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Jan 17, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Spotlight on Walter Brueggemann and More

This week, we put the spotlight on 23 new Accordance Library books by Walter Brueggemann, a world-renowned Old Testament scholar and lifelong churchman. We offer some of the great writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, N. T. Wright, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and our Classic II Group, and as well as a treasury of sermons by Charles Spurgeon and John Piper. What’s more, we feature our comprehensive English Pro Collection and important Accordance update information. Don’t miss out!

*Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts and will end on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST.


Brueggemann - portrait NEW! Spotlight on Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann has been called one of the most influential Bible interpreters of our time. He is a renowned pastor, highly sought-after speaker, and author of more than 100 books popular with laity, clergy, and scholars alike. Words matter to Brueggemann, particularly theologically significant words. His magnum opus, Theology of the Old Testament, is a rhetorical-critical look at the Old Testament through the lenses of “testimony, dispute, and advocacy.” Many have come to know Brueggemann through his landmark volume, The Prophetic Imagination. His best-known works, however, may be on the Psalms.

We’re offering great sales on these and other Brueggemann books this week only. There’s something for everyone! The regular price of each bundle of 3 to 5 titles is discounted about 20% from the list prices, and we are taking another 20% off during this week’s sale.

Below is a list of several bundles of Brueggemann products. In addition to the bundles, each volume is also available for individual purchase.

To learn more about the individual Brueggemann modules and the bundles, see this blog post.

The Practical Brueggemann Bundle (5 Volumes)

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The Practical Brueggemann Bundle (5 Volumes)

  • Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann
  • The Creative Word, 2nd Edition: Canon as a Model for Biblical Education
  • Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann
  • Interpretation and Obedience: From Faithful Reading to Faithful Living
  • The Word That Redescribes the World: The Bible and Discipleship

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Sale Price $69.90

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The below modules are sold individually as well as contained in the
Practical Brueggemann Bundle (shown above) and in the 23-volume Brueggemann Bundle.

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Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann

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The Creative Word, 2nd Edition: Canon as a Model for Biblical Education

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Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann

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Interpretation and Obedience: From Faithful Reading to Faithful Living

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The Word That Redescribes the World: The Bible and Discipleship

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The Theological Brueggemann Bundle (3 Volumes)

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The Theological Brueggemann Bundle (3 Volumes)

  • Old Testament Theology: Essays on Structure, Theme, and Text
  • Disruptive Grace: Reflections on God, Scripture, and the Church
  • Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy

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Sale Price $64.90

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The below modules are sold individually as well as contained in the
Theological Brueggemann Bundle (shown above) and in the 23-volume Brueggemann Bundle.

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Old Testament Theology: Essays on Structure, Theme, and Text

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Disruptive Grace: Reflections on God, Scripture, and the Church

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Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy

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The Historical Brueggemann Bundle (4 Volumes)

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The Historical Brueggemann Bundle (4 Volumes)

  • The Prophetic Imagination (Second Edition)
  • David’s Truth in Israel’s Imagination and Memory (Second Edition)
  • Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile
  • The Land: Place as Gift, Promise, and Challenge in Biblical Faith

Regular Price $65.90
Sale Price $51.90

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The below modules are sold individually as well as contained in the
Historical Brueggemann Bundle (shown above) and in the 23-volume Brueggemann Bundle.

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The Prophetic Imagination (Second Edition)

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David’s Truth in Israel’s Imagination and Memory (Second Edition)

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Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile

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The Land: Place as Gift, Promise, and Challenge in Biblical Faith

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The Book Study Brueggemann Bundle (4 Volumes)

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The Book Study Brueggemann Bundle (4 Volumes)

  • Like Fire in the Bones: Listening for the Prophetic Word in Jeremiah
  • Israel’s Praise: Doxology Against Idolatry and Ideology
  • The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary
  • Spirituality of the Psalms

List Price $75.00
Regular Price $59.90
Sale Price $47.90

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The below modules are sold individually as well as contained in the
Book Study Brueggemann Bundle (shown above) and in the 23-volume Brueggemann Bundle.

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Like Fire in the Bones: Listening for the Prophetic Word in Jeremiah

Regular Price $24.90

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Israel’s Praise: Doxology Against Idolatry and Ideology

Regular Price $18.90

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The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary

Regular Price $18.90

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Spirituality of the Psalms

Regular Price $11.90

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The Biblical Studies Brueggemann Bundle (4 Volumes)

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The Biblical Studies Brueggemann Bundle (4 Volumes)

  • The Book That Breathes New Life: Scriptural Authority and Biblical Theology
  • Texts Under Negotiation: The Bible and Postmodern Imagination
  • A Social Reading of the Old Testament
  • An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible

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Regular Price $66.90
Sale Price $52.90

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The below modules are sold individually as well as contained in the
Biblical Studies Brueggemann Bundle (shown above) and in the 23-volume Brueggemann Bundle.

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The Book That Breathes New Life: Scriptural Authority and Biblical Theology

Regular Price $24.90

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Texts Under Negotiation: The Bible and Postmodern Imagination

Regular Price $15.90

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A Social Reading of the Old Testament

Regular Price $21.90

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An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible

Regular Price $21.90

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The Preaching Brueggemann Bundle (3 Volumes)

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The Preaching Brueggemann Bundle (3 Volumes)

  • The Word Militant: Preaching a Decentering Word
  • The Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipated Word
  • The Threat of Life: Sermons on Pain, Power, and Weakness

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Regular Price $49.90
Sale Price $38.90

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The below modules are sold individually as well as contained in the
Preaching Brueggemann Bundle (shown above) and in the 23-volume Brueggemann Bundle.

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The Word Militant: Preaching a Decentering Word of the Bible

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The Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipated Word

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The Threat of Life: Sermons on Pain, Power, and Weakness

Regular Price $17.90

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The Accordance Brueggemann Collection (All 23 Volumes Listed Above)

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The Accordance Brueggemann Collection (23 Volumes)

Contains all 23 volumes listed above.

List Price $534
Regular Price $379
Sale Price $269
(Save $110 off Regular price for the Set; almost 50% off the List Price)

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To make your own set, select any three or more individual titles and use coupon code 3WBRU to receive an extra 10% discount.


Bonhoeffer The Works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the most influential Christian martyrs in history, bequeathed to humanity a legacy of theological creativity and spirituality that continues to intrigue people from a variety of backgrounds. This is “must reading” for scholars, clergy, and laity alike.

The Works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (16 Volumes)
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NTW 5_120 N. T. Wright Collection of 5 Works (Fortress Press)

Nicholas Thomas Wright is a leading British New Testament scholar and retired Anglican Bishop of Durham. In academia, he is published as N. T. Wright, and he continues to be one of the frequently quoted Bible scholars of our day.

  • Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978-2013
  • Christian Origins and the Question of God (Vols. 1-4)

N. T. Wright Collection of 5 Works by Fortress Press
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MLJ-4 4 Volumes by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Martyn Lloyd-Jones was an immensely powerful and influential preacher in central London for almost 30 years. This set will encourage and thrill every reader facing the challenges of today.

  • The Gospel in Genesis
  • The Kingdom of God
  • Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
  • Why Does God Allow War

4 Volumes by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Regular Price $49.90
Sale Price $34.90

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Spurgeon Sermons 3,500 Sermons by Charles Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon published 63 volumes of his sermons, most in a weekly magazine format, which was widely distributed and eagerly read throughout the English-speaking world (and translated into many languages). The Spurgeon Sermon Collection still speaks to readers today.

3,500 Sermons by Charles Spurgeon
Regular Price $79.90
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Piper Sermons 1,300 Sermons by John Piper

The ministry of John Piper and Desiring God has a wide and growing influence through sermons, books, radio, and other media. The John Piper Sermon Manuscript Library presents 1,300 sermon manuscripts preached over more than 30 years.

1,300 Sermons by John Piper
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CL2-8 Classics from Early Church Fathers to 20th Century: Classic II Group

Imagine inheriting a large bookcase containing the prized classic volumes of your favorite professor or pastor. If you buy only one thing this week, this is it. (This set is included in these Collections: English Pro, Advanced, Library Standard, and above.)

Classic II Group
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Jan 16, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Walter Brueggemann, Theologian of the Old Testament

Brueggemann - portrait Today, we are very pleased to release 23 volumes by one of the best known Old Testament scholars of our time, Walter Brueggemann. Accordance users have been requesting various titles by this well-known theologian for quite a while, and I’m not certain I remember when we’ve ever released so many diverse titles all at once for an author.

Currently the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, Walter Brueggemann is one of the best known Old Testament theologians alive today, specifically associated with postmodern Old Testament theology. What does that mean? To answer that question, I have condensed and adapted a review of Brueggemann’s Theology of the Old Testament I wrote a few years ago. If you are unfamiliar with Brueggemann’s thought, the perspective described below will be fairly representative of many of his works.

To begin with, Brueggemann rejects attempts to find certitude regarding the biblical texts, and pursues an ongoing theme in his works in which God always sides with the oppressed. From his perspective, a demise of historical criticism in a postmodern age is welcomed because all readings of the text are placed on the same level.

In describing postmodern interpretation, Brueggemman believes that it must take place in a “pluralistic context.” He suggests the day when interpretation was pretty much the same and controlled by a small number of academic elite is now over. Brueggemann proclaims, “The postmodern situation is signified precisely by the disappearance of any common, universal assumptions at the outset of reading” (Theology of the Old Testament, p. 62).

Of course, not all will agree with Brueggemann here. One may get the impression from his writings that every interpretation is on equal footing except that of anyone who holds to evangelical interpretations or interpretations rooted in the methodologies of historical criticism over the last century. But has there ever been a consensus among biblical scholars—Old Testament or otherwise?

Brueggemann may see himself as a kind of liberator for the biblical text when he makes the statement, “We now recognize that there is no interest-free interpretation, no interpretation that is not in the sense of some interest and in some sense advocacy” (Theology of the Old Testament, p. 63 ) Of course, many will hardly see this as a new revelation. Certainly, no one is ever completely objective; we know that we carry presuppositions, and from that assumption, Brueggemann is right when he states there are no “interest-free” interpretations. However, the reader will have to decide how to weigh opposing interpretations.

Regarding the biblical text, Brueggemann sees it open for continuing interpretation. In a section he calls, “The Dynamic Practice of the Torah,”  Brueggemann says that

Christians who seek to understand what is intended in Torah will have to move beyond conventional, polemical caricatures of legalism, in order to ponder an interpretive practice that is (a) intransigently normative and yet enormously open to adaptation; and (b) has an uncompromising sovereign at its center, but with a capacity to attend in delicate ways to the detail of its existence. This elasticity, moreover, invites and requires endless, ongoing interpretive work, never reaching its closure, but always being responsive in ways that preclude final settlement. (p. 595)

Some may be concerned that the above understanding will in the end undermine any possibility of the Bible containing ultimate authority or truth. If the scriptures can be repeatedly reinterpreted with no set limits on the method of interpretation, and without ever a possibility of achieving the right interpretation, final for all time, then all truth becomes relative. However, this may be exactly what Brueggemann wants.

Brueggemann - Theology - iPad On the other hand, while saying that we can have no presuppositions about the text, Brueggemann is giving them to us. Besides the Scriptures being open to continuing interpretation, he states that the Old Testament is a continuous dialectic and that revelation is merely testimony—not by God but rather Israel’s utterances about God.

Click/tap the image on the left to see a larger view oif Brueggemann's Theology of the Old Testament in Accordance Mobile on the iPad.

As mentioned, we are making available 23 titles by Walter Brueggemann today. They range in subject matter from the intensely theological to the highly personal. Brueggemann has always had one foot in academia with the other firmly placed in the church. His writings include not just writings on Old Testament theology but also preaching and Christian education. The most economical way to obtain Brueggemann’s works for your personal Accordance Library is to purchase all volumes together. However, we have also sorted his books by theme and will be selling them in sets of three, four, and five volumes.

Or if you want to make your own set, select any three or more titles and use coupon code 3WBRU to receive an extra 10% discount (in addition to any discount you may normally receive).

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts and will end on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST.


Below is a list of several bundles of Brueggemann products. In addition to the bundles, each volume is also available for individual purchase.

The Accordance Brueggemann Collection (23 Volumes)

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The Accordance Brueggemann Collection (23 Volumes)

Contains all 23 volumes listed below

List Price $534
Regular Price $379
Sale Price $269
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The Practical Brueggemann Bundle (5 Volumes)

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The Practical Brueggemann Bundle (5 Vols.)

  • Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann
  • The Creative Word, 2nd Edition: Canon as a Model for Biblical Education
  • Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann
  • Interpretation and Obedience: From Faithful Reading to Faithful Living
  • The Word That Redescribes the World: The Bible and Discipleship

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Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann

Full of reflection, faith, and dialogue, this collection of prayers reveal another side of this gifted author from what his many readers are accustomed to. These deeply felt and sparklingly articulated prayers reflect a wide range of life experiences.

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The Creative Word, 2nd Edition: Canon as a Model for Biblical Education

Incorporating the best insights from his own career and from the fields of canonical criticism, Old Testament theology, and pedagogical theory, Brueggemann offers a vision of how the community can draw on the shape of Scripture to educate its members.

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Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann

“The sermons and prayers of this particular scribe...will linger to re-text and re-ignite another generation of preachers.”

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Interpretation and Obedience: From Faithful Reading to Faithful Living

Drawing on specific texts that speak to cosmic hurt and personal possibility, Brueggemann demonstrates the essential connection between faithful reading of the biblical text and faithful living in a world of banal, yet threatening values.

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The Word That Redescribes the World: The Bible and Discipleship

In the people of Israel, Brueggemann finds a discipleship model of an alternative community anchored in YHWH.

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The Theological Brueggemann Bundle (3 Volumes)

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The Theological Brueggemann Bundle (3 Volumes)

  • Old Testament Theology: Essays on Structure, Theme, and Text
  • Disruptive Grace: Reflections on God, Scripture, and the Church
  • Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy

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Sale Price $64.90

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Old Testament Theology: Essays on Structure, Theme, and Text

In these essays, Brueggemann addresses the necessity for thinking about the shape and structure of Old Testament theology—and for the impact such thinking can have on the larger issues of contemporary life.

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Disruptive Grace: Reflections on God, Scripture, and the Church

These chapters gather Brueggemann's recent addresses and essays, never published before, drawn from all three parts of the Hebrew Bible—Torah, Prophets, and Writings—and address the role of the Hebrew canon in the life of the church.

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Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy

In this powerful book, Brueggemann moves the discussion of Old Testament theology beyond the dominant models of previous generations.

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The Historical Brueggemann Bundle (4 Volumes)

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The Historical Brueggemann Bundle (4 Volumes)

  • The Prophetic Imagination (Second Edition)
  • David’s Truth in Israel’s Imagination and Memory (Second Edition)
  • Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile
  • The Land: Place as Gift, Promise, and Challenge in Biblical Faith

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The Prophetic Imagination (Second Edition)

In this challenging and enlightening treatment, Brueggemann traces the lines from the radical vision of Moses to the solidification of royal power in Solomon to the prophetic critique of that power with a new vision of freedom in the prophets.

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David’s Truth in Israel’s Imagination and Memory (Second Edition)

In this completely revised edition of a true classic, Brueggemann thoughtfully examines four different sets of David narratives. The tribe, the family, the state, and the assembly each has a different agenda and thus draws a very different portrait of the one who helps define them and is defined by them.

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Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile

Brueggemann here examines the literature and experience of an era in which Israel’s prophets faced the pastoral responsibility of helping people to enter into exile, to be in exile, and to depart out of exile. He addresses three major prophetic traditions: Jeremiah (the pathos of God), Ezekiel (the holiness of God), and 2 Isaiah (the newness of God).

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The Land: Place as Gift, Promise, and Challenge in Biblical Faith

The land was one of the most vibrant symbols for the people of ancient Israel. In the land—gift, promise, and challenge—was found the physical source of Israel’s fertility and life, and a place for the gathering of the hopes of the covenant people. In this careful treatment, Brueggemann follows the development of his theme through the major blocks of Israel’s traditions.

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The Book Study Brueggemann Bundle (4 Volumes)

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The Book Study Brueggemann Bundle (4 Volumes)

  • Like Fire in the Bones: Listening for the Prophetic Word in Jeremiah
  • Israel’s Praise: Doxology Against Idolatry and Ideology
  • The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary
  • Spirituality of the Psalms

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Like Fire in the Bones: Listening for the Prophetic Word in Jeremiah

Be prepared to learn a great deal about the contemporary interpretation of the book of Jeremiah. There is no better guide to what is going on in Jeremianic studies than the opening essays of this volume.

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Israel’s Praise: Doxology Against Idolatry and Ideology

Brueggemann argues that, rightly practiced, the Psalms of Israel make available an evangelical world of Yahweh’s sovereignty—–a world marked by justice, righteousness, mercy, peace, and compassion.

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The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary

Brueggemann explores how the genres of the Psalms can be viewed in terms of their function. This results in fresh readings of these ancient songs that illumine their spiritual depth. The voices of the Psalms come through in all their bold realism.

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Spirituality of the Psalms

The seasons of our lives change. Using a model of orientation—disorientation—new orientation, Brueggemann explores how the genres of the Psalms can be viewed in terms of their function.

Spirituality of the Psalms is an abridgement of Message of the Psalms.

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The Biblical Studies Brueggemann Bundle (4 Volumes)

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The Biblical Studies Brueggemann Bundle (4 Volumes)

  • The Book That Breathes New Life: Scriptural Authority and Biblical Theology
  • Texts Under Negotiation: The Bible and Postmodern Imagination
  • A Social Reading of the Old Testament
  • An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible

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The Book That Breathes New Life: Scriptural Authority and Biblical Theology

The purpose of this collection of Brueggemann’s essays is to bring to the fore a much more extensive critical engagement on his part with the current discussion about the Old Testament, its character, its authority, its theology, and especially its God.

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Texts Under Negotiation: The Bible and Postmodern Imagination

Brueggemann issues a passionate call for a bold restructuring of the imagination of faith in our “postmodern” context. Old assumptions— (rational, objectivist, absolutist) —have for the most part given way to new outlooks, which can be grouped under the term postmodern.

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A Social Reading of the Old Testament

In this book, Walter Brueggemann raises a variety of contemporary and intriguing questions on the relation of society and text in the Old Testament, among them—the hidden agendas that underlie the making and reading of Scripture:

  • the conflictual tension in ancient Israel
  • the cry to God of the oppressed and God’s response
  • the political dimension of mercy
  • theodicy, violence, horses, and chariots.

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An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible

In the pages of the Hebrew Bible, ancient Israel gave witness to its encounter with a profound and uncontrollable reality experienced through relationship. This book, drawn from the heart of Brueggemann’s Theology of the Old Testament, distills a career’s worth of insights into the core message of the Hebrew Bible.

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The Preaching Brueggemann Bundle (3 Volumes)

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The Preaching Brueggemann Bundle (3 Volumes)

  • The Word Militant: Preaching a Decentering Word
  • The Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipated Word
  • The Threat of Life: Sermons on Pain, Power, and Weakness

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The Word Militant: Preaching a Decentering Word of the Bible

Against the easy assurance of a too-enculturated religion, Walter Brueggemann refocuses the preaching task around the decentering, destabilizing, always risky Word that confronts us in Scripture – if we have the courage to hear. These powerful essays, previously available only in journals, are here combined with a newly composed preface and introduction.

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The Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipated Word

Brueggemann declares that the necessary character of truly prophetic preaching today is “a contestation between narratives.” If the dominant narrative of our time promotes national self-sufficiency (through militarism) and personal self-sufficiency (through consumerism), it must be opposed by a different narrative.

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The Threat of Life: Sermons on Pain, Power, and Weakness

Included in these Brueggemann sermons are keen observations about the timeless issues of human life, both personal and social: the pain we face, often inflicted on each other; the use and abuse of power; the weakness and fragility of life; the redemptive power of faith; and much more.

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Jan 11, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

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“I’ve tried at least a dozen brands of Bible software and I always come back to Accordance. No other program compares on one particular feature that is a deal-breaker for me—the ability to see multiple translations, in parallel, and to save that workspace for regular use. It’s the best!”

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Jan 10, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Old Testament Studies

We are pleased to offer two new Accordance commentaries on individual Minor Prophets, and generous discounts on a number of other titles. Those include must-have Old Testament sets published by Augsburg, Baker, Eerdmans, and InterVarsity. There’s something for everyone!

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts and will end on Monday, January 16, 2017 (11:59 pm EST).


Waltke-Micah_120 NEW! A Commentary on Micah

In this masterful commentary, respected biblical scholar Bruce Waltke combines scholarly erudition with passion for Micah’s contemporary relevance. This book will well serve teachers, pastors, and students alike. Highly recommended!

A Commentary on Micah
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Ross-Malachi_120 NEW! Malachi, Then and Now

“I have chosen the book of Malachi,” writes the author, “because it is short and can be easily expounded in a short series, and because it has a good variety of forms and constructions that provide test cases for a practicum in exegesis. But most of all, because the messages recorded here are needed just as much today as in Malachi’s day.”

Malachi, Then and Now
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BCOT “My Favorite Resource for Psalm Studies” ...
Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms (7 Vols.)

“In my mind this set on Psalms and Wisdom is a must have. In particular, Goldingay’s 3-volume set on the Psalms is an absolute treasure and is by far my favourite resource for Psalm studies,” says Daniel Francis, an active Accordance user. We agree—and are delighted to offer a great discount on the acclaimed Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms (7 Vols.). Our sincere thanks to Baker for this week’s publisher’s special.

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Baker Handbooks Baker Handbooks on the Old Testament (4 Vols.)

Filled with background, theological, structural, bibliographical content and more, this series offers years of scholarship by well-known and highly respected professors and authors, and offers greater balance and depth to your studies.

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TDOT_1_120 Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament (15 Vols.)

This multivolume work is proving to be as essential to Old Testament studies as its companion set, the Kittel-Friedrich Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, has been to New Testament studies.

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Tov-TCHB_120 Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible (3rd Edition) (Tov)

In this thoroughly revised third edition, Emanuel Tov has the beginning student of textual criticism in mind. He offers expanded discussions of the contribution of textual criticism to biblical exegesis and of the role of scribes in the transmission of the text.

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Barnes' Notes (OT) Barnes’ Notes on the Old Testament

“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” If it sounds like one of the greatest 19th century American Presbyterian preachers, it is. He sold more than 1 million books during his lifetime.

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IVP Dictionaries of the Old Testament (4 Volumes)

Unique among Bible reference books, these volumes feature articles by hundreds of scholars. Aptly subtitled, A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship, they bridge the gap between scholars and others. Ideal for clergy, instructors, students and laity desiring in-depth treatments in an accessible and summary format. Highly recommended!

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Jan 9, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Exploring Micah & Malachi

Malachi Then and Now (Allen P. Ross)

Ross-Malachi I have early memories of Malachi because when I was young, we regularly had “January Bible Studies” in which a shorter book of the Bible became the focus of intense study over a period of successive nights in the first month of the year. In fact, I believe the short little study guide to Malachi from the 1970s still sits on one of my mother’s book shelves. However, since that time, it’s rare that I hear much taught about the last of the Minor Prophets unless a preacher needs a prooftext about tithing or divorce.

And it’s for that very reason that Allen P. Ross has written Malachi: Then and Now. Ross draws out seven primary messages contained within this book that he says “are needed just as much today as in Malachi’s day.”

Ross sees two audiences for his commentary: (1) the Hebrew student and (2) the biblical expositor. For the first, he offers details on the technical aspects of the Hebrew vocabulary and constructions. For the expositor, Ross delivers expository outlines, word studies, and other helps for the preacher or teacher.

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In reading through some of the content of this commentary, I would suggest a third purpose as well. This volume is so well-written (even the technical aspects are surprisingly non-technical in their presentation) and practical, that this commentary is just as suitable for personal study even if someone might not fit so easily into one of Ross’ targeted audiences.

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A Commentary on Micah (Bruce K. Waltke)

Waltke-Micah If you, as an Accordance user, already have the Tyndale Commentary on the Bible as well as The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary (edited by Thomas McComiskey), you may assume that you’ve already read everything Bruce Waltke has to say about Micah. Well, if this is your assumption, you may be in for a big surprise because there’s actually more! Today we are releasing another work by Bruce Waltke on the Minor Prophet, simply titled A Commentary on Micah.

In the preface Waltke not only distinguishes this work from the previous two, he also describes how it came to be. While writing for McComiskey’s series on the Minor Prophets, Waltke’s work on Micah grew to the point that it was twice as long as what was necessary. In cutting it in half, he mostly trimmed the exegetical portion of what he had written. Nevertheless, he had all this “extra” content and research on Micah, and this became the basis for his third work on the subject.

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In his Commentary on Micah, Waltke first interprets the text according to historical-grammatical method, but secondly interprets the text in regard to what it means to the contemporary church. As Waltke describes it—

The Commentary consists of three parts: translation, exegesis, and exposition. The notes to the translation contain the mass of text-critical matters. Not everyone has a taste for textual criticism, but a comprehensive study of all textual variants is as essential as roots to a flower. These notes are for those who question the reliability of a given reading.

The exegesis contains the bulk of historical and philological analyses. Not everyone has a taste for these details either, but they are the stem that carries the flower, the exposition of the text.

While Waltke’s Commentary on Micah is slightly more technical than Ross’ volume on Malachi, the individual who is motivated to study the message of Micah will find this volume highly accessible as well. Truly, the content here reminded me of the format of McComiskey’s excellent series on the Minor Prophets, but Waltke’s work here is much more in-depth and anything but rushed or condensed.

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Jan 7, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

"Fantastic Technical Support"

Nathan Parker

Here's an unsolicited letter of endorsement we just received this week in Forums. We're not perfect, but we do our best and appreciate such kudos...

I want to take a moment to mention how fantastic Accordance Technical Support is! I called in about the Atlas crashing issue the week before Christmas, and Billy in Technical Support spent a great deal of time with me over the phone troubleshooting this issue, emailing me to follow up on the issue, as well as escalated my information over to developers. He went out of his way to ensure my issue was taken care of, and the time he took on my issue especially so close to Christmas was above and beyond any support experience I've seen anywhere.

Contrast this with another major Bible software company I've dealt with (and even have an ongoing membership with them), their support teams rushed me off the phone before fully answering my questions and fully testing to ensure my issues were resolved. It took numerous calls and levels and I still didn't receive near the quality of support I received from Accordance when I called in with my issue.

Thank you, Billy and Accordance Support, for all the efforts you put in to keep customers happy and pleased. While occasionally there will be a few issues with any computer software program (although Accordance is generally stable), I am pleased to see such a fine support team standing behind the product and stepping up to the plate to ensure customers such as myself get the support we need when we need it the most. This alone makes me thrilled to be an Accordance customer!

—Nathan Parker


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Jan 6, 2017 Richard Mansfield

ICYMI: New Biblical Studies Titles Released This Week!

Earlier this week, we released a number of new titles related to understanding the Bible. These are significant titles you will want to consider adding to your personal Accordance Library—especially while you can still get them at introductory pricing!

Ryken’s Reading the Bible As Literature Series

Ryken-4 Leland Ryken’s name has become synonymous with a modern literary approach to the Bible. A longtime professor of English at Wheaton College, this series combines four of Ryken’s best titles for understanding biblical content:

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

These kinds of works are vitally important for proper understanding and interpretation of the Bible as errors often result from misunderstanding the literary genre of biblical writings. And the Bible has multiple genres with different rules for engagement and understanding!

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Walton & Longman’s How to Read Job

Longman-Read Job_120 From John Walton and Tremper Longman, How to Read Job joins our other volumes on Genesis, Exodos, and Proverbs for gaining a proper sense of how the Old Testament book of Job should be read and understood.

True story: Less than a week ago my mother-in-law told me she often turns to the Book of Job for comfort when she faces disappointment in life. Now, if she reads Job because he had it much worse than her, that’s one thing; but I doubt that’s what she meant! People often turn to the Book of Job when they are suffering or grieving, but that may not be the best understanding of this book. In fact, the writers address this issue up front in their section “What Is the Book of Job All About?

It is not uncommon for people to turn to the book of Job when they encounter suffering, but all too often they find the book unsatisfying. They think that the book will explain why they or their loved ones are suffering or why there is so much suffering in the world. They have the impression that the book is about Job and that he is going to provide a model for how they should respond in times of suffering. They expect to learn why God acts the way that he does—why he allows or even causes righteous people to suffer. It is no wonder, then, that they find the book inadequate; their expectations are misguided.

Rethinking how we read the Book of Job should be incentive enough to add this title to your personal Accordance Library. If you don’t already have the other titles in the series, gain your greatest discount by purchasing all four titles together.

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If you already own the earlier 3-volume bundle, the custom upgrade to the 4-volume bundle will complete the set for you.

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Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible

Eerdmans Commentary_120 Most Accordance users have the excellent Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible since it is included in our Starter Collection. And some of you have also picked up the Eerdmans Companion to the Bible, which offers historical and background information. Now, we have released a third volume, Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible, and I believe that if you take a closer look, you’ll find it quite impressive.

One-volume commentaries are great for a “first stop” examination of a particular biblical passage. You can get quick understanding and background before moving on to a more in-depth work if necessary. However, most one-volume commentaries limit their coverage to the 66 books of the Protestant (or sometimes referred to as Common) Christian canon. Not so with the Eerdmans Commentary. In fact, to my knowledge, this is the most expansive one-volume biblical commentary available.

As one would assume, the Eerdmans Commentary contains all 66 books of the "Common" canon, all written by well-known biblical scholars. In addition to these, however, this volume contains complete coverage of Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical books, including content often overlooked such as 3-4 Maccabees and Psalm 151. And even beyond this, as far as I know, the Eerdmans Bible Commentary is the only one-volume commentary to include 1 Enoch in its coverage!

The Eerdmans Bible Commentary is easily the broadest collection of canonical books (as recognized by different faith expressions) covered in one volume, and a worthy addition to anyone’s personal Accordance Library.

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Jan 6, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Blenkinsopp's The Pentateuch: An Introduction

Well-respected Old Testament scholar Joseph Blenkinsopp is the John A. O’Brien Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies chair at Notre Dame. He has written a number of books on various Old Testament subjects. Blenkinsopp’s book on the Pentateuch is part of the Anchor Bible Reference Library.

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Blenkinsopp’s The Pentateuch serves a number of purposes. It serves as an introduction/survey that is written on a level so that the non-academic can follow the discussion, while at the same time keeping the scholar engaged as well. Though Blenkinsopp was not attempting to write a commentary on the Pentateuch, in some places he does just that (perhaps very strongly in some areas of literary and historical insights), but with special reference to the documentary hypothesis. This emphasis on the documentary hypothesis is certainly an important point for Blenkinsopp.

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Jan 5, 2017 David Lang

On the Holy Spirit by Basil the Great

Basil the Great was bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia during the late fourth century A.D. Although it had been nearly fifty years since the council of Nicea had ruled against the Arians in affirming the full divinity and consubstantiality of the Son with the Father, Arianism had continued to spread and cause division. Basil, along with his friend and fellow Cappadocian bishop Gregory Nazianzus, were two of the strongest opponents of this second generation of Arians.

Basil_120 As Rick explained last week, Gregory Nazianzus wrote a number of theological orations, including two discourses on the Son of God which are now available in a grammatically tagged Greek text and parallel English translation. Basil turned his attention to the articulation of the nature of the Holy Spirit, a question not fully addressed at Nicea and which was increasingly becoming a subject of debate between Arians and orthodox Christians. Basil's treatise On the Holy Spirit affirmed the divinity and consubstantiality of the Spirit by demonstrating that He, like the Son, is of one and the same nature with the Father, and that equal honor and worship therefore are due Him.

Basil's On the Holy Spirit in Accordance comes with three modules. The Greek text has full morphological tagging. It can be run in parallel with an English translation from the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Volume VIII. A third Notes module containing cross-references may be run in parallel as well.

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Jan 4, 2017 David Lang

Brown's Introduction to the Gospel of John

Just over a week ago, Rick wrote about Raymond Brown's Introduction to the New Testament. In that post, he described Brown's thoroughness, his readability, and his ability to cover controversial topics in a way which is irenic rather than overly dogmatic. All those same qualities are on display in Brown's Introduction to the Gospel of John.

Brown-John Intro_120 A recognized expert in the Johannine literature of the New Testament, Brown had written the commentaries on the gospel of John and the Johannine epistles for the Anchor Bible commentary. Nearly thirty years after his commentary on the Gospel was published, Brown began work on a new revision of the commentary. Although he died before he could complete his revised commentary, he did manage to complete the introductory material for the commentary. This material was edited into an introduction to the gospel and published posthumously.

Brown's Introduction to the Gospel of John therefore represents the fruit of a lifetime of study. According to the publisher, "One of the most important aspects of this new book, particularly to the scholarly community, is how it differs from the original commentary. It presents, for example, a new perspective on the historical development of the Gospels, and shows how Brown decided to open his work to literary readings of the text, rather than relying primarily on the historical, which informed the original volumes. In addition, there is an entire section devoted to Christology, absent in the original, as well as a magisterial new section on the representation of Jews in the Gospel of John."

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