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A New Reader's Lexicon of the Greek New Testament

Improving on earlier lexical works, A New Reader's Lexicon of the Greek New Testament incorporates all words that occur fewer than fifty times in the New Testament. In canonical order, it catalogs a word's frequency in each book, in each author's writings, and in the entire New Testament. References to rare or noteworthy word usages are included, allowing the reader to quickly identify words of special significance.

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Mar 23, 2020 Richard Mansfield

Yes! We Are Open!

 

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The worldwide COVID-19 crisis we all find ourselves in is unprecedented in our lifetime. In the midst of all the uncertainty, we just wanted to reassure you that we at Accordance are here and open for business. Having offices in central Florida (right in the hurricane zone) for over 25 years has taught us how to prepare and carry on during emergency situations.

So please don’t hesitate to call (407-339-5855), email, or chat (top right of page) with us just as you normally would. Our awesome customer service, sales, and support teams are ready to help you in any way we can. And rest assured, we are continuing to work with publishers to bring you the lowest prices possible on content for your Accordance Library, especially for those of you that might be under “stay-at-home” or “shelter-in-place” protocols.

And if you didn’t see it the other day, please check out “7 Strategies for Accordance Users during the COVID-19 Crisis.” Let us hear from you! If you find yourself with extra time, how are you spending it? How has Accordance been helpful to you during this time?

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.
Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!

(Psalm 27:13-14, NKJV)

 

Mar 16, 2020 Richard Mansfield

7 Strategies for Accordance Users during the COVID-19 Crisis

COVID-19

To the church at Ephesus, St. Paul wrote,

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
(Ephesians 5:15–16 NIV)

Perhaps if he were in our context today, Paul might also tell us to make the most of every opportunity because of the contagions that are surrounding us!

Due to Covid-19, our lives and social interactions with others are starting to come to a crawl if not an all-out standstill. While none of us asked for this kind of interruption in our lives, that doesn't mean we can’t put our extra time isolated from each other and in our homes to good use. And I don’t mean binge-watching Netflix or putting in extra hours playing on the Xbox.

Over a month ago, we received a note from an Accordance user in China where the coronavirus first began to get worldwide attention. He wrote the following:

My reliance on Accordance has just increased a whole new level with the outbreak of the virus in China. I am currently at home with my family, stockpiled food and not going outdoors. Sitting with Accordance in this current situation is a true blessing.

Anyone who knows me knows that I was an Accordance user long before I worked for the company. I’ve always been grateful for my digital library that can be accessed anywhere and at any time. That got me thinking this past weekend of all the ways we can make use of the “extra” time that none of us asked for.

Although I’m primarily focusing on ways that Accordance users can benefit from our software during this time, I’m not writing this as a sale piece. These are some suggestions for what we can do to make use of our time, primarily involving Accordance (since this is the Accordance blog), but a few other ideas, too. And we welcome your ideas in the comments.

So what can you do with your extra time? Here are a few ideas.

1. Pray.

Many of us often give the excuse that we don’t have enough time to pray, although we ought to be too busy not to pray, as the saying goes. Now many of us will have that additional time. We may have a list of sick friends and family that will keep growing over the coming days. We will pray for them as well as our own protection. We will pray for the doctors and scientists working on a vaccine and that one can be found as quickly as possible. We will pray for the medical staff taking care of those who are sick right now. We will pray for our clergy as they minister to their parishioners and congregants in this challenging time.

We can also pray the prayers given to believers by the Holy Spirit: the Psalms. This is the original prayer book, first to the Jews and then used by the Church. Pray through one psalm a day or find a plan for praying through the entire book in a week as many monks do. When we pray the Psalms, we should personalize the words to our own situations. Often someone will ask, “How do I personalize the imprecatory psalms? Normally, you can make the enemies of Israel into your own struggle or sin. In our current situation, we can pray that God will “break the teeth” (Psalm 3:7) of the coronavirus!

2. Read/Study the Bible.

There is so much that can be done here. We have lots of different reading plans in Accordance for reading through the Scriptures. Read through the Bible in a different translation or in an original language text if you’ve had studies in Greek or Hebrew. Spend more time in reflection of what you’ve read. Write your thoughts down in Accordance Notes or keep a separate handwritten journal. Work your way through a book of the Bible with a commentary or other reference book. If you’ve never read the Intertestamental writings, use the time to explore those. Even if you don’t consider them as canon, they were written by believers (like other books in your library that you read!) and are crucial for understanding the social context of the New Testament.

3. Learn or Brush Up a Biblical Language.

Many who study original languages in seminary gradually lose those skills over time. This is the perfect time to work through a Hebrew or Greek grammar. Or translate one or more verses a day, exploring in detail those portions that prove difficult. I often hear people who have never studied biblical languages say they would like to learn them. Learning Greek or Hebrew on one’s own is not easy, and I don’t normally recommend doing it outside a classroom setting, but many have learned on their own in the past, so it’s certainly possible.

When I was in seminary, I learned about a professor from a previous generation, who studied his New Testament Greek while in a prison camp. I can’t remember his name, and I can’t remember whether this was a WWII or Korean prison camp, but I’ll try to find out and update this post. Anyway, he had been carrying a Greek New Testament and A. T. Robertson’s big Greek grammar in his backpack. For whatever reason, his captors let him keep these two books. He later said that part of what kept him sane during his captivity was looking up every reference in Robertson’s grammar in his New Testament. Now, being confined for extra time to our homes is not anywhere near the difficulty of being in a prison camp, but that’s not to say that we can’t take on a large study project such as what I’ve described here to keep us focused.

4. Read that Book, Commentary, Journal You’ve Been Putting Off.

If you’re like me, between print and digital, you’ve probably got more books to read than you can realistically get to in your life. Sometimes I buy books thinking I’ll get to them later. Well, now it’s later, and you may finally have the time!

I would also like to point out that we often read reference works like commentaries incorrectly. When I was in college, I was asked to teach a Sunday School class, and this prompted me to purchase my first commentary. It was Judges and Ruth by Arthur E. Cundall and Leon Morris in the Tyndale series. Although I was only teaching Judges, I read both sections of the commentary from beginning to end, and found it quite rewarding! Later, when I went to seminary, I discovered that most people (unfortunately) don’t read commentaries this way. We often consult commentaries a section at a time. But doing so misses out on thematic arcs that are present in books of the Bible as wells as overarching points that a commentator is trying to make. Put your commentary and the biblical text side by side and study both books from beginning to end. Don’t skip the introduction in the commentary either because it sets the stage for everything coming afterwards.

And let me say that the above applies to more than just commentaries. Often journals have themes for individual issues. And if monographs are consulted only as reference, the reader is really missing out. Once I even heard of someone who had read the "Little Kittel" an article at a time devotionally and had eventually worked the entire way through the volume!

5. Transfer All Those Marginal Notes from Your Print Bible to Accordance.

I’ve done this before and found the process quite rewarding. For years, I prized wide-margin print Bibles for writing notes directly adjacent to the biblical text. But realistically, this is very limited because there’s only so much space in the widest margin of a Bible. Fortunately, Accordance provides virtually unlimited “margins” through the use of User Notes. And I’ve actually taken print Bibles and begun the process of retyping previously handwritten notes from a print Bible into Accordance User Notes. The process itself is quite rewarding because it allows re-reflection upon thoughts and insights that seemed important at one time. I’ve even discovered in some cases that I didn’t want to transfer a particular note to Accordance because perhaps I had changed my mind or what I once thought was important now seemed trivial.

6. Take Your Accordance Skills to the Next Level.

How many times have I heard, “I’m pretty sure I’m not using Accordance to its full potential.” If you find that you have some extra time over the next few weeks, check out our webinar schedule, watch some of the videos we’ve posted online, and work systematically through the new Tutorial system in Accordance 13. We’ve designed Accordance with the goal of making your study of the Scriptures more productive. The better you know the program, the better you will be able to engage in serious study of the Bible.

7. Spend Time with Your Loved Ones.

All this extra time to study the Bible will be wasted if you keep it to yourself. If others are present in your household, spend time in discussion instead of just watching the television together. Go on walks and say hello to your neighbors, even if you have to practice social distancing. If you live alone or far away from loved ones, call them on the phone or through video-chat—not just to check on them but to have the meaningful conversations we often had more of in the past before quick texts and social media memes became the norm.


I've often found that I can hear God's voice most clear in the times when I've slowed down--whether by purpose or circumstance. There are lots of opportunities for us to listen for Him now.

2020 will certainly be a year we will remember for the rest of our lives, but it doesn’t have to all be negative. We didn’t ask for this situation, but we can certainly do our best to make the most of the circumstances in which we’ve found ourselves, knowing that Someone greater is still in control.

The LORD is king,
He is robed in grandeur;
the LORD is robed,
He is girded with strength.
The world stands firm;
it cannot be shaken.

(Psalm 93:1, JPS)

What about you? What are your plans for extra time that you may now have? Leave your ideas in the comments—regardless of whether they have anything to do with Accordance or not!

 

Mar 13, 2020 Richard Mansfield

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Last year we held our first-ever Accordance eAcademy. This was a series of online workshops—different from our regular weekly webinars—that featured a variety of presenters, including biblical studies authority, Craig Evans. This first eAcademy was so well-received that we’ve decided to make it a regular event. And we’re not even talking once a year, but multiple times throughout the year. And here’s the best part: our next eAcademy on March 24 & 25 is free! That’s right—there is no entrance fee this time around!

This year’s theme is “Students of the Word” and students is being used in the sense of anyone who studies the Scriptures. Our Spring eAcademy will feature guest speakers Dr. Roy Brown and Dr. H. Wayne House. With our guest presenters and others leading workshops, we have over eight sessions on a variety of topics covering all levels of Accordance proficiency. Attendees will have the ability to ask questions and get answers in real time from the presenters in these live presentations.

Want to see the full roster of speakers and subjects? Head over to our Accordance eAcademy 2020 webpage, and sign up for the sessions you want to attend. Remember registration is free, but space is limited. There are no overlapping sessions this time, so sign up for any and all of the workshops while there's still space!

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Mar 4, 2020 Richard Mansfield

Accordance 13 Now Available in the App Store for macOS!

We’re pleased to announce that Accordance 13 is now available in the macOS App Store.

Now, to be clear, we still believe the best way to obtain Accordance 13 is to download it from our website. However, each year, thousands of new users discover Accordance because we include a special App Store version, too. And we recognize that some macOS users prefer to get most, if not all, of their apps through the App Store for security purposes. Having apps available from one source allows for quick setup on a new computer and updates in the background. App Store apps are also “sandboxed” from other applications.

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If you’re already using Accordance 13, this release of the App Store version doesn’t impact you. However, if you’re an Accordance App Store user and have been waiting patiently for version 13, now is the time to upgrade!

If you or someone you know is considering Accordance and prefers App Store installs, please help spread the word that version 13 is now available. New users will essentially download a copy of Accordance 13 Lite from the App Store, and we also offer in-app purchases to the full version of Accordance 13 Starter as well.

The release of v. 13 in the App Store is so new, we don’t have review yet, so if you use this version, please add your reviews so that others can download with confidence!

 

Feb 17, 2020 Richard Mansfield

NEW! A Continental Commentary (20 volumes)

Continental Commentary - 3D We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of A Continental Commentary (20 volumes) from Fortress Press for the Accordance Library.

This series consists of 19 volumes on the biblical text (16 Old Testament and 3 New Testament) and one volume serving as an extended excursus on the theology of the Psalms. A Continental Commentary stands out as a series that offers English translations of European (primarily French and German) commentators in English. However, Jacob Milgrom, who wrote the Leviticus volume is an Israeli American.

Volumes in A Continental Commentary are fairly technical, assuming a working knowledge of biblical languages; however, any highly-motivated reader with limited biblical language experience should be able to make use of them. The format of the volumes can roughly be compared to that of the Word Biblical Commentary with variations of the following structure in most volumes: bibliographies by section, author translations with extensive translation notes, analysis of passages, interpretation, summary, and history of influence.

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A Continental Commentary boasts a wide variety of well-known (mostly) European scholarship. I’ve listed the volumes below along with links to reviews in Accordance journals.

  • Genesis 1-11 (Claus Westermann)

  • Genesis 12-36 (Claus Westermann)

  • Genesis 37-50 (Claus Westermann)

  • Leviticus (Jacob Milgrom)

Review by Robert B. Chisholm Jr., Bibliotheca Sacra

Review by Richard P. Belcher, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

  • Ruth (André LaCocque)

Review by N. Blake Hearson, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

  • 1 & 2 Kings (Volkmar Fritz)

Review by Claude F. Mariottini, Review & Expositor

  • Psalms 1-59 (Hans-Joachim Kraus)

  • Psalms 60-150 (Hans-Joachim Kraus)

  • Theology of the Psalms (Hans-Joachim Kraus)

  • Qoheleth (Norbert Lohfink)

Review by William D. Barrick, Master’s Seminary Journal

  • The Song of Songs (Othmar Keel)

Review by Bill T. Arnold, Ashland Theological Journal

Review by G. Lloyd Carr, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Summary by Mark Biddle, Review & Expositor

  • Isaiah 1-22 (Hans Wildberger)

  • Isaiah 13-27 (Hans Wildberger)

Review by John N. Oswalt, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

  • Isaiah 28-39 (Hans Wildberger)

  • Obadiah & Jonah (Hans Walter Wolff)

  • Micah (Hans Walter Wolff)

  • Haggai (Hans Walter Wolff)

  • Matthew 1-7 (Ulrich Luz)

  • Galatians (Dieter Lührmann)

Review by Moisés Silva, Westminster Theological Journal

  • The Revelation of John (Jürgen Roloff)

Currently, A Continental Commentary is only available as a set of 20 volumes. Introductory pricing is available for a limited time.

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Feb 8, 2020 Richard Mansfield

Happy International Septuagint Day!

Septuagint Day

Today is recognized as "International Septuagint Day" by the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS). Why today? Well, according to the IOSCS website...

The date was chosen because, as Robert Kraft noted, it is “the one date we know of from late antiquity on which LXX/OG/Aquila received special attention." Emperor Justinian’s Novella 146 permitted the Jews of the Roman Empire to read the Scriptures in their synagogues in Greek, Latin, or "any other tongue which in any district allows the hearers better to understand the text". Specifically, "We make this proviso that those who use Greek shall use the text of the seventy interpreters..."

This novella (see English translation) was published on the eighth day of February in the year 553 CE.

To celebrate International Septuagint Day, we have deep discounts on a number of important LXX resources, including the lowest price we've ever offered on the Göttingen LXX series.

If you're looking for fun things to do to celebrate International Septuagint Day, consider viewing one of our previously recorded webinars related to LXX study in Accordance:

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Feb 7, 2020 Abram Kielsmeier-Jones

Septuagint Vocabulary for Greek New Testament Readers

Abram K-J My love of reading Septuagint texts began with a struggle in Greek 2.

I aced first-semester Greek. But second semester brought “second aorists,” and those irregular verb forms gave me trouble. (Increased responsibilities at home and at work added to my challenge.)

As Willam D. Mounce notes in his Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, sometimes a single letter sets apart a second aorist from the imperfect form of the same verb. So, he recommends, “Memorize exactly.”

I did not memorize exactly, and it showed on my first Greek 2 exam, which was full of second aorists to parse. I didn’t bomb the exam, but I did have to work hard the rest of the semester to get my grade back up to my goal. The exam was also enough to get my (and my professor’s) attention. I scheduled a meeting with him—in part, because my motivation to memorize morphology was waning.

“I loved Hebrew,” I told my professor, “but I’m feeling stuck. And I’m not loving what feels like rote memorization.”

He helped me with some motivational techniques, and then asked me about the Septuagint. Had I ever read it?

I wonder how many second aorists it has, I thought.

But the idea of going back to the Hebrew Bible—in Greek!—was enthralling to me.

I had the added motivation I needed. I wasn’t learning Greek just to read the New Testament now. I was learning it to read the Old Testament, too.

But there was one huge hurdle: even after I completed Greek 2, my vocabulary knowledge was no match for all I was encountering in the Septuagint. There are, after all, about four times as many verses in the Septuagint as in the Greek New Testament. I knew from Mounce’s grammar that there were more than 5,000 unique words in the Greek New Testament. The Septuagint has 2.5 times as many!

This is a significant challenge Greek New Testament readers face when moving to Septuagint reading: there are more (and different) words, so a good knowledge of New Testament vocabulary alone goes only so far.\

Let’s say I’ve learned all the words that occur 50 times or more in the Greek New Testament. How can I get a list of Septuagint words I might not know, but that I should expect to see regularly in the LXX?

Accordance can help.

The HITS command allows us to compare LXX vocabulary with GNT vocabulary. More specifically, I’m going to use Accordance to help me find Greek words that occur infrequently in the Greek New Testament (words I may not know) but that occur frequently in the Septuagint (words I will encounter).

You can define what “infrequently” and “frequently” mean for you; for this example, let’s say anything occurring 49 times or fewer in the GNT is “infrequently” occurring and anything occurring 100 times or more in the LXX is “frequently” occurring. The list I want to generate is the overlap of these two conditions, that is, any Greek word that occurs 49 times or fewer in the GNT and 100 times or more in the LXX. (These will be my “trouble” words when reading the Septuagint.)

The HITS command is designed exactly for this, since it allows you to search the hits from one text in another. Here’s how to do it:

1. Find words that occur 49 times or fewer in the Greek New Testament.

This is an easy search for Accordance. We use the COUNT command to do it. Open any Greek New Testament text, set the search field to “Words,” and enter this string:

[COUNT 1-49]

That will highlight in your New Testament text every word occurring 49 times or fewer.

1_[COUNT 1-49]

(Note: [COUNT 49] will only show you words that occur 49 times, not 49 times or fewer, so be sure to enter the query as [COUNT 1-49] or even [COUNT -49]. You can access the COUNT command by right-clicking in the search entry area, or by starting to type the word COUNT and selecting it from the Quick Entry menu that comes up, or by going to the Search menu and Enter Command.)

You could at this point take a detour and generate an “infrequently occurring vocabulary” word list for the New Testament. Simply go to Analytics (shaded in blue, at the far right of your search bar), and select Word Count Totals/Analysis from the drop-down menu. Then set the Sort drop-down menu to “Count down,” and you’ve got a list of GNT vocabulary from 49 occurrences on down to one occurrence.

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2. Find words that occur 49 times or fewer in the Greek New Testament and 100 times or more in the Septuagint.

This is the second and final step. Open any Septuagint text (we’ll use LXX Rahlfs here), and set the search field to “Words.”

You could use the COUNT command to find words occurring 100 times or more in the Septuagint, just to see them, but we’ll go beyond that with the HITS command, which allows us to take all the words we found from [COUNT 1-49] in our GNT, and search them in the LXX… with the added condition that we don’t want to see all those [COUNT 1-49] words in our LXX, just the ones that occur 100 times or more.

Here’s the search string to enter in your LXX search tab:

[HITS NA28 Greek NT]@[COUNT 100+]

The @ combines the two search criteria: you want to search those GNT hits ([HITS NA28 Greek NT]) in your LXX, but only see those same GNT words when  (@) they occur 100 times or more in the LXX  ([COUNT 100+]).

2_HITS search

Having run this search, you can open the Word Count Totals/Analysis again, sorted by Count Down, to see the list you want: words occurring 49 times or fewer in the New Testament and 100 times or more in the Septuagint. (You can change these COUNT numbers to be whatever you want.) Now you’re setting yourself up for success in Septuagint reading!

word list sorted

I ended my Greek 2 class with an improved grade and, more important, a deeper knowledge and understanding of biblical Greek. Some nine years later, I still immerse myself in the text of the Septuagint whenever I can. Using COUNT and HITS searches in Accordance helps me target Septuagint vocabulary I still don’t recognize. And I even smile a little bit now when I come across a second aorist.


Abram Kielsmeier-Jones is Pastor of Union Congregational Church in Magnolia, Mass. He writes at Words on the Word and is a frequent instructor for Accordance webinars.

 

Feb 4, 2020 Richard Mansfield

A Closer Look at the CSB Study Bible

CSB Study Bible 3D Last week, we released the CSB Study Bible notes for Accordance Bible Software. Our users have eagerly awaited the release of these study Bible notes since they were first released in print.

Naturally, Accordance users who already have the HCSB Study Bible notes in their libraries will want to know what’s different in the new CSB edition. I will get to that below, but first, the features of the CSB Study Bible notes:

  • 15,000+ study notes

  • 368 word studies

  • 94 photographs

  • 61 timelines• 55 maps

  • 34 articles/essays

  • 21 illustrations/reconstructions

  • 19 charts

  • Book introductions and outlines

  • 52-week Scripture Memory Plan

  • Separate Accordance module for CSB Crossreferences

  • Separate Accordance module for a one-year CSB Study Bible Reading Plan that combines both M’Cheyne Family Readings and M’Cheyne Secret Readings into one plan.

Purchasers of the previous HCSB Study Bible notes will have two questions: (1) What is the difference between the two editions, and (2) is there an upgrade path? I reached out to Lifeway and was told that while there is a great amount of common material between the two volumes, there is new content as well.

CSB Study Bible - iPad

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In the update to the new CSB Study Bible notes, there is now an additional front matter essay on “Reading the Bible for Transformation” by Briah H. Cosby. At the end of the New Testament notes, readers will discover an article by Sean McDowell, “What Really Happened to the Apostles” that explores events after the Gospels and Acts. In addition to these, there are six additional essays:

And, of course, all notes and word studies have been updated to reflect the wording of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) in place of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB).

CSB Study Bible + Daily Reading - macOS

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Unfortunately, there is not a direct upgrade path between the new editions, so Accordance users who purchased the previously available HCSB Study Bible notes will have to decide if the changes and additions in the new CSB Study Bible notes are worth the price.

Note that the Christian Standard Bible translation must be purchased separately. In Accordance, the CSB Study Bible notes can be placed in parallel with the CSB or any other text or translation of the Bible.

CSB Study Bible Notes
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Feb 3, 2020 Richard Mansfield

A Note from an Accordance User in Mainland China

Note: Mark Allison, one of our Content Developers, received this note from an Accordance user in China. If you're keeping up with the news at all these days, you know that China is fairly isolated at the moment because of the outbreak of the Coronavirus. We are reproducing the note below with permission, but withholding the Accordance user's name by his request out of caution.


mouth guard china Hi, Mark. I have been meaning to write this for a while. I am guessing that the majority of Accordance users are students of the original languages and I can clearly see the strengths in the software for doing this.

However, Accordance actually offers something that you may not have considered before. I live in China, and have done so for the last 20 years. (originally from the [withheld]). I was brought up in a Christian home but like so many people, fell away from my faith. In 2014 I came back to the Lord. The immediate problem I had was that I had no Bible or access to any Christian teaching locally.

I found Accordance on the web, and purchased it. Since then I have built up a library of modules. Having this available on my phone, iPad and Mac is incredibly convenient, but more than anything it gives me access to materials that I just cannot find in China. Christian books are just not available. I did manage to order a couple of Bibles from the US which I eventually received; however, they were held in customs for a long time and were clearly opened when I eventually got them.

Accordance gives me the ability to purchase materials online and have instant access to them in a format that is fantastically portable. It would just be impossible for me to purchase what I have in Accordance in a printed format. I would never be able to do that here.

My reliance on Accordance has just increased a whole new level with the outbreak of the virus in China. I am currently at home with my family, stockpiled food and not going outdoors. Sitting with accordance in this current situation is a true blessing.

Anyway, I just wanted to say a big thanks to all the people at Accordance. While I may not be a user that challenges the full functionality of Accordance, I use the software daily, and it is completely invaluable to me.

 

Thanks,

[name withheld]