Accordance Blog

April 2019

NEW! A History of Biblical Interpretation Series (3 volumes)

April 22, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Many might agree with the statement in the New Testament that “no prophetic writing is a matter for private interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20, REB). Nevertheless, there has been no lack of suggesting a diverse assortment of interpretive methods over the past few millennia. Making one’s way through the forest of suggestions for understanding the Bible has been aided by such resources as IVP’s Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, but sometimes there’s a need to gain a perspective from a more chronological and in-depth viewpoint. Coming at ...

NEW! Altas of Christian History

April 22, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Print Bibles usually have maps near the back (and most of our study Bible notes in the Accordance Library have them, too!). Most of the standard Bible maps include some kind of map of the Roman Empire, often related to the travels of the Apostle Paul. But for those interested in the ongoing story of the church, Bible maps tend to only be so helpful. Releasing today for the Accordance Library, the Atlas of Christian History, by Tim Dowley, “has been designed to examine the origins, beginnings, growth, and worldwide spread and development of ...

Invaluable! Allen P. Young's Accordance 25 Story

April 19, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — I first discovered Accordance in 1998 as a student at Talbot School of Theology. I hadn’t started my language studies, but Dr. Clinton Arnold (then current Dean) suggested Bible software compatible with the Mac platform from The Gramcord Institute directed by Dr. Paul Miller. During those early years I eventually upgraded to the Scholar 4 version. On August 25, 2005, I moved under the Accordance banner with Scholar 6.4. Over the years, I have added modules that have aided me in ministry. Accordance is invaluable for sermon and teaching ...

Redemption and Renewal – 25% Off Entire Order

April 16, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — This year, Passover begins at sunset on April 19. Easter/Pascha falls on April 21 for most Catholic and Protestant churches and April 28 for most Eastern Orthodox churches. How do these holidays relate to each other, and what are the origins of these names? For a brief overview, be certain to check out a recent post on the Accordance blog.This week we have reduced prices on a number of select titles to go with this week's sacred observances. If you don't see what you need in our selections, take an additional 25% off the non-sale items of y ...

What's in a name? Passover, Pesach, Pascha & Easter

April 15, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Although historically often at odds with each other, the Jewish and Christian faiths can potentially find common ground through related holidays occurring every Spring. I’m referring, of course, to Passover (Pesach) and Easter (Pascha). This year, Passover begins at sunset on April 19. Easter/Pascha falls on April 21 for most Catholic and Protestant churches and April 28 for most Eastern Orthodox churches. How do these holidays relate to each other, and what are the origins of these names? See below for a brief summary and follow the ...

25 Reasons We’re Still Going Strong: Design Philosophy

April 11, 2019 - David Lang — When Accordance 1.0 was released 25 years ago, there were seemingly dozens of Bible software programs to choose from. Today, only a small handful are still in operation. So how has Accordance managed to keep going strong after all these years? In this series of posts, I’m considering 25 reasons I think we’ve managed to defy the odds. In previous posts, I covered 5 motivational reasons for our continued success, as well as 6 reasons related to our development philosophy. In this post, I’ll cover five aspects of our approach to software design ...

NEW! All the People of the Bible

April 08, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — If you’re already thinking to yourself, “I don’t need another Bible dictionary; I’ve got plenty of Bible dictionaries,” please keep reading a bit longer. All the People in the Bible: An A-Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture by Richard Losch is not your typical, dry Bible dictionary. Losch writes the entries in narrative fashion with a style that is personal, witty, and occasionally (with appropriateness) a bit sarcastic. When the title says, “All the People in the Bible,” it means just that. Everyone is c ...

NEW! Eerdmans' Preaching Christ from the Old Testament Series

April 08, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — In expository preaching circles, the name of Dr. Sidney Greidanus has become synonymous with the idea of preaching Christ from the Old Testament. He has been able to put his experience as both pastor and professor to good use in his series of books on Preaching Christ from the Old Testament. We’re pleased to offer his complete series of five volumes for the Accordance Library, beginning today. These volumes may be purchased together as a set or individually. Greidanus calls the methodology used in his books a “redemptive-historical ...

NEW! The Access Bible

April 01, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Most study Bibles are aimed at Evangelical readers. Released today for the Accordance Library, The Access Bible (notes) has been a favorite study Bible for “mainline” Christians for a nearly two decades. Now in its second edition, The Access Bible has updated all content of the original but has also added additional essays and introductions. Here is the publisher’s description of The Access Bible: The Access Bible has long been the go-to study Bible for mainline Christians looking for insight into and background for the Bible. Designed for t ...

NEW! The Portable Seminary

April 01, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — As Dr. J mentioned in his recent podcast, “Build a Pastoral Library” (Lighting the Lamp #183), there are pastors who were able to attend seminary as well as some who have not attended. With a decidedly audacious title, The Portable Seminary seeks to deliver “A Master’s Level Overview in One Volume.” The print edition is over 750 pages; but, of course, in Accordance it fits nicely on even your smartphone! Edited by David Horton and written by over 70 contributors, this one volume “offers an introduction to a full range of subjects: Theology, ...

NEW! Witherington's The New Testament Story

April 01, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — I always enjoy reading Ben Witherington (even when I don’t agree with him on everything!) because not only is he a very good communicator, he is also never one to simply repeat what everyone’s said before. The New Testament Story is designed as a New Testament Introduction primarily aimed at serious laity, but it could also be used as a college text or for anyone interested in New Testament studies simply to get Witherington’s take on the subject. Most New Testament introductions go book by book with standard introductory issues covered—such ...