All Accordance users have a Wish List—either an official one on our website or a mental wish list of commentaries, lexicons, reference works, and other titles to be added to their personal Accordance Libraries. That’s why an Accordance Gift Card makes the perfect “WOW!” gift for any user. And here’s another way for Accordance users to say, “WOW!” We’ve partnered with Zondervan/HarperCollins once again to deliver massive discounts—up to 73%!—on favorite Accordance commentaries and reference works, including the always thought-provoking Counterpoints series. Welcome to the Season of WOW!
Special sale prices on the products featured in this newsletter cannot be combined with other discounts. The special offer on all products will end on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.
Accordance Gift Cards!!
Looking for that perfect gift? Accordance is the answer. Accordance gift cards are available now with instantaneous delivery. These email gift cards are easy to order and easy to redeem. You can customize the gift card amount, as well as the date you would like the recipient to receive it. When the appropriate time comes, we'll send out an email gift card. The process is fast, simple, and completely automated, so you can spend your holiday sipping hot cocoa by the fireplace while we take care of the rest. Why not help someone go deeper in their Bible study this holiday season by giving the gift of Accordance?
Expositor's Bible Commentary
Seventy-eight renowned international evangelical scholars worked for eighteen years on the Gold Medallion Award-winning 12-volume Expositor’s Bible Commentary (EBC) to give you their best! This reference work provides pastors and other Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures, and the teaching and proclamation of their message.
Regular Price $399
The Preacher's Commentary
The design for the Preacher’s Commentary gives the reader an overall outline of each book of the Bible. Following the introduction, which reveals the author’s approach and salient background on the book, each chapter of the commentary provides the biblical translation of the Scripture to be exposited. The paragraphs of exposition combine fresh insights to the Scripture, application, rich illustrative material, and innovative ways of utilizing the vibrant truth for his or her own life and for the challenge of communicating it with vigor and vitality.
Regular Price $539
Zondervan Counterpoint Series
Zondervan’s Counterpoints series of books is designed to help us explore theological questions by reading the perspectives of people who respectfully disagree with each other. The acclaimed series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Each book presents several “views” on a particular question of biblical interpretation, theology, or church life. Each view is then critiqued by those who hold other views. The reader can then decide which position makes the most sense or has the strongest support. Even more importantly, the reader sees how sincere interpreters can interact with one another in a positive and uncontentious manner.
Complete 27-Volume Set
Halley's Bible Handbook
Developed by Henry Hampton Halley in the 1920s and expanded throughout his lifetime, Halley’s Bible handbook has been treasured by generations of Bible readers for its clarity, insight, and usefulness. Written for both mind and heart, this expanded twenty-fifth edition retains Dr. Halley’s highly personal style.
Regular Price $29.90
Life in the Spirit New Testament Commentary
Formerly titled Full Life Bible Commentary to the New Testament.
The Life in the Spirit New Testament Commentary is the first one-volume commentary to present a distinctly Spirit-filled perspective on the Bible. If you’re a Pentecostal, charismatic, or empowered evangelical Christian, this is one resource you’ll consult often for authoritative insights into the New Testament. Writing with expertise and scholarly precision, the different contributors represent Spirit-filled theology at its best, uniting scriptural knowledge with spiritual fire.
Our own Dr. Timothy Jenney authored the commentary on the Book of Revelation, bravely tackling one of most controversial books in the Bible.
Regular Price $69.90
November is always a busy month for us with new releases and our participation in the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). Maybe you were able to attend one or both of these conferences and drop by our booth. But if you weren’t there this year, here are a few highlights!
Accordance Bible Software always has a tremendous presence at these events in which we create an open area for old and new customers to come sit down, learn, ask questions, and experience Accordance for themselves. This year was no exception as we set up our Accordance demo areas in Providence, Rhode Island for ETS (November 15-17) and Boston for SBL (November 18-21). We ran non-stop demos for all seven days of both conferences combined. We previewed the new features of Accordance that will be available any day in the free upgrade to version 12.2 as well as showing off a number of new titles for the Accordance Bible Software Library. We also demoed at a smaller booth at the meetings of The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) from November 15-18 in Boston.
Anyone who was willing to sit down for a demo of any kind was able to enter our drawings which were held at the end of the second conference. Matthew C. won an iPad Pro; Ben Shin won 10 of our special English, Greek or Hebrew Starter Collections for his students; and Todd Chipman won a $200 Accordance gift certificate!
At both conferences, the Accordance booth is a great place to rub shoulders with well-known biblical scholars who use Accordance. This year, Dan Wallace dropped by to record a video describing A Reader's Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers that we released earlier this year for Accordance. You can read Dr. Wallace’s blog post about the Reader’s Lexicon and watch the video on his website, and you might even catch a discount code if you act quickly!
We also enjoy meeting so many interesting Accordance users at these scholarly meetings. Longtime Accordance user and webinar instructor Abram Kielsmeier-Jones came to help out in the booth on Saturday of the SBL meetings. He commented, “I really enjoyed meeting so many folks at the conference from such a wide array of backgrounds: an Anglican pastor in Australia, a seminarian from Puerto Rico, a professor or religion with interest in DSS and Pseudepigrapha, a leading Hebraist who was being honored at SBL, and many more!”
These days Accordance Bible Software is mentioned pretty regularly--practically in casual terms in papers delivered--with comments such as “I used Accordance to determine x number of occurrences of _____ in the Dead Sea Scrolls” or something similar. However, Accordance was also a focal point in a couple of seminars as well. Tim Hegg gave a “Demonstration of the Dotan-Riech Masora Thesaurus Module in Accordance Bible Software.” Robert Holmstedt, Martin Abegg, John Cook, and Roy Brown held a session at SBL on “Syntactic Databases for Biblical & Early Jewish Texts.”
Regarding this syntax session, Dr. Holmstedt said, “I enjoyed the opportunity to walk through the strengths and features of the syntax database in real-time. Answering questions about how the database is constructed or about how to build effective searches is almost always more useful in a face-to-face context, and this is perhaps the greatest benefit of conferences.” Dr. Abegg shared this encounter: “In one of the searches I displayed, I intended to determine whether we should expect a definite direct object to have the particle את. One of the attendees talked with me later and pointed out that he had noticed that my results suggested that it made a difference whether the direct object was animate or inanimate. He had just written a chapter on definiteness for a Hebrew grammar so his observation is important.”
For attendees who could spend a bit more time with us, we also offered an all-day Accordance Training in Boston right before SBL began.
As already mentioned, we showed off exciting new features that will be forthcoming in Accordance v. 12.2, and we released a number of new titles at the conference that were geared toward scholarly interest. Included among these new releases was a Quran bundle of five texts, including the first morphologically-tagged Arabic version of the Quran available in Bible software, updates to the Biblia Hebraica Quinta, a more complete edition of the Babylonian Talmud in Hebrew, and more. Many attendees were also interested in seeing our Android version of Accordance in action and learning how to take part in our open beta.
These sessions are always a whirlwind of activity for us, but it’s so exciting to talk with users who engage ancient texts using Accordance in so many different and fascinating ways. Next year’s meetings are in Denver, Colorado. We hope to see you there!
Over the past year or so, nearly every day I've responded to Accordance users on our forums, our various social media venues or in private messages and conversations asking me when our long-promised Android version of Accordance Mobile will be ready. While our Android version has taken longer than we had hoped, along the way, many have asked if we could even release just a reader for Android so that Accordance users could have access to their Accordance Library on their favorite non-Apple mobile phones and tablets.
Of course, we’re not satisfied simply to release a reader for Android; but rather than ask our users to wait even one day longer, we have now released our Accordance Mobile Android Open Beta! Although this release of Accordance Mobile for Android is an early beta release, it is definitely more than just a reader. As described in the Accordance User Forums yesterday, this 1.0 beta release comes with the following Major features:
- Display of Texts
- Searching of Texts
- Grammatical and Key Number searching of Texts
- Split Panes for Texts, showing a Text or Reference Tool
- Display of Tools
- Searching of Tools
- Easy Install
- Library Access to files
- Text and Tool Display choices
- Goto interface, via a grid or list
Of course, not everything is in place yet. In version 1.1 of the beta, we plan to add the following features:
- Selection of text
- Instant Details
- User Notes
Now, you’re free to hold out for the final, non-beta release of Accordance Mobile for Android, which will be available sometime in 2018; but if you don’t want to wait any longer, we’d love to have you help us out! Go to Joel Brown’s forum post from yesterday, “Welcome to the Android Open Beta!” to download the current build. New builds will be posted in the Android Open Beta forum, so check back often.
Just remember that this is beta software. That means not everything will work yet, there will be bugs, and there will be crashes. But you can help us speed development along by posting any issues you encounter in our Android Open Beta forum as well as any suggestions and constructive criticism.
Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android. Now you can truly take Accordance with you wherever you want to go!
Dr. Robert Holmstedt, Professor of Biblical Hebrew and West Semitic Languages at the University of Toronto, invites Accordance users attending the Society of Biblical Literature conference in Boston next week to submit Accordance syntax searches now that you’d like him to demonstrate in the Hebrew Bible or Dead Sea Scrolls in his upcoming session.
Accordance Syntactic Databases
Saturday, 9:00 AM–11:30 AM
Marriott Copley Place-Yarmouth (Fourth Level)
Syntactic Databases for Biblical and Early Jewish Texts: Please join us for a demonstration, with examples and discussion, of the research potential of the Accordance Bible syntax databases on the Hebrew Bible, Qumran texts, and New Testament. The basic principles of the tagging process will be briefly covered, but the focus will be on example searches and the more advanced linguistic issues relating to the databases, such as verbal valency. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and sample searches for discussion.
From Dr. Holmstedt: "For those attending this session in Boston, we welcome submissions beforehand for desired searches you would like us to demonstrate on the Hebrew Bible or Dead Sea Scrolls."
You can email Dr. Holmstedt at [email protected] or post your questions in the comments, and we will make certain he receives them.
Bursting on the intellectual scene of the 1960s like a meteor, he was a theologian with an attitude. Christian orthodoxy was for him not just true. Nor was it merely defensible, as though it were but one among many credible intellectual options. For Montgomery, Christian orthodoxy could be and needed to be vindicated. And with unstoppable energy he was going to make that happen. Not only did he begin a furious publication schedule […], but he also took his assault on secularism as well as the vindication of Christian orthodoxy right into the belly of the beast—to the highest levels of an academy that had spurned Christianity.
Dembski, William; Schirrmacher, Thomas. Tough-Minded Christianity: Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery. B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition, Location 256.
Image on right: John Warwick & Lanalee de Kant Montgomery
To call John Warwick Montgomery simply an apologist or even just a theologian would be incredibly reductionist as he is both of those and so much more. Montgomery holds degrees in law, philosophy, theology and even librarianship—a total of 11 earned degrees in all. Born in 1931, Montgomery studied and received degrees from Cornell; University of California, Berkeley; Wittenberg University; La Salle University, University of Essex; University of Chicago; University of Strasbourg; and Cardiff University. He is also an ordained Lutheran minister.
JWM made a name for himself by challenging the prevailing neo-orthodox theology of the 20th century with writings such as Crisis in Lutheran Theology, The Suicide of Christian Theology, and God’s Inerrant Word as well as debating many prominent atheists. He was a regular columnist for Christianity Today from 1965-1983. Montgomery has also practiced law both in the US and internationally.
A prolific writer, John Warwick Montgomery has published over 150 articles and more than 50 books. For the first time on any Bible software platform, in conjunction with the 1517. Legacy Project, we are pleased to release 33 of the most important works of John Warwick Montgomery for the Accordance Bible Software Library. These titles, with introductory discounts through November 6, can be purchased all at once or in thematic sets.
John Warwick Montgomery Collection Bundle (33 Volumes)
List Price $299
Regular Price $279
Biographical information for John Warwick Montgomery was drawn from Wikipedia and Tough-Minded Christianity: Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery edited by Dembski & Schirrmacher. Photo of Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery was adapted from one found at the John Warwick Montgomery website.
For those of you who prefer to get your apps from the Mac App Store (MAS), your wait is over. Accordance 12 is now available for download!
Accordance 12 MAS is a great way to introduce new users to Accordance, especially those users who only like to download applications directly from Apple's servers. Downloading Accordance 12 MAS is free because it is essentially the same as Accordance 12 Lite that we released last November. From an in-app purchase in Accordance 12 MAS, a user can upgrade to a Starter 12 Collection and unlock all features of the program.
Current users of Accordance 11 MAS can upgrade to Accordance 12 through the in-app Starter Collection purchase as well. All of your content from Accordance 11 MAS will be moved over to v. 12.
If you have any further questions, please check out our "Accordance for Mac" page as well as "Accordance 12 in Mac App Store." Both of these pages describe the functional differences between Accordance 12 downloaded from the OakTree servers vs. downloading from Apple's servers.
Please feel free to share Accordance 12 with your friends and colleagues. And we'd ask that anyone using Accordance 12 MAS to please add a review on the MAS page after you download it!
Not sure how to pronounce Greek or Hebrew properly? Accordance’s audio resources for the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament can help! This podcast covers how to use them on Macs, PCs, and iPhone/iPads. In addition, if you are a Mac user, Accordance can use any one of its high-quality system voices to read any text or tool. That includes Bibles in a variety of international languages. [Accordance 12: Basic]
Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp podcast!
Walther Eichrodt (1890-1978) taught at University of Basel (Switzerland) from 1921-1966 where Karl Barth also taught. Previously, he had received his education at Griefswald, Heidelberg and Erlangen where, like Gerhard von Rad, he studied under Otto Procksch. He was a close colleague to Adolf Schlatter with whom he often led Bible conferences.
In 1933, Eichrodt broke with many of his recent teachers and peers by publishing Theology of the Old Testament (now in its 5th edition, 1960), affirming that the Hebrew Scriptures were not a substandard religious document, an idea that was in conflict with the prevailing German cultural mindset of the time. Throughout his life, although he remained a proponent of his contemporary understanding of an evolutionary origin to the Pentateuch as presented in the Documentary Hypothesis, nevertheless, he retained a very reverent view of the biblical text.
For Eichrodt, covenant (Hebrew: בְּרִית/bᵉriyṯ; German: bund) is the central theme of the OT. He defined covenant as God’s self-revelation in choosing people and how they should live (see ch. 2, "The Covenant Relationship" in vol. 1 for much greater detail than my summary here). Eichrodt suggests that covenant involves personal obligation of two parties, but the peculiar thing about biblical covenants was that God obligated himself. God’s covenant was mediated to Israel through charismatic leaders of their religious system. Covenant was so central to later events, that Eichrodt believed Moses and the events at Sinai to be historical, unlike some of his contemporaries at the time. According to him, Israel existed for the covenant, not the reverse. However, Eichrodt never quite reveals his view of exactly what happened at Sinai.
In choosing covenant as a central theme, Gerald Bray has suggested that Eichrodt was able “to uphold the doctrine of divine revelation, and to explain how God had been at work in the history of Israel” (Biblical Interpretation Past & Present, 1996, p. 386). Elaborating on the meaning of covenant, Eichrodt's first explanation focuses on how the covenant delivered through Moses “emphasizes one basic element in the whole Israelite experience of God, namely the factual nature of divine revelation.” Eichrodt explains that “God’s disclosure of himself…[is understood]…as he breaks in on the life of his people in his dealings with them and molds them according to his will that he grants them knowledge of his being.”
For Eichrodt, textual development began with oral tradition. Behind these oral traditions were specific historical events. Then there was a pre-textual reflection on the events which led to the production of the written sources of the Documentary Hypothesis: JEPD. Eichrodt points out that words held more power in ancient times than in contemporary times. He writes of “the cosmic power of God.” For him, the word of God is linked to the Spirit of God.
As stated earlier, Eichrodt held to the central theme of covenant in his theology. Rather than using a book-by-book approach, Eichrodt uses systematic categories to discuss the theology of the OT. Having a central theme gives him a number of benefits. First, it offers an organizing structure to Theology of the Old Testament since everything in the OT must therefore—somehow—be related to covenant. This also allows him to relate very divergent texts to each other because they had the single common element of the covenant connecting them. Second, it stresses the unity of the OT, which could be seen as a work containing multiple sources focused upon the same theme rather than a work of divergent literature that only had nationality as a common element.
Of course, one could ask how to fit the ever-present issue of Wisdom literature to the central-theme approach. How does the Song of Solomon relate specifically to covenant? If Eichrodt focuses on one major theme, how well can he treat divergent themes in Scripture? To be fair, E. A. Martens writes that “Eichrodt did not ignore the diversity others saw in the Old Testament. However, he started with the notion of theological unity. Other scholars since Eichrodt’s time have been more enamored with theological diversity in the Old Testament.”
Regardless of the one's opinion of a one-theme approach for the Old Testament, Eichrodt brought fresh understanding and insight into OT scholarship that arguably can still be wrestled with today. His two volumes on OT theology display not only his ability to communicate well, sometimes even poetically, but also they display his sincere devotion to God.
[Note: this blog post has been adapted from a review of Eichrodt's Old Testament Theology that I wrote a few years ago.]
Two decades later, Bart D. Ehrman’s book, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament continues to create debate and dialogue. Ehrman’s later works have even brought textual criticism, a field once reserved to academia, to the lay level. In response to Ehrman’s work, Daniel B. Wallace has edited Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament: Manuscript, Patristic, and Apocryphal Evidence--released today for the Accordance Bible Software Library.
Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament contains essays by six authors, all dealing with textual criticism and specifically the claim that scribes significantly corrupted the text of the New Testament. Wallace includes an essay of his own, an expansion of a presentation he made in a debate with Bart Ehrman and others in 2008 at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The other five essays were originally presented the same year at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in the same year.
This volume is also the first installment in what is to be an ongoing series, Text and Canon of the New Testament. This series will present volumes that address questions of whether or not the original text of the New Testament can be recovered based on manuscript evidence as well as questions concerning the 27 New Testament documents in relation to other writings of the early church. Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament contains the following essays that either address Ehrman’s claims or discuss related text-critical issues:
"Lost in Transmission: How Badly Did the Scribes Corrupt the New Testament Text?" by Daniel B. Wallace. Points of agreement are found with Ehrman on some issues, but in this examination of some of the major passages covered in The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, Wallace demonstrates why he believes so-called “orthodox corruptions” are not “as pervasive or as significant” as Ehrman presents.
"The Least Orthodox Reading Is to Be Preferred: A New Canon for New Testament Textual Criticism?" by Philip M. Miller. One conclusion that could be made from Ehrman’s claims about the New Testament is that “the least orthodox reading” is probably to be preferred when looking at variants, resulting in foundational new criteria for textual criticism. Miller offers evidence as to why this conclusion should be challenged.
"The Legacy of a Letter: Sabellianism or Scribal Blunder in John 1.1c?" by Matthew P. Morgan. Looking specifically at two later variants of καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος in John 1:1, Morgan examines the implications of a Sabellian understanding of God if the two manuscripts were correct.
"Patristic Theology and Recension in Matthew 24.36: An Evaluation of Ehrman’s Text-Critical Methodology" by Adam G. Messer. Some ancient manuscripts do not contain the phrase translated “nor the son” in Matt 24:36. Messer examines the evidence in patristic writings to see if this omission in some manuscripts was influenced by orthodox Church Fathers.
"Tracking Thomas: A Text-Critical Look at the Transmission of the Gospel of Thomas"by Tim Ricchuiti. In this only chapter dealing with a text not in the New Testament, Ricchuiti attempts to determine the earliest version of The Gospel of Thomas using the Coptic text and three Greek mss fragments.
"Jesus as θεός: A Textual Examination" by Brian J. Wright. Did any of the New Testament writers specifically claim that Jesus was God? Wright examines 17 passages in the NT to determine the answer.
In addition to the six main essays, Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament: Manuscript, Patristic, and Apocryphal Evidence also includes indexes to Scripture, Ancient Sources, and Persons and Subjects. Page numbers are included for citation purposes.
Most readers will find a knowledge of Koine Greek necessary for following the arguments in this book. For anyone interested in New Testament textual criticism, and especially recent debates on the subject, these essays are a must-read addition to your Accordance Library. Add it to your mobile device for easy reading on the go or quick consultation!
Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament
Learn the fundamentals of searching Bibles and other books in your personal Accordance Bible Software Library. This previously recorded webinar, led by Abram Kielsmeier-Jones, will cover the following subjects: the Search Window, searching by verses, searching by words and phrases, creating and using Search Ranges, working with Key Numbers, and using stand-alone commands.