Accordance Blog

April 2017

Updated! Accordance Near East Photoguide 2.0

April 28, 2017 - James Davis — Accordance Bible software is pleased to announce the release of a new update (version 2.0) to its Near East PhotoGuide. The best news is that the update is free to current owners of the Near East Photoguide 1.0 and available for immediate download though the Accordance pulldown menu option “Check for Content Updates.” The PhotoGuide Near East Collection contains complete introductions and detailed pictures from each available biblical site in the Near East, including Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran. The enhanced edition of the ...

Endorsement: Janet Payne

April 27, 2017 - Accordance Bible Software — Janet Payne of The Institute for Credible Christianity, and an Accordance user since 2000, describes her use of Accordance for teaching English as a second language as well as keeping her Greek fresh!

Stacks (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #154)

April 26, 2017 - Timothy Jenney — Stacks is one of the most popular new features of Accordance 12 and with good reason. They enable us to save the results of our research quickly. A single Stack can contain multiple Items of all different kinds: citations from Texts and Tools, images (photos, illustrations, and graphs), and user content (comments, accord links, and URLs). Join Dr. J as he provides an in-depth review of this new feature. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

NEW! Packer's Concise Theology

April 24, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — J. I. Packer’s Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs is the second systematic theology we are making available today for the Accordance Library, following this morning’s release of Ryrie’s Basic Theology. Both of these theologies have in common the goal of making Christian doctrine understandable to the everyday believer, as opposed to those studying or teaching theology in academic settings. In fact, Dr. Packer states in the preface, “Remembering that the Lord Jesus Christ called those he wanted fed sheep rather than ...

NEW! Ryrie's Basic Theology

April 24, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance users have benefitted from the Ryrie Study Bible notes—one of the best-selling study Bibles in history—for a number of years in their personal Accordance Libraries. Now, fans of Charles Ryrie can go even deeper into the late theologian’s thought with our release of Ryrie’s Basic Theology: A Popular Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth. “Theology is for everyone. Indeed, everyone needs to be a theologian.” These are the opening sentences in Ryrie’s Basic Theology and the driving idea behind every chapter in the book. ...

Updated x 2! Accordance 12.0.6 for Win/Mac & Accordance Mobile 2.5.3

April 19, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — This week, we’ve seen the release of updates to both Accordance 12 (Win/Mac), as well as Accordance Mobile (iOS). Check out the details below. In addition to some much-needed bug fixes, the following changes have been added to the program: Added a Safe Mode option to clean up all installed fonts across the system (Mac-only). Info Pane titles and Research verse results now use the native book name if desired. Reporting a Correction now includes the accord:// URL to the location of the error. Attempting to ...

Endorsement: Bill Mounce

April 19, 2017 - Accordance Bible Software — Dr. Bill Mounce, President of biblicaltraining.org and author of Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar and Workbook, has been an enthusiastic Accordance user since the early days! In this video recorded at the 2016 ETS meeting in San Antonio, Dr. Mounce describes the specific new feature that has him most excited about Accordance 12.

ETCBC Hebrew Syntax

April 17, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — Have you discovered the ETCBC Hebrew Syntax in Accordance? The ETCBC Advanced database of the Hebrew Bible (formerly known as WIVU database), contains the scholarly text of the Hebrew Bible with linguistic markup developed by the Werkgroep Informatica at the Free University (WIVU) of Amsterdam and edited by Eep Talstra of the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer (ETCBC). Check out this short video for an overview (we recommend viewing at full screen in HD).

NEW! Moody Bible Commentary

April 17, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — Spend a little time with The Moody Bible Commentary, and you may just have found your new favorite one-volume commentary. If you’ve ever seen this volume in print, you know it’s not a quick take on the Bible. At over 2,100 pages in print, written by a team of over 30 contributors from Moody Bible Institute’s undergraduate school and seminary, this is not your average Bible commentary. In fact, it’s been billed as having “a team of 30 Moody Bible Institute professors helping you study the Bible.” That’s no exaggeration. I first held the ...

How to Read a Book in Accordance

April 13, 2017 - Abram Kielsmeier-Jones — Ever wonder what separates a title in Accordance Bible Software from ebooks or even other Bible software platforms? In the video below, Abram Kielsmeier-Jones highlights four features of digital texts in Accordance: Hyperlinks, hyperlinks, hyperlinks! The expandable/collapsible Table of Contents sidebar Search Fields to better focus your search Advanced: Amplify/Research to get from the book you’re reading to the rest of your library According to Abram, ...

Mikhal Oren 1977-2017

April 10, 2017 - Accordance Bible Software — We are very sad to announce that Mikhal Oren ז"ל, one of the members of the Accordance staff, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017. She had been battling acute leukemia since November 2016, a sequela to the Hodgkins lymphoma for which she was treated in 2014. She underwent a bone marrow transplant three weeks ago, but did not recover from it. We were very privileged to have Mikhal as part of the Accordance development team, especially for scholarly texts that required both an excellent knowledge of Hebrew and advanced computer skills. ...

A Closer Look at Interpretation Bible Studies

April 07, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — Church Bible studies remain the heart of discipleship and religious education. The Sunday morning sermon may get all the attention and spotlight, but often it’s the small group Bible study where believers start to gain in-depth understanding of the Scriptures as related to their own faith. The Bible study offers opportunity for questions to be immediately answered and for those serendipitous moments of discovery. However, putting together a good Bible study can be hard work when done right. I’m definitely not referring to the kind of ...

A Closer Look at Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church

April 06, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — I love a good excursus. I suppose that would not be the best feature to highlight about oneself on a dating website (and I’m happily married anyway, thank you), but it’s very true. I’m speaking of excursus as defined by Merriam-Webster as a “digression that contains further exposition of some point or topic.” I have to admit that I often get lost on the rabbit trails, but lost in a good way. Taking a moment off-point to explore a related subject stirs my imagination. Sometimes, the rabbit trail—or excursus if we want to sound more a ...

A Closer Look at Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching

April 05, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — Yesterday, we released Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching, an incredible 43-volume commentary series from Westminster John Knox Press. With names like Brueggemann, Blenkinsopp, and Purdue writing Old Testament volumes; and Craddock, Achtemeier, and Oden penning installments for the New Testament, it’s easy to see that the Interpretation Commentary Series is the product of a diverse group of top biblical scholars. However, what these diverse scholars have in common is their commitment to their communities of faith. ...

Updated! Accordance 12.0.5 for Windows & Mac

April 03, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance 12 continues to improve with yet another free update. Accordance 12.0.5 for Windows & Mac adds continued improvements to Papers, Stacks, Research, User Tools, User Notes and more. Added new accord URL action type “research,” that will open a Research tab with the specified parameters. Significantly improved the typing and edit speed for long User Notes and Tools and removed the User Tool Block Size preference. Get Verses references now use the native book name if ...