Accordance Blog

Widen Your Horizons and High Holy Days Offers

September 19, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — Accordance has always been known as a portal to broaden one’s horizons—whether that’s through direct Bible study or one of our many resources that serve as a passport to biblical sites. This week, we’re offering “last chance” pricing on Accordance's own Picture the New Testament: A PhotoCommentary. This one-of-a-kind graphical resource will see a price increase when it is completed next month, so get your copy now (with a free upgrade next month)! We’re also celebrating the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with a number o ...

From Daily Readings to Original Language Discovery: Jesse Dornfeld's Accordance 25 Story

September 13, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — In our ongoing series of blog posts from our users, here's a testimony from Jesse Dornfeld, a brand new Accordance user. I wanted to share a story about how I'm using the Bible in new and exciting ways. Around the beginning of the New Year, I saw there was a pretty big push from a number of church leaders on Twitter to read the Bible every day. Reading my Bible regularly has shown a lot of fruit in my life, such as joy, peace and overall, just a better appreciation of life. Over the years I've spent a lot of time looking into personality ...

How to Export Accordance Bibliographical Data to a Reference Manager

September 09, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance users regularly use our built-in citation feature, but did you know you can also export lots of bibliographic data at once to reference management databases like Zotero, EndNote, and Bookends? Check out this short video to learn how!

Hurricane Dorian

September 02, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — Our office is in the expected path of this storm and will probably be closed on Tuesday, as well as on Monday for Labor Day. As best we can, we will process online orders and answer all messages whether from emails, voicemails, or Live Chat. Please rest assured that we will honor the sale prices on all orders placed before midnight on Tuesday. Thank you for your patience as we do our best to respond to all our users. Updates will be posted on our blog and on social media. Update, Monday 12:30 EDT Our thoughts and prayers are with the people o ...

A Closer Look at Würthwein's The Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to Biblia Hebraica (3rd ed.)

August 28, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Years ago, when I was still in seminary, I got in “trouble” for stating, “Textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible isn’t nearly as interesting as textual criticism of the Greek New Testament.” I said this not so much out of bias as out of ignorance. If only I had read Ernst Würthwein’s The Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Biblia Hebraica, I could have understood that the history of the Hebrew Bible’s transmission is just as fascinating as that of the Greek New Testament—if not perhaps even more! Ernst Würthwein (1909 – 1996) was ...

¿Por qué usar software bíblico?

August 23, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — Este video enumera las razones por las que muchas personas han elegido software bíblico para ayudarlos en su estudio de la Biblia. Para mas información acerca de Accordance Bible Software, incluyendo nuestros videos educacionales y títulos en español, por favor visite Accordance para hispanohablantes. Why use Bible software? Here are some reasons so many people have chosen Bible software to assist them in their own study of the Bible. For more information about Accordance Bible Software, including our titles in Spanish, please visit our ...

Raw Speed & Power: Ed Stevens' Accordance 25 Story

August 22, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary! I think I first heard about the Gramcord and Accordance programs through an Apple Computer magazines (Macworld or MacUser). I had the previously-released MacBible program also. But Accordance captured my interest because of its claim to search grammatically-tagged Greek and Hebrew texts for precise inflected forms. That was far more powerful than a mere Strong’s Number root word search. When I saw the ad in the computer magazine, I ordered it. Although I do not still have the old original 3.5 ...

Win an 8" Amazon Fire HD + Triple Learner Collection!

August 14, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — We’re giving away an 8" Amazon Fire HD and an Accordance 12 Triple Learner Collection. There are five ways to win by signing up for our newsletter and visiting our various social media venues. Of course, we also hope you’ll subscribe to our social media pages while you’re there! The 8" Amazon Fire HD tablet is a perfect way to read Accordance titles in a handheld format. The bright high-definition screen makes the Fire tablet a wonderful on-the-go tablet for Bible study and quick reference. And, of course, all of the Amazon Fire tablets run ...

Update! Accordance 1.5.0 for Android

August 12, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Now available: Accordance Bible Software v. 1.5.0 for Android. This update delivers a number of significant new features, changes to Easy Install, and important bug fixes. Here are a few of the most important new features and updates found in v. 1.5.0. Click/tap on the images below for a larger view of the screenshots. Module Updates Accordance can now download and install module updates. To download updates to titles in your Accordance Library, go to the Overflow button (those vertical three dots in the top right corner) and choose Easy ...

New Grammars from Mounce (Greek) & Futato (Hebrew)

August 12, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Fall semester is upon us, and scores of students at Bible colleges and seminaries will begin (what will hopefully be) lifelong studies in biblical languages. This week, we are releasing an often-requested introductory Hebrew grammar for Accordance as well as a revision to a standard work for learning biblical Greek. Accordance makes the perfect platform for learning biblical languages because of quick access to Hebrew and Greek texts as well as lexicons and grammar works. Instead of spreading out a half dozen physical books on a crowded desk, ...

Which is Easier to Learn? Greek or Hebrew?

August 09, 2019 - David Lang — I did not originally intend to study Greek and Hebrew in college. I planned to go on to seminary, and I figured I would study the original languages there. But when the professors with whom I tended to argue dismissed my arguments out of hand because I did not know the languages, I thought, “Okay, I’ll go ahead and study Greek and Hebrew now.” Little did I know what I was getting myself into! My university Religion department offered biblical Hebrew courses, but there were no courses in biblical Greek. My only option was to take classical ...

Why so many Greek and Hebrew Lexicons?

August 02, 2019 - David Lang — Ever wonder why there are so many Greek and Hebrew lexicons? I mean, how many resources do we need to tell us what a given Greek or Hebrew word means? We tend to think of lexicons as objective references telling us what words mean with scientific precision, but lexicons can be created for different purposes, by different authors, writing at different times, for different audiences. They can be organized in different ways, driven by different theories of how languages work, or focused on different tasks. Different approaches have their ...

Significant for Pastoral Work: Colin Cushman's Accordance 25 Story

August 01, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — I started using Accordance one and a half years ago. I was originally very hesitant to use Bible software. It seemed too expensive and I thought I could do what I needed to for free. However, upon starting to use Accordance, I have found myself using it daily. I do not use Accordance for all of the uses that it is billed for. For example, I do not find much use in my own work of doing in-depth original language work; nor do I use complex English search functions very often. These are just not the types of data that I find useful for my own ...

NEW! A Christian's Pocket Guide Series

July 29, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — New for the Accordance Library from Christian Focus Publications: A Christian’s Pocket Guide Series is the perfect quick reference on your mobile phone or tablet. Written from a conservative Reformed perspective, this 11-volume series—covering a wide variety of topics—will allow you to grow your faith and deepen your understanding of spiritual realities in the world today. For better or worse, we live in a very busy world. Sometimes we need to get up to speed on a subject very quickly, not just for our own knowledge, but also to be able to ...

Memorizing Hebrew with the Dynamic Interlinear

July 26, 2019 - David Lang — The reason we call Accordance’s interlinear feature the Dynamic Interlinear is that it is flexible enough to be used in all sorts of ways. You can create a standard interlinear with English words under the original Greek and Hebrew. You can create a reverse interlinear which displays Greek or Hebrew under the English. You can create an all English interlinear comparing every key-numbered Bible text you own. You can use the MT-LXX Interlinear database to create an interlinear with the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Septuagint. Or, as I discovered ...

The Unexpected Benefits of a Well-Rounded Library

July 19, 2019 - David Lang — As a longtime Accordance employee, I have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to all the resources in my personal Accordance Library. I have more Bibles, original language texts, dictionaries, commentaries, and books at my fingertips than I know what to do with; and I get new toys to play with all the time. Yet even though I have access to all these materials, I tend to consult a handful of trusted resources over and over again. After all, who has time to read 100 commentaries on the same passage? Nevertheless, there are times when some ...

A Closer Look at the Kregel Exegetical Library (NEW!)

July 18, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — The IVP Pocket Dictionary for the Study of New Testament Greek offers a simple definition for the word exegesis: “The act or result of drawing out the meaning of the biblical text and explaining it; interpretation.” Although, there is often some overlap, an exegeticalcommentary is different from an expositorycommentary. An exegetical commentary can often be a bit more technical, dealing with literary and linguistic issues, while an expository commentary often focuses primarily on the task of teaching or preaching a biblical passage. That’s n ...

NEW! Strong’s Numbers Added to Arabic & Hebrew New Testaments!

July 08, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — We are pleased to announce the release of Strong's Key Numbered editions of the Modern Hebrew New Testament and Arabic New Testament. The addition of Greek Key Numbers to these texts, which link most words to the Greek New Testament, allows Accordance users to identify and search for Greek words underlying the translation. Also, it enables the use of these texts for cross-highlighting with other Keyed and Tagged New Testament texts as well as use in the Accordance Dynamic Interlinear. Normally, when clicking on a Hebrew word in a Hebrew t ...

From the iPhone to the Desktop: Kevin Sullivan’s Accordance 25 Story

July 05, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — I was first introduced to Accordance via the Accordance app on my iPhone several years ago. There were other bible apps out there, and I used them frequently, but my “go to” app was always my Accordance Library when I needed to dig a little deeper into something. Then, about two years ago, it became evident to me that my old PC was nearing its end, and the old bible software I had been using for decades years was going to die with it. It served me for many years, but it was time to upgrade and move on. I researched many bible software packages ...

25 Reasons We’re Still Going Strong: Our Users

June 28, 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, 6 reasons related to our development philosophy, 5 aspects of our approach to software design, and 5 key business strategies. In this ...

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