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NEW! Calvin's Institutes (Battles Translation)

January 23, 2017 - Graham Buck — We are pleased to announce the release of the Accordance edition of Ford Lewis Battles’ definitive English translation of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. Originally published in Latin in 1536, John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion quickly came to be recognized as a comprehensive and thouroughly coherent explication of continental Protestant theology. In much the same way as St. Paul’s letters to Christian churches were theological tretises born out of and for Christian discipleship, the Institutes were, ...

Novedades en Accordance 12 y Materiales en Español

January 22, 2017 - Rubén Gómez — Nos complace anunciar una nueva serie de seminarios online en español presentados por Rubén Gómez. En estos encuentros, de aproximadamente hora y media de duración, se repasan algunas de las funciones más destacadas de Accordance Bible Software. Estos seminarios se emiten en directo, generalmente a partir de las 3:00 PM (hora de la costa este de EE.UU.), y son una oportunidad única para aprender y plantear preguntas sobre el programa bíblico Accordance. Aquí están los enlaces de los dos primeros seminarios, a los que asistieron personas ...

Improved Analytics (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #151)

January 21, 2017 - Timothy Jenney — Accordance 12’s improved Analytics not only feature updated graphics, but also allow us to dig deeper into our search results than ever before. We can now zoom and pan graphs, explore interactive Charts and individual Chart segments, triple-click a term in Analysis to see just those occurrences, even click a reference in the Concordance to open it in its own Text pane. Join Dr. J as he highlights these features and other improvements in Accordance 12’s Search Analytics. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

NEW! The Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

January 19, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — We are pleased to announce the release of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) for the Accordance Library, available immediately. The Christian Standard Bible captures the Bible’s original meaning without compromising clarity. An optimal blend of accuracy and readability, this new translation helps readers make a deeper connection with God’s Word and inspires lifelong discipleship. The CSB is for everyone—for readers young and old, new and seasoned. It’s a Bible pastors can preach from and a Bible you can share with your neighbor hearing ...

Free Two-Day Accordance Training Seminar in Jerusalem

January 19, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — Join us in the Holy City for a free two-part Accordance Training Seminar on February 16-17! Thursday, February 16, 2017 5 PM to 9 PM (Accordance Interface, New in Version 12, Basic Searching) Friday, February 17, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM (Advanced searching with a focus on Hebrew texts and tools) Beit Maeiersdolf Faculty Club Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem Language of instruction will be English. Please indicate if you prefer a translation to Hebrew. Although the seminar is free, we do ask that you register in ...

Dorian Coover-Cox (Scholar Video Endorsement)

January 18, 2017 - Accordance Bible Software — QUOTE "I use Accordance every day that I teach... I like to recommend that students purchase it, and get acquainted with it, and use it in their studies. So, I'm glad for the improvements over the years. I've been using it since the '90s, I suppose... Thanks to Accordance for many years of excellent service and a fine product. Thank you!" BIO Dorian G. Coover-Cox serves as Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Coover-Cox has been a part of DTS as a student, a teacher, and associate ...

Walter Brueggemann, Theologian of the Old Testament

January 16, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — Today, we are very pleased to release 23 volumes by one of the best known Old Testament scholars of our time, Walter Brueggemann. Accordance users have been requesting various titles by this well-known theologian for quite a while, and I’m not certain I remember when we’ve ever released so many diverse titles all at once for an author. Currently the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, Walter Brueggemann is one of the best known Old Testament theologians alive today, ...

"It's the Best!"

January 11, 2017 - Accordance Bible Software — “I’ve tried at least a dozen brands of Bible software and I always come back to Accordance. No other program compares on one particular feature that is a deal-breaker for me—the ability to see multiple translations, in parallel, and to save that workspace for regular use. It’s the best!” Brandon Cox, Founding Pastor of Grace Hills Church in Northwest Arkansas, and Editor of Rick Warren’s Hugely Popular Pastors.com

Exploring Micah & Malachi

January 09, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — I have early memories of Malachi because when I was young, we regularly had “January Bible Studies” in which a shorter book of the Bible became the focus of intense study over a period of successive nights in the first month of the year. In fact, I believe the short little study guide to Malachi from the 1970s still sits on one of my mother’s book shelves. However, since that time, it’s rare that I hear much taught about the last of the Minor Prophets unless a preacher needs a prooftext about tithing or divorce. And it’s for that very ...

"Fantastic Technical Support"

January 07, 2017 - Accordance Bible Software — Here's an unsolicited letter of endorsement we just received this week in Forums. We're not perfect, but we do our best and appreciate such kudos... I want to take a moment to mention how fantastic Accordance Technical Support is! I called in about the Atlas crashing issue the week before Christmas, and Billy in Technical Support spent a great deal of time with me over the phone troubleshooting this issue, emailing me to follow up on the issue, as well as escalated my information over to developers. He went out of his way to ensure my ...

ICYMI: New Biblical Studies Titles Released This Week!

January 06, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — Earlier this week, we released a number of new titles related to understanding the Bible. These are significant titles you will want to consider adding to your personal Accordance Library—especially while you can still get them at introductory pricing! Leland Ryken’s name has become synonymous with a modern literary approach to the Bible. A longtime professor of English at Wheaton College, this series combines four of Ryken’s best titles for understanding biblical content: How Bible Stories Work: A Guided Study of ...

Blenkinsopp's The Pentateuch: An Introduction

January 06, 2017 - Richard Mansfield — Well-respected Old Testament scholar Joseph Blenkinsopp is the John A. O’Brien Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies chair at Notre Dame. He has written a number of books on various Old Testament subjects. Blenkinsopp’s book on the Pentateuch is part of the Anchor Bible Reference Library. Blenkinsopp’s The Pentateuch serves a number of purposes. It serves as an introduction/survey that is written on a level so that the non-academic can follow the discussion, while at the same time keeping the scholar engaged as well. Though ...

On the Holy Spirit by Basil the Great

January 05, 2017 - David Lang — Basil the Great was bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia during the late fourth century A.D. Although it had been nearly fifty years since the council of Nicea had ruled against the Arians in affirming the full divinity and consubstantiality of the Son with the Father, Arianism had continued to spread and cause division. Basil, along with his friend and fellow Cappadocian bishop Gregory Nazianzus, were two of the strongest opponents of this second generation of Arians. As Rick explained last week, Gregory Nazianzus wrote a number of ...

Brown's Introduction to the Gospel of John

January 04, 2017 - David Lang — Just over a week ago, Rick wrote about Raymond Brown's Introduction to the New Testament. In that post, he described Brown's thoroughness, his readability, and his ability to cover controversial topics in a way which is irenic rather than overly dogmatic. All those same qualities are on display in Brown's Introduction to the Gospel of John. A recognized expert in the Johannine literature of the New Testament, Brown had written the commentaries on the gospel of John and the Johannine epistles for the Anchor Bible commentary. Nearly ...

Hebrew New Testament Audio

January 03, 2017 - Helen Brown — Do you speak Hebrew? Do you wish you did? Are you taking lessons, studying it online, or living in Israel? If you have any interest at all in modern Hebrew, you will want to have these beautiful recordings. The use of the Hebrew language was restricted for centuries to sacred texts and prayers, but when it was revived by Eliezer Ben-Yehuda it became the living heart language of the Jewish people. Although it was supplemented with many new invented and imported words, and the grammatical structure was adapted for the new day, the words ...

Layton's The Gnostic Scriptures

January 02, 2017 - David Lang — Gnosticism. If you're like me, you have just enough "knowledge" of it to be dangerous (and to make really weak puns!). I've read commentaries and study Bibles which speculate that some of the later New Testament books were written with an early form of gnosticism in mind, while others argue that there is not enough evidence to make such an assertion. The notion that there were other "Christian" gospels which were suppressed by the orthodox church has been a favorite trope of conspiracy theorists, journalists, and popular novelists; yet they ...

Vetus Latina (OT)

January 01, 2017 - David Lang — Before Jerome's Vulgate became the standard Latin translation of the Bible, Augustine bemoaned "the endless diversity of the Latin translators," complaining that "every man who happened to get his hands upon a Greek manuscript, and who thought he had any knowledge, were it ever so little, of the two languages, ventured upon the work of translation." In some respects, the circulation of numerous translations of varying quality is similar to the dizzying array of options currently available in English. The pre-Vulgate Latin Bible ...

Discourses on the Son of God by Gregory of Nazianzus

December 31, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — St. Gregory of Nazianzus was Archbishop of Constantinople in the 4th century AD. As with most figures of the church during this time, much of Gregory’s writings are in reaction to the heresy of Arianism which was dividing most of the church at this time. However, the benefit of the controversy led Gregory and his peers to precisely formulate the Christian understanding of God and the relationship of the Persons of the Trinity. Taken from what is known as his Five Theological Orations, these Two Discourses on the Son of God are written a ...

Hebrew Masoretic Text with ETCBC Morphology

December 30, 2016 - Helen Brown — Scholars interested in the linguistic analysis of the Hebrew Bible are familiar with WIVU, recently renamed ETCBC. This massive database, developed since 1977 by Eep Talstra and his associates, remains for many the gold standard for syntactical analysis of the text. However, until now, access to the database was limited to websites or software with complex search engines that were hard to master. Accordance released their version of the ETCBC at the ETS and AAR/SBL meetings in November 2016, to great interest and appreciation from many ...

Moss' Ancient Christian Martyrdom

December 29, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” The statement above, attributed to Tertullian of Carthage (c. 155 – c. 240 AD), is one that I’ve heard most of my life, especially having sat through my share of missionary presentations at church from a very early age. But did Tertullian actually write it? For such a well-known quotation, it is decidedly difficult to pin down. Using all the powers of the Research window in Accordance, I found well over 80 instances of those exact words, in that exact order, in various titles. Most ...

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