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Making the Bible Come Alive

September 30, 2016 - David Lang — "I really enjoy your Sunday School class. I've been going to church all my life, and I've never had anyone make the Bible come alive the way you do." Someone in my Sunday School class recently told me this. It was one of those compliments that not only made me feel good, but also it made me think. While "making the Bible come alive" has certainly always been my goal, I wondered how I actually accomplish this. After all, I know—and sometimes feel guilty about—how much more time I could devote to preparing my lesson each week. & ...

Researching the Word “Providence”

September 30, 2016 - David Sanford — [Editor’s Note: We recently welcomed David to our marketing team, and asked him to plunge right in writing a few blog posts as a newbie. This is the third in that series.] A. W. Tozer correctly observes: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” How good that we can thank God daily for his sovereignty, providence, holiness, love and mystery. Yes, we can rattle off a lot of other theological and biblical terms, but these are delightfully immense reminders of who God is. ...

JPS Tanakh Major Update for the Holidays

September 29, 2016 - Helen Brown — With its clear, fresh language, the JPS Tanakh is widely recognized as an essential Bible resource by Jews and Christians, scholars and lay leaders. It has been chosen by many religious and secular groups alike as the definitive edition of the Holy Bible. The Hebrew text of the Hebrew-English version is based on the famed Leningrad Codex, the Masoretic text. The translation is a slightly updated version of the 1985 JPS translation, commonly referred to as the New JPS Translation. This JPSS edition from Accordance includes Strong’s numbers ...

AppStore Update with MacOS Sierra Compatible Accordance 11.2.4

September 28, 2016 - Helen Brown — Now available in the Mac App Store: our latest Accordance update that fixes bugs, especially those occurring in macOS Sierra. If you do use the AppStore version of Accordance 11, this is your free upgrade. Please leave us an evaluation or, better, a review, as these start over with each rev in the App Store.

Sale: A Clearer Vision

September 27, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — It's often said that great books are the best investments this side of heaven. Such volumes present the fruit of countless years of scholarly research and writing from a historical focus. Their fresh insights often give us a clearer vision of the Bible. That's particularly true this week. An example is Accordance's offer of $700 off the entire 90-volume Anchor Yale Bible Commentary series -- an indispensable part of any clergy or scholar's library. For the first time, we also offer 8 volumes from the critically acclaimed Anchor ...

Gift Cards for Clergy Appreciation

September 26, 2016 - Helen Brown — October brings an annual opportunity to express our thanks to the people who shepherd our faith congregations. Whether we call them pastors, rabbis, priests, ministers, or something else, we know how hard they work throughout the year. Accordance wants to help you to honor these special people, so we have created new Clergy Gift Cards and are offering them to you at a 20% discount. For example, you can order $100 gift cards for your pastors. You pay only $80 each, and they each get $100 credit when they redeem the gifts. This offer will ...

NEW! Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library - First 2 Sets

September 26, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — "A tradition of excellence in biblical scholarship and A commitment to advancing biblical understanding in the 21st century The Anchor Yale Bible Series, previously the Anchor Bible Series, is a renowned publishing program that for more than 50 years has produced books devoted to the latest scholarship on the Bible and biblical topics." Joining the popular AYB Dictionary and the massive AYB Commentary series, Accordance is thrilled to announce our first two sets from the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. For one week you ...

FREE UPDATE! Anchor Yale Bible Commentary - Judges 1-12

September 23, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — We just added Judges 1-12 as a free update to all who bought or upgraded to the OT set a few weeks ago, so we decided to offer the same amazing prices for one more week. The critically acclaimed Anchor Yale Bible Commentary now includes Joshua 1-12 by Thomas B. Dozeman (2015) Judges 1-12 by Jack M. Sasson (2014) Ruth by Jeremy Schipper (2016) Revelation by Craig R. Koester (2015) Here are the sale prices through October 3, 2016 at 11:59 PM EDT. ...

Personal Libraries—Past, Present, and Future

September 23, 2016 - David Sanford — [Editor’s Note: We recently welcomed David to our marketing team, and asked him to plunge right in writing a few blog posts as a newbie. This is the second in that series.] Until age 52, I enjoyed a house full of bookshelves and untold thousands of books. This was true despite living in a variety of homes over the years. Before moving to home #11, though, a wild and almost exuberant question unexpectedly slipped from behind the curtains and took center stage in my mind. Even today, I hesitate to write the question, let alone ...

Accordance 11.2.4 Released

September 21, 2016 - Helen Brown — Yes, it's just bug fixes, but for those Mac users who are upgrading now to macOS Sierra (10.12), it's very important. There was a crash when loading pictures in the beta version of that system which has not been fixed, so our developers provided a workaround. Everything else is working smoothly in Sierra. Please see New Features Since 11 and Bug Fixes Since 11 for details of the fixes. Use Check for App Update in your Utilities menu (Windows) or Accordance menu (Mac). If the item isn't there, you have the App Store version and w ...

UPDATE: Feasting Commentary Expanded

September 19, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — We are happy to announce a free update to the Feasting on the Word Commentary series. The update adds 143 Additional Essays on the lections that are not covered in the Feasting on the Word print volumes, integrated into each year as appropriate. We are confident that this Accordance version of the Commentary is now the most complete and accurate available. To get the latest update, Check for Content Updates. For more information, see an earlier blog post about this series. Feasting on the Word, the Gospels, and ...

New Cornerstone Commentary

September 19, 2016 - David Sanford — [Editor’s Note: We just welcomed David to our marketing team, and asked him to plunge right in with a blog post as a newbie.] Today I installed Accordance 11 Essential Collection, and the complete Cornerstone Biblical Commentary by Philip W. Comfort, General Editor (Tyndale House Publishers). This acclaimed 20-volume set, based on the New Living Translation, retails in print for $666.80, but is available from Accordance Bible Software for only $199 (introductory price, regularly $399). As a brand-new Accordance user, I decided to ...

Accordance Mobile 2.4 is Here!

September 16, 2016 - David Lang — Accordance Mobile 2.4 is now available from the App Store! This release adds support for Dynamic Interlinears, Liturgical Devotionals, and much more. Here are some highlights of the Accordance 2.4 update: Dynamic Interlinear Devotional Support for Liturgical Tools Enhanced Picture Views Hypertext Settings for Tools Download and Store Improvements Performance Enhancements Bug Fixes For more information, be certain to check out the New Features in Accordance Mobile 2.4 webpage ...

Resources You'll Only Find in Accordance

September 13, 2016 - David Lang — Here at Accordance, we love to talk about the unique things the Accordance application can do: powerful search features like the INFER command, the unparalleled flexibility of the Atlas, the graphical elegance of the Construct window, etc. We don't often focus on the resources that are unique to Accordance: that is, the books and databases you can only get from us. One reason for that is that in the early days of Bible software, many Bible programs competed on the basis of the books they included rather than on the features they ...

Goldingay Update

September 02, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — The Old Testament For Everyone (17 Volumes) (Goldingay) is now truly 17 volumes. We just added Lamentations-Ezekiel (vol. 16) and Daniel-Malachi (vol. 17) which completes the set. Please see this blog post for fuller details on this remarkable commentary. The Old Testament for Everyone (17 volumes) $199

Basic Hebrew Searches (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #147)

September 02, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — If you’ve invested the time to learn Hebrew, Accordance is the Bible Software for you! We have a host of Hebrew texts and resources -- and an amazing set of search tools. In this podcast Dr. J covers the five basic kinds of Hebrew searches, modifying those searches with search commands and symbols, and how to type in Hebrew.

Using Grammars for Exegesis--Really!

August 29, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — In my second year of seminary, years ago, I took a Greek syntax and exegesis course. As one might imagine, this course involved writing a syntax and exegesis paper. We were all required to pick a portion of the New Testament and look at it from every angle. We were encouraged to focus only on a verse or even just a sentence or phrase. That paper had to cover every aspect of our passage including linguistic, text-critical and interpretive (historical and modern) understandings. We were told to comb through commentaries, journal articles, ...

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 ...

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