Accordance Blog
Mar 18, 2018 Timothy Jenney

Accordance's Web Browser (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #161)

Accordance’s internal web browser adds new dimensions to our workflow. In this podcast, Dr. J sketches some of the ways we can use it to enhance our Bible study, connect with colleagues, and access online resources for students, ministers, and professors.

Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp podcast!


Mar 17, 2018 Richard Mansfield

FREE! St. Patrick of Ireland

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Accordance Bible Software!

St Patrick icon Move past the parades and the frivolity to discover the truth behind the day and the man. This weekend only, add St. Patrick of Ireland to your Accordance Library for FREE!

St. Patrick was a Christian missionary and Bishop in Ireland in the 5th century.  This module contains two works about St. Patrick and two works by St. Patrick.

  • Biographical Sketch of St. Patrick
    By David Lang
  • Biography of St. Patrick
    Excerpted from History of the Scottish Nation
    By J. A. Wylie
  • Confession of St. Patrick
    Translated from the Latin by Ludwig Bieler
  • The Shield of St. Patrick
    A prayer attributed to St. Patrick

    Paraphrased by Cecil Frances Alexander

Previously, the St. Patrick of Ireland module for Accordance was only Included a part of our Classic II Group, and now individually available for $9.90. Add this title to your Accordance Library for free for this weekend only.

St. Patrick of Ireland
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FREE for St.Patrick’s Day through 11.59 PM EDT on March 18, 2018. No credit is given towards a later purchase which includes the module.


Mar 16, 2018 Richard Mansfield

Don't Miss Savings on WJK’s Old & New Testament Libraries


Only a few days remain to save up to 60% off the regular price when purchasing the complete 68-volume Old Testament Library (OTL) & New Testament Library (NTL) from Westminster John Knox Press! The OTL/NTL includes both commentaries and related topical studies of theology, history, and ethics. The scope and breadth of this series results in a complete biblical studies library just by itself!

Be certain to check out our current March Gladness Sale for discounts on the whole series or smaller sets. And if you only want to pick up individual volumes, use coupon code OTNT318 at checkout to save 40% on each title.

Want more information about the OTL/NTL? Check out these pages:

Do you happen to have any journals in your Accordance Library? If so, check out some of these reviews of the individual volumes of the OTL and NTL. Click on the OTL/NTL title to go to the product page in the Accordance Store; click on the journal title to open the journal to the specific review for the OTL/NTL volume.

Exodus (Childs)

Leviticus (Gerstenberger)

Joshua (Nelson)

Judges (Soggin)

Judges (Niditch)

Ruth (Nielsen)

1 & 2 Samuel (Hertzberg)

1 & 2 Kings (Sweeney)

1 & 2 Chronicles (Japhet)

Ezra-Nehemiah (Blenkinsopp)

Esther (Levenson)

Job (Habel)

Proverbs (Clifford)

Ecclesiastes (Crenshaw)

Song of Songs (Exum)

Isaiah (Childs)

Jeremiah (Allen)

Lamentations (Berlin)

Ezekiel (Eichrodt)

Hosea (Mays)

Amos (Mays)

Joel & Obadiah (Barton)

Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (Roberts)

Haggai and Zechariah 1-8 (Petersen)

A History of Israelite Religion in the Old Testament Period; Vol. I: From the Beginnings to the End of the Monarchy, and Vol. II: From the Exile to the Maccabees (Albertz)

Jewish Wisdom in the Hellenistic Age (Collins)

2 Corinthians (Matera)

Galatians (de Boer)

Colossians (Sumney)

1 & 2 Timothy and Titus (Collins)

Hebrews (Johnson)

1 & 2 Peter and Jude (Donelson)

1, 2 & 3 John (Lieu)


Mar 15, 2018 Richard Mansfield

A Closer Look at Omanson’s A Textual Guide to the Greek New Testament

Omanson Textual Guide cover (larger) I’ve written before about taking a class in textual criticism under John Polhill, back in the 90s. I knew nothing about the subject beforehand, but the class stands out as one of the favorite of my MDiv studies. One of our textbooks was A Textual Commentary of the Greek New Testament by the late Bruce M. Metzger. This work, a running commentary of the textual variants chosen by the editorial committee of the United Bible Societies’ Greek New Testament, still remains a standard work to this day.

Twelve years later after the second edition of Metzger’s Textual Commentary, Roger L. Omanson, on behalf of the United Bible Societies, published A Textual Guide to the Greek New Testament: An Adaptation of Bruce M. Metzger’s Textual Commentary for the Needs of Translators. Omanson’s work was made available for the Accordance Bible Software Library earlier this week.

Why was Omanson’s work necessary, and who would benefit from having it in addition to Metzger’s commentary? Many may not realize that Bible translators—especially those engaged in new translations in non-English languages—often do not have formal training in textual criticism. The textual apparatus at the bottom of a print Greek New Testament can sometimes be an intimidating reference for the uninitiated. In fact, although the editors of the United Bible Societies (UBS) and Nestle-Aland (NA) Greek New Testaments long ago standardized the content of the New Testament text itself, the apparatus of the UBS Greek NT was specifically developed as a less-complex resource than its NA counterpart for the needs of translators and beginning NT Greek students.

Interestingly enough, Metzger’s original commentary was “designed to assist translators and students who may not have available an extensive library” (preface to the first edition), but for some, Metzger’s commentary has remained too challenging. Omanson’s Textual Guide attempts to bridge Metzger’s work to any translator or interested party who does not have the time or resources to study textual criticism in depth.

In the preface, Omanson writes, “The notes are not intended to replace Metzger’s original notes, but merely to simplify and expand them.” Perhaps Omanson was being charitable here because I’m certain that many would simply use his Guide to the neglect of Metzger’s earlier work. Ideally, though, Metzger’s Textual Commentary and Omanson’s Textual Guide should be used side by side.

Metzger and Omanson

One can easily see in the above example the difference between Metzger (bottom left) and Omanson (bottom right). Note that Omanson always includes a gloss for the Greek phrase in question, the notes are more concise and easier to follow, and Omanson does not refer to the manuscript designations as often as Metzger since they are in the apparatus anyway.

Anyone who reads Omanson’s Textual Guide will still need to have a basic understanding of textual criticism--including basic terminology; an understanding of the UBS ranking system of variants along the A, B, C, D scale; and at least a moderate understanding of NT Greek. Fortunately, there’s a crash course in textual criticism, including terminology, in the introductory materials of the book. And since Omanson is aiming for translators, he also occasionally interacts with major translations of the Bible to offer examples of how a text can be translated or to point to which variant a particular translation may have followed.

Roger Omanson’s Textual Guide to the Greek New Testament is available by itself, but the best value can be found by obtaining it as part of the new Stuttgart Scholarly Add-on from the German Bible Society.

Translators and students will find Omanson’s Guide helpful, but so will anyone interested in textual criticism. If textual criticism is new to you, the explanations at the beginning of Omanson’s book will be extremely helpful. And for the uninitiated, I might also point to Philip Comfort’s New Testament Text & Translation Commentary which interacts more with translations of the Bible than even Omanson does. And if you have never studied biblical languages, I would point to the notes in the New English Translation (NET) of the Bible, which is a great “first stop” for textual issues on a fairly non-technical level.


Mar 13, 2018 Accordance Bible Software

March Gladness

March Gladness

We would like to shine a little bit of March Gladness into the month’s madness with some incredible specials on original language bundles and the Old & New Testament Library from Westminster/John Knox. First up, in response to user requests, we have a brand new Stuttgart Scholarly Bundle at a low introductory price. This bundle contains Omanson’s Textual Guide to the Greek New Testament, new this week for the Accordance Library. And if you want to take your biblical languages to the next level, we have deep cuts on other advanced bundles, too. And, second, if you didn’t get the massive WJK Old & New Testament Library the last time it was on sale, here’s your chance to save up to 60% on this indispensable series for biblical studies!

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts. The special offer on all products will end on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT. The sale prices on the Zondervan St. Patrick's Day Sale will end on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.

New Greek/Hebrew Bundles

Check out the Custom Upgrade pricing on the following new bundles and never pay for what you already own!

Stuttgart Scholarly

New German Bible Society Bundle
Stuttgart Scholarly Add-on (13 Volumes)

What's included:

  • NEW! A Textual Guide to the Greek New Testament: An Adaptation of Bruce M. Metzger’s Textual Commentary for the Needs of Translation by Roger L. Omanson
  • Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia with Apparatus and Morphological Tagging
  • Hebrew Masoretic Text with ETCBC (WIVU) Morphology and Syntax
  • BHS Wörterbuch (Dictionary of the Old Testament: Hebrew/Aramaic-German and Hebrew/Aramaic-English)
  • Greek Septuagint (Rahlfs', edited by Hanhart) with Apparatus, Parallel Readings, and Morphological Tagging
  • The Greek New Testament, 5th Revised Edition (United Bible Societies) with Apparatus, Cross-references, and Morphological Tagging
  • Novum Testamentum Graece (Nestle-Aland 28th revised edition) with Apparatus, Cross-references, and Morphological Tagging
  • GNT Wörterbuch (Small Dictionary for the Greek New Testament, Greek-German, compiled by Rudolf Kassühlke)
  • Gospel of Thomas in Coptic with Translations & Notes
  • A User’s Guide to the Nestle-Aland 28 Greek New Testament by David Trobisch
  • Biblia Sacra Vulgata (5th edition) with Apparatus, Parallel Texts, and Morphological Tagging
  • The Concise Greek-English Dictionary by Barclay Newman
  • A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament (2nd edition) by Bruce M. Metzger

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Hebrew Bible Adv

New Bundle
Hebrew Bible Advanced Add-On (10 Volumes)

What's Included:

  • Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ) (6 Fascicles) with Apparatus, Masorah, and Commentary
  • Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia with Apparatus and Morphological Tagging
  • Hebrew Masoretic Text with ETCBC (WIVU) Morphology and Syntax
  • Hebrew Masoretic Text with Westminster Hebrew Morphology 4.20 Tagging (HMT-W4)
  • Grammatical Syntax add-on to HMT-W4

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LXX Advanced

New Bundle
LXX Advanced Add-On (10 Volumes)

What's Included:

  • Hebrew Masoretic and Septuagint Parallel
  • Swete’s Septuagint with Apparatus, Parallels, and Morphological Tagging
  • Greek Septuagint (Rahlfs', edited by Hanhart) with Apparatus, Parallel Readings, and Morphological Tagging
  • Cambridge Apparatus of the Septuagint
  • Greek Septuagint translation by Lancelot Brenton
  • Grammar of Septuagint Greek by F. C. Conybeare and St. George Stock
  • Greek-English Lexicon of Septuagint Greek (3rd edition) by Johan Lust, Erik Eynikel, and Katrin Hauspie
  • New English Translation of the Septuagint (NETS)
  • A Grammar of the Old Testament in Greek According to the Septuagint by Henry St. John Thackeray

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Original Language Audio Modules

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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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Greek New Testament Audio (John 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. Follow along in your UBS4 text as you listen to the timeless words of the New Testament in a brand new way.

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OTL/NTL Commentary and Special Sets

Have you discovered the Old & New Testament Library Series from Westminster-John Knox? Imagine having a complete biblical studies reference library at your fingertips!

The Old Testament Library series provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing. The OTL includes 31 current commentaries plus 9 earlier installments still prized by Old Testament readers. Nine thematic volumes round out the series with fresh explorations into theological and historical topics inspired by the discussions in the commentaries.

The New Testament Library series offers authoritative commentary on every book and major aspect of the New Testament, providing fresh translations based on the best available ancient manuscripts, critical portrayals of the historical world in which the books were created, careful attention to their literary design, and a theologically perceptive exposition of the biblical text. The NTL offers 15 commentary volumes and four thematic studies on theological, cultural, and ethical topics.

For even more information, see this article.

** Use coupon code OTNT318 to get 40% off any of the individual volumes of the products listed below. Check out this article for a full listing of individual volumes.


OT Library Commentary (31 Volumes)

This module contains 31 volumes that cover the entire Old Testament.

List Price $1,167
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NT Library Commentary (15 Volumes)

This module contains 15 volumes that cover 23 books of the New Testament.

List Price $633
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OT/NT Library Commentary Bundle (46 Volumes)

List Price $1,800
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Classic OT Library Commentary Set (9 Volumes)

This module contains 9 classic volumes (volumes that have been superseded by newer works within the Old Testament Library Commentary series). The following volumes are included:

  • Deuteronomy (Gerhard von Rad) (1966)
  • Judges (J. Alberto Soggin) (1981)
  • 1-2 Samuel (Hans Wilhelm Hertzberg) (1965)
  • Isaiah 1-12 (Otto Kaiser) (1983)
  • Isaiah 13-39 (Otto Kaiser) (1974)
  • Isaiah 40-66 (Claus Westermann) (1969)
  • Daniel (Norman W. Porteous) (1965)
  • Amos (James L. Mays) (1969)
  • Micah (James L. Mays) (1976)

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OTL Companion

OT Companion Bundle (9 Volumes)

This Old Testament Library Companion Bundle contains the following nine (9) Volumes:

  • Theology of the Old Testament (2 Volumes) (Eichrodt)
  • Exile and Restoration: A Study of Hebrew Thought of the Sixth Century B.C.
  • Introduction to the Old Testament: From Its Origins to the Closing of the Alexandrian Canon (Third Edition) (Soggin)
  • A History of Israelite Religion in the Old Testament Period (2 Volumes)
  • Jewish Wisdom in the Hellenistic Age
  • Old Testament Theology (2 Volumes) (Preuss)

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NTL Companion

NT Companion Bundle (4 Volumes)

This New Testament Library Companion Bundle contains the following four (4) Volumes:

  • Images of the Church in the New Testament (Paul Sevier Minear)
  • Paul and the Anatomy of Apostolic Authority (John Howard Schütz)
  • Theology and Ethics in Paul (Victor Paul Furnish)
  • History and Theology in the Fourth Gospel (J. Louis Martyn)

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OTL/NTL Everything Bundle (68 Volumes!)

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Mar 10, 2018 Accordance Bible Software

Zondervan's St. Patrick's Day Sale


Going Green has never been easier with Zondervan's St. Patrick's Day Sale! At up to 60% off, now is the time to build your Accordance Digital Library with some of Zondervan's most popular titles including the NIV Zondervan Study Bible Notes and the Word Biblical Commentary New Testament set! Don't miss these deals from March 10-17!

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts. The special offer on all products will end on Saturday, March 17 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Zondervan's St. Patrick's Day Sale

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NIV Zondervan Study Bible Notes

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, featuring Dr. D. A. Carson as general editor, is built on the truth of Scripture and centered on the gospel message. An ambitious and comprehensive undertaking, Dr. Carson, with committee members Dr. T. Desmond Alexander, Dr. Richard S. Hess, Dr. Douglas J. Moo, and Dr. Andrew David Naselli, along with a team of over 60 contributors from a wide range of evangelical denominations and perspectives, crafted all-new study notes and other study tools to present a biblical theology of God’s special revelation in the Scriptures. To further aid the readers’ understanding of the Bible, also included are full-color maps, charts, photos and diagrams.

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Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine (Allison)

In Historical Theology, Gregg Allison offers students the opportunity to study the historical development of theology according to a topical-chronological arrangement, setting out the history of Christian doctrine one theological element at a time. Such an approach allows readers to concentrate on one tenet of Christianity and its formulation in the early church, through the Middle Ages, Reformation, and post-Reformation era, and into the modern period.

Historical Theology is a superb resource for those familiar with Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology as this book presents the history of various doctrines in identical order to their appearance in Grudem’s Systematic Theology.

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Word Biblical Commentary: New Testament (25 Volumes)

The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.

The WBC is the best-selling multi-volume commentary series in the market today.

This set does NOT contain volumes for Acts, 1 Corinthians, or Colossians/Philemon.

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Zondervan's "Prepare for Easter" Sale

Don't forget Zondervan's other current sale going on now! Build your Accordance Digital Library with numerous titles to help you prepare for this Easter season.

Check out what's on sale through Wednesday, March 14!

"March Mapness" Atlas Sale

Finally, we want to remind you of our "March Mapness" atlas sale currently going on! Now is the time to go on a journey with us to discover a huge assortment of visual tools that will enhance your study of the Bible. Check out what is currently on sale, or take a look at our atlas comparison page to see the dozens of tools available.

Check out what's on sale through Monday, March 12!

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Mar 9, 2018 Accordance Bible Software

Accordance 12 Tools, Atlas, and Timeline (Training Seminar Session 4)

In session 4 of this Accordance Bible Software Training Seminar, David Lang demonstrates the use of Accordance Tools, Timeline, and Atlas.

Filmed in San Antonio, Texas, on November 18, 2016.

To see more of the Training Seminar videos in this series, please visit our Accordance Training Seminar page.


Mar 7, 2018 Timothy Jenney

Josiah’s Death (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #160)

King Josiah’s death (2 Kings 23:28-30) was one of the greatest tragedies ever to befall Judah. His decision to try to intercept Pharaoh Neco at the mountain pass of Megiddo cost him his life—and ultimately resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple. Join Dr. J as he digs into this passage using one of Bible study’s most underutilized tools: the Bible Atlas.

Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp podcast!


Feb 28, 2018 Richard Mansfield

Accordance Mobile Now Available in the Amazon App Store for Android!

Accordance Mobile on the Amazon App Store for Android

Accordance Mobile is now available in the Amazon App Store for Android!

Having access to Accordance Mobile for Android in Amazon's App Store will make installing Accordance easier on devices such as the Amazon Fire or for users who prefer the Amazon App Store over the Google Play Store on their Android devices. Updates to Accordance Mobile will also download via the Amazon App Store just as they do in Google's Store.

Tap the badge below to install Accordance Mobile on your Amazon Fire or other Android device using Amazon's services.

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Accordance Mobile for Android is also available in the Google Play Store or through direct download from our servers (manual updates are required if downloading directly from us).


Feb 23, 2018 Richard Mansfield

Get in the Accordance Lifeboat!

Life Preserver Ever feel tossed back and forth on the waves of Bible Software?

You purchased Brand X Bible Software because it was supposed to be a help and a time-saver. Everything seemed great at first, but then everything got complicated and more expensive for seemingly little value in return. You feel like you’re drowning in all the distractions from your original reasons for needing the software!

Here at Accordance Bible Software, we’d like to throw you a lifeline.

Sometimes when I demo Accordance, someone will say, “Wow! I really wish I had seen Accordance first, but I’ve already invested in Brand X Bible Software.” We sympathize, but we’re not content to let you be overcome by the choppy waters that currently surround you. We want to do everything we can to help you. If you’re ready to stop treading water, we will help you to the shore.

Get in the Accordance Lifeboat NOW!

Through the end of March, we’d like to offer you an unprecedented Switcher discount. If you’re coming from any other Bible software platform, take 40% off our Triple Discoverer Collection and/or 30% off any other regularly-priced Accordance Collection, bundle or individual title in our Library. This offer is good for the first two orders from Switchers made from now until the end of March 2018. Use coupon code LIFEBOAT when you place your order.

And did you know we have a Crossgrade page that allows for even deeper discounts on some titles if you already own them in another Bible software platform? We also offer Custom Upgrade pricing so that as you continue to grow your personal Accordance Library, you never pay for the same title twice.

Does the Accordance Lifeboat have any holes?

You may be thinking, “What’s the catch? Where’s the fine print? Does this lifeboat have any holes in it?” Here’s what you have to look forward to when you switch to Accordance Bible Software:

  • ONE price: FOUR platforms—Windows, Macintosh, iOS, and Android
  • Speed. This boat is fast. If you can make a cup of coffee in the time it takes for your Bible software to start or perform a task, something’s wrong. Accordance has always been known for its speed and responsiveness. No time is wasted on indexing after installation. If you’re used to anything else, you will be blown away!
  • Focused on the Bible. We have a clean interface focused on the Bible. All important secondary reference works, commentaries, and more are also available in our ever-growing Accordance Library. New titles are released almost every week.
  • Separate tracks are available for focus on English, Hebrew, Greek and combinations of all three; but all add-on titles can also be added individually.
  • No annual fees, no subscriptions, and no withheld features. New versions come out approximately every two years. They are recommended but always voluntary. All Accordance features are available to users with even our least-expensive Starter Collections. For more information, see our Upgrade Policy page.

Enjoy solid ground.

Accordance Bible Software has been around for 24 years. We have excellent customer support, reasonably-priced upgrades, and applications flexible enough to be used by any person interested in exploring the Bible and related content.

Check out the comments from users who made the switch 2 years ago.

Come see what we have to offer. Questions? Contact [email protected] or call (407) 339-5855.