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Apr 24, 2017 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Packer's Concise Theology

Packer Concise Theology 3D_2 J. I. Packer’s Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs is the second systematic theology we are making available today for the Accordance Library, following this morning’s release of Ryrie’s Basic Theology. Both of these theologies have in common the goal of making Christian doctrine understandable to the everyday believer, as opposed to those studying or teaching theology in academic settings.

In fact, Dr. Packer states in the preface, “Remembering that the Lord Jesus Christ called those he wanted fed sheep rather than giraffes, I have aimed to keep things as simple as possible.” Shorter in length than Ryrie’s Basic Theology, Packer’s work has the same number of chapters (94), each of which are short enough to read in one sitting. However, each chapter includes numerous Scripture readings which Packer assumes readers will explore on their own.

Packer’s goal is to produce an abbreviated overview of “the permanent essentials of Christianity, viewed as both a belief system and a way of life.” However, Packer acknowledges that he is writing from an Evangelical, Reformed-Anglican perspective, which he maintains is part of the “historic and classic mainstream.”

In Concise Theology Packer regularly quotes from the 1984 NIV and occasionally from the NRSV. He also references historic Christian documents at times, especially the Westminster Confession. If anyone wonders about this since he is an Anglican and not a Presbyterian, Packer reminds readers that “…the Confession was intended to amplify the Thirty-nine Articles, and most of its framers were Anglican Clergy, and […] it is something of a masterpiece….”

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With its short, readable chapters, Packer’s Concise Theology makes for great mobile reading on an iPad or iPhone. Some may even want to use its content for doctrine-based study groups. Page numbers are included in the Accordance edition for those with mixed paper and digital copies.

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Apr 24, 2017 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Ryrie's Basic Theology

Ryrie Basic Theology - 3D Accordance users have benefitted from the Ryrie Study Bible notes—one of the best-selling study Bibles in history—for a number of years in their personal Accordance Libraries. Now, fans of Charles Ryrie can go even deeper into the late theologian’s thought with our release of Ryrie’s Basic Theology: A Popular Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth.

“Theology is for everyone. Indeed, everyone needs to be a theologian.” These are the opening sentences in Ryrie’s Basic Theology and the driving idea behind every chapter in the book. Ryrie believed everyone could be (and, in fact, was) a theologian, but he wanted people to be good theologians, not sloppy ones. This volume is not written with academics in mind, but as the subtitle suggests, a popular audience.

In keeping with the conviction that everyone has the potential to be a good theologian, Ryrie divides his content into 94 chapters, spread across 15 sections in the book (see table of contents in the screenshot below for subjects covered). In the print edition, most of these chapters are three or four pages. Thus, a chapter can be read through in one sitting—a matter of minutes, really—although looking up Scripture references and reflections may take a while longer.

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Ryrie defines everything, including the designation of the first section, Prolegomena (defined by Ryrie as “prefatory or preliminary remarks"). In this section, Ryrie offers a number of definitions as well as clearly delineating a number of presuppositions.

Charles Ryrie, who taught for many years at Dallas Theological Seminary, is one of the most influential theologians of this generation. Ryrie's Basic Theology is conservative in keeping with his beliefs and convictions and Premillennial Dispensationalist in regard to eschatology. If your theology falls into these categories, this title is indispensable. However, even if you don’t align yourself with Ryrie’s thought, his mere influence alone makes this a worthy title to include in your Accordance Library, so as to better understand this widely-held theological perspective.

For Accordance users who have the Theological Journal Library, you will want to check out Bruce Demarest's review of Ryrie’s Basic Theology from the December 1987 issue of The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Also, don’t miss our own David Lang’s memory of visiting Dr. Ryrie in his home in "An Afternoon with Dr. Charles Ryrie," written by David last year upon the occasion of Ryrie’s death.

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Apr 19, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Updated x 2! Accordance 12.0.6 for Win/Mac & Accordance Mobile 2.5.2

Accordance 12 Update

This week, we’ve seen the release of updates to both Accordance 12 (Win/Mac), as well as Accordance Mobile (iOS). Check out the details below.

Accordance 12.0.6 for Windows and Mac

In addition to some much-needed bug fixes, the following changes have been added to the program:

  • Added a Safe Mode option to clean up all installed fonts across the system (Mac-only).
  • Info Pane titles and Research verse results now use the native book name if desired.
  • Reporting a Correction now includes the accord:// URL to the location of the error.
  • Attempting to delete a Paper item with hidden sublevels now triggers a warning.
  • Improved the selection of Paper items that contain only an automatic hyperlink.
  • Updated help files.

Regarding that first bullet, with the release of 12.0.5, we updated our internal Greek font to better accommodate some very specialized sigla in the Göttingen Septuagint. For some longtime Mac Accordance users, this created a conflict between the new font and old copies that may have remained on the hard drive in other locations. Now, with the release of 12.0.6, there is a new Safe Mode feature that will clean up these older fonts rather than the user having to fix the issue manually.

12.0.6 Safe Mode

If you’re experiencing Greek text that does not appear correctly in Accordance for the Mac, hold down the Option key when you start Accordance, which will bring up the Accordance Safe Mode options. Check the box to “Clean up installed fonts” and then press the Launce Accordance button.

If you have Accordance 12.0 through 12.0.5 and haven't done so already, you can get Accordance 12.0.6 for free by running “Check for App Update” on the Accordance menu on the Mac or the Utilities menu in Windows.

To see everything new since last November, see our “New Features Since 12.0” page.


Accordance Mobile 2.5.2

2.5.2 update

Also, not be missed is the release of the Accordance Mobile 2.5.2 update. Although primarily a bug fix, this update addresses crashes that some users were experiencing after updating to iOS 10.3. This update should take care of those issues.

If you already have Accordance Mobile for iOS, and your apps are set to automatically update, you may already have v. 2.5.2 on your iPhone or iPad. If not, download it from the iOS App Store.

For more information about Accordance Mobile, see our "Details of the Mobile App" page.

 

 

Apr 19, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Endorsement: Bill Mounce

Dr. Bill Mounce, President of biblicaltraining.org and author of Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar and Workbook, has been an enthusiastic Accordance user since the early days! In this video recorded at the 2016 ETS meeting in San Antonio, Dr. Mounce describes the specific new feature that has him most excited about Accordance 12.

 

Apr 18, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

April Showers of Savings

April Showers

Good to Grow with Preaching & Academic Resources

In Ezra 7:10 we read, “For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel” (NIV). Historically, we find a progression from the study of the Scriptures to their proclamation. This week, we have carefully selected specific titles that will allow you to follow Ezra’s example. We have discounted a number of tools that allow you to go as deep into study as you like, as well as other resources that help with teaching and preaching what has been learned in your study! Also, don’t miss the new one-volume Moody Bible Commentary, an incredible one-stop biblical goldmine of information, requested by scores of our users, and now available for your personal Accordance Library.

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts and will end on April 24, 2017 (11:59pm EDT).


Moody Commentary_120 New! The Moody Bible Commentary
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Now you can study the Bible with the faculty of the Moody Bible Institute!

Imagine having a team of 30 Moody Bible Institute professors helping you study the Bible. Now you have access to these scholars with this in-depth, user-friendly, one-volume commentary.

General editors Michael Rydelnik and Michael Vanlaningham have led a team of contributors whose academic training, practical church experience, and teaching competency make this commentary excellent for anyone who needs help understanding the Scriptures.

With more than 2,000 pages in the print edition and over 1.5 million words, this comprehensive and reliable reference work should be the first place Sunday school teachers, Bible study leaders, missionaries, and pastors turn to for biblical insight. The Moody Bible Commentary is an all-in-one Bible study resource that will help you better understand and apply God's written revelation to all of life.

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Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible: Commentary and Outlines (44 Volumes)

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The POSB provides absolutely everything you need to prepare biblical, life-changing sermons and lessons—all in one source with sermon points, life application, supporting Scripture, as well as fully-researched and engaging commentary.

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Preaching the Word Commentary Series (36 Volumes)

This series is noted for its unqualified commitment to biblical authority, clear exposition of Scripture, readability, and practical application. It is an ideal resource for pastors and teachers, as well as for personal Bible study.

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Sacra Pagina NT Commentary Series
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The expression Sacra Pagina (“Sacred Page”) originally referred to the text of Scripture. In the Middle Ages, it also described the study of Scripture in which the interpreter brought the tools of grammar, rhetoric, dialectic, and philosophy.

This series presents fresh translations and modern expositions of all the books of the New Testament. Written by an international team of Catholic biblical scholars, it is intended for biblical professionals, graduate students, theologians, clergy, and religious educators.

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The Academic Corner
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BDF

BDF Greek Grammar of the NT and Other Early Christian Literature

This classical and renowned grammar sets the Greek of the New Testament in the context of Hellenistic Greek and compares and contrasts it with the classical norms. It relates the New Testament language to its Semitic background, to Greek dialects, and to Latin, and has been kept fully abreast of latest developments and manuscript discoveries. It is at no point exclusively dependent on modern editions of the Greek New Testament text but considers variant readings wherever they are significant.

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On the Holy Spirit by Basil the Great (Greek and English)

St. Basil the Great wrote his treatise On the Holy Spirit during the closing phase of the Trinitarian controversies of the fourth century. The Arians had previously denied the full divinity of the Son, and the debate then turned to the Holy Spirit. In this work, without explicitly calling the Spirit “God,” St. Basil demonstrates that He, like the Son, is of one and the same nature with the Father, and that equal honor and worship therefore are due Him.

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Discourses on the Son of God by Gregory of Nazianzus (Greek and English)

Gregory’s writings consisted of several Orations, Letters, and Poems. However, his Five Theological Orations (#27-31) are the most perfect of his orations – they have won for him the title of “Theologian” (i.e. defender of the Godhead). They were delivered in 380 AD in Constantinople against the Eunomians and Macedonians. He writes of the existence, nature, attributes of God; unity of nature in the three Divine Persons; divinity of the Son; replies to objections; and refutation of objections against the divinity of the Holy Spirit.

This selection contains Gregory’s two Discourses on the Son of God (Third Theological Oration–#29 and the Fourth Theological Oration–#30).

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Hebrew Masoretic Text with ETCBC Morphology

The ETCBC (Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer) Hebrew database (formerly known as WIVU) is well known among Old Testament scholars for its complex, coherent, and consistent grammatical analysis on all levels (morphology, phraseology, syntax, text-grammar). The implementation of the ETCBC Hebrew database demonstrates the dedication of Accordance to the work of the biblical scholar. Accordance makes it much easier to access the power of the ETCBC, to see the structure of the text, and to search for combinations of the data.

Check out this short video for an overview of the ETCBC Hebrew Syntax.

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Apr 17, 2017 Richard Mansfield

ETCBC Hebrew Syntax

Have you discovered the ETCBC Hebrew Syntax in Accordance? The ETCBC Advanced database of the Hebrew Bible (formerly known as WIVU database), contains the scholarly text of the Hebrew Bible with linguistic markup developed by the Werkgroep Informatica at the Free University (WIVU) of Amsterdam and edited by Eep Talstra of the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer (ETCBC).

Check out this short video for an overview (we recommend viewing at full screen in HD).

 

Apr 17, 2017 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Moody Bible Commentary

Moody Bible Commentary-cover w/drop shadow Spend a little time with The Moody Bible Commentary, and you may just have found your new favorite one-volume commentary. If you’ve ever seen this volume in print, you know it’s not a quick take on the Bible. At over 2,100 pages in print, written by a team of over 30 contributors from Moody Bible Institute’s undergraduate school and seminary, this is not your average Bible commentary. In fact, it’s been billed as having “a team of 30 Moody Bible Institute professors helping you study the Bible.” That’s no exaggeration.

I first held the print version of The Moody Bible Commentary in my hands in 2015. I tagged along with my wife to a library conference she was attending in San Francisco. There were lots of publishers in the exhibit hall, so I was making my rounds. Moody Publishers was represented at the conference, and I struck up a conversation with the Moody rep. I mentioned to him that Accordance users had already been asking us to add their new commentary to the Accordance Library. He was even kind enough to offer me a complimentary copy of the commentary to take with me.

Moody Bible Commentary

Click/tap the image above for a larger look at The Moody Bible Commentary in Accordance 12 (NASB text available separately).

Such a generous offer, but I was so torn! It was a beautiful volume, and I had already read a number of solidly-written sections while standing in the Moody exhibit. But that book was so big and heavy! It would be much later that night before I’d be back and my hotel room, and it just seemed like too big of a book to carry with me all day. In the end I opted not to take the free copy of The Moody Bible Commentary, not because of the quality of the content, but only because it was so massive. Having declined the Moody rep’s generous gift, I was more hopeful than ever that we would one day have this commentary in Accordance. And today’s that day!

Filled with scores of maps, charts, and tables, The Moody Bible Commentary was developed “to help laypeople and pastors alike grow in their knowledge of God’s Word and understand how its timeless principles apply to life today.” The commentary is based upon the original language texts of Scripture, but most Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible. Any references to Hebrew and Greek words are transliterated.

Moody Bible Commentary-iPhone As described in the Foreword

Each book of the Bible is skillfully introduced, providing the reader with an understanding of the historical setting, the author, the audience, and any interpretive issues. An outline for each book is provided, allowing you to trace the argument or story line of the book. This outline is then incorporated into the text of the commentary so that you can continue to follow the progression of thought in each Bible book.

The comments on the text are concise but insightful. Writing from a conservative, evangelical perspective that reaches across denominational lines, the authors tackle the knotty issues as they emerge in the text. Difficult passages are not ignored. Debated topics are honestly discussed, and, when scholarship yields no clear consensus as to meaning, the authors do not artificially create one. In addition, contemporary issues addressed by the Bible are clearly noted. Thus, in reading, you will find a wonderful weaving of biblical scholarship, theological insight, and practical application.

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The Moody Bible Commentary is the exact kind of resource you want to have with you in Accordance. Rather than having to carry a 2,100+ page book around, you can have all of that scholarship and insight on the Bible right in the palm of your hand, on your laptop, or desktop computer for quick access. In fact, one-volume commentaries make excellent “go to” commentaries for mobile devices because they don’t take up as much space as multivolume sets. And The Moody Bible Commentary is so massive, you may just forget that you’re not using a multivolume commentary!

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Apr 13, 2017 Abram Kielsmeier-Jones

How to Read a Book in Accordance

 

Ever wonder what separates a title in Accordance Bible Software from ebooks or even other Bible software platforms? In the video below, Abram Kielsmeier-Jones highlights four features of digital texts in Accordance:

  1. Hyperlinks, hyperlinks, hyperlinks!

  2. The expandable/collapsible Table of Contents sidebar

  3. Search Fields to better focus your search

  4. Advanced: Amplify/Research to get from the book you’re reading to the rest of your library

According to Abram, after mastering these features, "You’ll never read or study a work of theology or biblical studies the same way again. Accordance makes Kindle look like a codex."

In addition to being a longtime Accordance user and a frequent instructor for our free Accordance webinars, Abram Kielsmeier-Jones is also Pastor of Union Congregational Church in Magnolia, Mass. He writes at Words on the Word: www.abramkj.com.

 

 

 

Apr 10, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Mikhal Oren 1977-2017

We are very sad to announce that Mikhal Oren ז"ל, one of the members of the Accordance staff, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017. She had been battling acute leukemia since November 2016, a sequela to the Hodgkins lymphoma for which she was treated in 2014. She underwent a bone marrow transplant three weeks ago, but did not recover from it.

We were very privileged to have Mikhal as part of the Accordance development team, especially for scholarly texts that required both an excellent knowledge of Hebrew and advanced computer skills. Not only did she start out by completely proofreading and correcting the entire electronic BDB Complete, but she particularly excelled in developing the Accordance modules of the Masora Thesaurus and the recently released ETCBC (formerly WIVU) Hebrew syntactical database. She also assisted in the development of the ongoing tagged Ugaritic texts. Her particular skills made her by far the most qualified person on our team to develop these and other specialized Accordance modules.

Mikhal graduated with a Ph.D in Hebrew language from the University of Haifa, and rather than choosing an academic career, came to us as an Accordance customer, asking if she could help in developing Accordance texts. We gladly accepted her as a developer and have benefitted from her services even more than we could have anticipated. According to those who knew her well, she saw her work with Accordance as an extremely fulfilling job and even as her life’s work.

Not only did Mikhal have excellent professional skills, but she was a very modest person, who never sought public recognition, even when she clearly deserved it. Those she worked with found her a very pleasant colleague who often went beyond what was expected of her.

During her last days, Mikhal expressed appreciation several times for all of the encouragement, thoughts, and prayers of many among the Accordance staff who knew her and knew her condition. Her passing, even with the knowledge of the seriousness of her condition, was a shock and severe loss to all of us. We will miss her very much, both professionally and personally.

זיכרונה לברכה
zikhronah livrakha

May her memory be blessed!

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Apr 7, 2017 Richard Mansfield

A Closer Look at Interpretation Bible Studies

Church Bible studies remain the heart of discipleship and religious education. The Sunday morning sermon may get all the attention and spotlight, but often it’s the small group Bible study where believers start to gain in-depth understanding of the Scriptures as related to their own faith. The Bible study offers opportunity for questions to be immediately answered and for those serendipitous moments of discovery.

However, putting together a good Bible study can be hard work when done right. I’m definitely not referring to the kind of Bible study with no preparation on anyone’s part where we sit in a circle and ask, “What did that verse mean to you?” No, real Bible study takes the kind of preparation that few have the time to invest on a regular occasion. There’s always curriculum and dozens of various Bible study series out there, but most of it is geared toward a very general or beginner audience.

This is where the Interpretation Bible Studies really shine. This series raises the bar on average Bible study literature by delivering content that while not requiring too much previous knowledge, doesn’t insult the intelligence of participants. This series provides depth and often asks hard questions which won’t be satisfied by the regular “Sunday School” answer. Interpretation Bible Studies don’t end with the parting of ways as they offer further places of study for the participant who wants to learn more.

Interpretation Bible Studies

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Covering 10 Old Testament books and 12 from the New Testament, the 19-volume Interpretation Bible Studies are fantastic tools for taking group Bible study to the next level, although they can be used individually as well.

As stated in the Series Preface,

IBS helps readers not only to learn about the history and theology of the Bible, understand the sometimes difficult language of biblical passages, and marvel at the biblical accounts of God’s activity in human life, but also to accept the challenge of the Bible’s call to discipleship. IBS offers sound guidance for deepening one’s knowledge of the Bible and for faithful Christian living in today’s world.

This series holds to three primary convictions:

  1. The Bible is the church’s Scripture and stands in a unique place of authority in Christian understanding.

  2. Good scholarship helps readers understand truths of the Bible and sharpens their perception of God speaking through the Bible.

  3. Deep knowledge of the Bible bears fruit in one’s ethical and spiritual life.

Each volume of the Interpretation Bible Studies features 10 studies (or think in terms of 10 weekly meetings) that together give overview to the entire book being studied. Each study contains engaging commentary of the passage, often making connections to contemporary movies, literature and events. To offer a better understanding of the passage, the reader will also find maps, photos, and definitions of key terms. There are a handful of reflection questions with each study, including some questions that might not have any “easy” answers. These will make for excellent discussion during a group time. And for the really ambitious participants, each study contains a list of resources for further study.

For the leaders of Bible studies using this series, a handy leader’s guide is included at the end of each volume. Also, page numbers are included in the Accordance editions, which is helpful for a mixed group using both Accordance and print editions. Although this series can be used independently from the Interpretation Bible Commentary Series, the addition of the commentary allows the Bible study leader to be even more prepared.


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