Accordance Blog

January 2014 — December 2014

Creating a Custom Map for Genesis 19

March 05, 2014 - David Lang — This past Sunday I covered the end of Genesis 19 for my Sunday School class. Describing the aftermath of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, this passage relates how Abraham gazed out from the vicinity of Hebron to see smoke rising from the Dead Sea plain. He does not know that Lot has escaped to the small town of Zoar with his daughters. The passage then describes how Lot and his daughters leave Zoar to live in a nearby cave. There each of Lot's daughters conceives a son through incest with their father. These sons go on to father the ...

Throwback Thursday: Becoming an Accordance User

February 27, 2014 - David Lang — Last week, I told you about my first exposure to Accordance: a demo at my seminary that turned out to be life-changing. In this week's "Throwback Thursday," I'll reminisce about how I became an Accordance user. As I mentioned last week, I had to wait two years for Accordance to be released. After about a year-and-a-half, I found myself getting really impatient to have access to a good Bible software program on my Mac. I toyed with buying other commercial Bible programs, but they all seemed inordinately expensive for what they had to offer. ...

User Tip - Automatically Numbered Footnotes

February 25, 2014 - Linda Perry — Did you know that Accordance can create numbered footnotes with bibliographic information. Here's how: Open your Preferences (Accordance or Edit menu) and select Bibliography. Check 'Insert citation as footnote.' Select the text you want to copy and right click. From the pop-up menu, select Copy As. From the submenu, select Citation. Open a word processor and paste. You should see a superscripted number at the end of the paragraph and a corresponding footnote at the bottom of the page. Note: Not all word processors support this feature.

Latest Zondervan Releases

February 24, 2014 - Julie Palmer — In the last several months, Accordance has released a number of significant works including commentary sets (Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries, New Interpreter’s One Volume), study Bibles (HCSB, Wesley), and original language modules (Göttingen LXX Psalms/Odes and Esther, DSSB Variants, Masora Thesaurus). We are pleased to announce the release of nine new modules from Zondervan that represent a wide range of interests and study needs. There are several popular titles alongside a few that may be new to you. Regardless, at these introductory ...

New: Devotions on the Greek New Testament

February 24, 2014 - Linda Perry — For people who want to keep and improve their knowledge of Greek, integration into some part of daily life is vital. What better way to incorporate this principle than with a devotional book. A brand new work, Devotions on the Greek New Testament fills the gap for ongoing language study, offering both instruction and inspiration. This 52-week devotional was written by 31 Greek scholars, three of whom are women. Each reading is focused on a particular passage from the Greek New Testament. The Greek text is at the top of the first page of each ...

Throwback Thursday: A Life-Changing Demo

February 20, 2014 - David Lang — On social media, it is common for people to post old pictures of themselves on Thursdays. This practice is known as "Throwback Thursday." While I'm not much for posting old pictures of myself, I thought it might be fun to start recounting some "throwback" moments from my nearly two decades with Accordance. I'll start with my first exposure to Accordance way back in January of 1992. I was in my first semester of seminary then, and had recently told a friend in my Hebrew class that I was looking to buy a computer. Little did I know that he was a ...

Even E-Books Can't Do This

February 19, 2014 - David Lang — On Monday, I showed you how to display only the captioned images in a tool so you can easily scroll through all the pictures. This trick, which I use often when checking modules just prior to their release, involves searching every word in a field and then choosing to show only the hit paragraphs. As you might have guessed, a trick like this has lots of other potential uses as well. For example, yesterday Jeremy posted a very helpful introduction to the just-released Pentateuch volumes of the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary. Among the features h ...

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary in Accordance

February 18, 2014 - Jeremy Brannon — As a member of our Content Development team, I occasionally look over our Module Request forum to see what resources people are requesting to come to Accordance. I have been encouraged over the past few years to see an increasing number of those wishes granted. One of the commentary sets that has garnered a lot of attention is the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary. We released the 27-volume Anchor Yale New Testament in November 2013, and some of you have already put it to good use, but we’ve also been hard at work on the Old Testament volumes. ...

Can I Just See the Pictures?

February 17, 2014 - David Lang — Have you noticed that Bible reference books are getting more and more graphically rich? It used to be that even "illustrated" Bible dictionaries only featured a relatively small illustration every twenty pages or so. Today, no doubt prompted by our constant exposure to multiple forms of media, it is rare to see a Bible reference book which does not feature lots of illustrations, charts, tables, and sidebars. In Accordance, we now have lots of graphically rich study Bibles, dictionaries, atlases, and photo collections. In fact, Dr. J recently ...

Masora Thesaurus in Accordance

February 14, 2014 - Timothy Hegg

The Latest Word on Lexicons (Pun Intended)

February 11, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — Did you know lexicon literally means “book of words”? If you use Accordance to study or read the Hebrew Bible or Greek New Testament, you know how valuable a good lexicon can be. I took my first biblical language class in 1992 and assumed at the time that in a few short years, I’d have both Greek and Hebrew mastered and eventually would never need to consult a lexicon again. I wish I could tell you that my naive assumptions all those years ago had become a reality by now, but it’s simply not the case. In fact, my initial print lexicons became ...

Great Graphics

February 10, 2014 - Linda Perry — Graphics can bring a Bible study alive in so many ways and nothing comes close to the detail, customizability, user-friendliness, and usefulness of the Accordance maps, timeline, and PhotoGuide. Instant details quickly show the number of years between specific events in a person's life. Paul's journeys come alive when you can actually animate the route on screen with the Accordance Atlas. The PhotoGuide is the perfect companion for the Accordance map — click on the name of a city in the map, and instantly get more information and beautiful ...

Training Time at Your Convenience

February 07, 2014 - Helen Brown — Our free online live webinars are growing in popularity. This is a convenient way to join a group of eager users, and interact with one of our expert trainers and developers. We kicked them off last summer, and they were very successful, but we took a break for the busy holiday season. Now they are back with a force in Linda Perry's capable hands. You sign up for the topic and time that suits you, and receive full instructions and reminders by email. The login is very simple and you join your class, hear the discussion, watch the teacher's ...

Searching for a Style

February 04, 2014 - Linda Perry — Have you ever wanted to find all the places where you highlighted a text with a certain color or symbol? Say you are interested in the Sabbath, and want to mark up any relevant verses so that you can find them later. This tip shows you how to do it. 1. First you will need to define a style. 2. Select the Highlights palette. Click on the gear symbol (Action menu) and select Define Highlight Styles and click the New button. Give the style a name and define the style by selecting options from each of the four design menus. Click OK. 3. Now you ...

Where New Ideas Get Vetted

February 04, 2014 - David Lang — Have you ever seen the Schoolhouse Rock cartoon, "I'm Just a Bill?" It chronicles the seemingly interminable process by which an idea for new legislation becomes a bill that must wait on Capitol Hill until it can finally be voted into law. I received numerous lessons in Civics and American Government growing up, but none made as deep an impression on me as this three-minute cartoon. This tongue-in-cheek presentation highlights both the strength and weakness of the American legislative process. On the one hand, the system of checks and b ...

New Index of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Masoretic Text Variants

February 01, 2014 - Rick Bennett — From time-to-time we have the unique opportunity to publish the research of scholars before it hits the press for academic publication. That’s the case with the Dead Sea Scrolls and Masoretic Text Variant Index, edited by Jarod Jacobs and Martin Abegg at the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute of Trinity Western University, and previewed at the November Annual Meetings of the SBL. The DSSB Variant Index represents the culmination of many long hours of research meticulously comparing the MT to the biblical scrolls, including all known fragments in the ...

Bonhoeffer Released in Accordance

January 21, 2014 - Jordan Stevens — In a recent blog, we mentioned that because of our continuing expansion, 2014 will be an exciting year for Accordance. The addition of more personnel has led to the quick development of many new resources. One of these recent additions is the expansive collection, Works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This collection of works by one of the most influential Christian martyrs in history is an English translation of the German Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke. In these 16 volumes, one can find a variety of resources: Theological writings Academic Papers S ...

In the Beginning Was the Word

January 16, 2014 - David Lang — This week, I've been encouraging you to explore the various options in the Search menu and its corresponding contextual menu. Today I want to look at the most obvious place to start when constructing a search: with selecting the words you want to find. Most of the time, of course, you're simply going to type the words you have in mind, but sometimes it is helpful to select from a list of all the words in a text. At those times, you'll want to choose the Enter Words… menu item. When you do, a dialog will open with a list of every word c ...

It's In There Too! (The Contextual Menu, That Is!)

January 15, 2014 - David Lang — In Monday's post, I explained how everything you need to fill in a blank search entry field is clearly listed and readily available in the Search menu. I encouraged you to explore the options in that menu by borrowing the tag-line from an old spaghetti sauce commercial: "It's in There!" In upcoming posts, we'll stir the sauce and take a closer look at some of the items that are "in there." But before we do, I want to point out that these options are also available in the contextual menu that appears whenever you right-click in the search e ...

Just Released: NIB One Volume Commentary and More

January 14, 2014 - Accordance Bible Software — Get ready, Accordance fans! We have some great new releases lined up over the next month, and it all starts right now. This week's releases include a fantastic one-volume commentary and two highly-requested study Bibles. These resources are concise, yet brimming with high-quality scholarship. If you ever need to grasp a passage's meaning but your time is limited, these efficient resources will serve you well. New Interpreter's One Volume Commentary This excellent one-volume commentary contains the same top-tier scholarship that has become a ...

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