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Feb 22, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

25 Years Filled with Thankfulness

25th Anniversary Logo 25 Years Filled with Thankfulness!

§  First and foremost, we are thankful to God for his many blessings and for letting Accordance bless others for 25 plus years!

§  Second, we are thankful to you our Accordance family for your continual loyalty, support, and encouragement. Thanks to you, we have continued to exist and serve you! We are so grateful that you are our wonderful ambassadors helping Accordance to be better known by people who delight in the study of the Scriptures. You don’t know how much we appreciate it when we get a note from users who expresses the joy, excitement, and fulfilment they now find in studies--and all because someone introduced them to Accordance!

§  Third, we are thankful for the partnerships with the many outstanding publishers who continually produce new and great resources for all types of biblical interests!


Truly grateful and thankful!

Accordance Staff


Feb 21, 2019 Richard Mansfield

The 25 Most Important Events in Accordance's 25-Year History

25th Anniversary Logo This week, we officially kicked off our Accordance 25th Anniversary Celebration. It's hard to believe that it's been a quarter of a century since Accordance 1.0 was released on floppy disks! Back then, Accordance was only available for Macintosh computers. Now, in addition to macOS, Accordance can be used on macOS, Windows, Android and iOS. We have lots of exciting news to announce in 2019, our 25th year, but first let's take a look back at some of the pivotal events since 1994.

(1) February 1994: In cooperation with the Gramcord Institute, Accordance 1.0 released exclusively for the Macintosh on multiple 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy disks. The relationship with the Gramcord Institute would continue until December 31, 2003.

Accordance 1.1 flyer


(2) May 1996: Accordance 2.0 adds the ability to use lexicons, commentaries, and other secondary resources, add user notes to biblical texts; and compare parallel passages such as Kings/Chronicles or the Synoptic Gospels.

Classic Accordance 1

(3) October 1996: Accordance begins release on CD-ROMs in addition to floppy disks.

CD cover


(4) November 1997: Accordance 3.0 adds support for pictures, search all features, and diagramming tools.

Accordance 3


(5) July 1998: Release of the Accordance Bible Atlas.

Accordance Atlas 1.0 cover


(6) April 1999: Partnership with Zondervan--Accordance-compatible CDs from Zondervan with the NIV Study Bible Basic Library and Expositor’s Bible Commentary for Macintosh.

EBC 1997


(7) July 1999: Release of Accordance 4.0 adds tagged texts with Strong’s Key Numbers, integration between the key number texts and dictionaries, the ability to search original languages for exact accented and vowel forms.

Accordance 4


(8) July 2001: Accordance 5.0 is released bringing color highlighting, User Tools, and floating icon palettes instead of text buttons.

(9) December 2001: Accordance 5.2 runs native under Mac OS X.

Accordance 5.x OS X


(10) November 2003: Accordance 6 delivers the first major redesign of Accordance and adds organization of work by tabs. Accordance is also localized to Spanish.

Accordance 6


(11) March 2004: Holman Christian Standard Bible released in print--the first translation project to use a Bible software program (Accordance!) throughout to create and revise the translation at each step in its production.

HCSB committee

Above: members of the HCSB translation team using Accordance.


(12) May 2006: Accordance 7.0 adds the contextual (right-click) menu and support for the Dead Sea Scrolls, Syriac, Uncial manuscripts and Aramaic texts.

Dead Sea Scrolls CD insert


(13) May 2008: Accordance 8.0 introduces a universal binary that allows the program to run on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.

Accordance 8


(14) April 2009: Dr. Timothy Jenney (“Dr. J”) begins the Lighting the Lamp video podcast. 10 years later, there are nearly 200 installments.

Lighting the Lamp


(15) September 2010: With the release of Accordance 9.0, Easy Install eliminates the need for physical media for new and updated content. This release also brought syntax and interlinear features as well as Unicode Bibles, expanding the range of languages that could be offered in Accordance.



(16) January 2011: “Bible Study with Accordance” (AKA Accordance Mobile for iOS) 1.0 is released for iOS.



(17) June 2012: The integrated Accordance Help System receives an Award of Excellence from the International Society of Technical Communication. A regional STC award was presented in February of 2012.

Acc 9 Help


(18) August 2012. Accordance 10 completely updates the interface into one integrated workspace.

10 Unified Window


(19) September 2013: Accordance is released for Windows.

Accordance for Windows Carousel


(20) October 2014. Accordance 11 adds the Info Pane, new Library structure, and the much more capable Research tab replaces Search All.


(21) November 2014: Accordance becomes the first Bible software program to use phrase tagging instead of less-accurate single-tagged key number texts. The first Bible version released with phrase tagging was the New International Version. Mounce’s New Testament and the German Leonberger Bibel are also available with phrase tagging.


(22) March 2015: Accordance Mobile 2.0 for iOS releases with support for larger phone sizes, better text selection, social sharing of content, dated devotional readings, and more.


(23) November 2016: Accordance 12.0 adds new document and research features: Papers and Stacks, new analytics features, and support for ETCBC (formerly WIVU) Hebrew syntax.


(24) February 2018: Accordance Mobile for Android 1.0 is released.

AM Android 1.1 Samsung NA28 ICC Andy


(25) Summer 2018: In response to requests from orphaned BibleWorks users, Accordance developers add many BibleWorks-inspired features such as Live Click, Text Browser, BibleWorks notes import, and special Crossover upgrades specifically for BibleWorks users.

Narrowing our list to the 25 most significant events was incredibly difficult. I made a much longer list, and had to cut it down to the 25 you see above. Perhaps I'll post an "Honorable Mentions" list soon.

But did I miss anything? What did you expect to see on our list of 25 Significant Accordance Events over the last 25 years that's not above? Let me know in the comments.






  1. July 2001: Accordance 5.0 is released bringing color highlighting, User Tools, and floating icon palettes instead of text buttons.
  2. October 2002: Accordance 5.6 runs native under Mac OS X.
  3. November 2003: Accordance 6 delivers the first major redesign of Accordance and adds organization of work by tabs.
  4. March 2004: Holman Christian Standard Bible released in print--the first translation project to use a Bible software program (Accordance!) throughout to create and revise the translation at each step in its production.


Feb 19, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Let the 25th-Year Celebration Begin


Innovating in digital study of the Bible since 1994, Accordance Bible Software has been the premier choice for laypersons, students, pastors, and scholars for 25 years. As we reach our silver anniversary, we're not slowing down one bit. In fact, we feel like we've just got started; and no doubt, 2019 will easily shape up to be our most significant year yet. The Accordance team is unparalleled in experience and skills that are second only to you, our incredible customers. Our 25th Anniversary celebration will last all year long, but we want to kick things off by thanking you for your loyalty and enthusiasm with a coupon for 25% off your entire order. Get out your wish list and throw that commentary series, bundle, and Collection upgrade you've been eyeing into the cart. Take 25% off all of it on us. The party's just getting started!

This offer is good through Monday, February 25, 2019 (11:59 PM EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Let the 25th-Year Celebration Begin!

25% Off Storewide Coupon!

Celebrate with us! It's time for you to decide whatever Accordance titles you need (or want!)—and put them on sale to celebrate! For one week, use coupon code 25-All to take 25% off your entire order—no matter how many items you've added to your shopping cart!




Use coupon code 25-All at checkout to get 25% off your entire order! The code can be used multiple times and can be applied to any items including Custom Upgrades, but cannot be combined with any other offers. Remember, this offer is for one week only and will expire Monday, Feb. 25, 2019; so, get anything you want or need and save! You can even put the order on our Payment Plan for up to 12 months.

This coupon does have special conditions:

  • This coupon can be used multiple times and applies to the entire order.
  • No additional discounts apply.
  • Cannot be combined with any other offers (cannot be applied towards current sale items).
  • The coupon cannot be applied retroactively; it is for new purchases only.
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Feb 14, 2019 Richard Mansfield

Tell Us Your "Accordance 25" Story!

Accordance 1.0 floppies 2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of Accordance Bible Software v. 1.0! Way back in 1994, the very first version of Accordance was released to the world. We’re taking the whole year to celebrate, and we’d like you to join us!

We’d like to hear the details of your “Accordance 25 Story.” Whether you started using Accordance 25 years ago, 25 days ago, or somewhere in between, we’d like to hear your “Accordance 25 Story.” Write what you like, but here are some starter prompts: When did you first discover Accordance, and why did you begin using it? How has it made a difference in your work, study, faith?

We can’t promise to use everyone’s "Accordance 25" submission, but if we use yours on our blog, newsletter, or in social media, we’ll give you a $25 credit on your next order!

Send your story and—if you have them—any photos from training seminars or other Accordance events to [email protected]. We're looking for about 3 to 5 paragraphs that might be suitable for a blog post.

We’re so glad we’re a part of your story. 25 years have gone by really quickly. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Accordance in the next 25 years!


Updated on February 15, 2019, to specify desired length of submission.



Feb 5, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

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Expositor's Bible Commentary (Revised) (13 Volumes)

Relaunched in 2006, the fully revised EBC features 30 new contributors and more than 60% brand new content. It includes new and revised commentary by leading scholars, including D. A. Carson, Walter C. Kaiser, Andreas Köstenberger, Mark L. Strauss, and more. Solidly evangelical in viewpoint, the new EBC is substantially updated in its discussion of theological and critical issues.

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Feb 4, 2019 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Holman Illustrated Study Bible

Holman Illustrated Study Bible Cover Some of the shepherds of the faithful, however, have too often closeted themselves in dim libraries, speculating about the redaction of texts and raising questions about the believability of the gospel stories. Only recently, with renewed attention to the physical remnants of first-century Palestine and the evidence of Jewish religion of that period, has the withering “quest for the historical Jesus” been abandoned, and a new flowering of “Jesus studies”—exploring culture, language, and place—begun.

In gray winters of the Teutonic North, the form of Jesus fades and blends with the mythical shades of Balder and Siegfried. But in the sunlight of Palestine, the rocks speak forth their echoes, and the Jesus of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wears flesh again.

David Neff, Christianity Today, October 22, 1990 (quoted in the introduction to the Holman Illustrated Study Bible).

I’ve often suggested that study Bibles make great “first stops” for study and research before moving on to more detailed commentaries and reference works. This is especially true for a very specialized study Bible such as the Holman Illustrated Study Bible (HISB), released today for Accordance Bible Software. Teachers and preachers will especially appreciate the HISB, not only for its wealth of backgrounds information on the land and culture of Bible times, but also for the hundreds of photos and charts that can be used in teaching and preaching contexts.

Holman Illustrated Study Bible - Windows

Essentially, the notes and extras in the HISB focus on geographical, historical, and cultural contexts of the writings in the Bible. Understanding these surrounding contexts helps someone understand the message of the Bible itself. As stated in the introduction, the HISB “contains a wealth of images that help the student of the Bible gain a sense of the settings in which God placed His people, into which He came to live as a man, and across which the message of the Good News was delivered by the apostles.”

Much of the content for the HISB comes from previous articles in Biblical Illustrator Magazine. I’ve subscribed to this magazine for decades and have even created a personal database to keep track of articles touching on various passages of Scripture. Therefore, on a personal level, I’m thrilled to have this resource with their great content that can be placed in parallel with any Bible text or translation.

HISB - iPhone XS

What’s in the HISB? These study Bible notes contain the following features:

  • Detailed introductions to help you understande the context and background of the book. Each introduction includes a key text, key term, and one-sentence summary. “God’s Message in the Book” lays out Purpose, Christian Worldview Elements, Teachings about God, Teachings about Humanity, and Teachings about Salvation. Every book of both the Old and New Testaments include a section in the introduction titled, “Christ in [book name]” that explores Christology throughout the particular book. Thematic threads throughout the Bible are explored in the “God’s Story” section, demonstrating how the particular book of the Bible fits in with the rest of Scripture. The “Original Historical Setting” focuses on traditional introductory elements like author, date of writing, original audience, and occasion. “Literary Features” explores genre, literary styles, themes, and structure.

  • Over 700 full-color photos. These beautiful, engaging photos will liven up any sermon or lesson from a biblical passage.

  • Approximately 200 charts, maps, illustrations and reconstructions. Many of the maps are the same high-quality images found in the recently-released Holman Bible Atlas, a personal favorite of mine for use in teaching settings.

  • A comprehensive overview of the Intertestamental Period. The 400 years between the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament were extremely eventful. In fact, it’s impossible to fully understand the events of the New Testament without understanding the History of this period between the Testaments. This section of the HISB is just as detailed and colorfully illustrated with images, charts, and maps as the content illustrating the Old and New Testaments.

  • Holman Illustrated Study Bible - Android Extensive appendix sections.

  • Millennial perspectives on Revelation (chart)
  • Prophecies of Jesus' Second Coming (chart)
  • Expansion of Christianity (map)
  • Ancient Versions of Biblical Text (chart)
  • The Hebrew Canon of the Old Testament (chart)
  • Comparison Lists of Old Testament Books (chart)
  • The Apocrypha (chart)
  • Stages of Development of the New Testament Canon (chart)
  • Table of Weights and Measures (chart)

The print edition of the Holman Illustrated Study Bible originally paired this study content with the Holman Christian Standard Bible (not included). However, Accordance users can place the HISB in parallel with any biblical text and translation of their choosing. The HISB is no longer in print but highly sought after by those who are familiar with it. No doubt, the Accordance edition will extend its value for ages to come.

Holman Illustrated Study Bible Notes
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Jan 30, 2019 Timothy Jenney

Quick Demo of Accordance (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #179)



This quick demo covers the basic features of Accordance for those studying the Bible in translation (typically in English). Accordance has added a number of additional features since the original Accordance 12 demo, including the Text Browser and Live Click. This updated demo includes those features.

Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!


Jan 21, 2019 Richard Mansfield

New! Handbooks for Old & New Testament Exegesis (Kregel)

Today we are releasing two new series from Kregel Academic for the Accordance Bible Software Library: Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis (6 volumes) and Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis (3 volumes). This series is complete with the exception of a remaining volume on the Gospels and Acts to be released at a future date. Accordance users may purchase these volumes in OT and NT sets, as well as individual volumes.

These volumes grew out of the conviction that the same exegetical tools for one part of the Bible cannot always be applied to the whole. Often the literary genre of a particular book has been ignored, and this neglect has led to misunderstanding and even error.

Exegetical Handbooks - macOS

The Old Testament volumes are divided among the following genres: Pentateuch, Historical, Psalms, Wisdom, Prophetic, and Apocalyptic. As stated in the series preface, each volume is built around the same six-chapter structure as follows:

  1. The Nature of the Genres

  2. Viewing the Whole

  3. Preparing for Interpretation

  4. Interpreting the Text

  5. Proclaiming the Text

  6. Putting It All Together

Likewise, the currently completed volumes of the New Testament series are divided by the themes of Pauline letter, General letters, and Revelation and Apocalyptic. The New Testament volumes feature the following common elements:

  1. The nature of the literary genre (including important subgenres)

  2. The background of the books (historical setting)

  3. The major themes of the books

  4. Preparing to interpret the books (textual criticism, translation)

  5. Interpreting passages in the context of their genre

  6. Communicating passages in the context of their genre

  7. From exegesis to exposition (two step-by-step examples)

  8. A list of selected resources and a glossary of technical terms

Both series are designed with seminary and graduate-level students in mind who have completed at least one year of the respective Hebrew or Greek language classes. However, all use of original language content in the series is accompanied by English translations. Thus, both series are accessible even by those who have not had the opportunity to study biblical languages.

If you have journals in your Accordance Library, you may want to get more in-depth opinions of a couple of volumes in the series at the links below.

Interpreting the Historical Books by Robert Chisholm Jr.

Interpreting the Psalms by Mark Futato


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Jan 21, 2019 Richard Mansfield

New! Decker's Koine Greek Reader

Koine Greek Reader with Koine (from the Greek κοινός) refers to the style of ancient Greek in the late Hellenistic period. Koine is most often associated with the kind of Greek language found in the New Testament, but it also can characterize a wider body of literature including the Septuagint (LXX) and Early Church writings, among others.

A little over three years ago, we released Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook by Rod Decker (see also our "Closer Look" at this title). This had been a posthumous release after Decker’s untimely passing a year or so earlier. Rod Decker was not only a beloved Greek professor and New Testament scholar, he was also a passionate Accordance user. His grammar, Reading Koine Greek, a resource enhanced with audio in Accordance, remains a favorite tool among Accordance users for learning and reviewing New Testament Greek.

Now, as a companion to Reading Koine Greek, we are thrilled to release Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers for the Accordance Bible Software Library. The latter category of selections includes content from the Apostolic Fathers and early creeds of the church (Nicene, Nicene-Constantinopolitan, Chalcedonian, and Apostles).

Click/tap any of the images below for a larger view of the Koine Greek Reader.

Koine Greek Reader - Psalms

Reading Koine Greek assumes at least one year of New Testament Greek study. Although not designed necessarily for advanced students, I would agree with Decker’s statement in the introduction that those with much mastery of Koine Greek “might find it useful for casual reading.” This resource can be used for personal study or in the classroom over two semesters. With 23 separate readings in all, the New Testament portion could be use by itself in one semester with the remaining readings studied in a second semester.

To give you a feel for what each section covers, here is an outline of chapter 7, which features a study of 1 Peter 5:1-14.

Grammar Review: Infinitives
In addition to a grammar lesson, each review also includes a “Recommended Reading” section of content from popular Greek grammars. When a grammar referred to here is available in Accordance, it is hyperlinked for quick access.

KGR - Grammar Review

Forms Review: Infinitive Endings
Forms are always arranged in a chart for quick review or even printing/exporting for later study.

KGR - Forms Review

Vocabulary Notes

Vocabulary to Learn (25-49x)
Previous words found in this passage
Additional New Vocabulary to Learn
Vocabulary for Reference (24x or fewer)
If you’re familiar with a “Reader’s Greek New Testament,” the list of words here function much the same as the list of words immediately below the text in these kinds of resources.

KGR - Vocab

1 Peter 5
This section includes the Greek text itself, preceded by a brief introduction. The text is presented verse by verse. Underneath each verse the reader will find explanations similar in nature to those found in some of our Greek exegetical resources.

KGR - 1 Peter 5

Supplemental Reading: 2 Peter 1:1-11 with HCSB
An additional reading appears here with the Greek text in one column and the HCSB (several different translations are used throughout the reader) in the other column.

KGR - Supplemental Reading

That is, the footnotes for the section.

With the amount of content as described above, I can easily see how this book could be used for a year’s study in the classroom. There are also eight appendices of further helps for learning and maintaining one’s mastery of Koine Greek.

For sake of greater context, some Accordance users may want to place a selection in the Koine Greek Reader in parallel with a complete original language text, even though the Greek text for each selection is included in the Reader itself. To facilitate this kind of use, the Koine Greek Reader will appear in your Accordance Library under two entries: “Decker’s Koine Reader (NT & LXX)” and “Decker’s Koine Reader (Apostolic).” The content of the two modules is completely identical. For parallel use, open your Greek text first, and then add the appropriate Koine Greek Reader in a parallel pane.

KGR - LXX Gen iPad



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Jan 11, 2019 Ryan Mudge

Writing Seminary Exegesis Papers with Accordance

One of the most important tasks for a seminary student to learn is to learn how to exegete the Bible, especially in the original Greek and Hebrew. Few things are more important for those in training for ministry than to know how to rightly interpret the Scriptures. I had the responsibility of writing an exegetical paper on 2 Corinthians 5:11-15 for my Greek Exegesis class this past semester.

Part of what made the task a joy instead of a burden was using Accordance for researching and writing the paper. I couldn’t imagine doing this work without having such a powerful tool at my side (or I should say on my desk!). For the paper I had to provide my own Greek translation of the verses, identify and explain important Greek words, include helpful information from Bible dictionaries and commentaries, and then finally explain the meaning of the passage as a whole.

One of my initial steps was to read through the passage and surrounding context, multiple times in both the original Greek, but also multiple English translations. This gives the feel of the passage as well as the essential literary context. Of course, with Accordance I could look at multiple versions of the Bible at once, and hovering over a word would cross-highlight that word in my tagged texts. I also had immediate lexical information with the Instant Details window at the bottom of my screen.

Mudge - Parallel Texts

Next I wanted to create other Workspaces for different aspects of my paper. My second Workspace was for the purpose of looking directly at the Greek text, especially for text-critical and lexical work. Alongside the UBS5 Greek text, I opened in parallel the ESV Bible, UBS Apparatus, Omanson’s Textual Guide, and the Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament. This allowed me to take a quick look at any relevant text critical issues with the apparatus and textual guide, as well as a basic help in translation with the Greek NT Key. They all scrolled in parallel with my Greek text, and included hyperlinks for abbreviations.

Mudge - Greek Text

Hovering over the abbreviations in any of these tools gave me definitions of the terms in the Instant Details, which was incredibly helpful for understanding the UBS5 apparatus.

Mudge - Apparatus

In the separate zone to the right, I had my trustworthy Greek lexicons, including BDAG and NIDNTTE. These are essential tools for finding the semantic range of a word. Triple-clicking on a Greek word opened BDAG, and I also had Accordance set (in my Amplify Preferences) to search for the verse reference along with the word in my lexicon. This allowed me to use the Hit arrows at the bottom of the pane to have instant access to the most likely use of this word in the verse I was studying. What a huge time saver while doing lexical studies!

Mudge - Lexicons

Using Accordance’s lightning fast searching, I was able to see how Paul uses particular words or word groups in his writings, such as φανερόω in this case.

Mudge - Analysis

Next, after doing the important grammatical work and forming my own interpretation of the text, I needed to consult commentaries to gather additional information and other interpretative factors. I created one more workspace for this role, which would include both background and exegetical commentaries.

Mudge tied zones

The left side of my workspace included the IVP-NT Background Commentary and the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary for key historical and cultural background information. The right side included my important exegetical commentaries, with all their tabs tiedto the ESV, so they would follow along as I went verse-by-verse.

Mudge - Bibliography

Finally, as I started to write the paper in my word processor, I had the benefit of copying and pasting from Accordance. Not only could I directly transfer the Greek text itself, but I could also quickly quote from my commentaries and dictionaries. In my Accordance Preferences under Bibliography, I set the Format to "Turabian Footnote" and checked "Insert Citation as Footnote." This meant that as I was writing my paper and quoting from various resources, the footnotes automatically were added at the bottom of the page. What a huge time saver for this busy seminary student!

Mudge - footnotes

I can’t imagine doing all this work without having Accordance. It provided me with the essential grammatical, historical, and theological tools, but more importantly allowed me to do my own research. All of this was added to writing my paper in the most efficient and accurate way possible. Not only that, but Accordance helped make writing a joy! I’m already looking forward to using Accordance to write a Hebrew exegesis paper next semester!

Ryan Mudge is the Asia Representative for Accordance, serving and assisting Accordance users and schools throughout Asia.