Accordance Blog

January 2009 — December 2009

Scalability

February 18, 2009 - David Lang — One of the great challenges of software design is how to make a program accessible to the new user while also providing an efficient workflow for the power user. One of the ways Accordance attempts to do that is by making the interface scalable. In other words, 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. For example, if you're working with the most basic kind of Bible text—an ...

Who Determines Your Workflow?

February 17, 2009 - David Lang — I've been following a variety of interface discussions around the web lately—some dealing with Accordance and some involving a debate about Windows Bible programs. The interesting thing to me about these discussions has been how the various participants understand workflow. One Bible program has an initial workflow which is very easy to grasp and very pre-determined: do a broad-based search and then start drilling down through various resources. This approach seems to resonate with some people because it presents them with a lot of i ...

Remembering a Friend: Dr. Harold Hoehner

February 12, 2009 - David Lang — I just received the news that Harold Hoehner, Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, unexpectedly passed away this morning. You can learn more about Dr. Hoehner's life and work from this brief DTS tribute. Compared to Dr. Hoehner's colleagues and students, I barely knew him. I would see him once a year at the annual conferences of the Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature, where he was a frequent visitor to the Accordance booth. I say "visitor," but that's really not quite correct. Dr. ...

Creative Window Management, Part 2

February 11, 2009 - David Lang — In my previous post, I showed how you can break tabs out of a Workspace, arrange them using the Tile command, and take advantage of window recycling. In this post, I want to take that setup one step further and show you how useful it can be to hide or minimize windows. You'll recall that I had a separate window containing BDAG arranged beside a Workspace containing the Greek New Testament so that I could see BDAG side by side with the Greek text. But now my Workspace is narrower than I may want it to be. One solution is to hide or minimize t ...

Creative Window Management

February 09, 2009 - David Lang — In the course of a Bible study, it's easy to open a lot of different resources. By default, Accordance keeps all of these resources neatly displayed as tabs within the same Workspace, but Accordance also offers a ridiculous amount of options for how to arrange, manage, and reuse windows and tabs. In this series of posts, I want to highlight those features. Break Out of that Workspace! The advantage of the tabbed workspace is that everything is kept neatly in one place. The disadvantage is that each tab covers all the other tabs. So, for ...

Contra Strongnosticism, Part 4

February 06, 2009 - David Lang — For the past several weeks, I've been devoting Fridays to blogging about the error I call "Strongnosticism"—the tendency to use tools such as Strong's numbers to look for "secret knowledge" in the original Hebrew and Greek. In parts two and three in this series, I looked at the word translated "virgin" in Matthew 1:23 (parthenos), showing how to look that word up in a basic Strong's dictionary, how to consult more in depth lexicons, and how to examine every occurrence of that word in context. When last we left off, I had mentioned the need to ...

Brilliant Idea for Multi-Column View

February 05, 2009 - David Lang — Between all our online video training and new webinars, we're making every effort to teach our users all the ins and outs of Accordance. But every so often, our users come up with a trick we haven't thought of. In a recent thread on our user forums, one of our users requested the ability to flow the text of a single Bible text across multiple columns. He even created a mockup of what he envisioned. Here it is: As you can see from the screenshot, the advantage of a multi-column view is that you can see more of the text at one time. Several ...

Past Due, but Worth the Wait

February 04, 2009 - David Lang — My wife, Lisa, has been expecting our fifth child. Her due date was January 27, but the baby didn't come that day. He didn't come the next day, or the one after that, or the one after that. With each passing day, we'd get more calls and e-mails asking if the baby had come. Not yet, we would reply, we're still waiting. The well-organized ladies at our church even began bringing us meals before we had a baby to justify them! As January gave way to February, we started to get a little nervous. You see, our first child went two weeks past due, ...

Creating Concordances

February 03, 2009 - David Lang — Mark Hoffman of Biblical Studies and Technological Tools has an interesting post about creating printable concordances in Accordance and several other Bible Study programs. Even though Professor Hoffman is running Accordance on a Windows PC under emulation, he declares Accordance "the clear winner in accomplishing the task of generating a concordance."

Free Accordance Webinars

February 02, 2009 - David Lang — Last Tuesday, we launched our first in an ongoing series of free Accordance training "webinars." Our live training seminars have been hugely successful, but there's no way we can travel to every location that would like to have a training seminar. Our Video Training DVD, which has now been made freely available online, gives anyone anywhere access to in depth Accordance training, but it lacks the personal connection and interactivity which come with live training. That's where webinars come in. What is a "webinar"? It's an interactive t ...

Contra Strongnosticism, Part 3

January 30, 2009 - David Lang — The past two Fridays, I've been preaching against the error I call "Strongnosticism": that is, the tendency to use tools such as Strong's numbers to look for "secret knowledge" in the original Hebrew and Greek. In my last post on this subject, I began teaching you how to use Strong's numbers to identify the Greek and Hebrew words behind an English translation, how to look those words up in a basic Strong's dictionary, and how to consult more in depth lexicons. I focused most of my attention on the Greek word translated "virgin" in Matthew 1 ...

Catechising the Recent Convert

January 29, 2009 - David Lang — Last night I came across a blog post entitled "I've converted." In it the author explained that he had recently switched to Accordance from a Windows Bible program he had used for many years and been happy with. Once he had switched to Mac, he tried to keep running his Windows software under virtualization, but eventually realized he needed "an application that was actually designed for the [Mac] platform. After using Accordance for just over a week, he said he is already "impressed" and "more productive" with Accordance, though naturally he ...

P46 in Parallel

January 28, 2009 - David Lang — Yesterday, Peter Head of the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog discussed an intriguing textual variant at Philippians 1:11. A single Greek witness, P46, reads "to the glory of God and approval for me" instead of "to the glory and praise of God." Head explains that this reading should be understood as "eschatological" rather than "egotistical" and weighs whether it could really be the "original/Pauline reading." After reading that post, I switched to Accordance and looked up Philippians 1:11 in the tagged Greek New Testament (GNT-T). Then I ...

Getting an F in Verse Notation

January 27, 2009 - David Lang — The other night my wife asked me to look up Philippians 4:12-13. So I opened up Accordance, made sure it was set to search by verses, and typed "phil 4.12f". This brought up everything from Philippians 4:12 through the end of the chapter, and was easier to type than the full reference. Did you know you could do that? In standard verse notation, a single "f." after a verse indicates that you should look not only at the verse listed but also the verse immediately following it. Thus, "Phil. 4:12f." really means Philippians 4:12-13. If you see ...

The Mac Turns 25

January 26, 2009 - David Lang — This past Saturday marked the Macintosh computer's 25th birthday. Heralded as the most influential computer ever developed, the Mac popularized the graphical user interface, the mouse, WYSIWYG displays, and a long list of other innovations. Steve Jobs introduced the Mac at the Flint center near Cupertino on January 24th, 1984. This was a few days after the airing of the famous 1984 Super-Bowl commercial directed by Ridley Scott. You can find both Jobs' introduction and the Super-Bowl ad here. Compared to other people at OakTree, I'm a r ...

Contra Strongnosticism, Part 2

January 23, 2009 - David Lang — Last Friday, I talked about the error I call "Strongnosticism": that is, the tendency to use tools such as Strong's numbers to look for "secret knowledge" in the original Hebrew and Greek. It is indeed a heady thing to be able to peek into the original languages of the Bible and pick up on details which may seem to have gotten "lost in translation." And while there is certainly nothing wrong with exploring the original Greek and Hebrew, we need to be sure that we know what to do with that knowledge. Otherwise, we can easily misinterpret the ...

Organizing Your Reference Tools

January 22, 2009 - David Lang — Last week, I went through my Library window and showed you how I organize my Text Modules, my English Tools, and my Greek and Hebrew Tools. I put off going into Reference Tools because there are so many different modules of different kinds. So today we'll tackle Reference Tools. Remember that these tools are called "reference" tools not because they are "reference works," but because they are organized by verse reference. In other words, Reference tools all follow the book, chapter, and verse order of the Bible or other Text module corpuses. ...

"Keep your Greek" with Accordance

January 21, 2009 - Rick Bennett — In the third installment of his blog series, “Keep your Greek,” author and professor of NT at Moore Theological College Con Campbell, addresses some potential issues when using Bible software. To summarize, here are his main points: a. When you’re doing your 10-30 minutes per day of Greek reading, do not have an English translation open on the screen. b. Be slow to move that cursor. The risk of using software is that you can short-cut the learning process, just as you will with an interlinear. c. A problem with software is that it doesn’t t ...

OakTree "Family" Dinner

January 20, 2009 - David Lang — Last Friday night, all the staff of OakTree software who are located here in the Orlando area, along with our spouses, enjoyed a company dinner together. As I mentioned in my A-Team post, only our sales and support staff works in a central office, while the application and module developers all work from their own homes. Consequently, these kinds of get-togethers help us connect with each other in ways we're not able to on a day-to-day basis. We don't really have any set schedule for these. We try to organize them at times when no one is ...

Free Online Accordance Training Videos

January 19, 2009 - David Lang — For some time now, we've been offering a Training DVD which features more than five hours of video instruction on how to get the most out of Accordance. Those who have purchased the DVD and used it have consistently found it extremely helpful. Now we're very excited to be able to make all of that material freely available online. I'd strongly recommend that every Accordance user view the segments on the Accordance interface. From there you can move on to searching, working with your search results, using tools, the Atlas, the Timeline, ...

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