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Dec 17, 2018 Accordance Bible Software

Bundle Up and Save! 4 X 4 Sale #3!


Welcome to the third installment of our 4 X 4 Bundle Up & Save Sale! For the next four days, save up to 50% off the invaluable writings of John Warwick Montgomery, Martyn Lloyd Jones, Leland Ryken, and Marilyn Chandler McEntyre. This sale is a short one so make your move by the end of the day on Thursday.

And don't forget that Accordance Gift Cards make perfect year-end gifts for your favorite Accordance user, or introduce your friends to Accordance with FREE Starter Collections with qualifying purchases.

Be sure to check out the sale items from the 2nd 4x4 Bundle Up & Save Sale! Be quick, though, because those items are on sale only through Monday, December 17. See those sale products here.

The sale prices listed below are good through THURSDAY, December 20, 2018 (11:59 PM EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Our Third 4 x 4 BUNDLE UP and SAVE Sale!
...Stay Tuned for One More!


John Warwick Montgomery Collection Bundle (33 Volumes)

John Warwick Montgomery is a noted lawyer, professor, Lutheran theologian, and prolific author. His legal speciality is the international and comparative law of human rights and he regularly pleads religious freedom cases before the European Court of Human Rights. He is considered by many to be the foremost living apologist for biblical Christianity.

Montgomery, a philosophy major disinterested in religion, found himself forced to consider seriously the claims of Jesus Christ in the New Testament in order to preserve big intellectual integrity. After no mean struggle he acknowledged his rebellion against God and asked His forgiveness. Dr. Montgomery is the author of over one hundred scholarly journal articles and more than fifty books.

This bundle consists of the following smaller bundles (each of which are on sale at 50% off):

Regular Price $279
Sale Price $139 (Save 50%)

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Collection of Four Volumes by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The following collections of sermons are included in this collection:

  • The Gospel in Genesis - A series of sermons on portions of Genesis 3-12, this book follows the story of grace from the fall of man to the call of Abram.
  • Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled - In 1951, with the Second World War not long over and the menace of the Cold War generating anxiety in the West, Martyn Lloyd-Jones preached eight sermons on John 14:1-12 at Westminster Chapel in London.
  • The Kingdom of God - In describing what the kingdom of God is, Lloyd-Jones expresses the importance of looking back to Jesus, living a life dependent on him, and looking toward a future with God.
  • Why Does God Allow War - Dr. Lloyd-Jones wrote this book at the outbreak of the Second World War to a people on the brink of despair. It’s message, however, is universal and remarkably relevant today as we seek to understand the crises of our own times.

Regular Price $49.90
Sale Price $24.90 (Save 50%)

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McEntyre Bundle (5 Works)

According to McEntyre, “Language is the basic tool for preserving civilization. It seems useful to understand as much as we can about how it works since it's arguably one of the most potent forms of power that society has produced — that and the atom-splitter.” With that perspective, McEntyre offers these:

  • Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies
  • What's in a Phrase?
  • Word by Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice

In addition to being an English scholar, McEntyre is also a longtime hospice volunteer. From her experience in that role, she offers these:

  • A Faithful Farewell: Living Your Last Chapter with Love
  • A Long Letting Go: Meditations on Losing Someone You Love.

Regular Price $69.90
Sale Price $34.90 (Save 50%)

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Ryken's Reading the Bible As Literature (4 Works)

This module contains the following 4 volumes:

  • How Bible Stories Work: A Guided Study of Bible Narrative (2015)
  • Sweeter Than Honey, Richer Than Gold: A Guided Study of Biblical Poetry (2015)
  • Jesus the Hero: A Guided Literary Study of the Gospels (2016)
  • Letters of Grace & Beauty: A Guided Literary Study of New Testament Epistles (2016)

Regular Price $39.90
Sale Price $19.90 (Save 50%)

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Dec 14, 2018 Timothy Jenney

Let It Snow (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #178)



Looking for snow this Christmas? Why not search for it in the Bible!? In this light-hearted topical study, Dr. J searches for snow in the Bible and Bible study resources. Discover where it snows in Israel and how often. Learn how the Bible’s authors used images of snow in their writing. See photographs of snow on the mountains of Israel. Pull up a chair next to the fireplace, get yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy this special seasonal study.

Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!


Dec 7, 2018 Richard Mansfield

ICYMI: Recent Updates to Accordance for Android, iOS, Windows & macOS!

In all the excitement of conferences, family get-togethers, and special sales in November, you may have not noticed the free updates released to Accordance Bible Software on all of our various platforms. Here are a few highlights that you may have missed.

AM Android 1.3 Accordance Mobile for Android, v. 1.3

Have you looked at the Android version of Accordance lately? It’s coming along quite speedily for being less than a year old. Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in 1.3:

  • Support for all modules up to 12.2 (except for Quran).
  • A Quick Preferences dialog for quickly adjusting common settings and the new Night Mode option.
  • Expanded details in Instant Details (similar to the CMD/CTRL toggle on desktop):
  • A spinning progress indicator is visible when fetching expanded instant details in the background.
  • Added a preference option to disable the expanded details (for slower devices).
  • A more immersive Reading Mode with fullscreen display and a thinner pane divider.
  • Amplify by Lexeme on Key Number texts in Instant Details.
  • A direct link to the Accordance Store from the app menu.
  • An internal web viewer.
  • Numerous bug fixes and cosmetic changes.

By the way, we’re so keen on our Android version of Accordance that we held a drawing and gave away three 8" Amazon Fire HD tablets at the ETS and SBL conferences. Congratulations to our winners: Ayun Kim, Ann Brock, and Robert Durough.

If you downloaded Accordance Mobile for Android from the Google Play Store or the Amazon App Store and have your device set for automatic updates, the new version should already been installed by the time you read this.

Accordance Mobile for iOS v. 2.7.3

The update to Accordance Mobile for iOS wasn’t as big as the other two updates, but you will still want to make certain you’re running the most up-to-date version. This somewhat-minor update delivers improvements to scrolling, text layout (especially Hebrew), and support for newer iPhone models.

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Like Android devices, if you have your iPhone or iPad set to update apps automatically, Accordance Mobile for iOS should already be up to date on your device. If not, go to the App Store and look for it in the update section.

Accordance v. 12.3 for Windows & macOS

This release was probably the biggest update since the initial launch of Accordance 12 two years ago. We released all these new features (yes, features—not just updates) for free, and people keep saying we should have released all this in the next paid update. Well, one of the benefits of being an Accordance user is not having to wait for the next paid update to get improvements to our software. Here are some of the updates in Accordance 12.3 grouped by subject:

Text Browser:

  • The new Text Browser tab displays multiple translations of the same verse from a verse reference selection in a Text or Tool tab.
  • The Text Browser can be linked to another Text tab (Search, Reference List, or Context) to show the top verse in all available translations, or in a predefined group of translations.
  • A new Web & Text Browser preference pane has been added.
  • The contents of the Text Browser tab can be printed and saved as a text file.
12.3 Text browser

Papers & Stacks:

  • Papers and Stacks can be synced between Windows, Macintosh, and iOS devices.
  • The Library supports the creation of sub-folders within the Paper and Stack subgroups.
  • In the Set Paper Display Dialog Box, an option for [None] has been added to hide the item marker for that particular hierarchical level.
  • A Word Count menu item has been added as the first item in the Pane Task Action Menu.
  • New and existing Paper tabs can be set to open at a specified Zoom level.
  • Links can be added to Papers from multiple sources (Resource, Web, File, Scripture).
  • When copying text from an Accordance Text or Tool, the bibliographic information is included when pasted into a Paper tab.
  • Items can now be added to a Stack from the Web Browser tab and from the Research tab.


  • AnySyntax has been added as a new search item in the Construct tab.


  • The Research tab has a new selector button for viewing Text results in a Text Browser or workspace.
  • Hebrew Literal search is now an option in the Research tab.
  • Reading/Research preferences have been updated to set new Research tabs to either Flex/Exact or Literal/Grammatical searches.
  • The title in the Research tab now shows the number of hits in the number of verses.

Web Browser:

  • Zoom buttons have been added to the web browser.
  • Scripture references detected on web pages will be displayed in Instant Details and highlighted in red to distinguish them from normal links.
  • Clicking a Scripture reference in the Web Browser opens the verse in a Text tab.
  • The default home page can be set in the Web & Text Browser preferences.
  • The default texts for scripture references displayed in the web browser can be selected in the Web & Text Browser preferences.


  • Added a preference to split non-contiguous verses when using Copy as Citation.
  • Added an radio button in the Citation preferences specifying whether the entire citation should be enclosed in markers, or just the text title alone.

User Bibles:

  • Import of any UTF16 file is now supported.
  • Language groups such as Chinese, Russian, and "enhanced" Latin Unicode remain as Unicode Bible texts.


  • If the localization is changed, any default item (such as highlight style name and route layer) not changed by the user will be updated.

Additional Enhancements:

  • User Note icons have been updated.
  • New Safe Mode options have been added.
  • An Accordance Exchange link has been added to the Help menu.
  • Updated help files.
  • Bug fixes.

Update to the newest version of Accordance 12 (we’re actually now at 12.3.1—a just-released bug fix) by running App Update from the Accordance menu in macOS and the Utilities menu in Windows.


Can you imagine all these new releases? And to think it’s not even Christmas yet!

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Dec 3, 2018 Richard Mansfield

NEW! The Biblical Illustrator (56 Volumes)

Users have long requested the classic 56-volume Biblical Illustrator for Accordance. Well, now the wait is over, and we’re pleased to announce the release of the entire series, covering both Old and New Testament, complete in one Accordance module for ease of use and searching, available immediately.

What is The Biblical Illustrator? Well, imagine having a book of quotations, commentary, and Bible factbook all in one series. Imagine having a stellar lineup of contributors such as J. B. Lightfoot, Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, John Wesley, B. F. Westcott, and scores of other well-known biblical commenters from history. Imagine a series edited by Joseph Exell, the editor of the Pulpit Commentary series (which is actually shorter than this series!). If you can put all of those components together, you would have The Biblical Illustrator.

Biblical Illustrator - macOS

The subtitle of The Biblical Illustrator says it all: “Anecdotes, Similes, Emblems, Illustrations, Expository, Scientific, Geographical, Historical, and Homiletic, Gathered from a Wide Range of Home and Foreign Literature, on the Verses of the Bible.” If you haven’t already guessed it, The Biblical Illustrator lives up to his name by delivering a treasure trove of content to preachers and teachers of the Bible for communicating the message of Scripture. This is the kind of resource you’ll want to put near the top of your Commentary folder in your Accordance Library so that it is always available in the Accordance Info Pane!

The Biblical Illustrator was designed not only for preachers and teachers but also for personal study. Another goal for the reader was simply an economic one: with so many excerpts available in The Biblical Illustrator, there was less need to purchase countless volumes of other titles for study. For the modern reader, The Biblical Illustrator this goal translates to “the best of the best” of the era from when it was written, saving one the hassle of having to plow through content in a myriad of other resources that may not be quite as relevant today.

The Biblical Illustrator works best in Accordance when used in parallel with a biblical text. Although it’s not a traditional commentary, it is set up like one. This allows you to quickly access its riches directly from the content you’re teaching, preaching, or studying. When set in a Zone in Accordance by itself, you can search for content by a variety of specific fields that our developers have carefully matched to the content of the Biblical Illustrator. Want to find quotes by a particular contributor? Use the Authors field to find all content by Charles Hodge, Adam Clark, St. Augustine, and others.

The Biblical Illustrator is no longer in print today, but when it was, it filled over 34,000 pages in 56 volumes. Having it in Accordance means you don’t have to find a used copy or travel to a library. In fact, we can even make corrections to errors in the original copy if anyone reports one. Although this series was written a century ago, it’s probably most accessible now in a digital form.


The Biblical Illustrator
Printe Value $1,400
Regular Price $99.90

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Nov 28, 2018 Ken Simpson

Have You Discovered the Accordance Exchange?

Ranges from AE Accordance Exchange Logo Hi from the Accordance Exchange!

I’ve been the Accordance Exchange administrator for the past six years. When I took the Exchange over, it was already a treasure trove of resources that our wonderful users had contributed for some years. It’s never had a big profile, but there are some resources there that are just gold in my opinion. This is the first in an ongoing focus on the best (in my opinion) and new modules on the Exchange.

There is one module that I recommend everyone at least have a look at. Search Ranges (v12) is a replacement for the stock standard Search Ranges file (for macOS and Windows versions of Accordance) that adds both a whole set of new Search Ranges, and also organisation to the Search Ranges menu.

As you can see from the image on the right (click/tap to enlarge), there are entries for every book of the Bible, as well as for the major sections of the Bible, including the traditional divisions of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh).

This can, of course, be added to; but we’ve done a lot of the work for you for most of the common ways someone might want to search the Bible text.

Most of our modules on the exchange are installed by simply double-clicking on the module once you have downloaded and unzipped it.

The search ranges are installed differently, though; and, of course, it’s different in macOS or Windows. The instructions (in brief) are on the Exchange, but I’ll run it through here as well.

In macOS open the User Library by clicking on the GO menu in the Finder while pressing option, and selecting Library. Open the Preferences folder and then the Accordance Preferences folder.

On a Windows computer, open your File Explorer and navigate to C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Local\Accordance\Accordance Preferences.

You’ll see the Search Ranges file there. Rename this file and then add the Search Ranges file from the Exchange to the folder. Next time you start Accordance, check the Range search criteria and there will be your ranges!

I hope you find this file helpful. We’d love to post your own user modules and workspaces and maybe even feature it in a future blog post! If you have any questions, just send them to [email protected].


Nov 26, 2018 Timothy Jenney

Accordance 12.3 Overview (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #176)



Accordance 12.3 is a massive free update for owners of Accordance 12. It introduces a new feature, Text Browser, a host of improvements to other features, and a lot of under-the-hood tweaks and fixes. Join Dr. J as he surveys the most important of these advances.

Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!


Nov 20, 2018 Richard Mansfield

Reviews on Recent Releases

Last week, we released a bevy of new titles for the Accordance Library. Today's the last day to get introductory pricing; and if you’re still undecided, here is some of the buzz around the web.

Picture the NT 3D cover Picture the NT

Wes Allen: “Accordance Bible—Picture the New Testament”

“Picture the NT does something I thought impossible—it makes spending time on biblical genealogies interesting.”

Abram K-J: "Accordance’s Picture the NT: A PhotoCommentary of the New Testament"

"While you can search Accordance’s existing photo resources by Scripture reference already, this is their first graphics tool that is designed to specifically open parallel to your Bible, verse by verse. It’s organized, in other words, by canonical reference."

Pseudo-Clementine Homilies - 3D cover Pseudo-Clementine Homilies


“...for those studying early Christian history — for those studying views of Scripture… and indeed, those struggling with their own views...having this module is a necessity. Having it in Accordance makes it easy to read and to ponder in both English and the original Greek.”

Discovering the LXX 3D cover Discovering the Septuagint


“I knew soon or later a good electronic copy would come out that would allow me to experience the Reader in all of its glory, including taggings and easy look up. Behold, my patience has paid off.”

Brian Davidson: “Accordance Edition of Discovering the LXX”

"DLXX is a fantastic personal guide. It’s also ideal for anyone who has started down that path and turned back because of the strange sights and sounds found in Rahlfs’ big blue abyss."

Abram K-J: “Now Available in Accordance: Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader (Jobes)”

"Accordance takes an already good (and long-awaited) resource and significantly enhances its usability for readers of the Septuagint."

Gottingen 19 3D LXX Big 19 Bundle


"The Göttingen Septuagint on Accordance includes everything in the print edition — except the huge amount of space one needs to have it. Further, because it is highlighted/tagged and included the apparatus, serious — and the sometimes serious— students of the Church’s first bible can easily find what they need."

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Nov 20, 2018 Accordance Bible Software

Major Android Update to 1.3

While half our development staff are rushed off their feet at SBL, our Android team has been putting the finishing touches to the next release. Accordance Mobile for Android is now posted to the Google Play and Amazon AppStore and is also available for direct download.

We'll post more about this significant update, but here's a list of features and changes:

What's New

  • Support for all modules up to 12.2 (except for Quran).
  • A Quick Preferences dialog for quickly adjusting common settings and the new Night Mode option.
  • Expanded details in Instant Details (similar to the CMD toggle on desktop):
  • A spinning progress indicator is visible when fetching expanded instant details in the background.
  • Added a preference option to disable the expanded details (for slower devices).
  • A more immersive Reading Mode with fullscreen display and a thinner pane divider.
  • Amplify by Lexeme on Key Number texts in Instant Details.
  • A direct link to the Accordance Store from the app menu.
  • An internal web viewer.


  • See the current section title in reading mode for Tool modules.
  • A larger Instant Details panel to show more content.
  • See download progress in Easy Install.
  • Pinch-zoom in the internal image viewer.
  • Added a 'Search' option to the text selection popup bar.
  • Redesigned the top toolbar to always show a search box and determine which menu items to show based on available space.
  • Changed split-pane mode to use the previous orientation when returning to split-pane instead of always defaulting to vertical split.
  • Text selectors can now be dragged past one another seamlessly, reversing the direction of the selection (previously the start selector was prevented from being dragged beyond the end selector and vice versa).
  • Changed Flex Search option to persist instantly when toggled, even if a search is not run.
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Nov 7, 2018 Richard Mansfield

A Closer Look at Picture the New Testament (Accordance Exclusive)


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For the past decade or more, whenever I taught or preached the Bible, I incorporated visual images into Keynote or PowerPoint slides to illustrate what I was teaching. My method for finding appropriate images depended heavily on Accordance. Yes, I could always search the web, but with Accordance I was guaranteed to find images related to my passage or topic, and I knew that my license to use the software included permission to use any images in teaching or preaching contexts.

Up until this week, I would have used three steps to finding images in Accordance, usually in this order. First, I would use the Add Parallel button in an Accordance Search pane to place a highly visual commentary—usually the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary—side by side with my passage. This was always my first step because I was looking for images to specifically illustrate my passage. I often added the Bible Art module in parallel, too, in case a fine art image looked particularly striking. If this first step didn’t result in finding an appropriate image, in my second step, I would search for Scripture references and topics in a User Group made up of Accordance’s incredible PhotoGuides and PhotoMuseum. If I still didn’t find something at this point, my third step consisted of an image search in Accordance’s Research feature. The image search scans the captions of all graphic-rich resources.

My method described above always went in that order because I was moving from the easiest kind of image “hunt” to the more difficult as well as from the specific to going broad. As nice as the ZIBBCOT and ZIBBCNT were as resources for images to illustrate what I was teaching, I always wished there was a more direct way to access the PhotoGuide and PhotoMuseum. I wished that I could rearranged the content of these resources and place them in parallel with the Bible, so I could view the images and descriptions in a verse-by-verse context. I needed a photo commentary. Now, there’s a way to do just that.

Yesterday, we released Picture the NT: A PhotoCommentary on the New Testament. An Accordance exclusive, this commentary draws from our rich database of images found nowhere else. You can use Picture the NT for your own study, of course; but your Accordance license also allows you to use images in teaching and preaching settings (if you wish to use an image in a book you're writing or other commercial endeavor, you have to contact the copyright holder for that particular image).

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Click/tap the image above for a much larger view of Picture the NT in Accordance 12

You may have seen some of the photographs in Picture the NT before in our other exclusive Accordance image-rich titles, but there are also never-before-published images in this title. In fact, you’ll even see some of my photos from my trip to Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) earlier this year.

Picture the NT can be used by itself with full access to its own table of contents or in parallel to a biblical text. As an example of how to use the latter, let’s say you’re teaching from Acts 8, and you want to graphically illustrate the content of v. 1:

“And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.” (ESV).

I added bold text above to the words for which Picture the NT provides images. There is a photo of a life-size mosaic of the Apostle Paul (Saul) that I took at Chora Church earlier this year. For the mention of Jerusalem, there is a photograph of the modern city and another of a scale model depicting Jerusalem in New Testament times. The section on Judah features a map of the region and a recent photo of the hill country of Judah. For illustrating Samaria, you can choose from another map and three photos of the archaeological remains of a Samaritan village, including the remains of an ancient synagogue. For illustrating the apostles, you find a fresco of Jesus and the Apostles from the catacomb of St. Domatilla in Rome.

Check out Dr. J's Lighting the Lamp podcast covering Picture the NT!

Picture the NT is not just a bunch of photos organized by Bible verse. Dr. James F. Davis and others have provided commentary explaining the context of each verse as it relates to the provided images. Currently, Picture the NT covers all four Gospels, Acts, and 1-2 Peter. Once completed, it will contain over 1,000 distinct photographs. If you purchase today, upgrades will be free until all 27 books of the New Testament are covered.

Picture the New Testament
Regular Price $99.90

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Special Introductory pricing listed above is good through Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (11:59 PM EST). Cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Nov 7, 2018 Richard Mansfield

Picture the New Testament (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #175)



Ever try to imagine what biblical times were like? Where Jesus walked around Galilee? Or how Paul traveled during his missionary journeys?  Accordance is pleased to introduce its newest visual resource, Picture the New Testament. The initial release covers the four Gospels, Acts, and 1-2 Peter. When it is complete, it will span the entire New Testament and include more than a thousand images. Organized canonically, this resource scrolls with our Bibles, offering photos, maps, and other visual illustrations to illuminate every passage. Articles include photos that illustrate the people, places, or objects mentioned in the passage; basic information about the topic; and hyperlinks to Accordance’s other visual resources (for more information and more photos!). This resource is perfect for the Bible study leader, pastor, or person for whom seeing something is every bit as important as reading about it.

Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!