Accordance Blog

January 2014 — December 2014

5 Things About Passover You Probably Didn't Know

April 10, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — For Orthodox Jews, the Passover is a weighty, yet joyous celebration bringing to memory the miraculous deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt. Over the course of many centuries, the Passover feast has been contextualized to modern man, and while maintaining aspects of its traditional roots, has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon. Here are five interesting things you probably didn't know about how the world does Passover in 2014. Coca-Cola knows how to celebrate Passover (while also turning quite a profit). In the old days, Coke was ...

Answering a Question with a Question

April 07, 2014 - David Lang — Yesterday in my Sunday School class, I was teaching through Romans 8:31-39. In that passage, Paul reflects on whether anything can separate those who "love God and are called according to his purpose" (v. 28) from the "love of God that is in Christ Jesus" (v. 39). He does this by asking a series of questions such as "Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect?" (v. 33), "Who is the one who condemns?" (v. 34), and "Who can separate us from the love of Christ?" (v. 35). He answers each of these questions by eliminating every potential ...

Throwback Thursday: Demoer and Demoee

April 03, 2014 - David Lang — In my last Throwback Thursday post, I talked about the development of the very first Tool modules for Accordance 2.0. Although version 2.0 was not yet ready for release in November of 1995, we were planning to offer a preview of all the new features to attendees at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in Philadelphia. I did not accompany my employers to ETS, since it was a smaller conference and they could manage the booth without me. I flew in to join them for the start ...

Hashing out the Hashtags (And Applying Some Apps)

April 02, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — What does the term "social media" mean to you? Perhaps you think it’s a tremendous waste of time, or maybe you don’t quite understand it and you’re afraid it’s too late to learn. Maybe you think it’s a fun way to pass the time, but nothing that should be taken too seriously. Perhaps for some of you, the fact that you’ve actually navigated away from Facebook to read this post is a miracle in and of itself. Whatever social media is, it’s clearly the future. You don’t need to be a marketing guru to know this. Facebook is 1 billion strong, the ...

A Study in Genesis One

April 01, 2014 - Timothy Jenney — One of the basic principles of effective Bible study is to allow the text of the Bible to speak for itself. That can be really difficult when we approach a passage with our own issues foremost in our minds. The more pressing the issues, the more difficult it is to set aside our own agenda. One way to become more objective is to use the comparative method, comparing and contrasting a biblical text with one from another culture. Ideally, the other text deals with the same topic and is roughly from the same time period, but written from the ...

Accounting for Spelling Differences

March 28, 2014 - David Lang — In a recent thread on the Accordance User Forums, someone looking for purchasing advice asked some questions about an Accordance tool called the Dictionary of Early Christian Biography. This dictionary provides in depth biographical information about a variety of figures in the history of the early church, and it just happens to be a great example of a little-known feature of some Accordance tools. This short video demonstration will show you what I mean. Dictionary of Christian Biography from Accordance Bible Software on Vimeo.

Throwback Thursday: Tools for Accordance 2

March 27, 2014 - David Lang — We've been doing a lot of reminiscing lately, and I promise we'll get back to helpful tips and other kinds of posts soon. Still, since it's Thursday again, I'll continue reminiscing for "Throwback Thursday." In my most recent post, I went back before my own involvement with Accordance to look at Accordance pre-history. Before I took that detour, however, I was beginning to talk about the development of Accordance 2.0. In this post, I'll pick up there. For me, the most promising feature planned for Accordance 2.0 was the addition of ...

As Accordance Turns 20

March 26, 2014 - Helen Brown — Our baby is now all grown up! We bought our first Mac computer in 1984, three months after its debut, and soon afterwards a friend planted a little seed in our minds: why not write a program to use the Mac for Bible Study? We had a deep interest in the Bible, some knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, and the time to work on the project along with part-time positions in our own professions. It was an intriguing idea. For all that the Mac was easy to use, it proved very difficult to program for. I well remember that it took several days of work ...

Accordance: You Had Me at “Hello”

March 25, 2014 - Matt Kenyon — My first experience with Accordance was as philosophically enlightening as it was informative. As a new employee with Accordance, I had the opportunity to join the team in Atlanta for a training seminar of the application. In other words, they let loose a fire hose of information on me — in a good way. The first thing that I noticed upon walking into the classroom was the wide spectrum of attenders. I saw women and men, pastors and scholars, plaid-donning seminary students with gauged earrings and some “seasoned” enough to be my grandparents — ...

Another 20/20 Sale

March 20, 2014 - Helen Brown — Thank you for the amazing response. This sale is now over. Continuing our 20th Anniversary Celebrations: 20% off the entire store for 20 days! We invite all our users to “clip” this coupon and enter the code at checkout to get a 20% discount on one entire order: Order anything you’d like from our store and take advantage of 20% off our already low prices. You can even put the order on our payment plan for up to 12 months. This one-time sale does have special conditions: The coupon is valid for one use only, but applies to the entire o ...

Throwback Thursday: Accordance and The PerfectWord

March 20, 2014 - David Lang — As readers of this blog well know, we're currently celebrating the twenty-year anniversary of the initial release of Accordance Bible Software. In fact, today only, you can purchase twenty popular Accordance add-ons for just twenty bucks each. For my part, I've been doing a fair amount of reminiscing about Accordance's early days in this series of Throwback Thursday posts. The response to these posts has been fascinating. A number of users who go all the way back to Accordance 1.0 have shared their stories in the comments on this blog or on ...

20 Products for 20 Bucks to Celebrate 20 Years

March 19, 2014 - Julie Palmer — Accordance Bible Software is turning twenty! That's a rare feat in the software industry, and we have you, our users, to thank for it. We'd like to show our appreciation for your years of support by offering an unprecedented deal on twenty popular Accordance products. Normally costing between $29.99 and $99.99, you can now grab them for just 20 bucks each! But you'll have to hurry. This sale lasts just one day—Thursday, March 20. Be sure to keep an eye on our 20th Anniversary Page for even more ways to celebrate with us. These special ...

Accordance is Twenty! Celebrate with Us

March 18, 2014 - David Lang — Twenty years. First released in Spring 1994, Accordance Bible Software is proudly celebrating twenty years of helping people around the world get the most out of their Bible study. In the fast-moving, ever-changing world of software development, twenty years is an eternity. Consider for a moment how many of the applications you commonly use have been around for twenty years. With the exception of industry standard word processors and spreadsheets, you probably can't think of many. When Accordance was first released, Aldus PageMaker was the ...

Compare all the Pauline Salutations

March 17, 2014 - David Lang — In my last Throwback Thursday post, I mentioned my role in the design of the Parallels window. This window lets you view parallel passages side-by-side, such as parallels in the Synoptic Gospels or those found in Kings and Chronicles. Yet Accordance also includes Parallel databases covering less obvious parallel passages. For example, the Epistles parallel database lets you compare similar passages in the various New Testament epistles. You can open the Epistles parallel from the Library or from the New pop-up menu of the Toolbar. When you d ...

Throwback Thursday: Every Mac User's Dream

March 13, 2014 - David Lang — In my last Throwback Thursday post, I explained how I went from being an early Accordance user to unexpectedly landing a part-time job with the company. I wasn't the first employee of Accordance Bible Software, but I am the longest running, having remained with the company for nearly twenty years now. As I explained in my last post, I started with the company when Accordance 1.1a—a minor update which added support for the tagged Septuagint—was about to be released. At that point in time, Accordance was narrow in scope but remarkably deep. By ...

A Preschool Lesson on Lachish

March 12, 2014 - David Lang — Last night as I was helping Jo Jo, my five-year-old son, brush his teeth before bed, I asked him who Naaman was. No, I don't typically quiz my preschooler on obscure Bible stories, but some weeks ago he had shown me a craft he had made during a Sunday school lesson about the leper healed by Elisha (2 Kings 5), and I had been impressed with his level of comprehension. The other day I had stumbled across that craft again, and I was curious to see how much he remembered. Not surprisingly, the words "Naaman" and "leper" failed to jog his memory, ...

Setting and Searching Your Default Bible

March 11, 2014 - Linda Perry — When your startup is set to open 'Default Search Tab' (Preferences, General Settings), you can set your default search Bible by going to Preferences and selecting Search Tabs from the column on the left. Find the text pop-up menu in the upper part of the pane and select your preferred text from the list. Also select Words and Exact or Flex Search. Click on the OK button (bottom right). Now whenever you open a new workspace, this Bible text will appear ready for you to enter your search query. Then select File and New Workspace. A new ...

Accordance 10.4: Free Update with Lots of New Features

March 10, 2014 - David Lang — If you launched Accordance 10 over the weekend, you probably received notice that a new update is available. If that hasn't happened yet, be sure to choose Check for App Update from the Accordance menu (on Mac) or the Utilities menu (on Windows) as soon as possible. Accordance 10.4 is a major update chock full of new features and enhancements. These include support for Retina displays and Mac OS X's fullscreen mode, numerous enhancements to user notes, the ability to use transliteration in Key number searches, and more. While there are plenty ...

Have You Customized Your Toolbar?

March 07, 2014 - David Lang — The Accordance toolbar only made its debut with the release of Accordance 10, but if you're like me, you quickly found yourself going to it all the time. I frequently use it to open the Library, open a new module, enter a search in the Search All field, and most often, to amplify. One of the best things about the toolbar is its customizability. Just right- or control-click the Toolbar to access the following contextual menu: In this menu, you can choose how you want the toolbar items displayed: as Icon and Text, Icon Only, Text Only, etc. I ...

Throwback Thursday: Unexpected Employment

March 06, 2014 - David Lang — For the past two "Throwback Thursdays," I've reminisced about my first exposure to Accordance in a life-changing demo, and my first purchase of Accordance 1.0. At the end of that second post, I mentioned how I was so excited about my purchase of Accordance that I was quick to send in my registration card. I also hinted that this decision would likewise turn out to be life-changing. It occurred to me afterward that the idea of mailing a registration card to a software company might seem pretty strange in these days of electronic registrations. ...

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