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Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary
"David Platt, Danny Akin, and Tony Merida have launched a series that will give a rising generation of pastors a tremendous resource for seeing how all the Scriptures prepare for and proclaim the ministry of Christ. The pastoral focus, the preaching tools and the redemptive insights make this a series of immediate use and great aid to pastors who want to equip their people to serve the Lord in the joyous power of the gospel."
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MacArthur New Testament Commentary (33 Volumes)
The main objective of the MacArthur NT Commentary is to explain and apply Scripture, focusing on the major doctrines and how they relate to the whole of the Bible. The current Accordance edition includes all 33 volumes of the commentary covering the entire New Testament.
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Reformation Commentary on Scripture (9 Volumes)
The Reformation Commentary on Scripture (RCS) follows an ancient practice of biblical commentary, in which the scriptural texts are elucidated by chains of passages collected from the authoritative insights of the church's great exegetes. Each volume consists of the collected comments and wisdom of the Reformers collated around the text of the Bible.
"This commentary series brings the very best of the Reformation heritage to the task of exegesis and exposition, and each volume in this series represents a veritable feast that takes us back to the sixteenth century to enrich the preaching and teaching of God's Word in our own time." - Albert Mohler Jr.
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Spurgeon Sermon Collection
A wealth of information for sermon preparation. The complete collection in print value is over $1000, but Accordance adds even more value, making it easy to find a sermon by Scripture, by title or content, or by date, and easy to copy any extract with citation.
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We are pleased to announced the immediate availability of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary for the Accordance Bible Software Library. Introductory discounted pricing is available for a limited time.
From the publisher: Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition.
Years ago, when I took my MDiv-level Old Testament Intro course under John D. W. Watts, I was faced with what I considered at the time to be a difficult task. Dr. Watts required my fellow students and me to write an exegesis paper on an Old Testament passage, and we weren't allowed to make any mention of or connection to the New Testament. That kind of assignment is actually fairly common among Christian seminaries I would later learn, with the goal to understand “original” meaning without the layers of interpretation added over the centuries. But after attending Sunday School classes since before I could read, I’m not certain I ever knew the Old Testament without a connection to the New Testament.
Seeing Jesus Christ in the pages of the Old Testament is as old as the events behind the New Testament itself. We read in Luke 24:27, “Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] interpreted for them the things concerning himself in all the Scriptures" (CSB). Not only did Jesus do this himself, the Gospel writers, the author of Hebrews, and—for that matter—all the New Testament writers read the Hebrew Scriptures this way. In the second century, Irenaeus wrote that “the treasure hid in the Scriptures is Christ” (Irenaeus Against Heresies, Book 4, 26:1), referring specifically to the Old Testament. And this kind of reading of the Old Testament from a Christian perspective has gone on ever since.
Not all modern Bible commentaries include Christocentric readings of the Old Testament, even though this type of interpretation is still taught in churches through Bible studies and sermons. To this end, the editors and writers of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary (CCEC) “affirm that the Bible is a Christ-centered book” with a “Christ-centered trajectory that runs from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22" (Series Introduction).
CCEC has four characteristics: (1) exegetical accuracy with the admonition of James 3:1 in mind; (2) pastors as a target audience with the hope that parents, teachers, small-group leaders, and student ministers will also gain from the series; (3) inclusion of helpful illustrations and theologically-driven applications; and (4) the goal “to exalt Jesus from every book of the Bible.”
Not all volumes are published yet, but the 25 volumes currently available for Accordance cover 39 of 66 books of the Protestant canon, with the remaining volumes in the works. Earlier volumes are based on the Holman Christian Standard Bible, but installments released in 2017 (Proverbs, Isaiah, Daniel, Acts, and Hebrews) shift over to the newly updated Christian Standard Bible (the CCES is the first commentary series I've seen to use the 2017 CSB as its base).
Each volume in the CCES includes an introduction to the book covered with content broken into appropriate sections. Review questions can be found at the end of each section which would be suitable for a reader’s private reflection or to be discussed in a group setting.
The editors state that the CCEC “is not academic in nature. Our aim is to present a readable and pastoral style of commentaries.” From what I read, this is mostly true, but occasionally, some writers give attention to more scholarly interests such as literary or linguistic characteristics. Occasional references to original languages are almost always transliterated. The series, overall, will be accessible to most readers and is appropriate not just to those who are communicating the message of the Bible but also those who simply want to study for themselves.
Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary (25 Volumes)
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Those of us who preach would like to believe that our keen biblical insights and perceptive explanations of theological truths become the main topics of conversation during Sunday lunch. However, study after study has shown that illustrations and applications remain the two aspects of sermons that people hold on to afterwards. Therefore, our applications and illustrations better be as solid as our exegesis. Thankfully, this is possible with the resources you’ll find in the Zondervan Preaching & Exegesis Sale that goes for the next two weeks. With over 70% off the New International Version Application Commentary, get the entire 42-volume set for only $335.58! Or if you just need a couple of volumes to complete your set, you end up paying only $7.99 a volume! Plus, check out other Zondervan resources for preaching, at unbelievably-reduced prices, available for the Accordance Bible Software Library.
Special sale prices on the products featured in this newsletter cannot be combined with other discounts. The special offer on all products will end on Jan. 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
New International Version Application Commentary
"The NIV Application Commentary Series helps pastors and Bible teachers with one the most neglected elements in good preaching--accurate, useful application. Most commentaries tell you a few things that are helpful and much that you do not need to know. By dealing with the original meaning and contemporary significance of each passage, the NIV Application Commentary Series promises to be helpful all the way around."
––James Montgomery Boice
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Grasping God's Word
An invaluable help to students who want to learn how to read, interpret, and apply the Bible for themselves.
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Preaching God's Word
Preaching God’s Word walks you through the steps of the “Interpretive Journey” from the biblical text to contemporary application.
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Is There a Meaning in This Text?
This volume guides the student toward greater confidence in the authority, clarity, and relevance of Scripture, and a well–reasoned expectation to understand accurately the message of the Bible.
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1001 Illustations That Connect
Carefully selected illustrations from among thousands on Christianity Today International’s popular website PreachingToday.com.
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1001 Quotations That Connect
Helpfully listed by source, then accordingto key topics, making retrieval ofjust the right quote a snap.
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In 2018 I plan to read the Greek Gospels in a Year. Will you join me?
I’ve created a reading plan, which divides the Gospels into three months each, with readings scheduled for Monday through Friday. This leaves weekends open to catch up, review, or take a break.
Since study of grammar and vocabulary makes for good "cross-training" (as Prof. Rob Plummer calls it), there is also a weekly reading suggestion for an accompanying Greek textbook: Rod Decker’s Reading Koine Greek.
The plan also includes suggested passages for lectio divina each week, an ancient way of reading Scripture that goes back to at least the Middle Ages. Lectio divina is Latin for “divine reading” or “holy reading."
Finally, the plan concludes with 16 tips for Scripture memory, for readers who want to add that component in 2018.
You can download the Greek Gospels in a Year reading plan here as an Accordance User Tool (or here as a PDF). The User Tool is a free module I created that integrates seamlessly with your Greek New Testament and Decker's grammar in Accordance, if you own them.
Click/tap the image above for a closer look at Abram K-J's reading plan as an Accordance User Tool, as well as associated Accordance resources.
Would you like to join me and others? Leave a comment at Accordance Bible Software’s “Greek in a Year” forum.
Here's to a good year in the Greek Gospels!
Abram Kielsmeier-Jones is Pastor of Union Congregational Church in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He writes at Words on the Word.
Accordance 12.2 is our latest update. This podcast provides an overview of its improvements and major new features, including adding an internal web browser and support for the Arabic Quran. Join Dr. J as he guides us through the very latest Accordance has to offer. [Accordance 12.2 Basic]
Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp podcast!
Accordance updates keep on coming! Yesterday, we released Accordance 12.2 for Windows & Mac; and today, we’re excited to announce the release of Accordance Mobile for iOS v. 2.6. Version numbers by themselves don’t mean much, but let me say up front that this is one of our biggest updates ever for Accordance Mobile!
Just in time for the holiday season, Accordance Mobile 2.6 is here with an incredible number of user-requested features and updates!
You asked for it, and here it is! If you prefer to turn pages instead of scrolling, now you can! In any title, click on the Quick Settings icon and flip the switch on Page Turning. Or if you know Page Turning is for you, go into the universal settings for Texts and Tools and turn it on for everything.
Have you ever been working on one device and wish you were on a different one? Now you can start on your iPhone and finish on your iPad or the other way around. Initial support for Handoff between Macs and iOS devices has been implemented with continued improvements on the way.
For more information about Handoff, see Apple’s support page.
iPhone X Support
You may have already noticed that most of the images on this page are iPhone X screenshots. Accordance for iOS 2.6 takes advantage of the iPhone X’s full screen size, including adjusting for the iPhone X’s camera array.
User Note Updates
For the past few releases, we’ve had to issue warnings about editing Notes files in Accordance Mobile for iOS that were originally created on Windows or Macintosh computers if the notes contained images. Fortunately, with the release of Accordance Mobile for iOS v. 2.6, you can edit Notes files that contain images without worry. Also, URLs are now supported in User Notes, too.
Report a Correction
Find a mistake? Sending in corrections has been easy if you were running the Mac or Windows versions of Accordance, but not so simple in Accordance Mobile. Now, if you find a mistake, simply select the content in question and report it from the Action Bar within the app.
Version 2.6 delivers massive sharing improvements via the iOS share sheet, including support for new accordance.bible universal links. Share a verse, quotation or profound thought in social media or separate notetaking software with an accompanying link to the source in Accordance.
And a whole lot more
Accordance for iOS 2.6 includes many other improvements including Startup Session crash check, better syncing, updated support for accord:// links--including support for missing linked modules—and much more!
One more thing!
Like this update? Please leave us a review on the App Store. We need new ratings and reviews for each rev. Your reviews really help us to spread the word about Accordance!
Although a designation like “12.2” might seem like this is merely another interim release for Accordance with a few minor changes and bug fixes, there’s a whole lot more here than that. In fact, Accordance 12.2 is a major update with significant new features. And best of all, it’s absolutely free for current Accordance 12 users!
So, what’s new in Accordance 12.2? Here are some of the major new features and updates:
Integrated Web Browser
At first, you might be asking, “Why would I want a web browser in Accordance?” I can sum up the main advantage in one phrase: the power of the Accordance contextual menu. Let’s say you’re in the LSJ unabridged lexicon, and in one entry, there’s a link to the Greek text in reference from the Perseus Digital Library website. Click on that link and the Perseus webpage loads in Accordance. Since the page is within Accordance, you can right click on a Greek word from Perseus and amplify to any of your Greek texts, lexicons, or other tools within Accordance. Want to include the excerpt from Perseus in a personal note next to the reference in LSJ? Simply copy the text and paste it into your note.
Or perhaps from Accordance, you go to File: New Tab: Web Browser. You go to a webpage to get up to speed on a biblical or theological topic. You come across an unfamiliar term, and you’re curious as to whether the content in your personal Accordance Library covers this concept. Select the term from the webpage, pull up the contextual menu, go to Research, and search all your dictionaries at once for this term.
Another bonus: whenever you click on the Help button in Accordance, you no longer have to leave the app. Follow the instructions in the Accordance Help system step by step right beside your Accordance search window.
Run web apps from within Accordance. If you use an online app like Google Docs, you can now have the document you’re working on right inside Accordance next to your research! In the same way, any web-based app, including Kindle Cloud Reader or even competing Bible software platforms which have versions of their software on the web can now be integrated into an Accordance Zone.
Introduced with Accordance 11, the Info Pane dramatically changed how many of us use Accordance. Suddenly there was a wealth of knowledge on any verse in the Bible that dynamically changed on the fly a fast as one could scroll through the text. Over time, we've added new sections to the Info Pane, but requests have continued. Why not a section for journals? historical writings? lexicons? ...and so on.
With the addition of My Toolset to the Info Pane, you can now add any title from your personal Accordance Library that you'd like to include in your research and study. Want to see when the Church Fathers commented on a particular verse? Add them to My Toolset. Journals? Add as many as you like!
When you add a title to My Toolset, Faster than you can blink an eye, Accordance scans that work to see if it references your verse. Preview in Instant Details and then click on the cover image in the Info Pane for Accordance to immediately runs a verse-specific search and display all the hits for you to see.
Add titles to My Toolset by clicking on the Action button (that little gear icon) next to the My Toolset title in the Info Pane. There you will be presented with the same folder structure of your personal Accordance Library, allowing you to add any title you want.
Paper exports to .docx and other improvements
Have a Paper document you need to share with someone who doesn’t have Accordance? Now you export your file to .docx (MS Word) format in addition to RTF, plain text, or printing to PDF. Paper documents also supports user-created endnotes through a contextual menu or the new asterisk (*) icon in the Paper toolbar.
Syntax trees have been visually improved with many new features. Antecedents are now more clearly visible in the syntax tree. Clause depth searching can now be restricted to stay within the clause boundaries. ETCBC searching has been improved to better handle or ignore subphrase elements.
Accordance can be used with Apple's Handoff feature, allowing your Mac and iOS devices to automatically pass what you are doing from one device to another. For more information about using Handoff with Accordance, see “Use Handoff Between Devices” in Accordance Help for the Mac.
Stacks and Papers can now be synced via Dropbox to any other installation of Accordance 12 on Windows or Mac.
New Localization Improvements
Localization of Accordance can now be set in the Appearance section of Accordance Preferences, separate from System localization. Also, there is a new localization for Simplified Chinese.
Updated Picture Popover Interface
Click on an image in any Accordance Tool to see an entirely new interface for zooming in an out and opening a photo in a separate Zone. Plus, there’s now a new expand icon for viewing the image full screen.
These features are just the tip of the iceberg. Accordance 12.2 is the most significant update since version 12 was released over a year ago. For a more complete list of new features, changes, and bug fixes, see our “New Features Since 12” page.
November is always a busy month for us with new releases and our participation in the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). Maybe you were able to attend one or both of these conferences and drop by our booth. But if you weren’t there this year, here are a few highlights!
Accordance Bible Software always has a tremendous presence at these events in which we create an open area for old and new customers to come sit down, learn, ask questions, and experience Accordance for themselves. This year was no exception as we set up our Accordance demo areas in Providence, Rhode Island for ETS (November 15-17) and Boston for SBL (November 18-21). We ran non-stop demos for all seven days of both conferences combined. We previewed the new features of Accordance that will be available any day in the free upgrade to version 12.2 as well as showing off a number of new titles for the Accordance Bible Software Library. We also demoed at a smaller booth at the meetings of The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) from November 15-18 in Boston.
Anyone who was willing to sit down for a demo of any kind was able to enter our drawings which were held at the end of the second conference. Matthew C. won an iPad Pro; Ben Shin won 10 of our special English, Greek or Hebrew Starter Collections for his students; and Todd Chipman won a $200 Accordance gift certificate!
At both conferences, the Accordance booth is a great place to rub shoulders with well-known biblical scholars who use Accordance. This year, Dan Wallace dropped by to record a video describing A Reader's Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers that we released earlier this year for Accordance. You can read Dr. Wallace’s blog post about the Reader’s Lexicon and watch the video on his website, and you might even catch a discount code if you act quickly!
We also enjoy meeting so many interesting Accordance users at these scholarly meetings. Longtime Accordance user and webinar instructor Abram Kielsmeier-Jones came to help out in the booth on Saturday of the SBL meetings. He commented, “I really enjoyed meeting so many folks at the conference from such a wide array of backgrounds: an Anglican pastor in Australia, a seminarian from Puerto Rico, a professor or religion with interest in DSS and Pseudepigrapha, a leading Hebraist who was being honored at SBL, and many more!”
These days Accordance Bible Software is mentioned pretty regularly--practically in casual terms in papers delivered--with comments such as “I used Accordance to determine x number of occurrences of _____ in the Dead Sea Scrolls” or something similar. However, Accordance was also a focal point in a couple of seminars as well. Tim Hegg gave a “Demonstration of the Dotan-Riech Masora Thesaurus Module in Accordance Bible Software.” Robert Holmstedt, Martin Abegg, John Cook, and Roy Brown held a session at SBL on “Syntactic Databases for Biblical & Early Jewish Texts.”
Regarding this syntax session, Dr. Holmstedt said, “I enjoyed the opportunity to walk through the strengths and features of the syntax database in real-time. Answering questions about how the database is constructed or about how to build effective searches is almost always more useful in a face-to-face context, and this is perhaps the greatest benefit of conferences.” Dr. Abegg shared this encounter: “In one of the searches I displayed, I intended to determine whether we should expect a definite direct object to have the particle את. One of the attendees talked with me later and pointed out that he had noticed that my results suggested that it made a difference whether the direct object was animate or inanimate. He had just written a chapter on definiteness for a Hebrew grammar so his observation is important.”
For attendees who could spend a bit more time with us, we also offered an all-day Accordance Training in Boston right before SBL began.
As already mentioned, we showed off exciting new features that will be forthcoming in Accordance v. 12.2, and we released a number of new titles at the conference that were geared toward scholarly interest. Included among these new releases was a Quran bundle of five texts, including the first morphologically-tagged Arabic version of the Quran available in Bible software, updates to the Biblia Hebraica Quinta, a more complete edition of the Babylonian Talmud in Hebrew, and more. Many attendees were also interested in seeing our Android version of Accordance in action and learning how to take part in our open beta.
These sessions are always a whirlwind of activity for us, but it’s so exciting to talk with users who engage ancient texts using Accordance in so many different and fascinating ways. Next year’s meetings are in Denver, Colorado. We hope to see you there!
Over the past year or so, nearly every day I've responded to Accordance users on our forums, our various social media venues or in private messages and conversations asking me when our long-promised Android version of Accordance Mobile will be ready. While our Android version has taken longer than we had hoped, along the way, many have asked if we could even release just a reader for Android so that Accordance users could have access to their Accordance Library on their favorite non-Apple mobile phones and tablets.
Of course, we’re not satisfied simply to release a reader for Android; but rather than ask our users to wait even one day longer, we have now released our Accordance Mobile Android Open Beta! Although this release of Accordance Mobile for Android is an early beta release, it is definitely more than just a reader. As described in the Accordance User Forums yesterday, this 1.0 beta release comes with the following Major features:
- Display of Texts
- Searching of Texts
- Grammatical and Key Number searching of Texts
- Split Panes for Texts, showing a Text or Reference Tool
- Display of Tools
- Searching of Tools
- Easy Install
- Library Access to files
- Text and Tool Display choices
- Goto interface, via a grid or list
Of course, not everything is in place yet. In version 1.1 of the beta, we plan to add the following features:
- Selection of text
- Instant Details
- User Notes
Now, you’re free to hold out for the final, non-beta release of Accordance Mobile for Android, which will be available sometime in 2018; but if you don’t want to wait any longer, we’d love to have you help us out! Go to Joel Brown’s forum post from yesterday, “Welcome to the Android Open Beta!” to download the current build. New builds will be posted in the Android Open Beta forum, so check back often.
Just remember that this is beta software. That means not everything will work yet, there will be bugs, and there will be crashes. But you can help us speed development along by posting any issues you encounter in our Android Open Beta forum as well as any suggestions and constructive criticism.
Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android. Now you can truly take Accordance with you wherever you want to go!
Dr. Robert Holmstedt, Professor of Biblical Hebrew and West Semitic Languages at the University of Toronto, invites Accordance users attending the Society of Biblical Literature conference in Boston next week to submit Accordance syntax searches now that you’d like him to demonstrate in the Hebrew Bible or Dead Sea Scrolls in his upcoming session.
Accordance Syntactic Databases
Saturday, 9:00 AM–11:30 AM
Marriott Copley Place-Yarmouth (Fourth Level)
Syntactic Databases for Biblical and Early Jewish Texts: Please join us for a demonstration, with examples and discussion, of the research potential of the Accordance Bible syntax databases on the Hebrew Bible, Qumran texts, and New Testament. The basic principles of the tagging process will be briefly covered, but the focus will be on example searches and the more advanced linguistic issues relating to the databases, such as verbal valency. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and sample searches for discussion.
From Dr. Holmstedt: "For those attending this session in Boston, we welcome submissions beforehand for desired searches you would like us to demonstrate on the Hebrew Bible or Dead Sea Scrolls."
You can email Dr. Holmstedt at [email protected] or post your questions in the comments, and we will make certain he receives them.