Accordance Blog

December 2016

Discourses on the Son of God by Gregory of Nazianzus

December 31, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — St. Gregory of Nazianzus was Archbishop of Constantinople in the 4th century AD. As with most figures of the church during this time, much of Gregory’s writings are in reaction to the heresy of Arianism which was dividing most of the church at this time. However, the benefit of the controversy led Gregory and his peers to precisely formulate the Christian understanding of God and the relationship of the Persons of the Trinity. Taken from what is known as his Five Theological Orations, these Two Discourses on the Son of God are written a ...

Hebrew Masoretic Text with ETCBC Morphology

December 30, 2016 - Helen Brown — Scholars interested in the linguistic analysis of the Hebrew Bible are familiar with WIVU, recently renamed ETCBC. This massive database, developed since 1977 by Eep Talstra and his associates, remains for many the gold standard for syntactical analysis of the text. However, until now, access to the database was limited to websites or software with complex search engines that were hard to master. Accordance released their version of the ETCBC at the ETS and AAR/SBL meetings in November 2016, to great interest and appreciation from many ...

Moss' Ancient Christian Martyrdom

December 29, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” The statement above, attributed to Tertullian of Carthage (c. 155 – c. 240 AD), is one that I’ve heard most of my life, especially having sat through my share of missionary presentations at church from a very early age. But did Tertullian actually write it? For such a well-known quotation, it is decidedly difficult to pin down. Using all the powers of the Research window in Accordance, I found well over 80 instances of those exact words, in that exact order, in various titles. Most ...

Hebrew Old Testament Audio

December 28, 2016 - Helen Brown — What would it be like to hear the voices of Moses, the kings and prophets, and the ordinary people who are quoted in the Hebrew Bible? We cannot know what they sounded like, but we can now enjoy the next best thing: accurate dramatic readings of the entire Hebrew Bible. These meticulous recordings employ different Israeli readers for the different voices and mark the voice of God with an echo. The text is read so clearly and accurately, with emphasis, that the meaning is communicated even when the words are unfamiliar The one purchase o ...

A Greek Grammar of the New Testament (BDF)

December 27, 2016 - David Lang — Greek grammars typically come in two forms. There are teaching grammars, which are designed to introduce you to the language and offer you a systematic method of learning it. Then there are reference grammars, which offer a systematic and detailed treatment of the Greek language as a whole. These are especially helpful to consult when you run into a Greek expression or construction which is unexpected or difficult. A teaching grammar will tell you that most of the time, the negative particle μή is used with a verb in the subjunctive. A ...

Brown's Introduction to the New Testament

December 26, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — My first introduction to the writings of Raymond E. Brown came through his book The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. With that work, like his other writings I came across later, I discovered three very important aspects about anything written by Raymond Brown. First, Brown is thorough in whatever subject he covers. The same can certainly be said of Brown’s Introduction to the New Testament, a title in the Anchor Bible Reference Library. At 928 pages in print, this massive volume ...

Finding the Reason for the Season with St. Athanasius

December 19, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — “The things which they, as men, rule out as impossible, He plainly shows to be possible; that which they deride as unfitting, His goodness makes most fit; and things which these wiseacres laugh at as ‘human’ He by His inherent might declares divine. Thus by what seems His utter poverty and weakness on the cross He overturns the pomp and parade of idols, and quietly and hiddenly wins over the mockers and unbelievers to recognize Him as God.” St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation, Accordance location: accord://read/Athanasius#3 Back ...

Hanukkah (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #150)

December 17, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — The celebration of Hanukkah does not appear in the Hebrew Bible—and only once in the Christian New Testament. Nevertheless, Jews worldwide faithfully and joyously celebrate this winter festival. Join Dr. J as he investigates the origin of Hanukkah under the Maccabees. In the process, he will demonstrate some of the new features of Accordance 12, including the use of Stacks. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

Accordance 12 Featured on the Theotek Podcast

December 16, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Recently, Mark Allison of Accordance Bible Software joined the crew of the Theotek podcast to show off the new features of Accordance 12. Check out the recording above as Mark expertly shows off new features like Stacks and Papers!

Ron Way Endorsement

December 14, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — "When I research the Bible for my AuthorTalk interviews, as well as for my own study, I use the software package that I think is the best in the business. It is called Accordance Bible Software, published by OakTree Software. If you are still digging through Bibles and resource materials one at a time the old-fashion way, then you are in for a treat. This software could become your best friend.​" Ron Way, Author of The Disciple: The Writing of the First Gospel, and Host of www.AuthorTalk.audio

Christmas Classics: A Wonderful Jumble

December 13, 2016 - David Lang — For me, part of the magic of Christmas is the way the vast body of Christmas literature, music, and imagery comes together with the biblical narratives to tell a unified story of redemption and hope. For example, this past Sunday my wife and I sang "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" in church, and I was struck by its use of the imagery of light and darkness: Rank on rank the host of heaven Spreads its vanguard on the way, As the Light of light descendeth From the realms of endless day, That the pow’rs of hell may vanish As the darkness ...

Spotlight on the Graphics Pro Collection

December 12, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — In Exodus 20:4, the Israelites were forbidden to make any kind of graven image to depict God. And yet, that doesn’t mean that the Bible is absent of imagery altogether. In fact, the pages of Scripture are filled with imagery from the Tabernacle (and later the Temple) representing God’s presence to the rich visual messages proclaimed by prophets such as Isaiah and Jeremiah. The New Testament follows this precedent with Jesus’ parables that are used to illustrate basic principles of the Kingdom of God. And, of course, John’s Apocalypse is ...

Honoring Thomas Oden (1931 - 2016)

December 09, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — We were saddened to learn that Thomas C. Oden died yesterday at the age of 85. Many of our users have long enjoyed Oden's works in their personal Accordance Library. If you are not among them, there's still time to learn from one who once said he hoped his epitaph would read, "He made no new contribution to theology." By this, Oden meant that he had no desire for contributing to innovation in theology, but rather hoped to continue introducing new readers to the "Classic Christianity" handed down to us from the Early Church. And he did just ...

Make Time for the New Timeline!

December 09, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — In all the excitement over the major new features (Stacks, Papers, upgraded Analytics and more) in Accordance 12, you may have overlooked some of the other improvements such as the completely upgraded Timeline. Accordance users have long benefitted from the unique features of the fully customizable Accordance Timeline such as the ability to narrow the view to display regions, people, events, and books; choose between different chronology and dating schemes; and to customize the Timeline to include individuals and events not already in place. ...

STILL MORE Scholars Love Accordance!

December 07, 2016 - David Sanford — During the back-to-back Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature annual meetings in San Antonio, we had the opportunity to do video interviews. All 59 scholars have been big fans of Accordance Bible Software for years, use it regularly, and love it! Look for the edited video interviews after New Year’s. For now, here are quick snapshots of #38 to #59 thanks to videographer Melissa Brown. Dr. Joe Weaks, The Macintosh Biblioblog, ...

Accordance 12 Features (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #149)

December 05, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Accordance 12 is here! It includes five major new features and/or improvements: Stack, Paper, Improved Analytics, Research Analytics, and Info Pane. This initial release of the newest version of Accordance also includes eighteen other minor features and improvements. Join Dr. J as he reviews them all in this podcast. [Accordance 12: Basic] See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

Colección CLIE-5 / CLIE-5 Bundle

December 05, 2016 - Rubén Gómez — (Click here for the English version of this blog announcement.) En su esfuerzo por atender las necesidades del creciente mercado hispano, OakTree Software acaba de lanzar la primera Colección CLIE para Accordance. Esta colección incluye algunos de los mejores y más conocidos comentarios publicados por CLIE, la editorial cristiana más importante en lengua española. Estos son los títulos incluídos en la Colección CLIE-5: 1000 bosquejos para predicadores Un arsenal casi inagotable de bosquejos ordenados y ...