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Wednesday, September 13, 2006  

Cool New Stuff from Zondervan!

Just when you thought it was safe to put away your checkbook, Zondervan has released (and we are now selling) the third in its new series of Accordance-compatible CD-ROMs: The Zondervan Scholarly Bible Study Suite for Macintosh.

Like the Zondervan Essential Bible Study Suite and the Zondervan Personal Growth Bible Study Suite, this new CD-ROM is published by Zondervan in partnership with OakTree Software. What that means is that we developed these modules with the same care we put into developing all Accordance modules, but that Zondervan packages, publishes, and distributes these CD-ROMs themselves. And, of course, we act as a reseller so that we can offer the complete array of Accordance-compatible CD-ROMs ourselves.

Okay, blah, blah, blah. Now that you know how our partnership with Zondervan works, let's get to the good stuff: what's new in this latest CD-ROM? While all three of Zondervan's CD-ROMs include first-rate material, I think this one is clearly the best of the bunch. Here's a brief rundown of the included modules:

Asbury Commentary: The Asbury Bible Commentary is a modern one-volume commentary on the whole Bible, written from a Wesleyan perspective.

Carson et al.-NT Intro: D. A. Carson and Douglas Moo's Introduction to the New Testament explores the authorship, date, purpose, and historical background to every book of the New Testament. The second edition has been updated with information on the history of interpretation, the "New Perspective on Paul," and other current issues in New Testament scholarship.

Dillard et al.-OT Intro: An Introduction to the Old Testament by Dillard and Longman explores the historical backgound, literary analysis, and theological message of each Old Testament book. Written from an evangelical perspective, it interacts with the historical-critical method in an irenic spirit.

Eadie Commentary: Nineteenth-century minister and New Testament scholar John Eadie's commentaries on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians.

Exhaustive Analysis GNT: This reference tool lists every word in the Greek New Testament, its part of speech, Goodrick-Kohlenberger number, its English meaning, and the number of times it appears.

Exhaustive Analysis HB: This reference tool lists every word in the Hebrew Bible, its part of speech, Goodrick-Kohlenberger number, its English meaning, and the number of times it appears.

GNT Key: The New Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament simplifies reading the text of the Greek New Testament by defining, parsing, and explaining key words in each verse of the Greek New Testament.

Godet Commentary: Nineteenth-century Swiss theologian and New Testament scholar Frederic Louis Godet's commentaries on Luke, John, Romans, and 1 Corinthians.

Hebrew Vocabulary: A listing of Hebrew vocabulary words and their definitions arranged by frequency of occurrence.

Hort Commentary: Nineteenth-century textual critic and New Testament scholar J. A. Hort's introductions to Romans and Ephesians, and commentaries on James 1:1-4:17, 1 Peter 1:1-2:17, and Revelation 1-3.

Lightfoot (Epistles): John Lightfoot was a noted English 17th century minister, scholar, and member of the Westminster Assembly. This module includes his commentaries on Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, along with his notes from unpublished commentaries on 1-2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians, Romans, and Ephesians.

Meaning in Text: Is There a Meaning in This Text? by Kevin J. Vanhoozer analyzes current debates in the field of Biblical hermeneutics and proposes a method of interpretation which recognizes the importance of both the reader's situation and the literal sense.

Mounce Analytical: William Mounce's Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament lists every inflected form in the Greek New Testament with links to its lexical form. Lexical forms are listed with their definitions, associated Goodrick-Kohlenberger number, and references to the associated section of Mounce's Morphology of Biblical Greek.

Mounce Greek: William Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek is an introductory Greek grammar which combines the best of the deductive and inductive approaches to language learning. It aims to equip the student to understand grammatical concepts and their importance for interpretation, and is designed both for classroom use and self-directed study.

Mounce Morphology: William Mounce's Morphology of Biblical Greek is a companion to his grammar which explains, in a way second-year Greek students can understand, how Greek words are formed. It contains the most complete set of paradigms available for New Testament Greek.

NIDBA: The New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology surveys the findings, methods, and terminology of Biblical archaeology. Use this dictionary to get information about specific sites, ancient cultures, extrabiblical literature, historical figures, and archaeological terms.

NIDCC: The New International Dictionary of the Christian Church contains more than 5,000 articles on people, events, organizations, denominations, and systems of doctrine which have been important in the history of the church.

NT Morphemes: J. Harold Greenlee's New Testament Greek Norpheme Lexicon lists the prefixes, root words, suffixes, and terminations of every word in the Greek New Testament. It is designed to be an aid in memorization and in locating words which are derived from related morphemes.

Wallace Greek: Daniel Wallace's Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics is designed for intermediate level Greek students and their teachers.

Westcott Commentary: Nineteenth-century textual critic and New Testament scholar B. F. Westcott's commentaries on John, Ephesians, Hebrews, and 1-3 John.

Westminster Confession: The Westminster Confession is one of the most enduring confessions of the Reformed theological tradition.

ZPEB: The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible is a five-volume reference featuring more than 7,500 articles ranging across the entire spectrum of theological and biblical topics. The illustrations in this electronic edition differ from those of the print edition in two respects: the subject matter illustrated is often different and the vast majority of illustrations are full-color rather than black-and-white.

Map of ancient Ephesus from the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible

The ZPEB and NIDCC are two resources I've personally been turning to a lot lately, and William Mounce's three Greek text books are also very helpful. Carson & Moo and Dillard & Longman are two works of Introduction which were standard texts when I was in seminary, so I'm excited to have them in Accordance.

There's a lot of excellent material here, and while I don't do a lot of talking about stuff that is exclusive to Accordance (since I think the Accordance program should be purchased on its own merits rather than just because of the resources available for it), I will point out that apart from Zondervan's own Pradis platform for the PC, this material is only available for Accordance. :-)

If you want to learn more about how the resources in this CD-ROM can be used, see this article by Rubén Gómez.

does each package need to be bought seperately to get the modules available on the previous releases. for example, i can't believe the NIV isn't available on the scholarly package, well i can, but zondervan won't throw in its own translation?
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The Zondervan Essential and Personal Growth do contain between them most of the modules in the old NIV Study Bible Complete Library, as well as new and updated modules.

As for the Scholarly, there has not been a previous release of this material, except for the Wallace Greek Grammar and the Bibles. It is really intended as an add on to the more basic packages, which is, I think, why they did not include the NIV. However, the NIV can easily be unlocked and downloaded from our website.

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