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Jul 23, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Cyber Day Sales in July

Cyber July

In November, there’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Last week, a major company made two days of special discounts into national news. Well, we think all of this is well and good, but instead of just a couple of days, why not an entire week? Starting today, we’re having the Accordance Cyber Days in July Sale with savings up to 78% off! Our Cyber Days includes select Collections and Custom Upgrades as well as Hot Deals on Publisher Specials. Maybe we won’t make the evening news with this sale, but a well-rounded Accordance Library on all of your devices has greater lasting value anyway!

Special pricing on the Collections/Custom Upgrades is good through Monday, August 5, 2019 (11:59 PM EDT). Sale prices on all other products end Monday, July 29, 2019 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Accordance XII Collections & Custom Upgrades: Save 35% to 50%

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(Available natively on Windows, Mac, iOS & Android)

No matter where you are in your journey of studying the Scriptures, we have a collection that is right for you, fits your needs, and won't break the bank!

Shop online anytime, or call Customer Service (407-339-5855 from 9 AM to 6 PM EST) for answers to any questions you may have, and receive expert advice on your upgrade purchase.

*Just a reminder: Sorry, this offer cannot be applied retroactively. Also, with Accordance Custom Upgrades, you will only be charged for the modules you are adding or upgrading, never the ones you already own.

50% Off Starters
Purchase or Upgrade to Accordance 12 with Basic Starter
or Specialty Starters (English, Greek, or Hebrew)

40% Triple Learner or Triple Discoverer Collections
Custom Upgrades Available

40% Off Graphics Collections
Graphics Learner, Discoverer, and Pro Collections
Custom Upgrades Available

35% Off Individual Learner, Discoverer, Pro, and Expert Collections
(Excludes Master Collections and All-in-All)
Custom Upgrades Available

 

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*This sale excludes Accordance 12 Master Collections and the All-in-All Collection.

Special pricing on Collections/Custom Upgrades is good through Monday, August 5, 2019 and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


One Week Only – Hot Deals on Publisher Specials
Save 50-78%

JPS 5-Commentary Set

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.

Regular Price $399
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Boice Expositional Commentary (27 Volumes)

The Boice Commentary series combines careful scholarship and clear communication in a verse-by-verse and section by section reading of various biblical texts. Combining thoughtful interpretation with contemporary insight for daily living, James Montgomery Boice explains the meaning of the text and relates the text's concerns to the church, Christianity, and the world in which we live.

Regular Price $449
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Understanding the Bible Commentary: OT / NT (36 Volumes)

Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Greek transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper.

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Believer's Bible Commentary

A thorough easy-to-read Bible commentary that turns complicated theology into practical understanding.

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Thru the Bible Commentary (5 Volumes) (McGee)

Based on Dr. J. Vernon McGee's popular radio program, this readable commentary features engaging introductions, detailed book outlines, and thorough discussions of significant passages in easy-to-understand, down-to-earth language.

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IVP Bible Dictionaries Series (8 Volumes)

Individual titles included:

  • 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)
  • Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
  • Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
  • Dictionary of New Testament Background

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IVP Theology Bundle (11 Works)

Contents include:

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NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible Notes

Discover how the details of Scripture come together to form God's grand narrative of redemption! The NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible is an excellent resource for those seeking to understand the individual parts of Scripture, and how those parts join to create a cohesive whole. Deepen your knowledge of God's Word with insightful book introductions, sectional introductions, and 20,000 study notes written by a team of over 60 trusted theologians and Bible scholars explaining specific verses and themes.

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Formerly released in Accordance as the NIV Zondervan Study Bible. A free upgrade is available.

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Introduction to the New Testament (Carson & Moo)

D. A. Carson and Douglas Moo’s Introduction to the New Testament explores the authorship, date, purpose, and historical background to every book of the New Testament.

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Gagging of God

The Gagging of God

Is Jesus the only way to God? This clear, critically-acclaimed, scholarly response to that question affirms the deep need for the Gospel’s exclusive message in today’s increasingly pluralistic global community. The Gagging of God offers an in-depth look at the big picture, shows how the many ramifications of pluralism are all parts of a whole, and then provides a systematic Christian response.

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Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Beale, Carson)

Readers of the New Testament often encounter quotes or allusions to the Old Testament that may be unfamiliar or obscure. In this volume, G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson have brought together a distinguished team of scholars to isolate, catalog, and comment on both the obvious Old Testament quotations and the more subtle allusions found in the New Testament. The result is a comprehensive commentary on the Old Testament references that appear from Matthew through Revelation.

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Just in time for the Fall Semester, be on the lookout for Futato's Beginning Biblical Hebrew and Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar 4th Edition!

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Jul 19, 2019 David Lang

The Unexpected Benefits of a Well-Rounded Library

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As a longtime Accordance employee, I have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to all the resources in my personal Accordance Library. I have more Bibles, original language texts, dictionaries, commentaries, and books at my fingertips than I know what to do with; and I get new toys to play with all the time. Yet even though I have access to all these materials, I tend to consult a handful of trusted resources over and over again. After all, who has time to read 100 commentaries on the same passage?

Nevertheless, there are times when some of those lesser-used resources come in handy. Here are a couple recent examples:

JPS Dictionary I recently taught through the story of King Saul and the medium of Endor in Sunday school, and I pointed out that when the spirit of Samuel was called up, he was incredulous that Saul would disturb him. When Saul complained that the LORD no longer spoke to him, Samuel said, “Why then do you ask me, since the LORD has turned from you and become your enemy?” (1 Samuel 28:16). Today my wife paraphrased Samuel's words to Saul as, “Why have you disturbed me? Are you crazy?” Laughing, I did my best Yiddish accent—which sounds remarkably like Billy Crystal in A Princess Bride—and said, “What? Are you a meshuggener?” When my wife asked me what meshuggener means, I said, “I think it's Yiddish for a crazy person.” Of course, I then felt compelled to make sure I was using the term correctly, so I opened a little known Accordance resource, The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words. This handy resource is great for translating the numerous Jewish concepts and Yiddish words which have worked their way into English vernacular. I don’t necessarily use it often, but I’ve been surprised how many times I've turned to it over the years. In case you’re wondering, I had used meshuggener correctly. Not bad for a goy!

Horton Christian Faith The other day I stumbled across a Facebook discussion in which a friend (actually, our own Rick Mansfield) mentioned an Eastern Orthodox theological term with which I was unfamiliar (theosis). Desperate to avoid Rick knowing something I don’t know, I turned to Accordance and searched all my Theological resources for that term. I very quickly found articles on theosis in various theological dictionaries, as well as an interesting discussion in Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith. The latter is a systematic theology which I’ve long thought looks interesting, but which I’ve never really had the time to dig into. On this occasion, I was glad to rediscover it. (Oh, and I’m kidding about not wanting Rick to know anything I don’t know. He knows lots…he knows some…well, he knows a few things I don’t know!)

While I typically consult a handful of favorite all-purpose commentaries and dictionaries, I find that there are lots of specialized commentaries and dictionaries which come in very handy. As I’ve been teaching through various Old Testament narrative books, I often consult the relevant volumes of IVP’s Dictionary of the Old Testament, which tends to cover recent scholarship on questions many general Bible dictionaries pass over. When I was teaching through the book of Genesis, I found Waltke’s one-volume commentary particularly helpful, and I've written elsewhere about how helpful I’ve found the Gospel According to the Old Testament series.

I could give numerous other examples of works I consult less often than my go-to resources, but which I am nevertheless glad to have when I need them. If I could distill these anecdotes into a word of practical advice it would be this: when building your Accordance Library, concentrate first on buying the must-have resources you need to cover the bulk of your research needs. Invest in a few go-to commentaries and all-purpose dictionaries. Once you’ve got those covered, consider adding more specialized resources which may never be the first place you’ll turn, but which may prove to be the best place to turn in certain cases. Build a well-rounded library, and you’ll be delightfully surprised at the questions Accordance can help you answer.

Best of all, you’ll avoid looking like a meshuggener!

 

Jul 18, 2019 Richard Mansfield

A Closer Look at the Kregel Exegetical Library (NEW!)

Kregel Exegetical Library - 3D The IVP Pocket Dictionary for the Study of New Testament Greek offers a simple definition for the word exegesis: “The act or result of drawing out the meaning of the biblical text and explaining it; interpretation.” Although, there is often some overlap, an exegeticalcommentary is different from an expositorycommentary. An exegetical commentary can often be a bit more technical, dealing with literary and linguistic issues, while an expository commentary often focuses primarily on the task of teaching or preaching a biblical passage. That’s not to say someone teaching or preaching the Bible wouldn’t use both kinds of commentaries—of course, they do! But the exegetical commentary generally draws out the meaning without going to the next step of application.

Earlier this week, we released 7 Old Testament volumes in the Kregel Exegetical Library, an ongoing series that will cover both Old and New Testaments when complete. In the Kregel Academic Catalog, the publisher describes the series this way:

Written by evangelical scholars, the Kregel Exegetical Library (KEL) benefits pastors and students while also contributing to the scholarly dialogue on each book of the Bible. The commentaries in this ongoing series provide careful, in-depth exegesis and homiletical guidance for each passage.

The series has an impressive lineup of contributors in the volumes produced thus far:

I was especially intrigued by Shepherd’s approach in the newest volume on the 12 Minor Prophets. Breaking with approaches from the last couple of centuries, Shepherd attempts to examine the 12 writings as a literary whole. In the introduction Shepherd writes:

This volume offers something unique when compared to other commentaries on the so-called Minor Prophets. Numerous works have been published on Hosea–Malachi in either single-volume or multivolume format that treat these prophetic books as twelve separate compositions, often rearranging them in chronological order. This approach is largely due to the lasting effects of the rise of historical criticism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. More recent biblical scholarship has sought to give an account of the transmission of the Book of the Twelve as a single composition in antiquity by highlighting the historical evidence for its unity and by tracing the internal clues to the work of a final composer. The present volume is an effort to bring that scholarship into a commentary setting that will be accessible to students, pastors, and scholars alike. It is hoped that a better understanding of the compositional unity of the Twelve will remove the sense of disconnectedness that readers initially experience with the Prophets and lead to a greater appreciation of the ongoing relevance of the Twelve as Christian Scripture.

In this particular volume, Shepherd provides his own translation interacting with the Hebrew, Greek (LXX), and Syriac texts of these books. In fact, each contributor in the series provides his own translation of the text. Although attention is given to original language content, the non-specialist should be able to work through this content as well.

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I mentioned at the outset of this blog post that while there is a difference between exegetical and expository commentaries, there is often overlap. That is certainly true of this series. The title of the series, Kregel Exegetical Library, describes its primary thrust. Nevertheless, some contributors have often included expository helps drawing attention to aspects that are helpful when communicating the message of the passage.

Volumes are available as a whole set with introductory discounted pricing for a limited time, or Accordance users may purchase individual volumes.

Kregel Exegetical OT Library (7 Volumes)
Regular Price $299

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Jul 8, 2019 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Strong’s Numbers Added to Arabic & Hebrew New Testaments!

We are pleased to announce the release of Strong's Key Numbered editions of the Modern Hebrew New Testament and Arabic New Testament. The addition of Greek Key Numbers to these texts, which link most words to the Greek New Testament, allows Accordance users to identify and search for Greek words underlying the translation. Also, it enables the use of these texts for cross-highlighting with other Keyed and Tagged New Testament texts as well as use in the Accordance Dynamic Interlinear.

MHNT & Arabic NTs with Strong's

In the image above, cross-highlighting of the Greek word for light (φῶς) can be seen across the Modern Hebrew New Testament, Arabic New Testament, English Standard Version and Greek New Testament. Click/tap the image for a larger view.

Normally, when clicking on a Hebrew word in a Hebrew text, one would expect to see an entry appear from a Hebrew dictionary. However, in the case of the Modern Hebrew New Testament with Strong’s Numbers, the Greek Strong’s entry appears just as it would for any New Testament translation, such as the ESV or NIV.

The Modern Hebrew New Testament was produced in the 1970s by the Bible Society in Israel. The edition with Strong’s Numbers also introduces an extensive set of verse-by-verse notes on the text in Hebrew.

The Arabic New Testament with Strong’s Numbers is based on the work of Eli Smith and Cornelius Van Dyke. Smith, known for accompanying 19th century scholar Edward Robinson on two trips to Palestine to locate biblical sites, began the translation of the Bible into Arabic but was not able to complete it before his death. Van Dyke, a missionary and medical doctor, completed the translation in 1865.

Anyone who reads (or is learning) modern Hebrew or Arabic will appreciate the ability to place these translations beside the Greek New Testament or Bible versions with Key Numbers to quickly identify parallel words across languages.


MHNT 3D Hebrew New Testament with Strong's Numbers (Modern Translation)
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  • Upgrade from Untagged Modern Hebrew New Testament (MHNT) ($5) (Note: This upgrade does not provide tagging for the Delitzsch translation of the Hebrew New Testament that is included with the MHNT product.)

 

 

Arabic NT - 3D Arabic New Testament with Strong's Numbers (Smith and Van Dyke)
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Jul 5, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

From the iPhone to the Desktop: Kevin Sullivan’s Accordance 25 Story

Kevin Sullivan I was first introduced to Accordance via the Accordance app on my iPhone several years ago. There were other bible apps out there, and I used them frequently, but my “go to” app was always my Accordance Library when I needed to dig a little deeper into something.

Then, about two years ago, it became evident to me that my old PC was nearing its end, and the old bible software I had been using for decades years was going to die with it. It served me for many years, but it was time to upgrade and move on. I researched many bible software packages and each had their own good qualities. Some were very powerful, but they also came with a very powerful price tag. Accordance, on the other hand, seemed to have a well-balanced set of powerful tools, good references, and it all came at an affordable price.

No doubt I could spend $1,000 or more to accumulate every possible add-on to Accordance, but for my purposes of sermon preparation and teaching Sunday School, a basic Accordance package has more than met my needs. A big bonus for me was the fact that with my purchase, I can use it on both a Mac and a PC.  As with any software package, it’s taken me a bit of time to find my way around and to get used to all of the bells and whistles, but I’m well-pleased with Accordance, and I know that anytime I need something, if help isn’t available within the software itself, technical support is just an email or a phone call away. Support has been fast and reliable.

I hope I can reap the benefits of the Accordance Bible software for another 25 years. Happy Anniversary!


Kevin Sullivan uses Accordance Bible Software as an itinerant preacher and Sunday School teacher.

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.

 

Jun 28, 2019 David Lang

25 Reasons We’re Still Going Strong: Our Users

Accordance 25 image no background When Accordance 1.0 was released 25 years ago, there were seemingly dozens of Bible software programs to choose from. Today, only a small handful are still in operation. So how has Accordance managed to keep going strong after all these years?

In this series of posts, I’m considering 25 reasons I think we’ve managed to defy the odds. In previous posts, I covered 5 motivational reasons for our continued success, 6 reasons related to our development philosophy, 5 aspects of our approach to software design, and 5 key business strategies. In this post, I’ll cover 4 things about you, our users, which have helped make Accordance what it is.

Accordance Users

22. We Started with the Most Demanding Users. When Accordance 1.0 was first released, it was aimed squarely at two groups of users who are notoriously demanding: Mac users and academics.

Back in the day, every Mac user was a self-proclaimed interface and usability expert, and they were unrelenting in their criticism of programs they regarded as hard to use. It was not unusual for developers of DOS and Windows programs to port their products to the Mac expecting to receive the undying gratitude of what was then a small percentage of personal computer users, only to find themselves getting savaged for trying to foist a clunky, unintuitive interface on people who had come to expect better. If you developed for the Mac in those days, you had to focus on making the interface easy to use.

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Like Mac users, academics were an exacting group of users as well, though often in a different direction. As soon as it was released, Bible scholars and students began testing Accordance’s capability to help them in their studies. If Accordance couldn't quite do what professors needed for their research and lesson preparation, or what students needed to complete their assignments and write their papers, those users would push us to make improvements. In many cases, they asked for improvements we already planned to do, but there were certainly times when they exposed us to areas of research we had never really considered. Many of the features you have come to appreciate about Accordance were forged in the crucible of trying to keep our earliest academic users happy.

In those early years, Accordance expanded by leaps and bounds, both in ease of use (thanks to the Mac users) and in raw power (thanks to the academics).

23. Our Users Give Us Honest Feedback. As just mentioned, aiming at the intersection of two demanding groups of users pushed us to make rapid improvements to Accordance, but those improvements wouldn't have been possible if our users hadn’t taken the time to give us their honest feedback. If they weren’t happy about something, they could have just stopped using Accordance without saying anything at all. That's why we have always valued the collaborative relationship we have with our users. By giving us your honest feedback, making suggestions for ways the software can be improved, explaining how you might be using a feature in a way we never intended but probably should have, you've helped us continually improve the software and encouraged us in our efforts.

teamwork 24. Our Users Help Each Other. We pride ourselves on our in-house tech support and all the training materials we provide, but personally, I point people to our User Forums more than any other source of support. Why? Because where else can a student working on a paper in the wee hours of the morning post a question and get help from an Accordance power user halfway around the world? Where else can you ask about buying a commentary and get purchasing advice from a dozen other Accordance users? Where else can you post a suggestion and get plus-oned by a dozen other users? We are very grateful for the vibrant and active community of Accordance users who take the time to help one another at all hours of the day and night. You really help make us look good.

25. Our Users Help Spread the Word. For the past 25 years, our most effective form of marketing has been the word-of-mouth recommendations of our users. So many of you have eagerly evangelized your colleagues, coworkers, fellow students, friends, and family members to the Accordance Advantage. We deeply appreciate all of your enthusiastic support over the years.


Ultimately, you, our users, are the main reason Accordance is still going strong after 25 years. Thank you.

 

Jun 24, 2019 David Lang

Picture More of the New Testament

Picture the NT 3D cover Last November, we released Picture the New Testament: A PhotoCommentary. If you're not familiar with it, it acts as a visual commentary, showing ancient artifacts, artwork, maps, and locations which illustrate some aspect of the biblical text. The initial release included the four Gospels, Acts, and 1–2 Peter. Those who bought the initial release were pleasantly surprised over the weekend with a free update which added the Pauline epistles (Romans-Philemon).

Picture the NT now covers 88% of the New Testament, and work on the remaining 12% is already well underway. That too will be a free update for those who have already purchased Picture the NT. On the other hand, the purchase price will likely go up once the entire New Testament is finished, so you'll save money if you buy now.

In some ways, illustrating the Epistles is much harder than illustrating the Gospels and Acts. After all, the narrative books often discuss people, places, and things which are easily illustrated. The epistles, on the other hand, discuss theological concepts, abstract ideas, and ancient customs. How do you illustrate the idea that the gospel is “folly” to Greeks (1 Corinthians 1:23), that there was a “dividing wall of hostility” between Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 2:14), or that some “grieve without hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13)?

Here is how those three concepts are illustrated in the new update to Picture the NT:

Folly to Greeks:

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Dividing Wall of Hostility:

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Grieving Without Hope:

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This is obviously just a sample of what you'll find. There is so much cool stuff in this new update to Picture the NT that you're sure to discover powerful illustrations for your sermons and lessons, and helpful insights for your personal study. If you already own Picture the NT, be sure to download the new update. If you don't already own it, what are you waiting for?

Picture the New Testament: A PhotoCommentary
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Jun 21, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Absolutely Stellar! Abram K-J’s Accordance 25 Story

Abram K-J My first contact with Accordance was in August 2012, when I reached out to them with a request to review Accordance 9 for my then relatively new blog. Unbeknownst to me, they were putting the finishing touches on Accordance 10, so I soon found myself downloading the Original Languages collection in the re-designed Accordance 10.

After an easy installation and setup (I can still see the dining room table where I sat), I was really impressed with what I called the “absolutely stellar” interface. I reviewed the app in a six-part (!) series.

Since then I’ve been using Accordance nearly every day. I’ve used it for personal devotions, seminary papers, weekly sermons, Sunday school, small group Bible study, theological inquiry, and much more. I moved from reviewer to customer almost right away. And since 2015 I’ve led a variety of online Webinars each month, sharing with other users my own excitement about the software and showing them how to put it to use.

Happy 25 years, Accordance! Here’s to (at least) 25 more.


Abram Kielsmeier-Jones is Pastor of Union Congregational Church in Magnolia, Massachusetts.

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.

 

Jun 20, 2019 David Lang

25 Reasons We’re Still Going Strong: Business Strategies

Accordance 25 image no background When Accordance 1.0 was released 25 years ago, there were seemingly dozens of Bible software programs to choose from. Today, only a small handful are still in operation. So how has Accordance managed to keep going strong after all these years?

In this series of posts, I’m considering 25 reasons I think we’ve managed to defy the odds. In previous posts, I covered 5 motivational reasons for our continued success, 6 reasons related to our development philosophy, and 5 aspects of our approach to software design. In this post, I’ll cover five business strategies which have contributed to Accordance’s longevity.

Business Strategies

17. We Established Key Partnerships. In one sense, every publisher whose books we license for use with Accordance is a key partnership contributing to Accordance's success. Still, in the larger panoply of partnerships, there are a few key relationships which have played an outsize role in establishing Accordance as an industry leader.

The GRAMCORD Institute. This strategic partnership goes back to the very beginning of Accordance. The GRAMCORD Institute (TGI) was a pioneer in the development of a Greek New Testament which was “tagged” with grammatical information, enabling mainframe and DOS PC users to perform sophisticated searches for various grammatical constructions. Unfortunately, TGI offered no Mac interface for searching their tagged Greek New Testament. Since it is one of the few events in Accordance's history which was before my time, I'm sketchy on the details of how our partnership with GRAMCORD was formed, but basically, we agreed to develop a Mac Bible program (Accordance) that would search the GRAMCORD Greek New Testament (and eventually other tagged Greek and Hebrew texts). GRAMCORD would provide the grammatically-tagged texts, along with other Bibles which TGI had licensed from various publishers, and would—in the beginning at least—be Accordance's main distributor.

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This partnership benefitted TGI by giving it a Mac product to sell without having to develop the program itself. It benefitted Accordance by giving us credibility with publishers and a ready market among academic users.

Doubleday. Several years ago I wrote a blog post about our efforts to license Anchor Bible Dictionary, at that time published by Doubleday. We actually developed a prototype module “on spec” before we signed a contract. That, of course, was risky because we were investing in the development of a product we might not ultimately be able to sell. Furthermore, since Anchor had a wide variety of hypertext links, images, tables, transliteration, etc., we had to do programming to support all those features. In the end, Doubleday was impressed with our work and ultimately licensed Anchor to us. This was a major coup for a fledgling company, and our relationship with Doubleday soon opened doors to licensing agreements with other publishers. What's more, the programming we did to support Anchor enabled us to support a wide variety of other modules.

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18. We Invested in Scholarly Projects. When you establish a reputation for developing Bible software capable of high-level scholarly research, you end up with top scholars and institutions coming to you for help with some of their own projects. That's how many of the cool features and databases available in Accordance got started. Very early on, we were approached by Dr. Martin Abegg about publishing a tagged version of the Dead Sea Scrolls! Other tagged original language texts followed, developed in cooperation with other renowned scholars. Then came powerful databases, such as Emmanuel Tov's MT/LXX Parallel, which compares how the Greek Septuagint translates the Hebrew Bible, and the Textual Apparatus of the Greek New Testament by the Center for New Testament Textual Criticism. Many of these texts and databases were eventually made available to other Bible software programs, but it was Accordance which worked directly with the scholars to develop them.

Our investment in these projects had a number of important benefits. First, we helped make these cutting edge texts and databases available not only to scholars, but also to a much wider audience. The challenges posed by these projects also drove us to create powerful new features of benefit to any Accordance user. Finally, our participation often made possible applications which the scholars hadn't originally envisioned, thereby opening up new possibilities for research.

19. We Avoided Trading Control for Cash. Over the years, we've had various people and companies offer to invest in Accordance, but we have politely declined their offers. While we could certainly have benefitted from an infusion of cash at times, we've seen far too many Bible software developers lose their way as they began making decisions aimed at pleasing their investors rather than their end users. At Accordance, the investment made by you, our users, is the only one we care about.

HP TouchPad (WebOS) 20. We Avoided Jumping on Bandwagons. In my second post in this series, I wrote about how we have been careful not to embrace every new technology touted by the computer industry as the “next big thing.” Too many of those technologies would fail to catch on and get abandoned, costing the companies which adopted them a lot of time, effort, and money. On a smaller scale, the Bible software industry has had its share of “next big things” as well, and we've been around long enough to see other companies chase those “next big things” to their own detriment. The danger of chasing the next big thing is that you may suddenly stop doing your thing—the thing which gave you a competitive advantage and earned you the customers you have. We have always tried to make sure we don't lose sight of our own priorities even as we evaluate whether or not to pursue some new trend or development.

21. We Created Our Own Resources. Some of Accordance's best-selling and most useful resources are the ones we created ourselves. Products like the interactive Bible Atlas and Timeline, along with resources like the PhotoGuide, PhotoMuseum, and Picture the NT are all the product of our own research and development. That has meant a big up front investment, but it has resulted in products that we can tailor to the needs of our users in ways we simply can't do with licensed materials.


Those are 5 business strategies which have enabled Accordance to keep going strong after 25 years. In my next post, we’ll look at 4 reasons you, our users, have helped make Accordance successful.

 

Jun 17, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

NEW! Old Testament Law for Christians by Roy E. Gane

OT Law Christians have struggled to find a place for the Old Testament Law since the days of the Early Church. Acts 15 records the church’s conflict with whether or not to circumcise gentile converts as prescribed in the Law. In the second century, Marcion of Sinope was proclaimed a heretic for his extreme views of the Old Testament. Over the centuries, Christians have had no issue with laws such as “Do not steal” (Ex 20:15), but how does one approach a prohibition against mixing different materials in clothing (Lev 19:19)? And how should we handle all the laws concerning sacrifice and service in the Tabernacle, food laws, and commands relating to marriage?

Adventist scholar Roy E. Gane has earned a reputation for being an expert on Old Testament Law. In his book, Old Testament Law for Christians: Original Context and Enduing Application (2017, Baker Academic and available beginning today for Accordance Bible Software), Gane sets out to provide understanding, clarity and application of Old Testament Law for today’s Christians. Rather than allowing the Old Testament to remain an obscure, rarely-consulted part of the canon, Gane wants to show how its values can be incorporated into the everyday faith of believers.

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Old Testament Law for Christiansis is divided into four parts.

  • Part 1, “Getting into Old Testament Law” (chaps. 1–3), introduces the relevance, nature, and purpose of OT law.

  • Part 2, “Literature and Background of Old Testament Law” (chaps. 4–6), identifies locations of laws in the OT and law concepts in other genres, explains how OT law communicates values through its literary genre, and describes ancient historical contexts that shed light on OT laws.

  • Part 3, “Applying Old Testament Laws” (chaps. 7–10), exposes issues involved in direct and indirect application of OT laws to modern Christian life, reviews and critiques methods for applying OT laws, synthesizes a Progressive Moral Wisdom approach, and illustrates this approach through a case study.

  • Part 4, “Values in Old Testament Law” (chaps. 11–16), explicates moral values in the Ten Commandments and in social-justice laws, grapples with serious theodicy problems raised by some OT laws, and addresses questions regarding ongoing observance of several OT laws.

Roy Gane suggests a model for approaching Old Testament Law that he calls “Progressive Moral Wisdom.” It includes five components:

  1. Analyze the Law by itself.

  2. Analyze the Law within the System of Old Testament Laws

  3. Further Analyze the Law within the context of its ancient life situation.

  4. Analyze the Law within the process of redemption.

  5. Relate findings regarding the function of the Law to modern life.

The book concludes with a reflection on the value of obedience to God’s will, followed by a select bibliography that guides the reader to further resources, some with additional helpful bibliographies. An extremely detailed  index is available for readers to use the book as a topical resource for exploring how to understand and apply specific Old Testament laws. Gane uses the English Standard Version as his base translation.

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