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Jan 17, 2020 David Lang

Constrained by the Text: The Importance of Greek and Hebrew for Exegesis

Some time ago I was talking with a woman who said she likes to think of the Lord’s prayer differently than it is traditionally recited. She enthusiastically explained that if you just understand the sentence structure a little differently, Jesus’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 takes on a whole new meaning. Here, as best as I can remember, is how she likes to divide the text:

Our Father which art
In heaven hallowed be
Thy name thy kingdom
Come thy will
Be done in earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us
not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

By rearranging the text in this way, this woman “discovered” all kinds of new insights. For example, praying “Our Father which art” enabled her to focus on God’s existence, and reminded her of God describing himself as “I AM” in Exodus 3:14. As I listened to her explanation, I had two thoughts.

On the one hand, I know that the original Greek text did not include punctuation. That was added later, and it is perfectly reasonable to debate how the text should be divided into sentences, clauses, and phrases. For example, one place where I think a simple punctuation change does clarify the text is in Romans 8:33-34. I think the statements “It is God who justifies” and “Christ Jesus is the one who died” are better read as rhetorical questions: “God who justifies?” and “Christ Jesus who died?” Reading the text that way improves the flow of the passage, which is essentially a series of rhetorical questions designed to drive home Paul’s point. Knowing this, I was not willing to dismiss this woman’s suggestion until I had a chance to look at the Greek.

That, of course, was my second thought: “What does the Greek say?” I was pretty sure that the King James Bible’s “which art” was simply supplied by the translators and did not reflect any actual emphasis on God’s existence, but I couldn’t be certain until I had a chance to fire up Accordance. Sure enough, the Greek of Matthew 6:9 reads “Our Father in heaven.” There is nothing in the Greek that emphasizes God’s being or existence—“which art” was simply supplied by the KJV translators. Furthermore, the beginning of the first three petitions is clearly indicated by the presence of a third-person imperative. There is more variation in the structure of the later petitions, but the traditional division is still pretty clearly vindicated.

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In a day and age when many people question the value of learning Hebrew and Greek, situations like this underscore the importance of at least a cursory understanding of the languages. Good exegesis is constrained by the text itself. If our interpretations are not supported by the text as it is written, then we know we need to adjust our interpretations.

Yes, much exegesis can be done using a good English translation. In fact, I’ve even argued that it is better to be able to read English well than to know Greek and Hebrew. Nevertheless, the text which we are ultimately exegeting is the original text written in Hebrew and Greek, and there are some interpretive questions which simply cannot be answered unless we ask, “What does the Greek (or Hebrew) say?”

Accordance provides many tools for exploring and analyzing the original Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible, from English Bibles tagged with Strong’s numbers to high end features designed for language experts. With Accordance, it’s easy for anyone to find out what the Greek or Hebrew says.

 

Jan 16, 2020 Accordance Bible Software

New Year's Resolution: Teach!

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It's week three of our New Year's Resolution Sale, and that means it's time to TEACH! Every Bible teacher needs great resources in their library, and Accordance has you covered!

First, we're offering introductory sale pricing on two NEW works that are sure to benefit any pastor, teacher, or Bible study leader! Galatians: A Commentary is the latest, thoroughly researched commentary from renowned scholar Craig S. Keener. Filled with fresh insight into Paul's letter, this volume is sure to benefit all who read it. In addition, Gregory Brown's popular The Bible Teacher's Guide series includes both expositional and topical studies, with resources to help teachers lead small groups, pastors prepare sermons, and individuals increase their knowledge of God's Word.

Next, the acclaimed 43-volume Interpretation Commentary series (OT and NT) from Westminster John Knox Press was planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, and serves as a major contribution to scholarship and ministry. In addition to the commentary, we are also offering two companion series: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church as well as Interpretation Bible Studies. Together these three sets offer an incredible library of resources for those who interpret Scripture as members of the community of faith. We're offering both the individual sets as well as the full-series bundle at a discounted price, so don't miss out on the chance to add these to your Accordance Library!

Finally, for those wanting a different approach to Bible commentaries, check out the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition.

Special prices listed below are good through Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (11:59 PM EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


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New! Galatians: A Commentary (Keener)

Leading New Testament scholar Craig Keener is widely respected for his thorough research, sound judgments, and knowledge of ancient sources. His four-volume magnum opus on Acts has received high praise from all quarters. This commentary on Paul's Letter to the Galatians features Keener's meticulous and comprehensive research and offers a wealth of fresh insights. It will benefit students, pastors, and church leaders alike.

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The Bible Teacher's Guide Series (21 Volumes)

The Bible Teacher's Guide is a series that includes both expositional book studies (12 volumes) and topical studies (9 volumes). These guides will be useful for individual study, small groups and for teachers preparing to share God’s Word.

This product contains one module for the commentaries and separate modules for each of the topical studies. Included:

  • 12 Commentary Volumes
  • 9 Topical Volumes

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Week Three: Teach!

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Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching: OT/NT (43 Volumes)

Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. It bridges the gap between critical and expository commentaries and combines exciting biblical scholarship with illuminating textual expositions. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, this critically acclaimed biblical commentary is a major contribution to scholarship and ministry.

This product contains 43 volumes that cover the entire Old and New Testaments.

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Interpretation Bible Studies (19 Volumes)

Interpretation Bible Studies (IBS) offers solid biblical content in a creative study format. Forged in the tradition of the celebrated Interpretation commentary series, IBS makes the same depth of biblical insight available in a dynamic, flexible, and user-friendly resource. Designed for adults and older youth, IBS can be used in small groups, in church school classes, in large group presentations, or in personal study.

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Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church (7 Volumes)

Instead of focusing on individual books of the Bible, these new volumes will focus on the Bible’s most enduring passages and most vital themes, bringing to these topics the insight and faithful wisdom that are longtime hallmarks of the Interpretation series. This expanded Interpretation series will be an excellent resource for all those who teach, preach, and study the Bible.

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Interpretation Series Bundle

This Interpretation series bundle contains all of the Interpretation products listed above.

Included in this bundle:

  • Interpretation Commentaries (OT & NT) (43 volumes)
  • Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church (7 volumes)
  • Interpretation Bible Studies (19 volumes)

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Jan 15, 2020 Richard Mansfield

New! The Bible Teacher's Guide (21 volumes)

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New for the Accordance Library! We are pleased to announce the release of 21 volumes in The Bible Teacher’s Guide Series by pastor, teacher, and author Gregory Brown. This series includes both commentary and topical volumes over a wide range of subjects. Commentary volumes can be placed in parallel with any biblical text or translation within Accordance.

Commentaries

Topical Studies

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  • Abraham: Living the Life of Faith
  • Jacob: Being Transformed by an Amazing Grace
  • Nehemiah: Becoming a Godly Leader
  • The Sermon on the Mount: Experiencing God’s Kingdom on Earth
  • The Beatitudes: Growing in Kingdom Character
  • Ephesians: Understanding God’s Purpose for the Church
  • The Armor of God: Standing Firm in Spiritual Warfare
  • Philippians: Pursuing Spiritual Maturity
  • Colossians: Christ Revealed, the Hope of Glory
  • First Timothy: Becoming a Good Minister of Christ Jesus
  • Second Timothy: Guarding the Good Deposit
  • First Peter: How to Live as Pilgrims in a Hostile World
  • Theology Proper: Knowing God the Father
  • Characteristics of Spirit-Let Prayer
  • Battle Plan for Purity: Strategies for Victory against Sexual Temptation
  • Equipping Small Group Leaders: A Concise Church Leadership Training
  • The Perfections of God: Understanding God’s Characteristics
  • Whenever You Pray: Following Jesus’ Teachings on Prayer
  • Characteristics of a Godly Marriage
  • Building Foundations for a Godly Marriage: A Pre-Marriage, Marriage Counseling Study
  • Finding a Godly Mate: Biblical Principles for Singles

Greg Brown uses the New English Translation as the primary Bible version for this series but draws from other popular translations as well. This series would be especially suited to pair with our newly-released 2nd edition of the NET Bible with Strong’s Numbers.

With questions for discussion and reflection throughout each chapter, this series is perfect for group studies, but appropriate for individual studies as well. Pastors, Bible study leaders, education ministers and youth leaders will want to add this series to their personal Accordance Library. This series would be especially helpful to keep on your mobile device for leading group discussions.

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For a limited time, Accordance users can add the Bible Teacher's Guide Series to their personal Library for introductory discounted pricing.

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Jan 15, 2020 Richard Mansfield

New! Keener's Galatians: A Commentary

Keener Galatians 3D Hands down, Craig Keener has consistently remained one of my favorite New Testament commentary writers in recent years. As stated by his publisher, Keener is “widely respected for his thorough research, sound judgments, and knowledge of ancient sources.” For anyone interested in biblical backgrounds and the contexts from which the New Testament writings sprang, Keener’s new commentary on Galatians is a must-have addition to one’s personal Accordance Library.

Keener’s commentary on Galatians, published by Baker Academic is an expansion of his previous Galatians commentary written for Cambridge University Press. And expansion may be too conservative of a term. Consider that at nearly 900 pages, Keener’s Baker commentary on Galatians is nearly three times the size of his Cambridge volume. But even with Keener’s no-rock-unturned approach, the commentary never becomes tedious or too technical so as only to be accessed by only a few.

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Click/tap on the image above for a larger view of Keener's commentary on Galatians.

This commentary on Galatians begins with Keener’s own translation of the epistle, presented in entirety so that the reader can read it in its entirety before even beginning the Gospel. The translation itself is described “as a more colloquial, dynamic-equivalent rendering except where it would impair the connection between the translation and the notes.” I found Keener’s translation to be somewhere between the NIV and NLT, but even that is an unfair comparison as the flavor and style is all his own.

Keener - Galatians - iPhone The introduction to the commentary covers all the required elements: history of interpretation, theology, themes, literary style, audience and more, compromising the equivalent of about 45 pages in print. The actual commentary on Scripture includes and introduction by section before verse-by-verse treatment. I found the footnotes to be a rich treasure trove of both ancient sources as well as contemporary thought.

To the right: Keener's translation of Galatians. Click/tap for a larger view.

Although Keener makes use of original languages, these are most often in parentheses and include transliteration for the non-specialist. This approach opens the commentary to a much wider audience of scholars, pastors, and serious readers of the Bible. The commentary also includes 35 excursuses, mini articles, written on a variety of subjects such as “Righteous Abraham in Jewish Tradition,” “Paul and the Law,” and “The ‘Flesh,’” among others.

I first discovered Craig Keener through the IVP Bible Background Commentary on the New Testament and have thoroughly enjoyed his more detailed offerings on John and Acts. The new commentary on Galatians is a welcome addition to these. If Keener wants to work his way through the entire New Testament, that’s okay by me because our understanding of these writings will be all the better for it.

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Jan 9, 2020 Accordance Bible Software

New Year's Resolution: Learn!

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It's week two of our New Year's Resolution Sale, and this week we are resolving to LEARN!

One of the best things any student of the Bible can do is learn the original languages! That's why we're offering discounts on works that help you do exactly that, including a first-time ever sale on a bundle that will ensure you have the resources you need to succeed in learning the original languages!

Also, don't forget that for the entire month of January, HarperCollins is offering deals on Bibles and devotional works, including devotions on the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament!

Sale prices on the products listed below are good through Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (11:59 PM EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


New Year's Resolution
Week Two: Learn!

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Advanced Greek & Hebrew Add-on Bundle

This product is eligible for Custom Upgrade pricing. This allows users to purchase add-on bundles and only get charged for the modules being added, never the ones you already own.

This add-on bundle includes the following Greek & Hebrew text, syntax, apparatus, and lexicon modules :

Greek Modules

  • NA28 Greek New Testament with Apparatus and Tagging (NA28-T): The NA28-T text includes both morphological tags and sigla to mark the locations of the apparatus notation.
  • Greek New Testament (Tagged, Based on NA28): The Greek GNT28-T text contains morphological tagging as well as full parsing.
  • Greek Syntax: The GNT28-T.syntax module includes a color-coded syntax tree designed to be viewed in parallel with your Bible. (*)
  • Greek Lexicon: The Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (BDAG) is the standard lexicon for Greek New Testament studies.

Hebrew Modules

  • The Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia with Apparatus and Tagging (BHS-T): The BHS-T text includes vowel pointing, cantillation marks, and lemma and grammatical tagging information for each word in the text. It also includes the sigla to mark the locations of the apparatus notation.
  • Biblia Hebraica with Westminster Hebrew Morph 4 (HMT-W4): The HMT-W4 Hebrew text includes vowel pointing, cantillation marks, and lemma and grammatical tagging information for each word in the text.
  • Hebrew Syntax: The HMT-W4.syntax module includes a color-coded syntax tree designed to be viewed in parallel with your Bible. (*)
  • Hebrew/Aramaic Lexicon: The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) is the standard modern English dictionary for Biblical Hebrew studies.

* Note: The Grammatical Syntax add-ons to the GNT28-T and the HMT-W4 are not supported in Accordance Lite and currently has very limited support within Accordance Mobile.

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Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar (4th Edition) (Mounce)

Clear. Understandable. Carefully organized. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar by William D. Mounce is the standard textbook for colleges and seminaries. Since its initial publication in 1993 its integrated approach has helped more than 250,000 students learn New Testament Greek.

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Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook (4th Edition) (Mounce)

This expanded and updated workbook is designed with the student in mind and intended for use with the standard-setting Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar textbook, now in its fourth edition.

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Biblical Greek: A Compact Guide (2nd Edition) (Mounce)

Biblical Greek: A Compact Guide, Second Edition by William D. Mounce is a handy, at-a-glance reference for students, pastors, and teachers. It follows the organization and format of the fourth edition of Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, but it is also usable by students who learned with a different grammar.

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Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament (Wallace)

Sound exegesis requires that the exegete consider grammar within a larger framework that includes context, lexeme, and other linguistic features. While the trend of some grammarians has been to take a purely grammatical approach to the language, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics integrates the technical requirements for proper Greek interpretation with the actual interests and needs of Bible students.

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Basics of Biblical Hebrew (3rd Edition) (Pratico, Van Pelt)

Clear. Understandable. Carefully organized. Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt is the standard textbook for colleges and seminaries. Since its initial publication in 2001 its integrated approach has helped more than 80,000 students learn Biblical Hebrew.

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Basics of Biblical Hebrew Workbook (3rd Edition) (Pratico, Van Pelt)

This updated workbook is designed with the student in mind and intended for use with the standard-setting Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar textbook, now in its third edition.

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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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Jan 7, 2020 Accordance Bible Software

An Essential Tool for Hebrew Studies: Mor Shemesh's Accordance 25 Story

Accordance 25 image no background Note: Accordance 1.0 was released to the public in April, 1994. Therefore we still have a few weeks to celebrate our 25th anniversary with stories like the one below. If you'd like to tell us your story, please see the instructions at the end of this post.


I first became familiar with Accordance about 7 years ago, during my studies for a BA degree in Hebrew Language at Ben-Gurion University. At a course called "Late Biblical Hebrew" the professor introduced us to Accordance, and made some quick searches in the Hebrew Bible in order to demonstrate some differences between Classical Biblical Hebrew and Late Biblical Hebrew. This was during my third year of BA studies, and up until then I used paper concordances constantly. As you can imagine, I was absolutely amazed by all the wonders that Accordance can do and the major amount of time it can save. When the professor mentioned that it also comes with easily accessed dictionaries like BDB and HALOT, I decided that this is a software I must purchase.

This was in early 2013, before the Windows version was released. I waited eagerly for this to happen; and when the Windows version finally came out in September that year, I immediately purchased Accordance and all the necessary modules I needed. Shortly after I started my MA studies and my dissertation, and started using Accordance constantly for that. For countless times during the work on my dissertation, I thought in amazement how much time I saved by using Accordance, and how behind I'd surely be without it.

Now I'm a PhD student, and the work on my doctoral thesis was no different in that matter: the wonders that the concordance searches can do and the extremely easy access to important tools such as dictionaries and grammar books never cease to amaze me. I am certain that my thesis would have been very different if it wasn't for Accordance, and I plan to keep using it in all my future studies as well.

Mor Shemesh


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.

 

Jan 1, 2020 Accordance Bible Software

New Year's Resolution: Study!

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The New Year is finally here, and that means it's time to make your New Year's Resolutions! This year, Accordance wants to help. Each week, we'll offer select resources on sale geared toward helping you achieve New Year's Resolutions.

This week's Resolution: STUDY!

Kick off the New Year by diving into Bible study with translations, devotions, and study Bibles on sale from HarperCollins! Then, be sure to brush up on your theology with discounted works of biblical, systematic, and historical theology!

Finally, we have a number of over-lapping sales currently active so check out the Sale Products page to take advantage of specials on select Accordance 13 Collections at 25% off, Zondervan products, devotionals, and other products.

Publisher Specials from HarperCollins listed below are good through Friday, January 31, 2020 (11:59 PM EST). All other sale prices are good through Thursday, January 9, 2020 (11:59 PM EST). Cannot be combined with any other discount.


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Publisher Special from HarperCollins

It's a New Year! Start it off right by diving into the study of the Bible. Don't know where to start? These deals from HarperCollins have you covered. Whether you're looking to try out a new translation, meditate on devotional words of wisdom, or have the aid of study resources at your fingertips, this sale has something for you! These deals last through the month of January, so don't miss out!

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New Year's Resolution
Week One: Study the Scriptures in a New Way with These Theological Resources

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IVP Theology Bundle (11 Works)

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

Contents include:

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Concise Theology (Packer)

Finally, there’s a book that explains the essentials of theology in a style and length that busy readers can appreciate. J. I. Packer, noted theologian and author of Knowing God, offers 94 concise studies. Each focuses on a unique facet of our great God and his wonderful plan for us.

Each study is just a couple of pages long. That means you can find the answers you need quickly. But don’t be fooled – there are plenty of Scripture references on every page. You can go as deep as you want at the pace you want.

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Everyone's a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology (Sproul)

Many people react negatively to the word theology, believing that it involves dry, fruitless arguments about minute points of doctrine. Yet as Dr. R.C. Sproul argues, everyone is a theologian. Any time we think about a teaching of the Bible and strive to understand it, we are engaging in theology. Therefore, it is important that we put the Bible’s varied teachings together in a systematic fashion, using proper, time-tested methods of interpretation so as to arrive at a theology that is founded on truth.

That is precisely what Dr. Sproul does in Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology.

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New Studies in Biblical Theology (42 vols.) (Volumes 1-10; 12-38; 40-44)

Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprised by New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.

See this article for details on the volumes included in this bundle.

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Systematic Theology (Grudem)

This introduction to systematic theology has several distinctive features:

  • A strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine and teaching.
  • Clear writing, with technical terms kept to a minimum.
  • A contemporary approach, treating subjects of special interest to the church today.
  • A friendly tone, appealing to the emotions and the spirit as well as the intellect.
  • Frequent application to life.
  • Resources for worship with each chapter.
  • Bibliographies with each chapter that cross-reference subjects to a wide range of other systematic theologies.

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Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine (Allison)

In Historical Theology, Gregg Allison offers students the opportunity to study the historical development of theology according to a topical-chronological arrangement, setting out the history of Christian doctrine one theological element at a time. Such an approach allows readers to concentrate on one tenet of Christianity and its formulation in the early church, through the Middle Ages, Reformation, and post-Reformation era, and into the modern period.

Historical Theology is a superb resource for those familiar with Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology as this book presents the history of various doctrines in identical order to their appearance in Grudem’s Systematic Theology.

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Jan 1, 2020 Accordance Bible Software

New Year, New Bible!

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It's a New Year! Start it off right by diving into the study of the Bible. Don't know where to start? These deals from HarperCollins have you covered. Whether you're looking to try out a new translation, meditate on devotional words of wisdom, or have the aid of study resources at your fingertips, this sale has something for you! These deals last through the month of January, so don't miss out!

Special Note for our Mobile Users: The devotional and study Bible deals are perfect for our iOS and Android apps, as they allow digestable information to appear in a second pane alongside your text!

The below Publisher Specials are good through Friday, January 31, 2020 (11:59 PM EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


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Devotions on the Greek New Testament (Volume 1)

The study of any language requires continual exposure in order to maintain or expand proficiency. Devotions on the Greek New Testament allows for this continued study by introducing devotions---based on a careful reading and study of the Greek New Testament---written by some of the top Greek scholars of today.

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Devotions on the Hebrew Bible

Devotions on the Hebrew Bible contains a devotion on every book in the Old Testament and can be used as a weekly devotional or as a supplemental resource throughout a semester or sequence of courses. These devotions will inspire you to keep reading and meditating on the Hebrew Scriptures and find new treasures from the biblical text.

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New King James Version Bible (Untagged)

One of the few modern translations based on the Textus Receptus Greek text, the New King James Version attempts to maintain the beauty of the original King James while updating its language for contemporary readers. Styling of red letters for words attributed to Christ, as well as poetry, italics and small caps are supported. Margin notes are included in a separate module. Copyright 1982.

Note: This version does NOT contain Strong's numbering.

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Orthodox Study Bible Notes

Orthodox Christianity is the face of ancient Christianity to the modern world and embraces the second largest body of Christians in the world. In this first-of-its-kind study Bible, the Bible is presented with commentary from the ancient Christian perspective that speaks to those Christians who seek a deeper experience of the roots of their faith. Readers will gain insight into the early Christian perspective of the Old Testament text and teachings and deepen their understanding of church history in the first ten centuries of Christianity.

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MacArthur Study Bible Notes

The award-winning MacArthur Study Bible is considered among the elite of study Bibles. It is packed cover-to-cover with tools that offer a profound yet down-to-earth approach to understanding the Scriptures.

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NIV New International Version 2011 with Footnotes (Untagged)

The best-selling New International Version seeks to recreate as far as possible the experience of the original audience—blending transparency to the original text with accessibility for the millions of English speakers around the world. This 2011 revision represents the latest effort of the Committee on Bible Translation to articulate God’s unchanging Word in the way the original authors might have said it had they been speaking in English to the global English-speaking audience today.

The new footnotes include much more extensive cross-references.

Note: This version does NOT contain G/K numbering.

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Amplified Bible

The Amplified Bible is a translation that, by using synonyms and definitions, both explains and expands the meaning of words in the text by placing amplification in parentheses and brackets and after key words or phrases. This unique system of translation allows the reader to more completely grasp the meaning of the words as they were understood in the original languages. Through multiple expressions, fuller and more revealing appreciation is given to the divine message as the original text legitimately permits.

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NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible Notes

You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture.

That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

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Dec 24, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Holiday Dealz from Zondervan

Holiday Dealz

A great way to bulk up your Accordance Library this holiday season is by taking advantage of these great discounts on select products from Zondervan!

If you're wanting to explore the text of Scripture from a new perspective, these commentary sales have you covered! The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary will transport you to the ancient world of Scripture and help you understand the cultural context of the Bible. Want help bringing that ancient cultural context back into our modern day? Then consider the NIV Application Commentary! With its focus on applying the words of Scripture to our daily lives, this is the perfect resource for the preacher or teacher looking to show how the Bible impacts us today. Finally, if you want a good "one-stop-shop" for your commentary needs, the classic Expositor's Bible Commentary is a great choice. A Gold Medallion Award-Winner, this set has been trusted by pastors since its release!

Looking to dive deeper into the original languages of the Bible? Then be sure to pick up the bundle of the New International Dictionaries of Theology and Exegesis for both Old and New Testaments (NIDOTTE and NIDNTTE). Intended for those who wish to engage in serious study of the Bible, this work will benefit both academics and pastors, students and laypersons.

Finally, be sure to check out the Counterpoints Series! Exploring complex and occasionally controversial topics, Each book presents several “views” on a particular question of biblical interpretation, theology, or church life. Each view is then critiqued by those who hold other views. The reader can then decide which position makes the most sense or has the strongest support. Even more importantly, the reader sees how sincere interpreters can interact with one another in a positive and uncontentious manner.

The Zondervan specials listed below are good through Thursday, January 9, 2020 (11:59 PM EST) anc cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Holiday Dealz from Zondervan
Savings between 55% and 66%

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NIV Application Commentary Series: OT / NT (42 Volumes)

Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable—but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our present-day context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.

This 42-volume bundle covers every book of the Old and New Testament with the exception of the volumes of Ezra / Nehemiah and Psalms 73-150.

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Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: OT / NT (10 Vols)

This product consists of the complete ZIBBC series that brings to life the world of the Bible through informative entries and full-color photos and graphics. ZIBBC is the premier commentary set for connecting with the historical and cultural context of the Bible.

This series contains 5 Old Testament volumes that cover the entire Old Testament and 5 New Testament volumes that cover the entire New Testament (with the updated volume on John by Craig Keener).

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NIDOTTE / NIDNTTE Bundle

This bundle contains:

  • New International Dictionaries of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDOTTE): Consisting of 5 volumes edited by Willem VanGemeren, NIDOTTE is indispensable for helping pastors, students, scholars, and serious lay persons grasp the full riches of the Bible.
  • New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDNTTE): A standard and widely-used reference work for nearly 40 years, the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis has been thoroughly revised and updated to aid today’s pastors, students, scholars, and teachers in their study of the New Testament.
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Counterpoints Series (27 Volumes)

Zondervan’s Counterpoints series of books is designed to help us explore theological questions by reading the perspectives of people who respectfully disagree with each other.  The acclaimed series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians.  Each book presents several “views” on a particular question of biblical interpretation, theology, or church life. Each view is then critiqued by those who hold other views. The reader can then decide which position makes the most sense or has the strongest support. Even more importantly, the reader sees how sincere interpreters can interact with one another in a positive and uncontentious manner.

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Expositor’s Bible Commentary (12 volumes)

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

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Dec 23, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Making a Difference in Devotional Life & Original Language Study (Mark Chenhalls' Accordance 25 Story)

Mark Chenhalls I have been using Accordance since 2013 and have always been impressed with the value of even the basic packages, especially for understanding the original languages. The online training and especially the live webinars have made all the difference in understanding how to use the fantastic tools available in Accordance.

The mobile version of Accordance has made a huge difference in my devotional life, and the amazing tools available in the mobile version almost make me forget that it is a mobile version. There is something extremely convenient about being able to do a deep study on the device right next to me that instantly brings up the information I need. The mobile version also allows me to continue to be available for my family and they do not feel that I am in a "do not disturb" mode.

But the part that differentiates Accordance is also what allows me to do what I had been attempting to do for many decades—become familiar enough with the original languages that sometimes I forget I am in the original language. The original text with English "crutches"—available as needed—make using the original text a joy rather than an assignment. This has brought out aspects of meaning in the text that I would have never discovered in even the best translation.

Thank you Accordance!


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