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Aug 23, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

¿Por qué usar software bíblico?

 

 

Este video enumera las razones por las que muchas personas han elegido software bíblico para ayudarlos en su estudio de la Biblia.

Para mas información acerca de Accordance Bible Software, incluyendo nuestros videos educacionales y títulos en español, por favor visite Accordance para hispanohablantes.

 


Why use Bible software?

 

Here are some reasons so many people have chosen Bible software to assist them in their own study of the Bible.

For more information about Accordance Bible Software, including our titles in Spanish, please visit our Accordance for Spanish Speakers page.

 

Aug 22, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Raw Speed & Power: Ed Stevens' Accordance 25 Story

Ed Stevens Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary!

I think I first heard about the Gramcord and Accordance programs through an Apple Computer magazines (Macworld or MacUser). I had the previously-released MacBible program also. But Accordance captured my interest because of its claim to search grammatically-tagged Greek and Hebrew texts for precise inflected forms. That was far more powerful than a mere Strong’s Number root word search. When I saw the ad in the computer magazine, I ordered it.

Although I do not still have the old original 3.5 microfloppy disks to prove it (long since tossed), I do have an invoice from The Gramcord Institute, dated  April 2, 1996, showing when I purchased Accordance 1.1 along with the  Gramcord Greek New Testament, Hebrew Bible, and Septuagint. Evidently, I did not become an Accordance user until version 1.1, but from that time onward until now I have faithfully upgraded every year and added lots of modules.

My collection of texts and tools really began to expand after I attended my first Evangelical Theological Society meeting in Peabody, Massachusetts twenty years ago (1999). My ministry exhibit booth was right next to the Accordance and Gramcord booths. I probably spent as much time at Accordance booth, talking and reading brochures about the software, as I did working at my booth. That is when I first met Roy and Helen Brown, and our friendship has deepened every year when I see them at ETS. There are not very many Christian brethren whom I appreciate and admire more than them.

One of the things I like most about Accordance, in addition to its wonderful selection of grammatically tagged texts, is its incredible speed for searching my vast collection of texts and tools. There is no other Bible search program for the Mac (or Windows) that even comes close to the raw speed and power  of the Accordance search engine. I regularly use the Research feature to globally search all of my texts and tools. I rarely have time to get a sip of coffee before the search is finished. Breathtaking speed! I am forever hooked on that.

Kudos to all of you wonderful folks there at Accordance. Hug Roy and Helen for me! Thanks for producing and supporting such a wonderful tool for my teaching and publishing work. I cannot imagine ministry without it!


Edward E. Stevens is the President of the International Preterist Association.

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Aug 20, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Ancient Voices Still Speak Today

Ancient Voices

St. Basil the Great spoke of “holding the dignity of antiquity to be more honorable than mere new-fangled novelty” (“On the Holy Spirit” 16:8). In St. Basil’s day as in ours, it’s easy for us to be attracted to what’s new over what’s been tested by time and found true. This week we’re highlighting the Ancient Voices that Still Speak Today with a new release that examines the way the American Founding Fathers incorporated the Bible into their understanding of the world. From there, we will jump back in time even further with multiple specials on the writings of the Early Church and related resources. Save on these resources as well as one final week on Zondervan Specials!

Sale prices on all products end Monday, August 26, 2019 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


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New Release!
Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers

No book was more accessible to the American Founding Fathers than the Bible, and no book was more frequently alluded to or quoted from in the political discourse of the age. Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers explores how the American founders understood and used the Bible, as well as the Bible’s influence on their political culture. The author warns that ignoring the Bible’s influence on the founders produces a distorted image of the American political experiment, and of the concept of self-government on which America is built.

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Recent Release!
Ancient Christian Texts (15 Volumes)

Ancient Christian Texts is a series of new translations of full-length commentaries and sermons based on biblical books or extended scriptural passages by early church leaders like Ambrosiaster, Origen, John of Damascus, Cyril of Alexandria, and many others, most of which are presented in English for the first time. With today's best scholarship, the Ancient Christian Texts provides you with the resources you need to study for yourself the key writings of the early church in a way never before possible. Discover for yourself the wisdom of the ancients.

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IVP Christian Fathers Bundle (7 Works)

  • Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
  • Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity (3 Volumes)
  • Ancient Christian Doctrine
  • Ancient Christian Devotional
  • Worshiping with the Church Fathers
  • Learning Theology with the Church Fathers
  • Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers

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Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity (3 Volumes)

The Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity covers eight centuries of the Christian church and comprises 3,220 entries by a team of 266 scholars from 26 countries representing a variety of Christian traditions. It draws upon such fields as archaeology, art and architecture, biography, cultural studies, ecclesiology, geography, history, philosophy, and theology.

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Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture

Included in this volume from series editor Tom C. Oden is the full text of all twenty-nine commentaries from the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Arranged canonically, each volume allows the living voices of the church in its formative centuries to speak as they engage the sacred page of Scripture.

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Ancient Christian Devotional (3 Volumes)

There are fifty-two weeks of readings in each volume, following the weekly lectionary cycles A, B or C. You can read through them in order or by thematic interest. Each day you will also find a simple opening and closing prayer drawn from the prayers and hymns of the ancient church.

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Ancient Christian Doctrine (5 Volumes)

This exciting five-volume series follows up on the acclaimed Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture to provide patristic commentary on the Nicene Creed. The series renders primary Greek, Latin, Coptic and Syriac source material from the church fathers in lucid English translation (some here for the first time) and gives readers unparalleled insight into the history and substance of what the early church believed.

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Learning Theology with the Church Fathers

What would it be like to sit under the preaching and instruction of the early church fathers, to look over their shoulders as they thought and wrote, or to hear them debate theological issues?

Learning Theology with the Church Fathers offers us that experience.

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Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers

Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers is an exceptional guide. Hall provides a warm, winsome, informative and indispensable introdution to who these leaders and scholars were, how they read and interpreted Scripture, and how we might read Scripture with them for all its worth.

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Worshiping with the Church Fathers

Christopher Hall invites us to accompany the Fathers as they enter the sanctuary for worship and the chapel for prayer. He also takes us to the wilderness, where we learn from the early monastics as they draw close to God in their solitary discipline.

The focus of this book is not liturgy but more broadly worship in its corporate and individual dimensions. We enter into the patristic understanding of baptism and the Eucharist. And, we come under the instruction and discipline of great spiritual teachers of prayer.

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Schaff's Church Fathers and Church History Modules

This package includes all 37 volumes of the Church Fathers, including the works of the Apostolic Fathers, Tertullian, Origen, Augustine, Chrysostom, Eusebius, Athanasius, Jerome, Ambrose, and the seven Ecumenical Councils.

The package also includes Philip Schaff’s History of the Christian Church. This 8-volume classic work published in 1910 covers the history of the Church from apostolic Christianity to the Reformation (up to 1648).

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Apostolic Fathers––Holmes 3rd Edition (Greek, Latin, and English)

The Apostolic Fathers is an important collection of writings revered by early Christians but not included in the final canon of the New Testament. This module contains the Greek texts of the Apostolic Fathers as edited and revised by Michael W. Holmes, published by Baker in 1992, 1999, and 2007. Purchase of this module also includes the Latin portions and an English translation, introductions, and footnotes by Holmes.

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Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (2 Volumes) (Craig S. Keener)

This wide-ranging and meticulously researched two-volume study presents the most thorough current defense of the credibility of the miracle reports in the Gospels and Acts. Drawing on claims from a range of global cultures and taking a multidisciplinary approach to the topic, Keener suggests that many miracle accounts throughout history and from contemporary times are best explained as genuine divine acts, lending credence to the biblical miracle reports.

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Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament: Manuscript, Patristic, and Apocryphal Evidence

Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament is an immensely important apologetic work on the New Testament. With increasing skepticism in the public’s eyes about the veracity of Scripture, this book sets the record straight about the origins and transmission of the Bible.

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What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings

What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About is a fresh approach to understanding what is really important in the New Testament. This introductory survey concentrates on the most important themes of each book and letter in the New Testament. By asking what Matthew (or any other New Testament author) really cared about when he wrote, we discover what to pay attention to when we read, and why it makes a difference to us today.

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A Reader’s Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers

This new reference work, designed to be used alongside Michael Holmes's third edition of the Apostolic Fathers, makes these vital writings more accessible by providing students with contextually sensitive glosses of words that occur fewer than thirty times in the New Testament.

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A Patristic Greek Reader (Whitacre)

The heart of this book is a selection of Greek texts from early Christian writers, accompanied by notes so that a person with one year of Greek can read the texts. Basic translations of the texts are also provided so that readers can check their work. Two helpful Appendices are included: A vocabulary list of words that occur 50 times or more in the New Testament and a list of the most irregular forms among the verbs used fifty times or more in the Greek New Testament.

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Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament

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A Survey of the Old Testament (Hill, Walton)

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NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible Notes

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Aug 14, 2019 Richard Mansfield

Win an 8" Amazon Fire HD + Triple Learner Collection!

 

Amazon Fire + Triple Learner

We’re giving away an 8" Amazon Fire HD and an Accordance 12 Triple Learner Collection. There are five ways to win by signing up for our newsletter and visiting our various social media venues. Of course, we also hope you’ll subscribe to our social media pages while you’re there!

The 8" Amazon Fire HD tablet is a perfect way to read Accordance titles in a handheld format. The bright high-definition screen makes the Fire tablet a wonderful on-the-go tablet for Bible study and quick reference. And, of course, all of the Amazon Fire tablets run our Android version of Accordance, available in the Amazon App Store.

The Accordance 12 Triple Learner Collection combines the English, Hebrew, Greek, and Graphics “Learner” levels. This is one of our best well-rounded Collections for biblical studies and pastoral work, normally selling for $399 but with a value of $2,399! Of course, if you win the giveaway and are already an Accordance user, we will credit your account with the equivalent amount of the Triple Learner Collection.

Win an Amazon Fire & Accordance Triple Learner Collection


Drawing will be held on August 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT. Winner will be notified the next day.

 

 

Aug 13, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Educators Focus on A+ Works: Grammars, Syntax, and More

Educator Focus

Just in time for Fall semester: new Hebrew and Greek grammars for your biblical language classes! First up, we have the often requested Beginning Biblical Hebrew by Mark Futato ready for first semester Hebrew. And second, to answer numerous requests, yes, you can now add the fourth edition of Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek (Grammar and Workbook) to your Accordance Library in plenty of time before courses begin! Plus, don’t miss discounts on other favorite Hebrew and Greek grammars and reference works—and a Publisher’s Special—for Accordance, allowing you to study biblical languages in-depth anytime and anywhere!

Sale prices on the Zondervan Publisher Specials are good through Monday, August 26, 2019 (11:59 PM EDT). Sale prices on all other products end Monday, August 19, 2019 (11:59 PM EDT). These deals cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Focus on Hebrew!

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New Release!
Beginning Biblical Hebrew (Futato)

Achieving the right balance of amount of information, style of presentation, and depth of instruction in first-year grammars is no easy task. But Mark Futato has produced a grammar that, after years of testing in a number of institutions, will please many, with its concise, clear, and well-thought-out presentation of Biblical Hebrew.

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First Hebrew Primer

First Hebrew Primer (Textbook, Answerbook, and Audio Companion)

The First Hebrew Primer is a simple, straightforward guide to Biblical Hebrew. Thirty lessons provide enough information and practice to enable you, with the aid of a Hebrew-English dictionary, to understand most biblical texts. The goal of the Primer is to teach students to read and understand Biblical Hebrew as quickly as possible; therefore, the lessons emphasize recognition and translation - not memorization.

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Introducing Biblical Hebrew (Ross)

This first-year grammar has grown out of the author’s experience in teaching Hebrew to seminary students for over thirty years. Through those many years of classroom use, Dr. Ross has developed and refined his explanations, exercises, and examples to provide students with an effective introduction to Biblical Hebrew.

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Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax (Waltke, O'Connor)

The highly acclaimed Hebrew Grammar by Bruce K. Waltke and Michael Patrick O’Connor is already a classic. In this textbook for use after first year Hebrew grammar, the authors integrate the results of modern linguistic study of Hebrew and years of teaching experience.

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Hebrew Masoretic Text with ETCBC Morphology (WIVU)

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).

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Grammatical Syntax Add-on to HMT-W4

This Hebrew Syntax module was developed from the ground up for Accordance. It adds several features and enhancements, allowing you to:

  • View a color-coded Hebrew syntax tree in parallel with your Bible
  • Hover over HMT-W4 words to see their syntactical tags in Instant Details
  • Search the HMT-W4 using syntactical tags
  • Drag and drop syntactical tags within the Hebrew Construct window

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Hebrew Old Testament Audio

The Bible Society in Israel is proud to present the new release of this high quality audio Bible production of the Old Testament. Voices of various biblical characters are all performed by Hebrew native speakers. A valuable tool for learning Hebrew.

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Basics of Biblical Greek (4th Edition) (Mounce) 
Grammar and Workbook

Clear. Understandable. Carefully organized. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar by William D. Mounce is the standard textbook for colleges and seminaries. Since its initial publication in 1993 its integrated approach has helped more than 250,000 students learn New Testament Greek.

The fourth edition of Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar has been updated throughout based on continuing feedback from professors, students, self-learners, and homeschoolers, making it even more effective for today’s students. As well, improvements have been made based on recent developments in scholarship.

The expanded and updated workbook is designed with the student in mind and intended for use with the standard-setting Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar textbook, now in its fourth edition.

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Stevens New Testament Greek (2nd Edition)

This fully-illustrated, integrated grammar by Gerald L. Stevens for the beginner and intermediate student has become a proven textbook in religion courses since its publication in 1997.

This second edition updates and strengthens the material presented in the first edition while maintaining the popular original format.

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Stevens Greek Workbook: A Companion to the Accordance Module

Stevens Greek Workbook complements Stevens NT Greek module in Accordance as a workbook of exercises keyed to this text. Features include illustrative charts and diagrams, English derivatives for assigned vocabulary aiding memory, a remedial English grammar review, an answer key, and eighteen beautiful images distributed throughout the workbook offering historical vignettes to illustrate the New Testament world and its language.

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Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook (Decker)

This in-depth yet student-friendly introduction to Koine Greek provides a full grounding in Greek grammar, while starting to build skill in the use of exegetical tools. The approach, informed by twenty-five years of classroom teaching, emphasizes reading Greek for comprehension as opposed to merely translating it.

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Grammatical Syntax Add-on to GNT28-T

This Greek Syntax module was developed from the ground up for Accordance. It adds several features and enhancements, allowing you to:

  • View a color-coded Greek syntax tree in parallel with your Bible
  • Hover over GNT28-T words to see their syntactical tags in Instant Details
  • Search the GNT28-T using syntactical tags
  • Drag and drop syntactical tags within the Greek Construct window

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Diagrams of Greek New Testament

This impressive database of diagrams was built from the ground up to work with Accordance. It includes prepared diagrams of the Greek New Testament that scroll in sync with your Bible by verse reference.

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Tyndale Greek New Testament (Tagged by Accordance)

The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge has been created under the oversight of editors Dr. Dirk Jongkind (St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge) and Dr. Peter Williams (Tyndale House, Cambridge).

Complete text of the Tyndale Greek New Testament with complete morphological tags and accompanying apparatus.

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Greek New Testament Audio (Schwandt)

A reading of the Greek New Testament (USB4 / NA27) with Erasmian style pronunciation by John Schwandt. This particular text is preferred by scholars worldwide and is the basis for most of the major translations, making it an excellent tool for biblical language students and professors, pastors, laypeople and anyone else who will appreciate this unique listening experience.

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Baker Handbooks on the Old Testament (4 Volumes)

Filled with background, theological, structural, bibliographical content and more, this series offers years of scholarship by well-known and highly respected professors and authors, and provides a greater balance and depth to your studies.

  • Handbook on the Pentateuch (2nd Edition) by Victor Hamilton
  • Handbook on the Historical Books by Victor Hamilton
  • Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms by Daniel J. Estes
  • Handbook on the Prophets by Robert B. Chisholm Jr.

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The SBL Handbook of Style (2nd Edition)

The definitive source for how to write and publish in the field of biblical studies!

The long-awaited second edition of the essential style manual for writing and publishing in biblical studies and related fields includes key style changes, updated and expanded abbreviation and spelling-sample lists, a list of archaeological site names, material on qur’anic sources, detailed information on citing electronic sources, and expanded guidelines for the transliteration and transcription of seventeen ancient languages.

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Baker Academic Special: Good through August 19

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Paiedeia New Testament Commentary (14 Commentary)

Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament is a series that sets out to comment on the final form of the New Testament text in a way that pays due attention both to the cultural, literary, and theological settings in which the text took form and also to the interests of the contemporary readers to whom the commentaries are addressed.

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Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament

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A Survey of the Old Testament (Hill, Walton)

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NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible Notes

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Aug 12, 2019 Richard Mansfield

Update! Accordance 1.5.0 for Android

Now available: Accordance Bible Software v. 1.5.0 for Android. This update delivers a number of significant new features, changes to Easy Install, and important bug fixes.

Here are a few of the most important new features and updates found in v. 1.5.0.

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Module Updates

Accordance can now download and install module updates. To download updates to titles in your Accordance Library, go to the Overflow button (those vertical three dots in the top right corner) and choose Easy Install. Feel free to tap Cancel, and then on the Easy Install screen, tap the Updates button.

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Search Results

When searching for words or phrases, the number of search results now displays at the top of the screen. After performing the search, tap the screen to hide the interface elements, and the number of search hits displays at the top.

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Current Verse Reference

When reading a Text, tap the screen to hid the interface elements. The current top verse reference is displayed at the top of the screen.

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Easy Install Changes

The Easy Install screen (accessed from the Overflow icon) has been updated both in design and function. When downloading new titles or updates, a more detailed progress indicator reports the current status of the download. And now when searching for specific titles, selected modules remain selected after clearing a search or running a new search.

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Fixes

Bug fixes have now been applied to issues such as when the login dialog would sometimes become unresponsive or when the download progress bar could reset mid-download in Easy Install.


Accordance 1.5.0 for Android can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, Amazon App Store, or directly from the Accordance servers. For more information about Accordance Bible Software for Android, see our Android page.

 

Aug 12, 2019 Richard Mansfield

New Grammars from Mounce (Greek) & Futato (Hebrew)

Fall semester is upon us, and scores of students at Bible colleges and seminaries will begin (what will hopefully be) lifelong studies in biblical languages. This week, we are releasing an often-requested introductory Hebrew grammar for Accordance as well as a revision to a standard work for learning biblical Greek.

Accordance makes the perfect platform for learning biblical languages because of quick access to Hebrew and Greek texts as well as lexicons and grammar works. Instead of spreading out a half dozen physical books on a crowded desk, an Accordance user can organize specialized workspaces to accommodate each class. Every grammar comes with practice exercises. These can be worked in Accordance User Notes for later study or exported to turn in as homework assignments. For more ideas for using Accordance in biblical or theological studies, see our blog series, “Seven Strategies for Students Who Use Accordance.”

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Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek (4th ed.) Grammar & Workbook

Mounce BBG 5 Book and Workbook By the second edition of William D. Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek (BBG), his introductory grammar had already become the standard introduction to Koine Greek of this generation. Most grammars prior to BBG began with students learning Greek verbs and memorizing paradigms. The method used in Mounce’s grammar turned everything on its head by using a more natural approach, such as introducing nouns first. Now in its fourth edition, BBG is used in more English-speaking first-year classes in Koine Greek than any other grammar of its kind.

There are at least two kinds of Accordance users who will want to add BBG in the 4th edition to their personal Accordance Library. The first category is the student taking elementary Greek for the first time. These students probably don’t have any choice regarding selection of BBG over other grammars. Perhaps the Accordance edition of BBG is required for class, or perhaps the student wants to supplement a print copy with a digital version where more reliable notes and answers to exercises can be stored than with print copies.

Mounce BBG 4 Grammar and Workbook

The second category of Accordance users who will want to add the 4th edition of BBG are those who have benefitted from previous editions. The primary question these users will ask is How is the 4th edition different? There is a full list of differences available at Bill Mounce’s website. Some of these differences relate to issues specific to the print copy, so I’ve taken the liberty of condensing the list, only giving attention to differences users will see between the 3rd and 4th Accordance editions of BBG:

  • Mounce BBG 4 Android The layout is cleaner, which makes the content less intimidating, and the Professor has been moved to the website.
  • Vocabulary is the same (except ἅγιος is moved forward to chapter 9). However, pay close attention to the semicolons in the vocabulary listings. They identify the different glosses for a word.
  • A few exercise sentences have been replaced, and the order of the parsing exercises have been re-ordered in later chapters so that they go from easier to harder. Eventually, there will be a listing of those changes.
  • Scholarship's new understanding of the middle voice has been included, and teachers are invited to decide which approach to use. The same goes for the debate over σα and θη forms. QC codes will point you to YouTube presentations on some of these issues.
  • Aspectual language is now used throughout. So the book talks about the imperfective aspect, imperfect tense, perfective aspect, aorist tense, combinative aspect, and the perfect tense. I always include the words "aspect" and "tense" to avoid confusion.
  • Roots have been emphasized from chapter 4 on, are listed prominently in the vocabulary sessions, so when the student comes to chapter 20 it is natural and easy to think in terms of roots and stems.

And, of course, we can’t help pointing out that Dr. Mounce is an Accordance user himself. In the preface of BBG, he writes, “Much of the work, especially in the exercises, could not have been done without the aid of the software program Accordance. Thanks Roy and Helen.”

For a limited time, Accordance users may purchase both the grammar and workbook for Basics of Biblical Greek at introductory discounted pricing.

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Futato's Beginning Biblical Hebrew

Futato BBH cover Mark D. Futato has been a professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando for 20 years. His introductory grammar, Beginning Biblical Hebrew (BBH) has often been requested by our users for Accordance, as it has become a favorite textbook in elementary Hebrew courses over the past two decades.

As stated in the introduction, BBH has been designed to provide “students with a thorough introduction to Biblical Hebrew in an easy-to-learn format.” Content does not assume any familiarity with Hebrew or even English grammatical terminology. Students will learn around 400 Hebrew words giving them a foundation for reading the Hebrew Bible.

40 chapters comprise BBH with each chapter broken into sections for grammar, vocabulary, and practice. Practice sections cover both new material as well as reviewing previous content. The back of the grammar contains a Hebrew-to-English vocabulary list, an answer key, and morphology charts for the verb.

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If you have the Theological Journal Library in Accordance, you can read Andrew J. Schmutzer’s review of Beginning Biblical Hebrew in the December 2004 issue of The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. For a limited time Accordance users can purchase Futato’s Hebrew grammar at introductory discounted pricing.

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Aug 9, 2019 David Lang

Which is Easier to Learn? Greek or Hebrew?

 

Hebrew vs. Greek

 

I did not originally intend to study Greek and Hebrew in college. I planned to go on to seminary, and I figured I would study the original languages there. But when the professors with whom I tended to argue dismissed my arguments out of hand because I did not know the languages, I thought, “Okay, I’ll go ahead and study Greek and Hebrew now.” Little did I know what I was getting myself into!

My university Religion department offered biblical Hebrew courses, but there were no courses in biblical Greek. My only option was to take classical Greek from the Classics department. Had I known how much more complex classical Greek is, I might have thought twice, but I was blissfully ignorant and brimming with unwarranted confidence.

Since I was already a junior, I had no time to stagger the courses. I dove into classical Greek and biblical Hebrew at the same time. I honestly enjoyed learning both languages, but in my experience, Hebrew was much easier than Greek.

When I got to seminary, I was surprised to discover that everyone there took the opposite view. Hard as it was, Greek was widely regarded as tolerable, but Hebrew seemed to be the bane of every seminarian’s existence. I thought they were all crazy.

So which language really is easier to learn? Is it Greek? Or is it Hebrew? Below, I’ll give you three reasons it could be argued that Hebrew is the easier language, followed by three reasons Greek could be seen as easier.

3 Reasons Hebrew is Easier than Greek

1. Hebrew has FAR Fewer Forms to Learn. Hebrew, like Greek, is an inflected language in which words assume various forms depending on their function in a sentence. However, where Greek seems to have form after form with different endings, augments, etc., Hebrew has far fewer forms to learn. I remember learning the Hebrew noun endings (sus, susah, susim, susot, etc.) in a single class. Try doing that with Greek nouns!

2. Hebrew has a Comparatively Small Vocabulary. Ancient Hebrew had far fewer words than ancient Greek and a tiny fraction of the words in modern English. Many Hebrew vocabulary words have several possible meanings depending on the context, so the vocabulary you learn tends to get repeated over and over again. For example, the word rosh means “head,” but it can refer to a physical head, a chief or ruler, the top of something, the start of something, and so on. It’s like getting half a dozen vocabulary words for the price of memorizing one!

Meanwhile, Greek seems to have at least three or four different words for everything! Quick, what’s the Greek word for “love”?

I rest my case.

3. Hebrew Sentences are Relatively Simple. Hebrew sentences tend to be short and fairly straightforward. Subordinate clauses and other syntactical complexities are quite rare, and word order is relatively predictable. Grasp that the verb typically comes before its subject and you’re in pretty good shape.

When I learned classical Greek, the order in which words were placed was so flexible it seemed almost random, and when I looked at my professors in bewilderment over why a sentence would seem so hopelessly jumbled, I would always get the same answer: “For emphasis!”

Whatever.

3 Reasons Greek is Easier than Hebrew

1. Greek is Less Foreign. Like English, Greek is read from left to right. Many Greek letters are identical, or at least recognizably similar, to their English counterparts. We may even know some of the other letters from mathematics, college fraternity and sorority names, etc. Whether you learn Erasmian or modern Greek pronunciation, the sounds of the Greek language tend to come more naturally to English speakers than Hebrew with all its gutturals. And even though Greek uses a few more letters than English to represent vowel sounds, at least they look like letters. Hebrew vowels look like Braille or Morse code! And when you complain about it to a Hebrew speaker, they only say, “Aw, you don’t need them anyway!”

Oy vey!

2. Greek Vocabulary is More Familiar. Although I was initially bewildered that my seminary colleagues found Greek easier than Hebrew, I soon realized that their experience of the languages was quite different than mine. First, they were learning biblical Greek, which is much simpler than the classical Greek I studied in college. Second, they were already familiar with much of the vocabulary they were learning. Many of these guys had grown up hearing their pastors use words like ekklesia, apostolos, baptizo, agapé, and the like. So many churchy words and theological terms are merely transliterations of Greek words, that seminary students are largely re-learning vocabulary they’ve already been exposed to. Have them learn words like kubernetes or Lakedaimonian and then tell me Greek is easier!

3. Biblical Greek is not THAT Complicated. Read Luke or Hebrews, and you’ll get a taste of the seemingly random word order and strings of participial phrases so common in classical Greek. Yet seminary Greek courses rarely venture into Luke or Hebrews until the third or fourth semester. For your first two semesters, you’re getting nice, simple sentences from John, Mark, Matthew, and the Johannine epistles. In those portions of the Bible, the sentence structure is often very similar to English.

And don’t even get me started on the optative. I had to learn to parse the optative mood, since classical Greek writers actually used it. My seminary counterparts learned the meaning of me genoito (the “May it never be!” Paul repeats throughout Romans) and checked off that they had learned the optative!

But hey, I’m not bitter.


So which language do you think is easier to learn? If you’ve studied Greek and Hebrew, do my reasons for preferring one to the other jibe with your own experience, or do you have others to add? Let us know in the comments.

We have a poll on this forum post, so please feel free to add your vote or comments over there.

If you’re getting ready to take your first Greek or Hebrew course, be encouraged. As much as I joke about the challenges of learning these languages, I absolutely loved studying them both, and using Accordance has helped me retain much of what I learned. Our current sale on Greek and Hebrew grammars should help you get off on the right foot, and pretty soon, you’ll find yourself at the rosh of the class!

 

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Based on their German-language counterparts, the Theological Dictionaries of the Old and New Testaments provide some of the most in-depth articles available on the Hebrew and Greek words of the Bible. They're described as theological because the writers explore the meaning of these words as they developed and as they are used not only in in the Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament but also in the context of ancient documents outside the Bible. In addition to scholars and students, the TDOT/TDNT is accessible to ministry professionals who may have some knowledge of the languages, but who could use a little transliteration and a less technical presentation.

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Aug 2, 2019 David Lang

Why so many Greek and Hebrew Lexicons?

Ever wonder why there are so many Greek and Hebrew lexicons? I mean, how many resources do we need to tell us what a given Greek or Hebrew word means?

We tend to think of lexicons as objective references telling us what words mean with scientific precision, but lexicons can be created for different purposes, by different authors, writing at different times, for different audiences. They can be organized in different ways, driven by different theories of how languages work, or focused on different tasks. Different approaches have their strengths and their weaknesses, so it's important to consider what you want out of a lexicon before you commit your hard-earned dollars to purchasing one.

On the odd chance that the coming week might be a really good time to purchase Greek and Hebrew lexicons (hint, hint), here are a few things to consider when choosing a good lexicon:

1. Its coverage. Does a given lexicon actually define all the words you might want to look up? For biblical studies, the recognized standards are BDAG for Greek and HALOT for Hebrew. BDAG defines every word in the Greek New Testament, and HALOT does the same for the Hebrew Bible. But what if you occasionally need to look up words in the Greek Septuagint, rabbinic Hebrew, or even the History of Herodotus? Those bodies of literature are not covered by BDAG and HALOT, so you would want to consider lexicons with a broader coverage, such as the unabridged Liddell & Scott (LSJ) for classical Greek, LEH for the Greek Septuagint, or the Dictionary of Classical Hebrew (DCH) for extra-biblical Hebrew.

Looking for Lakedaimonians? You won’t find it in BDAG!

On the other end of the spectrum, many theological lexicons only cover the theologically significant words in the Hebrew Bible or Greek New Testament. Their coverage is not as broad as BDAG and HALOT, and certainly much narrower than LSJ and DCH, but what they lack in breadth they usually make up for in depth.

2. Its accessibility. Some lexicons are aimed at readers who are fairly strong in the languages, with lots of Greek or Hebrew text which is not transliterated. Such lexicons may also be quite dense, meaning that the information is given in a very concise, highly abbreviated form which may not be easily understandable to non-academics. Other lexicons, such as TDNT and TDOT, are more accessible to people like ministry professionals who may have some knowledge of the languages, but who could use a little transliteration and a less technical presentation.

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3. Its emphasis. BDAG and HALOT are the scholarly standards in part because they seek to give the meanings of words with as little embellishment and opinion as possible (though no lexicon is completely without them). Theological lexicons like TDNT and TDOT actually delve into theological questions and controversies. Lexicons like Louw & Nida emphasize the importance of word usage by organizing words into semantic domains, while offering very little etymological information. Older lexicons like BDB Complete contain a wealth of etymological info. These lexicons’ differing emphases affect how the entries are laid out and the kind of information they provide.


When shopping for lexicons, make sure you know their coverage, accessibility, and emphases. Most people start with BDAG and HALOT because they cover all the words in the Greek New Testament and Hebrew Bible and they are the current scholarly standards. On the other hand, they’re fairly dense and not really aimed at those who need a little hand-holding when it comes to Greek and Hebrew. For something more accessible, TDNT and TDOT are great options which contain a wealth of information. Just be aware that they don’t cover every word of the biblical texts. Finally, if you need even broader coverage, consider adding LSJ and DCH.

Although there are dozens of Greek and Hebrew lexicons available in Accordance, no one needs that many. Two or three lexicons with varying coverage and emphases are usually sufficient, and you want to make sure at least one of those offers the accessibility you need.

As I hinted above, you may find this information particularly helpful next week!