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Monday, November 27, 2006  

For Your Wishlist

It's the gift-giving season, and my children have already started combing through catalogs and creating their wishlists. We grownups have to be more subtle about it, but let's face it, this is the time of year to drop hints to our loved ones about what we really want for Christmas or Hanukkah. To assist you in this effort, let me tantalize you with the latest goodies available for Accordance.

New Commentaries:

Word Biblical Commentary: We're currently putting the finishing touches on this 58-volume critical commentary from Nelson, but you can pre-order it for just $599 (half the suggested retail price of $1199). That pre-release price works out to be about $10 per volume. And just think of all the shelf-space you'll save!

We hope to be shipping Word in the next or month or so, and of course your card will not be charged until the product actually ships.

New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC): NIGTC is a detailed verse-by-verse commentary based on the original Greek, with exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. You can buy the entire set of 13 volumes (including the commentary on Matthew which is not available in any other electronic edition) in a single module for $499, or you can purchase individual volumes.

Scholar's Collection 7.1: The newest edition of the Scholar's Collection CD-ROM includes a number of new original language modules available for unlock:

New Testament Syriac: A while back I blogged that we were now adding texts to Accordance which I can't even read, but I coyly refused to tell you which ones. Now I can openly announce the addition of the Syriac Peshitta (careful how you pronounce it!) and Old Syriac Gospels. Naturally, that means the addition of a new Syriac font, appropriately named Peshitta.

As an aside, the more scholarly among us objected to the name "Peshitta" for the font because they felt the name should reflect the fact that this is the Estrangela Syriac script and because it would be used for other Syriac texts beside the Peshitta. But since even guys like me know enough to associate the name "Peshitta" with Syriac and since no one but a specialist knows what "Estrangela" means, we decided to let scholarly accuracy slip when it came to the naming of the font. Fortunately, that's the only place we've let scholarly accuracy slip!

When you buy the Syriac texts, you get the Peshitta (fully tagged), and the Curetonian and Sinaitic texts of the Old Syriac gospels (untagged). These three texts are available in the Syriac script mentioned above, but also transliterated into the Aramaic block script familiar to anyone who reads Hebrew. We did this so that even those who struggle to read the Syriac directly can nevertheless make use of these texts. All six of these modules can be displayed in parallel with the Greek New Testament.

Codex Vaticanus: Since Accordance was first released more than a decade ago, we have always made available eclectic, edited editions of the Greek New Testament, starting with Nestle-Aland, and followed by the textus receptus, Majority text, Westcott-Hort, and Tischendorf editions. Last year, we introduced our first transcription of an actual Greek manuscript: Codex Bezae. This year, we have added Codex Vaticanus (the B you see in various critical apparatuses of the Greek New Testament). Fully tagged and displayed in our uncial font called "Stephanus," it can be displayed in parallel with any other Greek New Testament and compared using the new text comparison feature of Accordance 7. There is also a new option in Accordance 7.1 to hide the spaces between words in a text like Vaticanus (or Bezae) to be able to view the text as it would have appeared in the actual manuscript. If you're doing serious text-critical work, these uncial manuscripts are extremely valuable.

Byzantine Greek New Testament: We've also just released the Robinson-Pierpont 2005 edition of the Byzantine textform of the Greek New Testament. This is an important edition of the Greek Majority text, complete with grammatical tagging and textual notes.

Apostolic Fathers, Lightfoot Edition: We've offered a tagged modern edition of the Apostolic Fathers in Greek for several years now, but the older Lightfoot edition is now available for those who want the Apostolic Fathers in Greek at a more affordable price (or who want to be able to compare the two editions). The Lightfoot edition is also grammatically tagged.

The Babylonian Talmud: Jacob Neusner's English translation and commentary on the Babylonian Talmud is now available as a Reference tool, and can be displayed in parallel with the Mishna. The module includes the complete 22 volume set which lists in print for $895, and is priced at just $199.

Semeia: Subtitled An Experimental Journal, this journal published by the Society of Biblical Literature explores experimental approaches to biblical criticism, including insights from linguistics, folklore studies, contemporary literary criticism, structuralism, social anthropology, and other such disciplines and approaches. The module contains all 92 issues from 1974 to 2002, and costs just $79.

By now I hope your holiday wish list is starting to take shape, and so far I've only mentioned the stuff we've released this November! Tomorrow I'll remind you of some of the other things we've added just in the last year.

Nice work. On Helen's forum post she said there were important additions to the pseudepigrapha. Could you (or Helen) please give some more detail on that? Thanks!

See the Scholar's Upgrade page.

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