Accordance Blog

January 2009 — December 2009

Searching for Maundy Thursday

April 09, 2009 - David Lang — The first time I heard the term "Maundy Thursday," I wondered how the same day could be both a Monday and a Thursday. Back then, I didn't have Accordance, so I had to rely on the explanation of a friend. Unfortunately, while she was able to explain that Maundy Thurdsay commemorates the original observance of the Lord's Supper, she had no idea where the term "Maundy" came from. These days when I run across a religious observance I've never heard of, I'll just fire up Accordance and do a Search All for it. A search of all my tools for Maundy ...

International Politics

April 08, 2009 - David Lang — In recent days, world leaders have been meeting to discuss how the world is affected by the policies of individual nations. As the world becomes smaller and information moves faster, it becomes clear that each of us is ultimately affected by events and decisions taking place on the other side of the world. Yet this is nothing new. The ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah were also affected by international politics, even though news didn't travel nearly as fast. Consider the synchronisms evident in this timeline: Here we see the periods of t ...

Print Selection . . . Honest!

April 02, 2009 - David Lang — By now I think everyone has figured out that the Holiday Verses feature I talked up yesterday was an April Fools' joke. Today I want to talk about the usefulness of a feature you already have which is no joke: namely, Print Selection. Tuesday night my wife, kids, and I put on a mini-concert for the residents of a local nursing home. We did our best Von Trapp family impersonation, singing "So Long, Farewell" and some songs from other musicals, and then we had the residents join us for a few well known hymns. Wanting to have lyrics printed for ...

Accordance 9 Sneak Peek: Holiday Verses

April 01, 2009 - David Lang — We don't typically talk about upcoming features so far ahead of their release, but the news that Apple is going to be incorporating Scripture lookup directly into Spotlight has us scrambling a bit. We're currently working on a feature for Accordance 9 which would utilize iCal syncing to automatically present you with verses appropriate to the current holiday or special event. For example, if you launch Accordance on the fourth Thursday of November, a Holiday Verses window will open listing every verse containing the word "thanksgiving." ...

Of Mice and Search Syntax

March 25, 2009 - David Lang — For years, whenever PC and Mac users would debate the relative merits of their respective platforms, PC users would frequently criticize the Mac for its one-button mouse. For most people trained to use a PC, the lack of a second mouse button seemed a crippling limitation, and Apple's stubborn refusal to add it seemed hopelessly backward. What the PC users didn't realize was that Apple had experimented with multi-button mice while it was developing the Mac (and its predecessor, the Lisa). In its usability studies, Apple had found that regular ...

Live Blogging an Accordance Seminar

March 23, 2009 - David Lang — Just stumbled across this and thought some of you might be interested. One of our users is actually live blogging today's training seminar in Fort Worth, Texas. Not sure how anyone can absorb that much information and blog about it at the same time, but he's doing a fine job of it so far. Check it out.

Inductive Bible Study with Accordance

March 18, 2009 - David Lang — Someone on our user forums recently asked how to do inductive Bible study with Accordance. If you're like me, you heard the term "inductive Bible study" tossed around long before you understood what it meant. So let me first explain what it means. Inductive reasoning is reasoning from particular observations to general conclusions or principles. For example, if I observe that every time I drop something it falls to the ground, I can inductively arrive at some expression of the law of gravity. The scientific method is essentially a form of ...

Learn Greek in One Hour!

March 17, 2009 - David Lang — Okay, today's webinars at 1:00 and 8:00 pm Eastern time won't actually teach you to read Greek, but if you want to learn how to work with the Greek study features of Accordance, you won't want to miss them. According to Dr. J: The webinar will cover simple Greek searches as well as those using the Construct window. We'll also cover a few extras, like the Parallels texts using Greek texts. Dr. J has a great gift for explaining sophisticated features in an understandable way, so if you feel you could be doing more with Accordance in your study ...

Looking for Verses Theologically

March 16, 2009 - David Lang — Last week I was working on a writing project, and I mentioned a particular doctrine which I wanted to support from Scripture. Okay, I admit it, I was proof-texting. Worse still, I was in a hurry. When you're in a hurry to find verses from which a particular point of theology is derived, you can go about it a number of ways. One way is to do a word search for key words or phrases. For example, if I were dealing with the doctrine of sanctification, I could search the text of the Bible for the word "sanctification," for phrases like "made holy," ...

Maximizing your Hebrew Potential, I

March 13, 2009 - Rick Bennett — Over the last several months there has been a lot of discussion on our forum and here on the blog about workflow and customized workspaces (see here, here or here). Today I want to show a workspace setup that I've been using in my Hebrew Syntax class. While there is no substitution for rolling up your sleeves and digging into the text the good 'ol fashioned way, having a wealth of resources and powerful interface at your fingertips makes it much easier (and more fun). First, let's take a look at my main workspace, then go through some of the ...

Another Example of Scalability

March 11, 2009 - David Lang — A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the scalability of the Accordance interface. By that I mean that rather than offering one set of procedures to the new user and another, more complicated set of procedures to the power user, the Accordance interface scales to meet the needs of both users in the same basic way. In that previous post, I gave you a simple example of a contextual menu which offers progressively more options depending on whether you control-click a word in an untagged English Bible, a Bible tagged with Key Numbers, or a ...

Accordance 8.2: German, Spanish Localization and More

March 09, 2009 - David Lang — I'm pleased to announce that Accordance 8.2 is now available for download. This update is free for all users of Accordance 8.x and offers a number of new enhancements. German and Spanish Localization: By far the biggest enhancement is the localization of the Accordance interface for German and Spanish. If your primary system language is German or Spanish, you'll now see a localized version of the Accordance interface. Amplifying down the line: When you triple-click a word or verse, Accordance looks that word or verse up in your default ...

The Dividing Wall of Hostility

March 06, 2009 - David Lang — A while back, I was reading through Ephesians with my family, and we stumbled across the phrase, "the dividing wall of hostility." To explain what this means, and to show that Paul was not just being metaphorical, I opened the Bible Lands PhotoGuide. The first thing I did was to go to the Temple Mount subarticle of the Jerusalem article and show a reconstruction of the Herodian temple. Using this image, I was able to show my wife and kids the various temple courts, explaining that Gentiles were only permitted in the outer court of the ...

Don't Take It for Granted: Choosing Your Own Font

March 05, 2009 - David Lang — Ever since we released Accordance 1.0 way back in 1994, Accordance has enabled you to customize the font used for each individual Bible text. And when tools were added in 2.0, we gave the same capability for each individual tool. I never thought the ability to customize the font was that big a deal, but apparently it is. Believe it or not, the vast majority of Mac Bible programs give you very limited control over the appearance of text—a surprising fact when you consider that text is primarily what you're looking at when you work with Bible ...

So What Is This Stuff Good For?

March 02, 2009 - David Lang — I suppose it was bound to happen. After the recent challenge to use search symbols and commands, someone asked for examples of where these kinds of searches are actually useful: Could you think of some situations where these search criteria could be used for actual significant Bible searches; I'm not sure I'll ever have a need for knowing what the longest word in Isaiah is. ;-) Admittedly, the kinds of things I asked you to find are not the kind of searches you're going to do every day, but knowing how to use search commands and symbols can ...

Answers to the Blog Search Challenge

February 27, 2009 - David Lang — Last Friday, I posted a series of clues to words found in the King James Bible and challenged you to find them using Accordance wildcard symbols and search commands. We promised to give anyone who successfully completed this challenge a $30 credit toward their next Accordance purchase. About fifty people responded to the challenge, so we gave away nearly $1500 worth of credit! Even better, most of the participants reported that the exercise had taught them something new. For the rest of this post, I want to give you the answers to each ...

Last Day to Enter the Blog Search Challenge

February 25, 2009 - David Lang — Just a reminder: today is the last day to enter the search challenge I posted last Friday. If you could use the $30 credit (and who couldn't?), you need to hurry and send in your answers before midnight tonight (Eastern time). So far, we've had submissions from Accordance users all over the world, including the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and Zimbabwe! Most have said they had fun doing the challenge and that it would have been worth doing even without the promised monetary reward. (Not that they were offering to give it ...

Comma Splices

February 24, 2009 - David Lang — My wife and I homeschool, and I find myself sympathizing with my children whenever they try to understand the vagaries of the English language. What's a split infinitive? What's a run-on sentence? Where should you use a comma? It can all be so very confusing. This last question of where to use a comma has also been confusing some Accordance users lately, and it's due to a mistake on our part. When constructing a wildcard search, you can use the question mark symbol to represent any character. The question mark differs from the asterisk in t ...

Test Your Searching Skills and Save Money

February 20, 2009 - David Lang — Accordance enables you to create very sophisticated searches using a variety of search commands and symbols. You'll find a list of those commands and symbols in the Search menu, and explanations of how to use them in the Accordance Help and the PDF User's Guide (in the Manuals & Documents folder inside your Accordance folder). Dr. J has also done one of a two-part series of webinars on using Commands and Symbols, and part two is next Tuesday. Now, I want to give you a little extra incentive to hone your Accordance searching skills by ...

Thoughts on a Month of Webinars

February 19, 2009 - Timothy Jenney — We asked Dr. J. (Timothy Jenney) to give us his evaluation of the first month of webinars, and decided that the best place to share it with you is here, on our blog. As you can see, he overcame considerable obstacles to bring you the weekly session, and we are not done with the improvements. There have already been hundreds of downloads from the Webinars page, where you can access the recording of the session, or Dr. J's notes and Keynote summary. Helen It’s not quite been a month since we broadcast our first webinar. and I’ve been asked to ...

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