Accordance Blog

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 ...

An Essential Tool for Hebrew Studies: Mor Shemesh's Accordance 25 Story

January 07, 2020 - Accordance Bible Software — Note: Accordance 1.0 was released to the public in April, 1994. Therefore we still have a few weeks to celebrate our 25th anniversary with stories like the one below. If you'd like to tell us your story, please see the instructions at the end of this post. I first became familiar with Accordance about 7 years ago, during my studies for a BA degree in Hebrew Language at Ben-Gurion University. At a course called "Late Biblical Hebrew" the professor introduced us to Accordance, and made some quick searches in the Hebrew Bible in order to ...

New Year, New Bible!

January 01, 2020 - Accordance Bible Software — It's a New Year! Start it off right by diving into the study of the Bible. Don't know where to start? These deals from HarperCollins have you covered. Whether you're looking to try out a new translation, meditate on devotional words of wisdom, or have the aid of study resources at your fingertips, this sale has something for you! These deals last through the month of January, so don't miss out! Special Note for our Mobile Users: The devotional and study Bible deals are perfect for our iOS and Android apps, as they allow digestable information ...

Holiday Dealz from Zondervan

December 24, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — A great way to bulk up your Accordance Library this holiday season is by taking advantage of these great discounts on select products from Zondervan! If you're wanting to explore the text of Scripture from a new perspective, these commentary sales have you covered! The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary will transport you to the ancient world of Scripture and help you understand the cultural context of the Bible. Want help bringing that ancient cultural context back into our modern day? Then consider the NIV Application ...

Making a Difference in Devotional Life & Original Language Study (Mark Chenhalls' Accordance 25 Story)

December 23, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — I have been using Accordance since 2013 and have always been impressed with the value of even the basic packages, especially for understanding the original languages. The online training and especially the live webinars have made all the difference in understanding how to use the fantastic tools available in Accordance. The mobile version of Accordance has made a huge difference in my devotional life, and the amazing tools available in the mobile version almost make me forget that it is a mobile version. There is something extremely c ...

Going In Depth with the TEXT COMMAND (New in Accordance 13!)

December 16, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — New in Accordance 13: the Text Command allows for cross-textual searching in grammatically-tagged texts and Key-numbered texts. In this previously-recorded webinar, David Lang takes a deep dive into this incredibly powerful Accordance search function.

Accordance 13 Tutorials: Honoring our History of Help

December 04, 2019 - David Lang — As I explained in my last post, the feature of Accordance 13 I am most excited about is our new interactive Tutorials. Whether you’re brand new to Accordance or a long-time power-user, you’re sure to find tutorials which can teach you about features, tasks, tips, and tricks you didn’t know before. Now, as new features go, the ones which add new capabilities always make the biggest splash and garner the most attention. Adding various kinds of help so users can actually use the software always requires a great deal of work, but never seems to ...

eAcademy 2019 Sessions Available for Purchase

December 03, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — In October of this year we launched our inaugural Accordance eAcademy over three days. Accordance users got to take part in 14 live webinar-style sessions, presented by 10 different presenters. If you were unable to attend our 2019 eAcademy but would still like to see the videos, we now have them available individually for $5 each, or you can purchase the entire series for $40. Videos can be viewed online or even downloaded to be watched at your own pace. Check out the Accordance eAcademy 2019 page to purchase videos or for more information.

Accordance 13 Tutorials: The Best Way to Eat an Elephant

November 19, 2019 - David Lang — Have you heard the fable of the blind men and the elephant? Six blind Hindu philosophers go to examine an elephant. Each of them touches a different part of the large animal—its side, its leg, its tusk, its trunk, its ear, and its tail—and each arrives at a very different conclusion about what an elephant is like. Sometimes I think Accordance is a bit like that misunderstood elephant. Most Accordance users learn to do the handful of Bible study or research tasks they most need, and never realize that they have barely scratched the surface of ...

13 Features of Accordance 13 You Might Have Missed

November 15, 2019 - David Lang — With major new features like a revamped interface, general appearance themes, interactive tutorials, a host of highlighting improvements, the powerful new TEXT command, and PDF import to user tools, there’s a lot to love about Accordance 13. But there’s a lot more to love than you may yet realize. To reinforce your growing triskaidekaphilia, here are 13 new features of Accordance 13 you might have missed. Accordance has a lot of Preferences. You can tweak the settings for just about every major feature to get Accordance to behave exactly the ...

The Accordance Advantage: Nathan Parker's Accordance 25 Story

November 12, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — I first heard about Accordance from my former pastor who became a seminary professor. I didn’t even have a Mac at the time, but when I saw Accordance, I wanted to switch to a Mac just to try it!* After making the switch, I used some of the starter packages with Accordance 7-9 and took the plunge in Accordance 10 with the Essential Collection, especially when I knew I was going to get into hardcore original language study. I now have a sizable library (including Triple Discoverer and Greek Pro), and Accordance is at the heart of my Bible study ...

Beauty in the Study of Scripture: Accordance 2.0 for Android

November 11, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — “For from the greatness and beauty of created things The Creator is seen by analogy.” —The Wisdom of Solomon 13:5, SAAS If you’ve been using Accordance on Android devices for a while, the first aspect of v. 2.0 of the software you’ll notice is the beauty of the interface. When we study Scripture, we believe that the aesthetic appeal of the interface should be a mirror to the beauty of the content itself. Completely redesigned, the interface for Accordance 2.0 for Android features a modern look that is more intuitive for current users and new ...

Accordance 13 Now Available! Become a Triskaidekaphile Today!

November 04, 2019 - David Lang — We are very excited to announce the release of Accordance 13—quite possibly our biggest upgrade ever! Here are just a few of the reasons you’re going to love Accordance 13: You’ll love the new look and feel The interface of Accordance 13 has been completely overhauled to be more up-to-date, easier on the eyes, and even more efficient to use. You can now customize the entire interface using professionally designed color schemes. (I’m partial to Spanish Moss and Azure, myself.) Accordance 13 now supports Dark Mode in Mac OS Mojave and above. ...

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