Accordance Blog

August 2016

Using Grammars for Exegesis--Really!

August 29, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — In my second year of seminary, years ago, I took a Greek syntax and exegesis course. As one might imagine, this course involved writing a syntax and exegesis paper. We were all required to pick a portion of the New Testament and look at it from every angle. We were encouraged to focus only on a verse or even just a sentence or phrase. That paper had to cover every aspect of our passage including linguistic, text-critical and interpretive (historical and modern) understandings. We were told to comb through commentaries, journal articles, ...

NEW! Fresh Illustrations

August 22, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — This past summer while visiting multiple countries in Asia, I was able to sit in on some local church services. In one of these church services, the pastor—an excellent communicator—used an illustration in his sermon that I had actually heard before. On the positive side, it was an illustration that crossed cultural boundaries. On the downside side, though, it was an illustration that I first heard at least two decades ago. Some illustrations, of course, are timeless and will always hold great impact for communicating a biblical idea to ...

Upcoming Accordance Events in Boston

August 18, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance representatives will be in Boston in the coming weeks, and if you're going to be in the area, we hope to see you there. We will be participating in Gordon-Conwell's National Preaching Conference on September 8-9, followed by a free all-day Accordance Training Seminar on September 10. The training seminar is open to anyone, and if you would like more information about the preaching conference, follow the link below: National Preaching Conference Thursday and Friday, ...

Export Citations from Accordance (7 Strategies for Students #3)

August 15, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — In any student's hands, Accordance is an incredible mobile research library. Gone are the days of having stacks of books on the desk as you write your research papers. Instead, Accordance users have access to an immense number of journals, commentaries, monographs, and other reference works right on their own devices! However, as any student knows, all sources must be cited. All modern commentaries in Accordance have bibliographic information at the beginning of titles that can be used in crafting a citation, but Accordance actually ...

Customizing Workspaces (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #146)

August 12, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Creating and saving custom Accordance Workspaces makes our study time more productive. Switching between projects is easier, we can develop a consistent workflow, and we can save a lot of time over the long haul. Join Dr. J as he explains the six steps to creating a custom Workspace. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

UPDATE! Anchor Yale Bible Commentary Series

August 08, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — No Accordance Library can be truly complete without the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary! Widely recognized as the flagship of American biblical scholarship, with a tradition of excellence and commitment to advancing biblical understanding in the 21st century, the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary, under the direction of General Editor John J. Collins, vigorously pursues the goal of bringing to a wide audience the most important new ideas, the latest research findings, and the clearest possible analysis of the Bible. Decades in the making and n ...

UPDATE: 2016 ESV Permanent Text Edition

August 03, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — We are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 edition of the English Standard Version, also known as the “ESV Permanent Text Edition.” This is a free update for all Accordance users and is available now. The ESV Translation Oversight Committee has continued to fine tune the ESV since its initial release in 2001 with updates being released in 2007 and 2011. The 2016 released is being labeled as permanent because the committee plans to leave the text as is for the foreseeable future. In the past, we divided the ESV ...

NEW! AMG Illustrations Set (4 volumes)

August 01, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — In preaching or teaching settings, good illustrations are essential and with good reason: people tend to remember illustrations easier than other parts of a lesson or sermon. We see illustrations used throughout the Bible, from the Prophets to the teachings of Jesus. An essential part of any communicator’s “toolkit” is a good collection of illustrations, so today we are releasing the much-treasured AMG Illustrations Set comprising 4 volumes of over 4,000 illustrations on every topic from Actions to Worship. The AMG Illustrations Set ...