Accordance Blog

January 2020 — December 2020

Holy Week: Reflection and Renewal

April 07, 2020 - Accordance Bible Software — Through May 4, 2020... Make the Jump to Accordance 13 for only $24.90 This offer and pricing is good for ALL including: New Users Those Giving Accordance as a Gift Those Upgrading from Accordance Lite Those Upgrading from ANY Previous Version of Accordance This offer is not retroactive and cannot be applied to previous purchases. Any upgrade or new Basic Starter for only $24.90 Learn More Dictionary of Qumran Aramaic (Cook) The Aramaic texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls are among the most important discoveries for the history of Aramaic and for ...

Zondervan Specials April 2020

April 07, 2020 - Accordance Bible Software — We are excited to announce the release of 8 new volumes of the popular Counterpoints Series from Zondervan. A total of 35 volumes are now available. Each of the 35 volumes are available individually or as a part of one of the three release bundles. Zondervan’s Counterpoints series of books is designed to help us explore theological questions by reading the perspectives of people who respectfully disagree with each other. The acclaimed series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. E ...

Eisenbrauns Publisher Specials

April 07, 2020 - Accordance Bible Software — Dictionary of Qumran Aramaic (Cook) The Aramaic texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls are among the most important discoveries for the history of Aramaic and for the background of early Judaism and Christianity. They constitute a “missing link” between Biblical Aramaic and the later Aramaic of the targums and midrashic literature. Now, for the first time, there is a comprehensive dictionary of all the Aramaic texts from the 11 Qumran caves, from a noted specialist in Qumran Aramaic. Regular Price $49.90 Sale Price $34.90 Buy Now Introduction to ...

One Day Only: eAcademy, April 14

April 06, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — We had such an incredible turnout for our March eAcademy that we're offering a special one-day eAcademy event to be held on April 14! TITLE/THEME: “Power Searching and Extra-biblical Resources in Accordance!” This Accordance eAcademy will offer live, web-based teaching on many extra-biblical resources found in Accordance including what they are and how to use them! We’re also presenting training on how to study more effectively in Accordance using “Power Searches” to find what you are looking for more efficiently! EVENT: Live web-based ...

Spectacular Spring Savings

March 31, 2020 - Accordance Bible Software — Kregel Exegetical Library (7 Volumes) Written by evangelical scholars, the Kregel Exegetical Library (KEL) benefits pastors and students while also contributing to the scholarly dialogue on each book of the Bible. The commentaries in this ongoing series provide careful, in-depth exegesis and homiletical guidance for each passage. Volumes included in this module: Exodus by Duane Garrett (Reg Price $42.90; Sale Price $25.90) Judges and Ruth by Robert B. Chisholm Jr. (Reg Price $42.90; Sale Price $25.90) 1-2 Chronicles by Eugene H. Merrill (Reg ...

Yes! We Are Open!

March 23, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — The worldwide COVID-19 crisis we all find ourselves in is unprecedented in our lifetime. In the midst of all the uncertainty, we just wanted to reassure you that we at Accordance are here and open for business. Having offices in central Florida (right in the hurricane zone) for over 25 years has taught us how to prepare and carry on during emergency situations. So please don’t hesitate to call (407-339-5855), email, or chat (top right of page) with us just as you normally would. Our awesome customer service, sales, and support teams are ready ...

7 Strategies for Accordance Users during the COVID-19 Crisis

March 16, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — To the church at Ephesus, St. Paul wrote, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15–16 NIV) Perhaps if he were in our context today, Paul might also tell us to make the most of every opportunity because of the contagions that are surrounding us! Due to Covid-19, our lives and social interactions with others are starting to come to a crawl if not an all-out standstill. While none of us asked for this kind of interruption in our lives, that ...

Register NOW for the Spring 2020 Accordance eAcademy

March 13, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — Last year we held our first-ever Accordance eAcademy. This was a series of online workshops—different from our regular weekly webinars—that featured a variety of presenters, including biblical studies authority, Craig Evans. This first eAcademy was so well-received that we’ve decided to make it a regular event. And we’re not even talking once a year, but multiple times throughout the year. And here’s the best part: our next eAcademy on March 24 & 25 is free! That’s right—there is no entrance fee this time around! This year’s theme is ...

Accordance 13 Now Available in the App Store for macOS!

March 04, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — We’re pleased to announce that Accordance 13 is now available in the macOS App Store. Now, to be clear, we still believe the best way to obtain Accordance 13 is to download it from our website. However, each year, thousands of new users discover Accordance because we include a special App Store version, too. And we recognize that some macOS users prefer to get most, if not all, of their apps through the App Store for security purposes. Having apps available from one source allows for quick setup on a new computer and updates in the b ...

NEW! A Continental Commentary (20 volumes)

February 17, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of A Continental Commentary (20 volumes) from Fortress Press for the Accordance Library. This series consists of 19 volumes on the biblical text (16 Old Testament and 3 New Testament) and one volume serving as an extended excursus on the theology of the Psalms. A Continental Commentary stands out as a series that offers English translations of European (primarily French and German) commentators in English. However, Jacob Milgrom, who wrote the Leviticus volume is an Israeli American. ...

Happy International Septuagint Day!

February 08, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — Today is recognized as "International Septuagint Day" by the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS). Why today? Well, according to the IOSCS website... The date was chosen because, as Robert Kraft noted, it is “the one date we know of from late antiquity on which LXX/OG/Aquila received special attention." Emperor Justinian’s Novella 146 permitted the Jews of the Roman Empire to read the Scriptures in their synagogues in Greek, Latin, or "any other tongue which in any district allows the hearers better to ...

Septuagint Vocabulary for Greek New Testament Readers

February 07, 2020 - Abram Kielsmeier-Jones — My love of reading Septuagint texts began with a struggle in Greek 2. I aced first-semester Greek. But second semester brought “second aorists,” and those irregular verb forms gave me trouble. (Increased responsibilities at home and at work added to my challenge.) As Willam D. Mounce notes in his Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, sometimes a single letter sets apart a second aorist from the imperfect form of the same verb. So, he recommends, “Memorize exactly.” I did not memorize exactly, and it showed on my first Greek 2 exam, which was full ...

A Closer Look at the CSB Study Bible

February 04, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — Last week, we released the CSB Study Bible notes for Accordance Bible Software. Our users have eagerly awaited the release of these study Bible notes since they were first released in print. Naturally, Accordance users who already have the HCSB Study Bible notes in their libraries will want to know what’s different in the new CSB edition. I will get to that below, but first, the features of the CSB Study Bible notes: 15,000+ study notes 368 word studies 94 photographs 61 timelines• 55 maps 34 articles/essays 21 illustrations/reconstructions 1 ...

A Note from an Accordance User in Mainland China

February 03, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — Note: Mark Allison, one of our Content Developers, received this note from an Accordance user in China. If you're keeping up with the news at all these days, you know that China is fairly isolated at the moment because of the outbreak of the Coronavirus. We are reproducing the note below with permission, but withholding the Accordance user's name by his request out of caution. Hi, Mark. I have been meaning to write this for a while. I am guessing that the majority of Accordance users are students of the original languages and I can clearly s ...

A Fond Farewell

January 31, 2020 - David Lang — Today is my last day at Accordance, at least as a full-time employee. I've been with the company so long I can’t remember exactly when I started, but I do remember that it was around the time Accordance 1.1a was released in April of 1995. That was the version which added support for the tagged Greek Septuagint—heady stuff at the time! As I look back over the last 25 years, I am amazed at the variety of work I have gotten to do. I started as a part-time module developer, writing macros and scripts to convert electronic texts from publishers ...

NEW! Targums Wordmap

January 29, 2020 - Sean Nelson — Newly available with the release of Accordance Version 13.0.3, the Targums WordMap database is the product of the Equivalent Project – a research initiative headed by Dr. Leeor Gottlieb of Bar-Ilan University – which strives to identify and link the contents of ancient biblical translations back to their equivalents in the Hebrew Bible, thus creating a comprehensive synopsis and thesaurus of equivalents of the ancient translations of the Bible. Utilizing Accordance Software’s Targums texts, (the most advanced digital Targum editions a ...

New! Hoffman's Understanding New Testament Greek

January 27, 2020 - Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman — Note: We are pleased to announce the immediate release of Understanding New Testament Greek by Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman. Rather than have us describe this phenomenally unique resource (designed specifically to work with Accordance) ourselves, we thought we'd let Dr. Hoffman tell you about this work himself. Understanding New Testament Greek: A new and straightforward way to acquire Greek language skills quickly Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman There was a time when the typical language requirement for Master of Divinity students was two years of Koine ...

Constrained by the Text: The Importance of Greek and Hebrew for Exegesis

January 17, 2020 - David Lang — Some time ago I was talking with a woman who said she likes to think of the Lord’s prayer differently than it is traditionally recited. She enthusiastically explained that if you just understand the sentence structure a little differently, Jesus’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 takes on a whole new meaning. Here, as best as I can remember, is how she likes to divide the text: Our Father which art In heaven hallowed be Thy name thy kingdom Come thy will Be done in earth as it is in heaven Give us this day our daily bread And forgive us our debts, as ...

New! The Bible Teacher's Guide (21 volumes)

January 15, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — New for the Accordance Library! We are pleased to announce the release of 21 volumes in The Bible Teacher’s Guide Series by pastor, teacher, and author Gregory Brown. This series includes both commentary and topical volumes over a wide range of subjects. Commentary volumes can be placed in parallel with any biblical text or translation within Accordance. Commentaries Topical Studies ** (This module can be placed in parallel with biblical texts.) ** (Each title listed below is a separate individual module.) Abraham: Living the Life of Faith ...

New! Keener's Galatians: A Commentary

January 15, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — Hands down, Craig Keener has consistently remained one of my favorite New Testament commentary writers in recent years. As stated by his publisher, Keener is “widely respected for his thorough research, sound judgments, and knowledge of ancient sources.” For anyone interested in biblical backgrounds and the contexts from which the New Testament writings sprang, Keener’s new commentary on Galatians is a must-have addition to one’s personal Accordance Library. Keener’s commentary on Galatians, published by Baker Academic is an expansion of his ...

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