Accordance Blog

January 2019 — December 2019

Ancient Voices Still Speak Today

August 20, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — St. Basil the Great spoke of “holding the dignity of antiquity to be more honorable than mere new-fangled novelty” (“On the Holy Spirit” 16:8). In St. Basil’s day as in ours, it’s easy for us to be attracted to what’s new over what’s been tested by time and found true. This week we’re highlighting the Ancient Voices that Still Speak Today with a new release that examines the way the American Founding Fathers incorporated the Bible into their understanding of the world. From there, we will jump back in time even further with multiple specials ...

Win an 8" Amazon Fire HD + Triple Learner Collection!

August 14, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — We’re giving away an 8" Amazon Fire HD and an Accordance 12 Triple Learner Collection. There are five ways to win by signing up for our newsletter and visiting our various social media venues. Of course, we also hope you’ll subscribe to our social media pages while you’re there! The 8" Amazon Fire HD tablet is a perfect way to read Accordance titles in a handheld format. The bright high-definition screen makes the Fire tablet a wonderful on-the-go tablet for Bible study and quick reference. And, of course, all of the Amazon Fire tablets run ...

Educators Focus on A+ Works: Grammars, Syntax, and More

August 13, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — Just in time for Fall semester: new Hebrew and Greek grammars for your biblical language classes! First up, we have the often requested Beginning Biblical Hebrew by Mark Futato ready for first semester Hebrew. And second, to answer numerous requests, yes, you can now add the fourth edition of Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek (Grammar and Workbook) to your Accordance Library in plenty of time before courses begin! Plus, don’t miss discounts on other favorite Hebrew and Greek grammars and reference works—and a Publisher’s Special—for ...

Update! Accordance 1.5.0 for Android

August 12, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Now available: Accordance Bible Software v. 1.5.0 for Android. This update delivers a number of significant new features, changes to Easy Install, and important bug fixes. Here are a few of the most important new features and updates found in v. 1.5.0. Click/tap on the images below for a larger view of the screenshots. Module Updates Accordance can now download and install module updates. To download updates to titles in your Accordance Library, go to the Overflow button (those vertical three dots in the top right corner) and choose Easy ...

New Grammars from Mounce (Greek) & Futato (Hebrew)

August 12, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Fall semester is upon us, and scores of students at Bible colleges and seminaries will begin (what will hopefully be) lifelong studies in biblical languages. This week, we are releasing an often-requested introductory Hebrew grammar for Accordance as well as a revision to a standard work for learning biblical Greek. Accordance makes the perfect platform for learning biblical languages because of quick access to Hebrew and Greek texts as well as lexicons and grammar works. Instead of spreading out a half dozen physical books on a crowded desk, ...

Which is Easier to Learn? Greek or Hebrew?

August 09, 2019 - David Lang — I did not originally intend to study Greek and Hebrew in college. I planned to go on to seminary, and I figured I would study the original languages there. But when the professors with whom I tended to argue dismissed my arguments out of hand because I did not know the languages, I thought, “Okay, I’ll go ahead and study Greek and Hebrew now.” Little did I know what I was getting myself into! My university Religion department offered biblical Hebrew courses, but there were no courses in biblical Greek. My only option was to take classical ...

Class Is Beginning – Start with Success

August 06, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — The month of August signals that class is beginning, and Accordance will help you start with success! If you’re taking biblical language classes, you’re going to need a good lexicon (or maybe two or three). Our discounted BDAG/HALOT bundle is a bestseller all year long, but this week we’ve reduced the price even further. And don’t miss the lowest prices ever on our TDOT/TDNT sets. Need “official” texts for your class? Check out our Stuttgart Scholarly Bundle, marked even lower than usual. Finally, for all you non-students, don’t worry—we’ll ...

Why so many Greek and Hebrew Lexicons?

August 02, 2019 - David Lang — Ever wonder why there are so many Greek and Hebrew lexicons? I mean, how many resources do we need to tell us what a given Greek or Hebrew word means? We tend to think of lexicons as objective references telling us what words mean with scientific precision, but lexicons can be created for different purposes, by different authors, writing at different times, for different audiences. They can be organized in different ways, driven by different theories of how languages work, or focused on different tasks. Different approaches have their ...

Significant for Pastoral Work: Colin Cushman's Accordance 25 Story

August 01, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — I started using Accordance one and a half years ago. I was originally very hesitant to use Bible software. It seemed too expensive and I thought I could do what I needed to for free. However, upon starting to use Accordance, I have found myself using it daily. I do not use Accordance for all of the uses that it is billed for. For example, I do not find much use in my own work of doing in-depth original language work; nor do I use complex English search functions very often. These are just not the types of data that I find useful for my own ...

NEW! A Christian's Pocket Guide Series

July 29, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — New for the Accordance Library from Christian Focus Publications: A Christian’s Pocket Guide Series is the perfect quick reference on your mobile phone or tablet. Written from a conservative Reformed perspective, this 11-volume series—covering a wide variety of topics—will allow you to grow your faith and deepen your understanding of spiritual realities in the world today. For better or worse, we live in a very busy world. Sometimes we need to get up to speed on a subject very quickly, not just for our own knowledge, but also to be able to ...

Memorizing Hebrew with the Dynamic Interlinear

July 26, 2019 - David Lang — The reason we call Accordance’s interlinear feature the Dynamic Interlinear is that it is flexible enough to be used in all sorts of ways. You can create a standard interlinear with English words under the original Greek and Hebrew. You can create a reverse interlinear which displays Greek or Hebrew under the English. You can create an all English interlinear comparing every key-numbered Bible text you own. You can use the MT-LXX Interlinear database to create an interlinear with the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Septuagint. Or, as I discovered ...

The Unexpected Benefits of a Well-Rounded Library

July 19, 2019 - David Lang — As a longtime Accordance employee, I have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to all the resources in my personal Accordance Library. I have more Bibles, original language texts, dictionaries, commentaries, and books at my fingertips than I know what to do with; and I get new toys to play with all the time. Yet even though I have access to all these materials, I tend to consult a handful of trusted resources over and over again. After all, who has time to read 100 commentaries on the same passage? Nevertheless, there are times when some ...

A Closer Look at the Kregel Exegetical Library (NEW!)

July 18, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — The IVP Pocket Dictionary for the Study of New Testament Greek offers a simple definition for the word exegesis: “The act or result of drawing out the meaning of the biblical text and explaining it; interpretation.” Although, there is often some overlap, an exegeticalcommentary is different from an expositorycommentary. An exegetical commentary can often be a bit more technical, dealing with literary and linguistic issues, while an expository commentary often focuses primarily on the task of teaching or preaching a biblical passage. That’s n ...

NEW! Strong’s Numbers Added to Arabic & Hebrew New Testaments!

July 08, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — We are pleased to announce the release of Strong's Key Numbered editions of the Modern Hebrew New Testament and Arabic New Testament. The addition of Greek Key Numbers to these texts, which link most words to the Greek New Testament, allows Accordance users to identify and search for Greek words underlying the translation. Also, it enables the use of these texts for cross-highlighting with other Keyed and Tagged New Testament texts as well as use in the Accordance Dynamic Interlinear. Normally, when clicking on a Hebrew word in a Hebrew t ...

From the iPhone to the Desktop: Kevin Sullivan’s Accordance 25 Story

July 05, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — I was first introduced to Accordance via the Accordance app on my iPhone several years ago. There were other bible apps out there, and I used them frequently, but my “go to” app was always my Accordance Library when I needed to dig a little deeper into something. Then, about two years ago, it became evident to me that my old PC was nearing its end, and the old bible software I had been using for decades years was going to die with it. It served me for many years, but it was time to upgrade and move on. I researched many bible software packages ...

25 Reasons We’re Still Going Strong: Our Users

June 28, 2019 - David Lang — When Accordance 1.0 was released 25 years ago, there were seemingly dozens of Bible software programs to choose from. Today, only a small handful are still in operation. So how has Accordance managed to keep going strong after all these years? In this series of posts, I’m considering 25 reasons I think we’ve managed to defy the odds. In previous posts, I covered 5 motivational reasons for our continued success, 6 reasons related to our development philosophy, 5 aspects of our approach to software design, and 5 key business strategies. In this ...

Picture More of the New Testament

June 24, 2019 - David Lang — Last November, we released Picture the New Testament: A PhotoCommentary. If you're not familiar with it, it acts as a visual commentary, showing ancient artifacts, artwork, maps, and locations which illustrate some aspect of the biblical text. The initial release included the four Gospels, Acts, and 1–2 Peter. Those who bought the initial release were pleasantly surprised over the weekend with a free update which added the Pauline epistles (Romans-Philemon). Picture the NT now covers 88% of the New Testament, and work on the remaining 12% is ...

Absolutely Stellar! Abram K-J’s Accordance 25 Story

June 21, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — My first contact with Accordance was in August 2012, when I reached out to them with a request to review Accordance 9 for my then relatively new blog. Unbeknownst to me, they were putting the finishing touches on Accordance 10, so I soon found myself downloading the Original Languages collection in the re-designed Accordance 10. After an easy installation and setup (I can still see the dining room table where I sat), I was really impressed with what I called the “absolutely stellar” interface. I reviewed the app in a six-part (!) series. ...

25 Reasons We’re Still Going Strong: Business Strategies

June 20, 2019 - David Lang — When Accordance 1.0 was released 25 years ago, there were seemingly dozens of Bible software programs to choose from. Today, only a small handful are still in operation. So how has Accordance managed to keep going strong after all these years? In this series of posts, I’m considering 25 reasons I think we’ve managed to defy the odds. In previous posts, I covered 5 motivational reasons for our continued success, 6 reasons related to our development philosophy, and 5 aspects of our approach to software design. In this post, I’ll cover five ...

NEW! Old Testament Law for Christians by Roy E. Gane

June 17, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — Christians have struggled to find a place for the Old Testament Law since the days of the Early Church. Acts 15 records the church’s conflict with whether or not to circumcise gentile converts as prescribed in the Law. In the second century, Marcion of Sinope was proclaimed a heretic for his extreme views of the Old Testament. Over the centuries, Christians have had no issue with laws such as “Do not steal” (Ex 20:15), but how does one approach a prohibition against mixing different materials in clothing (Lev 19:19)? And how should we handle ...

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