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Fab Fives for Today

February 25, 2020 - — Get FIVE TIMES the savings with our FAB FIVES sale! First, we have FIVE SETS of beneficial resources for your consideration. Whether you're searching for a commentary, a topical study, or counseling helps Accordance has you covered with up to 55% savings! Next, we're offering over 30% off the OXFORD FIVE! These biblical study tools are sure to be a help to any preacher, teacher, or student, so be sure to add them to your Library while these deals last! Bible Speaks Today: OT / NT Set (55 Volumes) The Bible Speaks Today series covers all of t ...

Resources for Lenten Reflection

February 18, 2020 - Accordance Bible Software — Start the season of Lent off right with Accordance! Newly available in Accordance, A Continental Commentary provides insights from the leading German and French biblical scholars to the English-speaking world! Looking for a devotional study to follow over the course of Lent? Accordance has you covered by offering savings on helpful resources designed to promote reflection and celebration during this season. Don't miss our latest new Lenten release, Holy Solitude by Haverkamp. The currently 19-volume Continental Commentary Series, published by ...

NEW! A Continental Commentary (20 volumes)

February 17, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of A Continental Commentary (20 volumes) from Fortress Press for the Accordance Library. This series consists of 19 volumes on the biblical text (16 Old Testament and 3 New Testament) and one volume serving as an extended excursus on the theology of the Psalms. A Continental Commentary stands out as a series that offers English translations of European (primarily French and German) commentators in English. However, Jacob Milgrom, who wrote the Leviticus volume is an Israeli American. ...

Celebrate Valentine's Day with 25% Off Storewide

February 11, 2020 - Accordance Bible Software — Just in time for Valentine's Day, Accordance is offering users a Storewide 25% Off Discount*! If there are any resources you've had your eyes on, now is the time to act. But that's not all! Our Accordance 13 Collections Sale is still going through Feb. 17, so if you haven't upgraded to the latest version of Accordance yet, there's still time to save! Also, the International Septuagint Day Sales are a great way to save on several of our most useful LXX resources, including the lowest prices we have ever offered on the LXX Göttingen: Big 19 ...

Happy International Septuagint Day!

February 08, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — Today is recognized as "International Septuagint Day" by the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS). Why today? Well, according to the IOSCS website... The date was chosen because, as Robert Kraft noted, it is “the one date we know of from late antiquity on which LXX/OG/Aquila received special attention." Emperor Justinian’s Novella 146 permitted the Jews of the Roman Empire to read the Scriptures in their synagogues in Greek, Latin, or "any other tongue which in any district allows the hearers better to ...

Septuagint Vocabulary for Greek New Testament Readers

February 07, 2020 - Abram Kielsmeier-Jones — My love of reading Septuagint texts began with a struggle in Greek 2. I aced first-semester Greek. But second semester brought “second aorists,” and those irregular verb forms gave me trouble. (Increased responsibilities at home and at work added to my challenge.) As Willam D. Mounce notes in his Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, sometimes a single letter sets apart a second aorist from the imperfect form of the same verb. So, he recommends, “Memorize exactly.” I did not memorize exactly, and it showed on my first Greek 2 exam, which was full ...

Accordance 13 Collections and LXX Resources

February 06, 2020 - Accordance Bible Software — It’s time to save big on Accordance 13! This week we're offering 25% savings on all of our Accordance 13 Collections! If you haven't upgraded yet, this is the perfect time. Don't miss out on all the new features offered in Accordance 13 such as Cross Highlighting, searches using the TEXT Command, and more! But that's not all! In celebration of International Septuagint Day, we're putting many of our most useful LXX resources on sale, some at the LOWEST PRICES we've ever offered! If you haven't already upgraded to Accordance 13, there's no t ...

A Closer Look at the CSB Study Bible

February 04, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — Last week, we released the CSB Study Bible notes for Accordance Bible Software. Our users have eagerly awaited the release of these study Bible notes since they were first released in print. Naturally, Accordance users who already have the HCSB Study Bible notes in their libraries will want to know what’s different in the new CSB edition. I will get to that below, but first, the features of the CSB Study Bible notes: 15,000+ study notes 368 word studies 94 photographs 61 timelines• 55 maps 34 articles/essays 21 illustrations/reconstructions 1 ...

A Note from an Accordance User in Mainland China

February 03, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — Note: Mark Allison, one of our Content Developers, received this note from an Accordance user in China. If you're keeping up with the news at all these days, you know that China is fairly isolated at the moment because of the outbreak of the Coronavirus. We are reproducing the note below with permission, but withholding the Accordance user's name by his request out of caution. Hi, Mark. I have been meaning to write this for a while. I am guessing that the majority of Accordance users are students of the original languages and I can clearly s ...

A Fond Farewell

January 31, 2020 - David Lang — Today is my last day at Accordance, at least as a full-time employee. I've been with the company so long I can’t remember exactly when I started, but I do remember that it was around the time Accordance 1.1a was released in April of 1995. That was the version which added support for the tagged Greek Septuagint—heady stuff at the time! As I look back over the last 25 years, I am amazed at the variety of work I have gotten to do. I started as a part-time module developer, writing macros and scripts to convert electronic texts from publishers ...

NEW! Targums Wordmap

January 29, 2020 - Sean Nelson — Newly available with the release of Accordance Version 13.0.3, the Targums WordMap database is the product of the Equivalent Project – a research initiative headed by Dr. Leeor Gottlieb of Bar-Ilan University – which strives to identify and link the contents of ancient biblical translations back to their equivalents in the Hebrew Bible, thus creating a comprehensive synopsis and thesaurus of equivalents of the ancient translations of the Bible. Utilizing Accordance Software’s Targums texts, (the most advanced digital Targum editions a ...

New! Hoffman's Understanding New Testament Greek

January 27, 2020 - Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman — Note: We are pleased to announce the immediate release of Understanding New Testament Greek by Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman. Rather than have us describe this phenomenally unique resource (designed specifically to work with Accordance) ourselves, we thought we'd let Dr. Hoffman tell you about this work himself. Understanding New Testament Greek: A new and straightforward way to acquire Greek language skills quickly Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman There was a time when the typical language requirement for Master of Divinity students was two years of Koine ...

Constrained by the Text: The Importance of Greek and Hebrew for Exegesis

January 17, 2020 - David Lang — Some time ago I was talking with a woman who said she likes to think of the Lord’s prayer differently than it is traditionally recited. She enthusiastically explained that if you just understand the sentence structure a little differently, Jesus’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 takes on a whole new meaning. Here, as best as I can remember, is how she likes to divide the text: Our Father which art In heaven hallowed be Thy name thy kingdom Come thy will Be done in earth as it is in heaven Give us this day our daily bread And forgive us our debts, as ...

New! The Bible Teacher's Guide (21 volumes)

January 15, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — New for the Accordance Library! We are pleased to announce the release of 21 volumes in The Bible Teacher’s Guide Series by pastor, teacher, and author Gregory Brown. This series includes both commentary and topical volumes over a wide range of subjects. Commentary volumes can be placed in parallel with any biblical text or translation within Accordance. Commentaries Topical Studies ** (This module can be placed in parallel with biblical texts.) ** (Each title listed below is a separate individual module.) Abraham: Living the Life of Faith ...

New! Keener's Galatians: A Commentary

January 15, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — Hands down, Craig Keener has consistently remained one of my favorite New Testament commentary writers in recent years. As stated by his publisher, Keener is “widely respected for his thorough research, sound judgments, and knowledge of ancient sources.” For anyone interested in biblical backgrounds and the contexts from which the New Testament writings sprang, Keener’s new commentary on Galatians is a must-have addition to one’s personal Accordance Library. Keener’s commentary on Galatians, published by Baker Academic is an expansion of his ...

An Essential Tool for Hebrew Studies: Mor Shemesh's Accordance 25 Story

January 07, 2020 - Accordance Bible Software — Note: Accordance 1.0 was released to the public in April, 1994. Therefore we still have a few weeks to celebrate our 25th anniversary with stories like the one below. If you'd like to tell us your story, please see the instructions at the end of this post. I first became familiar with Accordance about 7 years ago, during my studies for a BA degree in Hebrew Language at Ben-Gurion University. At a course called "Late Biblical Hebrew" the professor introduced us to Accordance, and made some quick searches in the Hebrew Bible in order to ...

New Year, New Bible!

January 01, 2020 - Accordance Bible Software — It's a New Year! Start it off right by diving into the study of the Bible. Don't know where to start? These deals from HarperCollins have you covered. Whether you're looking to try out a new translation, meditate on devotional words of wisdom, or have the aid of study resources at your fingertips, this sale has something for you! These deals last through the month of January, so don't miss out! Special Note for our Mobile Users: The devotional and study Bible deals are perfect for our iOS and Android apps, as they allow digestable information ...

Holiday Dealz from Zondervan

December 24, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — A great way to bulk up your Accordance Library this holiday season is by taking advantage of these great discounts on select products from Zondervan! If you're wanting to explore the text of Scripture from a new perspective, these commentary sales have you covered! The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary will transport you to the ancient world of Scripture and help you understand the cultural context of the Bible. Want help bringing that ancient cultural context back into our modern day? Then consider the NIV Application ...

Making a Difference in Devotional Life & Original Language Study (Mark Chenhalls' Accordance 25 Story)

December 23, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — I have been using Accordance since 2013 and have always been impressed with the value of even the basic packages, especially for understanding the original languages. The online training and especially the live webinars have made all the difference in understanding how to use the fantastic tools available in Accordance. The mobile version of Accordance has made a huge difference in my devotional life, and the amazing tools available in the mobile version almost make me forget that it is a mobile version. There is something extremely c ...

Going In Depth with the TEXT COMMAND (New in Accordance 13!)

December 16, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — New in Accordance 13: the Text Command allows for cross-textual searching in grammatically-tagged texts and Key-numbered texts. In this previously-recorded webinar, David Lang takes a deep dive into this incredibly powerful Accordance search function.

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