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Mar 19, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

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Do you ever avoid teaching certain sections of the Bible containing biblical names that may be hard to pronounce? Well, we've got some help for you this week! Our new release, That's Easy for You to Say allows you to hear pronunciations of biblical names and places. Plus, we have a new commentary and book of illustrations just for teachers, too! And if you're a fan of Reformation studies, don't miss our hand-picked titles of essential works for your Accordance Library. Finally, don't forget there is only 1 week left to introduce your friends and colleagues to Accordance with our $25 Basic Starter Collection. This is not a deal to be missed!

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The Teacher's Bible Commentary: A Concise, Thorough Interpretation of the Entire Bible Designed Especially for Sunday School Teachers

The Teacher’s Bible Commentary is the first book of its kind ever prepared with the direct help of Sunday School teachers. This is one of several features that make this a distinctive work. It seeks to answer the actual questions that lay readers have about the meaning of the Bible.

For each section there is first a brief summary of the main content or purpose of the passage. This enables the reader to grasp the meaning of the whole passage quickly. Usually following this is a discussion of special points—problems in the meaning of particular words, concepts, events, customs, and so forth. Finally, for many passages, there is an application to Christian living today.

The Teacher's Bible Commentary has been one of the widely used reference tools for Sunday School Teachers for almost 50 years. From the ideal stage, the commentary was designed to meet the week-to-week needs of men and women who have the awesome responsibility of leading others in the study of God's word.

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My Favorite Illustrations (Herschel Hobbs)

This book is about word pictures. Usually we refer to them as illustrations—those stories, anecdotes, and concise statements that bring vitality to speeches, sermons, lessons, and other verbal presentations. Most persons who speak or write are constantly on the lookout for illustrations. They know the value of an appropriate illustration and season their works with them.

This book has been developed from Dr. Hobbs's contribution as a writer. For over twenty-two years he has authored Studying Adult Life and Work Lessons, a Bible study commentary based on the Life and Work Curriculum Series.

The popularity of the commentary is a tribute to Dr. Hobbs’s appealing style of writing and his outstanding skills in biblical exposition. He has the ability to take profound truth of Scripture and translate it into terms with which we all can identify and resonate.

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That's Easy for You to Say: Your Quick Guide to Pronouncing Bible Names

That's Easy for You to Say includes the acceptable pronunciation of every proper name in every major English translation of the Bible. Guidelines are based on Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic speech and the most widely accepted modern English usage. You can hear the pronunciation of each word contained in That's Easy for You to Say while you study right within in Accordance!

In addition to helping you pronounce over 7000 words, That's Easy for You to Say gives the meaning of Bible names for which the meaning is known—a tremendous resource for any preacher or teacher of God's Word.

With That's Easy for You to Say you can approach your next sermon, devotion, or Bible Study with the confidence that you can pronounce all of the Bible names in the text with which you're dealing.

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Introduction to the Old Testament

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Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology (Achtemeier)

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Mar 18, 2019 Timothy Jenney

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

 

 

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.


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Mar 18, 2019 Richard Mansfield

Three New Teaching Tools from B&H

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.

That’s Easy for You to Say: Your Quick Guide to Pronouncing Bible Names

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 entries have more than one suggested means of saying the name.

Will everyone agree with the pronunciations in this guide? Of course not. Disagreement was anticipated as stated in the introduction:

No two scholars in any field agree 100 percent. In fact, no two persons agree totally on any subject. Differences of opinion are a clear indication of individuality. People don’t think alike, speak alike, look alike, or do anything else exactly alike. The author of this guide recognizes that distinctiveness. He realizes that all of those seeking to pronounce biblical names or terms will not agree with the conclusions set forth in this book. It is a guide, not the final authority. Usage is! Britishers spell the same word differently from Americans. Southerners pronounce words unlike Westerners. Heritage, environment, era, and other factors influence the pronunciation of words in any language.

Most of these are Americanized pronunciations, but whether or not you agree with each particular entry, you will find the resource of tremendous value.

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Tip: In Preferences: Amplify, change your English Triple-Click Default to That’s Easy for You to Say. Then links to any applicable entries will appear under the Topics section.

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The Teacher’s Bible Commentary

Herschel H. Hobbs, Clyde T. Francisco, Landrum P. Leavell, Wayne E. Ward—growing up Southern Baptist, these were names I regularly saw in Sunday School literature, January Bible studies, and yearly doctrinal studies. These names appear among the 25 writers who contribute to The Teacher’s Bible Commentary, described as “a concise, thorough interpretation of the entire Bible designed especially for Sunday School teachers.”

When first released, The Teacher’s Bible Commentary was the first book of its kind ever prepared with the direct help of Sunday School teachers. This is one of several features that make this a distinctive work. It seeks to answer the actual questions that lay readers have about the meaning of the Bible.

For each section there is first a brief summary of the main content or purpose of the passage. This enables the reader to grasp the meaning of the whole passage quickly. Usually following this is a discussion of special points—problems in the meaning of particular words, concepts, events, customs, and so forth. Finally, for many passages, there is an application to Christian living today.

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Whether the contributors to this work are names that are familiar or ones you’re just discovering, The Teacher’s Bible Commentary will prove to be a valuable resource for helping communicate the message of the Bible to your sphere of influence.

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My Favorite Illustrations

As mentioned above, Hershel H. Hobbs was a familiar name during my early Baptist years. He was an incredibly prolific writer, especially when it came to adult Bible study curriculum. He wrote his own commentary on the passages covered in the Baptist adult Sunday School literature, resulting in an additional (and extremely popular) resource to supplement the regular teaching guide. Many valued his quarterly commentary on the Bible so much that they didn’t even bother with the regular adult teachers guide and simply read Hobbs’ comments.

Every good teacher is known for providing memorable illustrations for whatever point is being made—this is a biblical principle if ever there was one! Herschel Hobbs was no exception. His commentary on Sunday School lessons were always rich with examples and illustrations of biblical principles. Back in a day before computers, many Sunday School teachers would save Hobbs' illustrations on index cards and organize them by topic or Scripture reference.

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First published in 1990, My Favorite Illustrations collects the best of Herschel Hobbs’ teaching illustrations (anecdotes, quotations, and poems) from his many years of commenting on the Bible. Many works of these kind don’t age well, but as I read through a number of the entries in My Favorite Illustrations, I found them to have a familiar ring but with relevance to many events and situations in today’s world. Regardless of one’s faith tradition, this title will become an essential resource for anyone communicating biblical truth.

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Mar 15, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

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Lenski's Commentary on the New Testament (20 Volumes)

Lenski’s massive yet readable commentary has been deeply influential in pastoral circles that prize serious work with the Greek text, a strong theological exegesis (influenced by Lenski’s Lutheran background and conservative theological convictions), and understanding how each text relates to life in Christ.

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Barclay New Daily Study Bible: New Testament (17 Volumes)

With clarification of less familiar illustrations and inclusion of more contemporary language, the New Daily Study Bible will continue to help individuals and groups discover what the message of the New Testament really means for their lives.

This New Daily Study Bible contains all seventeen volumes in the New Daily Study Bible New Testament series by William Barclay. The entire New Testament is covered in these volumes.

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Wiersbe's BE Series Commentary (50 Volumes)

The Bible Exposition Commentary had a modest beginning in 1972 with the publication of Wiersbe’s commentary on 1 John entitled Be Real.  With over 4 million volumes in print and used worldwide, these timeless books have provided invaluable insight into the history, meaning, and context of virtually every book in the Bible.

Revised with added content, these commentaries now include study questions at the end of each chapter for further reflection and application. Discover for yourself Wiersbe's unassuming style and penetrating analysis of Scripture as you arrive at a deeper appreciation of God's Word.

This module contains volumes on all Old Testament books and all New Testament books.

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The John Phillips NT and OT Exploring Commentaries (27 Volumes)

The Exploring series of commentaries from the pen of expositor John Phillips provides pastors, Sunday school teachers, and students of the Bible with doctrinally sound interpretation that emphasizes the practical application of Bible truth. Preachers especially will appreciate these commentaries as they provide a model and resource for sermons and lessons.

This set of commentaries includes the complete New Testament as well as Genesis, Psalms, Proverbs, Song, Daniel, and the Minor Prophets.

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Catholic Bible and Texts to Add to the Starter Collection (21 Modules Included)

This bundle offers a comprehensive package for the study of the Bible and of Catholic teachings. It contains a substantial collection of Bibles, Catholic documents, and study tools including the Douay-Rheims Bible, New Jerusalem Bible, and the Catholic Study Bible Notes.

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Colección CLIE (5 volúmenes)

Esta colección incluye algunos de los mejores y más conocidos comentarios publicados por CLIE, la editorial cristiana más importante en lengua española.

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Thompson Chain Reference Bible Modules

This Thompson has over 100,000 links covering over 7,000 topics, over 8,000 Chain Topics, updated Archaeological Supplement with photos and maps, outline studies of each book of the Bible, journey maps and Bible harmonies, and a Biblical Atlas. Also includes Thompson Kids featuring a Treasure Chest and Treasure Map section.

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NASB Bundle

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Mar 14, 2019 David Lang

25 Reasons We’re Still Going Strong: Motivation

Accordance 25 image no background 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 you can study, and we're passionate about helping people do that. The more we see your excitement after you discover something amazing in the Scriptures, the more motivated we are to keep doing what we do.

2. We value original language study. While many seminaries are scaling back their Greek and Hebrew study requirements, we still believe original language study is important not just for scholars, but for pastors and ministry professionals as well. Of course, we also recognize that it's increasingly hard to do in our fast-paced and frantic world. We get to design tools that make language study faster, easier, and more enjoyable.

3. We value effective teaching. Accordance has always been first and foremost a Bible study program. But ever since Accordance 1.0, we have also focused on making it a powerful Bible teaching program.

Most of our staff, and most of our customers, are active in teaching the Bible in some way, so we provide lots of visual resources to illustrate the world of the Bible, analytics to demonstrate various aspects of the biblical text, presentation features which enable you to present right from within Accordance, resource links which let you point other Accordance users to relevant texts or tools. The list goes on, but you get the point.

4. We take pride in our work. It's something of an inside company joke that seemingly every Accordance employee is a perfectionist. "That's good enough" is just not a phrase you hear much around here. From our programmers to our module developers to our office staff and various support personnel, we are to a man (and woman) committed to delivering an exceptional product with exceptional service. It sounds like a marketing cliché, but it's really just my own personal observation of how everyone on our staff seems to operate.

5. We value our customers. Again, it sounds like a cliché, but I've seen again and again how every member of the Accordance team truly cares about making our customers happy.

Last year when another Bible software company closed its doors and we had an influx of new users switching to Accordance, our programming team went to great lengths to add new features that would ease their transition.

As I was writing this blog post, a user on our forums pointed out some garbled text in a commentary. In less than an hour, our module development team investigated the problem, fixed it, and released an update! No less than three Accordance employees responded to that thread.

And don't even get me started on the lengths our sales staff will go to make sure customers are happy with their purchases.


That's 5 motivational reasons why Accordance is still going strong after 25 years. In my next post, we'll look at reasons related to our business and development philosophy.

 

David Lang is Vice President of Development for Accordance Bible Software.

 

Mar 12, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Get or Upgrade to Accordance for $25!

$25 Starter Special

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!

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And the Basic Starter Collection is $25 across the board, regardless of whether you are a new user, user of an older version, or user of our free Accordance Lite. Not only are we offering the Basic Starter at this never-before-seen price point, we also have five- and ten-bundle packs so that your entire class, Bible study group, circle of friends, or extended family can start using Accordance!

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This special $25 Starter Offer is good through Monday, March 25, 2019 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

 

Mar 11, 2019 Timothy Jenney

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

 

 

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 from March 12 - 25, 2019.


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Mar 11, 2019 Timothy Jenney

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

 

 

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.

 

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Mar 8, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Flexibility & Capability: John Galle's Accordance 25 Story

John Galle The primary reason I became a Macintosh user: Accordance. In 1998, I was living outside the continental United States in the Navy, and my daughter started college in Indiana. I was using a Windows computer and tried to upgrade it to do e-mail; it was a disaster.


About that time I wrote to Dave Powlison, a professor I had while at Westminster Theological Seminary. Dave told me he was using Accordance on his Macintosh.


I’ve never regretted using Accordance. Sales and support people have always been friendly and  responsive. Great bargains at times. What I appreciate the most: Accordance does everything I need and doesn’t get in the way of my study. I can read the ESV and have either the Hebrew or Greek open; word searches are easy; resources abound, and the program is much more capable than I am. I am constantly learning about the next thing Accordance can do. The Podcasts also make is easy to continue learning.


Currently, I am working my way through the Minor Prophets and with the Hebrew text and NIV, ESV and Reformation Study Bibles open, I have a good grasp of the big picture. Flexibility and capability: two great strengths of Accordance!

John A. Galle
Chaplain, US Veterans Affairs


Want to tell your Accordance 25 Story? Email it to [email protected] If we use your story, you could get a $25 credit for your next purchase.

 

Mar 1, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

We’re Moving!

Moving On March 2nd, we’ll be moving to a new and larger office space for our HQ in Altamonte Springs, Florida!

Hopefully, we will have most of everything moved on Monday when the business day starts. However, please be patient with us as we get set up and settled into our new digs!

Our phone numbers will remain the same, but if no one immediately answers next week, you can always email us at [email protected] and [email protected]

Thanks for your prayers and patience during what will hopefully be a brief time of transition!

 

UPDATE: As of noon EST we are fully functional in the office. Please feel free to call, email, live-chat, and place your orders.

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