Accordance Blog

January 2020

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 ...