Accordance Blog

NEW! A History of Biblical Interpretation Series (3 volumes)

April 22, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Many might agree with the statement in the New Testament that “no prophetic writing is a matter for private interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20, REB). Nevertheless, there has been no lack of suggesting a diverse assortment of interpretive methods over the past few millennia. Making one’s way through the forest of suggestions for understanding the Bible has been aided by such resources as IVP’s Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, but sometimes there’s a need to gain a perspective from a more chronological and in-depth viewpoint. Coming at ...

NEW! Altas of Christian History

April 22, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Print Bibles usually have maps near the back (and most of our study Bible notes in the Accordance Library have them, too!). Most of the standard Bible maps include some kind of map of the Roman Empire, often related to the travels of the Apostle Paul. But for those interested in the ongoing story of the church, Bible maps tend to only be so helpful. Releasing today for the Accordance Library, the Atlas of Christian History, by Tim Dowley, “has been designed to examine the origins, beginnings, growth, and worldwide spread and development of ...

Invaluable! Allen P. Young's Accordance 25 Story

April 19, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — I first discovered Accordance in 1998 as a student at Talbot School of Theology. I hadn’t started my language studies, but Dr. Clinton Arnold (then current Dean) suggested Bible software compatible with the Mac platform from The Gramcord Institute directed by Dr. Paul Miller. During those early years I eventually upgraded to the Scholar 4 version. On August 25, 2005, I moved under the Accordance banner with Scholar 6.4. Over the years, I have added modules that have aided me in ministry. Accordance is invaluable for sermon and teaching ...

Redemption and Renewal – 25% Off Entire Order

April 16, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — This year, Passover begins at sunset on April 19. Easter/Pascha falls on April 21 for most Catholic and Protestant churches and April 28 for most Eastern Orthodox churches. How do these holidays relate to each other, and what are the origins of these names? For a brief overview, be certain to check out a recent post on the Accordance blog.This week we have reduced prices on a number of select titles to go with this week's sacred observances. If you don't see what you need in our selections, take an additional 25% off the non-sale items of y ...

What's in a name? Passover, Pesach, Pascha & Easter

April 15, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Although historically often at odds with each other, the Jewish and Christian faiths can potentially find common ground through related holidays occurring every Spring. I’m referring, of course, to Passover (Pesach) and Easter (Pascha). This year, Passover begins at sunset on April 19. Easter/Pascha falls on April 21 for most Catholic and Protestant churches and April 28 for most Eastern Orthodox churches. How do these holidays relate to each other, and what are the origins of these names? See below for a brief summary and follow the ...

25 Reasons We’re Still Going Strong: Design Philosophy

April 11, 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, as well as 6 reasons related to our development philosophy. In this post, I’ll cover five aspects of our approach to software design ...

NEW! All the People of the Bible

April 08, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — If you’re already thinking to yourself, “I don’t need another Bible dictionary; I’ve got plenty of Bible dictionaries,” please keep reading a bit longer. All the People in the Bible: An A-Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture by Richard Losch is not your typical, dry Bible dictionary. Losch writes the entries in narrative fashion with a style that is personal, witty, and occasionally (with appropriateness) a bit sarcastic. When the title says, “All the People in the Bible,” it means just that. Everyone is c ...

NEW! Eerdmans' Preaching Christ from the Old Testament Series

April 08, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — In expository preaching circles, the name of Dr. Sidney Greidanus has become synonymous with the idea of preaching Christ from the Old Testament. He has been able to put his experience as both pastor and professor to good use in his series of books on Preaching Christ from the Old Testament. We’re pleased to offer his complete series of five volumes for the Accordance Library, beginning today. These volumes may be purchased together as a set or individually. Greidanus calls the methodology used in his books a “redemptive-historical ...

NEW! The Access Bible

April 01, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Most study Bibles are aimed at Evangelical readers. Released today for the Accordance Library, The Access Bible (notes) has been a favorite study Bible for “mainline” Christians for a nearly two decades. Now in its second edition, The Access Bible has updated all content of the original but has also added additional essays and introductions. Here is the publisher’s description of The Access Bible: The Access Bible has long been the go-to study Bible for mainline Christians looking for insight into and background for the Bible. Designed for t ...

NEW! The Portable Seminary

April 01, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — As Dr. J mentioned in his recent podcast, “Build a Pastoral Library” (Lighting the Lamp #183), there are pastors who were able to attend seminary as well as some who have not attended. With a decidedly audacious title, The Portable Seminary seeks to deliver “A Master’s Level Overview in One Volume.” The print edition is over 750 pages; but, of course, in Accordance it fits nicely on even your smartphone! Edited by David Horton and written by over 70 contributors, this one volume “offers an introduction to a full range of subjects: Theology, ...

NEW! Witherington's The New Testament Story

April 01, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — I always enjoy reading Ben Witherington (even when I don’t agree with him on everything!) because not only is he a very good communicator, he is also never one to simply repeat what everyone’s said before. The New Testament Story is designed as a New Testament Introduction primarily aimed at serious laity, but it could also be used as a college text or for anyone interested in New Testament studies simply to get Witherington’s take on the subject. Most New Testament introductions go book by book with standard introductory issues covered—such ...

Build a Pastoral Library (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #183)

March 29, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — This podcast is for the ministry professional: the rabbi, pastor, clergy, or priest who delivers one or more sermons a week. Whether you are self-taught or seminary-trained makes a difference in how you prepare your sermons—and what resources you probably use to do so. Fortunately, Accordance offers resources for both groups, making building your own pastoral library a breeze. Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!

25 Reasons We’re Still Going Strong: Development Philosophy

March 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'll consider 25 reasons I think we've managed to defy the odds. In my previous post, we looked at 5 motivational reasons. In this post, I'll cover the next six reasons, which all have to do with our development philosophy. Philosophical Reasons 6. We Focus on Developing Real ...

Translating & Teaching: James Davis' Accordance 25 Story

March 22, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — In the mid-90s, I first heard of Accordance when Dr. Roy Brown visited a church I was attending. We were introduced by our mutual friend, the late Dr. Arthur Farstad. I really started using Accordance on a daily basis when I was working on the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Roy trained me to develop modules of the draft translation for use in developing the translation. During this project I realized the value and power in studying the Bible using Accordance, and I was hooked on it from that time forward. I also used Accordance teaching ...

Why Buy Bible Software (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #182)

March 18, 2019 - Timothy Jenney — Why do millions of people use Bible software every day? They have discovered its many advantages! Join Dr. J as he reviews the reasons so many people have chosen Bible software to assist them in their own study of the Bible. Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!

Three New Teaching Tools from B&H

March 18, 2019 - Richard Mansfield — Teachers (and preachers, for that matter) will definitely want to take a look at this week’s new Accordance releases from B&H. We have a commentary, illustration resource, and a guide to pronouncing names and places. All three are available for introductory pricing for a limited time. This incredibly valuable resource from W. Murray Severance offers pronunciation for over 7,000 names in the Bible, including place names and names of God. Each name includes a phonetic spelling as well as an icon that lets you hear the pronunciation. Some ...

25 Reasons We’re Still Going Strong: Motivation

March 14, 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'll consider 25 reasons I think we've managed to defy the odds. In this post, I'll cover the first five reasons, which all have to do with the motivations that drive us. Motivational Reasons 1. We're passionate about the Bible. We believe the Bible is the most important book y ...

Get or Upgrade to Accordance for $25!

March 12, 2019 - Accordance Bible Software — All year long, we're celebrating 25 years of Accordance Bible Software! It's no secret that Accordance has always had a very low entry point for getting the full Accordance "engine" along with a solid beginner's Bible Study Library. This week, though, we're going to a lower price than we've ever gone before by slashing the cost of the Accordance 12 Basic Starter Collection to only $25! That's $25 for a Collection that normally costs $59.90 for content valued at $199! Learn More And the Basic Starter Collection is $25 across the board, ...

Upgrade from Accordance Lite (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #181)

March 11, 2019 - Timothy Jenney — Enjoying Accordance Lite? We’d like to invite you to upgrade to Accordance’s Basic Starter Collection, our least expensive collection. Its rich array of modern Bible study resources form a well-rounded library suitable for personal study. The Collection also includes the full version of Accordance, Accordance Desktop Desktop for Windows and macOS computers. It has many more features than Accordance Lite. Add speed and power to your Bible study today! NOTE: The $25 special price for the Accordance 12 Basic Starter Collection is only available ...

Upgrade from Accordance Mobile (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #180)

March 11, 2019 - Timothy Jenney — Enjoying Accordance Mobile? We’d like to invite you to upgrade to Accordance’s Basic Starter Collection, our least expensive collection. Its rich array of modern Bible study resources form a well-rounded library suitable for personal study. The Collection also includes Accordance Desktop for Windows and macOS computers, which has many more features than Accordance Mobile. Add speed and power to your Bible study today! NOTE: The $25 special price for the Accordance 12 Basic Starter Collection is only available from March 12 - 25, 2019. Check ...

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