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Dec 17, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

12 Days of Christmas Sale! (Day #7)

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We’re caught up in the holiday season and hope you are too! We're halfway through the 12 Days of Christmas and celebrating Day 6 here at Accordance. Today we are offering discounts on four varied titles to help you with interpretation of the Bible! In keeping with the spirit of giving, we’re continuing to offer incredibly generous discounts on a number of Accordance favorites in the days to come. Over the next 6 days, look for 6 more themes to make your days merry and bright. We're bringing you new discounts every day, and each of those discounts will be good until the 12 days are complete. Afterwards, with a well-stocked Library, your studies will twinkle, and your research—how merry!

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts. The special offer on all products will end on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.


Day 7:
A Classic Trio!

On the seventh day of Christmas
Accordance offered me:
A classic trio bundle
We can't wait foryou to see!

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The Pulpit Commentary (22 Volumes)

One of the largest homiletical commentary sets of its kind, this work gives a verse-by-verse exposition, a translation, and historical and geographical information, followed by the homiletics section. This series covers the entire OT and NT.

Regular Price $169
Sale Price $49.90

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Spurgeon Sermon Collection (63 Volumes)

Spurgeon published 63 volumes of his sermons, most in a weekly magazine format, which was widely distributed and eagerly read throughout the English speaking world and translated into many languages. The massive collection of over 3,500 sermons was later published as the Park Street Pulpi and Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit.

Regular Price $79.90
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ISBE

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Almost 10,000 entries in the illustrated encyclopedia cover every significant Bible subject, person, and place, along with the major doctrines of the Bible and the important details of Bible history, biography, customs, literature, art, and more. Nearly 200 internationally-distinguished scholars contributed to this classic reference tool.

Regular Price $49.90
Sale Price $19.90

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Day 6:
Read All About It!

On the sixth day of Christmas
Accordance offered me:
Discounts on four titles––
A great variety!

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A Cultural Handbook to the Bible (Pilch)

The task of interpreting the Bible — which was written by and to people living in very different cultural contexts from contemporary Western society — can seem monumental. The opposite is also true: people can easily forget that studying the Bible is a type of cross-cultural encounter, instead reading their own cultural assumptions into biblical texts. In A Cultural Handbook to the Bible, John Pilch bridges this cultural divide by translating important social concepts and applying them to biblical texts.

Regular Price $25.90
Sale Price $18.90

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Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy: On Jewish Apocalyptic Literature (Collins)

A highly regarded expert on Jewish apocalyptic texts, John J. Collins has written extensively on the subject. Nineteen of his essays written over the last fifteen years, including previously unpublished contributions, are brought together for the first time in Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy.

Regular Price $33.90
Sale Price $24.90

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Time and the Word: Figural Reading of the Christian Scriptures (Radner)

This book by Ephraim Radner constitutes the first significant theological account of the foundations and methods of the figural reading of Scripture. Radner reintroduces contemporary scholars to a traditional approach to biblical interpretation that dates back to Jewish practice from before the time of Jesus.

Regular Price $49.90
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Reading the Bible Missionally

Over the past half century, it has become clear that mission is a central theme in the Bible's narrative and, moreover, is central to the very identity of the church. This book significantly widens and deepens the emerging conversation on missional hermeneutics. Essays from top biblical and missiological scholars discuss reading the Scriptures missionally, using mission as a key interpretive lens.

Regular Price $34.90
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Day 5:
Great Tidings of Golden Collections!

On the fifth day of Christmas
Accordance offered me:
The biggest discount savings
On Collections! (Shouts of glee!)

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35% OFF Selected Accordance 12 Collections and Custom Upgrades up through and Including Pro Collections; plus Our 3 New Starter Collections!

We hear all the time what a difference Accordance has made in the lives of our users. Deeply discounted for gift giving at 35% off, these Collections are perfect for yourself or everyone on your list.

Shop online anytime, or call Customer Service (407-339-5855 from 9 AM to 6 PM EDT) for answers to any questions you may have, and receive expert advice on your upgrade purchase.

*Just a reminder: Sorry, this offer cannot be applied retroactively. Also, with Accordance Custom Upgrades, you will only be charged for the modules you are adding or upgrading, never the ones you already own.

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**Note: The Specialty Starter Collections are not Custom Upgrade products.

Learner Collections

Triple Learner

Triple Learner Collection
-- Includes all three Collections listed below

Valued Over $2,399!
Regular Price $399
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English Learner
Valued Over $1,599!
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Day 4:
Bundle of Joy!

On the fourth day of Christmas
Accordance offered me:
Bundled commentaries:
A good deal – you'll agree!

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The acclaimed 43-volume Interpretation Commentary series from Westminster John Knox Press has long been requested by many of our users. In addition to the commentary, we are also offering two companion series: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church as well as Interpretation Bible Studies. Together these three sets offer an incredible library of resources for those who interpret Scripture as members of the community of faith.

Interpretation Commentary:
Old Testament
(26 volumes)

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Regular Price $529
Sale Price $359

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Interpretation Commentary:
New Testament
(17 volumes)

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Regular Price $349
Sale Price $239

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Interpretation Commentary:
Complete Series Set --
Old & New Testament (43 volumes)

Interpretation Commentary

Regular Price $799
Sale Price $549

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Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church (7 volumes)

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Regular Price $199
Sale Price $119

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Interpretation Bible Studies Bundle (19 volumes)

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Regular Price $189
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Interpretation Series Bundle (Commentaries, Resources, Bibles Studies)

Get it all!

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Regular Price $999
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Day 3:
A "Present" from the Past!

On the third day of Christmas
Accordance offered me:
A “present” from the past:
Reduced historically!

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The Encyclopedia of Christianity (5 Volumes)

The Encyclopedia of Christianity is a monumental reference work that addresses the broad interest in Christianity and religion around the world today. It describes the Christian faith and community in their myriad forms today and throughout the 2,000 years of Christian history; it also looks outward beyond Christianity, considering other world religions and philosophies as it paints the overall religious and sociocultural picture in which the Christian church now finds itself in the new millennium.

Regular Price $349
Sale Price $149

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Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods (2 Volumes) (Fiensy, Strange)

In this two-volume set, David A. Fiensy and James Riley Strange have invited an international cast of experts to provide a comprehensive analysis of past and current research on Galilee and up-to-date commentary regarding ongoing site excavations.

  • Volume 1: Life, Culture, and Society
  • Volume 2: The Archaeological Record from Cities, Towns, and Villages

Regular Price $120
Sale Price $89.90

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Day 2:
Pulpit's Little Helpers (up to 70% Off!)

On the second day of Christmas
Accordance offered me:
Discounted "Pulpit Helpers":
Great preaching tips to see!

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The Preacher's Goldmine ("Golden Nuggets Series")

This series contains hundreds of relevant sermon outlines per volume which are designed to be aids to assist pastors, lay leaders, and students of the Bible create fully developed sermons through study and prayer. This module contains 59 volumes.

Regular Price $199
Sale Price $59.90

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Preaching by Ear: Speaking God's Truth from the Inside Out

Preaching by Ear hearkens back to an earlier era when sermons were rooted inside the preacher and moved out in a natural and powerful way.

Regular Price $15.90
Sale Price $9.90

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Persuasive Preaching: A Biblical and Practial Guide to the Effective Use of Persuasion

The reader will find in this book a valuable discussion of what persuasion really is, what the Bible has to say about it, how it is modeled in the New Testament, and what role persuasion should and should not play in our own preaching in the twenty-first century.

Regular Price $24.90
Sale Price $15.90

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Preaching Points: 55 Tips for Improving Your Pulpit Ministry

This volume is a collection of some of the best of the hundreds of Preaching Points that the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary has produced.

Regular Price $9.90
Sale Price $6.90

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Day 1:
A PhotoGuide Adventure (50% Off!)

On the first day of Christmas
Accordance offered me:
A discount for six PhotoGuides:
Half off, just for me!

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PhotoGuide Collection

PhotoGuide Israel

Regular Price $59.90
Sale Price $29.90

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Europe
PhotoGuide Collection

PhotoGuide Europe

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Turkey
PhotoGuide Collection

PhotoGuide Turkey

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Egypt
PhotoGuide Collection

PhotoGuide Egypt

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Near East
PhotoGuide Collection

PhotoGuide Near East

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Overview
PhotoGuide Collection

PhotoGuide Overview

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In addition to the Collections listed above, the full Set of 6 Collections as well as Upgrades to the full set are also available at discounted pricing. Be sure to check the Custom Upgrade price!

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Dec 16, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Major Update! Accordance 12.2 for Windows & Mac

Although a designation like “12.2” might seem like this is merely another interim release for Accordance with a few minor changes and bug fixes, there’s a whole lot more here than that. In fact, Accordance 12.2 is a major update with significant new features. And best of all, it’s absolutely free for current Accordance 12 users!

So, what’s new in Accordance 12.2? Here are some of the major new features and updates:

Integrated Web Browser

At first, you might be asking, “Why would I want a web browser in Accordance?” I can sum up the main advantage in one phrase: the power of the Accordance contextual menu. Let’s say you’re in the LSJ unabridged lexicon, and in one entry, there’s a link to the Greek text in reference from the Perseus Digital Library website. Click on that link and the Perseus webpage loads in Accordance. Since the page is within Accordance, you can right click on a Greek word from Perseus and amplify to any of your Greek texts, lexicons, or other tools within Accordance. Want to include the excerpt from Perseus in a personal note next to the reference in LSJ? Simply copy the text and paste it into your note.

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Or perhaps from Accordance, you go to File: New Tab: Web Browser. You go to a webpage to get up to speed on a biblical or theological topic. You come across an unfamiliar term, and you’re curious as to whether the content in your personal Accordance Library covers this concept. Select the term from the webpage, pull up the contextual menu, go to Research, and search all your dictionaries at once for this term.

Another bonus: whenever you click on the Help button in Accordance, you no longer have to leave the app. Follow the instructions in the Accordance Help system step by step right beside your Accordance search window.

Run web apps from within Accordance. If you use an online app like Google Docs, you can now have the document you’re working on right inside Accordance next to your research! In the same way, any web-based app, including Kindle Cloud Reader or even competing Bible software platforms which have versions of their software on the web can now be integrated into an Accordance Zone.

Paper exports to .docx and other improvements

Have a Paper document you need to share with someone who doesn’t have Accordance? Now you export your file to .docx (MS Word) format in addition to RTF, plain text, or printing to PDF. Paper documents also supports user-created endnotes through a contextual menu or the new asterisk (*) icon in the Paper toolbar.

User Created Endnote

Syntax Improvements

Syntax trees have been visually improved with many new features. Antecedents are now more clearly visible in the syntax tree. Clause depth searching can now be restricted to stay within the clause boundaries. ETCBC searching has been improved to better handle or ignore subphrase elements.

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Handoff Support

Accordance can be used with Apple's Handoff feature, allowing your Mac and iOS devices to automatically pass what you are doing from one device to another. For more information about using Handoff with Accordance, see “Use Handoff Between Devices” in Accordance Help for the Mac.

Syncing Improvements

Stacks and Papers can now be synced via Dropbox to any other installation of Accordance 12 on Windows or Mac.

New Localization Improvements

Localization of Accordance can now be set in the Appearance section of Accordance Preferences, separate from System localization. Also, there is a new localization for Simplified Chinese.

12.2 Localization

Updated Picture Popover Interface

Click on an image in any Accordance Tool to see an entirely new interface for zooming in an out and opening a photo in a separate Zone. Plus, there’s now a new expand icon for viewing the image full screen.

 


These features are just the tip of the iceberg. Accordance 12.2 is the most significant update since version 12 was released over a year ago. For a more complete list of new features, changes, and bug fixes, see our “New Features Since 12” page.

 

Dec 12, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Festival of Lights

FestivalLights

Festival of Lights — Illuminating the Word
Up to 38% Off!

The Hanukkah Feast provides a great opportunity for us to showcase and discount a great variety of materials, all of which shed light on the Hebrew Scriptures. Whether secular or religious, Jewish or Christian, we all gain when we study our heritage (better than gaining calories on latkes and sufganiyot). For giving and for getting, enjoy our Collections of Tanakh study materials, Jewish Commentaries and Study Bibles, Rabbinics including the unique tagged Mishna, and ancient extra-Biblical writings, all on sale for the holiday.

If you are in Washington, DC, come by our booth at the Association of Jewish Studies, December 17-19, for a personal demo and even more sale prices.

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts. The special offer on all products will end on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.


Collections

Accordance
Hebrew Starter

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Greek & Hebrew Discoverer

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Hebrew Pro

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Commentaries

JPS Commentary Set (12 Volumes)

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Regular Price $399
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Includes: JPS Torah Commentary (5 Vols.), JPS Commentaries: The Megillot (4 Vols.), the Haggadah, Jonah, and Haftarot

Jewish Commentaries Set

JewishCommentaries

Regular Price $599
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Includes: JPS Commentary Set (12 Vols.), The Commentators' Bible Set (4 Vols.), The Torah: A Modern Commentary, The Bible's Many Voices (Carasik)

The Torah:
A Modern Commentary

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The Commentators' Bible
(Exodus through Deut.)

Commentators Bible Set

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Dec 2, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Highlights from the 2017 ETS & SBL Meetings

November is always a busy month for us with new releases and our participation in the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). Maybe you were able to attend one or both of these conferences and drop by our booth. But if you weren’t there this year, here are a few highlights!

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Accordance Bible Software always has a tremendous presence at these events in which we create an open area for old and new customers to come sit down, learn, ask questions, and experience Accordance for themselves. This year was no exception as we set up our Accordance demo areas in Providence, Rhode Island for ETS (November 15-17) and Boston for SBL (November 18-21). We ran non-stop demos for all seven days of both conferences combined. We previewed the new features of Accordance that will be available any day in the free upgrade to version 12.2 as well as showing off a number of new titles for the Accordance Bible Software Library. We also demoed at a smaller booth at the meetings of The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) from November 15-18 in Boston.

Anyone who was willing to sit down for a demo of any kind was able to enter our drawings which were held at the end of the second conference.  Matthew C. won an iPad Pro; Ben Shin won 10 of our special English, Greek or Hebrew Starter Collections for his students; and Todd Chipman won a $200 Accordance gift certificate!

At both conferences, the Accordance booth is a great place to rub shoulders with well-known biblical scholars who use Accordance. This year, Dan Wallace dropped by to record a video describing A Reader's Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers that we released earlier this year for Accordance. You can read Dr. Wallace’s blog post about the Reader’s Lexicon and watch the video on his website, and you might even catch a discount code if you act quickly!

Dan Wallace - SBL

We also enjoy meeting so many interesting Accordance users at these scholarly meetings. Longtime Accordance user and webinar instructor Abram Kielsmeier-Jones came to help out in the booth on Saturday of the SBL meetings. He commented, “I really enjoyed meeting so many folks at the conference from such a wide array of backgrounds: an Anglican pastor in Australia, a seminarian from Puerto Rico, a professor or religion with interest in DSS and Pseudepigrapha, a leading Hebraist who was being honored at SBL, and many more!”

These days Accordance Bible Software is mentioned pretty regularly--practically in casual terms in papers delivered--with comments such as “I used Accordance to determine x number of occurrences of _____ in the Dead Sea Scrolls” or something similar. However, Accordance was also a focal point in a couple of seminars as well. Tim Hegg gave a “Demonstration of the Dotan-Riech Masora Thesaurus Module in Accordance Bible Software.” Robert Holmstedt, Martin Abegg, John Cook, and Roy Brown held a session at SBL on “Syntactic Databases for Biblical & Early Jewish Texts.”

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Regarding this syntax session, Dr. Holmstedt said, “I enjoyed the opportunity to walk through the strengths and features of the syntax database in real-time. Answering questions about how the database is constructed or about how to build effective searches is almost always more useful in a face-to-face context, and this is perhaps the greatest benefit of conferences.” Dr. Abegg shared this encounter: “In one of the searches I displayed, I intended to determine whether we should expect a definite direct object to have the particle את. One of the attendees talked with me later and pointed out that he had noticed that my results suggested that it made a difference whether the direct object was animate or inanimate. He had just written a chapter on definiteness for a Hebrew grammar so his observation is important.”

For attendees who could spend a bit more time with us, we also offered an all-day Accordance Training in Boston right before SBL began.

As already mentioned, we showed off exciting new features that will be forthcoming in Accordance v. 12.2, and we released a number of new titles at the conference that were geared toward scholarly interest. Included among these new releases was a Quran bundle of five texts, including the first morphologically-tagged Arabic version of the Quran available in Bible software, updates to the Biblia Hebraica Quinta, a more complete edition of the Babylonian Talmud in Hebrew, and more. Many attendees were also interested in seeing our Android version of Accordance in action and learning how to take part in our open beta.

These sessions are always a whirlwind of activity for us, but it’s so exciting to talk with users who engage ancient texts using Accordance in so many different and fascinating ways. Next year’s meetings are in Denver, Colorado. We hope to see you there!

 

 

Nov 9, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Accordance Mobile for Android: Open Beta!

Accordance Mobile for Android Over the past year or so, nearly every day I've responded to Accordance users on our forums, our various social media venues or in private messages and conversations asking me when our long-promised Android version of Accordance Mobile will be ready. While our Android version has taken longer than we had hoped, along the way, many have asked if we could even release just a reader for Android so that Accordance users could have access to their Accordance Library on their favorite non-Apple mobile phones and tablets.

Of course, we’re not satisfied simply to release a reader for Android; but rather than ask our users to wait even one day longer, we have now released our Accordance Mobile Android Open Beta! Although this release of Accordance Mobile for Android is an early beta release, it is definitely more than just a reader. As described in the Accordance User Forums yesterday, this 1.0 beta release comes with the following Major features:

  • Display of Texts
  • Searching of Texts
  • Grammatical and Key Number searching of Texts
  • Split Panes for Texts, showing a Text or Reference Tool
  • Display of Tools
  • Searching of Tools
  • Easy Install
  • Library Access to files
  • Text and Tool Display choices
  • Goto interface, via a grid or list
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Of course, not everything is in place yet. In version 1.1 of the beta, we plan to add the following features:

  • Selection of text
  • Hyperlinks
  • Pictures
  • Instant Details
  • User Notes
  • Amplification

Now, you’re free to hold out for the final, non-beta release of Accordance Mobile for Android, which will be available sometime in 2018; but if you don’t want to wait any longer, we’d love to have you help us out! Go to Joel Brown’s forum post from yesterday, “Welcome to the Android Open Beta!” to download the current build. New builds will be posted in the Android Open Beta forum, so check back often.

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Just remember that this is beta software. That means not everything will work yet, there will be bugs, and there will be crashes. But you can help us speed development along by posting any issues you encounter in our Android Open Beta forum as well as any suggestions and constructive criticism.

Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android. Now you can truly take Accordance with you wherever you want to go!

 

Nov 8, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Dr. Holmstedt Invites Your Hebrew Syntax Questions for His Upcoming SBL Session

Robert Holmstedt Dr. Robert Holmstedt, Professor of Biblical Hebrew and West Semitic Languages at the University of Toronto, invites Accordance users attending the Society of Biblical Literature conference in Boston next week to submit Accordance syntax searches now that you’d like him to demonstrate in the Hebrew Bible or Dead Sea Scrolls in his upcoming session.

Session details:

M18-101
Accordance Syntactic Databases
Saturday, 9:00 AM–11:30 AM
Marriott Copley Place-Yarmouth (Fourth Level)

Catalog description:

Syntactic Databases for Biblical and Early Jewish Texts: Please join us for a demonstration, with examples and discussion, of the research potential of the Accordance Bible syntax databases on the Hebrew Bible, Qumran texts, and New Testament. The basic principles of the tagging process will be briefly covered, but the focus will be on example searches and the more advanced linguistic issues relating to the databases, such as verbal valency. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and sample searches for discussion.

From Dr. Holmstedt: "For those attending this session in Boston, we welcome submissions beforehand for desired searches you would like us to demonstrate on the Hebrew Bible or Dead Sea Scrolls."

You can email Dr. Holmstedt at [email protected] or post your questions in the comments, and we will make certain he receives them.

 

Nov 2, 2017 Richard Mansfield

A Closer Look at John Warwick Montgomery

John Warwick & Lanalee de Kant Montgomery In Tough-Minded Christianity: Honoring the Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery, editors William A. Dembski and Thomas Schirrmacher write this of John Warwick Montgomery:

Bursting on the intellectual scene of the 1960s like a meteor, he was a theologian with an attitude. Christian orthodoxy was for him not just true. Nor was it merely defensible, as though it were but one among many credible intellectual options. For Montgomery, Christian orthodoxy could be and needed to be vindicated. And with unstoppable energy he was going to make that happen. Not only did he begin a furious publication schedule […], but he also took his assault on secularism as well as the vindication of Christian orthodoxy right into the belly of the beast—to the highest levels of an academy that had spurned Christianity.

Dembski, William; Schirrmacher, Thomas. Tough-Minded Christianity: Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery. B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition, Location 256.

Image on right: John Warwick & Lanalee de Kant Montgomery

To call John Warwick Montgomery simply an apologist or even just a theologian would be incredibly reductionist as he is both of those and so much more. Montgomery holds degrees in law, philosophy, theology and even librarianship—a total of 11 earned degrees in all. Born in 1931, Montgomery studied and received degrees from Cornell; University of California, Berkeley; Wittenberg University; La Salle University, University of Essex; University of Chicago; University of Strasbourg; and Cardiff University. He is also an ordained Lutheran minister.

JWM made a name for himself by challenging the prevailing neo-orthodox theology of the 20th century with writings such as Crisis in Lutheran Theology, The Suicide of Christian Theology, and God’s Inerrant Word as well as debating many prominent atheists. He was a regular columnist for Christianity Today from 1965-1983. Montgomery has also practiced law both in the US and internationally.

A prolific writer, John Warwick Montgomery has published over 150 articles and more than 50 books. For the first time on any Bible software platform, in conjunction with the 1517. Legacy Project, we are pleased to release 33 of the most important works of John Warwick Montgomery for the Accordance Bible Software Library. These titles, with introductory discounts through November 6, can be purchased all at once or in thematic sets.

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John Warwick Montgomery Collection Bundle (33 Volumes)
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Philosophy & Ethics Bundle (8 Volumes)

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JWM-Human Rights

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Theology Bundle (7 Volumes)

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JWM - Suicide of Theology

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Apologetics Bundle (9 Volumes)

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Teaching & Writings Bundle (9 Volumes)

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Biographical information for John Warwick Montgomery was drawn from Wikipedia and Tough-Minded Christianity: Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery edited by Dembski & Schirrmacher. Photo of Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery was adapted from one found at the John Warwick Montgomery website.

 

Oct 27, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Accordance 12 for the Mac App Store Is Now Available!

Accordance 12 MAS For those of you who prefer to get your apps from the Mac App Store (MAS), your wait is over. Accordance 12 is now available for download!

Accordance 12 MAS is a great way to introduce new users to Accordance, especially those users who only like to download applications directly from Apple's servers. Downloading Accordance 12 MAS is free because it is essentially the same as Accordance 12 Lite that we released last November. From an in-app purchase in Accordance 12 MAS, a user can upgrade to a Starter 12 Collection and unlock all features of the program.

Current users of Accordance 11 MAS can upgrade to Accordance 12 through the in-app Starter Collection purchase as well. All of your content from Accordance 11 MAS will be moved over to v. 12.

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Oct 23, 2017 Timothy Jenney

Read to Me (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #158)

Not sure how to pronounce Greek or Hebrew properly? Accordance’s audio resources for the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament can help! This podcast covers how to use them on Macs, PCs, and iPhone/iPads. In addition, if you are a Mac user, Accordance can use any one of its high-quality system voices to read any text or tool. That includes Bibles in a variety of international languages. [Accordance 12: Basic]

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Oct 18, 2017 Richard Mansfield

A Closer Look at Eichrodt's Theology of the Old Testament (OTL)

Walther Eichrodt Walther Eichrodt (1890-1978) taught at University of Basel (Switzerland) from 1921-1966 where Karl Barth also taught. Previously, he had received his education at Griefswald, Heidelberg and Erlangen where, like Gerhard von Rad, he studied under Otto Procksch. He was a close colleague to Adolf Schlatter with whom he often led Bible conferences.

In 1933, Eichrodt broke with many of his recent teachers and peers by publishing Theology of the Old Testament (now in its 5th edition, 1960), affirming that the Hebrew Scriptures were not a substandard religious document, an idea that was in conflict with the prevailing German cultural mindset of the time. Throughout his life, although he remained a proponent of his contemporary understanding of an evolutionary origin to the Pentateuch as presented in the Documentary Hypothesis, nevertheless, he retained a very reverent view of the biblical text.

For Eichrodt, covenant (Hebrew: בְּרִית/bᵉriyṯ; German: bund) is the central theme of the OT. He defined covenant as God’s self-revelation in choosing people and how they should live (see ch. 2, "The Covenant Relationship" in vol. 1 for much greater detail than my summary here). Eichrodt suggests that covenant involves personal obligation of two parties, but the peculiar thing about biblical covenants was that God obligated himself. God’s covenant was mediated to Israel through charismatic leaders of their religious system. Covenant was so central to later events, that Eichrodt believed Moses and the events at Sinai to be historical, unlike some of his contemporaries at the time. According to him, Israel existed for the covenant, not the reverse. However, Eichrodt never quite reveals his view of exactly what happened at Sinai.

Eichrodt Theology of the OT

In choosing covenant as a central theme, Gerald Bray has suggested that Eichrodt was able “to uphold the doctrine of divine revelation, and to explain how God had been at work in the history of Israel” (Biblical Interpretation Past & Present, 1996, p. 386).  Elaborating on the meaning of covenant, Eichrodt's first explanation focuses on how the covenant delivered through Moses “emphasizes one basic element in the whole Israelite experience of God, namely the factual nature of divine revelation.” Eichrodt explains that “God’s disclosure of himself…[is understood]…as he breaks in on the life of his people in his dealings with them and molds them according to his will that he grants them knowledge of his being.”

For Eichrodt, textual development began with oral tradition. Behind these oral traditions were specific historical events. Then there was a pre-textual reflection on the events which led to the production of the written sources of the Documentary Hypothesis: JEPD. Eichrodt points out that words held more power in ancient times than in contemporary times. He writes of “the cosmic power of God.” For him, the word of God is linked to the Spirit of God.

As stated earlier, Eichrodt held to the central theme of covenant in his theology. Rather than using a book-by-book approach, Eichrodt uses systematic categories to discuss the theology of the OT. Having a central theme gives him a number of benefits. First, it offers an organizing structure to Theology of the Old Testament since everything in the OT must therefore—somehow—be related to covenant. This also allows him to relate very divergent texts to each other because they had the single common element of the covenant connecting them. Second, it stresses the unity of the OT, which could be seen as a work containing multiple sources focused upon the same theme rather than a work of divergent literature that only had nationality as a common element.

Of course, one could ask how to fit the ever-present issue of Wisdom literature to the central-theme approach. How does the Song of Solomon relate specifically to covenant? If Eichrodt focuses on one major theme, how well can he treat divergent themes in Scripture? To be fair, E. A. Martens writes that “Eichrodt did not ignore the diversity others saw in the Old Testament. However, he started with the notion of theological unity. Other scholars since Eichrodt’s time have been more enamored with theological diversity in the Old Testament.”

Regardless of the one's opinion of a one-theme approach for the Old Testament, Eichrodt brought fresh understanding and insight into OT scholarship that arguably can still be wrestled with today. His two volumes on OT theology display not only his ability to communicate well, sometimes even poetically, but also they display his sincere devotion to God.

[Note: this blog post has been adapted from a review of Eichrodt's Old Testament Theology that I wrote a few years ago.]