Accordance Blog

Remember the Past with Gratitude and Live the Present with Passion

May 21, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — In Against the Heresies, Irenaeus wrote that God, in His patience, allowed His people to go through various trials and acquire moral knowledge, culminating in deliverance through resurrection of the dead. Thus, through His deliverance, we might "Live in a state of gratitude to the Lord" for what He has done for us. There's a principle here that we should remember the past with gratitude so that we might live the present with passion. All of our selections this week allow you to do just that! Don't forget our second and final week for Z ...

The Great Banquet (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #185)

May 17, 2019 - Timothy Jenney — Who doesn’t love a great banquet? This Bible study focuses on the the similarities and differences between two of Jesus’ parables: The Great Banquet (Luke) and The Wedding Feast (Matthew). Using only the resources available in the Accordance 12’s basic Starter Collection, Dr. J demonstrates how to use the Info Pane, the Parallels tab, and Highlights to identify the message of each of these parables. Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!

Special Webinar Event with Dr. Bill Mounce

May 15, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — No doubt you're familiar with the multiple free webinars we offer each week. This coming Monday, you have a very special opportunity to sit in on a webinar led by Dr. Bill Mounce, author of the standard Greek textbook, Basics of Biblical Greek and founder of BiblicalTraining.org! On Monday, May 20, at 1 PM, you have an opportunity to see and hear Dr. Bill Mounce present “It’s All Greek to Me.” This webinar is available to anyone but will also include a special message to graduates about the importance of biblical Greek. It will also include a ...

Two New Gospels Studies Resources for Accordance

May 13, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — We are pleased to announce the release of two very helpful resources in the area of Gospel studies. One is a study related to all four canonical Gospels, while the other focuses solely on John. Richard A. Burridge, Anglican priest and scholar, begins his book Four Gospels, One Jesus? A Symbolic Reading with an anecdote from his younger days. After years of study and preparation, his spiritual advisor suggested, “I think you should read the gospels.” This is probably good advice for all of us. Through our studies over the years, we often ...

NEW! Ancient Christian Texts

May 13, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — One of the most popular commentaries among Accordance users is the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ACCS) from Intervarsity Press. Any regular user of the ACCS will want to immediately take note of its companion series, Ancient Christian Texts (ACT), released today for Accordance Bible Software. 15 volumes currently comprise ACT, covering selected books in both the Old and New Testaments. How is ACT different from ACCS? While the latter presents short excerpts organized by biblical chapter and verse order, ACT offers complete (or as ...

The Reviews Are In: Accordance Mobile 3.0 for iOS Is A HIT!

May 11, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Have you upgraded Accordance Mobile to v. 3 on your iPhone and iPad yet? The reviews are in and v. 3 is a hit! Here are just a few of the comments we've received so far: More highlighting options!!!! Yes!!! — Daniel Darling (@dkdarling) May 1, 2019 Shout out to @AccordanceBible for the fresh, clean iOS interface! — Jojo Agot  (@JojoAgot) May 3, 2019 Shortcuts… yes!!! pic.twitter.com/UIeVvkvLTU — Matthew Henderson (@keypnchr) May 4, 2019 Awesome update, you guys keep showing me why you are my favorite app on my devices — Teddy Gebretsadik ...

Update! Accordance Mobile 1.4 for Android

May 10, 2019 - Matt Robertson — Accordance’s newest app, Accordance Mobile for Android, continues to develop into the serious Bible study and research tool that Accordance users know and love. With Accordance Mobile for Android version 1.4, you can now add highlights in your Text and Tool modules from your Android mobile device. Support for Dropbox Syncing has also been added, which means you can use your Android device to view and edit your existing highlights, and the highlights you make on Android will also appear in Accordance on all of your other platforms. I ...

Graduation Gift – Special Offer

May 09, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — Congratulations! Someone in your family is graduating from High School or College. Or perhaps you have a group of graduates in a class, club, or a youth group in your congregation. If you want to encourage and enable them to study the Bible as they embark on the next phase of their lives, what better gift is there than Accordance Bible Software? Through June 17, 2019, we are offering 50% off a special package for graduates that includes: Our English Special Starter Collection (regular price: $99.90/value: $345) including the IVP Pocket ...

To Everything There Is a Season – Plus New Releases!

May 07, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — Ecclesiastes 3:1 states, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven” (NKJV). When it comes to your Accordance Library, whether you’re in a season of building, gathering, or searching, we’ve got the resources you need for study of the Bible! This week, we have two new series offering historical understandings of the Scriptures—at introductory discounted pricing, of course! And if biblical languages is your specialty, you will want to pick up the new Aramaic dictionary we’re releasing this week. Don’t miss these and ...

Two New Historical Takes on the Bible from Eerdmans

May 06, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — There has been a tendency in the modern era to overlook biblical commentary, theology, and thought from previous generations—especially anything pre-Enlightenment. Priority is often given to whatever is most recent in scholarship with an assumption that whatever is new is inherently superior. Fortunately, in recent years, we have seen somewhat of a reversal in this prejudice with numerous works and series that take older—and even ancient—voices seriously. Today, we are releasing two such series from Eerdmans Publishing, which our users will ...

NEW! TDOT Aramaic Dictionary

May 06, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — Below is a guest review by Ewan MacLeod, director of the Jesus Spoke Aramaic website. The Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament (TDOT) is an extensive series of modern, well-researched volumes examining the vocabulary of the Old Testament, with each word explained in terms of its linguistic and theological significance. Volume 16 is the final volume in the series. This volume is dedicated to biblical Aramaic—that is, the vocabulary of the Aramaic portions of the Old Testament, which includes Daniel 2:4b–7:28, Ezra 4:8–6:18 and 7:12–26, ...

Accordance Mobile 3.0 for iOS (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #184)

May 03, 2019 - Timothy Jenney — Accordance is very pleased to announce a major update in Accordance Mobile for iOS: version 3.0 It includes a new look and feel, new Library organization, external keyboard shortcuts, better Highlights, Search enhancements, and much, much more. Join Dr. J as he reviews these improvements. See more information about Accordance Mobile for iOS. See details of the 3.0 upgrade. For more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp podcast, please visit our podcast page.

NEW! A History of Biblical Interpretation Series (3 volumes)

April 22, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Many might agree with the statement in the New Testament that “no prophetic writing is a matter for private interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20, REB). Nevertheless, there has been no lack of suggesting a diverse assortment of interpretive methods over the past few millennia. Making one’s way through the forest of suggestions for understanding the Bible has been aided by such resources as IVP’s Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, but sometimes there’s a need to gain a perspective from a more chronological and in-depth viewpoint. Coming at ...

NEW! Altas of Christian History

April 22, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Print Bibles usually have maps near the back (and most of our study Bible notes in the Accordance Library have them, too!). Most of the standard Bible maps include some kind of map of the Roman Empire, often related to the travels of the Apostle Paul. But for those interested in the ongoing story of the church, Bible maps tend to only be so helpful. Releasing today for the Accordance Library, the Atlas of Christian History, by Tim Dowley, “has been designed to examine the origins, beginnings, growth, and worldwide spread and development of ...

Invaluable! Allen P. Young's Accordance 25 Story

April 19, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — I first discovered Accordance in 1998 as a student at Talbot School of Theology. I hadn’t started my language studies, but Dr. Clinton Arnold (then current Dean) suggested Bible software compatible with the Mac platform from The Gramcord Institute directed by Dr. Paul Miller. During those early years I eventually upgraded to the Scholar 4 version. On August 25, 2005, I moved under the Accordance banner with Scholar 6.4. Over the years, I have added modules that have aided me in ministry. Accordance is invaluable for sermon and teaching ...

Redemption and Renewal – 25% Off Entire Order

April 16, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — This year, Passover begins at sunset on April 19. Easter/Pascha falls on April 21 for most Catholic and Protestant churches and April 28 for most Eastern Orthodox churches. How do these holidays relate to each other, and what are the origins of these names? For a brief overview, be certain to check out a recent post on the Accordance blog.This week we have reduced prices on a number of select titles to go with this week's sacred observances. If you don't see what you need in our selections, take an additional 25% off the non-sale items of y ...

What's in a name? Passover, Pesach, Pascha & Easter

April 15, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Although historically often at odds with each other, the Jewish and Christian faiths can potentially find common ground through related holidays occurring every Spring. I’m referring, of course, to Passover (Pesach) and Easter (Pascha). This year, Passover begins at sunset on April 19. Easter/Pascha falls on April 21 for most Catholic and Protestant churches and April 28 for most Eastern Orthodox churches. How do these holidays relate to each other, and what are the origins of these names? See below for a brief summary and follow the ...

25 Reasons We’re Still Going Strong: Design Philosophy

April 11, 2019 - David Lang — When Accordance 1.0 was released 25 years ago, there were seemingly dozens of Bible software programs to choose from. Today, only a small handful are still in operation. So how has Accordance managed to keep going strong after all these years? In this series of posts, I’m considering 25 reasons I think we’ve managed to defy the odds. In previous posts, I covered 5 motivational reasons for our continued success, as well as 6 reasons related to our development philosophy. In this post, I’ll cover five aspects of our approach to software design ...

NEW! All the People of the Bible

April 08, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — If you’re already thinking to yourself, “I don’t need another Bible dictionary; I’ve got plenty of Bible dictionaries,” please keep reading a bit longer. All the People in the Bible: An A-Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture by Richard Losch is not your typical, dry Bible dictionary. Losch writes the entries in narrative fashion with a style that is personal, witty, and occasionally (with appropriateness) a bit sarcastic. When the title says, “All the People in the Bible,” it means just that. Everyone is c ...

NEW! Eerdmans' Preaching Christ from the Old Testament Series

April 08, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — In expository preaching circles, the name of Dr. Sidney Greidanus has become synonymous with the idea of preaching Christ from the Old Testament. He has been able to put his experience as both pastor and professor to good use in his series of books on Preaching Christ from the Old Testament. We’re pleased to offer his complete series of five volumes for the Accordance Library, beginning today. These volumes may be purchased together as a set or individually. Greidanus calls the methodology used in his books a “redemptive-historical ...

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