Mar 8, 2011 David Lang

In Israel with Accordance on my iPad

As I mentioned a little over a week ago, my wife and I are currently touring Israel with some other members of the Accordance team. I've already described how I created custom maps of each day's itinerary to help my kids follow along with where we'll be each day. The maps include representative images from each site, together with a list of Scripture references. I printed each of those maps out and taped them to a wall in our home.

As soon as I finished those maps, I realized I would like to have quick access to them myself. So in addition to printing them to paper, I also printed them as a PDF which I could read on my iPad using GoodReader. I also downloaded the PhotoGuide and most of the Carta books to the iPad so I could travel light with the very best geographical resources available.

With my iPad thus equipped, I can view each day's map while riding on the tour bus. If I want to read the Scripture references on the map, I can simply select and Copy from GoodReader, then switch to Accordance and paste the string of references into a search view. If I want to find out more about a site, I can look it up in the PhotoGuide or one of the Carta books. For example, I knew the ancient port of Acco was associated with Joan of Arc in some way, but I couldn't remember how. A quick lookup in the PhotoGuide reminded me that Crusaders renamed it Saint Jean d’Acre in honor of her, and the town was subsequently referred to as Acre.

As you can imagine, with Dr. J and other members of the Accordance staff on this tour, we're getting deeper into each site than I assume the average tour group does. Add to that the fact that our tour guide is a biblical scholar in his own right, and it's hard to keep up. With Accordance on my iPad, I'm managing to look a little more knowledgeable than I am! ;-)

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Will Varner

March 08, 2011 1:22 PM
The Crusaders left Akko in 1291. Joan of Arc died in 1431. It was called St Jean because of the Hospitaler Kinights of St. John. Acre is simplybthe French spelling of the town.

Will Varner

March 08, 2011 1:31 PM

Sorry for the above misspellings. There is more.

Joan of Arc was not canonized until 1920, so she could not be called "St." before then. The French spelling of her name is Jeanne d'Arc, not Jean d'Acre. Jean is a masculine name (John) and referes to the John in the NT, patron saint of the Hospitallers, whose big fortress can be visited in the town.

David Lang

March 08, 2011 2:56 PM

Dr. Varner,

The problem with writing a blog read by Bible scholars is that mistakes are unlikely to go unnoticed. When I checked the PhotoGuide and saw the masculine spelling "Jean," it did raise a doubt in my mind, but not enough to make me examine it further. Since I wrote the PhotoGuide, I'm certainly at fault for the erroneous information, though I'm now curious to know whether I was passing on an error in my sources (which included popular guidebooks as well as academic works) or whether I merely misunderstood something I read. At any rate, I appreciate the correction.

Bad example aside, the PhotoGuide has been a great source of help at many of the other sites we've visited here, and having it on the iPad has provided the perfect combination of depth and portability. I'll talk about that in tomorrow's post.