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Posted by Chuck Schneider on 16 February 2013 - 04:11 PM
Posted by J. T. on 16 April 2013 - 06:06 AM
Don't take the grammar translation approach! It rarely works out well for adults. Kids will adapt to language learning best by immersion (I could point you to numerous articles to substantiate this point).
I am teaching my Son Hebrew, and I do two things. 1. I use the language with him. We walk around the house learning to express ideas about description and identity (מה זה?). I ask him questions in Hebrew, etc. 2. I read to him (EKS also has some children books). I've bought resources from Powell's Books in Portland, who have a rather large offering (≥ 400) of modern Hebrew books. In addition, I let him watch Sesame Street in Hebrew.
He can master the grammar latter in his life, but I cannot stress enough that continued exposure to Hebrew (hearing, listening, reading, using the language) would be far more beneficial—and fun!—than learning a grammatical principle. Don't get me wrong, I am a fanatic about grammar. Yet, I think we do a disservice to ourselves and to others when we read a grammar on a language and think that we "know" a language, yet cannot speak the first sentence in such a language.
Posted by thechrisroberts on 09 October 2012 - 10:16 PM
For an example, visit http://www.enscriptu...n.php?planId=31 notice at the bottom where it outputs the plan there are three links, one of them is "Download html for Accordance User Tool". That will download an html file formatted to be easily recognized by the Accordance User Tool.
Once you download the file, open Accordance and go to File / User Files / Import User Tool and follow its steps. Point it to the html file you downloaded from Enscriptured and it should produce your Bible reading plan.
There are still a few glitches on the Enscriptured side, and one remaining pattern matching issue in Accordance (if a passage spans books, such as Day 31 in my example linked above: Accordance doesn't recognize "Genesis 49:28-Exodus 1:7" as one continuous passage. I can adjust Enscriptured to account for that, I just haven't yet).
As it is, it should be useful for anyone who wants to create their own Bible reading plan and use it in Accordance. Please feel free to offer feedback, either on Enscriptured itself or for the way I format the html file it outputs for Accordance.
Posted by rev.ken.han on 24 December 2012 - 11:16 AM
Thank you and Merry Christmas to you all! You have all helped me to understand Scripture better and serve my congregation. Thank you also for the always prompt support, and the courteous ways you handle questions / requests / complaints from me and others.
Thanks and merry Christmas to all helpful forum members as well!
Posted by JonathanHuber on 03 December 2012 - 04:12 PM
Posted by JonathanHuber on 08 September 2012 - 09:49 AM
Not every edition of the same version even has the same pericope headings, so how is it to be decided which is chosen?
Exactly. This more than anything else illustrates that the headings are not part of the text.
I understand the desire to see the headings on occasion (I opened the NET Bible in parallel recently when reading through Song of Solomon just to have the conversation markers). But there are quite a number of problems with inserting the headings directly into the text. I disagree that the electronic editions need to display everything the same way as the print editions. The ESV also has book introductions- should they be inserted too? I'd like to see the headings in the notes files instead.
Posted by Timothy Jenney on 29 August 2012 - 06:14 AM
What we're writing is not a simple "port" of the Mac program, with all the hassles that brings. We've witnessed what happens to other companies that have tried this approach [in all sorts of software, not just Bible software]. It can be a real mess. We're re-writing Accordance specifically for Windows, to be as fast and fully-featured on Windows as it is on the Mac.
I suspect we'll be seeing a lot of head-to-head speed trials and feature comparisons on identical machines in 2013. May the best program win!
Posted by Timothy Jenney on 29 August 2012 - 06:05 AM
1. Choosing the "Right" Translation for Bible Study
2. Inductive+ Bible Study
3. Choosing Additional Resources Wisely
4. A Series of Three-Step "How-Tos..." (Study a Word*, Study a Person, Study a Place, Study a Book, Study a Topic, etc.)
5. Putting it All Together: Exegeting a Passage
6. Expository Preaching/Teaching
*-this topic will have two sections: one for those using texts with key numbers, one for those with knowledge of Greek and/or Hebrew.
This project has been in the works for some time, but we wanted to wait until the release of Accordance 10. Now, that Acc 10 is in the wild, our screenshots and video clips (yes, the module will contain both) will be up-to-date. We've also had some internal discussion about releasing this on the iBooks platform as well. We'll see...
Posted by JonathanHuber on 28 August 2012 - 12:47 PM
(Disclaimer: I do not work for Accordance.)
Posted by Timothy Jenney on 11 May 2012 - 08:05 AM
Posted by Helen Brown on 02 April 2012 - 10:27 AM
This is a special Scholar's Edition of Accordance designed for an intial purchase by any serious student of the Bible. It includes our usual Scholar's Introductory Level modules together with the ESV with Strong's, the Bible Knowledge Commentary, and the Starter modules. Additional modules purchased on the website can be added to the App Store package through the usual Easy Install.
As more and more new Mac users search for and purchase software only in the App Store, we are confident that our presence in the store will bring Accordance to the attention of many new users.
Posted by Fr. Rich on 26 January 2012 - 11:06 AM
Posted by Michael J. Bolesta on 26 January 2012 - 07:51 AM
I would definitely consider the New Jerome Biblical Commentary.
I would also ask (again) for at least some of the Anchor Yale Bible. It is ecumenical in authorship. A few of the commentaries are classic and would be most welcome: Raymond Brown (John, Johannine letters), Joseph Fitzmyer (Luke, Acts, 1 Corinthians, Philemon).
Posted by D.S.Moses Nickerson on 12 December 2010 - 10:27 AM
What is 'reputation' in user profile and how do you get one?
I believe that the little "+" "-" in the bottom right of each feed contributes to that score. I think the idea is to rate up individual posts that you like or find helpful, which would give that person a "good" reputation. On the flip side if someone is being belligerent, obnoxious, or toeing the line of the guidelines: rate them down.
If we all actually did it, this might be helpful in determining whose advice is the more credible and helpful I suppose.
Posted by Bob Kuo on 06 March 2013 - 12:19 AM
(Note: I'm a theological conservative / Evangelical / Reformed / Protestant. Take what I say with a block of salt.)
I think it depends on the amount of time you have and the type of study that you are doing. It should go without saying but it's always best to make this point explicitly: your first recourse is reading the text and prayer. Those are "free" and really the best investment of your time.
With that said, though I have access to the Greek and the Hebrew when I am preparing quickly for a Bible Study I often open up my favorite study Bibles (ESV Study Bible and Reformation Study Bible) to get a brief overview after reading the text or answer any surface level questions. I feel like the Bible Speaks Today and the Tyndale series are both very good at answering the types of questions that I have or pointing out things that I've missed and the series is very even (i.e. from what I can see all of the books are of the same quality).
When preparing to preach I have much more time and can go more in-depth: for textual issues in the NT I will look at Metzger, Comfort, and the NETS notes. For other textual issues I will consult more technical commentaries (though I don't (yet) own those in Accordance). Some of the public domain or historical commentaries are useful here - like Calvin or Matthew Henry - but only if I have time to sit and digest what they say. Finally, a commentary set like Pillar or NAC tend to deal with many of the issues that I wrestle with while thinking about how to clearly preach a text.
My best advice - pray and read, pray and read. My next best advice - think about the amount of time and the depth you need to go. Though I could crack open my Hermenia commentary there may be too much information! A study Bible may quickly and concisely answer my question. My problem is most often having too much information - getting on rabbit trails or too technical - rather than not having enough.
Posted by luoar on 25 February 2013 - 11:28 AM
I have used different Bible Software programs over the years, some of which have been forgettable, others of which have been horrible, and one of which has been magnificent. (No prizes for guessing which one.)
However, only recently did I discover the value of deciding to use only one program: Accordance. I sold (actually gave away) all my Logos licenses (accumulated over ten years) and decided that I would use only Accordance. It was only then that I began to fully appreciate the power and depth of the program through I had used it for years.
I wonder if other users have experienced something similar by honing in on one brand of software? Is there such a thing a software loyalty? Does such loyalty have a reward? I have found that in my case that it does.
Posted by J. T. on 24 July 2012 - 04:16 PM
Would someone please comment on the differences between "Big Kittel" and "Little Kittle?" Are the differences merely the absence of bibliographies and extra-biblical references or are the differences more comprehensive than that?
There is a girth of information that the Abridged version doesn't entertain; extra biblical references being one of those elements. The differences vary article to article. In addition, the included information of the Big Kittel presents a better research partner for linguistic/theological relationships.
From the Abridged version: "Philological, archeological, and other supporting materials have been drastically reduced, as well as references when fewer are sufficient. Footnotes and bibliographies have both been excluded; interested students can find what they require in the original articles. The focus is on the biblical and especially the New Testament usage, so that the related classical, Hellenistic, apocalyptic, rabbinic, and patristic fields receive more cursory attention. In the biblical sphere itself the emphasis falls on the theological meaning in accordance with the main purpose of the enterprise."
The second part of the above paragraph is not to be overlooked! Basically the abridged version limits itself to the NT corpora only, and not the various strands of historical-theological interpretation by various faith communities.
Posted by Chuck Schneider on 15 March 2012 - 08:31 AM
It's been 2-1/2 years since I first started using Accordance and I'm increasingly thankful for it.
Posted by Rod Decker on 11 February 2011 - 10:52 AM
Josephus poses a similar challenge, but I haven't tackled that one yet--it's a much bigger task.
Posted by Robb Brunansky on 11 December 2010 - 10:35 PM