Accordance Blog

January 2020 — December 2020

Save Specialized Workspaces (7 Strategies for Students #1)

August 07, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — Note: From 2016 - 2017, I wrote a series of blog posts titled “7 Strategies for Students Who Use Accordance.” This series was based upon an in-person seminar I had led a number of times, and now we also have a webinar by the same name. Although the vast majority of the content in these original posts is still relevant, it does not always incorporate some of the newer features in Accordance such as Papers, Stacks, and the internal web browser. And, of course, none of the screenshots reflect Accordance as it appears in v. 13. With that in mind, ...

New Offerings and Cool Deals!

August 04, 2020 - Accordance Bible Software — New! Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words Study the meaning of biblical words in the original languages – without spending years learning Greek or Hebrew. This classic reference tool has helped thousands dig deeper into the meaning of the biblical text. Explains over 6,000 key biblical words. Includes a brand new comprehensive topical index that enables you to study biblical topics more thoroughly than ever before. Regular Price $42.90 Sale Price $7.99 (Save 81%) Buy Now New! The MacArthur Bible Handbook The ...

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July 28, 2020 - Accordance Bible Software — International Critical Commentary: New Testament (Classic Volumes) (17 Volumes) For over 100 years, the International Critical Commentary series has held a special place among works on the Bible. It has sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis—linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological—with a level of comprehension and quality of scholarship unmatched by any other series. No attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: ...

5 Things Developing the New Timeline Taught Me About History

July 13, 2020 - David Lang — I used to think I was something of a history buff, but working on the Accordance Timeline Expanded Edition has taught me that I still have a lot to learn. Here are five things developing the new Timeline taught me about history. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is how very small our world really is: in mere months, a virus originating on one side of the planet has wreaked havoc across the globe. We tend to think that kind of worldwide interconnectedness began with the advent of modern air travel, but the airplane has only sped up c ...

The Accordance Timeline Expanded Edition (Lighting the Lamp Podcast #187)

July 08, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — In the first new installment of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast in over a year, Rick Mansfield sits down with David Lang to discuss the new Accordance Timeline Expanded Edition. David provides a quick tutorial that will get you up to speed on all the new features. Timeline Expanded Edition Regular Price $49.90 Buy Now Upgrade from the Original Timeline Regular Price $34.90 Buy Now

A Closer Look at the Accordance Timeline Expanded Edition

July 01, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — The previous Accordance Timeline was impressive, but the new Expanded Edition is truly unparalleled. Certainly there is an emphasis on biblical and religious history, but I don't know of any tool like this, whether in Bible software or something else. And considering you can add your own events to the 3,000 items already in the Timeline, this becomes a dream tool for both the amateur and professional historian alike. What's new in the Accordance Timeline Expanded Edition? the ability to amplify to the Timeline from a Scripture reference more ...

New Titles for Patristic Studies!

June 15, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — Studies in Patristics (the writings and history of the Early Church) continue to grow in popularity. It’s one thing to read about the writings of the early Christians, but it’s something else entirely to read these writers in their own words—whether in original languages or translations. Today, we’re adding to our Patristic offerings for Accordance with a Greek and English set of the Desert Fathers as well as the first installments in the Popular Patristics Series adapted for the Accordance Library. If you have never read the Church Fathers, ...

New Backgrounds, Hermeneutical & Literary Studies from Eerdmans

May 18, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — We understand the Bible through many approaches. Two that are essential for unlocking ancient documents are background, cultural, and literary studies of ancient times as well as hermeneutical methods. This week, we are releasing six titles from Eerdmans publishing that you will want for enhancing your study in Accordance. Five of these titles are from famed Old Testament Yale University professor John J. Collins, and one selection is from Laura Zucconi of Stockton University. As these new releases are all monographs with hyperlinks to ...

A Closer Look at the Complete Biblical Library

May 11, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — Last week, we released The Complete Biblical Library: Old & New Testament Study Bibles with Hebrew & Greek Dictionaries for Accordance Bible Software. The print version, originally comprising 37 volumes, was the result of 20 years of biblical scholarship from over 500 individuals (see full list of contributors). You can read about the contents of the CBL on our product pages, but we wanted you to see it for its comprehensive approach to Bible study. Therefore, we have put together a 10 minute video covering the highlights of this w ...

Accordance eAcademy: May 12, 2020

May 06, 2020 - Richard Mansfield — Our recent one-day eAcademys have been so successful (we had over 600 distinct registrations for the one in April) that we're making them a regular event! Next week on May 12, we will offer three sessions with distinctive focus: Designing Workspaces, Biblical Archeology, and Intermediate Greek. This Accordance eAcademy offers live, web-based teaching that strives to focus on distinctive and practical topics, presentation of beneficial resources, and training on how to study more effectively using Accordance! As with other eAcademy events this ...

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 ...

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 ...

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