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Deals on Works by Renowned Writers

August 23, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — Renowned Writers & 20% Off Storewide Sale Plus Free Bonus & Up To 60% Off Renowned Writers! Occasionally, we hear from Accordance users who ask, “When are you going to put ______ on sale?” Well, if that’s you, your wait is over because this week, EVERYTHING is on sale! That’s right -- take 20% off any title in the entire Accordance Library. In fact, with the coupon code below, you can take 20% off your entire order! However, we’ve got even greater discounts on well-known writers from the last two centuries such as ...

NEW! Fresh Illustrations

August 22, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — This past summer while visiting multiple countries in Asia, I was able to sit in on some local church services. In one of these church services, the pastor—an excellent communicator—used an illustration in his sermon that I had actually heard before. On the positive side, it was an illustration that crossed cultural boundaries. On the downside side, though, it was an illustration that I first heard at least two decades ago. Some illustrations, of course, are timeless and will always hold great impact for communicating a biblical idea to ...

Upcoming Accordance Events in Boston

August 18, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance representatives will be in Boston in the coming weeks, and if you're going to be in the area, we hope to see you there. We will be participating in Gordon-Conwell's National Preaching Conference on September 8-9, followed by a free all-day Accordance Training Seminar on September 10. The training seminar is open to anyone, and if you would like more information about the preaching conference, follow the link below: National Preaching Conference Thursday and Friday, ...

Export Citations from Accordance (7 Strategies for Students #3)

August 15, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — In any student's hands, Accordance is an incredible mobile research library. Gone are the days of having stacks of books on the desk as you write your research papers. Instead, Accordance users have access to an immense number of journals, commentaries, monographs, and other reference works right on their own devices! However, as any student knows, all sources must be cited. All modern commentaries in Accordance have bibliographic information at the beginning of titles that can be used in crafting a citation, but Accordance actually ...

Customizing Workspaces (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #146)

August 12, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Creating and saving custom Accordance Workspaces makes our study time more productive. Switching between projects is easier, we can develop a consistent workflow, and we can save a lot of time over the long haul. Join Dr. J as he explains the six steps to creating a custom Workspace. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

UPDATE! Anchor Yale Bible Commentary Series

August 08, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — No Accordance Library can be truly complete without the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary! Widely recognized as the flagship of American biblical scholarship, with a tradition of excellence and commitment to advancing biblical understanding in the 21st century, the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary, under the direction of General Editor John J. Collins, vigorously pursues the goal of bringing to a wide audience the most important new ideas, the latest research findings, and the clearest possible analysis of the Bible. Decades in the making and n ...

UPDATE: 2016 ESV Permanent Text Edition

August 03, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — We are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 edition of the English Standard Version, also known as the “ESV Permanent Text Edition.” This is a free update for all Accordance users and is available now. The ESV Translation Oversight Committee has continued to fine tune the ESV since its initial release in 2001 with updates being released in 2007 and 2011. The 2016 released is being labeled as permanent because the committee plans to leave the text as is for the foreseeable future. In the past, we divided the ESV ...

NEW! AMG Illustrations Set (4 volumes)

August 01, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — In preaching or teaching settings, good illustrations are essential and with good reason: people tend to remember illustrations easier than other parts of a lesson or sermon. We see illustrations used throughout the Bible, from the Prophets to the teachings of Jesus. An essential part of any communicator’s “toolkit” is a good collection of illustrations, so today we are releasing the much-treasured AMG Illustrations Set comprising 4 volumes of over 4,000 illustrations on every topic from Actions to Worship. The AMG Illustrations Set ...

Use Accordance Editions of Textbooks (7 Strategies for Students #2)

July 29, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — These days, Accordance is a lot more than biblical texts—it’s an entire mobile reference library for biblical studies. And in case you didn’t know, there are also quite a few textbooks available in Accordance for Greek, Hebrew, biblical studies, theology, church history, and more! What’s the advantage of having a textbook in Accordance instead of a print copy? Textbooks in Accordance weigh a lot less than print textbooks. No more backaches from an overstuffed bookbag! Accordance textbooks integrate with your e ...

How Tall Was Goliath? 1 Samuel 17:4 in the LXX & DSS

July 28, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — At church last Sunday, I taught from 1 Samuel 17, the chapter detailing the infamous battle between the young shepherd-boy-to-be-king, David, and the Philistine champion, Goliath. I’ve known the story since childhood. In fact, many who didn’t grow up attending religious services still know the basic story—that this young boy (probably an older teen in actuality) faced down this “giant” of an enemy and prevailed with no armor and only a sling in hand. Even today, we speak of facing down or overcoming “giants” when a seemingly impossible ...

Power Searches (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #145)

July 28, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Accordance has an amazing number of ways to strengthen searches in Bibles and texts: Search Options, Search Conditions, and Search Commands. This podcast provides an overview of all of these and detailed information on the seven Connecting Commands, as well as the Style, Range, Field, and Count Commands. Become an Accordance Power User! See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

Accordance Adventures in Japan

July 27, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — After visiting Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Seoul in our four-week "Accordance in Asia" Tour, Ryan Mudge and I headed to Japan. After one night in Narita, where the airport was located, we headed by train to the Japan Bible Seminary in Hamura, west of Tokyo. We arrived in time for the annual pastors conference which was being held at a Christian resort in Okutama-machi Nishitama-gun. This area is out in the countryside, and I have to admit that the region, which had mountains in every direction I looked, was just gorgeous. Certainly, ...

Accordance for Windows/Mac Updated to 11.2.3

July 25, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Fire up App Update-- Accordance for Windows and Mac has been updated to v. 11.2.3. This is a minor update including the following changes: Removed length cap when saving search ranges Easy Install will now download Atlas data updates if needed Added Portuguese localization of the Atlas Additional bug fixes and stability improvements. Accordance 11.2.3 can be downloaded from within the program by selecting "Check App Update" from the Utilities menu (Windows) or the Accordance menu (Macintosh). ...

Göttingen LXX: Update & Price Reduction!

July 25, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — The Septuagint (LXX) is the first known translation of the Bible. Beginning in approximately the 3rd century BC with the translation of the Pentateuch into Greek from the original Hebrew, the creation of the LXX spans three centuries and comprises all books of the Hebrew Bible, plus the books of the Deuterocanon/Apocrypha. The significance of the LXX cannot be overstated as nearly all quotations of the Old Testament by the New Testament writers as well as Josephus and Philo come from this translation. Even today, over 200 million Christians ...

Accordance Adventures in Korea

July 22, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Around the first week of July, Ryan Mudge and I travelled to Seoul, South Korea, to represent Accordance at the International Society of Biblical Literature meetings. The ISBL meetings were held on the campus of Yonsei University, which is where we also took our lodgings in one of the university guest houses. The university campus was beautiful, vast, and the terrain was anything but flat. In fact, Ryan and I regularly joked that just going back and forth between the ISBL meetings and our guest house across campus was a journey ...

Take Class Notes in Accordance (7 Strategies for Students #1)

July 22, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — When I began my M.Div classes in the early '90s, laptops were a luxury most of us could not afford, and powerful Bible software like Accordance was non-existent (Accordance 1.0 was released in 1994). In class, I took my notes by hand with pencil and paper. Then, I went home and transcribed them onto my computer in Microsoft Word. Although this repittive method was actually a good way to reinforce what we had covered in class, it was also very time consuming. If I were a student taking classes today, I would simply create a User ...

Scripture to Sermon, Part 2 (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #144)

July 18, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — This is the second podcast in a two-part series on preparing a sermon from scratch. Resuming the process at studying the paragraph, Dr. J explains how to harvest the hard work of exegesis (the verse-by-verse study) to build an expository sermon. Novices and experienced preachers alike will appreciate this clear explanation of the sermon-building process. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

A Closer Look at the Orthodox Study Bible

July 15, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — This past Spring, we released the Orthodox Study Bible for the Accordance Library [see original announcement here]. I have known Theron Mathis, one of the contributors, for nearly two decades. In the interview below, I asked him about his involvement in the project and what he considers significant about the Orthodox Study Bible for all readers of Scripture. Theron, tell us a bit of your background and how you got involved with the Orthodox Study Bible project. I have two Religion degrees: a BA from Liberty University, where I ...

NEW! Beale's Revelation: A Shorter Commentary

July 11, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — For many Bible readers, Revelation can be the most challenging book of the New Testament. Not only does the reader face the regular historical and cultural challenges met with any book of the Bible, Revelation is also written in the apocalyptic genre, which is not very familiar to most modern readers. Thus, over the last two millennia, Revelation has easily spurred more schools of interpretation than perhaps any other portion of biblical writing. Almost two decades ago, one of the better commentaries on Revelation was released: Gregory ...

Accordance Adventures in the Philippines

July 08, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — After leaving Hong Kong, Ryan Mudge and I headed to the Philippines. Like Hong Kong, everyone we met in the Philippines—both locals and those originally from other countries—were friendly and gracious; but the cultures are very different. Our ride from the airport to our initial lodgings was only about 28 km, but it took three hours to get there! I had great admiration for our driver as it definitely took an entirely different skillset than anything I’ve ever had to do when driving back home. While in the Philippines, we also got to ...

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