The Not-So-Awkward In-Between Stage
For those beginning with Accordance, we offer two distinct tracks in our product line. The Library Collection is for those primarily interested in doing English Bible study, but who may nevertheless want to delve into the Greek or Hebrew behind the English. The Scholar's Collection is for those who wish to work with the original language texts directly: seminary students, pastors, and of course, scholars. But what if you're an in-betweener? Someone who is primarily doing English Bible study, but who may nevertheless want to do simple searches of the original language texts and consult more in depth lexicons and grammars. Are you caught in the middle between our English Bible study oriented Library and our original language heavy Scholar's Collection?
Not at all. While dividing our product line into two distinct tracks makes it easy for us to offer an affordable starting point for the user who wants to do basic English Bible study (see, for example, the Library 8 Entry and Introductory Levels), as well as the seminary student on a budget (see the Scholar's 8 Introductory Level), we recognize that the best fit for most users will be some combination of the Library and Scholar's collection.
For example, the other day I was teaching a seminar and someone told me he was considering getting the Scholar's Premier level. He explained that he was going to be heading overseas and would be receiving seminary-level training in the original languages, but it was clear that he did not currently read Greek or Hebrew. Since the Scholar's Collection was largely beyond his current capabilities, I tried to steer him toward one of the Library levels and its various Key-numbered English Bibles, but he made it clear that he wanted to get the high end tools he eventually would be using before he headed overseas.
I then pointed him to our Library and Scholar's Bundles. The Introductory Bundle includes the Introductory levels of both the Library and the Scholar's for just $199. The Standard Bundle includes the Standard levels of both the Library and the Scholar's for just $379. Finally, The Premier Bundle includes the Premier levels of both the Library and the Scholar's for just $559. He decided to go with the Standard level, which would give him most everything he would need both now and in the near future.
These bundles are designed to give the "in-betweener" a way to get both the English Bible study tools he needs, along with a good selection of in depth Greek and Hebrew texts and tools.
In my next post, I'll talk about how someone like the gentleman mentioned above can, even now, piggy-back off the Strong's number resources of the Library in order to explore the in depth Greek and Hebrew materials of the Scholar's collection.