Accordance Blog
Nov 15, 2019 David Lang

13 Features of Accordance 13 You Might Have Missed

With major new features like a revamped interface, general appearance themes, interactive tutorials, a host of highlighting improvements, the powerful new TEXT command, and PDF import to user tools, there’s a lot to love about Accordance 13. But there’s a lot more to love than you may yet realize. To reinforce your growing triskaidekaphilia, here are 13 new features of Accordance 13 you might have missed.

1. You can search the Preferences

Accordance has a lot of Preferences. You can tweak the settings for just about every major feature to get Accordance to behave exactly the way you want.

Yet all those options can be hard to keep track of. If you’ve ever watched one of our Accordance trainers answer a “how can I?” question, you’ve probably seen us click through several Preference panels trying to find some little known setting that will provide the needed solution. We know it’s there, but even we can’t remember exactly where it is.

Now, Accordance 13 lets you search the Preferences to find those elusive settings. Want to change whether or not the Info Pane is open by default? Type “info” into the Preferences search field. Want to set how Greek text gets exported? Just search for “export.” This slick enhancement is going to save you lots of time, and help you discover some of the options you may not even have known are available.

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2. Opening the TOC in a Tool shows the current article

When you do a search in a tool, you are taken to the first paragraph containing a hit, and sometimes the surrounding context can be hard to discern. For example, if I search the works of Bonhoeffer for the word “martyrdom,” my second hit is somewhere in one of the many books included in this collection. How can I quickly find out which one?

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In Accordance 13, when you open a Tool’s Table of Contents, it automatically shows where the current article is in the larger structure of the Tool. Simply by opening the TOC, I can immediately see that this is from chapter one of the book Discipleship.

3. You can now search all the fields of a given language.

The division of Accordance tools into different search fields is great when you want to narrow your search to a specific kind of information, but what if you want to find all instances of a word no matter what field it’s in? With Accordance 13, you can choose to search every field of a given language:

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4. OR searches work even if some terms are not present at all

Ever since version 1.0, Accordance has first checked to see if a search term is actually in a Text or Tool’s word list before running the search. After all, why run a search if you know right away that a word will not be found? For example, if you try to search for “astronaut” in an English Bible, the word list for that Bible will appear so you can choose a different word.

That’s great, but what if I do an OR search, where only one of the search terms is required for the search to be successful? If I search for Moses <OR> astronaut, shouldn’t Moses be found even if astronaut isn’t in the word list at all? In Accordance 13, it is!

That may seem like a silly example, but imagine you search for a series of words in the King James Bible, such as (forsake, forsook, forswear). You then switch to a modern Bible that does not contain the word “forswear.” Prior to Accordance 13, you would have to delete “forswear” before you could run the search. Now, you just run the search and any missing search terms are ignored.

5. Interlinear spacing now keeps everything lined up

The Dynamic Interlinear now adds space between the words to keep interlinear information neatly aligned.

 

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6. Compare Text now gives the best of both worlds

The Compare Text feature has always had two options: Single Text and Multiple Texts. Single Text lets you compare your base text with one other text, and it does a two-way comparison: showing where Text A has text missing from Text B and vice versa.

Multiple Texts lets you compare your base text to two or more other texts, and it is necessarily a one-way comparison: Text B shows how it differs from Text A. Text C likewise shows how it differs from Text A. Texts B and C are not directly compared with each other.

In Accordance 13, we decided to make Multiple Texts the default behavior. However, if you have only two panes open, those two texts will automatically be compared using the two-way Single Text comparison. That way you get the best of both worlds without having to change the default setting.

7. The Library filter button makes it easy to filter the Library

The Library previously had big, bulky buttons that would let you choose the sections of the Library you wanted to display, but the new Filter button is much less obtrusive and quicker to use.

8. You can now customize the Accordance URL style

When you Copy as Citation, you can include a link to the Accordance resource you’re copying from. Others can then click those links to open that Accordance resource to that location.

Originally, these links were in the accord:// format, which only works if Accordance is installed on the system of the person who received the link. Later, we switched to a different link format: https://accordance.bible. This second link format has the advantage of working on systems that do not have Accordance. Instead, it links to a page of the Accordance website which previews the link and gives information about Accordance. The only downside is that for desktop users who do have Accordance, following this second kind of link requires two clicks, where the older Accordance-specific links required one. You can see the difference by clicking each of the following links:

https://accordance.bible/link/read/ESVS#Ps_23:1

accord://read/ESVS#Ps_23:1

In Accordance 13, you can choose between these two URL styles in the Export settings of the Preferences.

 

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9. Tutorial URLs

While we’re on the subject of links, Accordance 13 lets you copy and share links to any of our new tutorials. Want to send another Accordance 13 user a link to a tutorial you found helpful? Simply right-click the tutorial window and choose Copy Tutorial URL. Your friend, colleague, student, or parishioner can then click the link to begin the tutorial.

10. MT-LXX Cross Highlighting

If you own either the MT-LXX Parallel or the MT-LXX Interlinear, Accordance will now cross-highlight the corresponding Hebrew and Greek words in each parallel pane.

 

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11. Assign hotkeys to highlight styles

Accordance 13 features sweeping improvements to highlighting, but one you might have missed is the ability to assign a hotkey to a highlight style so you can just select some text and press a key to highlight.

12. Improved Speech (Mac only)

Accordance 13 now supports modern text-to-speech on Mac systems, including Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic.

13. Play controls for animated Atlas routes

Prior to Accordance 13, you used the Animate checkbox to play and pause an animated Atlas route. Accordance 13 has replaced the checkbox with more intuitive and flexible play controls.


There you have it: 13 more reasons to love Accordance 13. Have you become a triksaidekaphile yet?

 

 

Nov 14, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Expand Your Horizons! More Ways to Use Accordance

Expand Horizons

With the release of Accordance 13, you have access to more resources than ever before to aid you in your study of Scripture! Make sure you're able to use Accordance to its fullest potential with eAcademy 2019. If you missed out on the live broadcast, don't despair! All the sessions are being uploaded and will be ready for viewing! And speaking of eAcademy, we're offering one last chance to get titles hand-picked by our presenters on sale!

See the list of sessions here.

Sale prices on all products end Tuesday, November 18, 2019 (11:59 PM EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Last Chance on These eAcademy Deals!

Each of the presenters at eAcademy 2019 recommended several resources to help you get the most out of your studies with Accordance. This week, we're offering one last chance to get a selection of these works at a great discount!

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Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible

>> Recommended by Dr. Craig Evans

The Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible (ECB) is the finest, most up-to-date single-volume Bible handbook now available.

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Genealogies for the Bible (Plus Lists of Notable Persons)

>> Recommended by Nancy S. Dawson

Note: This module is not supported in Accordance Mobile.

Genealogies of the Bible is a running index of genealogies of individuals as they are found throughout the Bible, along with a description and other pertinent info. The genealogies are organized by scripture reference and are also displayed in a diagram / family tree.

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Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament

>> Recommended by Mark Allison

This extensive, scholarly work includes discussions of every Hebrew word of theological significance in the Old Testament, plus brief definitions of all other words found in Brown, Driver and Briggs Hebrew Lexicon. This book has been a longtime favorite of Bible students.

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Preaching the Word Commentary (36 Volumes)

>> Recommended by Richard Perry

Crossway’s Preaching the Word commentary series is an expository commentary derived from actual sermons and edited for written presentation. Each contributing author is a pastor and possesses advanced skill in the Bible’s original languages.

This module contains 36 volumes covering 15 Old Testament books, 26 New Testament books (1 Corinthians is not covered), plus an additional New Testament volume on the Sermon on the Mount.

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Dead Sea Scrolls Complete Texts Add-on

>> Recommended by Dr. Roy Brown

Accordance offers a wealth of resources for the study of the Qumran and other Dead Sea Scrolls documents.

This bundle contains all the Dead Sea Scrolls modules (as of November 2015) including the DSS Images.

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IVP Pocket Dictionaries Bundle (15 Works)

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It doesn’t matter who you are—at some point, you need a quick definition for a biblical, theological or original language term. Or sometimes, you need an overview of a particular topic. Need to brush up on the classic arguments for God? There’s a handbook for that. What about a theological movement or era of church history? Absolutely! In fact, if you need a refresher on 2,000 years of church history, you could brush up over the weekend.

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Life Application Study Bible Notes

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One of today's top-selling study Bibles, the Life Application Study Bible's Notes help explain God's Word and challenge readers to apply the truth of Scripture to life. In addition, personality profiles highlight over 100 important Bible characters, and book introductions provide vital statistics, overview, and timeline to help readers understand the message of each book.

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Kingdom of Priests (Merrill)

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From the origins and exodus to the restoration and new hope, Kingdom of Priestsoffers a comprehensive introduction to the history of Old Testament Israel. Merrill explores the history of ancient Israel not only from Old Testament texts but also from the literary and archeological sources of the ancient Near East.

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IVP Bible Dictionary Series (8 Volumes)

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  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch
  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books
  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
  • Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd Edition)
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Nov 12, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

The Accordance Advantage: Nathan Parker's Accordance 25 Story

Nathan Parker I first heard about Accordance from my former pastor who became a seminary professor. I didn’t even have a Mac at the time, but when I saw Accordance, I wanted to switch to a Mac just to try it!* After making the switch, I used some of the starter packages with Accordance 7-9 and took the plunge in Accordance 10 with the Essential Collection, especially when I knew I was going to get into hardcore original language study.

I now have a sizable library (including Triple Discoverer and Greek Pro), and Accordance is at the heart of my Bible study and original language workflow. I have used Accordance on a Mac and Windows PC (although I use a Mac for my daily machine now), plus Accordance on my iPhone and iPad. Here is my personal take on the “Accordance Advantage”:

Speedy: Accordance is the fastest Bible searching application I’ve ever used. When I need to quickly search the Bible, whether simple or with a complex search, I turn to Accordance to ensure I get the fastest Bible search I can get.

Scripture-centered: When I fire up Accordance, my default Bible is at the heart of my desktop, and all my reference works integrate seamlessly around it. No matter how many reference works I dig into though, Scripture is always at the center of my workflow with Accordance.

Simple: Accordance is refreshingly simple and easy to use. I can take complex searches and tasks and handle them with ease in Accordance. Accordance is so simple and easy to use that I sometimes almost can’t believe how easy it is to accomplish my study tasks! 

Stunning: The 3D Bible Atlas, Timeline, and rich media and graphics collections make Accordance a stunning Bible program to use, not just for personal study, but also ideal for teaching.

Scholarly: Accordance has a wealth of excellent original language texts, tools, and scholarly resources, allowing me to get the most out of the best of scholarship in my academic studies.

Support: Accordance has some of the most top-notch customer service and support reps in the industry who have bent over backwards to ensure Accordance continues running smoothly for me and here to assist in the event I need it. Accordance cares about their customers!

Happy 25th anniversary to Accordance! Here’s to the next great twenty-five years and beyond, and for those who haven’t yet embraced the “Accordance Advantage,” now is the ideal time to do so!


Nathan Parker is a PhD student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth majoring in Systematic Theology.

Want to tell your Accordance 25 Story? Email it to [email protected] If we use your story, you could get a $25 credit for your next purchase.


*When Nathan first discovered Accordance, we were only available for Macintosh computers. Now, in addition to macOS, Accordance runs on Windows, iOS, and Android devices.

 

Nov 11, 2019 Richard Mansfield

Beauty in the Study of Scripture: Accordance 2.0 for Android

“For from the greatness and beauty of created things
The Creator is seen by analogy.”

—The Wisdom of Solomon 13:5, SAAS

Aesthetics Matter: A Redesigned Interface

If you’ve been using Accordance on Android devices for a while, the first aspect of v. 2.0 of the software you’ll notice is the beauty of the interface. When we study Scripture, we believe that the aesthetic appeal of the interface should be a mirror to the beauty of the content itself. Completely redesigned, the interface for Accordance 2.0 for Android features a modern look that is more intuitive for current users and new ones alike.

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Tap the Overflow button at the top left to display a wide range of options:

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No Pain in the Pane Divider

Perhaps it’s a small thing, but our previous dividing line was completely static, displaying an even halfway mark on the screen. But the reality is sometimes you want to emphasize certain content over other material. Perhaps you’re reading a commentary that has multiple paragraphs, or even pages, expositing only one verse. In this example, you can now make the commentary wider for easier reading of longer sections while still keeping the Scripture references visible but taking up less screen real estate.

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Who Turned Out the Lights? Application-Wide Dark Theme

Prefer to go dark—especially for long reading sessions? Access the new application-wide Dark Theme in Text Settings to change not only the text you’re reading but the entire interface as well.

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Knowing Where You’ve Been with Search History

When using Accordance for intense Bible study, you can perform multiple searches for words, phrases, and Scripture passages. Need to go back to a previous search? No problem. Tap the history icon to see a list of all searches done in that current session

We All Love Options

Acc 2.0 Android options In the Accordance Application Settings, there are a number of new options allowing for further customization. You can now choose to omit all verse references when displaying Text modules, use custom colors for pane background and Text fonts, and change the color and style of search hits.


Accordance 2.0 for Android is a major update and the beginning of a new shift in how Accordance can be used on Android devices. Discover the beauty of Bible study by downloading now from the Google Play Store, Amazon App Store for Android, or download directly from our servers.

Like what you see? Please leave a review in either of the app stores.

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Nov 4, 2019 David Lang

Accordance 13 Now Available! Become a Triskaidekaphile Today!

triskaidekaphile We are very excited to announce the release of Accordance 13—quite possibly our biggest upgrade ever!

Here are just a few of the reasons you’re going to love Accordance 13:

You’ll love the new look and feel

The interface of Accordance 13 has been completely overhauled to be more up-to-date, easier on the eyes, and even more efficient to use.

You can now customize the entire interface using professionally designed color schemes. (I’m partial to Spanish Moss and Azure, myself.)

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Accordance 13 now supports Dark Mode in Mac OS Mojave and above. Windows support is coming soon.

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You’ll love the built-in training

Accordance 13 includes more than 75 interactive tutorials that walk you step-by-step through everything from opening your books to searching for geminate verbs in Hebrew!

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Accordance has always offered world-class help and support, but we’ve never held your hand quite like this!

You’ll love the new Highlighting

Highlighting is easier and faster to apply—it’s even easier to erase—but we didn’t stop there.

We added Pen highlighting so you can mark up the text with circles, boxes, lines, and arrows, and automatic smoothing makes your hand-drawn shapes look great. But we didn’t stop there.

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We also added a Whiteboard tool that lets you draw all over the program interface. Draw an arrow from the Bible to a location on a map. Circle the part of a photograph you want people to focus on. Accordance has always been a great presentation tool, but now it's even better.

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You’ll love the way hard stuff just got easier

The powerful new TEXT command makes it incredibly easy to do intertextual searches. Use it to leverage grammatically tagged Greek and Hebrew texts to search your English Bible in new ways. Combine it with the MT-LXX Parallel to explore the relationship between the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Septuagint. Or just use it compare the differences among English translations. The TEXT command is so powerful, and so flexible, we’re excited to see how you will use it to advance biblical studies!

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Since Accordance 1.0, the Construct window has offered an easy-to-use graphical interface for developing extremely powerful searches. Still, it could be hard to figure out how to graphically represent a grammatical construction. Accordance 13 now lets you select some text and have Accordance automatically build a construct search for it. Struggling to figure out how to do Greek and Hebrew syntactical searches? Not anymore, you’re not!

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You’ll love the way your library is about to explode

Accordance 13 now lets you import PDF files into Accordance user tools. Think of all the articles, books, sermons, and study aids that will let you bring into your Accordance library!

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Become a Triskaidekaphile Today

A Triskaidekaphile is someone who loves the number 13. Get Accordance 13 today, and you’re sure to become one.

 

Nov 1, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

One Final Accordance 13 Sneak Peek: Amplify to Constructs

I believe we have time for one final Accordance 13 sneak peek!

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Wait until you have a chance to experiment with our new Amplify to Construct feature (a.k.a "Auto Constructs"). From any original language text or translation, you can create an automatic Construct around words you choose. This feature is accessible from the Amplify or contextual menu.

 

Oct 31, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Reformation: Then and Now!

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October 31 traditionally marks the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. To commemorate this occasion, we're offering discounts on both ancient and modern resources dealing with the Reformation.

But don't think these titles are only for the Reformed! These resouces provide invaluable insights into the Reformation and its descendants for students, preachers, teachers, and scholars of all traditions.

Be sure to also check out the exciting things coming up at Accordance. We've got another sneak peek at the upcoming Accordance 13, as well as news on training seminars in the near future!

Sale prices on the below products are good through Wednesday, November 6, 2019 (11:59 PM EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Two Great Deals on Reformation Commentaries!

For those who want both, owning these two sets together provides an invaluable resource due to the way they complement one another not only from the Reformed perspective but well beyond with biblical, historical, and contemporary insight that all can benefit from.

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Reformed Expository Commentary (27 Volumes)

All the books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series are accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.

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Reformation Commetary on Scripture (9 Volumes)

With the Reformation Commentary on Scripture you have centralized access to treasures that very few can gather for themselves. The series introduces you to the great diversity that constituted the Reformation, with commentary from Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, Anabaptist and even reform-minded Catholic thinkers, who all shared a commitment to the faithful exposition of Scripture.

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Luther and the Reformation

Don't miss out on these discounted volumes which provide insight into the mind and teaching of one of the most influential figures in the history of the church.

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Annotated Luther (5 Volumes)

The Annotated Luther (5 volumes) contains:

  • Volume 1: The Roots of Reform (Timothy J. Wengert)
  • Volume 2: Word and Faith (Kirsi I. Stjerna)
  • Volume 3: Church and Sacraments (Paul W. Robinson)
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  • Volume 5: Christian Life in the World (Hans J. Hillerbrand)

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Luther's Works (Volumes 31-54)

Luther’s Works, a monumental translation project published jointly by Fortress Press and Concordia Publishing House in 1957, is singular in its value to church historians, Luther scholars, and Christians. This truly exquisite offering will put Luther’s Works at the command of a few keystrokes and provide the reader with a Luther resource unrivaled in accessibility and convenience. Luther’s Works is indispensable for studies of Luther and invaluable for preachers.

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Theological Foundations

Although a new movement at the time it arose, many of the Reformers drew upon the works of previous thinkers in the Church.

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Ancient Christian Doctrine (5 Volumes)

This exciting five-volume series follows up on the acclaimed Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture to provide patristic commentary on the Nicene Creed. The series renders primary Greek, Latin, Coptic and Syriac source material from the church fathers in lucid English translation (some here for the first time) and gives readers unparalleled insight into the history and substance of what the early church believed.

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Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion (Translated by Ford Lewis Battles)

This is the definitive English-language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church. Under Dr. McNeill’s personal supervision labored a whole corps of expert Latinists and Calvin scholars. All previous editions – in Latin, French, German, and English – have been collated; references and notes have been verified, corrected, and expanded; and new bibliographies have been added.

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Reformation Helps

These two contemporary resources will aid pastors, teachers, and students in both study and life application.

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Reformation Study Bible Combo

  • New Reformation Study Bible Notes - The New Reformation Study Bible (2015) has been thoroughly revised and carefully crafted under the editorial leadership of R.C. Sproul and the contributions of 75 distinguished theologians and pastors from around the world.
  • Crucial Questions Series by R. C. Sproul (17 volumes)

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Atlas of the European Reformations

The Atlas of the European Reformations is newly built from the ground up. Featuring more than sixty brand new maps, graphics, and timelines, the atlas is a necessary companion to any study of the reformation era. Consciously written for students at any level, concise, helpful texts guide the experience and interpret the visuals. The volume is perfect for independent students, as well as those in structured courses.

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Oct 28, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Quiet Time Outlining: Lee O'Kelley's Accordance 25 Story

Lee O'Kelley A friend first introduced me to Accordance back in the early 1990s. That was, if I’m correct, version 1.4. Ever since then, I’ve been periodically updating and tinkering around with the program.

In November of 2015, I decided I wanted to outline the entire Bible. (No small task, right?) Back in 1975 I started such a project, but because of various circumstances, I dropped it. Now, in 2019, I have accomplished about 45% of my goal. I’ve finished Job—which was very challenging to understand, much less outline - and am about 1/3 of the way through the Psalms. I’m convinced that because of Accordance, this time I’ll be able to see this project through to completion.

As I read a text, I use multiple panes: one Hebrew text (Biblia Hebraica tagged), one English text (New American Standard Bible, 1995), one LXX text (Rahifs tagged), and the Instant Details pane. Because the BH & NASB are mutually tagged, when I put my cursor on an English word in the NASB, the Hebrew text is highlighted at the appropriate point. This feature is immensely helpful for increasing both my familiarity with the Hebrew vocabulary and for checking the parsing of the words in the original language.

If I didn’t have Accordance as a study tool, I know I wouldn’t be able to see this project through to the end. Note that I do this outlining as my “quiet time,” and I can assure you it has been more rewarding than I ever would have imagined. I can heartily recommend outlining for every serious Bible student.


Lee O'Kelley is the proprietor of Lee O'Kelley Photography. Check out a selection of his portfolio on Facebook!

Want to tell your Accordance 25 Story? Email it to [email protected] If we use your story, you could get a $25 credit for your next purchase.

 

Oct 23, 2019 Richard Mansfield

Accordance 13 Sneak Peek #5: Guided Interactive Tutorials

Ever wish you had your own personal Accordance tutor? Soon you will! Get up to speed quickly with guided interactive tutorials that take you step by step through nearly every feature of Accordance.

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When we say guided, we mean that these tutorials take you step by step through almost all of the various Accordance features. They are interactive because they give you the opportunity to take part in your own learning process. Or you can let Accordance perform various steps for you--however you wish to learn!

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Learning Accordance has never been easier than using these guided interactive tutorials at your pace, when and wherever you want! We project to have 75 tutorials available immediately with the launch of Accordance 13 with more added over time. All of the tutorials are included with every level of our Accordance 13 Collections!

 

Oct 21, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

A Retro Review: John G. Fidel's Accordance 25 Story

I used to be a reviewer for Bible Software. In December 2006, I wrote my first Accordance review published on the  Bible Software Review website (Rubén Gómez’s former site). I was a Windows PC user and had no experience at all with Macs. As a result, my first experience with Accordance was using the Mac emulator on a PC. It emulated Mac OS System 7, it believe. I had read and heard so many great things about Accordance I had to try if for myself.

Here is a screenshot on my old Dell Inspiron that I fired up the other day:

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And here are my concluding remarks from my December 26, 2006 review

Here are a few of the areas that Accordance excels at:

  1. Searching. All the windows in Accordance are search based in design. They are consistent from window to window, text-to-text and tool-to-tool, which makes things easy to use. While it took some effort to learn how to use the software, experiencing the enjoyment that so often is expressed by most users of this program has been the reward. The Accordance Blog here has a good article on the learning curve. I would agree that the learning curve is not steep, there is just a lot to learn.

  2. Search Construction Boxes. For Windows users this would be comparable to a Graphical Search or Query. The search construction boxes are very simple yet powerful. There are some good examples of this feature on the Accordance Blog.

  3. Atlas and Timelines. These modules are very interactive, fun to use, yet appropriate for Biblical studies. Windows users will miss out on some of the more advanced features of the maps. Even so, the module is very well done.

  4. Design and efficiency. Every review I read discussed the superior design and efficiency in how Accordance integrates the Biblical texts with the tools. I found the program elegant and a joy to use.

  5. Customer service and product development. A review of the forums and user websites will show that the company has a passionate and loyal customer base. This is well deserved. I also noted that many of the suggestions being made by users on the forums were implemented in the latest upgrade. Clearly the company has customer satisfaction in mind.

I switched to Mac in 2008 and received an e mail from Helen welcoming me “from the dark side.” My concluding remarks still remain true: Accordance remains a very elegant product to use.


John G. Fidel is a CPA with Fidel, Perner & Michnovicz, LLC in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has also served as a lay leader in various capacities over the years at Calvary Chapel Albuquerque.

Although Accordance was only available on Macintosh computers when John wrote his review in 2006, it is now available not only for macOS but also Windows, Android, and iOS/iPadOS.

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