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Jul 22, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Sale on Select Commentary Series from Eerdmans

The Accordance Summer of Savings Rolls on with Commentaries from Eerdmans Publishing Company!

If you have been wanting to build your commentary library in Accordance, this has definitely been the summer for you. We’ve seen week after week of deep-discount sales on major commentary series. This week is no different because now we have four major commentary series from Eerdmans Publishing discounted for a limited time.

Imagine being able to access The New International Commentary of the Old Testament or New Testament, The New International Greek Testament Commentary, or The Pillar New Testament Commentary on your MacBook Pro, your Windows tablet, your iPad or even your iPhone—no matter where you are. We live in the age of the portable library. A few years ago, one person could not have physically carried any of these multivolume commentary sets all at once—at least not easily and certainly not very far! Now, you can take along your entire Accordance library including all your Eerdmans commentaries in your book bag, in one hand, or even your pocket.

NICOT_NICNT Together for a limited time: NICOT & NICNT

Up first, we present a rare opportunity to purchase all 44 volumes of the renowned New International Old Testament Commentary (NICOT) and the New International New Testament Commentary (NICNT) together at one significantly discounted price. Both of these series are works in progress, but have proved themselves as sound exegesis from some of the best voices in Evangelical scholarship.

Each volume contains the author’s translation of the passage, in-depth commentary, attention to text-critical issues, and lengthy bibliographies for further research. A knowledge of biblical languages is not required to use these commentaries, but be assured that the writers will deal with original language issues in a way that is accessible for most readers.

Originally edited by the late R. K. Harrison, the NICOT is now under the supervision of Robert L. Hubbard. This series includes volumes by well-known Old Testament scholars such as Victor Hamilton, Daniel Block, Tremper Longman and others (see complete list of volumes and authors in the NICOT here).

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Well-known New Testament scholar Gordon Fee is the current general editor for the NICNT, taking over the reigns for former editors, Ned Stonehouse and F. F. Bruce (both now deceased). The NICNT features established New Testament scholars such as Leon Morris, Scot McKnight, I. Howard Marshall and other well-known individuals (see complete list of volumes and authors in the NICNT here). And since the NICNT has been around for a number of years, some of these volumes have been replaced so as to take advantage of the latest advances in biblical scholarship. This collection for Accordance includes both the original and the newly revised volumes for the books of John, Hebrews and James.

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If you were to buy all 44 volumes together in print, you would spend $2,272; but right now, you can add all these volumes to Accordance—that’s the NICOT and NICNT together—for $779, which is 42% off our already-bargain price of $1338.

If you already have one set or the other, this is a great time to complete your collection. The NICOT (regularly $699) is selling for $439, and the NICNT (regularly $639) is on sale for $399.

During this sale, all individual volumes of the NICOT & NICNT, as well as the upgrade from NICNT to NICNT21 (21 volumes) are 30% off using the coupon code EerdCom14 at checkout.


Old & New Testaments
44 volumes
Regular price $1338
Sale price $779


Old Testament
23 volumes
Regular price $699
Sale price $439


New Testament
21 volumes
Regular price $639
Sale price $399

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Sale prices are good through July 28, 2014 (11:59pm EDT)
and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

New International Greek Testament Commentary

The New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC) is another favorite Eerdmans commentary series on sale for Accordance for a limited time.

The NIGTC, edited by I. Howard Marshall and Drew Hagner, has as its aim “to provide a theological understanding of the text, based on historical–critical–linguistic exegesis” (from the preface). Although the Greek text is the basis of the NIGTC, it is not designed to be an overly-technical commentary. If you have taken Greek in the past but have become a bit rusty in recent years, the NIGTC is a great series to help you brush up on your Greek while studying the Scriptures.

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With scholars such as I. Howard Marshall, F. F. Bruce, Peter Davids, and G. K. Beale (see complete list of volumes and authors in the NIGTC here), the NIGTC has a print value of $794. But for one week only, you can obtain this entire series for the incredible price of $299, which is nearly 41% off our regular price.

During this sale, all individual volumes of the NIGTC are 30% off using the coupon code EerdCom14.

Regular price $499
Sale price $299

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Sale price is good through July 28, 2014 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


PNTC Pillar New Testament Commentary

Edited by D. A. Carson, The Pillar New Testament Commentary seeks to seriously interact with the Word of God while making its meaning plain to modern readers. Although not overly technical, the Pillar series does wrestle with difficult and complex issues, making an understanding of them accessible to both the serious student of the Bible and the layperson as well.

Including writers such as Douglas Moo, D. A. Carson, and Leon Morris (see complete list of volumes and authors in the Pillar series here), the Pillar New Testament Commentary has a print value of $671. It can regularly be purchased for Accordance for $399; but currently, The Pillar New Testament Commentary is on sale for $259.

During this sale, all individual volumes of The Pillar New Testament Commentary as well as the upgrades to the latest Pillar NTC3 from Pillar NTC and from Pillar NTC-2 are 30% off using the coupon code EerdCom14 at checkout.


The Pillar New Testament Commentary
Regular price $399
Sale price $259
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Sale price is good through July 28, 2014 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Sep 30, 2011 David Lang

Opening Commentaries in a Zone Versus a Pane

In Accordance, you can open a commentary (or any other reference-based tool) in a pane within your Bible search tab, or in a separate zone. So what are the strengths and weaknesses of each approach?

To open a commentary as a pane, select it from the Reference Tool pop-up menu on the right side of the Search window.


The primary advantage of opening your commentary as a pane is that it will appear alongside your Bible text and scroll in sync with it. All you need to do is select the commentary you want and Accordance does the rest. You never have to worry about manually tying or syncing the two.

NICNT in parallel with Matthew

Opening a commentary in a pane is like creating a study Bible where the commentary follows along with the text. The primary means of accessing the commentary becomes the text itself: you navigate to the desired passage and the commentary follows along. Yet what if you want to focus more intently on the commentary itself: to search it, to use its table of contents, etc.? It is then that you'll want to open your commentary in a separate zone.

By opening your commentary in a separate zone, you have access to the search entry box at the top of the window, as well as the Browser pane and other features. The only downside of opening a commentary this way is that it will not automatically scroll in sync with your Bible text as it would in a pane.

You can, however, make it sync with your Bible text by tying the scrolling of the two windows. To do this, simply go to the Set submenu of the Window menu and choose the name of the resource you want to Tie with the current resource. For example, if your commentary zone is active and you have another zone with the HCSBS as the main Bible text, you would go to the menu and choose Tie to “HCSBS.” From that point on, your commentary will scroll in sync with the HCSB, just as if you had opened it as a pane in the HCSB window.


In my next post, I'll show you how you can open a commentary in a separate zone and have it tied to your Bible text automatically. Until then, let me remind you that the introductory sale on NICNT ends today. Buy it today and you save a hundred dollars off the regular price, so don't miss out.


Sep 28, 2011 David Lang

Commentary Sets vs. Individual Volumes

Not long ago, a seminary student explained why he prefers to buy individual volumes of a multi-volume commentary rather than the entire set. He said that when he is studying or teaching through a book of the Bible, he would prefer to buy the best commentaries he can find on that particular book. Then when he moves on to another book, he'll buy commentary volumes on that book. For those who prefer to purchase commentaries that way, we have a number of large commentary sets which can be purchased in individual volumes or small groups of volumes. These include Pillar, NIGTC, NAC, NICNT, and more.

While buying individual volumes initially costs less than buying an entire set, purchasing a commentary piece by piece will ultimately cost you more. By taking advantage of sale prices and our payment plan, you can get the most bang for your buck while also spreading the purchase out into manageable payments.

In addition to the financial advantages of buying complete sets rather than individual volumes, complete commentaries offer the additional advantages of greater scope and simplicity. If you display your commentary in a pane alongside your text, a complete set will always give you information about whatever passage you happen to be viewing. You also have the simplicity of dealing with a single module. You simply display NICNT, for example, and it stays in sync with whatever passage you navigate to.

NICNT in parallel with Matthew NICNT in parallel with Romans

If, on the other hand, you purchased individual volumes of NICNT, when you navigate to a different passage, you'll have to switch your commentary pane to a different NICNT module. That is, of course, if you even own the relevant volume.

Beyond the advantages in price, scope, and simplicity, complete commentary sets also have the advantage of containing hidden gems you might not otherwise discover. I'll give you an example of that in tomorrow's post.


Aug 30, 2011 David Lang

Who Says Breakin' Up is Hard to Do?

NICNT Cover With all due respect to Neil Sedaka, breaking up isn't really that hard to do, and sometimes it can be a good thing. No, I'm not talking about the tragic end of an Accordance for iPad initiated church romance, but the breaking up of a large commentary set into individual volumes. That's just what we've done with the recently released New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT). Now you can purchase and download individual volumes instead of having to buy the entire set at once. Obviously, you'll pay more if you buy the series piecemeal, but those of you who only want certain volumes now have the freedom to buy the ones you need without having to spring for those you don't. We'll even give you an extra 10% off if you buy three or more volumes at one time. Go here to purchase individual volumes of NICNT (or other commentaries), and here to purchase the entire set.

Also, don't forget that our Back-to-School sale ends tomorrow. If you've been wanting to buy or upgrade an Accordance package, now is the best time to save some serious coin.


Aug 10, 2011 David Lang

NICNT (21 Volumes) Now Available

NICNT Cover I'm pleased to announce that the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) is now available for Accordance. This highly acclaimed and immensely popular commentary series consists of 21 volumes covering all the books of the New Testament except for 2 Peter and Jude. The series seeks "to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God."

NICNT is so popular precisely because it provides exposition which takes technical questions into account, but which avoids getting bogged down in technical details. More technical aspects, such as grammatical, textual, and historical problems, are dealt with in footnotes, special notes, and appendixes—enabling the main text of the commentary to remain highly readable and accessible.


One unusual aspect of this series is that it is continually being updated, with older volumes sometimes being revised or replaced with newer volumes more conversant with contemporary scholarship. We're very pleased to be able to include a second module (NICNT2-3) containing the three newest NICNT volumes: a new commentary on the Gospel of John by J. Ramsey Michaels, one on the letter of James by Scot McKnight, and the Epistle to the Hebrews by Gareth Lee Cockerill. These can be compared side-by-side with the older commentaries on these books by Leon Morris, James B. Adamson, and F. F. Bruce.

The Accordance edition of this series has been painstakingly developed to take full advantage of the software's capabilities. Intelligent search fields, instant abbreviations, thousands of links to other Accordance resources, and more enable you to access these commentaries like never before.


These volumes of NICNT retail for more than $1000 in print, but we're offering them for just $639.99. Click here to order.

This article was updated March 2014 to indicate additional volumes.