Accordance Blog

January 2018 — December 2018

Build a Bible Study Library (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #177)

December 31, 2018 - Timothy Jenney — Interested in studying the Bible? Serious students of the Bible know the value of a good Bible Study library. This podcast lists the basic resources every such library should have—and explains the use of each. Accordance’s Basic Starter Collection, available for Macs, Windows, iOS and Android, offers all of these resources in a single, affordable package. Its digital format is also portable, allowing us to study at home, at the office, even at the local coffee shop! Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!

Three New Devotional Titles for 2019

December 26, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — The beginning of a new year brings about resolutions and resolve; and often for people of biblical faith, that means new commitments to read through the Bible or spend a certain amount of time daily or weekly in reflection on the Bible or one’s faith. For years, Accordance Bible Software has incorporated a Daily Reading feature into its software. In Accordance 12 for Windows and macOS, going to Preferences: Reading/Research allows you to choose a default devotional or Scripture reading plan for personal use. These same titles are also found i ...

Let It Snow (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #178)

December 14, 2018 - Timothy Jenney — Looking for snow this Christmas? Why not search for it in the Bible!? In this light-hearted topical study, Dr. J searches for snow in the Bible and Bible study resources. Discover where it snows in Israel and how often. Learn how the Bible’s authors used images of snow in their writing. See photographs of snow on the mountains of Israel. Pull up a chair next to the fireplace, get yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy this special seasonal study. Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!

ICYMI: Recent Updates to Accordance for Android, iOS, Windows & macOS!

December 07, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — In all the excitement of conferences, family get-togethers, and special sales in November, you may have not noticed the free updates released to Accordance Bible Software on all of our various platforms. Here are a few highlights that you may have missed. Have you looked at the Android version of Accordance lately? It’s coming along quite speedily for being less than a year old. Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in 1.3: Support for all modules up to 12.2 (except for Quran). A Quick Preferences dialog for quickly adjusting common settings ...

NEW! The Biblical Illustrator (56 Volumes)

December 03, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — Users have long requested the classic 56-volume Biblical Illustrator for Accordance. Well, now the wait is over, and we’re pleased to announce the release of the entire series, covering both Old and New Testament, complete in one Accordance module for ease of use and searching, available immediately. What is The Biblical Illustrator? Well, imagine having a book of quotations, commentary, and Bible factbook all in one series. Imagine having a stellar lineup of contributors such as J. B. Lightfoot, Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, John Wesley, B. ...

Have You Discovered the Accordance Exchange?

November 28, 2018 - Ken Simpson — Hi from the Accordance Exchange! I’ve been the Accordance Exchange administrator for the past six years. When I took the Exchange over, it was already a treasure trove of resources that our wonderful users had contributed for some years. It’s never had a big profile, but there are some resources there that are just gold in my opinion. This is the first in an ongoing focus on the best (in my opinion) and new modules on the Exchange. There is one module that I recommend everyone at least have a look at. Search Ranges (v12) is a replacement for ...

Accordance 12.3 Overview (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #176)

November 26, 2018 - Timothy Jenney — Accordance 12.3 is a massive free update for owners of Accordance 12. It introduces a new feature, Text Browser, a host of improvements to other features, and a lot of under-the-hood tweaks and fixes. Join Dr. J as he surveys the most important of these advances. Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!

Reviews on Recent Releases

November 20, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — Last week, we released a bevy of new titles for the Accordance Library. Today's the last day to get introductory pricing; and if you’re still undecided, here is some of the buzz around the web. Wes Allen: “Accordance Bible—Picture the New Testament” “Picture the NT does something I thought impossible—it makes spending time on biblical genealogies interesting.” Abram K-J: "Accordance’s Picture the NT: A PhotoCommentary of the New Testament" "While you can search Accordance’s existing photo resources by Scripture reference already, this is t ...

Major Android Update to 1.3

November 20, 2018 - Accordance Bible Software — While half our development staff are rushed off their feet at SBL, our Android team has been putting the finishing touches to the next release. Accordance Mobile for Android is now posted to the Google Play and Amazon AppStore and is also available for direct download. We'll post more about this significant update, but here's a list of features and changes: What's New Support for all modules up to 12.2 (except for Quran). A Quick Preferences dialog for quickly adjusting common settings and the new Night Mode option. Expanded details in I ...

A Closer Look at Picture the New Testament (Accordance Exclusive)

November 07, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — For the past decade or more, whenever I taught or preached the Bible, I incorporated visual images into Keynote or PowerPoint slides to illustrate what I was teaching. My method for finding appropriate images depended heavily on Accordance. Yes, I could always search the web, but with Accordance I was guaranteed to find images related to my passage or topic, and I knew that my license to use the software included permission to use any images in teaching or preaching contexts. Up until this week, I would have used three steps to finding images ...

Picture the New Testament (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #175)

November 07, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — Ever try to imagine what biblical times were like? Where Jesus walked around Galilee? Or how Paul traveled during his missionary journeys? Accordance is pleased to introduce its newest visual resource, Picture the New Testament. The initial release covers the four Gospels, Acts, and 1-2 Peter. When it is complete, it will span the entire New Testament and include more than a thousand images. Organized canonically, this resource scrolls with our Bibles, offering photos, maps, and other visual illustrations to illuminate every passage. Articles ...

NEW! Disciple's Study Bible (Classic Edition)

November 05, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — Back in 1988, I was working at New Life Book Shop in Ruston, Louisiana, when Holman Bible Publishers released the Disciple’s Study Bible (DSB). Holman offered a free copy of the DSB to any bookstore employee who could sell 12 copies. I was very up front with the customers to whom I showed this new study Bible. I told them I would get a free copy if I sold 12 of them, but they were under no pressure. Each person who purchased a copy of the DSB for my goal of 12 had to sign their name so that I could prove to Holman I had fulfilled my end of t ...

Text Browser (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #174)

November 02, 2018 - Timothy Jenney — Text Browser is is a powerful new feature in Accordance 12.3. the Text Browser searches and displays multiple resources like a Research tab, but it also has all the most important features of a Text tab: Instant Details, cross-highlighting, and an interlinear view. It even will compare texts in multiple languages simultaneously! The Tab displays every Text in a horizontal rows, all of which can be copied & pasted or printed as a group. Dr. J showcases this new feature in this episode and and provides several examples of how it can save ...

MAJOR UPDATE: Accordance 12.3.0 (Windows/macOS)

October 31, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — Drop whatever you’re doing and go run App Update in Accordance 12 immediately! We have just released v. 12.3.0, and it’s such a major update, you’ll wonder why we’re not charging for it! Make no mistake, though, Accordance 12.3.0 is FREE to all Accordance 12 users. Accordance 12.3.0 brings a brand new Text Browser feature, significant enhancements to Papers/Stacks, Research, Searching, Web browser, and much more! There’s a lot to explore here, so you may even want to open this web page in your Accordance Web Browser so you can try out all the ...

NEW! Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee

October 29, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — I fondly remember driving late at night between Kentucky and Louisiana in the early 90s going back and forth three or four times a year between seminary and visiting family back home. Well, it wasn’t the late night drive I remember fondly, but rather listening to J. Vernon McGee’s Thru the Bible radio broadcast. Granted, McGee probably wouldn’t have been accepted by my professors as a proper source for an exegesis paper, but I didn’t care. I enjoyed his wit and style; and although some would not agree with me, I even liked listening to his ...

NEW! MacDonald's Believer's Bible Commentary

October 29, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — Although William MacDonald (1917 – 2007) wrote over 84 books in his lifetime, he was best known for the Believer’s Bible Commentary, which we are releasing today for the Accordance Bible Software Library. In addition to being a prolific writer, MacDonald was part of the faculty and eventually president of Emmaus Bible College. It has been said that MacDonald refused to accept royalties for any of his books but instead created a Trust for translating the Believers Bible Commentary into other languages. MacDonald’s own faith background was ...

Two New Releases from Harold Willmington!

October 22, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — We were saddened to learn last week that Dr. Harold Willmington, the longest-serving faculty member at Liberty University, passed away on October 15. Dr. Willmington taught nearly half a century at Liberty. His popularity as a teacher of the Scriptures led to his nickname, “Mr. Bible.” We already had two works by Harold Willmington planned for release this week when we heard of his passing at the age of 86. Willmington’s Guide to the Bible (30th Anniversary Edition) has been a mainstay for over three decades on the desks of Bible preachers a ...

NEW! Life Essentials Study Bible notes

October 15, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — Dr. Gene Getz has lived a life dedicated to teaching the Bible. With degrees from Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton Graduate School, and New York University, Dr. Getz taught at both Moody and Dallas Theological Seminary before becoming a church planter. He is known for his Bible teaching ministry through dozens of books, radio programs, conference speaking, and church ministry. With The Life Essentials Study Bible notes, you can now access the teaching of Gene Getz right from Accordance! This unique set of study notes brings together a lifetime ...

Recent Accordance Training in the Philippines

October 11, 2018 - Ryan Mudge — Last week I had the pleasure of leading an Accordance Training Seminar at the Biblical Seminary of the Philippines. Over half of the students are Chinese, and most of these are from mainland China. My seminar was translated into Mandarin, as many of the students did not understand much English. They were incredibly encouraged to see the Chinese localized version of Accordance, including our Atlas and Timeline translated into Chinese and our Strong’s tagged Chinese Union Version. It was exciting to see their hunger for studying Scripture! The ...

New Preaching Titles from Langham Partnership!

October 08, 2018 - Richard Mansfield — In 1969, John Stott began donating the proceeds from all of his books (which have sold millions of copies over the years and continue to sell well, even after his death), as well as honoraria from speaking engagements, to the Langham Partnership. Based on the reality that 61% of Christians live in the non-Western world, the Langham Partnership seeks to equip the “Majority World…for mission and and growing to maturity in Christ through the ministry of pastors who believe, teach and live by the Word of God.” Langham Literature is the publishing ...

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