Accordance Blog

February 2017

New Lenten Titles

February 27, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — Confession: having spent most of my life worshiping with what I would describe as “low-church Baptists,” I am still very much a novice when it comes to the Christian practice of Lent. Nevertheless, I want to learn; I want to experience this ancient tradition that goes back all the way to the second century AD. I understand that Lent is a 40-day (46 days if counting Sundays) “preparation” for the remembrance and celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus, known as Easter in the West and Pascha in the East. But what does such a ...

Seeing the Psalms Across the New Testament

February 26, 2017 - David Sanford — How much do the Jewish Psalms permeate the Christian Scriptures? And, why does it matter? To answer that first question, I turned to my Accordance library’s GNT OT Cross References. After searching for “Psalms,” I clicked on View Analytics, and then on Hits Graph. The results? The New Testament contains more than 100 quotations from the Psalms. With two small exceptions, every New Testament writer draws from the beloved hymnbook of God’s chosen people. In the opening line of the New Testament, Matthew declares that Jesus is “the son of David” ...

Gary Springer (Scholarly Video Endorsement)

February 22, 2017 - Accordance Bible Software — Before there was a native Windows version of Accordance, we offered the Mac version of Accordance through a Mac emulator. Gary Springer, an instructor and administrator of the Torah Resource Institute in Tacoma, Washington, has been using Accordance since those days! Hear Gary in his own words as describes how important Accordance is to him personally and professionally: “Accordance is the anchor for where I go to dig into the text, understand what the words are actually telling me—the language—and seek to apply that not only in my life but ...

NEW! IVP Pocket Reference (15 volumes)

February 21, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — Have you ever been guilty of not paying attention in class? You’re sitting in New Testament Greek, and the professor says something about emphatic negation subjunctives. Wait…what? Two minutes spent thinking about lunch and suddenly you’re behind in the class discussion! Whether you’re a student, pastor, or even a professor (we won’t tell!), the kinds of situations like the one described above require quick access to reference tools provided like the IVP Pocket Reference Series. It doesn’t matter who you are—at some point, you need a quick ...

Was Proverbs 31:10-31 Written for Women?

February 19, 2017 - David Sanford — Only heaven knows how many articles, lectures, sermons, books, seminars, women’s Bible studies, and retreats have extolled the virtues of the Wonder Woman described in the last page of the book of Proverbs. So, was Proverbs 31 originally written for women to read and study? The answer seems obvious. Yes. Of course. Who else would it have been written for? A review of various volumes in my Accordance 12 Library offers two unexpected answers. The first surprise? This particular passage of Scripture doesn’t always appear at the end of Proverbs. ...

Research & Research Analytics (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #152)

February 17, 2017 - Timothy Jenney — Research is Accordance's fastest, most comprehensive search of mutiple resources. It replaced the older Search All in Accordance 11. Now, in Accordance 12, it features its own set of Research Analytics. Research + Research Assistant is a powerful combination that allows us to dig deeper into our search results than ever before. It identifies relevant passages and resources quickly and easily. It’s like having our very own research assistant, available to do our bidding whenever and wherever we are. [Accordance 12: Intermediate] For related ...

H. Wayne House (Scholarly Video Endorsement)

February 15, 2017 - Accordance Bible Software — Dr. Hershel Wayne House, a widely-published scholar and research professor at Faith Evangelical Seminary, is a long-time Accordance user. He says: “Accordance is the premier software for doing biblical research, in my opinion. There are a lot of great programs out there. Software is so important today. I can now do in a matter of seconds what could have taken me months to do at other points in my life… When you’re really going to study the Bible…the text itself, Accordance is at the top of the ladder… I tell every one of my students: you must ...

The Bible in Feminist Perspective

February 13, 2017 - Accordance Bible Software — Two new Accordance titles, published a century apart, offer perspectives on the Bible from a woman’s point of view that will be of interest to all. This is a modern classic of biblical scholarship, written by some of the top feminist scholars in the field today. This 20th anniversary edition features brand-new or thoroughly revised essays to reflect newer thinking in feminist interpretation and hermeneutics. The concluding page of commentary on Proverbs does a great job of showcasing the strengths of this volume. Most women regard the “woman ...

Modern Issues with Marilyn McEntyre

February 13, 2017 - Accordance Bible Software — Marilyn McEntyre, Professor of Medical Humanities at UC Berkeley, has been described as caring “about connecting spirituality, politics, food, healthcare, care for the earth and its creatures, care for language and public discourse.” McEntyre’s down-to-earth writing continues to win accolades. Her book What’s in a Phrase? won the 2015 Christianity Today Book Award in Spirituality. In her newest book, Word by Word, McEntyre invites men and women alike to remember the biblical and literary contexts of specific words, and make each a focus for ...

How to Apply God's Word as You Read It

February 12, 2017 - David Sanford — If anyone loves to study God's Word, it’s me. As a result, I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to serve as the executive editor of several Bibles published by Tyndale House, Zondervan, and Thomas Nelson. Then again, my greatest delight still comes from reading Scripture. As you can imagine, I don’t read it passively. Instead, years ago I discovered three questions that transformed my Bible reading experience. I’m so thankful that Accordance Bible Software has given me the opportunity to share them with you. I hope they transform your Bible ...

Improvements in Accordance 12.0.4 and Recent Updates

February 09, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — Even before I worked for the company, I appreciated the Accordance developers’ practice of adding features to the program in the way of free updates. While most software companies require payment for new features, Accordance gets better with each incremental update, most of which are absolutely free! This is certainly true ofupdates to Accordance 12 since its release in November. Paper and Stacks were two of the big new features in v. 12, and they continue to get attention through updates and new functionality. Look, for example, at all the ...

Nancy Dawson (Accordance Author Profile)

February 08, 2017 - Accordance Bible Software — We’re delighted to feature this video with Nancy S. Dawson. Dr. Dawson is a former science professor at Western Kentucky University and Texas A&M. She also is the author of Accordance’s popular new Genealogies of the Bible. She says: “There is a framework that Scripture is laid upon. That framework is God’s people… I was very interested in understanding those kinship groups, clans, tribal affiliations… I brought scientific rigor to this, and I hope it will be meaningful to you” as an Accordance user. After all, “God’s family is where he ...

Two New Titles for Reading the Church Fathers

February 06, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — "History is the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instructor of the present, and monitor to the future." —Miguel de Cervantes (as quoted in Many Thoughts of Many Minds) If you are a student of church history or merely someone who appreciates dead authors over live ones, we are introducing two titles today that will aid you in your study of the past. Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers “Any consensus in theology today begins with the rejection of the classical Christian tradition as this is ...

Studying the Bible in a New Way

February 02, 2017 - Wes Allen — Note: this blog post by Wesley Allen originally appeared January 30, 2017, on the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey website and is reproduced here with permission. Photos were also taken by Wesley Allen. On January 28 the ABCNJ Academy sponsored a training seminar for Accordance Bible Software at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Roughly fifty people attended the event, about half of whom were ABCNJ pastors and leaders. While Accordance provides the training for free, ABCNJ registrants received the Accordance starter bundle and A ...

Jack Fish (Scholarly Video Endorsement)

February 01, 2017 - Accordance Bible Software — Dr. John (Jack) Fish, Program Director for Biblical Languages, Emmaus Bible College, says: Accordance "is the easiest to use of any of the Bible search programs. It is intuitive; you don't have to go through a long learning curve... It's the Cadillac of the electronic search programs. It's not only the most powerful, but also the easiest to use... It's always been the best program for scholars."