Jun 13, 2014 Matt Kenyon

Is Context King?

You’ve probably heard the universal maxim of the “three rules” of real estate: “location, location, location.” Similarly, it could be argued that three crucial rules of Biblical interpretation are “context, context, context.”

One of the very first things a good English teacher will teach you is to find the author’s intent in literature. Whether it’s Lord of the Flies, Dr. Seuss, or the Bible, we should be asking ourselves, “What is the author trying to say here?” OutofPlace

It seems that the overall “feel” of our post-modern culture has reduced the importance of context and hermenuetics in favor of an “I think, I feel” style of interpretation. “I feel that this passage is ______, I think this could be applied ______.” To suggest that there is an objective meaning to a passage can even offend some people!

If we believe these writings — and their authors — have a sacred quality to them, we dare not ignore the important contextual surroundings that help us to grasp what the author is trying to convey to us. Understanding the vantage point from which he writes is almost as crucial as understanding the nature of the text itself.

Romans, for example, is a letter, in which Paul builds an argument brick-by-brick. He spends the first half discussing the bad news of the human condition, and suddenly erupts with exuberant hope and good news in chapter eight. If you stopped reading at chapter seven, you would think the book is fatalistic and depressing. If you only read chapters eight to sixteen, you’d be confused as to why this news would even be “good” at all.

Song of Songs is a poem, Proverbs relies on the reader having some common sense, and James is addressing a moral problem in Jerusalem.

We see the symptoms of this cultural context ignorance in the typical anti-theistic activist or “vocal” skeptic, who points to laws in Leviticus and cries foul that we’re not still slaughtering bulls and goats. Thinking they’ve dismantled the Bible’s credibility as a whole, what they’ve really done is demonstrated sloppy scholarship and lack of attention to… yes, you guessed it, context.

Beyond just demonstrating the ancient Israelite context of ceremonial laws or the allegorical nature of Revelation, Accordance can help you go deeper — way deeper, and glean incalculable riches from the Word.

What makes the Bible both a unique and challenging study experience is its broad range of historical, social, cultural, and religious contexts. It can often be overwhelming, even to the scholar. Some things may be confusing or downright contradictory. In our tough stuff sale, we want to encourage you to study divergent opinions on difficult texts and interpretations. These will help you to “solve” some of those passage predicaments.

Dr. J has just recorded an excellent podcast which demonstrates how and why to study a passage in context:

It’s enough to make the heart of the dedicated scholar or pastor burst for joy. But, er, don’t take me out of context there.


 

Feb 24, 2014 Julie Palmer

Latest Zondervan Releases

In the last several months, Accordance has released a number of significant works including commentary sets (Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries, New Interpreter’s One Volume), study Bibles (HCSB, Wesley), and original language modules (Göttingen LXX Psalms/Odes and Esther, DSSB Variants, Masora Thesaurus).

We are pleased to announce the release of nine new modules from Zondervan that represent a wide range of interests and study needs. There are several popular titles alongside a few that may be new to you. Regardless, at these introductory prices, this is a great time to consider adding them to your electronic library.

Please note that these sale prices expire March 10, 2014 (11:59pm EST) and cannot be combined with other discounts.

Zondervan Atlas

 

While most atlases are heavy on maps and charts, the Zondervan Atlas complements these with many photographic images to help the lands of the Bible come alive. Also helpful is that this atlas provides both a geographic section organized by region as well as a historical section organized chronologically from Eden to the Fall of Jerusalem. (Revised edition of the award-winning Zondervan NIV Atlas of the Bible.)

Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $27.99


Devotions GNT_120

 

Devotions on the Greek New Testament

To maintain or improve one's knowledge of Greek, integration into some part of daily life is vital. What better way to incorporate this principle than with a devotional book? Devotions on the Greek New Testament offers both instruction and inspiration through 52 devotions written by 31 Greek scholars. Each reading springboards from a particular passage from the GNT focusing on a variety of exegetical approaches: grammatical, lexical, rhetorical, sociohistorical, linguistic, etc. Even readers without a knowledge of Greek will benefit from this exposure to the Greek New Testament.

Regular Price: $16.99 Sale Price: $11.99


Journeys of Faith

 

Journeys of Faith

Conversions by former Evangelicals to Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Anglicanism are more common today than they were even twenty years ago. Four personal stories written from various angles, Journeys of Faith will provide an insider’s glimpse into what motivates some to move from one branch of Christianity to another.

Regular Price: $18.99 Sale Price: $13.49


Case for Christ_120

The Case for Christ

Investigative reporter by trade and self-described atheist, Lee Strobel retraces and chronicles his journey to becoming a Christian. After the conversion of his wife, Strobel launched an all-out investigation into the facts surrounding the case for Christianity.  Follow his investigation through history, science, archaeology, and literature as he presents his case for the historical reliability of the New Testament.

Regular Price: $14.99 Sale Price: $10.49


Case for Faith

The Case for Faith

While above-mentioned The Case for Christ examines the validity of the New Testament, The Case for Faith seeks to answers objections to Christianity, including evolution, the problem of evil, the contradiction between miracles and science, the claim that Jesus is the only way to God, and the church’s history of oppression and violence.

Regular Price: $14.99 Sale Price: $10.49


History of OT Criticism_120

A Brief History of Old Testament Criticism

From Benedict Spinoza in the mid-1600s to Brevard Childs at the turn of the 21st century, this brief history presents a chronological development of significant theories and strategies in modern Old Testament interpretation. This overview is unique in that it humanizes the content by first discussing the life and culture of the scholar, and then exploring a significant aspect of their contribution to Old Testament criticism.

Regular Price: $16.99 Sale Price: $11.99


Longman-Introducing OT_120

Introducing the Old Testament

Introducing the Old Testament is a concise abridgment of Longman and Dillard’s An Introduction to the Old Testament. As expected in an Old Testament survey, this book provides content, authorship, and genre data for each Old Testament book. Longman, however, also provides a section within each Old Testament book that draws specific connections to the New Testament inviting the reader to see a unified story from Genesis to Revelation.

Regular Price: $14.99 Sale Price: $10.49


Messianic Judaism

Introduction to Messianic Judaism

Through a balanced collection of essays by both the Messianic Jewish community and Gentile Christians, this book provides an accessible examination of the ecclesial context and biblical foundations of the diverse Messianic Jewish movement. The essays address all the major questions of faith (both now and in the 1st century) and allows readers to dig into the roots of early Christianity from Jewish eyes.

Regular Price: $26.99 Sale Price: $18.99


Purpose Driven Church
The Purpose Driven Church

“The issue is church health, not church growth!” Rick Warren follows up his world-renowned Purpose Driven Life with a landmark book that highlights the need for churches to shift their focus to people-building principles as opposed to church-building programs. This book guides leaders through the process of developing a healthy people-building strategy.

Regular Price: $21.99 Sale Price: $15.49


 

Feb 4, 2014 David Lang

Where New Ideas Get Vetted

Have you ever seen the Schoolhouse Rock cartoon, "I'm Just a Bill?" It chronicles the seemingly interminable process by which an idea for new legislation becomes a bill that must wait on Capitol Hill until it can finally be voted into law. I received numerous lessons in Civics and American Government growing up, but none made as deep an impression on me as this three-minute cartoon.

This tongue-in-cheek presentation highlights both the strength and weakness of the American legislative process. On the one hand, the system of checks and balances makes it difficult for a new idea to get voted and signed into law. Yet by the time a new law is passed, chances are it has been thoroughly vetted and debated until a consensus has been reached. At least, that's how things are supposed to work.

A similar cartoon could be made about new interpretive insights, theological ideas, and archaeological discoveries related to the Bible. Long before such new ideas find their way into commentaries and dictionaries, they typically get published in scholarly journals and professional magazines. There they get reviewed, challenged, and refined by various scholars and professionals until they become seen as viable possibilities. Only then will they receive mention in a new commentary or dictionary, at which point a wider audience of pastors, teachers, and students will become exposed to them.

The strength of this process is that only the strongest new ideas and interpretive innovations reach a wide audience, while the ill-conceived notions and theological fads hopefully end up as nothing more than curious footnotes in the history of Biblical interpretation. Still, there is a downside to this vetting process: namely, that most of us only interact with a brief summary of these ideas presented in the context of a commentary or dictionary article. We rarely get to examine the full arguments for or against these ideas.

That's where it is helpful to be able to examine archives of the actual journals where this vetting process takes place. For example, I recently taught about the sin of Ham in Genesis 9, a notoriously difficult passage because the nature of Ham's sin is not altogether clear. Was it merely voyeurism or did it go beyond that? When I checked a recent commentary, it summarized the history of that passage's interpretation, and mentioned a relatively new view—that Ham's sin was actually maternal incest. Unfortunately, the commentary only gave a brief summary of this view, and I didn't feel I knew enough to judge its merits. However, the commentary did include a footnote citing an article in the Journal of Biblical Literature (JBL). Since I have that journal archive in Accordance, it was a simple matter to find the cited article and examine the reasoning behind this unusual interpretation. Had I not had JBL in Accordance, I would have had to drive an hour to the local seminary to try to find that particular journal article, and honestly, I never would have bothered.

This is just one of many examples I could give of the value of having journal archives in Accordance. Commentaries will sometimes mention important archeological discoveries which shed light on a passage, but they never cover them with the same depth as the Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), so I frequently search the BAR Archive for any references to my passage of study, ancient peoples, places, etc. Through the Theological Journal Library I have access to more than 550 years' worth of major evangelical journals—many of which are linked to directly from other Accordance commentaries, reference works, and monographs. If you want to be able to go beyond the overviews to check the sources, journal archives like these are an important addition to your Accordance library.

To help you expand your collection of journals, we're now offering deep discounts on all our journal archives—but only for a limited time.

Please note: these prices cannot be combined with other discounts.

These journal collections are on sale now through February 10, 2014 (11:59pm EST). Be sure to take advantage of this sale, and you too can begin checking sources and digging deeper.


 

Aug 27, 2013 Darin Allen

Accordance 10 Roundup: Ultimate Collection

Collection Tiers

Thanks for checking out today's Accordance 10 Roundup post! Be sure to check out the earlier posts below as well.

Starter Collection
Bible Study Collection
Original Languages Collection
Essential Collection
Advanced Collection

Ultimate Collection Overview

ultimate collection

We pulled out all the stops for the Ultimate Collection. This massive theological library builds upon our Advanced Collection and includes a wealth of tagged Bibles, tagged ancient texts, cutting-edge original language tools, in-depth commentaries, specialized Bible dictionaries, detailed history works, a myriad of theological writings, engaging graphics, and much more. This Collection is designed for those who want the very best Bible study tools at an incredible value. In particular, if you would like access to a large variety of high-quality commentaries and lexicons, the Ultimate Collection offers incredible savings over purchasing these resources individually. Altogether, this Collection offers more than $17,000 in print value for just $1,999.99.

 

Ultimate Collection Video Overview

Module Highlights

In addition to many new tools, the Advanced Collection also includes every module in the Starter Collection, Bible Study Collection, Original Languages Collection, Essential Collection, and Advanced Collection. You can click on the respective images below to learn about some of the standout modules in each of those Collections.

starter collection-sm
bible study-sm
original languages-sm
essential collection-sm advanced collection-sm

Below are some of the new modules in the Ultimate Collection that I have found helpful in my own Bible study.

BDAG

bdag The Greek-English Lexicon on the New Testament (BDAG) is the gold standard of Greek lexicons. This phenomenal tool is the most exhaustive lexicon of New Testament Greek available. The wealth of references, both to Scripture and extrabiblical sources, is quite impressive. BDAG does an excellent job of breaking down the range of meaning for each word, listing all the appropriate Scripture references in each corresponding section. BDAG uses an outline format that is easy to follow (although the many links and abbreviations can feel cluttered), and abbreviations are hyperlinked, making it much easier to keep track of what they all mean.

Individual Price: $159.99


HALOT

halot The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) is the counterpoint to BDAG, as the preferred Hebrew lexicon by many scholars. This lexicon lists Hebrew words alphabetically, and it includes cross-references to other words with the same root. There is an impressive amount of information here, including many references to Akkadian, Arabic, and Ugaritic. You do not need to know all these languages to benefit from HALOT though, as the English definitions and abundant Scripture references are enough to give you a good idea about a word's meaning in various passages.


Individual Price: $199.99


New International Greek Testament Commentary (13 volumes)

NIGTC-Revelation-cover 120 The NIGTC is one of my favorite commentary series, and certainly my favorite commentary for dealing with Greek. This commentary requires a working knowledge of Greek, as it does not transliterate or translate each Greek word. However, those who do know Greek will find a goldmine of exegetical insights in these volumes. The main drawback is that this series does not cover every book of the New Testament. However, the included volumes are some of the highest ranked volumes on bestcommentaries.com.


Individual Price: $499.99


New American Commentary (38 volumes)

NAC-NTcover The New American Commentary series is written for those who want to understand and expound the Scriptures. The NAC's primary goal is to help readers understand and interpret Scripture. The authors write from a conservative theological perspective, focusing mainly on the text of the Bible itself rather than on secondary literature. The authors address issues such as historical context, literary structure, theological implications, and more. A major benefit of this commentary is that it covers the majority of biblical books and most volumes offer a good amount of depth.


Individual Price: $549.99


Holman Old and New Testament Commentaries (32 volumes)

HOTC-Isaiah The Holman Commentary series was written for pastors, teachers, and students of the Bible. I like the Holman series because the commentary is easy to follow, and also because it offers some good devotional applications. There is a convenient summary at the end of each passage called "In a Nutshell" that helps you to remember a core takeaway from the commentary. There is also a sample prayer at the end of each section that relates to the passage, which is a good way to apply your intellectual learning toward your spiritual growth. Preachers will also appreciate the teaching outline that is included in each section.


Individual Price: $299.99


Church Fathers (Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post-Nicene)

a-bundle-sm This bundle includes all 37 volumes of the Church Fathers' writings (Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post-Nicene). These volumes are a wonderful way to grow in your understanding about the history of the Christian Church, especially if you aren't currently familiar with the writings of these early Christian leaders. It is fascinating to learn about some of the issues the early Church was dealing with, and to learn from the wisdom of the Church Fathers. These writings include copious footnotes that make it easy to see where the Church Fathers are quoting or alluding to Scripture.


Individual Price: $129.99


Greek Manuscripts

a-text-sm The Ultimate Collection includes several Greek manuscripts that are useful for text-criticism studies. You can stack these manuscripts on top of one another via the Dynamic Interlinear, allowing you to easily identify textual variants betwen them. While the NA28 apparatus is also a great way to learn about textual variants, it is pretty exciting to see these variants for yourself by comparing the manuscripts side-by-side. Also, while it might be cost-prohibitive to purchase these  manuscripts individually, it is great to get them all included in the Ultimate Collection.



These are the included manuscripts:

Individual Price: $39.99-$69.99 each


Other Notable Modules:

 

Ready to Buy?

ultimate collection


The Ultimate Collection offers our best set of Bible study tools at our best value.
If you are a new Accordance user, or if you do not have a custom upgrade path to the Ultimate Collection, just click on the Buy Now button below to add this product to your cart.

 

Price: $1,999.99

Buy Now 2

 

 

Upgrade Paths

If you own the Accordance 9 Mega Bundle, Accordance 9 Original Language Bundle, or the Accordance 10 Essential Collection, you have a custom upgrade path to the Advanced Collection. Follow the link below to discover your upgrade path.

 

discover


If you own a different Accordance 9 Collection or an Accordance 8 Scholar's Collection, you may still qualify for a special 10% discount by double upgrading (first to Essential, then to Ultimate). Contact our friendly sales team by email, phone, or live chat to ask about this option.


Feel free to post any questions you might have about the Ultimate Collection in the comments below, and thanks for check out our Accordance 10 Roundup series!


 

Aug 26, 2013 Darin Allen

Accordance 10 Roundup: Advanced Collection

Collection Tiers

Thanks for checking out today's Accordance 10 Roundup post! Be sure to check out the earlier posts below as well.

Starter Collection
Bible Study Collection
Original Languages Collection
Essential Collection

Advanced Collection Overview

advanced collection

The Advanced Collection is a premium library of research-grade Bible texts and study tools. This set includes everything in the Essential Collection, and builds upon that foundation by adding a wealth of new Bible commentaries, dictionaries, original language tools, historical works, theological writings, and translated ancient texts. It is worth noting that this is the first Collection to include the BHS and NA28 apparatus tools, making it a good choice for those interested in text-critical studies. The Advanced Collection also adds high-end commentaries that pastors are sure to love. In fact, the value of new commentaries alone justifies making the jump from the Essential Collection to the Advanced Collection. Altogether, this Collection offers more than $10,000 of print value for just $999.99.

 

Advanced Collection Video Overview

Module Highlights

In addition to many new tools, the Advanced Collection also includes every module in the Starter Collection, Bible Study Collection, Original Languages Collection, and Essential Collection. You can click on the respective images below to learn about some of the standout modules in each of those Collections.

starter collection-sm

bible study-sm

original languages-sm


essential collection-sm

Below are some of the new modules in the Advanced Collection that I have found helpful in my own Bible study.


Pillar New Testament Commentary (14 volumes)

pill-matt The Pillar New Testament Commentary offers some of the best scholarship on New Testament passages that you will find. These volumes offer solid exegetical insights that help readers understand the meaning of the text. The authors discuss Greek words and phrases, but these are transliterated and explained, so you don't need to be a Greek expert. Pillar also addresses issues relevant to contemporary debate, but it it doesn't get bogged down in technical details. The main downside is that this series doesn't cover every book of the New Testament yet, but the volumes it does cover are excellent.


Individual Price: $399.99


John Phillips Exploring Commentary Set (27 volumes)

Phillips-set-smThe John Phillips' Exploring  Commentary is a wonderful resource for pastors, Sunday school teachers, and students. Preachers will especially benefit from these volumes, as Dr. Phillips includes detailed outlines, illustrations, and quotations that can be used for sermons and lessons. The Phillips commentary will be especially useful for those that follow an expository teaching method (this is how the outlines are structured), but others will still appreciate Phillips' down-to-earth comments and exegetical insights. His style is also quite devotional, making this a good resource for personal growth.

Individual Price: $199.99


IVP Reference Collection (14 unique reference works)

ivp This set is one of my favorite Accordance bundles. It includes 14 unique reference works, including a variety of commentaries and dictionaries. Some of these tools are general, like the New Bible Dictionary, while others are more focused, like the Dictionary of the Later New Testament and its Developments. I'm especially a fan of the OT and NT Bible Background Commentaries, which offer great historical insights about the world fo the Bible. The only potential drawback is that these are all one-volume resources, so they don't always offer the level of depth that you will need on a given subject.


Individual Price: $144.99


BHS Hebrew Bible with morphological tagging and apparatus

BHScover-sm This is the full BHS text, complete with text-critical apparatus. The text itself includes sigla marks to identify the apparatus notes, and the apparatus tool scrolls in sync with the text as you read. This is an indespensible tool for anyone who plans on doing text-critical work with the Hebrew Bible. The text is also morphologically tagged, allowing you to search the Hebrew Bible grammatically. For example, you can search for all nifal 2nd person imperfect verbs in the Hebrew Bible. This tagging also allows you to view cross-highlighting with your English text just by hovering over a word.

Individual Price: $109.99


NA28 Greek New Testament with morphological tagging and apparatus

NA28_120 This is the full NA28 text, complete with text-critical apparatus. The text includes sigla marks to identify apparatus notes, and the apparatus tool scrolls in sync with the text as you read. The 28th edition received a number of updates over the NA27, which you can learn about in our NA28 release post. This text is also morphologically tagged, allowing you to view Instant Details and cross-highlighting by hovering your cursor over a word. This also allows you to search the NA28 using morphological tags in both the main search view and the graphical construct window.


Individual Price: $109.99


BDB Complete Hebrew Lexicon

bdb This complete edition of BDB includes all the information found in the print edition, but it is organized in an easy-to-follow outline format. Our developers personally went through the entire BDB, organizing entries into indented sections and optimizing the layout for readability. We also included all of the scripture references found in the print edition, which are hyperlinked and fully integrated with Instant Details. This means you can hover your cursor over any verse reference to instantly view the full text. If you use the BDB Abridged as one of your main lexicons, you'll love this Complete edition.


Individual Price: $69.99


Other Notable Modules:

 

Ready to Buy?

advanced collection


The Advanced Collection offers a premium library of English, Greek, and Hebrew Bible study tools.
If you are a new Accordance user, or if you do not have a custom upgrade path to the Advanced Collection, just click on the Buy Now button below to add this product to your cart.

 

Regular Price: $999.99

Buy Now 2

 

 

Upgrade Paths

If you own the Accordance 9 Bible Study Bundle or the Accordance 10 Essential Collection, you have a custom upgrade path to the Advanced Collection. Follow the link below to discover your upgrade path.

 

discover


If you own a different Accordance 9 Collection or an Accordance 8 Scholar's Collection, you may still qualify for a special 10% discount by double upgrading (first to Essential, then to Advanced). Contact our friendly sales team by email, phone, or live chat to ask about this option.


Feel free to post any questions you might have about the Advanced Collection in the comments below. I'll be posting on the Ultimate Collection next, so stay connected!


 

Aug 23, 2013 Darin Allen

Accordance 10 Roundup: Essential Collection

Collection Tiers

Essential Collection Overview

essential collection

The Essential Collection is our first Collection to combine English Bible study resources with Greek and Hebrew tools. As a result, it is one of our most popular Collections. It combines everything in the Starter Collection, Bible Study Collection, and Original Languages Collection, then adds our 3D Atlas, interactive Timeline, and Bible Lands PhotoGuide. The resulting Collection is a diverse and extensive library full of Bible translations, commentaries, dictionaries, devotionals, Greek and Hebrew tools, interactive graphics, and more. The Essential Collection offers over $6,000 in print value, but it will only run you $499.99. Many Accordance 8 and 9 users also have custom upgrade paths to the Essential Collection, so be sure to check the Upgrades section below.

 

Essential Collection Video Overview

Module Highlights

The Essential Collection includes every module in the Starter Collection, Bible Study Collection, and Original Languages Collection combined. I've already covered many of the standout modules in these Collections, so click on the respective images below to read those posts.

starter collection

bible study

original languages

In addition to the modules in these Collections, the Essential Collection also adds three exciting new graphics tools, so I will focus on these modules for today's post.

 

Accordance Bible Atlas 2.2

Atlas_10_120The Accordance Bible Atlas is unlike anything else you will find in Bible software. While many Bible apps provide a set of static 2D maps, the Accordance Bible Atlas is fully interactive, allowing you to customize the display with different cities, regions, journeys, battle routes, and more. The journeys and routes are all animated, allowing you to see where biblical figures traveled. You can even select a custom area on the map to see a 3D view of the topography in that area. It's incredibly cool, and a great way to explore the biblical world.

Individual Price: $89.99


Accordance Timeline

Timeline_120The Accordance Timeline allows you to view timelines of ancient Israel, Egypt, Rome, Persia, Greece, Asia, Mesopotamia, and Aram. This is a great way to see what is happening in different regions of the Ancient Near East, comparing them side-by-side. For each of these timelines, you can view data sets for rulers, individuals, books, and important events. Creative types can even add their own user-created regions, people, and events. Best of all, the Accordance Timeline is fully interactive, allowing you to customize which regions and data sets are visible at any given time.

Individual Price: $39.99

 

Bible Lands PhotoGuide 3

Photoguide_120The Bible Lands PhotoGuide includes more than 1,600 high resolution images of the biblical world. These images are absolutely beautiful, and they really bring to life the cities and regions you read about in the Bible. While many of these images are from areas with high tourist traffic, the photographers were patient and careful to capture shots with little to no human presence. These full-color images are ideal for sermon and teaching slides, as you can copy and paste them into any PowerPoint or Keynote presentation.

Individual Price: $79.99


Ready to Buy?

essential collection


The Essential Collection offers an extensive library of English, Greek, and Hebrew Bible study tools.
If you are a new Accordance user, or if you do not have a custom upgrade path to the Essential Collection, just click on the Buy Now button below to add this product to your cart.

 

Regular Price: $499.99

Buy Now 2

 

 

Upgrade Paths

If you own an Accordance 8 Scholar's Collection or an Accordance 9 Collection or bundle, you may have a custom upgrade path to the Essential Collection. Follow the link below to discover your upgrade path.

 

discover

 


Feel free to post any questions you might have about the Essential Collection in the comments below. I'll be posting on the remaining Accordance 10 Collections in the coming days, so stay connected!


 

Aug 21, 2013 Darin Allen

Accordance 10 Roundup: Original Languages Collection

Collection Tiers

Original Languages Collection Overview

original languages

The Original Languages Collection is designed for scholars, students, and those who want to study the Bible in Greek and Hebrew. It is important to note that this Collection is almost entirely focused on original language tools, so it isn’t for everyone. If you also want a variety of Bible translations, commentaries, dictionaries, devotionals, preaching helps, and theological works, you will want to consider one of our larger Collections that combines all of these tools together. However, by keeping this Collection focused on original language tools, we are able to keep the price more affordable for students and those on a budget. Even with a full lineup of Greek and Hebrew texts, grammars, and lexicons, the Original Languages Collection will run you just $299.

 

Original Languages Collection Video Overview

Module Highlights

Here are some of the included modules I’ve found useful in my own Bible study, and some I know others have found useful as well.

Hebrew Bible with Morphological Tagging

HMT-W4 cover-sm The Hebrew Bible included in this Collection is fully tagged, allowing you to search for specific morphological constructions, such as finding all Qal 3rd person masculine singular verbs. The text itself is comparable to the BHS, as both are based on the Leningrad Codex, but it does not include the text-critical apparatus found in the BHS. If you would like to have the apparatus for text-criticism studies, you may want to consider our Advanced Collection, which introduces full apparatus tools for both the BHS Hebrew Bible and NA28 Greek New Testament.

Individual Price: $69.99


Greek New Testament with Morphological Tagging


NA28_120 The Greek New Testament included in this Collection is fully tagged, just like the included Hebrew Bible. The text itself is identical to the NA28, but it does not include the  NA28 text-critical apparatus. If you are interested in the apparatus, it is included in both the Advanced and Ultimate Collections, or you can purchase it as an add-on. The tagging in this text allows you to see cross-highlighting with the words in the included NRSVS and ESVS Bibles. This is a great way to make connections between the words in your English Bible and the Greek or Hebrew words they are translated from.


Individual Price: $59.99


Rahlfs’ Greek Septuagint (LXX) with Morphological Tagging


LXXCover-sm When we were putting together the new Accordance 10 Collections, we made it a priority to include solid tools for studying the Septuagint, even in this foundational Collection. Rahlfs' Greek Septuagint is a good foundational text for LXX studies, and this module is morphologically tagged for advanced searching. For example, you can use morphological tags to search for all the cases where θεος is used in the plural form. While this text does not support cross-highlighting (due to the lack of key numbers for the LXX), it does support the new MT-LXX Interlinear Database, which I recommend as an add-on.


Individual Price: $89.99


New English Translation of the Septuagint (NETS)

nets-cover While I love having the Rahlfs’ LXX in the Original Languages Collection, my LXX comprehension is still quite limited. As a result, I’ve found the New English Translation of the Septuagint to be a very useful tool for identifying substantial differences between the LXX and Masoretic text. I will often use this resource in a workspace that places the ESVS, NETS, LXX1 (Rahlf’s), and HMT-W4 (Hebrew Bible) side-by-side. This allows me to quickly identify fundamental differences between the ESVS and NETS, and then go in for a closer look in the original languages.



Individual Price: $29.99


Brown-Driver-Briggs (BDB) Abridged Hebrew Lexicon

bdb Even though it was originally published in 1906, The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon (BDB) is still widely used today for Hebrew studies. In fact, BDB was the lexicon I used when learning Hebrew in seminary several years back. Granted, this probably had more to do with to the prohibitive cost of superior tools like HALOT than it did with anything else, but I still found BDB to be an excellent lexicon for my Hebrew studies. The Original Languages Collection includes the Abridged BDB, but you can find the Complete edition (which includes all the hyperlinked verse references) in the Advanced and Ultimate Collections.

Individual Price: $29.99


Louw & Nida Greek Lexicon based on Semantic Domains

louw & nida This Greek-English lexicon arranges New Testament Greek words into 93 semantic domains, such as Plants, Animals, Artifacts, Agriculture, Time, Attitudes and Emotions, etc. This structure enables readers to identify words that are different lexically, but similar semantically. The advantage of this approach is that it helps readers make connections between words that are similar in meaning. While this lexicon doesn’t offer many Scripture examples for each word (typically only one or two), it does a good job of defining each word. I also find the format more readable than some of the exhaustive lexicons like BDAG.


Individual Price: $39.99


Spicq Theological Lexicon of the New Testament

spicq While Ceslas Spicq’s Theological Lexicon of the New Testament is missing some key Greek words, it offers insightful articles on the words it does cover. These articles offer considerable depth and include fantastic bibliographical notes for further study. In many ways, the format reminds me somewhat of the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, although Spicq’s articles aren’t nearly as lengthy. Spicq’s readability and depth make it a great lexicon to consult first when possible, but you will also need to use Thayer’s or Louw & Nida as a backup when Spicq is missing the word you are studying.

Individual Price: $59.99


Jenni-Westermann Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament

jenni-westerman Like Spicq, the Jenni-Westermann lexicon isn't comprehensive, but it offers outstanding articles on the Hebrew words that it does cover. This lexicon goes beyond what many other Hebrew lexicons discuss, offering form-critical and tradition-critical insights in addition to etymological and grammatical discussions. The result is a series of concise, well-structured articles that offer conclusions, discussion of controversies, and references to important literature. There are also a wealth of hyperlinked Scripture references and many bibliographical references to extrabiblical material.

Individual Price: $69.99


Other Notable Modules
:


Ready to Buy?

original languages


The Original Languages Collection gives you everything you need for first-year Hebrew, Greek, and LXX studies.
If you feel like this is the right Collection for you, just click on the Buy Now button below to add this product to your cart. There is no custom upgrade path to the Original Languages Collection, so regardless of whether you are buying Accordance for the first time or upgrading to Accordance 10 from an earlier version, the Buy Now button below is the correct product in both cases.

Regular Price: $299.99

Buy Now 2



 

Aug 20, 2013 Darin Allen

Accordance 10 Roundup: Bible Study Collection

Collection Tiers

Bible Study Collection Overview

bible study

The Bible Study Collection Includes everything in the Starter Collection, plus a whole lot more. The emphasis here is on English Bible study resources, i.e. not Greek and Hebrew tools. Specifically, the Bible Study Collection includes an assortment of Bible translations, commentaries, dictionaries, preaching helps, historical works, theological writings, and devotionals. It does not include many original language tools, so Greek and Hebrew buffs will want to consider one of our higher-level Collections. However, if you plan on studying the Bible primarily in English, the Bible Study Collection is an excellent choice for personal growth and theological studies. Altogether, this Collection includes about $4,000 worth of print materials, so the $199.99 purchase price is a great value.

 

Bible Study Collection Video Overview

Module Highlights

Here are some standout modules in the Bible Study Collection I have found useful in my own Bible study.

Bibles Tagged with Key Numbers

NIV11-cover-sm The Bible Study Collection offers 24 Bible translations, including many of the most popular Bible translations used today. The NIV, HCSB, NKJV, ESV, and KJV are especially notable, as they are all tagged with key numbers. This tagging allows you to search for Greek and Hebrew words right from your English Bible. For example, not only can you search for the English word “heavens” but you can also search for its key number (H8064) to find the Hebrew word shamayim that “heavens” is translated from. Key numbers also powerful features to your Bibles, such as cross-highlighting, Instant Details, and the Dynamic Interlinear. Check out the video below to see these features in action.

Individual Bible Prices: $9.99-$39.99 each



Tyndale Commentary Set (49 volumes)

Tyndale Commentary_120 Without a doubt, the Tyndale Commentary set is the crown jewel of the Bible Study Collection. This 49-volume set normally runs $219.99 on its own, making it an incredible value for those purchasing this Collection. This commentary offers scholarly insight for students and pastors, but the writing style is still highly accessible. It regularly discusses Greek and Hebrew words, but always transliterates them, so you don’t need to have any formal training with Greek or Hebrew to benefit from these sections. While some verses are grouped together, in most cases the Tyndale Commentary provides detailed verse-by-verse commentary, going into considerable depth for each individual verse.

Individual Price: $219.99


Bible Knowledge Commentary

bk commentary The Bible Knowledge Commentary may not go into quite as much depth as the Tyndale Commentary, but it is still an excellent resource in its own right. The authors write from a dispensationalist perspective, but they often address various interpretive viewpoints where they exist. The commentary focuses on helping readers understand the meaning of a passage, and sometimes discusses applications as well. Many Greek and Hebrew words are discussed, and while the Greek and Hebrew spelling is used (rather than transliterations), the authors do a good job of defining these words as they are mentioned.

Individual Price: $49.99


Life Application Study Bible Notes

life app study bibleThe Life Application Study Bible was the first study Bible I ever used. Before I ever discovered commentaries or Bible dictionaries, this study Bible offered me insight about challenging passages and helped me figure out some of the ways I could apply Scripture to my daily life. The writing style is highly accessible and appeals to a broad Christian audience. It has a devotional focus, so it won’t be the right tool in all cases, but I still find myself drawn to this resource for personal Bible study and spiritual growth.



Individual Price: $29.99


Experiencing God Day by Day

eg day by day The Experiencing God series has personal significance for me, as the Experiencing God workbook was the first structured Bible study I began after joining a small group in high school. The series puts a strong emphasis on knowing God personally, listening for His voice, and joining Him in His work. The Bible Study Collection includes both the main book and the Day by Day devotional, which offers a brief lesson and Scripture passage for each day of the year. The Day by Day devotional focuses on the same core themes from the main book, and I've really enjoyed using this for my personal devotions.


Individual Price: $29.99 (Included with Experiencing God)


Net Notes

netbible-coverIn my opinion, the Net Notes are perhaps one of the most underutilized Bible study tools out there. These notes are included with the NET Bible, but they are far more robust than what you will typically find in such Bible notes. In fact, they are more akin to a study Bible or textual commentary. There are four different types of notes: study notes, translators’ notes, text-critical notes, and map notes. The study notes are similar to what you might find in a study Bible; the translator’s notes offer discussion about some of the decisions made by the NET Bible translators; the text-critical notes offer insights about manuscripts and variant readings; and the map notes link to the included maps in the NET Bible. All in all, it’s a diverse and rich module, especially for those with a penchant for scholarly tools.

Individual Price: $19.99 (included with NET Bible)


Other Notable Modules:


Ready to Buy?

bible study


The Bible Study Collection offers a broad selection of English Bibles and devotional study tools.
If you feel like this is the right Collection for you, just click on the Buy Now button below to add this product to your cart. There is no custom upgrade path to the Bible Study Collection, so regardless of whether you are buying Accordance for the first time or upgrading to Accordance 10 from an earlier version, the Buy Now button below is the correct product in both cases.

Regular Price: $199.99

Buy Now 2


Feel free to post any questions you might have about the Bible Study Collection in the comments below. I'll be posting on the remaining Accordance 10 Collections in the coming days, so stay connected!


 

Aug 19, 2013 Darin Allen

Accordance 10 Roundup: Starter Collection

Collection Tiers

If you are thinking about purchasing a new Accordance 10 Collection, you might be wondering which Collection is right for you. It’s an understandable question, as each Accordance Collection includes dozens, if not hundreds, of modules. To help you in your decision process, I thought it might be helpful to write a series of blog posts that focus on each of our six Collections, highlighting some of the modules I’ve personally found useful in my own Bible study, and those I know others have found useful.

Starter Collection Overview

starter collection For today’s post, I will be covering the Starter Collection, the most affordable way to get up and running with Accordance 10. Despite its low price point, the Starter Collection gives you everything you need for basic Bible study in Accordance. Namely, it includes a modern Bible translation tagged with key numbers, a modern Bible dictionary, a modern Bible commentary that covers every book of the Bible, and intro-level Greek and Hebrew dictionaries for basic word studies. The Starter Collection even includes a complete Greek New Testament (textus receptus) tagged with Strong’s numbers, allowing you to see cross-highlighting between Greek and English words. These are just some of the highlights, as the Starter Collection also includes over a dozen other modules for your Bible study. Even with all this, the Starter Collection will run you just $49.99, an incredible value.

Starter Collection Video Overview

Module Highlights

Here are some standout modules in the Starter Collection that I have found useful in my own Bible study.

ESV with Strong’s Numbers

ESVsm The Starter Collection includes six English Bible translations, but the ESVS is the most modern of these translations. In terms of translation philosophy, the ESV falls into the "formal equivalence" category—meaning the translators err on the side of a literal, word-for-word translation from the original Greek and Hebrew where possible. This makes the ESVS a good companion for original language studies, because individual English words often match up with individual Greek and Hebrew words. The ESVS is also tagged with Strong’s numbers, allowing you to search for key numbers, hover over words to see Instant Details, or add a Dynamic Interlinear to the text.


Greek New Testament Textus Receptus with Strong’s Numbers (GNT-TRS)

a-text-sm The textus receptus served as the basis for most Reformation-era New Testament translations, including the King James Version. It's not the primary Greek text most scholars use today, but it's a good way to get your feet wet with some of the basic original language tools in Accordance. The GNT-TRS is not morphologically tagged, so you won't be able to run grammatical searches, such as finding all the first-person present active indicative verbs. However, it is tagged with Strong's numbers, which means that you can see cross-highlighting with your ESVS and look up Greek words in the Mounce Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament. Speaking of which...


Mounce Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament

a-tool-sm As you use the GNT-TRS, you may come across particular Greek words that you would like to learn more about. That’s  a good time to crack open the Mounce Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament. You can search this resource for Greek words, English definitions, or Strong’s numbers. This dictionary is also linked to the ESVS, allowing you to triple-click on a word in the ESVS’ New Testament to open the Mounce Greek Dictionary right to the entry on that word. This is pretty handy, and certainly an efficient way to learn the general meaning of a particular Greek word. While it’s no substitute for a full-featured Greek lexicon like BDAG, the Mounce Greek Dictionary typically provides a solid gloss definition, and often goes beyond this to list a range of possible meanings.


Kohlenberger/Mounce Concise Hebrew-Aramaic Dictionary

a-tool-sm The Starter Collection does not come with a full Hebrew text, but it does come with the Kohlenberger/Mounce Concise Hebrew-Aramaic Dictionary which will allow you to do Hebrew word studies right from your English Bible. All you need to do is triple-click on a word in the ESVS’ Old Testament to look up its key number in the KM Hebrew Dictionary. This allows you to learn about the underlying Hebrew words behind your English translation. Like the Mounce Concise Greek-English Dictionary, the K/M Hebrew Dictionary can’t compete with a full Hebrew lexicon, but it’s a good starting point for Hebrew word studies and learning about the triple-click feature.


Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible

eerdmans dictionary-sm Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible is a one-volume Bible dictionary with nearly 5,000 entries. Unlike Easton's, this is a modern Bible Dictionary that takes into account recent archaeological discoveries and biblical scholarship. While the articles aren't nearly as in-depth as something like the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, that’s not always a bad thing. In my own study, I find that Eerdmans typically offers a sufficient overview of a given subject while remaining concise. Whenever I come across an unfamiliar person, place, or object in Scripture, Eerdmans usually gives me all the information I need in a single paragraph, and then I get right back to reading Scripture.


IVP New Bible Commentary

ivp-nb commentary The IVP New Bible Commentary is a one-volume commentary that covers every book of the Old and New Testament. It is based on modern biblical research, and similar to the Eerdmans Dictionary, I find that the New Bible Commentary often hits the informational sweet spot. It’s a great way to gain insight and context about a passage without burying you in extraneous information. That being said, there are also times when this commentary glosses over the particular verse I'm interested in, as it often covers a wide range of verses at a time. As a result, those who want at least one in-depth commentary that provides verse-by-verse discussion may want to consider one of our larger Collections.


Other notable modules in the Starter Collection:

 

Ready to Buy?

starter collection


The Starter Collection offers a capable set of introductory Bible study tools for an unbeatable price.
If you feel like this is the right Collection for you, just click on the Buy Now button below to add this product to your cart. There is no custom upgrade path to the Starter Collection, so regardless of whether you are buying Accordance for the first time or upgrading to Accordance 10 from an earlier version, the Buy Now button below is the correct product in both cases.

Regular Price: $49.99

Buy Now 2

 


Feel free to post any questions you might have about the Starter Collection in the comments below. I'll be posting on the remaining Accordance 10 Collections in the coming days, so stay connected. The best is yet to come!


 

Oct 23, 2012 David Lang

Politics According to the Bible?

Voting in a democratic society is an inestimable privilege, but at times it can seem like an overwhelming burden. Every election season, I must decide where I stand on a wide variety of issues I know woefully little about. Suddenly I find myself wishing I were an expert in economics, ethics, environmental science, international diplomacy, and a host of other subjects just so I can render an intelligent decision!

As with other decisions in life, I try to make my voting decisions in accordance with my religious principles. Yet with almost every issue, both sides appeal to the teaching of the Bible to justify their particular viewpoint. Some of these biblically-based arguments I may find compelling; others seem like a bit of a stretch. But why? Is my acceptance or rejection of these arguments based on my own sound exegesis and clear reasoning? Or am I simply more likely to respond to certain kinds of Biblical appeals because of my own uncritical assumptions, emotional reactions, and the influence of my religious community? Sometimes I wonder.

Thankfully, I only have to worry about how I cast my own vote. Those of you in a position of religious leadership—pastors, rabbis, seminary professors, and teachers—may find yourself being asked for guidance when it comes to how your people should vote. Worse still, you may be asked questions about economic policy by congregants who know more about economics than you do, questions about medical ethics by doctors and nurses, questions about the environment by those who have made it their study, etc. How can you help the people under your care apply the Bible to their political decisions without getting in over your head?

Grudem-Politics-LG One resource that attempts to address these kinds of questions is Wayne Grudem's Politics According to the Bible. This new Accordance resource sets out to develop a political philosophy guided by the teaching of the Bible and then apply it to today's pressing political issues. Grudem begins by discussing the proper relationship between religion and government, critiquing five views he considers problematic (Chapter 1) and then promoting what he sees as a "better solution" (Chapter 2). Next he surveys "what the entire Bible teaches about civil government" (Chapter 3) and then lays out what he understands to be a "Biblical Worldview" (Chapter 4). Grudem ends this section of "Basic Principles" by discussing the proper role of the courts (Chapter 5).

After laying this foundation, Grudem devotes the rest of the book to specific political issues, organized under broad topical heads. For example, a chapter on the protection of life deals with everything from abortion to euthanasia to capital punishment. A chapter on economics deals with everything from private property to business to taxes to healthcare. Each of these discussions is relatively concise and self-contained, enabling you to look up an issue without having to read the book from cover to cover. These discussions are helpful in pointing back to the foundational principles discussed earlier in the book, while also introducing specific details about the issue being discussed. Thus, even if you don't agree with Grudem's conclusions, you can use this resource to get a concise summary of the issue and to find passages of the Bible which speak to it.