Known for excellence in biblical scholarship, the Anchor Yale Bible Series comprises three main categories. The Anchor Yale Bible Commentary consists of 90 volumes covering the Old Testament, including Apocrypha, and the New Testament. The Anchor Bible Dictionary is a 6-volume work with over 6,000 entries by 800 internationally-renowned scholars. The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library is a collection of reference works by top academic scholars offering in-depth analysis of various biblical themes. All of these series are "must-have" resources for your Accordance Library. This week, we're offering deep discounts on Anchor and other titles from Yale University Press. Welcome to the Yale Sale!
Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts. Sale prices on all products end Monday, October 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.
Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries & Dictionary
Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries
The Anchor Yale Bible is a project of international and interfaith scope in which Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholars from many countries contribute individual volumes. The project is not sponsored by any ecclesiastical organization and is not intended to reflect any particular theological doctrine.
It aims to present the best contemporary scholarship in a way that is accessible not only to scholars but also to the educated nonspecialist. Its approach is grounded in exact translation of the ancient languages and an appreciation of the historical and cultural context in which the biblical books were written supplemented by insights from modern methods, such as sociological and literary criticism.
Old Testament, Apocrypha, and New Testament (90 Volumes)
Old Testament and Apocrypha (63 Volumes)
New Testament (27 Volumes)
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Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (6 Volumes)
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Anchor Yale Reference Library Resources
An Introduction to the New Testament (Brown)
From the experience of a lifetime of scholarship, preaching, teaching, and writing, Raymond E. Brown covers the entire scope of the New Testament with ease and clarity. He walks readers book by book through the basic content and issues of the New Testament. While a wealth of information is contained in these pages, the work’s most impressive features are the basic summaries of each book, a historical overview of the ancient Greco-Roman world, discussions of key theological issues, and the rich supplementary materials, such as illustrative tables, maps, bibliographies, and appendixes.
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An Introduction to the New Testament (Abridged) (Brown)
A long-awaited abridgement of Raymond Brown’s classic and best-selling Introduction to the New Testament.
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An Introduction to the Gospel of John (Brown)
An Introduction to the Gospel of John represents the culmination of Brown’s long and intense examination of part of the New Testament. One of the most important aspects of this new book, particularly to the scholarly community, is how it differs from the original commentary in several important ways. It presents, for example, a new perspective on the historical development of the Gospels, and shows how Brown decided to open his work to literary readings of the text, rather than relying primarily on the historical, which informed the original volumes. In addition, there is an entire section devoted to Christology, absent in the original, as well as a magisterial new section on the representation of Jews in the Gospel of John.
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The Pentateuch: An Introduction to the First Five Books of the Bible (Blenkinsopp)
In this richly detailed work, which has become a standard in the field, renowned biblical scholar Joseph Blenkinsopp unravels (as Harold Bloom did in The Book of J) the radical scholarly opinions on just where these ancient and powerful stories come from, how they were formed, and what significance they have today.
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The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke (Brown)
The Birth of the Messiah is a thought-provoking presentation of the best modern criticism combined with insight into the spiritual concerns of the Gospel authors. Each scene of the narratives is followed by extensive notes and commentary relating it to its Old Testament antecedents and its function in the first-century church as well as to current thought. The result is the first major modern commentary which treats the two narratives together, an inspiring book which reveals the beloved childhood tales of Magi, shepherds and star as theologically profound and relevant for the mature Christian of today.
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The Death of the Messiah (2 Volumes) (Brown)
Combining a lucid synthesis of the vast body of scholarly passion literature with his own insightful explanation of what the evangelists wrote, Brown breaks down the walls of theological density to recapture the full drama and meaning of Jesus’ final days from his arrest to his execution and burial.
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The Gnostic Scriptures (Layton)
This definitive introduction to the gnostic scriptures provides a crucial look at the theology, religious atmosphere, and literary traditions of ancient Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism.
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Ancient Christian Martyrdom: Diverse Practices, Theologies, and Traditions (Moss)
Beginning with an overview of ancient Greek, Roman, and Jewish ideas about death, Moss demonstrates that there were many cultural contexts within which early Christian views of martyrdom were very much at home. She then shows how distinctive and diverging theologies of martyrdom emerged in different ancient congregations. In the process she reexamines the authenticity of early Christian stories about martyrs and calls into question the dominant scholarly narrative about the spread of martyrdom in the ancient world.
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Additional Works by Yale University Press
Archaeology of the Land of the Bible (3 Volumes)
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Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (2 volumes) (Charlesworth)
The writers of the Bible depended on other sources for much of their work. Some of these sources may be lost forever, but many have recently come to light. Known as the pseudepigrapha, they are made available here in two volumes.
Volume 1 covers Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments, and Volume 2 includes expansions of the "Old Testament" and legends, wisdom and philosophical literature, prayers, psalms and odes, and fragments of lost Judeo-Hellenistic works.
These new translations present important documents, many for the first time in English, for all those “People of the Book” to study, contemplate, and understand.
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An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon ("Middle Liddell") (Liddell and Scott)
This module is an intermediate abridgement of the Liddell & Scott’s Complete Greek Lexicon (LSJ) and covers Classical and Patristic Greek as well as Biblical Greek.
In comparison to the smaller abridgment, this "Middle Liddell" contains more entries covering the essential vocabulary of most commonly read Ancient Greek literature, adds citations of the authors to illustrate the history of Greek usage (without identifying the passages), and provides more help with irregular forms.
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One of the hardest parts of studying the Bible is identifying important cultural background issues. Fortunately, Accordance offers a wide variety of resources dedicated to this subject—and an array of techniques to access them quickly and easily. Join Dr. J as he explains how to research cultural background information in Accordance.
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Released today for the Accordance Bible Software Library, the Wisdom Commentary series (currently 16 completed volumes* of a projected 58) from Liturgical Press seeks to create greater participation in biblical studies discussions from the viewpoint of women, and specifically from a feminist perspective. The title of the commentary draws its name from “Woman Wisdom” personified especially in books of the Bible like Proverbs and the Wisdom of Solomon (from the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical books).
Although women’s/feminist issues are not the sole focus of the series, the goal is to produce a different viewpoint than what is often seen in other mainstream commentary series, which with a few exceptions are written and edited mostly by men. The Wisdom Commentary becomes “the first series to offer detailed feminist interpretation of every book of the Bible.” The scope of the series covers the Protestant, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox canons. The team of editors and writers are described as ecumenical and interreligious and “of many different religious traditions, of diverse ages, differing sexual identities, and varying cultural, racial, ethnic, and social contexts.”
In the Foreword, co-editor Athalya Brenner-Idan describes the distinction of the Wisdom Commentary in this way:
In my Jewish tradition, the main motivation for reciting the Haggadah, the ritual text recited yearly on Passover, the festival of liberation from bondage, is given as “And you shall tell your son” (from Exod 13:8). The knowledge and experience of past generations is thus transferred to the next, for constructing the present and the future. The ancient maxim is, literally, limited to a male audience. This series remolds the maxim into a new inclusive shape, which is of the utmost consequence: “And you shall tell your son” is extended to “And you shall tell your daughter [as well as your son].” Or, if you want, “Tell it on the mountain,” for all to hear.
The series is written with “clergy, teachers, ministers, and all serious students of the Bible” in mind. The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible forms the basis of the biblical text used in the Wisdom series.
*Note: The volume on Leviticus is scheduled to be released in November and will be added to this product in a free future update.
Wisdom Commentary Series (16 Volumes)
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- Vol. 3: Leviticus (S. Tamar Kamionkowski) (2018) (Regular Price $39.90) ** Not yet released
- Vol. 7: Judges (Mercedes L. García Bachmann) (2018) (Regular Price $39.90)
- Vol. 8: Ruth (Alice L. Laffey, Mahri Leonard-Fleckman) (2017) (Regular Price $39.90)
- Vol. 21: Psalms, Books 2-3 (42-89) (Denise Dombkowski Hopkins) (2016) (Regular Price $39.90)
- Vol. 23: Proverbs (Alice Ogden Bellis) (2018) (Regular Price $39.90)
- Vol. 25: Song of Songs (F. Scott Spencer) (2017) (Regular Price $39.90)
- Vol. 30: Lamentations (Gina Hens-Piazza) (2017) (Regular Price $29.90)
- Vol. 31: Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah (Marie-Theres Wacker) (2016) (Regular Price $39.90)
- Vol. 37: Micah (Julia M. O'Brien) (2015) (Regular Price $39.90)
- Vol. 38: Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (Wilda C. M. Gafney) (2017) (Regular Price $39.90)
- Vol. 39: Haggai and Malachi (Stacy Davis) (2015) (Regular Price $29.90)
- Vol. 50: Ephesians (Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza) (2017) (Regular Price $39.90)
- Vol. 51: Philippians, Colossians, Philemon (Elsa Tamez, Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Claire Miller Colombo, Alicia J. Batten) (2017) (Regular Price $39.90)
- Vol. 52: 1-2 Thessalonians (Florence M. Gillman, Mary Ann Beavis, HyeRan Kim-Cragg) (2016) (Regular Price $39.90)
- Vol. 53: 1-2 Timothy, Titus (Annette Bourland Huizenga) (2016) (Regular Price $39.90)
- Vol. 54: Hebrews (Mary Ann Beavis, HyeRan Kim-Cragg) (2015) (Regular Price $39.90)
CSNTM 16th Anniversary Sale – 33% Off
Sweet sixteen! Yesterday, September 13, 2018, was CSNTM's sixteenth anniversary. Back in 2002, their Executive Director, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, saw the potential of how digital photography and the internet could transform the way we study New Testament manuscripts—rapidly increasing our access to the physical materials of the Christian tradition. Now almost two decades later, this original vision has proven to be both timely and vital, and their commitment to it has only strengthened. As they move into their 17th year, they have a number of important projects underway that have us excited about what lies ahead for the preservation and study of the New Testament.
Sale price listed below is good through Monday, September 24, 2018 (11:59 PM EDT). Cannot be combined with any other discounts.
Amazing New Testament Language Research Tool!
This group contains plates of the Major New Testament Codices from the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. The eight GNT Images modules include images of the following codex facsimiles: Alexandrinus (NT & 1-2 Clement), Sinaiticus (NT, LXX, and Epistle of Barnabas/Shepherd of Hermas), Vaticanus (pseudo-facsimile), Washingtonianus, and the original Codex 2882.
These enhanced hi-res images sync to the Bible text and scroll in parallel. Combined with our tagged uncial texts, the power of Accordance makes these NT codices an invaluable resource. Help us celebrate their 16th Anniversary!
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Greek MSS Images from the CSNTM
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Upgrade from previous NT MSS Images to Greek MSS Images from the CSNTM
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Accordance Bible Software, in cooperation with Andrews University Press and the Ellen G. White Estate, is pleased to release additional modules of Adventist resources. In the following informal video, you will see ways in which Adventist materials within Accordance enhance and accelerate your study experience. Things that could not be done, or might have taken hours to do in print, can be done in seconds in Accordance! We are excited about the inclusion of these additional modules in Accordance and look forward to an even greater selection of Adventist titles in the future.
Accordance 12.2.9 (Windows/macOS)
This update brings major improvements for importing User Notes from BibleWorks. This includes better matching for Hebrew characters, importing single Book folders of User Notes, and more. There are also minor updates related to Unicode, Simple Constructs, User Bibles, User Tools, and localizations.
Update your installation of Accordance 12 by selecting App Update on the Utilities menu (Windows) or the Accordance menu (macOS).
Update: Accordance 12.2.9 is also now available in the Mac App Store.
Accordance Mobile 1.2 for Android
Accordance Mobile 1.2 for Android smartphones and tablets introduces a number of new enhancements, especially relating to text selection, copying text, and support for audio playback!
Tap and hold text for Instant Details and the ability to copy your selection. Any content with embedded or streaming audio can now be played from within the Accordance Mobile app. We've also added a number of other features such as support for PaleoHebrew, the choice of whether or not to include footnote markers or Hebrew cantillation when copying text, the ability to display more Accordance titles than before, and more.
Update Accordance Mobile for Android Version 1.2 from the Google Play Store or the Amazon Appstore for Android. It can also be downloaded directly from our server but will need to be updated manually.
Accordance Mobile 2.7.2 for iOS
Accordance Mobile v. 2.7.2 for iOS delivers a number of fixes, updates, and improvements, especially to Paper documents imported from Accordance on Windows and Mac.
Now there is much better support for selecting view options in Paper documents to display explanations, contents, endnotes, and bibliographical information. Tap on footnote or endnote indicators to see destination content in Instant Details. From there, choose to go to that content or amplify. External links in Paper documents can be displayed in Instant Details.
Other improvements to Paper documents include better handling of bibliographic hyperlinks to titles not present on the device. Ibid entries distinguish between page and paragraph numbers and properly support Unicode localization. Even better, Paper Display options now update immediately on iPads.
Besides the above improvements to Paper documents, there are updates to popovers on landscape iPhones and better handling of formatting for original languages in User Notes.
Accordance Mobile for iOS can be updated in the App Store.
One of the better study Bibles to come along recently is the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. A number of Accordance users have requested these study Bible notes; and no doubt, they will be pleased to hear that we are making it available today for the Accordance Library.
What’s the big deal about cultural backgrounds when it comes to studying the Bible? In the “Quick Start Guide” to the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, there is a quote from one of the editors, Dr. John H. Walton, that reads “Even though the Bible was written for us, it wasn’t written to us. When we take our Western, modern culture and impose it on the text, we’re putting in meaning that wasn’t there, and we’re missing the meaning that the text has.” Thus, we often make assumptions about the Bible because we read it through the lens of our culture and experience. It's better to try to understand the message as closely as we can through the eyes of the original audiences.
Now, you might also ask, with all these great backgrounds commentaries available for the Accordance Library, why would I want to use the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible? I’ve said before that background commentaries are my favorite kind of commentaries. Excellent background commentaries such as the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentaries and the IVP Background Commentaries are at the top of my Commentaries folder in Accordance, so that I can easily access them in the Accordance Info Pane. I certainly look at cultural backgrounds before I look at any kind of interpretive or theological approach. However, study Bibles often make an excellent “first stop” in researching a biblical passage because you can get a more distilled amount of information very quickly. The content found in a study Bible may be all the information you need, and it’s a fast way to access it. But that information can also lead you on to the kind of content that is more in depth—such as the other commentaries we offer.
Now, any study Bible is expected to have abbreviated commentary notes that accompany the biblical text. When it comes to the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, here’s the best part: much of the content in this study Bible comes from the Zondervan and IVP backgrounds commentaries I mentioned above! Of course, there’s much more than this. As described in the already-mentioned “Quick Start Guide,” the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible includes the following features:
- Book Introductions answer questions about who wrote the books of the Bible, to whom, and when, as well as informing readers about the larger cultural and political context in which a book was written. In the Old Testament, dates of writing and specific authorship for each book are less clear than in the New Testament, where such information is marginally less controversial, although still debated. That’s why the Old Testament introductions include “Key Concepts” and the New Testament Introductions include “Quick Glance” information to help readers orient themselves.
- The Old Testament includes a helpful chart that explains the nuances of meaning contained in Hebrew words that don’t have exact equivalents in English. That chart is called “Hebrew to English Translation Chart.”
- Also included before the Old Testament is a helpful article entitled, “Major Background Issues from the Ancient Near East” that is a must-read before you begin your OT study.
- The New Testament includes a reference feature entitled “Key New Testament Terms” that is designed to help clarify and further define the cultural contexts behind these terms. It’s included as a background feature to define and explain terms that often repeat in the New Testament notes.
- The NIV Center-column Cross Reference system aids in deeper study of the Bible’s themes, language and concepts by leading readers to related passages on the same or similar themes.
- Over 10,000 study notes have been placed close to the text that they amplify and explain. These have been designed to provide the reader with a deep and rich understanding of the nuances that the original readers and hearers of the Bible would have intuitively understood. They focus on the land, the literature, and the political and cultural contexts that the Bible’s authors lived in, and emphasize how the people of Israel were both influenced by, as well as how they were called to be different from, their surrounding culture.
- Full-color in-text maps, charts and diagrams, along with some 320 essays, summarize and explain important background information and ideas from Scripture.
- Front and end matter features include author information, an author’s introduction with helpful questions and answers about this Bible, more information on the NIV translation itself (in the NIV Preface), and many other helpful study tools.
- The NIV Concordance is a tool designed to help readers who remember a key word or phrase in a passage to locate the verses they are looking for. Words and names are listed alphabetically, along with their more significant verse references.
- Color maps at the end of this study Bible complement the color maps in the interior of the Bible to help readers to visualize the geographic context of what they are studying.
Just as a reminder, in most cases when we release study Bibles for Accordance, the Bible translation itself is not included and sold separately. However, there’s great advantage to having a study Bible in Accordance because unlike a print copy where you’re stuck with the translation it came with, Accordance allows you to put any set of Bible study notes with any Bible you want—original language or translation.
For a limited time, you can get introductory discounted pricing on the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible when you add it to your Accordance Library.
NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible Notes
When I was a kid, every children’s and adult Sunday School classroom at my church had a set of large “pull-down” maps related to the Old and New Testaments. After I grew up and moved away from home, eventually I was teaching a Bible study class for adults myself; but the church I was in had no such maps. I remember trying to find a set of these maps to purchase for my own use, but there were none to be found. They simply weren’t made anymore. This was in the mid-1990s before data projectors and flat screen televisions became the universal teaching tools that they are now.
Flash forward to today, and we have a wealth of “maps” for teaching. With Accordance Bible Software and a data projector or flat screen television, I have access to the infinitely customizable Accordance Atlas as well as dozens of third-party atlases with pre-made maps. Nevertheless, I’ve been hoping for at least one more addition: the Holman Bible Atlas: A Complete Guide to the Expansive Geography of Biblical History.
Until a recent move, I had been using Holman Bible Atlas maps for nearly a decade in a Bible study I taught at my previous church. We used a Lifeway curriculum that offered an individual Holman Bible Atlas map in .jpeg format with each quarter’s study. It was nice having these maps, but it meant that I only got four a year, and I didn't have access to the written content in the atlas. Plus, I still didn’t have the Holman Atlas in the one place I really wanted it--Accordance.
Well, I’m very excited to announce that today we are releasing the Holman Bible Atlas for the Accordance Bible Software Library. This atlas comes with 132 maps, over 150 photographs, multiple charts, in-depth articles, and extensive bibliographies. And the Accordance edition of the Holman Bible Atlas comes with eight separate search fields allowing you to find the exact content you need quickly and efficiently.
The content of the Holman Bible Atlas has been written so as to be accessible to anyone interested in biblical studies. In the preface, the author, Thomas Brisco, states,
I have written this Atlas for the interested lay person and beginning level student of the Bible in colleges and seminaries. Accordingly, I have avoided technical jargon and overly complex discussion of issues that have a legitimate place among scholars, but which can be distracting to students with little or no background. The goal has been to provide the geographical and historical data necessary to comprehend the Bible’s unfolding story.
I would suggest, however, that any “scholar” or pastors in a teaching role will want to add the Holman Bible Atlas to their Accordance Library to use the content in teaching and preaching settings. As I mentioned, I've been using these maps for years, and in my opinion, the Holman Bible Atlas contains the best pre-made, third-party maps available anywhere. They are high-quality, professional maps with vivid colors and cover nearly every imaginable map one could want related to biblical studies. And, of course, your license for having a title like this in Accordance allows you to use these images in teaching and preaching contexts.
If you already have the Holman Bible Atlas on a competing Bible Software platform, don’t miss our extremely low-priced crossgrade offer. As is usually the case, you will discover that many of the images in the Accordance edition of this title are often of a slightly higher quality than our competitors, which makes for better use in teaching and preaching settings.
Holman Bible Atlas
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Holy Scriptures: Tree of Life Version is arguably the most significant translation ever released from a Messianic Jewish perspective. Sponsored by the Tree of Life Bible Society (formerly, the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society), the translation team consists of more than 70 individuals tasked with translation, editing, and style. We are pleased to announce the immediate release of the Tree of Life Version (TLV) for the Accordance Bible Software Library.
The TLV is based on the Masoretic Text for the Old Testament (usually referred to as the “TA-NA-KH” in the TLV) and the 27th edition of the Nestle-Aland Greek text for the New Testament (referred to as “The New Covenant” in the TLV). 16 key principles guided the translation of the TLV (see here for a complete list). Here are a few highlights of those principles:
- The Jewish order of the books of the Old Testament. Old Testament books follow the traditional order of Torah (Law), Neviim (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings).
- The Jewish name of the Messiah, Yeshua. All references in the TLV to Jesus use the Hebrew name Yeshua. For example, Luke 1:30-31 reads, “The angel spoke to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Miriam, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you shall call His name Yeshua.”
- Reverence for the four-letter unspoken name of God. Most English translations of the Bible will substitute the word “LORD” (in all capital letters) for the name of God in Hebrew, יהוה/YHWH. This practice comes from the Jewish tradition of substituting the word אֲדֹנָי/Adonai (roughly translated into English as “lord”) for יהוה/YHWH in public reading, so as not to speak God’s holy name. Instead of using the traditional English, “LORD,” the TLV uses the English transliteration Adonai in these instances. Likewise, the Hebrew word for God, אֱלֹהִים/Elohim. Thus, the TLV translates Genesis 2:7 in this manner: “Then ADONAI Elohim formed the man out of the dust from the ground and He breathed into his nostrils a breath of life—so the man became a living being.”
- Hebrew transliterated terms, such as shalom, shofar, and Shabbat. Consider these examples:
“So when the shofarot blew, the people shouted. When the people heard the sound of the shofar, the people shouted a loud shout—and the wall fell down flat!” (Joshua 6:20)
“When Shabbat was over, Miriam of Magdala, Miriam the mother of Jacob, and Salome bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Yeshua’s body.” (Mark 16:1)
“They were all filled with the Ruach ha-Kodesh and began to speak in other tongues as the Ruach enabled them to speak out.” (Acts 2:4)
If the reader does not recognize the italicized transliterated Hebrew words, the editors have supplied a Tree of Life Version glossary that offers definitions for each of these terms.
The Tree of Life Version was designed to be more than a Bible translation for adherents of Messianic Judaism. All Bible readers will find appreciation for the Jewishness of the biblical text (both testaments) that is often lost in translation.
Tree of Life Version
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Watch this video on the TLV translation process, explained by Dr. Jeffrey Seif:
Editors use a variety of brackets in Bibles and Texts to indicate material that is missing, reconstructed, or whose authenticity is in doubt. This podcast surveys the different uses of brackets in Accordance’s most commonly-used texts—and how to adjust for them in searches and statistical analyses.
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