Accordance Blog

January 2015 — December 2015

Looking for a Few Good Ministers

June 03, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — If you are a pastor, priest, or rabbi who uses Accordance in sermon preparation or some other type of ministry, we want to hear your story! What difference does Accordance make in your preparation? How do you use Accordance? Over the next few weeks, we want to feature ministers who use Accordance in our newsletter and various forms of social media. We can’t guarantee that we will be able to feature everyone we hear from, but if you’re willing to tell your Accordance story, please email [email protected] Please include your name, ...

NEW! Beale's New Testament Biblical Theology

June 01, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Is it possible to study issues of intertextuality between the Old and New Testaments without consulting G. K. Beale these days? Personally, I don’t think so. I admit up front that I’m a fan of Beale’s writings. My enthusiasm has its roots from my reading of Brevard Childs in my seminary studies in the nineties. Childs advocated interpreting the Bible by viewing it in its context as a completed work. Inherent to this is understanding how the individual writings of the Bible fit together to make up the final form of the Canon. If one attempts t ...

UPDATED! PhotoGuide 4: Egyptian Additions

May 29, 2015 - James Davis — We are excited to release the brand new Egyptian update for the Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide 4. This new update adds over 350 new pictures and numerous articles on Egypt, the ancient land of wonder and one of the most important lands of the Bible. Some of these articles include the following entries: Alexandria, On, Memphis, the Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara, Thebes, Luxor, Karnak, Hatshepsut’s Temple, the Valley of the Kings, and Syene (Aswan). According to the Table of Nations, the Egyptians were descended from Noah’s son Ham through h ...

How to Select a Default Lexicon in Accordance Mobile

May 28, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Learn how to change your default Greek or Hebrew lexicon in this week's Accordance Mobile Minute. Get your free copy of Accordance Mobile in the iTunes Store.

Endorsement: Brandon Crowe

May 27, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Hear Brandon Crowe, Associate Professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, describe his personal use of Accordance as well as in the classroom.

Change Focus and Tie/Untie Panes (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #123)

May 21, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — Accordance 11.0.6 brings with it two new features: Change Focus and Tie/Untie Panes. Both are designed to enable users to investigate any verse while still being able to see its entire context. Join Dr. J as he demonstrates how these two subtle, but powerful features can make our Bible study both easier and more effective. [Accordance 11: Intermediate] See our archive of previous Lighting the Lamp podcasts.

Endorsement: Anthony Abell

May 20, 2015 - — Hear Anthony Abell, Provost of Clearwater Christian College, describe why his school chose to supply their students with Accordance Bible Software over their competitors.

NEW! Carasik's Commentators' Bible & the Bible's Many Voices

May 18, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Miqra'ot Gedolot (מקראות גדולות) or “Great Scriptures,” also known as the “Rabbinic Bible,” is an edition of the Hebrew Bible containing commentary drawn from the wisdom of medieval Rabbinic tradition. In the past, access to these volumes has required an extensive knowledge of not only biblical Hebrew, but medieval Hebrew as well. Now, under the editorship of Michael Carasik the content of these volumes is available for modern English readers through The Commentators' Bible. First published 500 years ago as the "Rabbinic Bible," the biblical ...

Creating a Combined Resource in Accordance

May 16, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Learn how to create a combined resource to scroll in parallel with a biblical text. We recommend watching this video fullscreen. For more information on combining resources, got the Accordance Help system from within the application, then Digging Deeper > Combining Resources.

Just Released: Accordance 11.0.6 for Windows & Macintosh

May 12, 2015 - Helen Brown — Accordance 11.0.6 has just been released for both Macintosh and Windows. More than just bug fixes, his release brings brand new functionality to Accordance. Now users can untie scrolling of parallel panes by clicking on the Action Menu (the icon that looks like a gear) and choosing "Untie Scrolling." This allows the user to access content in one pane without moving the others. The untied panes can be tied again by accessing the Action Menu and choosing "Tie Scrolling." Pressing the shift key changes these menu items to Untie All Scrolling/Tie ...

The Verse Chooser in Accordance Mobile

May 09, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — The Verse Chooser in Accordance Mobile not only adapts to the text being read, but it also offers two different ways to find your passage!

How to Study A Topic (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #122)

May 07, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — Not all Bible studies begin with a passage. Some start with a simple question, “What does the Bible say about ______?” Investigations of this kind are called “topical studies” and may well be the most popular kind of Bible study. Topical sermons are certainly a favorite among preachers. In this podcast Dr. J shows us how to study a topic using Accordance—and how to transform that study into three simple kinds of topical sermons. Download Dr. J's Topical Study Template for Microsoft Word! Go to our Lighting the Lamp page to see even more ...

How to Sync Accordance Using Dropbox

May 05, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — This week's Accordance Mobile Minute demonstrates how to sync content across a user's various devices (iOS, Windows, Macintosh). Note that once the user has given Dropbox permission to sync to Accordance, this will not have to be repeated prior to syncing again. For optimum viewing, consider watching this video expanded to full screen.

Just Released: Solid New Titles from IVP

May 05, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — InterVarsity Press (IVP) has a longstanding reputation for publishing high quality Evangelical works for study of the Bible as well as Christian life and practice. This week, we are pleased to announced a number of new IVP titles available for the Accordance Library. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series offers pastors and teachers sound expositional guidelines for communicating the message of the New Testament. The Global Dictionary of Theology allows the Christian to act as a world citizen by listening to a wide range of voices in ...

Webinar: How to Prepare a Sermon with Accordance

April 30, 2015 - — In this previously recorded webinar, pastor Abram Kielsmeier-Jones demonstrates how he uses Accordance for sermon preparation. Anyone who preaches or teaches the Bible regularly will benefit from watching Abram's presentation. Download Abram's accompanying Sermon Prep Handout. We have new webinars available every week. Sign up at our Webinars page, and see past webinars at our Webinars Archive page.

NEW! Tremper Longman's How to Read Series from IVP

April 28, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Even a casual reader of the Bible quickly discovers that not all books in Scripture are the same. The Bible contains an amazingly diverse representation of literary styles. Reading Genesis is not the same as reading the Gospels, which is not the same as reading Revelation. Many biblical introductions give an overview of content and themes, but a reader often has to seek out specialized technical works for exploring methods for interpreting specific books or literary types in the Bible. Fortunately, this week we are pleased to release three n ...

Saving Content from Accordance Mobile to Evernote

April 24, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Here's a handy trick for saving content in Accordance Mobile to Evernote.

The Greatest Commandment (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #121)

April 23, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — [Accordance 11: Study] What is the Greatest Commandment? All three Synoptic Gospels include the story of Jesus' answer to the Pharisees' question—but they have significant differences. In this podcast Dr. J will help us understand the reason for such variations. Along the way, we’ll trace the history of this commandment, consider the ways in which the Gospels were composed, and investigate the nature of a common figure of speech in the Bible. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

Don’t Neglect the Classics

April 20, 2015 - David Lang — I love everything that’s old—old friends, old tunes, old manners, old books, old wine. —Goldsmith (From Dictionary of Quotations From Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources) New, up-to-date commentaries and reference works are important, but older works still have their place. Here are a few reasons you should add old books to your library (followed by a few newly-released old books you should consider). When we read the biblical text, we are often quick to connect it to our immediate concerns, to focus too quickly on how it applies ...

Endorsement: Leeor Gottlieb

April 16, 2015 - — Hear Leeor Gottlieb, Assistant Professor of Bible at Bar-Ilan University describe his use of Accordance going all the way back to his student days and now in his own teaching. Instructors will especially be interested to hear how Leeor uses Accordance in the classroom.

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