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Jun 22, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Endorsement: Michael Miller

Michael Miller, a consultant with Wycliffe Bible Translators, discusses the value of Accordance Bible Software for exegetical work and Bible translation into other languages.

This video was filmed in November, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas, at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.


Jun 20, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Big Savings to Help You Apply the Bible


Understanding and applying the Bible is one of the tasks of every Christian, but most know, it's no easy task. Reading and understanding the Scriptures takes time and effort. The Apostle Paul says, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9 NIV). The first step of understanding the Bible is reading it, but what do we do from there?  We don’t want to merely amass knowledge of the Bible, allowing it to have no effect on us. With up to 78% off on publisher's specials, you can save on this selection of biblical tools that will help you as you not only read the Bible, but seek to apply it to your everyday life.

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts and will end on June 26, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT.

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A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible:
Learning to Read Scripture's Story

This compact introduction to the Bible helps you to begin reading the biblical text as Christian Scripture, focusing on the meaning of Scripture for the church. Introductions to the story, arrangement, style, and key ideas of each division of the Old and New Testament help readers see how the books of the Bible make a coherent whole.

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A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible
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Life App_Matthew_120 Life Application Commentary: NT (50% Off!)
(17 Volumes)

Each volume features a complete introduction, commentary, and a helpful reference section in addition to sermon and lesson applications. Written in an easy to understand and practical format, this set is ideal for sermon preparation and lesson planning.

Life Application Commentary: NT (17 Volumes)
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UB Commentary_OT_NT Understanding the Bible Commentary
(36 Volumes)

Designed to help any reader navigate the unique and sometimes intimidating literary terrain of the Bible, these accessible volumes break down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become understandable to contemporary readers.

Understanding the Bible Commentary: OT & NT (36 Volumes)
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Application Handbook_120 Handbook of Bible Application

In this volume, topics are arranged alphabetically and cross-referenced with other related topics, key verses, and longer Bible readings. Each entry is designed to address life's everyday struggles and questions, and each topic leads you directly to the Bible passages that speak to those struggles and questions.

Handbook of Bible Application
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IVP-Hard Sayings Hard Sayings of the Bible

Explanations for over five hundred of the most troubling verses to test the minds and hearts of Bible readers! Verse by verse, four distinguished Bible scholars take you behind the scenes to find succinct solutions to the most difficult verses in Scripture.

Hard Sayings of the Bible
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Understanding & Applying_120 Understanding and Applying the Bible

The author outlines a comprehensive strategy for learning to engage, interpret Scripture, and provide a well-rounded exegetical-theological approach to studying the Bible. Proviging not only academic information, this work serves as an instructive guide that helps students appropriate the academic information in their own spiritual lives.

Understanding and Applying the Bible
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Handfuls on Purpose Handfuls on Purpose
(12 Volumes)

Handfuls on Purpose is packed with over 2,000 expository outlines that have been described as “deeply devotional.” Insightful suggestions for Bible reading, study, and thousands of ideas for sermons and devotional talks are offered. This work is treasured by preachers looking to compose thoughtful, compelling, and powerful messages.

Handfuls on Purpose (12 Volumes)
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Longman-Read Job_120 How to Read Job

Written by two respected commentators, this matchless guide to reading and appreciating the book of Job covers all relevant aspects—literary, historical, theological and hermeneutical—for the student, teacher and busy pastor.

How to Read Job (Walton, Longman III)
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Longman-Read Genesis_120 How to Read Genesis

A welcome guide to reading, studying, understanding, and savoring this panorama of beginnings—of both the world and of Israel. The author helps us to gain insight into how Genesis points to Christ and can be read in light of the gospel.

How to Read Genesis (Longman III)
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Longman-Read Exodus_120 How to Read Exodus

A box-seat guide to Exodus, discussing its historical backdrop, sketching out its literary context, and developing its principal themes, from Israel's deliverance from servitude to Pharaoh to its dedication to service to God.

How to Read Exodus (Longman III)
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Longman-Read Proverbs_120 How to Read Proverbs

The reader will appreciate the rich depths of this volume while savoring the Proverbs for all their wisdom. Most important for Christian readers, we gain insight into how Christ is the climax and embodiment of wisdom.

How to Read Proverbs (Longman III)
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Longman-Read 4 Get the "How to Read" 4-volume set at 50% off!

"How to Read" Set
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Wuest NT Set Wuest's NT Set: Word Studies in the Greek NT with Expanded NT Translation (4 Volumes)

These studies and translations of the Greek New Testament are simplified commentaries on the Greek text for the Bible student who is not conversant with the Greek language. The four-volume set includes commentaries on the Gospels and Epistles; graphic explanations of selected passages, words, and phrases; and devotional studies on the teachings of Jesus and the apostles.

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Jun 19, 2017 Richard Mansfield

NEW! A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible

Compact Guide to the Whole Bible - 3D Bible surveys can be difficult to teach. There’s certainly value to gaining a big picture overview of Scripture. Over the years, I’ve taught surveys of one or both Testaments at both the high school and college levels as well as in church settings. Sometimes it seems like I’m offering something very helpful, but other times it feels “a mile wide and an inch deep” as the saying goes.

The same kind of sentiment can be said for written surveys of the Bible. Finding a good one-volume introductory survey of the Bible can be quite challenging. There’s a fine balance between offering enough depth to make such a work meaningful without making it so difficult that it’s no longer introductory in nature. Such was the dilemma faced by the faculty of Seattle Pacific University. Their sophomores were required to take a survey course on the Bible. Not satisfied with already-published Bible surveys, the faculty decided to write their own. Releasing today for the Accordance Bible Software Library, A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible: Learning to Read Scripture’s Story is the result of this project. But this biblical introduction is intended not just for classroom use, but use in the church as well.

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Click/tap the image above for a larger view of A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible in Accordance 12 for Windows.

Edited by Robert W. Hall and David R. Nienhuis, with chapters written by additional faculty members, A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible from Baker Academic has been designed as “a short ‘guide’ [...] that would provide just enough information to prepare the students to begin reading the Bible itself. Such a guide seems to us central to the educational mission of religiously related universities and Christian congregations” (preface).

A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible begins with introductory sections designed to help the reader understand a Christian perspective on the Bible as well as how to read it in relation to its varied literary genres and historical contexts. Then, rather than presenting each book of the Bible by itself as with many similar introductions, chapters treat various sections of the Bible, focusing on the Bible’s metanarrative (defined as “A grand, overarching story that takes a group of smaller, different stories and provides a framework for understanding how they all fit together”). The goal for this approach is to read the bible as story rather than in isolated passages separate from the whole.

Each chapter covers a portion of Scripture, such as “The Beginning of the Story” for Genesis through Deuteronomy or “The Story of Jesus” covering the four Gospels. The structure of each of these chapters follows the same outline:

The Story: Contribution to the Metanarrative
The Shape of the Story: Arrangement and Placement
The Style of the Story: Literary Features
The Specifics: What to Watch For
What Do We Learn about God?
What Do We Learn about Being God’s People?
What Do We Learn about God’s World?

Compact Guide to the Whole Bible - iPad This approach to Scripture as story becomes the overall motif for the entire book. The authors even include an epilogue, as opposed to an afterword--which might appear in other, more traditional, reference works.

Click/tap the image to the right for a larger view of A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible in Accordance Mobile for iOS.

In their wish to make this introduction accessible to all, the reader is not required to have any knowledge of biblical languages, and any reference to Greek or Hebrew words use transliteration. For the most part, the authors use their own translations when quoting Scripture, but occasionally refer to the CEB or NRSV. Page numbers are included in the Accordance version of A Compact Guide to the Bible for use in mixed-format group settings.

Even those long familiar with the Bible may benefit from this fresh approach with its emphasis on reading the Bible as story, an idea that has become increasingly popular in recent years, as evidenced by publishers releasing print versions of the Bible without traditional chapter and verse numbering. Students and other interested readers alike will especially benefit from reading A Compact Guide to the Bible wherever they are using an iPad or iPhone.

A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible
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Jun 15, 2017 Ricardo Yaka

Configuraciones de inicio de Accordance - iOS [Accordance Settings on iOS]

En este video veremos cuándo usar la configuración de inicio de Accordance en los dispositivos iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). Estos pasos pueden ayudarnos cuando tengamos problemas con Accordance en el dispositivo.

[In this video we will see when to use the Accordance Startup settings on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). These steps can help us when we have issues with Accordance on the device.]

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Jun 14, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Accordance 12 Advanced Features (Training Seminar Session 2)

In session 2 of this Accordance Bible Software Training Seminar, David Lang demonstrates the Info Pane, Papers, Stacks, Research, and more. This training seminar was filmed in San Antonio, Texas, on November 18, 2016 in conjunction with last year's ETS/SBL meetings.

Also, don't miss session 1: Accordance 12 Overview.

By the way, this year's free Accordance Training Seminar, held in conjunction with ETS/SBL, will be held on November 17 in Boston at a yet-to-be-announced location. We are already accepting registrations, so if you can make it, please email [email protected] and put in your name!


Jun 13, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Focus on the Fathers


The biblical image of God as Father sets the standard for a guiding figure who is gracious, loving, and wants the best for his children. The Christian faith holds the figures of the Early Church in high esteem with the special designation, “Church Fathers.” For centuries, Christians have looked to the wisdom of the Church Fathers for insights into understanding the Scriptures and guidance for themselves and their families. This week, in recognition of the best that fathers have to give to this world, we are highlighting the Early Church writings of the Church Fathers with special sale pricing.

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts and will end on June 19, 2017 (11:59pm EDT).

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Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts

Respected New Testament scholar Craig Keener argues that it is time to rethink philosopher David Hume's argument against miracles in light of the contemporary evidence available to us. This two-volume study presents the most thorough current defense of the credibility of the miracle reports in the Gospels and Acts. Drawing on claims from a range of global cultures and taking a multidisciplinary approach to the topic, Keener suggests that many miracle accounts throughout history and from contemporary times are best explained as genuine divine acts, lending credence to the biblical miracle reports.

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Genealogies_120 Genealogies of the Bible
(Plus Lists of Notable Persons)

Genealogies of the Bible is a running index of genealogies of biblical individuals, along with informative descriptions. The genealogies are organized by scripture reference and are also displayed in a diagram / family tree.

This work addresses the ancestry of biblical characters (both Jews and Gentiles) across the broad expanse of biblical history, from the time of Creation through the era of the early Christian church. It represents the culmination of a decade of systematic biblical research on all genealogies that are presented in sacred Scripture.

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Genealogies of the Bible
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IVP_ChurchFathers Focus on the Fathers
Huge 43-Volume Bundle

This week, treat yourself to our Focus on the Fathers 43-volume bundle. It includes the 29-volume Ancient Christian Commentary set, the 3-volume Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity, the 5-volume set of Ancient Christian Doctrine, the 3-volume Ancient Christian Devotional, plus a 3-volume series on Reading Scripture, Learning Theology, and Worshiping -- all with the Church Fathers.

Focus on the Fathers (43 Volumes)
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Regular Price $899
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If you're not ready to purchase the Focus on the Fathers bundle now,
you can purchase individual books and sets below.

ACCS Complete

Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (29 Volumes)

Study the key writings of the early Church Fathers. Arranged canonically, each volume allows the living voices of the church in its formative centuries to speak as they engage the sacred page of Scripture.

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Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity

This set covers the first eight centuries of the Christian Church and comprises 3,220 entries by a team of 266 scholars representing a variety of Christian traditions. It draws upon such fields as archaeology, art and architecture, cultural studies, ecclesiology, geography, history, philosophy, and theology.

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Regular Price $389
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Ancient Doctrine

Ancient Christian Doctrine

This exciting five-volume series follows up on the acclaimed Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture to provide patristic commentary on the Nicene Creed.

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Ancient Devotional

Ancient Christian Devotional

These three guides to prayer and reflection combine excerpts from the writings of the Church Fathers as found in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture with a simple structure for daily or weekly reading and prayer.

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Learning Theology with the Church Fathers

For the Church Fathers, theology was a spiritual exercise woven into the texture of life. What would it be like to sit under the preaching and instruction of these great men, to look over their shoulders as they thought and wrote, or to hear them debate theological issues?

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Worshiping with the Church Fathers

Accompany the Fathers as they enter the sanctuary for worship and the chapel for prayer. We're taken to the wilderness, where we learn from the early monastics as they draw close to God in their solitary discipline.

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Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers

Discover eight of the most significant Early Church Fathers, how they read and interpreted Scripture, and how we might read Scripture with them for all it's worth.

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Ferguson-Backgrounds_120 Backgrounds of Early Christianity

Explore the Roman, Greek, and Jewish political, social, religious, and philosophical backgrounds necessary for a good historical understanding of the New Testament and the Early Church.

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Backgrounds of Early Christianity (Ferguson)
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Schaff Schaff's Church Fathers and Church History Bundle

This bundle includes all 37 volumes of the Church Fathers, including the works of the Apostolic Fathers, Tertullian, Origen, Augustine, Chrysostom, Eusebius, Athanasius, Jerome, Ambrose, and the seven Ecumenical Councils. Additionally, it includes Philip Schaff’s History of the Christian Church, an 8-volume classic work exploring history from apostolic Christianity to the Reformation.

Schaff's Church Fathers and Church History Bundle
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AF-T Apostolic Fathers (Third Edition)
in Greek, Latin, and English

Discover this invaluable collection of writings revered by early Christians but not included in the final canon of the New Testament. This module contains the fully tagged Greek texts of the Apostolic Fathers as edited and revised by Michael W. Holmes.

Apostolic Fathers (Third Edition) (Greek, Latin, English)
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AF Reader_120 A Reader's Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers

Expand your studies and explore the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and wrestle with their content, theology, praxis, use of the New Testament, and devotion to the risen Lord.

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A Reader's Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers
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Jun 12, 2017 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Keener's Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts

Keener Miracles cover 3D When I was in high school, an agnostic father of one of my classmates cornered me one day in an attempt to question my Christian faith. He asked me if I believed in miracles. When I affirmed I did, He said, “If God has set natural laws in place in his creation, a miracle would be a violation of his laws. Wouldn’t that make God a lawbreaker?”

I didn’t know the name David Hume at the time, but years later I would learn that this 18th century philosopher defined a miracle as a violation of natural law. Grounded in the empirical ideas of his age (and in many ways, ours), Hume did not believe in miracles because they would, by very definition, contradict universal experience. After studying Hume years later, I remembered the encounter with my classmate’s father and realized he was channeling Hume in his challenge to me.

Even as an 18-year old, I felt the argument presented to me by my friend’s father established rules about God (whom arguably, he didn’t believe in to begin with) which were a bit external to the nature of the very definition of an all-powerful Being. Yes, there are “natural laws” in place that God established in the creation of the cosmos, but if he created the natural system in which we live, he can just as easily bypass this system as he sees fit. Nevertheless, skeptics often stump those who believe in miracles when they ask for documented evidence for them.

Almost all modern Western skepticism of the supernatural can be traced back to the development of empirical ideas (that is, reality is only what we can directly and uniformly experience with our senses) of the Enlightenment era. And if the idea of miracles are readily dismissed, we can point back to the arguments and influence of David Hume.

Although most believers in the God of the Bible would believe in the historicity and possibility of the miraculous at some inherent level, Hume’s influence remains with us whether his name and precise arguments are known or not. Thus, Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, decided it was time to counter Hume’s arguments in perhaps the most thorough and decisive means attempted in modern times. Today, we are pleased to release Keener’s monumental two-volume work, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts for the Accordance Bible Software Library.

I used the word thorough in the paragraph above because that aptly describes Keener’s Miracles. In print, the two volumes consist of over 1200 pages. Keener comes at the subject from every angle. In part 1, Keener examines ancient evidence of miracle accounts, and not just those from the Judeo-Christian tradition. In part 2, he directly addresses the philosophical presuppositions suggested by Hume. In part 3, Keener examines account after account of modern miraculous occurrences (here is that documented evidence that skeptics request). In part 4, Keener explores various proposed explanations for miracles. And then a series of appendices, which could serve as an independent volume by themselves, serve to round out several subjects not addressed in the earlier content.

Keener Miracles

Click tap the image above for a larger view of Craig Keener's Miracles in Accordance 12.

Accordance users who own the most recent Theological Journal Library will want to read Rob Plummer’s detailed review of Keener’s Miracles. Plummer summarizes Keener’s main arguments in this way:

The two-part thesis of Miracles is straightforward: (1) Many people, both ancient and modern, give credible eyewitness testimony that they, or people they know, have experienced miracles; and (2) therefore, when judging the historicity of ancient works that report miracles, scholars should not, at the outset, eliminate the possibility that genuine supernatural phenomena were observed.

I can’t overemphasize how important Craig Keener’s Miracles is to its subject and the skepticism of our age in general. Add it to your personal Accordance Library and work your way through Keener’s evidence and arguments. Then don’t be surprised how often you recognize David Hume’s still persistent influence; yet now, you will have the information needed for serious engagement and discussion.

Miracles (Keener)
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Jun 10, 2017 Helen Brown

In Memory of Chris Rockwell

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We are deeply saddened to have to share with you that Chris, our lead iOS programmer for over two years, has passed away very suddenly. We withheld the news at the request of the family, until after the funeral today.

Joel Brown, our Manager of Software Development wrote:

Chris was an exciting, dedicated, and exuberant worker with whom, for over two years, I had the pleasure of working.  From the initial interview, I could tell Chris' passion for both software development and serving God's kingdom, especially his excitement at combining the two.  Chris was able to immediately step in and fill a vital role in our team.  From that point forward, he continued to grow as a developer, in both his effectiveness and his leadership.  His loss came as a tragic shock to everyone in the company, and we will be missing Chris for many years to come.  Our thoughts, hopes, and prayers are with Latecia and the rest of his family as they continue through this difficult time.

Chris himself recently shared this on our Staff page:

I am a Texas native, more specifically Northeast Texas. For those wondering, yes I grew up with cows in my backyard, which is not as common as you think where I am from. I’ve always been intrigued with computers and technology as a whole, even as a youngster, but wasn’t exposed to programming until my freshman year in college at Prairie View A&M. At the time, I was majoring in Computer and Electrical Engineering, but that soon changed after watching the movie The Social Network. That movie, which chronicles the start of Facebook, captivated me and exposed me to something I had never known nor heard of before, coding. From that day forward I have been engulfed in my passion for programming and went on to attend Full Sail University, where I graduated, Salutatorian, with a Bachelors in Mobile Development. I was super excited when I received the lead from my college for the job opening at Accordance. A job that combines two things I love, my faith and programming. I have grown and learned so much as a programmer and as a person since I joined the team back in 2015 and I am looking forward to what the future has in store.

Rest in Peace, Chris. You will be greatly missed.

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Jun 9, 2017 Richard Mansfield

UPDATE! Accordance 12.1 for Windows & Macintosh

Accordance 12.1 update Accordance 12.1 for Windows and Macintosh is now available as a free upgrade for Accordance 12 users! Select App Update from the Utilities menu (Windows) or the Accordance menu (Mac) to update. Keep reading to find out about changes in Accordance 12.1!

Syncing of User Content

Accordance 12.1 is a significant update, although a lot of the changes are “under the hood.” The greatest change in Accordance 12.1 relates to Dropbox, which Accordance users employ to sync user content. Dropbox is discontinuing their current API at the end of June, 2017. Therefore, Accordance users need to upgrade to v. 12.1 if they want to sync content after this time.

Supported Platforms

Any Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10 user who is currently running Accordance 10, 11, or 12 should not have any problems running Accordance 12.1, but as mentioned on our System Requirements page, XP is not supported by Microsoft any longer.

Mac users should note that Accordance 12.1 requires Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or higher, and syncing using the new Dropbox API will require OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher.

Discounted Upgrades

To help Accordance users running older versions upgrade to version 12.1, we are running a 30%-off sale on Accordance 12 Starter through June 19, 2017.

Accordance 12 Upgrade from version 11
Regular price $49.90
Sale price $34.90

Accordance 12 Upgrade from version 10
Regular price $54.90
Sale price $38.90

Accordance 12 Starter (version 9 and older + new users)
Regular price $59.90
Sale price $41.90

Other Improvements in Accordance 12.1

Both Macintosh and Windows versions of Accordance 12.1 include better font rendering, and Accordance 12.1 for the Mac is now fully 64 bit. Of course, there are plenty of other improvements; but as already mentioned, most of these are internal to the Accordance code itself. For a complete list of improvements, see our New Features since 12.0 page.


Jun 7, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Endorsement: Daniel Kim

Dr. Daniel Kim is Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Semitics at Talbot School of Theology. Dr. Kim describes his own use of Accordance for personal study and research as well as his use in the classroom. Hear how he stuns students with Accordance's speed, ease of use, and power for studying and learning Hebrew. This video was filmed in November, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas, at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.