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Sep 29, 2016 Helen Brown

JPS Tanakh Major Update for the Holidays

JPSS With its clear, fresh language, the JPS Tanakh is widely recognized as an essential Bible resource by Jews and Christians, scholars and lay leaders. It has been chosen by many religious and secular groups alike as the definitive edition of the Holy Bible. The Hebrew text of the Hebrew-English version is based on the famed Leningrad Codex, the Masoretic text. The translation is a slightly updated version of the 1985 JPS translation, commonly referred to as the New JPS Translation. This JPSS edition from Accordance includes Strong’s numbers which link each major word to the Hebrew Scriptures.

Just in time for the Jewish New Year and Holidays, we have updated the Tanakh with Strong’s (and the plain JPS). The text is now formatted for poetry and paragraphs. The margin notes are available in a separate module including parashot and section headings. This is a free update to our users, but you will need to run both Check for Content Updates and Easy Install to receive the Notes module.

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Through next Monday, October 3, we are offering the JPS with Strong's for only $14.90 (regular price $19.90).

We send to all our Jewish readers our blessings for the High Holidays: the New Year, Yom Kippur, and Sukkoth. May your joyful celebrations herald a fruitful, healthy, and happy year!

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Sep 28, 2016 Helen Brown

AppStore Update with MacOS Sierra Compatible Accordance 11.2.4

Now available in the Mac App Store: our latest Accordance update that fixes bugs, especially those occurring in macOS Sierra.

If you do use the AppStore version of Accordance 11, this is your free upgrade. Please leave us an evaluation  or, better, a review, as these start over with each rev in the App Store.

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Sep 27, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

Sale: A Clearer Vision

Clearer Vision

Unprecedented Savings! Nearly $1000 Off 114 Volumes
This Week Only!

It's often said that great books are the best investments this side of heaven. Such volumes present the fruit of countless years of scholarly research and writing from a historical focus. Their fresh insights often give us a clearer vision of the Bible. That's particularly true this week. An example is Accordance's offer of $700 off the entire 90-volume Anchor Yale Bible Commentary series -- an indispensable part of any clergy or scholar's library. For the first time, we also offer 8 volumes from the critically acclaimed Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. So enjoy this week's selections -- with unprecedented savings!

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts and will end October 3, 2016 (11:59 PM EDT).


Marginal Jew set NEW!
Offered for the First Time -- Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library’s A Marginal Jew

In this definitive 5-volume series on the real, historical Jesus, one of the world’s foremost biblical scholars meticulously sifts the evidence of 2,000 years. The author, John P. Meier, “distinguishes between ‘what I know about Jesus by research and what I hold by faith.’ His study is a necessary purchase for academic libraries” (Library Journal). “Meier points out Jesus’ historical ‘marginality’—his peripheral involvement in the society, history, and culture of his age—that ironically underscores the central position he has occupied in Western culture in the centuries since he died” (Kirkus Reviews).

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Archaeology of Bible set NEW!
Your Opportunity to Explore and Discover -- Archaeology of the Land of the Bible

Imagine seeing artwork, buildings, towers, roads, chariots, ships, and more from the time of Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Moses, David and Bathsheba, Solomon, Mary and Joseph, Jesus, the Apostles, and the first millennium that followed. Imagine learning the fascinating stories of many of the most interesting and sometimes startling items unearthed in recent years. Now, for the first time, you can add the Anchor Bible Reference Library’s critically acclaimed 3-volume Archaeology of the Land of the Bible series to your Collection.

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UPDATED!
Anchor Yale Bible Commentary Series -- Don’t Miss Our Best Pricing Ever!

Widely recognized as the flagship of American biblical scholarship, with a tradition of excellence and commitment to advancing biblical understanding in the 21st century, these Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries, under the direction of General Editor John J. Collins, vigorously pursue the goal of bringing to a wide audience the most important new ideas, the latest research findings, and the clearest possible analysis of the Bible.

Accordance takes all of the valuable information in the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary and makes it even more accessible and useful in your Bible study. Words often associated with Anchor are terms like “Substantial,” “Must Have,” “Absolutely the Best!”

We just added Judges 1-12 as a free update to all who bought or upgraded to the OT set a few weeks ago, so we decided to offer the same amazing prices for one additional week.

With this release, Anchor now includes the following important volumes:

  • Joshua 1-12 by Thomas B. Dozeman (2015)
  • Judges 1-12 by Jack M. Sasson (2014)
  • Ruth by Jeremy Schipper (2016)
  • Revelation by Craig R. Koester (2015)
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Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries:
OT, Apocrypha & NT

(90 volumes)
4 New Volumes!

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Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries:
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(63 volumes)
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Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries:
NT

(27 volumes)
1 New Volume!

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Also Avaliable:

You can now purchase the OT Anchor Yale Commentary in sections!

Genesis through Deuteronomy (9 Volumes)
Joshua through Esther (15 Volumes)
Job through Song of Songs (8 Volumes)
Isaiah through Malachi (23 Volumes)
Apocrypha (8 Volumes)

 

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Upgrade the O.T. & N.T. from 86 to 90 volumes
Upgrade the O.T. from 60 to 63 volumes
Upgrade the N.T. from 26 to 27 volumes

 

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Indelible Image Gain a Clearer Vision from Ben Witherington III: The Indelible Image -- The Theological and Ethical Thought World of the New Testament

All too often, argues Ben Witherington III, the theology of the New Testament has been divorced from its ethics, leaving as isolated abstractions what are fully integrated, dynamic elements within the New Testament itself. As Witherington stresses, “behavior affects and reinforces or undoes belief.”

Having completed commentaries on all of the New Testament books, a remarkable feat in itself, Witherington now offers a 2-volume set on the theological and ethical thought world of the New Testament. The first volume looks at the individual witnesses, while the second examines the collective witness.

What the New Testament authors have in mind, Witherington contends, is that all believers should be conformed in thought, word, and deed to the image of Jesus Christ -- The Indelible Image.

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Letters & Homilies Letters and Homilies -- A Clearer Vision from a Historical Focus ... On 11 NT “Letters” by Paul, Peter, James, John, and Jude

The study of the so-called Pastoral Epistles and General or Catholic Epistles has been hampered, argues Ben Witherington III, by the failure to properly discern their genre. Some of these letters are much better understood as homilies.

In two (2) volumes for Hellenized Jews, and a third (3rd) volume for Jewish Christians, Witherington extends his innovative socio-rhetorical analysis from 1 & 2 Timothy to Jude (less Philemon). At every turn, Witherington shows his thorough knowledge of recent literature on these texts and focuses his attention on the unique insights brought about through socio-rhetorical analysis…insights that either reinforce or correct those gleaned from other approaches.

Each chapter includes “bridging the horizons” sections to help you assess the contemporary relevance of these ancient texts. Together, the series “provides solid interpretation…in a very readable style. It is accessible and profitable to the layperson and scholar alike... [W]ell worth the investment of time and money” (The Catholic Biblical Quarterly).

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Update on Bibles

Bibles are central to Accordance, and we are happy to announce these new and upgraded versions:

JPSS

UPDATED! The JPS Tanakh, the Most Widely Read Jewish Bible in English -- With Strong’s Numbers

Just in time for the Jewish New Year and Holidays, we have updated the important 1985 JPS Tanakh with Strong's (and the plain JPS). The text is now formatted for poetry and paragraphs. The margin notes are available in a separate module. This is a free update to our users, but you will need to run both Check for Content Updates and Easy Install to receive it.

With its clear, fresh language, the JPS Tanakh is widely recognized as an essential Bible resource by Jews and Christians, scholars and lay leaders. It has been chosen by many religious and secular groups alike as the definitive edition of the Holy Bible. The Hebrew text of the Hebrew-English version is based on the famed Leningrad Codex, the Masoretic text. The translation is a slightly updated version of the 1985 JPS translation, commonly referred to as the New JPS Translation. This JPSS edition from Accordance includes Strong’s numbers. Indispensable for study of the Hebrew Scriptures -- now and for many years to come!

Buy Now 2Regular Price $19.90
Sale Price $14.90

SVENSKA15

NEW! The Svenska FolkBibeln 2015 -- Even Closer to the Original Text in Contemporary Swedish

This Bible has been a joy to Swedish readers since 1998. The text is the fruit of years of work by knowledgeable biblical scholars with a deep love for the holy scriptures as God’s Word. With more than half a million copies in print, the Swedish People’s Bible has received wide popular and critical acclaim for its fidelity to the original text, and for its fresh and modern use of the Swedish language. Newly updated version!

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ERV

NEW! Easy-to-Read (ERV) Version of the Bible -- Where Scholarship and Contemporary Language Meet

The Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) is an English translation of the Bible sponsored by Bible League International. The ERV uses the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (1984) as its Old Testament text with some readings from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Also, it follows the Septuagint when its readings are considered more accurate. For the New Testament, the ERV uses the United Bible Societies’ Greek New Testament (4th revised edition, 1993) and Nestle-Aland Novum Testament Graece (27th edition, 1993).

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PDT

NEW! La Biblia: La Palabra de Dios para Todos -- In Contemporary Spanish

Biblical scholars and translators continue to use a rigorous process to carefully and faithfully translate God’s word into the language of today’s Spanish readers. This updated edition of La Biblia builds on that tradition of accuracy and accessibility.

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AFR53

Die Bybel in Afrikaans

Accordance is delighted to offer the complete Bible in the Dutch-influenced Afrikaans language. A literal translation was first published in 1933, and a revised edition in 1953. It has proven to be a popular traditional translation in South Africa and Namibia and, to a lesser extent, in Botswana and Zimbabwe.

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giftcard DON’T MISS! October Is Clergy Appreciation Month!

Let your pastor, priest, rabbi, or minister know how much you appreciate them with an Accordance gift card. Accordance offers a 20% discount off our Clergy Gift Cards now through October 10. These beautifully designed gift cards can be personalized and emailed directly to the recipient. You can also send the gift card to yourself to print it out or forward later.

Accordance Clergy Gift Cards are available in fixed amounts of $20, $50, $100, $200, and $500. Until 11:59 PM (EDT) October 10, however, you pay 20% off the face value. Click here for more details or call (407) 339-5855 for assistance.

 

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Sep 26, 2016 Helen Brown

Gift Cards for Clergy Appreciation

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Clergy Appreciation Month

October brings an annual opportunity to express our thanks to the people who shepherd our faith congregations. Whether we call them pastors, rabbis, priests, ministers, or something else, we know how hard they work throughout the year.

Accordance wants to help you to honor these special people, so we have created new Clergy Gift Cards and are offering them to you at a 20% discount. For example, you can order $100 gift cards for your pastors. You pay only $80 each, and they each get $100 credit when they redeem the gifts. This offer will last only through October 10, so hurry to pass it on to your friends or small group and purchase a really nice gift together.

Here's how it works:

  1. You create or log into your account on this website.
  2. You add one or more cards to your cart, each one with the recipient name, the email to which it is sent, any message, and the date to send it.
    $20 Clergy Gift Card on sale for $16
    $50 Clergy Gift Card on sale for $40
    $100 Clergy Gift Card on sale for $80
    $200 Clergy Gift Card on sale for $160
    $500 Clergy Gift Card on sale for $400
  3. The cart can only accept one of each value of card, so if you need more than one of the same value, please put it in a separate order.
  4. You complete your order, and the cards will be sent as requested.
  5. The recipient follows the link in the email to redeem their gifts, but they must first have a current Full-time Ministry Discount in their account. The face value of the gifts is added to their account as a credit.
  6. Your purchase is not refundable, but you can redeem the gift card yourself, for the amount you paid.

Remember, the discount is valid only until October 10, 2016 at 11:59 EDT, but the gift card and the credit can be used at any time.

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Sep 26, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

NEW! Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library - First 2 Sets

"A tradition of excellence in biblical scholarship and
A commitment to advancing biblical understanding in the 21st century

The Anchor Yale Bible Series, previously the Anchor Bible Series, is a renowned publishing program that for more than 50 years has produced books devoted to the latest scholarship on the Bible and biblical topics."

Joining the popular AYB Dictionary and the massive AYB Commentary series, Accordance is thrilled to announce our first two sets from the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. For one week you can add these to your Accordance Library at special introductory prices.

 

A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical JesusMarginal Jew set

In this definitive 5-volume series on the real, historical Jesus, one of the world’s foremost biblical scholars meticulously sifts the evidence of 2,000 years. The author, John P. Meier, “distinguishes between ‘what I know about Jesus by research and what I hold by faith.’ His study is a necessary purchase for academic libraries” (Library Journal). “Meier points out Jesus’ historical ‘marginality’—his peripheral involvement in the society, history, and culture of his age—that ironically underscores the central position he has occupied in Western culture in the centuries since he died” (Kirkus Reviews).

The five volume set includes:

  • Vol. I: The Roots of the Problem and the Person
  • Vol. II: Mentor, Message, and Miracles
  • Vol. III: Companions and Competitors
  • Vol. IV: Law and Love
  • Vol. V: Probing the Authenticity of the Parables

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Archaeology of the Land of the BibleArchaeology of Bible set

Imagine seeing artwork, buildings, towers, roads, chariots, ships, and more from the time of Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Moses, David and Bathsheba, Solomon, Mary and Joseph, Jesus, the Apostles, and the first millennium that followed. Imagine learning the fascinating stories of many of the most interesting and sometimes startling items unearthed in recent years. Now, for the first time, you can add the Anchor Bible Reference Library’s critically acclaimed 3-volume Archaeology of the Land of the Bible series to your Collection.

The three volume set includes:

  • Vol. I: 10,000-586 B.C.E. by Amihai Mazar
  • Vol. II: The Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian Periods (732-332 B.C.E.) by Ephraim Stern
  • Vol. III: Alexander to Constantine by Eric M. Meyers and Mark A. Chancey

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These introductory specials are good through Monday, October 3, 2016 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


 

Sep 23, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

FREE UPDATE! Anchor Yale Bible Commentary - Judges 1-12

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We just added Judges 1-12 as a free update to all who bought or upgraded to the OT set a few weeks ago, so we decided to offer the same amazing prices for one more week.

The critically acclaimed Anchor Yale Bible Commentary now includes

  • Joshua 1-12 by Thomas B. Dozeman (2015)
  • Judges 1-12 by Jack M. Sasson (2014)
  • Ruth by Jeremy Schipper (2016)
  • Revelation by Craig R. Koester (2015)

Here are the sale prices through October 3, 2016 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Anchor Set
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Anchor-NT

Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries:
OT, Apocrypha & NT

(90 volumes)
4 New Volumes!

Buy Now 2List Price $6081
Regular Price $1999
Sale Price $1299

Over 35% Savings;
Our Best Pricing Ever!

Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries:
OT & Apocrypha

(63 volumes)
3 New Volumes!

Buy Now 2List Price $4113
Regular Price $1499
Sale Price $999

Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries:
NT

(27 volumes)
1 New Volume!

Buy Now 2List Price $1868
Regular Price $799
Sale Price $549

Click here for more details on the new volume.


 

Sep 23, 2016 David Sanford

Personal Libraries—Past, Present, and Future

[Editor’s Note: We recently welcomed David to our marketing team, and asked him to plunge right in writing a few blog posts as a newbie. This is the second in that series.]Bookshelf

Until age 52, I enjoyed a house full of bookshelves and untold thousands of books. This was true despite living in a variety of homes over the years. Before moving to home #11, though, a wild and almost exuberant question unexpectedly slipped from behind the curtains and took center stage in my mind.

Even today, I hesitate to write the question, let alone publish it: “Do I really want to keep lugging all of these books with me wherever I go for the next 52 years?”

This was no small question! Of course, the answer was obvious. Especially for someone who has spent his entire adult life in the book publishing world. First, as the conceptual designer and executive editor for study and specialty Bibles published by Zondervan, Tyndale, Nelson, and others. Second, as the author, co-author, editor, or executive editor for a number of Bible-related books. Third, as the editor of 100+ books. Fourth, as the literary agent for 300+ books. Fifth, as a contributor to or endorser of dozens of books. Sixth, as a judge for several regional and national book awards. Seventh, as an avid reader who writes notes in his favorite books and can’t stand to part with any.

Still, I was haunted: “Do I really want to keep lugging a ton of books wherever I go for the next 52 years?”

In the end, I gave away more than 95% of my personal library. Many of the books now reside at Africa College of Theology in Rwanda. Many more reside in other libraries, in the offices of pastors and youth pastors, and in the homes of many friends and family.

Fast-forward to a few days ago. I installed Accordance 11 and now have more books than ever--instantly accessible, instantly searchable, instantly informing me more accurately and thoroughly than any huge stack of printed books ever could.

This, I realized, is the amazing library I will take with me, wherever I go, for the rest of my life!


 

Sep 21, 2016 Helen Brown

Accordance 11.2.4 Released

Yes, it's just bug fixes, but for those Mac users who are upgrading now to macOS Sierra (10.12), it's very important. There was a crash when loading pictures in the beta version of that system which has not been fixed, so our developers provided a workaround. Everything else is working smoothly in Sierra.

Please see New Features Since 11 and Bug Fixes Since 11 for details of the fixes.

Use Check for App Update in your Utilities menu (Windows) or Accordance menu (Mac). If the item isn't there, you have the App Store version and will need to wait a little for the update.

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Sep 19, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

UPDATE: Feasting Commentary Expanded

Feasting on the Word cover with drop shadowWe are happy to announce a free update to the Feasting on the Word Commentary series. The update adds 143 Additional Essays on the lections that are not covered in the Feasting on the Word print volumes, integrated into each year as appropriate. We are confident that this Accordance version of the Commentary is now the most complete and accurate available.

To get the latest update, Check for Content Updates.

For more information, see an earlier blog post about this series.

 

Feasting on the Word, the Gospels, and Devotionals
(All 22 Volumes)

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Sep 19, 2016 David Sanford

New Cornerstone Commentary

[Editor’s Note: We just welcomed David to our marketing team, and asked him to plunge right in with a blog post as a newbie.]

Cornerstone_Gen Today I installed Accordance 11 Essential Collection, and the complete Cornerstone Biblical Commentary by Philip W. Comfort, General Editor (Tyndale House Publishers). This acclaimed 20-volume set, based on the New Living Translation, retails in print for $666.80, but is available from Accordance Bible Software for only $199 (introductory price, regularly $399).

As a brand-new Accordance user, I decided to see what Cornerstone has to say about Scripture passages featuring Jewish women in three very different conditions: esteemed, scandalized, and abhorred.

First, George M. Schwab (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) writes about the esteemed (virtuous) woman, who is misunderstood by many contemporary Bible readers. After the full text of Proverbs 31:10-31, Schwab presents 45 detailed Notes. Each Note addresses a specific word or phrase in this famous passage, which I already had studied at length, but now understand in important new ways.

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Best of all? Schwab’s Commentary. It is not enough to know a plethora of fascinating facts. Schwab offers substantive meaning to each aspect of this acrostic poem, including its different placement within the Septuagint and Masoretic manuscript traditions. This latter discussion finally answers two burning questions I have had for years. This within 20 minutes of downloading. Amazing!

Second, Grant Osborne (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) writes about the scandalized (adulterous) woman, who is dragged before Jesus as he teaches in the Temple early one morning. After the full text of John 7:55 – John 8:11, Osborne presents a single very detailed and lengthy Note about this excursus. It is not enough to know that most ancient Greek manuscripts do not include this riveting narrative. Osborne lays out the evidence and convincingly offers two important conclusions.

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In his Commentary, Osborne begins by asking and answering the pressing question: How does one teach or preach on a text that very well may be true, but almost certainly is not canonical? He then unpacks the narrative’s setting, context, and timing (the woman probably was detained overnight, which only intensifies her plight).

Osborne goes on to analyze the motives and misstatements of her accusers, describes what Jesus does and suggests why he does so, and summarizes a range of scholarly theories about what he writes in the dust. Osborne concludes by unpacking what Jesus means (and does not mean) when he speaks to the woman herself in this passage’s last two verses.

Third, Allison A. Trites (D. Phil., Oxford University) writes about the abhorred (deformed) woman, who was perpetually doubled over, suffering excruciating pain for 18 years. After the full text for Luke 13:10-17, Trites presents three detailed Notes. Each Note helps the reader see this particular passage within the broader scope of the four gospels.

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Then Trites offers his Commentary. The first and larger paragraph sheds light on the five distinct features of this narrative, which appears only in Luke’s gospel. By the end, I could almost see Jesus touching the poor woman’s back, healing her, bringing her to an upright position, and honoring her before all who were present. If I had not been inspired and deeply moved by this biblical passage before, I certainly am now.

So far, I have read what this 20-volume set says about only 40 of the 31,180 verses from Genesis to Revelation in the NLT. Then again, I am hooked and plan to use it frequently from here on out. My writing, teaching, and preaching will never be the same.

Again, the complete 20-volume Cornerstone Biblical Commentary retails in print for $666.80, but is available from Accordance for only $399.

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