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Monday, August 28, 2006  

New CD-ROMs! New Modules! Whoopee!

I'm pleased to announce that we have (finally!) released new versions of our primary collection CD-ROMs with lots of brand new material. Here's a quick rundown of the new CD-ROMs available:

  • Library 7: With more than 30 new modules, this is our biggest upgrade to the Library ever! I'll talk more about this CD-ROM in a bit.
  • Scholar's 7: The new Scholar's CD-ROM includes a few new modules, but the really exciting change is that the Core Bundle has been greatly expanded. It now includes the GNT-T (tagged NA27), GNT-TR (tagged Textus Receptus), GNT-WH (tagged Westcott-Hort), and GNT-TIS (tagged Tischendorf); the BHS-W4 (tagged Hebrew Bible); the KJV, ASV, and NET Bibles, along with your choice of one other modern English Bible; the NET Bible's extensive collection of notes (which include maps and some basic text-critical information), Louw & Nida, Thayer's and UBS Greek Lexicons; and BDB and TWOT Hebrew lexicons.
  • Bible Unlock CD-ROM: The Bible unlock CD-ROM is included with the Library and Scholar's CD-ROMs, and is the CD-ROM you use to install any modern Bibles you unlock. It has now been updated to include Bibles which have previously only been available for download, such as the TNIV, NLT-SE, etc. It also now includes the popular Spanish Bible Nueva Version Internacional.
  • Bible Reference CD-ROM: The Bible Reference CD-ROM is also included with the Library and Scholar's CD-ROMs. It's basically an à la carte CD-ROM which you can use to unlock popular commentaries and reference works which we either do not include in our main packages, or which we want to make available to those who don't wish to buy one of our larger packages. The New Bible Reference CD-ROM includes a package of books by Alfred Edersheim (also included in the Library 7 Premier Level) and the new Atlas Sampler that I recently blogged about.

    Okay, that's a brief rundown of the four new CD-ROMs. Now I want to give you some more details of the new Library CD-ROM, which I have personally been slaving over for weeks! Today, I'll just repeat the summary statements on our news page. Later this week, I'll look at each level of the Library in turn, and give you an insider's look at the new modules included.

    The new Introductory Level adds 13 new modules.

    1. The NET Bible is an excellent modern translation.
    2. The NET Notes are like a study Bible, commentary, and introductory critical apparatus all rolled into one.
    3. Greek Parsing gives you extensive information about the Greek behind the King James Bible, and makes possible extremely powerful searches.
    4. Bible Art is a collection of art by the great masters depicting scenes from the Bible.
    5. Select Works of John Bunyan
    6. Wace's Dictionary of Christian Biography
    7. Sketches of Church History
    8. Scougal's The Life of God in the Soul of Man
    9. Spurgeon's Faith's Checkbook
    10. Birds' Eye View of the Bible
    11. The Greatest English Classic: A Study of KJV
    12. The original translators' preface to the KJV.
    13. Beginning in Mark, an introductory guide to doing Bible study with Accordance.

    In addition, the KJVS has been updated with red letter and paragraph markers, and the Creeds module now includes the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.

    The new Standard Level adds 24 new modules. In addition to the 13 new modules included in the Introductory Level, the Standard Level also includes:

    1. The Greek New Testament Textus Receptus tagged with Strong's numbers
    2. The Spanish Bible La Biblia de las Americas
    3. Manners and Customs in the Bible, a modern work which explores the historical background to many biblical narratives.
    4. Maclaren's Expositions of the Bible (Genesis-2 Corinthians)
    5. Charles Hodge's Commentary on Ephesians
    6. Thomas Manton's Commentary on James.
    7. A. H. Strong's Systematic Theology
    8. John Gill's Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity
    9. Select theological writings of Wesleyan theologian Adam Clarke
    10. Apologist William Paley's Evidences of Christianity
    11. Two tracts by famed textual critic Constantin von Tischendorf on the date and origins of the Gospels.

    The new Premier Level adds 37 new modules. In addition to the 24 new modules included in the Introductory and Standard Levels, the Premier Level adds:

    1. The grammatically tagged Greek New Testament Textus Receptus!
    2. The International Standard Biblical Encyclopedia (ISBE)
    3. Philip Schaff's Creeds of Christendom.
    4. The Works of Jonathan Edwards
    5. Select Works of Richard Baxter
    6. Alfred Edersheim's Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah
    7. Alfred Edersheim's Bible History Old Testament
    8. Charles Finney's Lectures on Systematic Theology
    9. Heinrich Schmid's Doctrinal Theology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
    10. Ramsay's St. Paul the Traveler and Roman Citizen
    11. Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars.
    12. Catena Aurea, a patristic commentary on Matthew and Mark
    13. Charles Spurgeon's Sermons on Proverbs.

    Finally, the St. Patrick module has been updated with a biography excerpted from J. A. Wylie's History of the Scottish nation.

    Whew! I think you'll agree that there's a lot of new material available. We'll explore them further later this week.

  • Comments:
    Hey David,
    I was hoping the newest edition of the Scholars would have the GNT apparatus and the BHS apparatus included - or at least unlockable. If it's truly a "scholars" package, the apparatus is a valuble tool for those (like me) who are knee deep in original language studies. My understanding is that it's only available on the Mac Studienbibel, right? Any plans to release something like this in the future? After all, they are included when you buy the hard copy of the NA-27, the UBS-4, and the BHS.

    The German Bible Society insisted on publishing the apparatus themselves, and they will not license them to us. There is no way that we can offer them ourselves.

    Please note that there is a lot of added value in our edition of these modules, with the ability to search for specific manuscripts, etc.

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    Hi David:

    Caleb Maskell here from the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University.

    I'm a very happy and grateful user of Accordance...clearly the best bible software product on the market (and I have used others!)...

    However, I have noticed that you are offering "The Works of Jonathan Edwards" in the premier series of Library 7. I'm assuming that this is the 1834 edition of Edwards' papers that Banner of Truth and Hendrickson have been republishing for decades.

    It really should be noted that these texts are extremely heavily edited editions which diverge in very significant ways from Edwards' own thought. In many ways, the Hickman edition is more like "Hickman's take on the thought of JE."

    Furthermore, the 1834 title "The Works of Jonathan Edwards" is also quite misleading, as it represents less than 20% of Edwards' total output.

    While I wouldn't presume to tell you how to do your job, it would be better titled "Selected Works of Jonathan Edwards (1834)."

    As we at the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale are in the process of making a complete, comprehensive digital edition of the Works of Jonathan Edwards in XML format, I would love to discuss this further with you...i'm on email at edwards (at} yale dot edu

    Best wishes,

    Caleb Maskell
    Jonathan Edwards Center
    Yale University


    I appreciate the input. Frankly, I've been at a loss as to how to refer to this module because on the one hand, I know it's not anywhere near comprehensive, and that there are more complete editions of Edwards' works available. On the other hand, its title is The Works of Jonathan Edwards, and I was loath to change the title to something like "Select" works. Including the editor's name and edition date are excellent suggestions. With respect to a more complete edition, we would definitely be interested . . .

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