Reviews by Abram Kielsmeier-Jones
October 14, 2013  |  4:14 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
At the moment of my writing this, the BHS+BHQ costs the same through Accordance as the BHQ alone. So get this one! BHQ is not close to done yet, and Accordance doesn't (as of Oct. 2013) have everything that GBS has published in print for BHQ, but they will eventually, and then those will be added free (just the modules noted at the BHQ Accordance product page).

I've written more about BHS-T and BHQ at the individual product pages.

I certainly don't want to suggest that Accordance ...
At the moment of my writing this, the BHS+BHQ costs the same through Accordance as the BHQ alone. So get this one! BHQ is not close to done yet, and Accordance doesn't (as of Oct. 2013) have everything that GBS has published in print for BHQ, but they will eventually, and then those will be added free (just the modules noted at the BHQ Accordance product page).

I've written more about BHS-T and BHQ at the individual product pages.

I certainly don't want to suggest that Accordance raise the price on this combo deal, but it's an amazing deal for a lot of stuff! Anyone who says Accordance is overpriced, well... they're certainly not in this instance.

I'd give the combo 6 stars if I could.
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October 14, 2013  |  4:10 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
Short review:

Note: Don't forget that if you already have the BHS/HMT text, you can save money and buy just the apparatus as an add-on.

PROs:

*BHS with apparatus in Accordance significantly streamlines study and use of the critical apparatus: The layout is good, the feel is intuitive, and the windows are easy to set up.

*You can quickly see (through a click or hover) what an abbreviation in the apparatus stands for in Latin.

*You can search the apparatus by Greek and ...
Short review:

Note: Don't forget that if you already have the BHS/HMT text, you can save money and buy just the apparatus as an add-on.

PROs:

*BHS with apparatus in Accordance significantly streamlines study and use of the critical apparatus: The layout is good, the feel is intuitive, and the windows are easy to set up.

*You can quickly see (through a click or hover) what an abbreviation in the apparatus stands for in Latin.

*You can search the apparatus by Greek and Hebrew content, and even by abbreviations (if you wanted to know how many times and where the editorial "prp" shows up, for example, you can get that info in seconds).

*You can also search the apparatus by manuscript mentioned. A good thing to be able to do for in-depth text-criticism.

CON:

*The apparatus abbreviations are hyperlinked to what they stand for in Latin, but the Latin is not translated. In that sense the BHQ in Accordance is easier to work with. (Though the BHQ series itself is far from complete, and BHQ in Accordance is not morphologically tagged.)

If you get the BHS Latin key, you can set up a workspace to find out what the non-abbreviated Latin means in English. I recommend owning that if you want to use the BHS apparatus. It's here: http://www.accordancebible.com/store/details/?pid=BHS+Latin+Key. It's also included with the HMT text in Accordance: http://www.accordancebible.com/store/details/?pid=HMT-W4.

4.5 stars (can't rate in half stars on this site).

A longer (more in-depth) review is here:
http://abramkj.com/2012/10/13/bhs-module-in-accordance-10-reviewed/
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October 14, 2013  |  3:57 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
Just a short review for now: As of October 2013 no other presentation of the NA28 and its apparatus comes close to what Accordance offers. It's not available in every Bible software you might otherwise look to to carry it, and even where it is, Accordance is hyperlinked and streamlined in a way that de-mystifies this critical edition for even a (relative) newbie.

Make sure to watch the "First Look" video that is linked in the Accordance blog post above. Produced by the Accordance team, ...
Just a short review for now: As of October 2013 no other presentation of the NA28 and its apparatus comes close to what Accordance offers. It's not available in every Bible software you might otherwise look to to carry it, and even where it is, Accordance is hyperlinked and streamlined in a way that de-mystifies this critical edition for even a (relative) newbie.

Make sure to watch the "First Look" video that is linked in the Accordance blog post above. Produced by the Accordance team, that video gives a good sense of what one can do with this module, and how it is more conducive to in-depth study than the print edition alone.

Highly recommended, without reservation.
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October 12, 2013  | 10:36 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
Short version of a review:

*BHQ is a significant advance over BHS, especially in the presentation of the apparatus, which Accordance handles beautifully.
*In fact, Accordance’s presentation of BHQ makes using it here easier than it is in
*The print editions would cost you just as much as (or probably more) than buying BHQ in Accordance. And, of course, an Accordance module is word-searchable, lighter to carry around, and so on.

The text is not morphologically tagged, as ...
Short version of a review:

*BHQ is a significant advance over BHS, especially in the presentation of the apparatus, which Accordance handles beautifully.
*In fact, Accordance’s presentation of BHQ makes using it here easier than it is in
*The print editions would cost you just as much as (or probably more) than buying BHQ in Accordance. And, of course, an Accordance module is word-searchable, lighter to carry around, and so on.

The text is not morphologically tagged, as noted above, but can be used easily in conjunction with the tagged BHS/HMT text.

One of Accordance's best modules.

Longer version of a review:
http://abramkj.com/2012/10/27/biblia-hebraica-quinta-bhq-in-accordance-10/
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March 9, 2013  | 11:13 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
For a seminary course we were assigned R.T. France's Mark commentary in the NIGTC series--I actually read it page-for-page, and it was phenomenal. His love for Mark as Scripture and thorough scholarship made for an exhilarating combination. I can't recommend it highly enough. The Hebrews volume in the same series is also good.

And to agree with what others have noted, non-Greek readers could still benefit immensely from this series. Both in print and in software it's pricey, but at least ...
For a seminary course we were assigned R.T. France's Mark commentary in the NIGTC series--I actually read it page-for-page, and it was phenomenal. His love for Mark as Scripture and thorough scholarship made for an exhilarating combination. I can't recommend it highly enough. The Hebrews volume in the same series is also good.

And to agree with what others have noted, non-Greek readers could still benefit immensely from this series. Both in print and in software it's pricey, but at least for the volumes I've used, well worth what they cost.
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February 19, 2013  |  9:13 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
Anyone who wants Bible software for detailed original languages work can get a lot of what they need with this package.

Some highlights are the inclusion of the New English Translation of the Septuagint (currently not available in any other major Bible software), the Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, Louw-Nida, Jenni-Westermann's TLOT, Spicq's TLNT, and tagged Hebrew OT, Greek OT (LXX), and Greek NT texts.

No Philo or Josephus or Church Fathers or any of the major critical ...
Anyone who wants Bible software for detailed original languages work can get a lot of what they need with this package.

Some highlights are the inclusion of the New English Translation of the Septuagint (currently not available in any other major Bible software), the Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, Louw-Nida, Jenni-Westermann's TLOT, Spicq's TLNT, and tagged Hebrew OT, Greek OT (LXX), and Greek NT texts.

No Philo or Josephus or Church Fathers or any of the major critical apparatuses in this package--those are available for extra cost.

Perhaps the biggest desire a language student may still have in addition to what's here is to own Tov-Polak's MT-LXX parallel, which would be nice to include with this package--you can add it on for $100 or so.

A great package, and at $299.99 it's a good deal, too.

As to Accordance 10 itself, the program is beautiful, elegant, fast, intuitive, and fun.
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August 31, 2012  |  5:07 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
Great module! Five stars.

Probably the primary question is: should I get the electronic module or the print version? If you plan to use this resource a lot, I suggest the module. Accordance has done an outstanding job in digitizing, hyperlinking, etc. with this resource.

And the content of the commentary is great, too.

There are so many verse references in this commentary that being able to immediately see them in Accordance makes this version worth owning, even if you have t ...
Great module! Five stars.

Probably the primary question is: should I get the electronic module or the print version? If you plan to use this resource a lot, I suggest the module. Accordance has done an outstanding job in digitizing, hyperlinking, etc. with this resource.

And the content of the commentary is great, too.

There are so many verse references in this commentary that being able to immediately see them in Accordance makes this version worth owning, even if you have to pay a little more than the print edition.

If you want to read more, mine is the independent two-part review linked above.
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