Accordance Blog

January 2015 — December 2015

Important Update for Mac App Store Accordance Users!

February 18, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — If you purchased your copy of Accordance in the Mac App Store, there was a very important update released a few days ago that you need to download. Accordance v. 10.4.6 will prep your copy of Accordance for the imminent release of v. 11 in the Mac App Store. Please update to 10.4.6 as soon as possible. We will make another announcement as soon as Accordance v. 11 is available through the Mac App Store. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below.

Why Study Extrabiblical Greek Texts?

February 17, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — A while back, I was asked to preach a sermon at my church explaining the idea of canon, that is, the list of writings accepted as sacred or inspired in my faith tradition. I titled my sermon, “What’s in Your Bible?” making a play on the phrase, “What’s in your wallet?” from the ongoing series of credit card commercials on television. Although I can never be certain since our church originated in the 1830s, I’d like to think that I may be the first person who ever read from the Pseudepigrapha in the pulpit at our church! No, I was not ...

Using the INFER Command with Extrabiblical Greek Texts

February 16, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — One of the more powerful--but probably somewhat underused--commands in Accordance in the INFER search. You would want to use the INFER search most often when you are looking for issues in intertextuality—that is, where a text quotes another text either directly or through allusion. The INFER command is probably most often used in looking for places where the New Testament is quoting the Old Testament, but did you know it can be used with extrabiblical texts as well? As I’ve already mentioned, the INFER command is one of the most powerful ...

Ancient Wisdom for Head and Heart

February 16, 2015 - David Lang — What do the church fathers have to teach us today? Two new Accordance resources apply the wisdom of the fathers to the study of theology and the practice of personal devotion. Ancient Christian Doctrine Similar in format to the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Ancient Christian Doctrine is a five-volume commentary on the Nicene creed. The theological concepts articulated in each phrase of the creed are examined and illuminated with passages from various early church fathers. For example, the section on the term “Almighty” begins w ...

List All & Report a Correction (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #117)

February 05, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — It’s the "little things, the attention to detail that characterize a great product. In this podcast, Dr. J covers three of the “little features” that help make Accordance the world’s premiere Bible software: List All Text Differences, List Book Names, and Report a Correction. [Accordance 11: Intermediate] For more Lighting the Lamp podcasts, visit our website or subscribe through iTunes.

Share Accordance with a Friend: V. 11 Demo Now Available!

February 04, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — You know how important Accordance is for your study and research, so now you can let your friends and colleagues take it for a test drive! The Accordance 11 Demo is now available for download. The Demo includes a small selection of Bibles and other reference titles in a sample Accordance Library so that the most powerful features of Accordance 11 can be experienced! The Demo will quit working after one hour, but it can be restarted. Purchasing the full version will get rid of any limitations. Download the Free Demo for both Windows and ...

New Release: Preaching the Word Commentary

February 02, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Specialization is a hallmark of the age in which we live. If we are ill, the diagnosis of a general practitioner can lead us to consultation with a specialist. If we need a vehicle repaired, we can choose between shops that specialize in domestic or imported automobiles; or based on the need, take our car to a mechanic who specializes in brakes, mufflers, or tires. Seeking out someone who can address a very specific need in our lives is a means of convenience--a way of saving us time by addressing particular concerns. Often those who preach o ...

Endorsement: David Harris

January 30, 2015 - — David Harris, graduate student at Brandeis University, discusses the crucial role Accordance Bible Software plays in his biblical studies.

The Gentile Mission (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #116)

January 22, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — In this study of Matt. 28:19, Dr. J dives into the Greek text and points out some of the less obvious features of this familiar passage. The study includes a comparison of the text with a similar one in Mark, underscoring Matthew’s distinctive emphases. This is a wonderful look at Accordance 11 as it is actually used in the exegesis of a Bible passage, using Highlighting, the Info Pane, Research and Parallels. [Accordance 11: Greek Study] See more Lighting the Lamp podcasts on our Accordance Podcast Page.

Writing The Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide 4

January 21, 2015 - James Davis — Twenty years ago I took my first trip to Israel on a three week study tour while I was in my PhD program at Dallas Theological Seminary. The leaders on the trip were Dr. Harold Hoehner and Dr. Charlie Dyer. It was there, as we studied and visited biblical sites, that I realized how important seeing the places where biblical events took place transformed and enhanced the way I could teach the Bible. It was then I developed a strong interest in biblical geography and saw the immense value of learning about it. I could no longer teach the Olivet ...

Introducing the Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide 4

January 20, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — The literature of the Bible is closely tied to its geography. We read about places like Damascus, Jericho, Ephesus, and Jerusalem; but the majority of Bible readers throughout history have not been fortunate enough to travel to these places to see them for themselves. When we read about these places, we form vivid images in our minds, but those images can't compare with the actual locations. Ultimately, seeing for ourselves can really make a difference not only in our understanding of the biblical story, but even in regard to our faith as ...

Find the Right Image in Accordance Graphic Tools

January 19, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Ever have difficulty finding the "just right" image for a lesson or sermon? The video below will demonstrate basic caption searches in individual titles as well as using Research to search multiple Graphics Tools at once. Bonus: See how to use Accordance images in Apple's Keynote presentation software! We recommend watching this video at full screen with the maximum resolution your device allows.

Webinar (Recorded): Searching in Accordance

January 15, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — In this webinar, recorded December 2, 2014, Mark Allison demonstrates the fundamentals of searching Bibles and other books in your Accordance Library. If you enjoyed this recorded webinar, we have more available; or you can sign up for upcoming live webinar events. Accordance Webinars (Main Page) Upcoming Sessions and Sign-up Accordance Recorded Webinars (Archives for v. 10 & 11)

Warren Wiersbe's BE Series

January 13, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Around the age of 20, I had my first “adult” teaching experience. What I mean by that is that in the previous couple of years before this time, our church’s youth minister had assigned me the “privilege” of teaching middle school-age students on Wednesday nights. To this day, that may have been the toughest crowd I’ve ever taught! Therefore, I jumped at the chance to teach a Bible study to college students of my own age one summer when asked by another minister at our church. He handed me Warren Wiersbe’s Be Mature which covers the New ...

Dictionary of Jesus & the Gospels, Second Edition

January 12, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — I can still remember getting my hardback copy of IVP's Dictionary of Jesus & the Gospels in the mid-90s. I was fascinated by the narrowed, very specific scope of the dictionary. There was literally nothing else like it on the market. I remember wishing IVP would release similar volumes on the rest of the Bible. And, of course, they did. Today, IVP has made available eight focused dictionaries, covering the entire Bible, in what is informally known as the “Black” dictionary series, so named for the color of the volumes’ hardback covers. A ...

Butler's Sermon Starters

January 11, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — When I was growing up, our pastor prepared at minimum three sermons a week and often more for special occasions, funerals and occasional invitations to preach midweek at some gathering or another church. Just with what was required for his weekly schedule, he had to prepare over 150 sermons, but the actual number was much higher. Whether you preach three sermons a week, or one, or maybe just an occasional sermon on invitation, with much prayer and study, sometimes the creative juices flow...but sometimes, they do not. This is where a resource ...

Learn to Study the Bible (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #115)

January 08, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — [Accordance 11: Methods] Interested in learning to study the Bible? Accordance Bible Software has some new features and additional resources just for you! This podcast covers five different features, explaining how each assists those new to Bible study. Dr. J also highlights the different resources in Accordance that show how to study the Bible. Two of them are free and now included with every Accordance 11 Collection. We recommend watching this video full screen in HD resolution. Want to see more Lighting the Lamp podcasts? Go to our L ...

Free Training Seminars for January & February, 2015

January 07, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — We have a number of free Accordance Training Seminars coming up in January and February in Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN Friday, January 30, 2015 1 PM - 5 PM (Workshop) Special Focus on Greek and Hebrew Bethlehem College & Seminary 720 13th Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55415 Room 318-322 Eden Prairie, MN Saturday, January 31, 2015 9 AM - 6 PM Eden Prairie Assembly 16591 Duck Lake Trail Eden Prairie, MN 55346 Fellowship Hall Plymouth, MN Friday, February 6, 2015 9 AM - 6 PM Fourth Baptist Church 900 Forestview Lane N. Plymouth, MN 55441 Social ...

Webinar (Recorded): Advanced Hebrew Techniques in Accordance

January 07, 2015 - — In the two-part video sessions below, Helen Brown walks participants through advanced Hebrew techniques in Accordance 11. We recommend watching these videos full screen in high definition. Advanced Hebrew Techniques, Part 2 If you enjoyed these recorded webinars, we have more available; or you can sign up for upcoming live webinar events. Accordance Webinars (Main Page) Upcoming Sessions and Sign-up Accordance Recorded Webinars (Archives for v. 10 & 11)

More than Just Trivia! Old Testament Today

January 05, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — If you want to be your church’s Bible Trivia champ, you have to know your Old Testament: Which books are in the Pentateuch? Who was the left-handed judge? In what year did Samaria fall? And yet, according to John H. Walton and Andrew E. Hill, authors of Old Testament Today: A Journey from Ancient Context to Contemporary Relevance, the Old Testament should be understood as something much greater than a Bible trivia resource. The problem lies with the reality that many people today don’t know how to handle the Old Testament. How should it be ...

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