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25 Years Filled with Thankfulness

February 22, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — 25 Years Filled with Thankfulness! § First and foremost, we are thankful to God for his many blessings and for letting Accordance bless others for 25 plus years! § Second, we are thankful to you our Accordance family for your continual loyalty, support, and encouragement. Thanks to you, we have continued to exist and serve you! We are so grateful that you are our wonderful ambassadors helping Accordance to be better known by people who delight in the study of the Scriptures. You don’t know how much we appreciate it when we get a note from ...

The 25 Most Important Events in Accordance's 25-Year History

February 21, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — This week, we officially kicked off our Accordance 25th Anniversary Celebration. It's hard to believe that it's been a quarter of a century since Accordance 1.0 was released on floppy disks! Back then, Accordance was only available for Macintosh computers. Now, in addition to macOS, Accordance can be used on macOS, Windows, Android and iOS. We have lots of exciting news to announce in 2019, our 25th year, but first let's take a look back at some of the pivotal events since 1994. (1) February 1994: In cooperation with the Gramcord Institute, ...

Let the 25th-Year Celebration Begin

February 19, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — Innovating in digital study of the Bible since 1994, Accordance Bible Software has been the premier choice for laypersons, students, pastors, and scholars for 25 years. As we reach our silver anniversary, we're not slowing down one bit. In fact, we feel like we've just got started; and no doubt, 2019 will easily shape up to be our most significant year yet. The Accordance team is unparalleled in experience and skills that are second only to you, our incredible customers. Our 25th Anniversary celebration will last all year long, but we want to ...

Tell Us Your "Accordance 25" Story!

February 14, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — 2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of Accordance Bible Software v. 1.0! Way back in 1994, the very first version of Accordance was released to the world. We’re taking the whole year to celebrate, and we’d like you to join us! We’d like to hear the details of your “Accordance 25 Story.” Whether you started using Accordance 25 years ago, 25 days ago, or somewhere in between, we’d like to hear your “Accordance 25 Story.” Write what you like, but here are some starter prompts: When did you first discover Accordance, and why did you ...

Zondervan EBC Specials

February 05, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — Expositor's Bible Commentary (Revised) (13 Volumes) Relaunched in 2006, the fully revised EBC features 30 new contributors and more than 60% brand new content. It includes new and revised commentary by leading scholars, including D. A. Carson, Walter C. Kaiser, Andreas Köstenberger, Mark L. Strauss, and more. Solidly evangelical in viewpoint, the new EBC is substantially updated in its discussion of theological and critical issues. Regular Price $459 Sale Price $229.99 (Save 50%) Buy Now Expositor's Bible Commentary (12 Volumes) Seventy-eight ...

NEW! Holman Illustrated Study Bible

February 04, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Some of the shepherds of the faithful, however, have too often closeted themselves in dim libraries, speculating about the redaction of texts and raising questions about the believability of the gospel stories. Only recently, with renewed attention to the physical remnants of first-century Palestine and the evidence of Jewish religion of that period, has the withering “quest for the historical Jesus” been abandoned, and a new flowering of “Jesus studies”—exploring culture, language, and place—begun. In gray winters of the Teutonic North, the ...

Quick Demo of Accordance (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #179)

January 30, 2019 - Timothy Jenney — This quick demo covers the basic features of Accordance for those studying the Bible in translation (typically in English). Accordance has added a number of additional features since the original Accordance 12 demo, including the Text Browser and Live Click. This updated demo includes those features. Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!

New! Handbooks for Old & New Testament Exegesis (Kregel)

January 21, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Today we are releasing two new series from Kregel Academic for the Accordance Bible Software Library: Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis (6 volumes) and Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis (3 volumes). This series is complete with the exception of a remaining volume on the Gospels and Acts to be released at a future date. Accordance users may purchase these volumes in OT and NT sets, as well as individual volumes. These volumes grew out of the conviction that the same exegetical tools for one part of the Bible cannot always be applied to ...

New! Decker's Koine Greek Reader

January 21, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Koine (from the Greek κοινός) refers to the style of ancient Greek in the late Hellenistic period. Koine is most often associated with the kind of Greek language found in the New Testament, but it also can characterize a wider body of literature including the Septuagint (LXX) and Early Church writings, among others. A little over three years ago, we released Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook by Rod Decker (see also our "Closer Look" at this title). This had been a posthumous release after Decker’s untimely passing a ...

Writing Seminary Exegesis Papers with Accordance

January 11, 2019 - Ryan Mudge — One of the most important tasks for a seminary student to learn is to learn how to exegete the Bible, especially in the original Greek and Hebrew. Few things are more important for those in training for ministry than to know how to rightly interpret the Scriptures. I had the responsibility of writing an exegetical paper on 2 Corinthians 5:11-15 for my Greek Exegesis class this past semester. Part of what made the task a joy instead of a burden was using Accordance for researching and writing the paper. I couldn’t imagine doing this work ...

Build a Bible Study Library (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #177)

December 31, 2018 - Timothy Jenney — Interested in studying the Bible? Serious students of the Bible know the value of a good Bible Study library. This podcast lists the basic resources every such library should have—and explains the use of each. Accordance’s Basic Starter Collection, available for Macs, Windows, iOS and Android, offers all of these resources in a single, affordable package. Its digital format is also portable, allowing us to study at home, at the office, even at the local coffee shop! Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!

Three New Devotional Titles for 2019

December 26, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — The beginning of a new year brings about resolutions and resolve; and often for people of biblical faith, that means new commitments to read through the Bible or spend a certain amount of time daily or weekly in reflection on the Bible or one’s faith. For years, Accordance Bible Software has incorporated a Daily Reading feature into its software. In Accordance 12 for Windows and macOS, going to Preferences: Reading/Research allows you to choose a default devotional or Scripture reading plan for personal use. These same titles are also found i ...

Let It Snow (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #178)

December 14, 2018 - Timothy Jenney — Looking for snow this Christmas? Why not search for it in the Bible!? In this light-hearted topical study, Dr. J searches for snow in the Bible and Bible study resources. Discover where it snows in Israel and how often. Learn how the Bible’s authors used images of snow in their writing. See photographs of snow on the mountains of Israel. Pull up a chair next to the fireplace, get yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy this special seasonal study. Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!

ICYMI: Recent Updates to Accordance for Android, iOS, Windows & macOS!

December 07, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — In all the excitement of conferences, family get-togethers, and special sales in November, you may have not noticed the free updates released to Accordance Bible Software on all of our various platforms. Here are a few highlights that you may have missed. Have you looked at the Android version of Accordance lately? It’s coming along quite speedily for being less than a year old. Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in 1.3: Support for all modules up to 12.2 (except for Quran). A Quick Preferences dialog for quickly adjusting common settings ...

NEW! The Biblical Illustrator (56 Volumes)

December 03, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — Users have long requested the classic 56-volume Biblical Illustrator for Accordance. Well, now the wait is over, and we’re pleased to announce the release of the entire series, covering both Old and New Testament, complete in one Accordance module for ease of use and searching, available immediately. What is The Biblical Illustrator? Well, imagine having a book of quotations, commentary, and Bible factbook all in one series. Imagine having a stellar lineup of contributors such as J. B. Lightfoot, Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, John Wesley, B. ...

Have You Discovered the Accordance Exchange?

November 28, 2018 - Ken Simpson — Hi from the Accordance Exchange! I’ve been the Accordance Exchange administrator for the past six years. When I took the Exchange over, it was already a treasure trove of resources that our wonderful users had contributed for some years. It’s never had a big profile, but there are some resources there that are just gold in my opinion. This is the first in an ongoing focus on the best (in my opinion) and new modules on the Exchange. There is one module that I recommend everyone at least have a look at. Search Ranges (v12) is a replacement for ...

Accordance 12.3 Overview (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #176)

November 26, 2018 - Timothy Jenney — Accordance 12.3 is a massive free update for owners of Accordance 12. It introduces a new feature, Text Browser, a host of improvements to other features, and a lot of under-the-hood tweaks and fixes. Join Dr. J as he surveys the most important of these advances. Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!

Reviews on Recent Releases

November 20, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — Last week, we released a bevy of new titles for the Accordance Library. Today's the last day to get introductory pricing; and if you’re still undecided, here is some of the buzz around the web. Wes Allen: “Accordance Bible—Picture the New Testament” “Picture the NT does something I thought impossible—it makes spending time on biblical genealogies interesting.” Abram K-J: "Accordance’s Picture the NT: A PhotoCommentary of the New Testament" "While you can search Accordance’s existing photo resources by Scripture reference already, this is t ...

Major Android Update to 1.3

November 20, 2018 - Accordance Bible Software — While half our development staff are rushed off their feet at SBL, our Android team has been putting the finishing touches to the next release. Accordance Mobile for Android is now posted to the Google Play and Amazon AppStore and is also available for direct download. We'll post more about this significant update, but here's a list of features and changes: What's New Support for all modules up to 12.2 (except for Quran). A Quick Preferences dialog for quickly adjusting common settings and the new Night Mode option. Expanded details in I ...

A Closer Look at Picture the New Testament (Accordance Exclusive)

November 07, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — For the past decade or more, whenever I taught or preached the Bible, I incorporated visual images into Keynote or PowerPoint slides to illustrate what I was teaching. My method for finding appropriate images depended heavily on Accordance. Yes, I could always search the web, but with Accordance I was guaranteed to find images related to my passage or topic, and I knew that my license to use the software included permission to use any images in teaching or preaching contexts. Up until this week, I would have used three steps to finding images ...

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