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Sep 15, 2020 Accordance Bible Software

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The Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series has long been acknowledged as a unique and valuable commentary on the Old Testament. Fundamentally exegetical, the volumes in the FOTL series are specifically concerned to explore the structure, genre, setting, and intention of each type of biblical literature so the fullest possible meaning of Scripture can be uncovered.

Forms of the OT Literature (19 Volumes)
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Since 1958, Carta-Jerusalem has been synonymous with Bible atlases and background studies focused on the history of the Holy Land. Covering both Old and New Testaments, materials from Carta-Jerusalem are unsurpassed for discovering the importance of the land and geography for understanding the message of the Bible. Known for their serious scholarship, these resources give your personal Accordance Library the tools needed for studying the Bible from a “boots on the ground” perspective.


Carta's The Sacred Bridge (Second Emended and Enhanced Edition)

The Sacred Bridge will be the Bible Atlas of Record and Standard Work for the coming decades. Exhaustive in scope and rich in detail, with its comprehensive documentation of the Near Eastern background to Biblical History, this Bible Atlas from Carta is one more stepping stone on the way to the study and understanding of the Holy Scriptures.

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Carta's Echoes from the Past: Hebrew and Cognate Inscriptions from the Biblical Period

This collection of over 220 ancient inscriptions is a rich source of information about the biblical world. This collection of ancient texts is of value to everyone interested in the antiquities of Israel, teachers of Bible and History of Israel, Ancient Near Eastern History, Semitic Languages, and Biblical Archaeology.

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Carta's The Raging Torrent: Historical Inscriptions from Assyria and Babylonia Relating to Ancient Israel

The Raging Torrent brings together all the cuneiform historical texts composed during the 9th to 6th centuries BCE that relate to Ancient Israel. This is the period during which Assyria and Babylonia cast their imperial shadow over the Near East and brought the kingdoms of Israel and Judah under their control. Some of the texts have direct bearing on biblical accounts, but the net has been cast wide, beyond the borders of Ancient Israel, to include texts dealing with Tyre, Damascus, Ashdod, and others.

The English translations of the texts have been based on the latest scholarly editions of the original documents; each is accompanied by an introduction and an explanatory note that enable the reader to follow the course of events.

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The Quest

With this magnificently unique volume, Leen Ritmeyer provides us with the ideal textbook from which to understand the development of the man-made plateau that is the focus of the world's interest. His experience as architect of the Temple Mount Excavations following the Six-Day War, coupled with his exploration of parts of the mount now completely out of bounds and his doctoral research into the problems of the Temple Mount make him singularly qualified for the task. Illustrator of the book as well as its author, his reconstruction drawings make the stones of the Temple Mount cast off the mantle of time and leap to vibrant life.

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The Onomasticon by Eusebius of Caesarea

Here is the first-ever English translation of the ancient Greek Onomasticon by Eusebius of Caesarea, written in the early 4th century A.D. Presented in parallel with Jerome's Latin rendering of the same work, it provides an alphabetical listing of place names mentioned in the Bible and identified by the author with contemporary sites. Accompanied by maps and indexes, this book is an indispensable tool for students and scholars alike.

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The Carta Bible Atlas (Fifth Revised and Expanded Edition)

Enriched by the addition of 40 new maps, this fifth revised and expanded edition of The Carta Bible Atlas is an unrivaled classic. It brings the latest findings of biblical, historical, and archaeological research to its sweeping cartographic portrayal of biblical history. In convenient graphic form, it depicts the vast panorama of events spanning from 3000 B.C. to the end of the third century A.D.

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Carta's New Century Handbook and Atlas of the Bible

A concise version of The Sacred BridgeCarta's Atlas of the Biblical World, is meant for use by all those who have a love for biblical history. College teachers will find it useful for undergraduates alongside the standard Carta Bible Atlas, which it complements by being more of a historical geography.

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The Carta Jerusalem Atlas (3rd Edition) (Formerly The Illustrated Atlas of Jerusalem)

The Carta Jerusalem Atlas is a luxurious atlas which clearly portrays the history of Jerusalem through the ages. Extensive research into the history of Jerusalem has flourished over the past two decades. The ongoing archaeological excavations carried out in the city and its environs have often resulted in new and amazing discoveries, giving us an even better and deeper understanding of the city’s past.

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Carta's Historical Atlas of Jerusalem

Presented in a highly visual manner, successive maps show Jerusalem in every significant epoch from its beginnings in biblical times until today. Texts for each period present the city’s history and discuss contemporary activity and landmarks. Scores of plans, drawings and photographs. Indexed map of modern Jerusalem.

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Jerusalem in the Year 30 A.D.

Although some of the landmarks of Jerusalem of the first century A.D. remain tantalizingly elusive, we have learned enough of its make-up to allow us to open a door into this historical world. We see that many of the sites mentioned in the Gospels and in Acts lie exactly where the Bible places them and we are led to perceive how firmly the Bible is rooted in the actuality of the Land. Josephus may sometimes have been prone to exaggeration, but an investigation of the sites he so painstakingly describes, infuses a sense of vividness into the study of his narrative that reading alone cannot provide.

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Jerusalem in the Time of Nehemiah

In this book, we are first immersed in the historical background to the time of Nehemiah. It was in the time of Nehemiah, governor of the province of Judah or Yehud, that the grand reconstruction of the city took place. Then, in an imaginative reconstruction, one of the builders of the walls (a Tekoite) leads us around the city and shows us the great work accomplished in those stirring times - illuminating all the sites, gates and walls of the city.

The primary focus of the book, however, is a detailed archaeological tour of Nehemiah’s Jerusalem. Profusely illustrated with photographs of a recently constructed model, the book also contains rare photographs of archaeological remains extant from the period.

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Bible History Atlas (Study Edition) (F. F. Bruce)

This profusely illustrated Atlas, intended for young readers, tells the full story of the Bible from Genesis to Acts. The 96 maps which illustrate such events as the wanderings of the Patriarchs and the journeys of St. Paul are enhanced by a text written by the renowned British biblical scholar, F. F. Bruce.

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The Illustrated Bible Atlas (With Historical Notes)

Designed to aid and complement the study of the Bible, The Illustrated Bible Atlas begins with the history and culture of the ancient Near East in the second milennium B.C. and traces the successive historical/biblical events through the intertestamental period and the era of the New Testament. Helpful elements of this atlas include historical notes by F. F. Bruce, maps of modern Israel and the city of Jerusalem, detailed color maps illustrating historical events and trends, scale drawings of major sites and cities and photographs of archaeological artifacts.

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Carta "Understanding" Series (6 Introductory Atlases)

This set of six (6) volumes includes introductory atlases that cover the entire Bible. In addition to modules specific to the Old Testament and the New Testament, this series also includes modules which introduce biblical archaeology and geography as well as kingdoms and individuals.

Brief and geared toward beginners, each of these modules are profusely illustrated and richly documented with maps--providing a comprehensive view of the background to life in biblical times.

  • Understanding the Old Testament
  • Understanding the New Testament
  • Understanding Biblical Archaeology
  • Understanding the Geography of the Bible
  • Understanding Biblical Kingdoms & Empires
  • Understanding Great People of the Bible

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Sep 2, 2020 David Lang

3 Tips for Presenting with Accordance

When you teach, do you export information from Accordance into a presentation program like Keynote or PowerPoint, or do you present information directly from Accordance?

For me, it depends on what I’m trying to do. If I’m teaching a carefully crafted lesson which calls for polished graphics and clearly delineated points, I’ll use Keynote. I do that for most of the Bible lesson videos on my YouTube channel, alternating between video of myself talking and graphic or text slides which illustrate the points I’m making.

On the other hand, if I’m teaching extemporaneously, such as a Sunday School class or family devotion, I’ll teach directly from Accordance. In both of those scenarios, I mirror my computer onto a large screen so that my “students” can see what I’m seeing. Then I open Bible texts, maps, the timeline, or other graphics as the occasion demands. Teaching directly from Accordance gives me the flexibility to go wherever the text or discussion leads.

Another reason I sometimes choose to teach directly from Accordance is that it enables me to show how to study Scripture. I want my Sunday School class and my family during devotions to see how I go about answering the questions that arise. When do you consult a lexicon? When do you turn to a commentary? When do you look at the underlying Greek and Hebrew, and how do you go about doing it? Actually showing Accordance in action enables me to teach them how to fish so they can eat for a lifetime rather than merely giving them a fish so they can eat for a day.

In my latest YouTube video, I broke from my usual pattern and chose to show Accordance in action. Since that video examined an unusual claim about Scripture, I wanted my viewers to see how to examine such claims instead of just presenting my critique of that claim. In the process, I came up with a few tips for presenting with Accordance which you may find helpful.

1. Consider the Layout

The Accordance interface is so flexible, you could come up with a number of different ways to show the information you want to show.

Do you want to show some Greek or Hebrew text? Will everyone who sees your presentation be able to read it? If not, you should also show an English translation, either in a parallel pane or using the Dynamic Interlinear.

Do you want to show a lexicon? How do you want it to appear? In a separate zone beside the text or in a tab which hides behind the text until you're ready to look at it?

If you take the time to plan your layout before you begin teaching, you can avoid wasting time moving tabs or zones around in the middle of your lesson.

Radaph 2. Showing Material from Outside of Accordance

In my video, I was examining the claim made by a certain internet meme, so I wanted to begin by showing the actual meme. That material was obviously outside of Accordance—that is, not from any Accordance module. Since I was presenting from Accordance, I wanted to present everything from within that one environment, rather than switching to another application to show the meme. There are several ways I could have done this.

First, I could have used Accordance’s built-in web browser to find that meme wherever it resided on the internet. I didn’t end up taking that approach because I had already saved the meme to my desktop as a graphic (.jpg) file.

Since you can add graphics to User Notes and User Tools, I could have imported the image into Accordance that way. Since the meme mentions John 8:12, I could have included it in a user note on that verse, like this:

Graphic in Notes


I didn’t end up going that route because I didn’t necessarily want a long-term link to that meme. Instead, I decided to use the Accordance web browser to open the actual graphic file on my desktop. In the address bar of the browser, I replaced http:// with file:// and then added the path to the graphic file on my hard drive. Voila! The browser tab displayed the graphic within Accordance.

3. Choose the Simplest Way to Make Your Point

The meme I was critiquing had made a claim about the particular Hebrew word Jesus would have used in John 8:12. I explained that the Gospel of John was written in Greek, so even if Jesus had originally spoken Hebrew, we can only speculate as to which Hebrew word he would have used. I then looked at the Greek Septuagint to see if the Greek word used in John 8:12 was ever used to translate the Hebrew word which the meme claimed Jesus would have spoken.

This was by far the most complex part of a video aimed at viewers who do not necessarily know Greek and Hebrew. How could I demonstrate Hebrew-to-Greek translation patterns without their eyes glazing over?

My first thought was to search the MT-LXX Parallel database for the Greek words used to translate the Hebrew word mentioned in the meme, but this would have required opening multiple tabs and using the MERGE command. That stuff goes over well in an Accordance training webinar, but I doubted it would go over with my YouTube audience.

Then it occurred to me that I could accomplish the same search using the new TEXT command. The TEXT command is easier to get one’s head around than the MERGE command, and it can be done from within a single search tab.

In Accordance, there are often several ways to tackle a problem. The simplest approach is usually the best one for non-academic audiences. (And sometimes even the academic ones!)

Those are my three tips for presenting a lesson using Accordance. I hope you find them helpful.

If you’d like to watch the video which inspired these tips, it’s embedded below.

Do you have any suggestions for ways I could have communicated these points more effectively? Let me know in the comments.


Sep 1, 2020 Accordance Bible Software

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New International Commentary on the Old & New Testaments (45 Volumes)

Scholars, pastors, and serious Bible students will welcome the fresh light that this commentary series casts on ancient yet familiar biblical texts. The contributors apply their proven scholarly expertise and wide experience as teachers to illumine our understanding of the Bible. As gifted writers, they present the results of the best recent research in an interesting manner.

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Pillar New Testament Commentary (15 Volumes)

Designed both for serious students and for general readers of the Bible, the PNTC volumes seek above all to make clear the meaning of the text of Scripture as we have it. The scholars writing these volumes interact with the most important, informed contemporary debate yet avoid undue technical detail.

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New International Greek Testament Commentary (13 Volumes)

An important aim of the NIGTC authors is to interact with the wealth of significant New Testament research published in recent articles and monographs. In this connection the authors make their own scholarly contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text.

The text on which these commentaries are based is the UBS Greek New Testament, edited by Kurt Aland and others.

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Preaching Christ from the Old Testament (5 Volumes

This bundle contains five (5) volumes by Sidney Greidanus from the Preaching Christ from the Old Testament Series:

  • Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method (1999)
  • Preaching Christ from Genesis: Foundations for Expository Sermons (2007)
  • Preaching Christ from Ecclesiastes: Foundations for Expository Sermons (2010)
  • Preaching Christ from Daniel: Foundations for Expository Sermons (2012)
  • Preaching Christ from Psalms: Foundations for Expository Sermons in the Christian Year (2016)

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The Bible in Medieval Tradition (4 Volumes)

The major intent of the series, The Bible in Medieval Tradition, is to reacquaint the Church with its rich history of biblical interpretation and with the contemporary applicability of this history, especially for academic study, spiritual formation, preaching, discussion groups, and individual reflection. Each volume focuses on a particular biblical book or set of books and provides documentary evidence of the most significant ways in which that work was treated in the course of medieval biblical interpretation.

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The Church's Bible (5 Volumes)

In the early church all discussion of theological topics, of moral issues, and of Christian practice took the biblical text as the starting point, resulting in a substantial library of biblical commentaries and homilies. Unfortunately, this ancient body of writings is now known only in bits and pieces if at all. The Church's Bible series brings this rich classical tradition of biblical interpretation to life once again. Compiled, translated, and edited by leading scholars, these volumes draw extensively from early and medieval commentators, illuminating Holy Scripture as it was understood during the first millennium of Christian history.

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Liturgical Works: Eerdmans Commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Among the invaluable manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are numerous fragments of liturgical texts pertaining to the ritual life of Jews living around the turn of the common era. These fascinating writings include prayers for annual festivals, a covenant renewal liturgy, a mystical liturgy for Sabbath sacrifices, a grace ceremony for mourners, daily and weekly prayers, liturgies of purification, and perhaps even a wedding ceremony. In this volume, the first to be published in the Eerdmans Commentaries on the Dead Sea Scrolls series, James Davila introduces, translates, and provides a detailed exegesis of these important documents.

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Revelation: A Shorter Commentary (Beale)

Abridgment of an acclaimed scholarly commentary on the Greek text of Revelation

G. K. Beale’s monumental New International Greek Testament Commentary volume on Revelation has been highly praised since its publication in 1999. This shorter commentary distills the superb grammatical analysis and exegesis from that tome (over 1,300 pages) into a book more accessible and pertinent to preachers, students, and general Christian readers.

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Waltke's Historical Commentaries on the Psalms

This module combines two historical commentaries on the Psalms:

  • The Psalms as Christian WorshipThe Psalms as Christian Worship: A Historical Commentary is a collaboration by two of the most revered evangelical scholars of the last 50 years: Bruce Waltke and James Houston focusing on thirteen psalms. Bruce Waltke skillfully establishes the meaning of the Hebrew text through the careful exegesis for which he is well known. James Houston traces the church's historical interpretation and use of these psalms, highlighting their deep spiritual significance to Christians through the ages.
  • The Psalms as Christian Lament The Psalms as Christian Lament, a companion volume to The Psalms as Christian Worship, uniquely blends verse-by-verse commentary with a history of Psalms interpretation in the church from the time of the apostles to the present. Bruce Waltke, James Houston, and Erika Moore examine ten lament psalms, including six of the seven traditional penitential psalms, covering Psalms 5, 6, 7, 32, 38, 39, 44, 102, 130, and 143.

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Commentary on Micah (Waltke)

Waltke’s Commentary on Micah quickly distinguishes itself from other commentaries on this book by displaying an unprecedented exegetical thoroughness, an expert understanding of historical context, and a keen interest in illuminating the contribution of Micah to Christian theology.

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Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross (2 Volumes) (Gundry)

The fullest commentary ever to come out on the Gospel of Mark, this monumental work by Robert H. Gundry, reflecting years of painstaking scholarship, presents a well-argued alternative reading of the Greek text of Mark.

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Matthew: A Commentary on His Handbook for a Mixed Church under Persecution (2nd Ed.) (Gundry)

Heralded as "an epoch-making book" by F. F. Bruce when it first appeared, Robert H. Gundry's commentary on the Gospel of Matthew stands as a benchmark in biblical scholarship to modern methodology. No commentary in recent history has sparked such passionate discussion among evangelical scholars, and scholars of other persuasions have also paid considerable attention to this work.

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The Encyclopedia of Christianity (5 Volumes)

The Encyclopedia of Christianity is a monumental reference work that addresses the broad interest in Christianity and religion around the world today. Written by leading scholars from many countries and cultural backgrounds, the more than 1,700 articles in the complete ECdepict Christianity in its global context. Separate articles for every continent and for over 170 countries examine both the history and the current situation of the Christian faith worldwide.

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Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism

This comprehensive and authoritative volume is the first reference work devoted exclusively to Second Temple Judaism. The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism is ecumenical and international in character, bringing together the contributions of a superb group of Jewish, Christian, and other scholars. With equal attention paid to literary and nonliterary (archaeological and epigraphic) evidence, this substantial volume will prove to be an invaluable resource for scholars, students, and general readers alike.

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All the People in the Bible: An A-Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture

A comprehensive gathering of persons found in the Bible, including the Apocrypha, All the People in the Bible really delivers on its title: literally all of the Bible's characters appear in this fascinating reference work. From the first article on Aaron to the final entry on Zophar, Richard Losch details each person in a lively narrative style.

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A Cultural Handbook to the Bible (Pilch)

The task of interpreting the Bible — which was written by and to people living in very different cultural contexts from contemporary Western society — can seem monumental. The opposite is also true: people can easily forget that studying the Bible is a type of cross-cultural encounter, instead reading their own cultural assumptions into biblical texts.

In A Cultural Handbook to the Bible John Pilch bridges this cultural divide by translating important social concepts and applying them to biblical texts.

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Ancient Medicine: From Mesopotamia to Rome (Zucconi)

This book by Laura Zucconi is an accessible introductory text to the practice and theory of medicine in the ancient world. In contrast to other works that focus heavily on Greece and Rome, Zucconi’s Ancient Medicine covers a broader geographical and chronological range. The world of medicine in antiquity consisted of a lot more than Hippocrates and Galen.

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The Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Biblia Hebraica (3rd Edition)

While staying true to the original structure and character of ErnstWürthwein’s classic introduction to the Biblia Hebraica, Alexander Fischer has rewritten the text completely to bring it up to date with the new Quinta edition of Biblia Hebraica. Besides updating information throughout, this edition includes a new chapter on the texts from the Qumran. This third edition of The Text of the Old Testament will be an indispensable resource for serious students of the Biblia Hebraica and Old Testament exegesis.

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Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology

Introducing the New Testament is an outstanding guide to the writings of the New Testament for readers ranging from Bible students to those approaching the Christian Scriptures for the first time. Written by three leading Bible specialists, this book discusses in a clear and balanced way the New Testament’s literature, its message, and the issues raised by a careful reading of its pages.

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Hearing the New Testament: Stragegies for Interpretation (2nd Ed.) (Green, ed.)

A distinguished group of scholars here introduces and illustrates the array of strategies and methods used in New Testament study today. Standard approaches -- text criticism, historical methods, etc. -- appear side by side with newer approaches -- narrative criticism, Latino-Latina hermeneutics, theological interpretation of the New Testament, and more.

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The New Testament Story (Witherington III)

This informative, clearly written book introduces the New Testament in two main ways: (1) it explains where the New Testament came from, and (2) it examines the New Testament writings themselves.

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Listening to the Spirit in the Text (Fee)

For many years Gordon Fee, one of today's foremost evangelical scholars, has been asked to bring his trusted biblical expertise together with his well-known passion for the gospel and the church. Listening to the Spirit in the Text is his answer. Gathered here are Fee's best studies and reflections on the art of attending to the biblical text critically yet with a deep spiritual sensitivity.

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A Primer of Biblical Greek (Croy)

Though there are currently a number of texts for teaching biblical Greek, most of them are plagued by various deficiencies. Written with these flaws in mind, this new primer by N. Clayton Croy offers an effective, single-volume introduction to biblical Greek that has proven successful in classrooms around the country.

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McEntyre Bundle (5 Works)

According to McEntyre, “Language is the basic tool for preserving civilization. It seems useful to understand as much as we can about how it works since it's arguably one of the most potent forms of power that society has produced — that and the atom-splitter.” With that perspective, McEntyre offers these:

  • Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies
  • What's in a Phrase?
  • Word by Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice

In addition to being an English scholar, McEntyre is also a longtime hospice volunteer. From her experience in that role, she offers these:

  • A Faithful Farewell: Living Your Last Chapter with Love
  • A Long Letting Go: Meditations on Losing Someone You Love.

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The Scepter and the Star: Messianism in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2nd Ed.) (Collins)

John J. Collins here offers an up-to-date review of Jewish messianic expectations around the time of Jesus, in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature (3rd Ed.) (Collins)

One of the most widely praised studies of Jewish apocalyptic literature ever written, The Apocalyptic Imagination by John J. Collins has served for over thirty years as a helpful, relevant, comprehensive survey of the apocalyptic literary genre.

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Beyond the Qumran Community: The Sectarian Movement of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Collins)

With the full publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls, fresh analysis of the evidence presented can be -- and indeed, should be -- made. Beyond the Qumran Community does just that, reaching a surprising conclusion: the sect described in the Dead Sea Scrolls developed later than has usually been supposed and was never confined to the site of Qumran.

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The Bible after Babel: Historical Criticism in a Postmodern Age (Collins)

Biblical scholars today often sound as if they are caught in the aftermath of Babel -- a clamor of voices unable to reach common agreement. Yet is this confusion necessarily a bad thing? Many postmodern critics see the recent profusion of critical approaches as a welcome opportunity for the emergence of diverse new techniques. In The Bible after Babel noted biblical scholar John J. Collins considers the effect of the postmodern situation on biblical, primarily Old Testament, criticism over the last three decades.

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King and Messiah as Son of God: Divine, Human, and Angelic Messianic Figures in Biblical and Related Literature (Collins, Collins)

This book traces the history of the idea that the king and later the messiah is Son of God, from its origins in ancient Near Eastern royal ideology to its Christian appropriation in the New Testament.

Both highly regarded scholars, Adela Yarbro Collins and John J. Collins argue that Jesus was called “the Son of God” precisely because he was believed to be the messianic king.

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Aug 28, 2020 Richard Mansfield

Sign up now for the September 2020 Accordance eAcademy!



We're just a little over two weeks away from our next Accordance eAcademy!

On September 15, we will offer three free web-based sessions focusing on the theme “The Hebrew Bible: An Old Testament Focus.”

The following topics will be covered in our eAcademy sessions:

  • Doing Hebrew Right (-to-Left): Don’t Get Turned Around in Your Study of Hebrew (David Lang)
  • The Book of Joshua: How to Approach Book Studies in the Hebrew Bible (Dr. Roy Brown)
  • The Old Testament Adventure! (Dr. Dave Langston)

For more details, including bios and session descriptions, plus the opportunity to sign up for any or all sessions, check out our Accordance eAcademy: September 2020 page!



Aug 24, 2020 Richard Mansfield

Free Accordance Webinars for August 23-27, 2020

Webinar (new graphic) Have you discovered our free interactive Accordance Webinars? Throughout the week you can participate in live Accordance training in hour-long sessions that cover just the content you need.

Here are the free Accordance webinars for the week of August 23-27, 2020. Click on the Register Now button to sign up for any webinar!.

Basic Searching in Accordance

This webinar covers basic searching topics, such as word searching, verse searching, and search ranges. Please join us as we use Accordance to help us dig into God's Word!

Taught by Ryan Mudge
Sunday, August 23, 9:00 PM, EDT

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Searching Accordance Tools

Explore ways of searching multiple kinds of resources in your Library.

Taught by Mark Allison
Tuesday, August 25, 1:00 PM EDT

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Simple Seminary: Studying the Theology of the Early Church

We will cover topics such as how to study theology from church history and how to benefit from reading the early church fathers in Accordance.

Taught by Ryan Mudge
Tuesday, August 25, 9:00 PM EDT

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Deep Dive: Psalms of Vengeance

Deep Dive classes offer an in-depth look at a single word or (more likely) concept in a particular passage and how its use in ancient times shed light on a specific passage. I show how users can put Accordance to work to shed light on those questions.

Taught by Abram K-J
Wednesday, August 26, 12:00 PM EDT

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Accordance on Android

Learn how to install and use Accordance on your Android phone or tablet.

Taught by Rick Mansfield
Thursday, August 27, 1:00 PM EDT

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Taking part in our free Accordance Webinars is easy. Check out our Webinars page for more information or to sign up. See you online!



Aug 17, 2020 Richard Mansfield

Take Class Notes in Accordance (7 Strategies for Students #2)

Note: This blog post continues in the revision of the Seven Strategies for Students series, bringing helpful ideas and tips up to date with the latest features in Accordance.

When I began my M.Div classes in the early '90s, laptops were a luxury most of us could not afford, and professional-grade Bible software like Accordance was non-existent (Accordance 1.0 was released in 1994). In class, I took my notes by hand with pencil and paper. Then, I went home and transcribed them onto my desktop computer in Microsoft Word. Although this repetitive method was actually a good way to reinforce what we had covered in class, it was also very time consuming.

Paper or User Tool?

Accordance offers two different methods for creating documents: Paper and User Tool. Both methods have their distinct advantages. Create a User Tool for content that should be included in Research (search all) or if you want to create a running table of contents. Create a Paper for more highly structured documents, especially if footnotes are needed and you plan to print out the content.

Paper or User Tool

Advantages of taking class notes in Accordance

Having your class notes integrated into the same software you use for your research and studies has many benefits. Here are just a few.

  • Documents created in Accordance are fully editable on the fly. With each new class session, open the class notes User Tool or Paper document and pick up where you left off in the previous class.

  • Since you're already in Accordance, take advantage of quick access for copying content from the Bible, whether in Greek, Hebrew or in a translation.

  • All Scripture references can be hyperlinked, and you can also create links to other content in Accordance, including textbooks in your Accordance Library.

  • A class notes User Tool is fully searchable according to the kind of content it contains: Scripture references, Greek, Hebrew, English, etc.

  • Your class notes are integrated into Accordance and can be used to Amplify to or from other content in Accordance.

  • If your class notes are in User Tool format, you can create a searchable Group of all of them or combine them with other titles in your personal Accordance Library for comprehensive searches in Accordance’s Research feature.

  • If your professor creates a chart or diagram on the whiteboard, take a photo of it with your smartphone and drop it into your class notes in Accordance.

  • Create a Table of Contents around the structure of your notes for a running outline (User Tool) or collapse and expand headings and subheadings (Paper).

  • Share your Accordance class notes with your classmates who also use Accordance.

  • Sync your class notes to your mobile device for access to them when you don’t have your laptop or desktop computer with you.

Really, the sky’s the limit for the many different ways your class notes can be used in Accordance. I still have all my class notes in ancient MS Word formats, but they’re all isolated as separate files. Maybe one day I’ll take the time to convert all my class notes into Accordance User Tools or Paper documents; but if you’re a student now, consider using Accordance as your ultimate note-taking tool for classes revolving around biblical studies, theology, church history, and other subjects.


Aug 11, 2020 Accordance Bible Software

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Hebrew Greek Study

Fall semester begins soon! Due to the current health crisis, many students will find themselves studying remotely—away from the classroom and campus library. A solid personal Accordance Library has always been essential, but now so more than ever! Over the next few weeks, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of deep discounts on indispensable texts and reference works for your studies. Whether you’re able to attend classes in person or have to study remotely, Accordance has the tools you need for success in your academic work!

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Beginning Biblical Hebrew (Futato)

Achieving the right balance of amount of information, style of presentation, and depth of instruction in first-year grammars is no easy task. But Mark Futato has produced a grammar that, after years of testing in a number of institutions, will please many, with its concise, clear, and well-thought-out presentation of Biblical Hebrew.

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First Hebrew Primer (Textbook, Answerbook, and Audio Companion)

The First Hebrew Primer is a simple, straightforward guide to Biblical Hebrew. Thirty lessons provide enough information and practice to enable you, with the aid of a Hebrew-English dictionary, to understand most biblical texts. The goal of the Primer is to teach students to read and understand Biblical Hebrew as quickly as possible; therefore, the lessons emphasize recognition and translation - not memorization.

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Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax (Waltke, O'Connor)

This highly acclaimed Hebrew grammar by Bruce K. Waltke and Michael Patrick O’Connor is already a classic. In this textbook for use after first year Hebrew grammar, the authors integrate the results of modern linguistic study of Hebrew and years of teaching experience.

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Hebrew Masoretic Text with ETCBC Morphology (WIVU)

The ETCBC Advanced database of the Hebrew Bible (formerly known as WIVU database), contains the scholarly text of the Hebrew Bible with linguistic markup developed by the Werkgroep Informatica at the Free University (WIVU) of Amsterdam and edited by Eep Talstra of the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer (ETCBC).

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Grammatical Syntax Add-on to HMT-W4

This Hebrew Syntax module was developed from the ground up for Accordance. It adds several features and enhancements, allowing you to:

  • View a color-coded Hebrew syntax tree in parallel with your Bible
  • Hover over HMT-W4 words to see their syntactical tags in Instant Details
  • Search the HMT-W4 using syntactical tags
  • Drag and drop syntactical tags within the Hebrew Construct window

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Hebrew Old Testament Audio

If you already know Hebrew or are currently learning Hebrew, this product will provide a great asset to grasping the Hebrew language as you can listen and follow along with the Old Testament Hebrew text.

Voices of various biblical characters are all performed by Hebrew native speakers. A valuable tool for learning Hebrew.

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Stevens New Testament Greek (2nd Edition)

This fully-illustrated, integrated grammar by Gerald L. Stevens for the beginner and intermediate student has become a proven textbook in religion courses since its publication in 1997.

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Stevens Greek Workbook: A Companion to the Accordance Module

Stevens Greek Workbook complements Stevens NT Greek module in Accordance as a workbook of exercises keyed to this text. Features include illustrative charts and diagrams, English derivatives for assigned vocabulary aiding memory, a remedial English grammar review, an answer key, and eighteen beautiful images distributed throughout the workbook offering historical vignettes to illustrate the New Testament world and its language.

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Grammatical Syntax Add-on to GNT

This Greek Syntax module was developed from the ground up for Accordance. It adds several features and enhancements, allowing you to:

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Greek Diagrams (Not for Mobile)

This impressive database of diagrams was built from the ground up to work with Accordance. It includes prepared diagrams of the Greek New Testament that scroll in sync with your Bible by verse reference.

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The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge (with Apparatus and Tagging)

The Greek New Testament is priceless in its value as it is how God has given us his revelation of the gospel and of Jesus Christ. While a few trusted Greek texts are in print, significant advances have been made in Greek translation studies of the New Testament since a standard text was adopted by academics in 1975.

Ideal for students, scholars, and pastors alike, and published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge is a groundbreaking contribution to biblical scholarship.

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A reading of the Greek New Testament (USB4 / NA27) with Erasmian style pronunciation by John Schwandt. This particular text is preferred by scholars worldwide and is the basis for most of the major translations, making it an excellent tool for biblical language students and professors, pastors, laypeople and anyone else who will appreciate this unique listening experience. Follow along in your UBS4 text as you listen to the timeless words of the New Testament in a brand new way.

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Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament (Volumes 1-15)

The TDOT volumes present in-depth discussions of the key Hebrew and Aramaic words in the Old Testament. TDOT’s emphasis  is on Hebrew terminology and on biblical usage. The intention of the writers is to concentrate on meaning, starting from the more general, everyday senses and building to an understanding of theologically significant concepts.

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Volume XVI concludes the monumental, critically acclaimed Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament with an Aramaic dictionary.

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Complete Theological Dictionary of the NT (Big Kittel)

This monumental reference work, complete in ten volumes, is the authorized and unabridged translation of the famous Theologisches Wörterbuch zum Neuen Testament, known commonly as “Big Kittel” and considered by many scholars to be the best New Testament Dictionary ever compiled.

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A special bundle of the third edition of the Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament edited by Frederick William Danker (BDAG) and the Koehler-Baumgartner Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon (HALOT). This combination of our top lexicons for Greek and Hebrew provides the best resources at an attractive price.

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Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (BDAG) (3rd Edition)

Described as an “invaluable reference work” (Classical Philology) and “a tool indispensable for the study of early Christian literature” (Religious Studies Review) in its previous edition, this new updated American edition of Walter Bauer's Wörterbuch zu den Schriften des Neuen Testaments builds on its predecessor’s staggering deposit of extraordinary erudition relating to Greek literature from all periods. Including entries for many more words, the new edition also lists more than 25,000 additional references to classical, intertestamental, Early Christian, and modern literature.

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The standard modern English dictionary for Biblical Hebrew is based on the third edition of the Lexicon of Koehler and Baumgartner, widely acclaimed as the most up-to-date complete dictionary for the Old Testament and related literature.

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Dictionary of Classical Hebrew (8 Volumes)

Unlike previous dictionaries, which have been dictionaries of Biblical Hebrew, this is the first dictionary of the classical Hebrew language to include the Bible, Ben Sira, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and all the other known Hebrew inscriptions and manuscripts.

This dictionary covers the period from the earliest times to 200 CE. It lists and analyzes every occurrence of each Hebrew word that occurs in texts of that period, with an English translation of every Hebrew word and phrase cited.

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Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew

This Dictionary (CDCH) is an abridgment of the 8-volume Dictionary of Classical Hebrew (DCH), the first volume of which appeared in 1993. The DCHwas the first dictionary of the Classical Hebrew language ever to be published. Unlike other dictionaries of the ancient Hebrew language, which cover only the texts of the Hebrew Bible, either exclusively or principally, DCH records the language of all texts written in Hebrew from the earliest times down to the end of the second century CE. That is to say, it includes not only the words used in the Hebrew Bible, but also those found in the Hebrew Book of Ben Sira (Ecclesiasticus), the Dead Sea Scrolls, and all the ancient Hebrew inscriptions.

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Liddell & Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon (Liddell-Scott-Jones or LSJ) is the most comprehensive and up-to-date ancient Greek dictionary in the world. Used by every student of ancient Greek in the English-speaking world, the dictionary covers every surviving ancient Greek author and text discovered up to 1940, from the Pre-Classical Greek of Homer and Hesiod to Classical Greek to the Hellenistic Period, including the Greek Old and New Testaments.

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An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon (Liddell and Scott)

This module is an intermediate abridgement of the Liddell & Scott’s Complete Greek Lexicon (LSJ) and covers Classical and Patristic Greek as well as Biblical Greek.

In comparison to the smaller abridgment, this "Middle Liddell" contains more entries covering the essential vocabulary of most commonly read Ancient Greek literature, adds citations of the authors to illustrate the history of Greek usage (without identifying the passages), and provides more help with irregular forms.

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Stuttgart Scholarly Add-on

Nestle-Aland. Rahlfs. Biblia Hebraica. These standard editions for academic biblical study are used and trusted by students, professors, pastors, and scholars all around the world.

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Hebrew Bible Advanced Add-on

  • The BHS-T has both tags and sigla to mark the locations of the apparatus notation.
  • The HMT-W4 includes vowel pointing, cantillation marks, and lemma and grammatical tagging information for each word in the text. The text is almost identical to the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.
  • The BHQ text (6 fascicles) is not tagged but is accompanied by the apparatus, commentary, and the minor and major Masora.
  • The HMT-W4.syntax module includes a color-coded Hebrew syntax tree designed to be viewed in parallel with your Bible.
  • The ETCBC Advanced database of the Hebrew Bible (formerly known as WIVU database), contains the scholarly text of the Hebrew Bible with linguistic markup developed by the Werkgroep Informatica at the Free University (WIVU) of Amsterdam and edited by Eep Talstra of the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer (ETCBC).

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This bundle of advanced Septuagint study material. Contains the MT-LXX Parallel (Tov and Polak), Rahlfs' tagged LXX with Apparatus, the LXXS (Swete text and apparatus), LXXC Apparatus (Cambridge), LEH Lexicon (3rd Edition), along with two grammars (Conybeare & Stock and Thackeray), and two English LXX Translations (Brenton and NETS).

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Aug 7, 2020 Richard Mansfield

Save Specialized Workspaces (7 Strategies for Students #1)

Note: From 2016 - 2017, I wrote a series of blog posts titled “7 Strategies for Students Who Use Accordance.” This series was based upon an in-person seminar I had led a number of times, and now we also have a webinar by the same name. Although the vast majority of the content in these original posts is still relevant, it does not always incorporate some of the newer features in Accordance such as Papers, Stacks, and the internal web browser. And, of course, none of the screenshots reflect Accordance as it appears in v. 13. With that in mind, I'm offering updates to the original series with one new installment each week. These posts coincide with Fall semesters beginning again, so hopefully students beginning classes again can put these strategies to use as they use Accordance in their coursework.

Also, even if you're not a student, you may find that most of the strategies I'll be covering over the next few weeks just might make your work in Accordance a lot easier, too!

Saved Workspace

Initially, when I wrote the original 7 Strategies series, I saved this tip about creating Accordance Workspaces for last. However, in almost all the times I've presented this series in webinars over the past two or three years, I introduce it first because it's something that can be reinforced throughout the entire series. Here's the idea in a nutshell: Saving Workspaces save you time. Create a separate workspace for each course you're taking. Include in it all the appropriate tools from Accordance that you will need in studying for that particular class.

A while back, a user asked me for help him with something he was trying to do in Accordance. He opened up his own laptop, launched Accordance, and began with, “This is something I do nearly every day.” Just to get to his question for me, he first had to build this very elaborate Workspace with multiple texts and reference works. After watching him do this, I said, “Wait—before we get to your question, let me ask you one. Do you create this Workspace every time you use Accordance?” He confirmed that he created this Workspace or one like it, from scratch, most of the time. Moreover, he started each launch of Accordance with his default Search Text. I introduced him to saved Workspaces and he still thanks me for it whenever I see him.

Every Accordance installation comes with five examples Workspaces: English Study, NT Study, Research, Simple Construct, Theme Sampler, and Translation Comparison. You can access these premade Accordance Workspaces from the Workspaces icon in the Toolbar or in the Library Pane under My Stuff: My Workspaces. If you don't see all these workspaces in either location, look in your Accordance files folder in Documents (macOS) or My Documents (Windows).

Even if you've never saved one, you're actually working from a Workspace, any time you're in Accordance. If you find yourself going to the trouble of setting up Accordance to get it “just right” before you start using it each time, you should probably think about saving your Workspace so you can save time. The easiest way to do this is to go to the Workspace icon in the Toolbar and select Add Workspace. Now your newly saved Workspace will appear under the Workspace icon in the Toolbar and in the My Workspaces folder. Alternatively, go to the File menu and choose Save. Normally, when you save a Workspace from the File menu, it will automatically get added to the List in the Workspace icon dropdown menu on the Toolbar and in the list of My Workspaces in the Library menu.

Although every Accordance user can benefit from saving Workspaces, students will find this especially helpful. Consider that the way you use Accordance will be different in a preaching class than it will be in a New Testament Intro course or a beginner’s Hebrew, preaching, and so on. You’re going to use Accordance differently in every one of those situations, so why not save an Accordance Workspace for each class? This will save valuable time each time you sit down to study.

Here’s something else you should know: when you change a Workspace in your regular use of it, the saved file does not automatically update. This is on purpose in case you need to start fresh with a Workspace each time you use it. If you need the Workspace to keep your changes, make certain to use the Save or Save As command on the File menu to save your current work.

Accordance Bible Software has always been highly customizable. When you customize a specialized Workspace and then save it for repeated use, you've also made Accordance quite personal for your needs. And saved Workspaces are something you can continue to use long after you finish school.

Bonus tip: Workspaces don't have to be saved in your Accordance files folder. I have hundreds of Workspaces saved in folders dedicated to particular projects I was working on at the time. If I need to revisit a particular area of research, not only do I have my notes, I have my Accordance Workspace there, too!


Jul 13, 2020 David Lang

5 Things Developing the New Timeline Taught Me About History

I used to think I was something of a history buff, but working on the Accordance Timeline Expanded Edition has taught me that I still have a lot to learn. Here are five things developing the new Timeline taught me about history.

1. It Has Always Been a Small World After All

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is how very small our world really is: in mere months, a virus originating on one side of the planet has wreaked havoc across the globe. We tend to think that kind of worldwide interconnectedness began with the advent of modern air travel, but the airplane has only sped up connections which have existed from time immemorial.

East and West have never been as bifurcated as our history classes and textbooks make it seem. Most of the Germanic tribes which destabilized the Western Roman empire had been pushed west by a series of invaders from the east (Huns, Avars, Khazars, etc.). Nestorian Christians were engaging in missions to China more than a thousand years before Hudson Taylor.


Silk road and Black Sea trade brought Asian technological innovation and luxury goods—along with pandemics like the Black Death—to Medieval Europe. Landmark events in Western civilization, such as the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the exploration of the New World can all be directly traced back to the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks.

There is a sense in which all history is world history.

2. We Are Part of a Much Larger Story than We Realize

Zoom out on the Expanded Timeline far enough to see the entire period of recorded history (3000 BCE/BC–2020 CE/AD), and you’ll be struck by how comparatively brief “modern” history is.


Of the modern nation states we know today, it is surprising how many were established or took their current form in the last 100 years or so. Among post-monarchical republics, the United States is among the most venerable at only 244 years old. These are mere blips when compared with empires and civilizations which lasted for hundreds or even thousands of years. When we consider how short-lived our modern civilizations really are, the chronological snobbery to which we moderns are so prone suddenly seems incredibly foolish.

3. Utopia Means “No Place”


When Thomas More (who is on the Expanded Timeline) wrote about an ideal society, he named it “utopia”, from the Greek meaning “no place.” Those who want to look back to some period of history as an ideal time are sure to find that their utopia had its dark underbelly. All those historical figures we may want to regard as “good guys” inevitably turn out, upon further investigation, to be deeply flawed. On the other hand, it is often surprising how often the “bad guys” end up making contributions most of us would regard as positive. Historical figures don’t always—or even often—divide neatly into heroes and villains, no matter how much we may want them to.

4. Church History Has Always Been Messy.

You’ll sometimes hear it said that the Christian church was essentially united until the Great Schism of 1054 CE/AD or the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s, but the story of church history has always been messier and more complicated than that. Even as Christians struggled to survive in the face of Roman persecution or Persian and later Islamic conquests, Christians were consumed with internecine conflicts over doctrinal issues, questions of ecclesiastical authority, and personal rivalries between church leaders—not unlike today.


Dig into the Christological controversies of the fourth and fifth centuries and you’ll discover schisms you never heard of before. You’ll see that groups pronounced heretical typically continued to maintain their orthodoxy and fight for acceptance long after the issue was “settled” by an ecumenical council. You’ll also see that groups which felt under-represented at those councils often disputed their “ecumenical” status. Once Christianity became the official religion of various empires and states, political conflicts often spilled over into the church. Conversely, ecclesiastical disputes often led to popular riots and political coups.

By the way, this is not unique to Christian history. Islamic history is likewise complicated, with civil wars between rival caliphates, conflicts among rival sects, and sometimes shifting alliances with non-Muslim groups. Jewish history likewise has its rival sects and internal disputes, even during the diaspora when Jews struggled to determine whether they had a better chance of survival with Muslim or Christian rulers.

It is not unusual to hear people complain that “We have never been more divided than we are today.” Explore the Expanded Timeline, and you’ll likely be relieved that we haven’t yet descended into civil war or started maiming and crucifying one another!

5. The Arguments are Never Really About What They Seem to be About.

When you get married, you learn pretty quickly that marital conflicts are usually about deeper issues than the actual point of conflict, which can be laughably trivial. The same is true of the religious conflicts which lead to schisms, the founding of new churches, and sometimes bitter violence. When we look at the actual point of conflict from the outside, it may seem strange to us: does Christ have one or two natures? What about one or two “energies” or “wills”? Are icons a legitimate element of Christian worship or are they idolatrous? Is Christ physically present in the Lord’s Supper or is it merely symbolic? At various points in history, Christians argued these points and clung to their positions with a vehemence that the most ardent sectarian of today would find extreme. That passion was usually driven by a concern for deeper issues than the actual subject of debate. They believed they were defending the goodness of God, or Christ’s divinity, or his humanity, or the centrality of the gospel, or the authority of Scripture, or centuries of Christian tradition. They also feared that those on the opposite side of the debate were compromising or betraying those central aspects of their faith.

Understanding this dynamic ought to help us grasp the passion with which today’s combatants argue their sides of today’s debates. The actual point of disagreement may seem trivial, but we should look for the deeper issues each side believes to be at stake.

For me, the great value of studying history is the clearer perspective it gives me on the world in which we now live.

It helps me realize how interconnected our world really is, and makes me less provincial in my thinking.

It helps me listen more attentively to those whose perspectives seem nonsensical to me and whose vehemence strikes me as excessive.

It helps me realize that though our world sometimes seems to have gone mad, it has always been a “mad, mad, mad, mad world.” In fact, there were many periods in history which make today’s madness seem mild by comparison.

Finally, studying history helps shatter my naïve assumptions about history’s “good guys” and “bad guys” and my illusory dreams of the “good ole’ days.” To quote Billy Joel, whose history of the Cold War era appears as an Easter egg on the Expanded Timeline: “the good ole’ days weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.”

That's an important reminder to us all.



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Jul 8, 2020 Richard Mansfield

The Accordance Timeline Expanded Edition (Lighting the Lamp Podcast #187)



In the first new installment of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast in over a year, Rick Mansfield sits down with David Lang to discuss the new Accordance Timeline Expanded Edition. David provides a quick tutorial that will get you up to speed on all the new features.

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