When I first pushed to start this blog, my employers' biggest hesitation was that I would neglect it once I got too busy. I, of course, assured them that I would not. Well, it would appear they were right, especially since a recent comment observed that "the blog has been really sparse the past few weeks."
Now, in my defense, when I started this blog, I only promised to post "two to three times a week," and to date, there has only been one week (last week) where I only posted once. So the drought hasn't been that bad. ;-) Still, I do apologize for the dearth of blog posts recently. I promise that you can expect a steady stream of new information in the coming weeks.
Okay, so what's been keeping me too busy to listen to my blogging muse? Library 7! Now that we have a new version of Accordance, we need to release new versions of our primary CD-ROM collections, and that means loads of new modules for you.
The Library CD-ROM, which is our primary source for English Bible study resources, has long been a pet project of mine. Every time we update it, I try to see how much new material we can cram in there. This time around, we've added so many new modules of such quality that I think Library 7 will prove to be one of the best Bible software values you can buy. I'll highlight some of the new modules once we're ready to release, but until then, here are some hints of what you can expect:
New Greek Resources. Every level of the new Library CD-ROM will include resources for digging deeper into the original Greek behind the New Testament. Until now, we've always placed English resources on the Library CD-ROM, and original language resources on the Scholar's CD-ROM. With Library 7, we're blurring the line between the two just a little—mainly to meet the needs of the pastor who requires more than Bible texts with Strong's numbers, but for whom the Scholar's CD-ROM is overkill.
Resources to illustrate the Bible. When I say "illustrate," I mean that both figuratively and literally. I'll leave it to you to figure out what that means.
New Systematic Theologies. Library 6 included Calvin's Institutes and Charles Hodge's three-volume Systematic Theology. Library 7 adds several additional works of theology from a wider range of perspectives and traditions.
A New Modern Translation of the Bible
And, of course, you can expect new commentaries, dictionaries, devotional resources, and historical works. I'm excited to tell you more about all this material, but as I said, I'd better wait until the CD-ROM is released. Don't worry, it won't be too much longer. . .