Accordance Blog

January 2012 — December 2012

Quietly Moving Forward

February 17, 2012 - David Lang — Yesterday, Apple announced the upcoming release of OS X Mountain Lion, less than a year after the release of OS X Lion. A few hours later, I saw a tweet in which someone asked, "What does this mean for Accordance?" The tweet linked to an article which mentioned that Apple is "deprecating" certain programming interfaces. By the end of the day, folks were already testing the latest version of Accordance on the Developer Preview of Mountain Lion and reporting that it continues to work just fine. It's funny. Some of our users wonder if our ...

Tip: Use the Go To Box to Navigate a Tool

February 16, 2012 - David Lang — Picture this: you open Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary and want to go to the main article on David. You could search the Entry field for the word "David," but that would give you every article and subarticle which mentions David. You would then have to hit the down Mark arrow a half-dozen times to jump to the main article on David. A much simpler approach is not to do a search at all, but to use the Go To box in the bottom right corner of the Tool tab. Simply enter "David" in that box and hit Return to navigate to the article which begins with ...

The REAL Love Chapter

February 15, 2012 - David Lang — Quick! Name the "Love chapter" in the New Testament. That label is usually applied to 1 Corinthians 13, but another chapter looks to be far more deserving of it. To see what I mean, try searching by the root αγαπη in a tagged Greek New Testament. Simply type a plus sign (to indicate a root search) followed by αγαπη, then hit Return. Searching by root will automatically include every lexical form derived from this root, including the verb ἀγαπάω ("to love"), the noun ἀγάπη ("love"), and the adjective ἀγαπητός ("beloved"). That's a more ...

Link the PhotoGuide to the Atlas

February 13, 2012 - David Lang — Last week, I wrote a couple posts highlighting aspects of our Bible Lands PhotoGuide, the illustrated dictionary of place names included with our Graphics Bundle. Today I want to show you how to make the PhotoGuide more accessible by linking it to the Atlas. When you're looking at a place name in the Atlas and you want to learn more about it, wouldn't it be nice if you could just double-click it to look it up in the PhotoGuide? Doing so would give you in depth information as well as illustrative photos. This is the primary way I access the ...

Bible Software for Impatient People

February 10, 2012 - David Lang — Yesterday I was talking with a friend of mine, and he was contrasting his experience of using Accordance with various other programs. He observed that with these other programs, he will perform an action and then experience a second or two lag before anything happens. He then contrasted that with Accordance by saying, "In Accordance, everything is instantaneous." He speculated that he might not mind the lag in these other programs so much if he hadn't already experienced the responsiveness of Accordance, but he was spoiled by the ability to ...

Not Just Any Photos

February 09, 2012 - David Lang — In order to make sure the Bible Lands PhotoGuide had adequate coverage of each biblical location, we supplemented our own photos with the work of some professional photographers. Not surprisingly, these photos are some of the most beautiful in the PhotoGuide. Yet as we went through their catalogues looking for photos, we found that not every photo was suitable for the PhotoGuide. This is because the PhotoGuide is focused on teaching you about the biblical and historical significance of a site rather than just offering you an attractive image. ...

So Much More Than Pictures

February 08, 2012 - David Lang — The Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide contains more than 1,600 high-quality photographs of biblical sites and regions. Yet it is far more than just a photographic archive. The PhotoGuide is a carefully-researched dictionary of biblical places which is packed with useful information. Take the time to explore it, and you'll learn a great deal about the world of the Bible. Over the next several posts, I'll highlight a few of the gems you'll find in the PhotoGuide. One of my favorite articles in the PhotoGuide is the one entitled, "Inscriptions ...

Video Demonstrating How to Search for Images

February 06, 2012 - David Lang — Last month, I linked to a post by Rick Mansfield entitled Balaam in the Flesh. In that post, Rick showed how he used Accordance to find an image that would illustrate the story of Balaam for a Bible study he teaches. Rick recently followed up that post with a video demonstrating how he uses Accordance, other Bible software, and (as a last resort) Google to find those kinds of visual aids and incorporate them into his Keynote presentations. Be sure to check it out.

Five New Volumes of Pillar Available

February 03, 2012 - David Lang — We're pleased to announce the release of five new volumes of the Pillar New Testament Commentary: Acts (By David G. Peterson), 1 Corinthians (by Roy E. Ciampa & Brian S. Rosner), Philippians (by G. Walter Hansen), Colossians & Philemon (by Douglas J. Moo), and Hebrews (by Peter T. O'Brien). You can purchase all fourteen Pillar volumes for an introductory sale price of just $349.99. If you own a previous edition of the entire Pillar series, you can add all the new volumes for one low price. If you would prefer just to pick up a few ...

Dr. J Looks at the UBS Handbooks

February 02, 2012 - David Lang — Not long ago, we announced the release of the UBS Translators' Handbook Series on the New Testament. Now Dr. J has devoted an entire podcast to showing the usefulness of this unique commentary series. In this podcast, he examines several important passages and shows how the UBS Handbooks help to clarify their meaning in terms anyone can understand. Watch it, and not only will you learn more about this new Accordance resource, you'll also learn more about the Bible!

Is Ephesians Really So Divided?

January 31, 2012 - David Lang — Some other members of the team and myself are currently in Minneapolis demonstrating Accordance at the Desiring God Pastor's Conference. Since the exhibit hall is basically deserted during the main teaching sessions, I slipped out last night and listened to the first speaker. Early in his message, he made an oft-repeated observation about the book of Ephesians: namely, that it is clearly divided into two parts. The speaker asserted that in the first three chapters, Paul uses verbs in the indicative mood—that is, verbs that make a statement or ...

New Titles from the German Bible Society

January 30, 2012 - Rick Bennett — We are happy to announce that our ongoing partnership with the German Bible Society (GBS) brings a new selection of the world's finest scholarly Bibles and original language texts to Accordance. The first round of these releases was announced just two weeks ago with the first installment of the BHQ, then last week with the long-awaited Nestle-Aland (27th ed.) tagged Greek text with sigla, and the critical apparatus. These are just the first of several new releases planned in the coming weeks. In addition to the NA27, we will also offer the U ...

Accordance 9.5.3 Enhances Typography and More

January 20, 2012 - David Lang — Exactly one month ago, a user posted a request on our forums for several minute typography enhancements. He wanted (1) some finer steps in choosing a font size, (2) support for ligatures, and (3) better hiding of superscripts in the text. In spite of his admission that he may be the "only OCD-type Accordance user who is bothered by these minutia," he's getting all of these typography enhancements in Accordance 9.5.3, a free update which is available now. In addition to answering this user's typography concerns, this latest update offers some ...

New Release: Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ)

January 18, 2012 - Rick Bennett — As the name suggests, the Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ) represents the fifth in a series of texts of the Hebrew Bible that started in 1906. The fourth edition, Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) was finished in 1977 and has remained the standard Hebrew text for scholarly research since then. The BHS followed a single manuscript, the Leningrad Codex, but introduced a new apparatus and reproduction of the Masorah. The BHQ follows suit, improving upon the text (still based on the Leningrad Codex) and addresses similar but, in many cases, more ...

Sacred Techs Interviews Our Own Darin Allen

January 16, 2012 - David Lang — Remember the old commercial for Life cereal? Two boys are sitting at the breakfast table discussing this new cereal their mom says is "good for them." Not sure what to make of that, they go back and forth urging each other to be the first to try it. Then they hit on a brilliant way forward. They'll give it to Mikey, their finicky little brother, and see if he likes it. When Mikey enthusiastically digs in, the two older boys want some too. At the recent annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, I was talking with another member of ...

Magic Bullets

January 13, 2012 - David Lang — For several years now, I've been using the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) as my primary translation. At the risk of offering an overly simplistic evaluation, I find it offers good, readable English while still preserving much of the wording and structure of the underlying Greek and Hebrew. Another thing I like about the HCSB is that, in addition to footnotes and cross-references, it includes relatively inconspicuous bullets in front of terms which are likely to need a little explanation. In the print editions, you can look up these ...

Know Your Enemies

January 12, 2012 - David Lang — My family has been reading through the Psalms together for the past few months, and the other day we read Psalm 83. Reading like a Who's Who of hostility, this psalm lists "Edom and the Ishmaelites", "Moab and the Hagrites," "Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek," "Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre", and "Even Assyria" in the space of a few verses. In an attempt to give my family a sense of who these various enemies of Israel were, I opened the Accordance Bible Atlas and overlaid the Divided Kingdoms region layer. I clicked the plus icon to magnify ...

New Testament Translators’ Handbooks Now Available

January 10, 2012 - David Lang — I'm pleased to announce the release of an Accordance edition of the United Bible Society’s New Testament Handbook Series, a twenty-volume set of commentaries designed to provide practicing translators with “valuable exegetical, historical, cultural, and linguistic information” to help them render the New Testament text in other languages. This will obviously be a welcome resource to the many professional translators who rely on Accordance, but the UBS Handbook Series is also a fantastic resource for the rest of us. The UBS Handbooks differ ...

Bible Study Without Angst

January 09, 2012 - David Lang — Have you ever experienced this? You're feeling stressed, uncertain about something, frustrated, or full of doubt, so you decide to read the Bible. You open to a random passage and start reading, only to experience a wave of peace and calm come over you. In the midst of overwhelming and confusing circumstances, the simple act of reading the Bible brings comfort—like a dependable anchor in the midst of a storm-tossed sea. As a tool for studying the Bible, one would hope that Bible software would help facilitate such moments of comfort and ...

Ring out the Old New International Version, Ring in the New

January 07, 2012 - Helen Brown — As we announced yesterday, we have been asked to withdraw the NIV 84 and the TNIV from our purchase options by Jan 16, 2012. The notice from Zondervan conveyed a decision by Biblica, the publishers of the NIV: "We have been informed by Biblica that they will no longer allow us to produce and sell Bible products using the TNIV and NIV © 1984 translations. This decision is consistent with Biblica’s public statement when they announced that the NIV would be revised and updated, and it is based on their desire to have the more current NIV © 2011 ...

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