Accordance Blog

January 2010 — December 2010

All About the Dead Sea Scrolls

May 31, 2010 - Helen Brown — All you ever wanted to know about the Dead Sea Scrolls, but were afraid to ask! Well, I may be exaggerating just a tad, but in his latest podcast Dr. J. really does a masterful job. He both introduces the scrolls to the layman and covers all the modules available in Accordance, showing comparisons with the traditional versions of the Bible, and other uses for the texts. In conjunction with the podcast we created some very attractive add-on bundles which offer major savings over individual unlocks. Then we put all these bundles on a special ...

Periphrastic Phrase Search

May 25, 2010 - Timothy Jenney — The question about periphrastic phrases is an interesting one. I remembered the grammatical construction from my own Greek classes, but thought I’d brush up before trying to construct a search string to find them in the GNT. I was pleased to find all the resources I needed right at my fingertips in various Accordance modules. I went first to Daniel Wallace, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament (Zondervan: 1996; OakTree Software electronic version 2.5). There I found a very helpful discussion of the v ...

Cut the Long Sentences

May 22, 2010 - Helen Brown — No, this has nothing to do with judicial practice. We had a support question sent in yesterday that got me thinking. The user asked: "I am running a “clause” search to find all the periphrastics in the NT (a form of EIMI with a participle that combines to form a verbal unit). One of my challenges is that the “clause” search returns whole sentences which means I have far more verses in the display results than I should. Is there a way to limit the display to verses so that my “hit” list is more accurate?" I confess that I am not sure how to ...

Zondervan Press Release

May 20, 2010 - Helen Brown — We are delighted to post this new press release: Zondervan Extends Publishing Partnership with Accordance Bible Software Contact: Brian Burch, 616-233-0500 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 20 /Christian Newswire/ -- Zondervan announced today that it is extending its electronic publishing partnership with Accordance Bible Software, the leading Bible study program for Macintosh computers. Forty-eight volumes, ranging from commentaries, reference works and more, are slated to release beginning late June 2010. These new products include 28 volumes in the ...

Now Available: The NLT Study Bible

May 20, 2010 - Rick Bennett — We're proud to announce the release of the newest addition to our line of popular study Bibles, The New Living Translation Study Bible (NLTSB). The product of over forty Bible scholars and seven years’ work, the NLTSB is one of the most comprehensive study Bibles ever created. The notes focus on bringing out the full meaning of the text, allowing the reader to understand the Bible more deeply than ever. Overview of the Print Edition Features include 25,900 study notes (over 820,000 words), maps, charts, illustrations, a word-study system, and ...

Jewish Tanakh Tagged with Strong's Numbers

May 10, 2010 - David Lang — When we first released our Jewish Collection CD-ROM, we included Jewish translations of the Hebrew Bible such as the Jewish Publication Society's Tanakh (JPS) and Everett Fox's translation of the Torah (SB). We also included the Old Testament portion of the King James Bible tagged with Strong's numbers (KJVH). Although not an ideal solution, we included the KJVH so that our Jewish users could have the ability to connect an English translation with the original Hebrew. Recently, we began expanding our offering of Strong's numbered Bibles by ...

Watching the News

May 03, 2010 - Helen Brown — It's been a busy weekend at Accordance, but unless you watch our news announcements carefully, you might have missed these items: Pick A Product Coupon: 25% off any one item. The PICKAP coupon code lets our sales staff know that you want to take 25% off the highest priced item in the order. The coupon is good throughout May and can be used twice. This is your best opportunity to get that commentary set or other major item on your wish list. (Temporary sale prices and other discounts cannot be combined with this offer.) Chafer-Theology: the ...

Textual Studies Podcasts

April 23, 2010 - Helen Brown — Anyone who is the least bit interested in New Testament texts and translations will know how confusing the subject can be. Why are some sections omitted from certain translations? Why are some verses so different? The Hebrew Bible doesn't have nearly so many of these issues, since before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls we didn't have early manuscripts, only copies based on a much later codified text. But for the New Testament we have hundreds of early manuscripts and fragments, replete with spelling variations, marginal notes, omissions ...

Identifying and Searching for Roots

April 23, 2010 - David Lang — Yesterday I showed how you can search by root to find related words in Greek and Hebrew. In response to that post, someone asked if there is an easy way to identify the root of a given word. Indeed there is! Suppose I'm looking at Genesis 1:1 in Hebrew and I want to know the root of the Hebrew word ‏ראשׁית ("beginning"). If I position my cursor over that word, the following information will appear in the Instant Details box: Note the word ‏ראשׁ appearing in parentheses to the right of the lexical form. That's the root of ‏ראשׁית. Now suppose I ...

Love Your Roots

April 22, 2010 - David Lang — In my previous post I talked about how to identify places where a search term is not found. For example, the Greek verb αγαπαω is surprisingly not used in books such as Acts and Philemon. This prompted me to ask why the concept of "love" would not be mentioned in an account of the early church or an appeal to a slave owner to show kindness to his runaway slave. Of course, the fact that the verb translated "love" does not appear in those books does not actually mean that the concept of "love" is really absent. After all, it may be the case t ...

Where Does a Word Not Appear?

April 21, 2010 - David Lang — Accordance makes it easy to find where words appear, but sometimes it's more interesting to see where a word does not appear. Someone on our forums recently asked how to do just that: While studying yesterday I discovered that the word "mercy" is not mentioned in the book of Revelation. This piqued my interest to see what other books that mercy is not mentioned in. He got several answers, all of which revolved around doing a simple search for "mercy." Since Accordance defaults to showing only those verses which contain your search hits, one ...

Searching for Repeated Words

April 16, 2010 - David Lang — Last night on our forums, someone posted the following question: There is a portion of scripture that mentions "understanding", in some form, at least four times in 10 verses. I know that I could simply enter "understand*" and look through the results. But I was wondering if there was a search argument that would give me better results. Any tips? This search is a great example of what can be done using the Construct window. This user did not mention what translation he was using, but I figured a more formal translation like the ESV would be ...

Speaking the User's Language

April 14, 2010 - David Lang — When Accordance Bible Software was released in 1994, it was not the first computer program to search grammatically-tagged Greek and Hebrew texts. There had been programs for mainframes and DOS well before Accordance 1.0, but the scholars who used those programs had to be part scholar and part computer geek. Accordance was revolutionary because it made all those powerful grammatical searches accessible to people with no background or interest in computer science. From the very beginning, we've done our best to avoid the technical jargon of ...

Creating Flashcards using Accordance

April 08, 2010 - Rick Bennett — In my last post I responded to a question on Twitter with a how-to on searching for frequently occurring words in a particular passage. A couple days ago I received another question on Twitter, this time asking how to create flashcards from Accordance search results. To answer this I created a screencast showing how you can export search results from Accordance to Flashcardexchange.com (FCE) and Mental Case for iPhone. With FCE you can setup a free account and quiz yourself from any web browser (including compatible mobile phones). Mental C ...

The One Keyboard Shortcut You Must Learn

April 07, 2010 - David Lang — I'm sorry for the lack of blogging lately. We've got several projects in the pipeline and that's leaving us little time to blog. So I'll be filling in with a few older blog posts which are now buried in the archives yet still worth a read. This post was originally published April 4, 2006. At the recent training seminars, I told the attendees that there was one keyboard shortcut which they absolutely had to learn. By the end of the day, I had repeated it so much that I doubt any of them will ever forget it. Learn this one key-combination, and ...

Searching for Frequently Used Words

April 02, 2010 - Rick Bennett — Today on Twitter a friend of mine from seminary posted this question: "can I get a list of frequent words from a passage of scripture?" The question was for a particular class where the professor assigns different biblical passages for which the student must apply his hermeneutical method. I tried a couple quick searches for this in Genesis 22, and then posted a screen shot with my preliminary results. Since the screen shot needed a bit of explanation, I thought I would write a blog post to describe what I did. In this example in the BHS text ...

April Fool's Fun without the Tomfoolery

April 01, 2010 - David Lang — It's April Fool's Day, and I was tempted to write a post announcing that OakTree Software and Olive Tree Bible Software were merging to form a company called Deciduous Bible Software. But then I realized that everything lives forever on the internet, and I didn't want our friends at Olive Tree continually having to answer questions about the "failed merger." Hopefully my plan B will be just as fun without being nearly as prone to unintended consequences! In yesterday's post, I told you about an Accordance Training Seminar I taught in ...

Cupertino Seminar and BibleTech Conference

March 31, 2010 - David Lang — Last week I traveled to San Jose, California to teach an Accordance training seminar and speak at the BibleTech Conference hosted by Logos Research Systems. The training seminar was hosted by Peninsula Bible Church of Cupertino, which is about a five minute walk from Apple headquarters. We had a very large group of attendees, many of whom were experienced Accordance users who kept me on my toes with questions. While I'm always happy to answer questions and adapt what I cover accordingly, I sometimes worry that if I change things up too much ...

The Holman CSB, Updated and Enhanced with Key Number Tagging

March 29, 2010 - Rick Bennett — Over the weekend we released the newest key number tagged-text in our arsenal, the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSBS). With this release, we now offer seven key number texts; the greatest number offered by any Bible software company. The HCSBS key number tagging was completed by its publisher, but optimized for use within Accordance to take advantage of Key Number highlighting with original language texts, and amplification to our dictionaries via triple-clicking. This text reflects the most recent revisions made by the translation ...

Word Clusters in Hebrew

March 22, 2010 - David Lang — Last week I showed how you could develop a construct search to find clusters of words. I then explained how that differs from using the INFER command, which is focused more narrowly on finding similar phrases. I also told of a support call in which this word cluster search had been just the thing a scholar had needed for his research. In his dissertation, this scholar had noted a pattern in which certain words are used at the beginning and end of a literary unit, a literary technique known as an inclusio. He had apparently found this by doing ...

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