Accordance Blog

January 2014 — December 2014

Workspace Wednesday winner (5/7/14)

May 15, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — Once again, Workspace Wednesday was a great success. (If you're not sure what we're referring to, click this link to get caught up.) Each winner of Workspace Wednesday will receive a $20 credit in their Accordance account! Last week's winner is Abram K-J for his undeniably epic two-part entry. Bask in the glory, Abram! Part 1: Part 2: The runners-up!: Origen Adamantius: Jaap Cramer:

Throwback Thursday: Before and After iMac

May 15, 2014 - David Lang — For the first several years I worked for Accordance, I found that I spent as much time selling people on the Macintosh platform as I did promoting Accordance itself. From 1995 to 1997, Apple was rapidly losing consumer confidence. It seemed that every time the company was mentioned in the press, it was described as "beleaguered." The Mac still had a large and loyal user base, and some usability advantages over Windows, but Windows was widely perceived as being good enough, and few people wanted to buy computers from a company that might not b ...

Swiping, Tapping, and Scrolling into the Future

May 14, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — It’s no secret that we are right in the middle of the mobile revolution. In January 2014, mobile devices accounted for 55% of internet usage in the United States, officially surpassing desktop internet usage. That was four months ago, and the numbers have undoubtedly risen. As a business, we knew that if our users were on smartphones and tablets, that’s where we needed to be, too. We quickly realized that a vital step to catering to this new trend was optimizing our website for mobile devices. Mobile optimization is a catch-all term that ...

Keys to a Magic Portal

May 13, 2014 - David Lang — I'll never forget the first time I was shown a Strong's Exhaustive Concordance. It was a high school Bible study in which the teacher decided to expose us to the use of a concordance as a Bible study tool. After he showed us how to look up an English word, he pointed out the little number beside each occurrence of the word. He then showed us how to look up these numbers in the dictionary at the back of the concordance to learn more about the Greek or Hebrew word being translated. I seem to recall him discussing the two Greek words for "love" ...

Get Inspired by Godly Men

May 09, 2014 - David Lang — As a young man in college, trying to figure out how to live out my faith, I began reading the biographies of various preachers, missionaries, and church leaders. As I did, I started to notice some common patterns. First, these tended to be people with a vision. Jim Elliott had a vision to preach the gospel to people who had never heard it before. John Knox prayed for the reformation of Scotland lest he "die". Eric Liddell was so focused on mission work in China that he walked away from athletic stardom. Second, they all tended to go through a ...

Accordance and the Birth of a New Translation

May 08, 2014 - David Lang — Today, in lieu of our regular Throwback Thursday post, we're pleased to present this guest post by James F. Davis, PhD. Part of the translation and editorial team of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), James reflects on how their use of Accordance helped them develop a completely new translation (as opposed to a revision of an earlier translation). Accordance and the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) In their book, HCSB: Navigating the Horizons in Bible Translation, editors E. Ray Clendenen and David K. Stabnow describe the ...

Workspace Wednesday winner (4/30/14)

May 07, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — Once again, Workspace Wednesday was a great success. (If you're not sure what we're referring to, click this link to get caught up.) Update: Each winner of Workspace Wednesday will receive a $20 credit in their Accordance account! Last week's winner is Sky Chen for his unique language study workspace. Congrats, Sky! Runners-up (click to enlarge images): Wil Gafney Dan Langston Thanks to everyone who submitted!

More Important to Know Theology Than the Bible?

May 07, 2014 - David Lang — My seminary professor had a penchant for shocking his students and challenging their assumptions with outrageous statements. One of the most shocking was this one: "It is more important to know theology than the Bible." Now, this was a seminary that stressed the authority of the Bible and the importance of teaching the Bible, so the idea that knowing a particular system of theology was more important than knowing one's Bible seemed absolutely blasphemous. Even more peculiar was the fact that this particular professor taught Biblical studies ...

Ligonier Titles Offer Reformed Theology "For the Rest of Us"

May 06, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — For more than 40 years, Dr. R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries have been been equipping Christians to "articulate what they believe and why they believe it, how to live it and how to share it." With a focus on offering seminary-level teaching to a non-academic, lay audience, Ligonier's teachers and authors offer Reformed Theology "for the rest of us." These new Ligonier titles will teach you how important theology is for "everyone," inspire you with examples of "godly men," and give you the answers to "Crucial Questions." This week only, be ...

Measuring the March to Moriah

May 05, 2014 - David Lang — Yesterday in my Sunday School class, I was teaching on Genesis 22, the story of Abraham's binding of Isaac. One of the elements of that narrative is the description of their journey to the land of Moriah. It is clear from the surrounding context that Abraham and Isaac began their journey at Beer-sheba, and the narrative records that "on the third day" Abraham saw their destination in the distance. Since 2 Chronicles 3:1 identifies the temple mount in Jerusalem as "Mount Moriah," it appears that Jerusalem was their intended destination. If t ...

Workspace Wednesday winner (4/23/14)

May 01, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — We were thrilled at the user response to our first Workspace Wednesday competition. (If you're not sure what we're referring to, click this link to get caught up.) Last week's winner is Stanley Ng (@sshieng). He designed a workspace to follow the footsteps of Paul's missionary journeys. Congrats, Stanley! Runners-up: Ramone Raschad Billingsley Joel Madasu Adam Pymble (@adampymble) Thanks to everyone who submitted!

Throwback Thursday: Scholars Don't Care About Maps

May 01, 2014 - David Lang — In a previous Throwback Thursday post, I told you about a meeting way back in 1995 that helped get us thinking about developing a Bible Atlas that would prove to be years ahead of its time. Two years later, we had developed a limited prototype covering little more than the region of Galilee, and we were about to focus all of our attention on completing development of the Atlas. Having just released Accordance 3.0, with ground-breaking features such as Greek and Hebrew text-to-speech and diagramming, we had plenty to show at that year's Annual ...

New Introductory Bible Atlases from Carta

April 28, 2014 - David Lang — Ever flipped through the average Bible atlas? You can learn something new just by looking at the maps and illustrations, but once you start reading, you can quickly get overwhelmed with information about geological formations, weather patterns, people groups, and archaeological discoveries. Thankfully, Carta Publishing has produced a series of brief, narrowly-focused "introductory atlases" to help you better understand the world of the Bible. Each title in this series tackles a different subject—archaeology, kingdoms and empires, great p ...

Alliterating Points Acceptable Practice? Alternate Perspectives

April 25, 2014 - David Lang — The other day on our social media channels, we posted the following question: Alliteration is, of course, a time-tested rhetorical device which can help listeners remember what was said. Take, for example, Martin Luther King Jr.'s "dream" that his children would one day be judged "not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." The use of alliteration here (and consonance with the "k" in skin) helps to draw our attention to the contrast. Many notable preachers have used alliteration to draw attention to the main points ...

Throwback Thursday: A Capital Offense

April 24, 2014 - David Lang — When Accordance was first released, our logo looked like this: Pretty cool, right? The almost completely curved letters of the typeface stood out from all the other text on our brochures. This font was also somewhat similar to the Chicago typeface used throughout the Macintosh interface. The use of lowercase for the initial "a" further reflected the playfulness and approachability of the Macintosh platform. At the same time, the capitalization of the second "c" drew attention to the "Cord" part of the name—a play on the name of The GRAMCORD ...

A Literary Approach to Genesis

April 23, 2014 - David Lang — For some time now, I've been teaching through the book of Genesis in my Sunday School class. About the time I got to the Abraham cycle, one of our developers finished a new commentary on Genesis by Bruce Waltke, and it was submitted to me for final checks. This fortuitous timing led me to begin using the pre-release module in my Sunday School preparation. Like many of you, my main method of using commentaries in Accordance is to view them in a parallel pane together with the Biblical text. When I first opened Waltke on Genesis in a parallel ...

Workspace Wednesday

April 22, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — We at Accordance believe that our software is so much more than just a tool to study the Bible. It's a means of community and creativity. We've created Workspace Wednesday because we want to give you a chance to show us your creative workflow in Accordance. Watch the video to find out how you can participate: Join us on social media to post your workspace: Take a screenshot of your workspace Post the screenshot to the comments section of our Workspace Wednesday post every Wednesday Hashtag the post with #work_wed Eagerly await sweet victory ...

New Modules on Sale -- Something for Everyone!

April 22, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — We've got a diverse collection of fascinating new modules this week, each one at a special introductory price. You have just one week to save on the excellent titles below. News for the Anchor Bible Commentary-Old Testament: the second section, 12 volumes from Joshua to Esther, is now available for Easy Install to those who have purchased the OT or the complete set. More volumes are heading your way very soon. Living God’s Word New Testament scholar J. Scott Duvall and Old Testament expert J. Daniel Hays wrote Living God’s Word to help ...

Throwback Thursday: Weighing Anchor

April 17, 2014 - David Lang — In my previous Throwback Thursday post, I told you about my first experience of demonstrating Accordance at the 1995 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. We were offering attendees a sneak peek at Accordance 2.0, which was released the following April. I spent most of 1996 preparing modules for the initial release of Accordance 2.0, as well as for our first CD-ROM release later that same year. Little did I realize it at the time, but my next project would prove to be a major turning point in the development of Accordance ...

Crucifixion: Forget What You Think You Know

April 15, 2014 - David Lang — Of all the articles I planned to write for the Bible Times PhotoMuseum, I figured the article on Crucifixion would be relatively easy. After all, I already had a pretty good idea of who invented the practice (the Romans), how crucifixion was practiced (nails through hands and feet, fully assembled crosses raised to position, etc.), and how it caused death (by asphyxiation as the crucified became too tired to lift himself up to breathe). When I started doing my research, however, I was shocked to discover how little we actually know about ...

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