Accordance Blog

February 2020

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...