Holy Spirit.

Save over 40% off our everyday low price on the Key Works of Stanley Horton – now just $59.90.

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The above sale prices are good through October 27, 2014 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

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Oct 20, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Have You Discovered Accordance Services?

If you haven’t discovered Accordance Services, you’re going to love this little gem of a utility.

Note that this is a Mac-only utility; but don’t worry, Windows users. You will be able to access similar functionality in the upcoming Accordance 11 release.

Accordance Services run through OS X’s Services, which you may or may not even know you have. The first thing to do is download Accordance Services. If you don’t already have them, download them from http://www.accordancebible.com/Accordance-Installers/#Services

After you download them, you should find a folder in your Downloads folder with five Accordance Services (if you don’t have a folder, double-click on the file Accordance Services Set.zip to create it). Once you’ve found the folder with the five Accordance Services, you will have to double-click on each one to install them. After installing, you will find them in the application menu of most OS X applications.

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Here’s a quick run-down of the five Accordance Services:

1. Acc - Insert Verses

This Accordance Service allows you to quickly insert a scripture reference from Accordance from within whatever application you’re using. So for instance, if I write Gen 1:1 in iWork Pages, I can then highlight it and choose Acc - Insert Verses from Services in the Pages application menu.

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The result will place Genesis 1:1 in my Pages document:

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Why is my verse in Hebrew? It’s in Hebrew because that was the top Bible that I have listed under Texts in my Accordance Library. Your results will probably be different.

So, what if I want a different translation? Well, that’s where the next Accordance Service comes into play.


2. Acc - Insert Verses from any Text

This service will allow me to choose which translation I want. When I highlight Gen 1:1 and choose this Service, I get this dialogue box:

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Note that I can also choose whether or not I want citation format—that is, having the reference and version name in parentheses after my verse. If I were to choose New Living Translation, Second Edition, and leave the box checked, I would end up with this result:

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3. Acc - Search for Words

This Service will allow me to highlight a text in any application outside Accordance and then search for that word or phrase in Accordance. For instance, if I were to highlight the word heavens in the verse above, Accordance would automatically search for this word in my default Bible creating a new search tab in Accordance.

Note that this Accordance Service will work in a variety of different applications. Maybe you’re reading an article on a website, and you come across a term or phrase you’d like to research. Simply employ this Service, and you can look it up in Accordance.

What if you want to search beyond your default Bible? You’ll want to use the next Accordance Service described below.


4. Acc - Search with Options

The Search with Options Accordance Service allows you to determine exactly where you want to search for the term or phrase in which you’re interested. Choose which text or module you want to search; and if it’s an Accordance Tool, you can even specify which field.

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Maybe you are reading about Dietrich Bonhoeffer online, and you come across a name or concept you’d like to know more about. Remembering that you have the complete Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works in Accordance, there’s no need to open this module, type in the phrase and search for it. You can simply search from the internet article you are reading.


5. Acc - View Verses

Finally, perhaps you are reading an article that includes a verse reference. You could go to Accordance to look up the reference, but you can also simply run the Acc - View Verses Service to launch a new workspace in Accordance with your selected text.

So, in the example below, running the View Verses Service will open John 15:5 in my default Bible text in Accordance.

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Bonus tip: Accessing Services from the Contextual Menu

You may have noticed in the last graphic above that I did not go to the application menu of the web browser to access the Services menu. Instead, after highlighting the verse reference to John 15:5, I right-clicked on my Apple Magic Mouse to pull up the contextual menu (which can also be access through a control-click or a two-finger click on Apple trackpads).

Most programs that employ Services will allow access from a contextual menu, but some applications—such as Microsoft Word for the Mac—require access only from the application menu.


Try it yourself!

If you haven’t already done so, play around with Accordance Services yourself and let us know what you think. There is a lot more information about Accordance Services, including customization options, in your Accordance Help files (accessible from the Help Menu in Accordance) at Digging Deeper > Automating Accordance > Work with Accordance Services.


 

Oct 14, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary & Atlas Sale

People often ask me what titles from my Accordance Library I use most often. I don’t know that I’ve ever given enough attention to the question for a definitively helpful list, but I do know two of the titles that would be in my top five: the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary on the Old Testament (ZIBBCOT) and the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary on the New Testament (ZIBBCNT).

I have lots of great commentaries in my Accordance Library. Some commentaries focus on literary and textual issues, some provide expositional help, and some give more attention to application. As good as these are, however, I like background commentaries best.

My preference for background commentaries probably comes from one of my professors from years ago stressing the importance of understanding the biblical text in its original context. “You can’t understand the Bible if you don’t understand the day in which it was written,” he said. I’ve found this to be true. In the end, after all our study and preparation, our public exposition must be well rounded. And I believe that even if something like a personal application is going to carry any weight, it must be grounded and formulated from a good understanding of biblical backgrounds.

I first discovered ZIBBCOT and ZIBBCNT when they first appeared in print and were given to me as a very generous gift (don’t tell, but I sold my print copies after I bought the Accordance versions). I was immediately drawn to them for a number of reasons:

(1)  ZIBBCOT and ZIBBCNT are very well rounded. Many background commentaries focus primarily upon history and customs. These two commentaries include this kind of information, too, but also include information pertaining to the literature and cultural mindset of the day.

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(2)  ZIBBCOT and ZIBBCNT employ great source material. I’ve found that in these resources, some of the best leads for further research come from the footnotes where sources from ancient literature are listed. Students take note!

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(3)  ZIBBCOT and ZIBBCNT include a virtual treasure trove of historical and archaeological images. Between the nine cumulative volumes in these two commentary sets, there are nearly 3,000 photographs, drawings, maps, diagrams and charts. When I am preparing any kind of presentation on the Bible, ZIBBCOT and ZIBBCNT are two of the first sources I look at after the biblical text. Besides the wealth of background information, I find that the images make great illustrations for my presentation slides.

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(4)  ZIBBCOT and ZIBBCNT have been written by some of the best academic scholars in the Evangelical world. Many of these individuals have been known for writing more traditional commentaries. Now they have turned their expertise to focus on biblical backgrounds.

Related to these excellent background commentaries, the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible is another worthy addition to your personal Accordance Library. Just as good background commentaries enhance one’s understanding the of the Bible, the same can be true for understanding the geography of biblical times. This, in fact, is the stated goal for the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible. From the introduction:

“This atlas has been written in the belief that once one has a basic understanding of the geography of the Middle East, one has a much better chance of coming to grips with the flow of historical events that occurred there.”

In its print version, the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible weighs in at over 300 pages. In addition to over one hundred photographs, there are over one hundred full-color, multidimensional maps created with the help of Digital Elevation Modeling data. In print, this is not an easy book to carry with you every day. But the Accordance version makes this volume as light as your laptop, iPad or iPhone.

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For one week only, we are offering significant discounts on all of these titles. These special prices are good through October 20, 2014 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

This Week's Specials

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ZIBBCNT

The Accordance edition of the ZIBBCNT normally sells for $179, but for one week, we will offer it for $129.

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ZIBBCOT

ZIBBCOT regularly sells for $229, but right now, you can obtain it for $169.

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ZIBBC OT and NT Bundle

The best savings comes with buying these two titles together in a bundle for $199, which is over $200 off the regular price when bought separately.

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Zondervan Atlas of the Bible

The Zondervan Atlas of the Bible, normally $39.90 is on sale for the bargain price of $27.90 for one week only.

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Oct 9, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Accordance 11 Collections (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #111)

In the latest Lighting the Lamp video podcast, Dr. J reviews the contents of the six new Accordance 11 Collections, describes the best use of each, and explains the new Custom Upgrade process.

If you have trouble viewing the above video, go to https://vimeo.com/108465223


 

Oct 8, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Custom Upgrades

With the release of Accordance 11 Collections, we’ve introduced a new Custom Upgrade procedure that makes certain you don’t accidently pay for titles that are already in your Accordance Library when you upgrade.

This post will walk you step-by-step through the Custom Upgrade process. Any of the images can be enlarged by clicking on them.

After going to the Accordance website, first make certain that you are logged in by clicking on the My Account link at the top right corner of the webpage.

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If you would like to see what you already own, that’s easy enough to do. Once you are signed in, click the link to the store at the top left of the page. Then click your user name at the top right one more time, which will bring you to your account page. On the left side of the resulting screen, click on My Products.

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So, if you look in the particular example below, this Accordance user has been building an Accordance Library since around version 8. We see codes for Accordance 8.4, Scholar's 8 Standard Level, the Graphics Bundle and a recent purchase of the Tyndale Commentary series.

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So what if this Accordance user wanted to upgrade to the Accordance 11 Essential Collection? By itself, the Essential Collection costs $499, but that would be too much to pay if the user already owns some of the titles included in the Essential Collection. For instance, the Essential Collection contains the Tyndale Commentary series as well as the Accordance Bible Atlas and other titles in the Graphics Bundle.

To see how much an upgrade would cost, we’ve now added a Custom Upgrade button to our Collections pages.

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Clicking on the Custom Upgrades button shows this user that instead of paying $499, the new custom price will be $353.60.

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At this point, you may be asking, “How can I know exactly what titles will be added to my Accordance Library if I upgrade my current collection?”

There’s an easy answer to that. Note that there is also a new Click Here link in the text in the screenshot above. Clicking the link will launch a pop-up window that shows a list of titles to be added to this user's Accordance Library when upgrading to the Essentials Collection.

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You can’t fully tell from the screenshot above, but the list in this example is rather long, and the user would need to scroll much further down to see all the new titles to be added to the upgraded personal Accordance Library. However, note that the Accordance Bible Atlas is not listed above. That's because the Custom Upgrade is taking into account the previously purchased Graphics Bundle. If you were to scroll even further down, you would see that the Tyndale Commentary series is not listed either because this, too, has been a previous purchase.

After adding the Essential Collection to the cart and proceeding to checkout, this user will find potential opportunties for further discounts.

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Notice that in the section Credit for Recent Purchases, there's a notice that the order may be eligible for an additional discount based upon purchases made in the last 90 days. This will require manual processing, but a slight delay will certainly be worth saving extra money.

This particular user also receives a 10% Full-time Student Discount. If the user had a coupon code, it could be entered on the above screen. At this point, the cost of the upgrade to the Essential Library is down to $318.24, and it may be lower after manual processing. That's much better than the original cost of $499 for the Essential Collection!

The new Custom Upgrade system is designed not only so that you don’t pay too much for upgrades, but also so that you have a better idea of the cost going in. We may manually review your order, so please be patient as this review process is strictly for your benefit so that you are not overcharged.

Since the Custom Upgrade system is new, we are initially only offering it for the Accordance 11 Collections; however, we will soon expand this service to many of our other bundled titles as well.

If you have any questions about the Custom Upgrade process, feel free to ask them in the Comments Section of this post. If you have placed an order and need to check on its status, feel free to call our order number at the top of the screen.


 

Sep 30, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Accordance 11 Collections Are Here!

Introducing Accordance 11 Collections

Today we are very pleased to announce Accordance 11 Collections. As many Accordance users know, Collections are the best way to build one’s Accordance Library. If you are new to Accordance, you will want to select the Collection that is best suited to your work. If you are a longtime Accordance user, consider upgrading to the next Collection level using Accordance’s new Custom Upgrades.

All of our Collections have been updated. While all the Collections will have titles we have carried in the past, there are also new additions that we will highlight below.

Click on the Buy Now button with each Collection to see a complete listing of all titles provided with a particular Collection. Go to the Collections Comparison Chart to see the Accordance 11 Collections compared side by side.

Note: Accordance 11 has not yet been released but it IS included in these new Collections. It will be available to you immediately upon its release if you buy a Collection now.

If you own Accordance 9 or 10 your Upgrade Calculator in Easy Install/Check for Updates will list the modules you would add with the different updates.


11Starter STARTER COLLECTION

This is the most affordable way to get Accordance 11. You get the Bibles and tools you need for basic study including the ESV Bible tagged with Strong’s numbers, Eerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible, and the IVP New Bible Commentary.

New to the Accordance 11 Starter Collection:

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Already own Accordance 10?
For users who already own Accordance 10 and wish to upgrade to Accordance 11, this is the way to do it. Purchasing the Starter Collection will upgrade your Accordance 10 to Accordance 11 immediately upon its release and you will also get all the modules currently in the Starter 11 Collection - some of which will be new for you.

There are several special offers listed below:

  • If you purchased Accordance 10 in September 2014, use the Buy Now button below and input coupon code Start11upSep at checkout to get the Starter 11 Collection for free. (Offer good through December 31, 2014.)
  • If you purchased Accordance 10 in August 2014, use the Buy Now button below and input coupon code Start 11upAug for a 50% discount on the Starter 11 Collection. (Offer good through December 31, 2014.)
  • If you purchased Accordance 10 prior to August 2014, use the Buy Now button below to receive $10 off the regular Starter 11 Collection price – only $49.90.

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11BibleStudy BIBLE STUDY COLLECTION

The Bible Study Collection offers almost two dozen Bible translations and a strong selection of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and theological works.

New to the Accordance 11 Bible Study Collection:

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11OriginalLanguages Original Languages Collection

This collection has everything needed for scholars, students, and those who want to study the Bible in Greek and Hebrew without needing access to many English study tools.

New to the Accordance 11 Original Languages Collection:

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11Essential Essential Collection

The Essential Collection offers an extensive library of English, Greek, and Hebrew Bible study tools. This collection combines the Bible Study Collection and the Original Languages Collection, and also adds our interactive Atlas, Timeline, and Bible Lands PhotoGuide.

New Version 11 texts and resources included with the Starter, Bible Study and Original Languages Collections are included with your paid upgrade to the Essential Collection.

 

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11Advanced Advanced Collection

The Advanced Collection offers an impressive library of research-grade Bible study tools. It builds upon the foundation of the Essential Collection and includes many tagged Bibles, top-flight commentaries, informative Bible dictionaries, cutting-edge original language tools, ancient texts, and interactive graphics.

New to the Accordance 11 Advanced Collection:

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11Ultimate Ultimate Collection

This massive theological library builds upon our Advanced Collection and includes an even greater wealth of Bibles, ancient texts, cutting-edge original language tools, in-depth commentaries, specialized Bible dictionaries, detailed histories, and a myriad of theological writings, engaging graphics, and much more.

The Ultimate Collection includes all Version 11 resources added to each of the other collections plus the latest version of the CNTTS (Center for New Testament Textual Studies) textual apparatus.

 

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Whoa. Hold up here! At this point you may be asking, “Wait, if the Accordance 11 Collections are available, where is Accordance 11?” Well, I can assure you it’s coming. We’re just making your upgrade easy by offering the Accordance 11 Collections first, and as soon as Accordance 11 is available in the coming days, you will be able to automatically upgrade to it. If you purchase an Accordance 11 Collection, the upgrade to Accordance 11 is included.

 


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Sep 25, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Accordance Journals: Over 800 Years of Scholarship in the Palm of Your Hand


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Whenever I grade student papers, I often look first to see what kinds of sources have been used. Sources tell me a lot about both the paper and the student. If I see all internet sources, I assume the paper was thrown together in a hurry or that the student does not have good research skills. Sources from print or electronic books are better, but if I see journal articles on the reference page, I know that the student has engaged in real research.

Why Journals Are a Must. No Accordance user’s electronic library is complete without academic journals. What are the benefits of academic journals?

  • Journals offer cutting-edge research often years before it appears in commentaries or other references books. This is where new ideas get vetted, as David Lang stated in a blog post earlier this year.
  • Journals are peer-reviewed, which means articles have already been evaluated by other professionals in the same field as the writer. This peer review process is what gives authority to the source. Not only is it written by an authority in the field, it has also been reviewed by other authorities.
  • Another invaluable feature of journals relates to their inclusion of book reviews. The Teacher said, “Of making many books there is no end” (Eccl 12:12, HCSB), and this is still true. With so many books, how do you know which ones are worth your time? A quick scan through book reviews of a particular title will quickly tell you whether or not your time would be well spent reading it

Why Journal Articles in Accordance are Superior to Paper Editions. Years ago, I met a professor who prided himself over his personal journal collection. He had a room at his home with shelves and shelves of various journal subscriptions that he had collected over his professional career. They were certainly impressive until I realized that they weren’t very accessible without volumes that indexed them.

We can cut this professor a bit of slack because this was actually in a day before Accordance was available, but that didn't make his physical journals any less difficult to use!

In Dr. J’s podcast from a few years back, he summed the problem up quite well:

For all their value, paperback journals are a nightmare! They’re physically fragile, must be searched by hand individually, and occupy a huge amount of office space. Not only that, but they never seem to be at hand when one needs to do on-the-spot research.

Journal Search These issues alone make journals in Accordance superior to print editions, but consider this as well: with Accordance, you can search through all your journals at once. Imagine searching through the equivalent of over 800 years of scholarship in seconds! You can search through all of your combined journals in English, Hebrew, or Greek--all at once! You can search through image captions, and you can perform both simple and complex Boolean searches, too!

These sophisticated multilingual searches, by the way, also demonstrate why having journals in Accordance is superior to merely having online access to them. Online databases only allow for searching plain text and occasionally a few simple commands. Accordance allows for much greater flexibility; and on a journal-by-journal basis, there are even greater options for searches based on the way a particular title has been tagged.

And there’s another advantage to having journals in Accordance. Now with mobile technology, you can carry the equivalent of an entire library of journals literally in the palm of your hand. Imagine being able to quickly access this “800 years of scholarship” from your iPad or your iPhone! Never before have we had such ease and portability in our research!


TJL16 Right now, we have available all volumes of Galaxie’s updated and expanded Theological Journal Library 16th Edition—over 800 years of combined scholarship. Upgrades and crossgrades are also available for users who already own portions of this series.

See this article for a complete listing of the Journals to be included and updated in this release.

Please Note: Some of the journals are in final proofing and may take a few days to appear in Easy Install on Accordance.

 


Updated and Expanded TJL 16th Edition
(33-Journal Collection)

This 33-journal edition adds seven new journal titles including the Tyndale Bulletin (1956-2010) and the Bulletin for Biblical Research (1991-2009). There are also major updates to TJL favorites such as Bibliotheca Sacra dating back to 1844 and current through 2012.

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Upgrades for Users Who Already Own TJL for Accordance

For users who already own an earlier version of TJL for Accordance, upgrades to the 16th edition are available.

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Crossgrades Available

Crossgrades apply only to Accordance users who own The Theological Journal Library in another Bible software program. Crossgrades are based on the number of TJL volumes you currently own. For users who own 7 or more annual volumes of TJL, the crossgrade price is $100; for users who own 6 or fewer, the crossgrade price is $150. Check this page for crossgrade requirements.

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Sep 2, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Hermeneia Series Update

Hermeneia-BDAG According to the publisher’s website, “The name Hermeneia, Greek, has a rich background in the history of biblical interpretation as a term used in the ancient Greek-speaking world for the detailed, systematic exposition of a scriptural work.” This meaning is confirmed by a quick consultation of BDAG, where ἑρμηνεία (hermeneia) is defined as (1) capacity of doing translation, translation; and (2) product of interpretive procedure, interpretation, exposition.

WHAT KIND OF COMMENTARY SERIES IS HERMENEIA?
Again, from the publisher:

“The series is designed to be a critical and historical commentary to the Bible without arbitrary limits in size or scope. It will utilize the full range of philological and historical tools, including textual criticism (often slighted in modern commentaries), the methods of the history of tradition (including genre and prosodic analysis), and the history of religion.”

The above description is quite telling. When the claim is made that Hermeneia is designed to be “without arbitrary limits in size or scope,” that’s no exaggeration. There are countless commentaries on the Bible, but how many commentary series attempt to engage the wider body of literature related to the Bible as well? The editors and writers of Hermeneia do not confine themselves to any particular canon as the 49 volumes (so far) provide exegesis over traditional biblical literature—including the Deuterocanonicals—as well as Pseudepigrapha and the writings of the early church.

Hermeneia is described as being “designed for the serious student of the Bible,” and that’s not an understatement. Hermeneia is simply one of the most detailed modern commentary series available today, but that does not mean that it is too technical for most readers. Moreover, it is extremely thorough in its treatment of texts and issues regarding texts without becoming bogged down in in minutia.

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 synchronic and diachronic 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.

HERMENEIA ON ACCORDANCE
Accordance users who have purchased the Hermeneia series will immediately notice that the set is divided into eight distinct modules. Some of the divisions make logical sense, such as having separate modules for Old and New Testaments, for the Apostolic Fathers, and for the Pseudepigrapha. Inevitably, though, one will wonder why there are two separate New Testament volumes and two separate Old Testament volumes. A bit of explanation is necessary.

When the editors have stated that their commentary series should not have “arbitrary limits,” this applies to the volumes included. Most commentary series will have one volume devoted to a book of the Bible by one writer. Since commentary series often take decades to produce, often one volume will be entirely replaced by a newer volume that takes advantage of new archaeological discoveries or literary and textual insights. This is true with Hermeneia as well, but just because a newer volume has been produced does not mean that the original one is no longer worth reading. Moreover, the editors decided that certain sections of texts, such as The Sermon on the Mount and Q (the content in the Gospels common to Matthew and Luke) should receive focused treatment in addition to the coverage provided in the standard commentary volumes.

One of the most useful benefits of having texts and commentaries in Accordance can be found in the ability to have them side-by-side. This feature is applied to Hermeneia by allowing the Accordance user to place, for instance, Ulrich Luz’s volume on Matthew’s Gospel side by side with Hans Dieter Betz’s even more detailed volume on the Sermon on the Mount. Or perhaps the Accordance user will want to compare Richard Pervo’s treatment of Acts with the older, but still highly insightful and beneficial volume on Acts by Hans Conzelmann.

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Above: the NRSV tagged with Strong's numbers, Luz's commentary on Matthew, Betz's commentary on the Sermon on the Mount, and the Greek New Testament. Click on the image for a larger view.

NEW HERMENEIA VOLUME ON LUKE 9:51-19:27
With the addition of François Bovon’s middle volume on Luke’s Gospel, the Hermeneia series for Accordance now stands at 49 volumes. This newly published second volume of François Bovon’s three-volume commentary on the Gospel of Luke, covers the narration of Jesus’ travel on the road to Jerusalem—the occasion in Luke of most of Jesus’ teachings to the disciples regarding faithfulness, perseverance, and the practice of justice and mercy. Bovon’s theological interest in Luke is at the forefront here as he declares in the preface, “I wish to examine his Gospel with the sober reserve of a scholar and with the confidence of a believer. For I hope in this manner to arrive at genuine understanding.” Also distinctive is Bovon’s attention to the history of interpretation of this Gospel through time.

49 VOLUMES TOTAL
Here is a breakdown of what is included in each module.

HermeneiaOT Hermeneia Old Testament (Hermeneia2 OT)

  • 1 Chronicles by Ralph W. Klein
  • 2 Chronicles by Ralph W. Klein
  • Psalms 2: A Commentary on Psalms 51-100 by Frank Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger
  • Psalms 3: A Commentary on Psalms 101-150 by Frank Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger
  • Qoheleth by Thomas Kruger
  • The Song of Songs by Roland E. Murphy
  • Deutero-Isaiah: A Commentary by Klaus Baltzer
  • Jeremiah 1: A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah, Chapters 1-25 by William L. Holladay
  • Jeremiah 2: A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah, Chapters 26–52 by William L. Holladay
  • Ezekiel 1: A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, Chapters 1–24 by Walther Zimmerli
  • Ezekiel 2: A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, Chapters 25–48 by Walther Zimmerli
  • Daniel: A Commentary on the Book of Daniel by John J. Collins
  • Hosea by Hans Walter Wolff
  • Joel and Amos: A Commentary on the Books of the Prophets Joel and Amos by Hans Walter Wolff
  • Micah by Delbert R. Hillers
  • Zephaniah by Marvin A. Sweeney
  • Fourth Ezra by Michael Edward Stone
  • 2 Maccabees by Robert Doran

Hermeneia Old Testament (alternative volume) (Hermeneia OT2)

  • Amos by Shalom M. Paul

Hermeneia Pseudepigrapha (Hermeneia2 PS)

  • 1 Enoch 1: A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch, Chapters 1–36; 81–108 by George W. E. Nickelsburg
  • 1 Enoch 2: A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch, Chapters 37-82 by George W. E. Nickelsburg
  • Fourth Ezra by Michael Edward Stone

HermeneiaNTHermeneia New Testament (Hermeneia NT-20)

  • Matthew 1–7: A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew by Ulrich Luz
  • Matthew 8–20: A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew by Ulrich Luz
  • Matthew 21–28 by Ulrich Luz
  • Mark: A Commentary by Adela Yarbo Collins
  • Luke 1: A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke 1:1–9:50 by François Bovon
  • Luke 2: A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke 9:51–19:27 by François Bovon [NEW VOLUME]
  • Luke 3: A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke 19:28–24:53 by François Bovon
  • John 1: A Commentary on the Gospel of John, Chapter 1–6 by Ernst Haenchen
  • John 2: A Commentary on the Gospel of John, Chapters 7–21 by Ernst Haenchen
  • Acts: A Commentary by Richard I. Pervo
  • Romans: A Commentary by Robert Jewett
  • 1 Corinthians by Hans Conzelmann
  • 2 Corinthians 8 and 9: A Commentary on Two Administrative Letters of the Apostle Paul by Hans Dieter Betz
  • Galatians: A Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Churches in Galatia by Hans Dieter Betz
  • Colossians and Philemon by Edward Lohse
  • The Pastoral Epistles by Hans Conzelmann and Martin Dibelius
  • Hebrews by Harold Attridge
  • James by Martin Dibelius
  • Peter 1: A Commentary on First Peter by Paul J. Achtemeie
  • The Johannine Letters by Georg Strecker

Hermeneia New Testament (alternative volumes) (Hermeneia NT2)

  • The Sermon on the Mount by Hans Dieter Betz
  • Acts of the Apostles: A Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles by Hans Conzelmann
  • The Johannine Epistles: A Commentary on the Johannine Epistles by Rudolf Bultmann

Hermeneia—Q (Hermeneia Q)

  • The Critical Edition of Q by Paul Hoffmann, John S. Kloppenborg, and James M. Robinson

Hermeneia Apostolic Fathers (Hermeneia AF)

  • The Didache: A Commentary by Kurt Niederwimmer
  • Ignatius of Antioch: A Commentary on the Letters of Ignatius of Antioch by William R. Schoedel
  • The Shepherd of Hermas by Carolyn Osiek

Hermeneia Apostolic Tradition (Hermeneia AT)

  • The Apostolic Tradition: A Commentary by Paul F. Bradshaw, Maxwell E. Johnson, and L. Edward Phillips

 

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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.

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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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