Accordance Blog

January 2018 — December 2018

Save Big on Our Yale Sale

September 25, 2018 - Accordance Bible Software — Known for excellence in biblical scholarship, the Anchor Yale Bible Series comprises three main categories. The Anchor Yale Bible Commentary consists of 90 volumes covering the Old Testament, including Apocrypha, and the New Testament. The Anchor Bible Dictionary is a 6-volume work with over 6,000 entries by 800 internationally-renowned scholars. The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library is a collection of reference works by top academic scholars offering in-depth analysis of various biblical themes. All of these series are "must-have" r ...

Researching Cultural Background (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #173)

September 24, 2018 - Timothy Jenney — One of the hardest parts of studying the Bible is identifying important cultural background issues. Fortunately, Accordance offers a wide variety of resources dedicated to this subject—and an array of techniques to access them quickly and easily. Join Dr. J as he explains how to research cultural background information in Accordance. Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp podcast!

NEW! Wisdom Commentary Series from Liturgical Press

September 17, 2018 - Accordance Bible Software — Released today for the Accordance Bible Software Library, the Wisdom Commentary series (currently 16 completed volumes* of a projected 58) from Liturgical Press seeks to create greater participation in biblical studies discussions from the viewpoint of women, and specifically from a feminist perspective. The title of the commentary draws its name from “Woman Wisdom” personified especially in books of the Bible like Proverbs and the Wisdom of Solomon (from the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical books). Although women’s/feminist issues are not the sole ...

In Honor of CSNTM's 16th Anniversary

September 14, 2018 - Accordance Bible Software — CSNTM 16th Anniversary Sale – 33% Off Sweet sixteen! Yesterday, September 13, 2018, was CSNTM's sixteenth anniversary. Back in 2002, their Executive Director, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, saw the potential of how digital photography and the internet could transform the way we study New Testament manuscripts—rapidly increasing our access to the physical materials of the Christian tradition. Now almost two decades later, this original vision has proven to be both timely and vital, and their commitment to it has only strengthened. As they move into ...

Adventist Materials in Accordance (Video)

September 13, 2018 - Don Gillis — Accordance Bible Software, in cooperation with Andrews University Press and the Ellen G. White Estate, is pleased to release additional modules of Adventist resources. In the following informal video, you will see ways in which Adventist materials within Accordance enhance and accelerate your study experience. Things that could not be done, or might have taken hours to do in print, can be done in seconds in Accordance! We are excited about the inclusion of these additional modules in Accordance and look forward to an even greater selection of ...

A Quartet of Updates (Windows/macOS/Android/iOS)!

September 12, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — This week, we’ve released a quartet of Accordance updates across all our platforms: Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. Here’s the lowdown. This update brings major improvements for importing User Notes from BibleWorks. This includes better matching for Hebrew characters, importing single Book folders of User Notes, and more. There are also minor updates related to Unicode, Simple Constructs, User Bibles, User Tools, and localizations. For more detailed list of what’s new in v. 12.2.9, go to our “New Features Since 12.0” page and our “Bug Fixes ...

NEW! NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible Notes

September 10, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — One of the better study Bibles to come along recently is the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. A number of Accordance users have requested these study Bible notes; and no doubt, they will be pleased to hear that we are making it available today for the Accordance Library. What’s the big deal about cultural backgrounds when it comes to studying the Bible? In the “Quick Start Guide” to the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, there is a quote from one of the editors, Dr. John H. Walton, that reads “Even though the Bible was written for us, ...

NEW! Holman Bible Atlas

September 10, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — When I was a kid, every children’s and adult Sunday School classroom at my church had a set of large “pull-down” maps related to the Old and New Testaments. After I grew up and moved away from home, eventually I was teaching a Bible study class for adults myself; but the church I was in had no such maps. I remember trying to find a set of these maps to purchase for my own use, but there were none to be found. They simply weren’t made anymore. This was in the mid-1990s before data projectors and flat screen televisions became the universal ...

NEW! Holy Scriptures: Tree of Life Version

September 10, 2018 - Richard Mansfield

Bracketed Words (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #172)

September 08, 2018 - Timothy Jenney — Editors use a variety of brackets in Bibles and Texts to indicate material that is missing, reconstructed, or whose authenticity is in doubt. This podcast surveys the different uses of brackets in Accordance’s most commonly-used texts—and how to adjust for them in searches and statistical analyses. Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp podcast!

Webinario: Búsqueda Sintáctica Hebrea en Accordance

August 30, 2018 - Mario Porras — La Base de Datos de Sintaxis Hebrea en Accordance está destinada a usuarios que desean tanto comprender más sobre la construcción sintáctica del Hebreo Bíblico, como poder realizar búsquedas sintácticas simples y complejas. Se proporciona información sobre los términos y abreviaturas, así́ como instrucciones básicas para la búsqueda de sintaxis hebrea. Se detalla el proceso de diseño de una búsqueda sintáctica utilizando la ventana de construcción hebrea teniendo como resultado una exégesis valiosa para el estudio de la Biblia Hebrea. ...

How to Back Up Accordance (Windows/macOS)

August 20, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — Ever had that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you try to open an extremely important file you absolutely know was there, but now it’s not? All that work—hours upon hours—gone; and no matter what you try, you can’t get it back! I first experienced this dreaded shock back around 1988, when I overwrote a floppy disk that had important data on it. Since then, I’ve been backup paranoid. I probably over-back up, so I am not necessarily recommending that you do what I do. I have a local external hard drive that serves as my primary ...

Walk Worthy (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #171)

August 20, 2018 - Timothy Jenney — Morphologically Coded Highlights and Greek Diagrams can both help identify the underlying structure of the Greek text. In this podcast Dr. J uses both to exegete the purpose clause of Col 1:9-12. What did Paul mean when he asked the Colossian Christians to “walk worthy” of their faith? Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp podcast!

NEW! Reformed Expository Commentary (28 Volumes)

August 13, 2018 - Accordance Bible Software — We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Reformed Expository Commentary (28 volumes), from P&R Publishing, for the Accordance Bible Software Library. Click/tap on images below for a larger view of the REC on various platforms supported by Accordance. The series preface describes four fundamental commitments by the authors of the REC. “First, these commentaries aim to be biblical, presenting a comprehensive exposition characterized by careful attention to the details of text.” The series is distinguished from exegetical ...

MT-LXX Resources (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #170)

August 08, 2018 - Timothy Jenney — The MT-LXX database displays every word of the Hebrew Masoretic text in parallel with its Greek LXX equivalent. Accordance offers two versions of this resource: the interlinear and the parallel. This podcast distinguishes between them and shows how to use both. Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp podcast!

NEW! Asia Bible Commentary (6 volumes)

August 01, 2018 - Accordance Bible Software — We are pleased to announce the release of the Asia Bible Commentary, available immediately for the Accordance Bible Software Library. What follows below is from the series preface by Federico G. Villanueva. In recent years, we have witnessed one of the greatest shifts in the history of world Christianity. It used to be that the majority of Christians lived in the West, but Christians are now evenly distributed around the globe. This shift has implications for the task of interpreting the Bible from within our respective contexts, which is in ...

When Greek Facts Prove False

August 01, 2018 - David Lang — In my last post, I argued that the practical value of learning Greek and Hebrew becomes readily apparent when dealing with situations where careful exegesis of the biblical text is absolutely necessary, such as "[arriving] at a clear position on the latest theological controversy." Not long after writing that post, I stumbled across a timely example. In an interview with Christianity Today, the founder of a conference on issues of sexuality made the following claim: One way would be to say that eros is not intrinsically sexual. It’s never how ...

NEW! Gospel According to the Old Testament (18 volumes)

July 30, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — “'Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?' And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” (Luke 24:26–27, NIV) Back in the early nineties, I remember sitting in a seminary class where I made a comment about the above passage, “I wish I had a recording of that entire discussion.” The professor said that while we obviously don’t have a recording of Jesus' original exposition of the Old Testament (the entirety of the Scriptures at the ...

Who's Afraid of Big Bad Greek? (or Hebrew!)

July 27, 2018 - David Lang — Are you a seminary student about to take your first classes in Greek and/or Hebrew? For many, learning the Bible's original languages can seem incredibly daunting. You may have talked to a pastor or other seminary graduate who has shared horror stories about their language classes. They may also have told you that they now remember little of what they worked so hard to learn. They may even have told you that they never really needed the languages in their actual day-to-day ministry, and that they wish their seminary had offered more practical ...

Accordance Mobile for Android (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #169)

July 23, 2018 - Timothy Jenney — Accordance Mobile is now available for Android. We are very pleased to announce we now support the Android platform (5.0 and later), as well as MacOS, Windows, and iOS platforms. The app is free, as are its bundled Bibles and Bible study tools. In this episode Dr. J explains how to install, register, and use Accordance on an Android device. In addition, there is information on accessing Accordance Help for even more information—and how to purchase additional resources. For more information about Accordance Mobile for Android, click here. C ...

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