Nov 14, 2008 David Lang

Coming Up for Air

In the Accordance calendar, the months of October and November are both exciting and exhausting. This is the time of year when we gear up for the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. It is at these conferences on Biblical scholarship that we release new materials primarily of interest to scholars and students.

Last year, we released the tagged Dead Sea Scrolls Biblical Manuscripts, the New English Translation of the Septuagint, the tagged pentateuch and critical apparatus from Swete's edition of the Greek Septuagint, Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Washingtonensis (both tagged), the tagged Christian Apologists (Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, etc.), Ben Sira (tagged), the tagged New Testament of the Latin Vulgate, and the Context of Scripture. With the exception of Context of Scripture, I believe most of these resources are still only available for Accordance.

While I had a hand in developing some of that material we released last year, most of that work was done by various scholars who work with us to develop these tagged Biblical and extra-Biblical texts. Thus, while I always have plenty to do in preparation for ETS/SBL, I am always pleasantly surprised at this time of year by the massive amount of new material which these scholars have quietly been producing.

This year will be no exception. While I can't make any official announcements until the conferences, this year we'll be releasing new tagged manuscripts of the Greek New Testament, new extrabiblical and cognate language texts, and more.

Some of the "more" I have to confess that I'm still trying to finish up (which is why I haven't blogged this week!). So I'm afraid I need to crawl back into my hole and keep working. In the meantime, be sure to download version 8.1.1, a new update to the Accordance application which fixes a few bugs (and reduces the height of the tabs slightly). If you haven't tried the new automatic update feature of version 8.1 yet, this latest update will give you a good excuse to do so.

I'm afraid you can expect blogging to be light for the next couple of weeks, but I hope to get back to detailing new features of Accordance 8.1 soon. There are still plenty I haven't talked about.

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