Accordance Blog

February 2016

NEW! Four Years of Devotionals from E. Stanley Jones

February 29, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — “The Bible redirects my will, cleanses my emotions, enlightens my mind, and quickens my total being.” --E. Stanley Jones as quoted in The Complete Gathered Gold Few Christian ministers of the modern age have taken the command to “Go into all the world and preach the Good News… (Mark 6:15) as seriously as did the late E. Stanley Jones (1884 – 1973). Called “the world’s greatest missionary evangelist” by Time Magazine in 1938, E. Stanley Jones served as a missionary in India, China and Japan. Jones was a tireless communicator, ...

Searching Bibles & Texts (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #136)

February 22, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Searching the Bible for verses, words, and topics is a fundamental study technique. Accordance makes it faster and more accurate. Join Dr. J as he demonstrates how to do all of these kinds of searches—and how to check your results. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

Frustrated? Switch to Accordance NOW!

February 22, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Note: Although our 30%-off Promotion is now over, Switchers can still get a 20% discount on their first order when upgrading to Accordance from a competing platform. See our Switcher page for more information. Why So Frustrated? Occasionally when I’m at a conference telling potential new users about Accordance Bible Software, I meet what I call “The Frustrated Brand X Bible Software User.” These are people who already use Brand X Bible Software and are unhappy with their decision for a variety of reasons such as slow ...

Important Security Update in 11.1.4

February 19, 2016 - Helen Brown — Accordance 11.1.4, just released, has two notable sets of changes. It patches the potential security vulnerability when running Check for App Updates on an insecure public network. WARNING: this vulnerability affects all prior versions of Accordance from 9 to 11, except the Mac App Store version, when running on a public network. We strongly recommend that all our users upgrade to 11.1.4 to eliminate this potential risk. It continues the revisions of the Syntax display and searching. We describe the changes in Quick Guide ...

An Afternoon with Dr. Charles Ryrie

February 17, 2016 - David Lang — Yesterday Dr. Charles Ryrie, long-time professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, renowned dispensational theologian, and author of the Ryrie Study Bible, passed away at age 90. I met Dr. Ryrie only once, but even that brief encounter left a lasting impression on me. I had been working for Accordance for no more than a couple of years at the time, so this would have been around 1996 or 1997. I had flown to Dallas to exhibit Accordance at a conference and to meet with the owner of a local computer store that sold Macintosh computers. One ...

NEW! Backgrounds of Early Christianity

February 15, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — I have to admit at times I’m a bit envious of today’s seminary students--until I remember cramming for exams and the like. I’m actually referring to the ever-growing Accordance Library with titles such as Everett Ferguson’s Backgrounds of Early Christianity (3rd edition) released today. This was a textbook I used in a backgrounds class I took a few years ago. Back then, I had to buy the “dead-tree” version of the book, but I would have loved to have had it in Accordance at the time. Of course, Backgrounds of Early Christianity is a ...

NEW! Baker Handbooks on the Old Testament

February 15, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — For the past week, we have discounted our New International Commentary on the Old and New Testaments at our lowest offering ever (if you’re reading this blog post on the day I’m posting it, you have until midnight to take advantage of this phenomenal price). Although not often touted as a feature of the NICOT/NT, the fact remains that unlike many commentary series written by multiple authors, this one is uniformly good throughout. And for years, many Accordance users have benefitted from the first two volumes in the NICOT, which are Victor P. ...

The Reviews Are In: Accordance Mobile 2.3 Is a Hit!

February 12, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — The Reviews Are In: Accordance Mobile 2.3 Is a Hit! This week we released Accordance Mobile 2.3 which brought exciting new features such as Slide Over, Split View, Spotlight Search, and support for the iPad Pro’s much larger screen. This release is significant because it not only brought new features, it also created entirely new workflow strategies for using Accordance Mobile in professional contexts. Since Monday, we’ve been blown away by the response of our users! Here is a sampling: “Just a grateful ...

What's New in Accordance Mobile 2.3?

February 10, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance Mobile 2.3 is finally here! This release incorporates a number of iOS 9 capabilities as well as other new features making Accordance even better to use when on the go. Here are some highlights of the Accordance 2.3 update: Full iPad Pro Resolution iOS 9 Slide Over iOS 9 Split View Pane Orientation Saved Secondary Pane Location iOS 9 Spotlight Search Internal Web Browser Support Enhanced User Notes Continued Multimedia Support Bug Fixes For more information, b ...

Updated NICOT and NICNT

February 08, 2016 - Helen Brown — Great news! Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. continues to expand their highly-rated New International Commentary series on the Old and New Testaments. As their website says: This premier commentary series enjoys a worldwide readership of scholars, pastors, priests, rabbis, and serious Bible students. They eagerly consult its high-quality volumes to inform their preaching, teaching, and academic research, and they warmly welcome each newly published volume as they would an encounter with a stimulating new friend. Through the ...

NEW! AMG's Complete Word Study Dictionaries

February 08, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Although traditionally very popular among pastors, students, and laymen, The Complete Word Study Dictionary for Old and New Testaments from AMG Publishers was actually designed to be used by all readers of the Bible, including those who have studied the original languages. As stated by Spiros Zodhiates in the preface to the New Testament volume, “The greatest benefit of this dictionary will undoubtedly be realized by the person who has taken the time and exercised the discipline and diligence to study the Greek grammar and language of the New ...

Understanding Syntax - (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #135)

February 06, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Over the past few years we’ve worked hard to make our original language syntax searches faster, more accurate, and more intuitive. In this podcast, Dr. J demonstrates the value of the add-on Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament syntactical databases. He also offers guidance in how to use Syntax Trees, perform syntactical Word Searches, and hone our syntactical Construct Searches. A working knowledge of Greek or Hebrew will help viewers get the most out of this episode. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

NEW! Four R. C. Sproul Titles from Tyndale House

February 01, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — Adding to our many other popular offerings from acclaimed Reformed author, R. C. Sproul, we are pleased to announce four new titles for the Accordance Library from Tyndale House Publishers. Accordance allows for in-depth study or casual reading on whatever device you have in front of you: Windows PC, Macintosh, iPad, or iPhone. CHOSEN BY GOD With nearly 200,000 copies sold in its 25 years, Chosen by God by Dr. R. C. Sproul is a contemporary classic on predestination, a doctrine that isn't just for Calvinists, says Sproul. ...

NEW! IVP Old Testament & New Testament Essentials

February 01, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — What’s the Bible about? That’s a good question, but I have a hunch that many people—perhaps even many participating in regular worship communities each week—might have trouble answering it. Many know individual Bible stories or often-quoted passages, but how does it all tie together? Fortunately, two new resources for the Accordance Library have arrived to help Bible readers not only gain an overview of the entire biblical story, but also piece it all together into a unified whole. This week, we are pleased to announce the release of ...