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Feb 14, 2019 Richard Mansfield

Tell Us Your "Accordance 25" Story!

Accordance 1.0 floppies 2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of Accordance Bible Software v. 1.0! Way back in 1994, the very first version of Accordance was released to the world. We’re taking the whole year to celebrate, and we’d like you to join us!

We’d like to hear the details of your “Accordance 25 Story.” Whether you started using Accordance 25 years ago, 25 days ago, or somewhere in between, we’d like to hear your “Accordance 25 Story.” Write what you like, but here are some starter prompts: When did you first discover Accordance, and why did you begin using it? How has it made a difference in your work, study, faith?

We can’t promise to use everyone’s "Accordance 25" submission, but if we use yours on our blog, newsletter, or in social media, we’ll give you a $25 credit on your next order!

Send your story and—if you have them—any photos from training seminars or other Accordance events to [email protected]. We're looking for about 3 to 5 paragraphs that might be suitable for a blog post.

We’re so glad we’re a part of your story. 25 years have gone by really quickly. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Accordance in the next 25 years!


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Feb 12, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Up to 80% Off Super Sweet Deals for You

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Love is in the air. And you're sure to love these Sweet Deals on Super Works for your Accordance Library! We have four sets of "fives" for you this week: 5 "Love These Commentaries," 5 Sweet Study Specials, 5 Perfect Preaching Resources, and 5 Heartfelt Handbooks and Good Reads. There's something here for everyone to love so check out these Sweet Deals below!

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts. Sale prices on all other products end Monday, February 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

5 "Love These Commentaries"

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Bible Speaks Today: Old Testament (33 Volumes)

Edited by J.A. Motyer and the late John R. W. Stott, the Bible Speaks Today commentaries are characterized by what Stott called a "threefold ideal . . . to expound the biblical text with accuracy, to relate it to contemporary life and to be readable." As such, each contributor in this series is both a noted scholar and a working pastor.

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Bible Speaks Today: New Testament (22 Volumes)

The Bible Speaks Today series has been widely acclaimed for its accurate exposition, contemporary relevance and readability. The module includes all 22 best-selling New Testament volumes with their helpful study guides. All who preach and teach the Word of God, or who study it earnestly, will benefit from these superb studies.

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The John Phillips NT and OT Exploring Commentaries (27 Volumes)

Explore the Bible in greater depth. This set of commentaries includes the complete New Testament as well as Genesis, Psalms, Proverbs, Song, Daniel, and the Minor Prophets.

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The Commentators' Bible (5 Volumes)

First published 500 years ago as the “Rabbinic Bible,” the biblical commentaries known as Miqra’ot Gedolot have inspired and educated generations of Hebrew readers. With these volumes, the voices of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Nahmanides, Rashbam, and other medieval Bible commentators come alive once more, speaking in a contemporary English translation annotated and explicated for lay readers.

This bundle includes volumes covering Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

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JPS Commentary Set (12 Volumes)

The Jewish Publication Society’s highly acclaimed Bible Commentary series provides a line-by-line commentary of the original Hebrew Bible text, complete with vocalization and cantillation marks.

Each volume also contains supplementary essays that elaborate upon key words and themes, a glossary of commentators and sources, extensive bibliographic notes, and maps.

  • JPS Torah Commentary (5 volumes)
  • JPS Commentary on the Megillot (4 Volumes)
  • JPS Commentary on the Haggadah (Author: Joseph Tabory)
  • JPS Commentary on the Haftarot (Author: Michael Fishbane)
  • JPS Commentary on Jonah (Author: Uriel Simon)

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5 Sweet Study Specials

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IVP Theology Bundle (11 Works)

This bundle consists of a number of dictionaries, histories, and writings covering a wide range of theology published by InterVarsity Press.

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IVP Pocket Dictionaries Bundle (15 Works)

Eleven (11) of these titles are pocket dictionaries containing succinct definitions over the following topics: Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion, Biblical Studies, Church History, North American Denominations, Ethics, Biblical Hebrew Terms, Biblical Greek Terms, Liturgy & Worship, New Religious Movements, Reformed Tradition, and Theological Terms.

The other four volumes serve as concise overviews or handbooks for History of Theology, Christian Apologetics, Church History, and World Religions.

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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915 Edition)

Almost 10,000 entries in the illustrated encyclopedia cover every significant Bible subject, person, and place, along with the major doctrines of the Bible and the important details of Bible history, biography, customs, literature, art, and more. Nearly 200 internationally-distinguished scholars contributed to this classic reference tool.

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Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old & New Testament Bundle

This dictionary offers definitions and explanations for every word used in the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament. Each entry is identified by a number from Strong’s Dictionary of the Hebrew Bible and Greek Dictionary so that readers can make great use of the information that is given about each word, even if they have no working knowledge of Hebrew or Greek.

Includes individual modules that cover both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

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Wuest's NT Set: Word Studies in the Greek NT with Expanded NT Translation

  • Word Studies: A wealth of information on most of the Greek New Testament--all in non-technical language! This reader’s companion series clarifies many of the English words that do not fully capture the meaning of original Greek words. Includes topical word and devotional studies, book studies on most of Paul’s epistles.
  • Expanded NT Translation: Unlike other versions of the New Testament, this translation uses as many English words as are necessary to bring out the richness, force, and clarity of the Greek Text. Intended as a companion to, or commentary on, the standard translations, Wuest’s “expanded translation” follows the Greek word order and especially reflects emphases and contrasts indicated by the original text.

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5 Perfect Preaching Resources

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The Preacher's Goldmine "Golden Nugget" Series (9 Volumes)

This series contains hundreds of relevant sermon outlines per volume which are designed to be aids to assist pastors, lay leaders, and students of the Bible in creating fully developed sermons through study and prayer.

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Sermon Outline Series (3 Volumes)

Baker’s Sermon Outline Series is a collection of over 1800 sermon outlines. It contains a significant amount of variety. Included are both expositional sermon outlines as well as topical. There are sermons for holidays and special occasions, as well as funerals. In fact, there are nearly 40 funeral sermons alone in this bundle.

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John Piper Sermon Manuscript Library (1980-April 2010)

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, from 1980 into 2010.

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Spurgeon Sermon Collection (63 Volumes)

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 sermons were preached between 1855 and 1917.

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Fresh Illustrations (Wilson) (6 Volumes)

Nothing drives home biblical truth like fresh illustrations. That is why Jim Wilson, editor at, invests his energy helping preachers and teachers deliver truth with maximum impact using Fresh Illustrations. His illustrations are based on current events, recognizable people, or a quote from a popular book or movie. These are not old stories that everybody has already heard and repeated a million times ... they’re hot-off-the-grill fresh. Teachers and preachers alike will find this an indispensable tool for communicating biblical truth.

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5 Heartfelt Handbooks and Good Reads

Handfuls on Purpose

Handfuls on Purpose (12 Volumes)

For over 70 years, this classic commentary has transcended denominational lines with its Bible-based truth. Handfuls on Purpose is packed with over 2,000 expository outlines that have been described as “deeply devotional.” Insightful suggestions for Bible reading, study, and seed thoughts, and thousands of ideas for sermons and devotional talks are offered. This work is treasured by preachers looking to compose thoughtful, compelling, and powerful messages. If you preach or teach, you’ll want this work in your library!

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Cultural Handbook of the Bible (Pilch)

In A Cultural Handbook to the Bible John Pilch bridges the cultural divide by translating important social concepts and applying them to biblical texts. In short, accessible chapters Pilch discusses sixty-three topics related to the cosmos, the earth, persons, family, language, human consciousness, God and the spirit world, and entertainment.

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"How to Read" Books (Bundle of Four) (Longman)

Tremper Longman III is an Old Testament scholar, theologian, professor, and an award-winning author.  His writing style and unique communication skills help one to connect with the Bible with both mind and heart. Well organized and informative, these new releases from Accordance offer a strategy to follow, discoveries to be made, application with which to connect, and important principles of interpretation for better understanding.

  • How to Read Genesis
  • How to Read Exodus
  • How to Read Job
  • How to Read Proverbs

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Fire Bible: Notes of the Full Life Study Bible

The Fire Bible is the name for the international language editions of the Full Life Study Bible, one of the few Pentecostal study Bibles that exist today.

This Bible has often been referred to as a one-book Pentecostal Library. It contains 77 theme articles, a subject index, 45 maps and charts, introductions to each book of the Bible, and Pentecostal study notes.

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Stanley Horton: Bundle of 5 Books

A bundle of key works by Stanley M. Horton from a solid Pentecostal perspective published by Gospel Publishing House. 

The package includes:

  • Commentary on Acts - An in-depth look at the story of the Early Church complete with maps and bibliography
  • Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians -  A study of the history, customs, word meanings, and contemporary application of Paul’s writings to the Corinthian Church
  • Systematic Theology edited by Horton - The authority on the theology of Pentecostal faith
  • Bible Doctrines by William W. Menzies and Stanley Horton - An examination of 16 major Bible doctrines
  • What the Bible Says About the Holy Spirit - A study that goes beyond the titles and symbols of the Holy Spirit to a Pentecostal perspective of his personality, deity, gifts, and fruits.

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Feb 5, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Zondervan EBC Specials

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Expositor's Bible Commentary (Revised) (13 Volumes)

Relaunched in 2006, the fully revised EBC features 30 new contributors and more than 60% brand new content. It includes new and revised commentary by leading scholars, including D. A. Carson, Walter C. Kaiser, Andreas Köstenberger, Mark L. Strauss, and more. Solidly evangelical in viewpoint, the new EBC is substantially updated in its discussion of theological and critical issues.

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Expositor's Bible Commentary (12 Volumes)

Seventy-eight renowned international evangelical scholars worked for eighteen years on the Gold Medallion Award-winning 12-volume Expositor’s Bible Commentary (EBC) to give you their best! This reference work provides pastors and other Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures, and the teaching and proclamation of their message. Just click -- and clear biblical analysis appears side by side with any Bible text.

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Feb 4, 2019 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Holman Illustrated Study Bible

Holman Illustrated Study Bible Cover Some of the shepherds of the faithful, however, have too often closeted themselves in dim libraries, speculating about the redaction of texts and raising questions about the believability of the gospel stories. Only recently, with renewed attention to the physical remnants of first-century Palestine and the evidence of Jewish religion of that period, has the withering “quest for the historical Jesus” been abandoned, and a new flowering of “Jesus studies”—exploring culture, language, and place—begun.

In gray winters of the Teutonic North, the form of Jesus fades and blends with the mythical shades of Balder and Siegfried. But in the sunlight of Palestine, the rocks speak forth their echoes, and the Jesus of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wears flesh again.

David Neff, Christianity Today, October 22, 1990 (quoted in the introduction to the Holman Illustrated Study Bible).

I’ve often suggested that study Bibles make great “first stops” for study and research before moving on to more detailed commentaries and reference works. This is especially true for a very specialized study Bible such as the Holman Illustrated Study Bible (HISB), released today for Accordance Bible Software. Teachers and preachers will especially appreciate the HISB, not only for its wealth of backgrounds information on the land and culture of Bible times, but also for the hundreds of photos and charts that can be used in teaching and preaching contexts.

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Essentially, the notes and extras in the HISB focus on geographical, historical, and cultural contexts of the writings in the Bible. Understanding these surrounding contexts helps someone understand the message of the Bible itself. As stated in the introduction, the HISB “contains a wealth of images that help the student of the Bible gain a sense of the settings in which God placed His people, into which He came to live as a man, and across which the message of the Good News was delivered by the apostles.”

Much of the content for the HISB comes from previous articles in Biblical Illustrator Magazine. I’ve subscribed to this magazine for decades and have even created a personal database to keep track of articles touching on various passages of Scripture. Therefore, on a personal level, I’m thrilled to have this resource with their great content that can be placed in parallel with any Bible text or translation.

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What’s in the HISB? These study Bible notes contain the following features:

  • Detailed introductions to help you understande the context and background of the book. Each introduction includes a key text, key term, and one-sentence summary. “God’s Message in the Book” lays out Purpose, Christian Worldview Elements, Teachings about God, Teachings about Humanity, and Teachings about Salvation. Every book of both the Old and New Testaments include a section in the introduction titled, “Christ in [book name]” that explores Christology throughout the particular book. Thematic threads throughout the Bible are explored in the “God’s Story” section, demonstrating how the particular book of the Bible fits in with the rest of Scripture. The “Original Historical Setting” focuses on traditional introductory elements like author, date of writing, original audience, and occasion. “Literary Features” explores genre, literary styles, themes, and structure.

  • Over 700 full-color photos. These beautiful, engaging photos will liven up any sermon or lesson from a biblical passage.

  • Approximately 200 charts, maps, illustrations and reconstructions. Many of the maps are the same high-quality images found in the recently-released Holman Bible Atlas, a personal favorite of mine for use in teaching settings.

  • A comprehensive overview of the Intertestamental Period. The 400 years between the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament were extremely eventful. In fact, it’s impossible to fully understand the events of the New Testament without understanding the History of this period between the Testaments. This section of the HISB is just as detailed and colorfully illustrated with images, charts, and maps as the content illustrating the Old and New Testaments.

  • Holman Illustrated Study Bible - Android Extensive appendix sections.

  • Millennial perspectives on Revelation (chart)
  • Prophecies of Jesus' Second Coming (chart)
  • Expansion of Christianity (map)
  • Ancient Versions of Biblical Text (chart)
  • The Hebrew Canon of the Old Testament (chart)
  • Comparison Lists of Old Testament Books (chart)
  • The Apocrypha (chart)
  • Stages of Development of the New Testament Canon (chart)
  • Table of Weights and Measures (chart)

The print edition of the Holman Illustrated Study Bible originally paired this study content with the Holman Christian Standard Bible (not included). However, Accordance users can place the HISB in parallel with any biblical text and translation of their choosing. The HISB is no longer in print but highly sought after by those who are familiar with it. No doubt, the Accordance edition will extend its value for ages to come.

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Jan 30, 2019 Timothy Jenney

Quick Demo of Accordance (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #179)



This quick demo covers the basic features of Accordance for those studying the Bible in translation (typically in English). Accordance has added a number of additional features since the original Accordance 12 demo, including the Text Browser and Live Click. This updated demo includes those features.

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Jan 21, 2019 Richard Mansfield

New! Handbooks for Old & New Testament Exegesis (Kregel)

Today we are releasing two new series from Kregel Academic for the Accordance Bible Software Library: Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis (6 volumes) and Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis (3 volumes). This series is complete with the exception of a remaining volume on the Gospels and Acts to be released at a future date. Accordance users may purchase these volumes in OT and NT sets, as well as individual volumes.

These volumes grew out of the conviction that the same exegetical tools for one part of the Bible cannot always be applied to the whole. Often the literary genre of a particular book has been ignored, and this neglect has led to misunderstanding and even error.

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The Old Testament volumes are divided among the following genres: Pentateuch, Historical, Psalms, Wisdom, Prophetic, and Apocalyptic. As stated in the series preface, each volume is built around the same six-chapter structure as follows:

  1. The Nature of the Genres

  2. Viewing the Whole

  3. Preparing for Interpretation

  4. Interpreting the Text

  5. Proclaiming the Text

  6. Putting It All Together

Likewise, the currently completed volumes of the New Testament series are divided by the themes of Pauline letter, General letters, and Revelation and Apocalyptic. The New Testament volumes feature the following common elements:

  1. The nature of the literary genre (including important subgenres)

  2. The background of the books (historical setting)

  3. The major themes of the books

  4. Preparing to interpret the books (textual criticism, translation)

  5. Interpreting passages in the context of their genre

  6. Communicating passages in the context of their genre

  7. From exegesis to exposition (two step-by-step examples)

  8. A list of selected resources and a glossary of technical terms

Both series are designed with seminary and graduate-level students in mind who have completed at least one year of the respective Hebrew or Greek language classes. However, all use of original language content in the series is accompanied by English translations. Thus, both series are accessible even by those who have not had the opportunity to study biblical languages.

If you have journals in your Accordance Library, you may want to get more in-depth opinions of a couple of volumes in the series at the links below.

Interpreting the Historical Books by Robert Chisholm Jr.

Interpreting the Psalms by Mark Futato


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Jan 21, 2019 Richard Mansfield

New! Decker's Koine Greek Reader

Koine Greek Reader with Koine (from the Greek κοινός) refers to the style of ancient Greek in the late Hellenistic period. Koine is most often associated with the kind of Greek language found in the New Testament, but it also can characterize a wider body of literature including the Septuagint (LXX) and Early Church writings, among others.

A little over three years ago, we released Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook by Rod Decker (see also our "Closer Look" at this title). This had been a posthumous release after Decker’s untimely passing a year or so earlier. Rod Decker was not only a beloved Greek professor and New Testament scholar, he was also a passionate Accordance user. His grammar, Reading Koine Greek, a resource enhanced with audio in Accordance, remains a favorite tool among Accordance users for learning and reviewing New Testament Greek.

Now, as a companion to Reading Koine Greek, we are thrilled to release Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers for the Accordance Bible Software Library. The latter category of selections includes content from the Apostolic Fathers and early creeds of the church (Nicene, Nicene-Constantinopolitan, Chalcedonian, and Apostles).

Click/tap any of the images below for a larger view of the Koine Greek Reader.

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Reading Koine Greek assumes at least one year of New Testament Greek study. Although not designed necessarily for advanced students, I would agree with Decker’s statement in the introduction that those with much mastery of Koine Greek “might find it useful for casual reading.” This resource can be used for personal study or in the classroom over two semesters. With 23 separate readings in all, the New Testament portion could be use by itself in one semester with the remaining readings studied in a second semester.

To give you a feel for what each section covers, here is an outline of chapter 7, which features a study of 1 Peter 5:1-14.

Grammar Review: Infinitives
In addition to a grammar lesson, each review also includes a “Recommended Reading” section of content from popular Greek grammars. When a grammar referred to here is available in Accordance, it is hyperlinked for quick access.

KGR - Grammar Review

Forms Review: Infinitive Endings
Forms are always arranged in a chart for quick review or even printing/exporting for later study.

KGR - Forms Review

Vocabulary Notes

Vocabulary to Learn (25-49x)
Previous words found in this passage
Additional New Vocabulary to Learn
Vocabulary for Reference (24x or fewer)
If you’re familiar with a “Reader’s Greek New Testament,” the list of words here function much the same as the list of words immediately below the text in these kinds of resources.

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1 Peter 5
This section includes the Greek text itself, preceded by a brief introduction. The text is presented verse by verse. Underneath each verse the reader will find explanations similar in nature to those found in some of our Greek exegetical resources.

KGR - 1 Peter 5

Supplemental Reading: 2 Peter 1:1-11 with HCSB
An additional reading appears here with the Greek text in one column and the HCSB (several different translations are used throughout the reader) in the other column.

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That is, the footnotes for the section.

With the amount of content as described above, I can easily see how this book could be used for a year’s study in the classroom. There are also eight appendices of further helps for learning and maintaining one’s mastery of Koine Greek.

For sake of greater context, some Accordance users may want to place a selection in the Koine Greek Reader in parallel with a complete original language text, even though the Greek text for each selection is included in the Reader itself. To facilitate this kind of use, the Koine Greek Reader will appear in your Accordance Library under two entries: “Decker’s Koine Reader (NT & LXX)” and “Decker’s Koine Reader (Apostolic).” The content of the two modules is completely identical. For parallel use, open your Greek text first, and then add the appropriate Koine Greek Reader in a parallel pane.

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Jan 11, 2019 Ryan Mudge

Writing Seminary Exegesis Papers with Accordance

One of the most important tasks for a seminary student to learn is to learn how to exegete the Bible, especially in the original Greek and Hebrew. Few things are more important for those in training for ministry than to know how to rightly interpret the Scriptures. I had the responsibility of writing an exegetical paper on 2 Corinthians 5:11-15 for my Greek Exegesis class this past semester.

Part of what made the task a joy instead of a burden was using Accordance for researching and writing the paper. I couldn’t imagine doing this work without having such a powerful tool at my side (or I should say on my desk!). For the paper I had to provide my own Greek translation of the verses, identify and explain important Greek words, include helpful information from Bible dictionaries and commentaries, and then finally explain the meaning of the passage as a whole.

One of my initial steps was to read through the passage and surrounding context, multiple times in both the original Greek, but also multiple English translations. This gives the feel of the passage as well as the essential literary context. Of course, with Accordance I could look at multiple versions of the Bible at once, and hovering over a word would cross-highlight that word in my tagged texts. I also had immediate lexical information with the Instant Details window at the bottom of my screen.

Mudge - Parallel Texts

Next I wanted to create other Workspaces for different aspects of my paper. My second Workspace was for the purpose of looking directly at the Greek text, especially for text-critical and lexical work. Alongside the UBS5 Greek text, I opened in parallel the ESV Bible, UBS Apparatus, Omanson’s Textual Guide, and the Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament. This allowed me to take a quick look at any relevant text critical issues with the apparatus and textual guide, as well as a basic help in translation with the Greek NT Key. They all scrolled in parallel with my Greek text, and included hyperlinks for abbreviations.

Mudge - Greek Text

Hovering over the abbreviations in any of these tools gave me definitions of the terms in the Instant Details, which was incredibly helpful for understanding the UBS5 apparatus.

Mudge - Apparatus

In the separate zone to the right, I had my trustworthy Greek lexicons, including BDAG and NIDNTTE. These are essential tools for finding the semantic range of a word. Triple-clicking on a Greek word opened BDAG, and I also had Accordance set (in my Amplify Preferences) to search for the verse reference along with the word in my lexicon. This allowed me to use the Hit arrows at the bottom of the pane to have instant access to the most likely use of this word in the verse I was studying. What a huge time saver while doing lexical studies!

Mudge - Lexicons

Using Accordance’s lightning fast searching, I was able to see how Paul uses particular words or word groups in his writings, such as φανερόω in this case.

Mudge - Analysis

Next, after doing the important grammatical work and forming my own interpretation of the text, I needed to consult commentaries to gather additional information and other interpretative factors. I created one more workspace for this role, which would include both background and exegetical commentaries.

Mudge tied zones

The left side of my workspace included the IVP-NT Background Commentary and the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary for key historical and cultural background information. The right side included my important exegetical commentaries, with all their tabs tiedto the ESV, so they would follow along as I went verse-by-verse.

Mudge - Bibliography

Finally, as I started to write the paper in my word processor, I had the benefit of copying and pasting from Accordance. Not only could I directly transfer the Greek text itself, but I could also quickly quote from my commentaries and dictionaries. In my Accordance Preferences under Bibliography, I set the Format to "Turabian Footnote" and checked "Insert Citation as Footnote." This meant that as I was writing my paper and quoting from various resources, the footnotes automatically were added at the bottom of the page. What a huge time saver for this busy seminary student!

Mudge - footnotes

I can’t imagine doing all this work without having Accordance. It provided me with the essential grammatical, historical, and theological tools, but more importantly allowed me to do my own research. All of this was added to writing my paper in the most efficient and accurate way possible. Not only that, but Accordance helped make writing a joy! I’m already looking forward to using Accordance to write a Hebrew exegesis paper next semester!

Ryan Mudge is the Asia Representative for Accordance, serving and assisting Accordance users and schools throughout Asia.


Dec 31, 2018 Timothy Jenney

Build a Bible Study Library (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #177)



Interested in studying the Bible? Serious students of the Bible know the value of a good Bible Study library. This podcast lists the basic resources every such library should have—and explains the use of each. Accordance’s Basic Starter Collection, available for Macs, Windows, iOS and Android, offers all of these resources in  a single, affordable package. Its digital format is also portable, allowing us to study at home, at the office, even at the local coffee shop!

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Dec 26, 2018 Richard Mansfield

Three New Devotional Titles for 2019

The beginning of a new year brings about resolutions and resolve; and often for people of biblical faith, that means new commitments to read through the Bible or spend a certain amount of time daily or weekly in reflection on the Bible or one’s faith. For years, Accordance Bible Software has incorporated a Daily Reading feature into its software. In Accordance 12 for Windows and macOS, going to Preferences: Reading/Research allows you to choose a default devotional or Scripture reading plan for personal use. These same titles are also found in the Devotionals section of your personal Accordance Library. When using Accordance Mobile, you’ll find these works in your Devotionals folder.

Daily Reading If you’ve never used Accordance for reading plans or devotional readings, you may not even realize the titles you already have. In Accordance 12, clicking on the Daily Readings icon in the toolbar launches a new workspace with the Daily Reading title on the left and all mentioned Scripture passages on the right.

Of course, some of the titles that fall into the Devotional category are dated and some are not. The ones that are not dated do not work with the Daily Reading feature in Accordance, but you can work through them on your own pace.

If you’re wanting to start off 2019 with a new plan, you might want to choose one you already own, but you may also want to consider one of the new titles described below.

Devotions on the Hebrew Bible

Devotions on the Hebrew Bible-nb In 2014, we released Devotions on the Greek New Testament. As part of the same series, we are pleased to present Devotions on the Hebrew Bible: 52 Reflections to Inspire and Instruct. Similar in layout to the previously-released volume on the Greek New Testament, Devotions on the Hebrew Bible begins with a verse or phrase from a verse of the Old Testament in both Hebrew as well as a popular translation.

The series is designed for both those proficient in Hebrew as well as those who have already learned the language or are wanting to recover it. Every book in the Hebrew Bible is represented in reflections written by Evangelical authors from diverse backgrounds. As described by the publisher,

Miles Van Pelt, for example, shows that a careful analysis of a grammatical particle in Judges 3:9 elucidates the agent of Israel’s deliverance. Indeed, it is Yahweh who saves! Tremper Longman III explains the role of poetical parallelism in Psalm 1 and highlights how clearly the psalmist invites the reader to introspection, compelling the reader to follow the path of righteousness. And Bo Lim reminds the reader of the biblical precedent for expressing lament. He highlights the poetic artistry of the book of Lamentations, noting its beautiful acrostic, and confirms that both grief and hope provide the rhythm of faith and worship.

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Devotions on the Hebrew Bible is not a dated devotional, but it is designed with the idea of one reading per week. However, you can feel free to go at a slower or faster pace of your choosing.

Devotions on the Hebrew Bible
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Devotions on the Greek New Testament, Volume 2

Devotions on the Greek NT v.2-nb Accordance users have benefitted from the previous volume on the Greek New Testament in this series. Devotions on the Greek New Testament, Volume Two: 52 Reflections to Inspire & Instruct builds on its predecessor, delivering 52 devotions on every book of the New Testament by over 25 Evangelical scholars from international and diverse backgrounds.

If you have previously worked your way through volume one, this new installment will be an easy choice for 2019. As stated in the preface,

The main point of each devotion in Devotions on the Greek New Testament, Volume Two comes from a careful reading of the passage in the Greek New Testament, not from an English translation. The authors use a variety of exegetical approaches in their devotions—including grammatical, lexical, rhetorical, sociohistorical, and linguistic—and each devotion closes with a practical application or spiritual reflection.

Like its predecessor, as well as the companion volume on the Hebrew Bible, Devotions on the Greek New Testament, vol. 2 is undated, though it is generally designed to be a weekly reflection. Regardless, you can work through it at your own pace as you are able.

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In addition to the 52 reflections, this title also includes as subject and Scripture index as well as a “Greek Word, Phrase, and Idiom Index.”

Devotions on the Greek New Testament (Volume 2)
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Orthodox Study Bible Two-Year Reading Plan

Orthodox Study Bible Plans to read through the Bible in one year abound, both in print and electronically. However, many begin these plans without finishing them because the entire Bible, even divided into 365 sections, proves to be too much. Recently, we released an addition of a two-year plan included with (and designed for) the Orthodox Study Bible that divides the Bible into smaller portions and will hopefully result in a greater success rate for completion than similar one-year plans. [This reading plan was recently added free to the Orthodox Study Bible product. Check Easy Install if you already own the Orthodox Study Bible.]

Two years is also a better idea for the Orthodox Study Bible because the Orthodox canon has more Old Testament books than Protestant or even Catholic Bibles. Regardless of your view of canon, if you’ve never read a Bible with an “expanded” Old Testament (sometimes referred to as the Apocrypha or Deuterocanon) or one translated from the Septuagint instead of the Hebrew Bible, you may be interested in this plan.

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The two-year reading plan for the Orthodox Study Bible alternates Old Testament Readings on one day and a selection from Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament on other days. Reading the passages alone will take less than 20 minutes on average; however, if you choose to read the accompanying commentary in the Orthodox Study Bible, you may need to set aside a bit more time.

OSB Text Settings The Orthodox Study Bible comes with its own Bible translation that uses the St. Athanasius Academy Septuagint for the Old Testament and the New King James Version for the New Testament. You will want to make certain that the Scripture hyperlinks in the Orthodox Study Bible reading guide default to this translation, titled “English Orthodox Bible (SAAS + NKJV)” in Accordance. To select this version as the default in Accordance 12, open the reading plan and access the Action menu (that little gear icon, ⚙️, at the top of the reading plan pane); and under the Hypertext section, choose the English Orthodox Bible as your primary hypertext. Make certain to click the Save as Default button when you close the dialog box. In Accordance Mobile for iOS, open the reading plan, and from the text settings icon (AA), click on “All Display Settings,” and select the English Orthodox Bible as your primary hypertext.

The two-year plan for the Orthodox Study Bible is a dated plan that comes in two modules (one for each year). A few weeks ago, the plan was released as a free update to the Orthodox Study Bible for those who had purchased it previously.

Orthodox Study Bible Notes (with Free Two-Year Reading Plan)
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