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Dec 11, 2018 Accordance Bible Software

Bundle Up and Save! 4 X 4 Sale!

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December is upon us! Temperatures are dropping, so why not prices, too? You'll want to take advantage of our first 4-day 4 x 4 Bundle Up and Save Sale! If you haven't upgraded to our complete set of PhotoGuides—with photos of biblical sites you will not find anywhere else—now is the time! Plus don't miss discounts on favorite commentaries and Spanish titles! Needless to say, these sale prices will not be repeated this year! This sale is a short one so make your move by the end of the day on Friday.

And don't forget that Accordance Gift Cards make perfect year-end gifts for your favorite Accordance user, or introduce your friends to Accordance with FREE Starter Collections with qualifying purchases.

The sale prices listed below are good through Friday, December 14, 2018 (11:59 PM EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


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Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide: Set of 6 Collections

Included in this set:

  1. PhotoGuide Overview Collection
  2. PhotoGuide Israel Collection
  3. PhotoGuide Near East Collection
  4. PhotoGuide Egypt Collection
  5. PhotoGuide Europe Collection
  6. PhotoGuide Turkey Collection

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BE Series Commentary (50 Volumes)

Discover for yourself Wiersbe's unassuming style and penetrating analysis of Scripture as you arrive at a deeper appreciation of God's Word. This module contains volumes on all Old Testament books and all New Testament books.

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Colección CLIE (5 volúmenes)

Esta colección incluye algunos de los mejores y más conocidos comentarios publicados por CLIE, la editorial cristiana más importante en lengua española. | This bundle includes some of the best and most well-known commentaries from CLIE, the largest Christian publishing house in Spanish

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Biblical Imagination Commentary (4 Volumes)

This product contains four (4) heartfelt devotional commentary volumes covering each of the New Testament Gospels.

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Dec 7, 2018 Richard Mansfield

ICYMI: Recent Updates to Accordance for Android, iOS, Windows & macOS!

In all the excitement of conferences, family get-togethers, and special sales in November, you may have not noticed the free updates released to Accordance Bible Software on all of our various platforms. Here are a few highlights that you may have missed.

AM Android 1.3 Accordance Mobile for Android, v. 1.3

Have you looked at the Android version of Accordance lately? It’s coming along quite speedily for being less than a year old. Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in 1.3:

  • Support for all modules up to 12.2 (except for Quran).
  • A Quick Preferences dialog for quickly adjusting common settings and the new Night Mode option.
  • Expanded details in Instant Details (similar to the CMD/CTRL toggle on desktop):
  • A spinning progress indicator is visible when fetching expanded instant details in the background.
  • Added a preference option to disable the expanded details (for slower devices).
  • A more immersive Reading Mode with fullscreen display and a thinner pane divider.
  • Amplify by Lexeme on Key Number texts in Instant Details.
  • A direct link to the Accordance Store from the app menu.
  • An internal web viewer.
  • Numerous bug fixes and cosmetic changes.

By the way, we’re so keen on our Android version of Accordance that we held a drawing and gave away three 8" Amazon Fire HD tablets at the ETS and SBL conferences. Congratulations to our winners: Ayun Kim, Ann Brock, and Robert Durough.

If you downloaded Accordance Mobile for Android from the Google Play Store or the Amazon App Store and have your device set for automatic updates, the new version should already been installed by the time you read this.


Accordance Mobile for iOS v. 2.7.3

The update to Accordance Mobile for iOS wasn’t as big as the other two updates, but you will still want to make certain you’re running the most up-to-date version. This somewhat-minor update delivers improvements to scrolling, text layout (especially Hebrew), and support for newer iPhone models.

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Like Android devices, if you have your iPhone or iPad set to update apps automatically, Accordance Mobile for iOS should already be up to date on your device. If not, go to the App Store and look for it in the update section.


Accordance v. 12.3 for Windows & macOS

This release was probably the biggest update since the initial launch of Accordance 12 two years ago. We released all these new features (yes, features—not just updates) for free, and people keep saying we should have released all this in the next paid update. Well, one of the benefits of being an Accordance user is not having to wait for the next paid update to get improvements to our software. Here are some of the updates in Accordance 12.3 grouped by subject:

Text Browser:

  • The new Text Browser tab displays multiple translations of the same verse from a verse reference selection in a Text or Tool tab.
  • The Text Browser can be linked to another Text tab (Search, Reference List, or Context) to show the top verse in all available translations, or in a predefined group of translations.
  • A new Web & Text Browser preference pane has been added.
  • The contents of the Text Browser tab can be printed and saved as a text file.
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Papers & Stacks:

  • Papers and Stacks can be synced between Windows, Macintosh, and iOS devices.
  • The Library supports the creation of sub-folders within the Paper and Stack subgroups.
  • In the Set Paper Display Dialog Box, an option for [None] has been added to hide the item marker for that particular hierarchical level.
  • A Word Count menu item has been added as the first item in the Pane Task Action Menu.
  • New and existing Paper tabs can be set to open at a specified Zoom level.
  • Links can be added to Papers from multiple sources (Resource, Web, File, Scripture).
  • When copying text from an Accordance Text or Tool, the bibliographic information is included when pasted into a Paper tab.
  • Items can now be added to a Stack from the Web Browser tab and from the Research tab.

Search:

  • AnySyntax has been added as a new search item in the Construct tab.

Research:

  • The Research tab has a new selector button for viewing Text results in a Text Browser or workspace.
  • Hebrew Literal search is now an option in the Research tab.
  • Reading/Research preferences have been updated to set new Research tabs to either Flex/Exact or Literal/Grammatical searches.
  • The title in the Research tab now shows the number of hits in the number of verses.

Web Browser:

  • Zoom buttons have been added to the web browser.
  • Scripture references detected on web pages will be displayed in Instant Details and highlighted in red to distinguish them from normal links.
  • Clicking a Scripture reference in the Web Browser opens the verse in a Text tab.
  • The default home page can be set in the Web & Text Browser preferences.
  • The default texts for scripture references displayed in the web browser can be selected in the Web & Text Browser preferences.

Citations:

  • Added a preference to split non-contiguous verses when using Copy as Citation.
  • Added an radio button in the Citation preferences specifying whether the entire citation should be enclosed in markers, or just the text title alone.

User Bibles:

  • Import of any UTF16 file is now supported.
  • Language groups such as Chinese, Russian, and "enhanced" Latin Unicode remain as Unicode Bible texts.

Localization:

  • If the localization is changed, any default item (such as highlight style name and route layer) not changed by the user will be updated.

Additional Enhancements:

  • User Note icons have been updated.
  • New Safe Mode options have been added.
  • An Accordance Exchange link has been added to the Help menu.
  • Updated help files.
  • Bug fixes.

Update to the newest version of Accordance 12 (we’re actually now at 12.3.1—a just-released bug fix) by running App Update from the Accordance menu in macOS and the Utilities menu in Windows.

 

Can you imagine all these new releases? And to think it’s not even Christmas yet!

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Dec 4, 2018 Accordance Bible Software

Light Up This Wondrous Season with Gifts for All

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With Hanukkah and Advent underway, we would like to Light Up This Wondrous Season with Gifts for All! Starting off, we are releasing a long-requested reference work, The Biblical Illustrator. Get introductory pricing on this indispensable source of illustrations, quotations, and biblical commentary for communicating the message of the Bible!

Then don't miss favorite commentaries, Bible translations, study Bibles and more—at savings up to 60% off the regular price! Finally, in this season of giving, you can introduce a friend or colleague to Accordance with ease by earning free Starter Collections with purchases made on your own Accordance Library. Be certain to check out all the details below!

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts. Sale prices on all products end Monday, December 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.


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The Biblical Illustrator (OT & NT Complete)

It's Here! Don't Miss This One!

What if Charles Spurgeon helped you prepare next Sunday's sermon?

Or what if you could talk over your preaching with Joseph Parker, Richard Baxter, Henry Ward Beecher, and H. P. Liddon. Do you think it would make a difference to get the input of some of the greatest preachers who ever lived?

That's precisely what Joseph Exell had in mind when he put together the massive series of volumes called The Biblical Illustrator. The Biblical Illustrator was originally published in 1887 in London by Joseph Exell (one of the editors for the Pulpit Commentary).

In what can only be called a Herculean feat, he spent years gathering preaching notes and sermon outlines from the very best preachers of his day (in the late 1800s and early 1900s), and he did it covering every book of the Bible. The Biblical Illustrator is a collection of "anecdotes, similies, emblems, illustrations, expository, scientific, geographical, historical, and homiletics gathered from a wide range of home and foreign literature on the verses of the Bible."

Over 34,000 pages in its original 56-volume printing, The Biblical Illustrator is a massive compilation of treatments on 10,000 passages of Scripture.

And it is amazingly comprehensive. Exell approached his task by taking every verse in the Bible and seeking to discover how it has been preached in the past. Though there is plenty of exegetical material here, this is not primarily a commentary.

This series is for preachers, teachers, Bible students and anyone else looking for penetrating pastoral insights from some of the all-time greats of the faith.

Contributors include: Charles Spurgeon, Augustine, Alexander MacLaren, Thomas Manton, Matthew Henry, John Trapp, F. B. Meyer, J. C. Ryle, Charles Hodge, John Wesley, Adam Clark, Dwight L. Moody and hundreds of others.

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Catholic Resources & More

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Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (29 Volumes)

Included in this volume from series editor Tom C. Oden is the full text of all twenty-nine commentaries from the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Arranged canonically, each volume allows the living voices of the church in its formative centuries to speak as they engage the sacred page of Scripture.

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Ancient Christian Doctrine (5 Volumes)

Including biographical sketches, a timeline of ancient Christian sources, indexes, bibliographies and keys to original language sources as well as the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed in Greek, Latin and English (ICET version), this series illuminates key theological essentials in the light of classic and consensual Christian faith and makes an excellent resource for preaching and teaching.

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Ancient Christian Martyrdom

The importance of martyrdom for the spread of Christianity in the first centuries of the Common Era is a question of enduring interest. In this innovative new study, Candida Moss offers a radically new history of martyrdom in the first and second centuries that challenges traditional understandings of the spread of Christianity and rethinks the nature of Christian martyrdom itself.

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Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry (15 Volumes)

This multi-volume commentary reflects a relatively new development in biblical studies. The readings of the books of the Hebrew Bible offered here all focus on the final form of the texts, approaching them as literary works, recognizing that the craft of poetry and storytelling that the ancient Hebrew world provided can be found in them and that their truth can be better appreciated with a fuller understanding of that art.

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Sacra Pagina NT Commentary Series (15 Volumes)

This series presents fresh translations and modern expositions of all the books of the New Testament. Written by an international team of Catholic biblical scholars, it is intended for biblical professionals, graduate students, theologians, clergy, and religious educators. The volumes present basic introductory information and close exposition, with each author adopting a specific methodology while maintaining a focus on the issues raised by the New Testament compositions themselves.

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Catholic Study Bible Notes

These study notes have been completely rewritten. There are new and expanded essays (including ones treating Catholic traditions of biblical interpretation) and sidebars on special topics in the study materials and biblical text. The heart of the CSB’s ancillary materials is an extensive Reading Guide that leads the reader through the Scriptures, book-by-book. Also included are the complete lectionary readings (for Sundays, major holy days, and weekdays.)

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Jewish Resources

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Schocken Bible: The Five Books of Moses

A groundbreaking translation by Everett Fox with Introductions, Commentary, and Notes, published in 1995. "This translation is guided by the principle that the Hebrew Bible, like much of the literature of antiquity, was meant to be read aloud, and that consequently it must be translated with careful attention to rhythm and sound. The translation therefore tries to echo the Hebrew, and to lead the reader back to the sound structure and form of the original."

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Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture (3 Volumes)

The work of more than seventy contributing experts in a range of fields, Outside the Bible offers new insights into the development of Judaism and Early Christianity. This three-volume set of translations, introductions, and detailed commentaries is a must-have for scholars, students, and anyone interested in this great body of ancient Jewish writings.

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The Bible's Many Voices (Carasik)

Using historic, linguistic, anthropological, and theological sources, Carasik helps us distinguish between the Jewish Bible’s voices—the mythic, the historical, the prophetic, the theological, and the legal. By articulating the differences among these voices, he shows us not just their messages and meanings but also what mattered to the authors. In these contrasts we encounter the Bible anew as a living work whose many voices tell us about the world out of which the Bible grew—and the world that it created.

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JPS Tanakh with Strong's Numbers

A contemporary translation of the Hebrew Bible prepared by Jewish scholars. Copyright 1985. Now with added Strong's numbers to identify the Hebrew words and to search for them. This allows dynamic interlinear as well as cross-highlighting with the tagged Hebrew text.

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Study Bible Resources

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Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible Notes

The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible comes with thousands of study notes with integrated cross references, as well as introductions to each section and every book of the Bible. Since it is designed to be read with the classic King James Version of the Bible, explanation of difficult or outdated words are also integrated into the notes.

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Fire Bible: Notes of the Full Life Study Bible

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

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Thompson Chain Reference Bible Modules

This Thompson has over 100,000 links covering over 7,000 topics, over 8,000 Chain Topics, updated Archaeological Supplement with photos and maps, outline studies of each book of the Bible, journey maps and Bible harmonies, and a Biblical Atlas. Also includes Thompson Kids.

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NAVARRA

Spanish Navarra Bible with Notes

A Catholic translation of the Bible out of the original texts into Spanish (1997-2004). In the variant readings special attention is given to the text of the New Vulgate. The extensive Notes explain the text and pay attention to the spiritual and theological message of the Bible. They draw on a variety of sources: early Christian authors, Fathers of the Church, Church documents, and prominent spiritual writers.

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Starter Gift Accordance Gift Cards
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Not certain what to get? Accordance Gift Cards in any amount make the perfect gift for any current or new Accordance user. This season, give the gift that has lasting, even eternal value. Give the gift of Accordance Bible Software!

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Dec 3, 2018 Richard Mansfield

NEW! The Biblical Illustrator (56 Volumes)

Users have long requested the classic 56-volume Biblical Illustrator for Accordance. Well, now the wait is over, and we’re pleased to announce the release of the entire series, covering both Old and New Testament, complete in one Accordance module for ease of use and searching, available immediately.

What is The Biblical Illustrator? Well, imagine having a book of quotations, commentary, and Bible factbook all in one series. Imagine having a stellar lineup of contributors such as J. B. Lightfoot, Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, John Wesley, B. F. Westcott, and scores of other well-known biblical commenters from history. Imagine a series edited by Joseph Exell, the editor of the Pulpit Commentary series (which is actually shorter than this series!). If you can put all of those components together, you would have The Biblical Illustrator.

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The subtitle of The Biblical Illustrator says it all: “Anecdotes, Similes, Emblems, Illustrations, Expository, Scientific, Geographical, Historical, and Homiletic, Gathered from a Wide Range of Home and Foreign Literature, on the Verses of the Bible.” If you haven’t already guessed it, The Biblical Illustrator lives up to his name by delivering a treasure trove of content to preachers and teachers of the Bible for communicating the message of Scripture. This is the kind of resource you’ll want to put near the top of your Commentary folder in your Accordance Library so that it is always available in the Accordance Info Pane!

The Biblical Illustrator was designed not only for preachers and teachers but also for personal study. Another goal for the reader was simply an economic one: with so many excerpts available in The Biblical Illustrator, there was less need to purchase countless volumes of other titles for study. For the modern reader, The Biblical Illustrator this goal translates to “the best of the best” of the era from when it was written, saving one the hassle of having to plow through content in a myriad of other resources that may not be quite as relevant today.

The Biblical Illustrator works best in Accordance when used in parallel with a biblical text. Although it’s not a traditional commentary, it is set up like one. This allows you to quickly access its riches directly from the content you’re teaching, preaching, or studying. When set in a Zone in Accordance by itself, you can search for content by a variety of specific fields that our developers have carefully matched to the content of the Biblical Illustrator. Want to find quotes by a particular contributor? Use the Authors field to find all content by Charles Hodge, Adam Clark, St. Augustine, and others.

The Biblical Illustrator is no longer in print today, but when it was, it filled over 34,000 pages in 56 volumes. Having it in Accordance means you don’t have to find a used copy or travel to a library. In fact, we can even make corrections to errors in the original copy if anyone reports one. Although this series was written a century ago, it’s probably most accessible now in a digital form.

For a few days, you can add it to your Accordance Library at introductory discounted pricing.

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Nov 28, 2018 Ken Simpson

Have You Discovered the Accordance Exchange?

Ranges from AE Accordance Exchange Logo Hi from the Accordance Exchange!

I’ve been the Accordance Exchange administrator for the past six years. When I took the Exchange over, it was already a treasure trove of resources that our wonderful users had contributed for some years. It’s never had a big profile, but there are some resources there that are just gold in my opinion. This is the first in an ongoing focus on the best (in my opinion) and new modules on the Exchange.

There is one module that I recommend everyone at least have a look at. Search Ranges (v12) is a replacement for the stock standard Search Ranges file (for macOS and Windows versions of Accordance) that adds both a whole set of new Search Ranges, and also organisation to the Search Ranges menu.

As you can see from the image on the right (click/tap to enlarge), there are entries for every book of the Bible, as well as for the major sections of the Bible, including the traditional divisions of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh).

This can, of course, be added to; but we’ve done a lot of the work for you for most of the common ways someone might want to search the Bible text.

Most of our modules on the exchange are installed by simply double-clicking on the module once you have downloaded and unzipped it.

The search ranges are installed differently, though; and, of course, it’s different in macOS or Windows. The instructions (in brief) are on the Exchange, but I’ll run it through here as well.

In macOS open the User Library by clicking on the GO menu in the Finder while pressing option, and selecting Library. Open the Preferences folder and then the Accordance Preferences folder.

On a Windows computer, open your File Explorer and navigate to C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Local\Accordance\Accordance Preferences.

You’ll see the Search Ranges file there. Rename this file and then add the Search Ranges file from the Exchange to the folder. Next time you start Accordance, check the Range search criteria and there will be your ranges!

I hope you find this file helpful. We’d love to post your own user modules and workspaces and maybe even feature it in a future blog post! If you have any questions, just send them to [email protected].

 

Nov 27, 2018 Accordance Bible Software

Save on Hanukkah and Advent Resources! PLUS New Releases!

Hanukkah Advent

Next Sunday is a double celebration. The Jewish people begin the Festival of Lights—Hanukkah, the Dedication of the Temple, and many Christians will light the first Advent candle in preparation for Christmas. To assist in these celebrations, we are offering a number of Accordance resources for Jewish studies at significant discounts. Also, we are announcing the release of new Advent and preaching resources, all at introductory prices. We hope these resources will help you in your celebration of God's Light coming into the world!!

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts. Sale prices on all products end Monday, December 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.


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Connections: Year C, Volume 1 (Advent through Epiphany)

Designed to empower preachers as they lead their congregations to connect their lives to Scripture, Connections features a broad set of interpretive tools that provide commentary and worship aids on the Revised Common Lectionary.

For each worship day within the three-year lectionary cycle, the commentaries in Connections link the individual lection reading with Scripture as a whole as well as to the larger world. In addition, Connections places each Psalm reading in conversation with the other lections for the day to highlight the themes of the liturgical season. Finally, sidebars offer additional connections to Scripture for each Sunday or worship day.

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A Preacher's Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series: Thematic Plans for Years A-C

Preachers get the best of lectionary and topical series preaching with this comprehensive manual of sermon series ideas based on the Revised Common Lectionary. Designed to frame consecutive weeks of lectionary texts into seasonal and short-term series, a diverse group of twelve preachers outline multiple thematic series plans for each lectionary year. Each series plan provides a series overview, chart that outlines each segment of the series, tips and ideas, scriptural references, and a brief sermon starter. The series honors holy days and seasons and responds to typical patterns of church attendance, maximizing visitor retention and member engagement. Pastors can honor their commitment to lectionary preaching while taking advantage of the benefits series preaching can offer with this truly unique resource.

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God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas (Bonhoeffer)

These forty stirring devotions will guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Advent and Christmas, from waiting and mystery to redemption, incarnation, and joy. Supplemented by an informative introduction, short excerpts from Bonhoeffer's letters, and passages from Bonhoeffer's Christmas sermons, these daily reflections are timeless and moving reminders of the true meaning of Christmas.

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Celebrating Abundance: Devotions for Advent (Brueggemann)

This powerful devotional by best-selling author Walter Brueggemann includes daily reflections on the Scriptures and stories of Advent in order to invite us to see beyond the world's faux extravagance and realize the true feast laid out before us. Twelve prayers are also included for the twelve days of Christmas.

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Feasting on the Word Advent Companion

This volume in the Feasting on the Word series provides an alternative to strict lectionary use for Advent, with six thematically-designed services for the four Sundays in Advent as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The resources in this companion are a combination of material from existing Feasting on the Word volumes as well as newly written material. In keeping with other Feasting on the Word resources, the Advent Companion offers pastors focused resources for sermon preparation along with ready-to-use liturgies for a complete order of worship. All new material including hymn suggestions, Service of Hope and Healing, and children's sermon make this an invaluable resource for the Advent season.

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Feasting on the Word Series (Commentaries, Devotionals, Aids) (22 Volumes)

This bundle includes:

  • Feasting on the Word Commentary (12 Volumes)
  • Feasting on the Gospels (7 Volumes)
  • Daily Feast (3 Volumes)

Twenty-two volumes in total will help any pastor in developing and preparing sermons throughout the year. Each volume of the FotW Commentary Series contains an index of biblical passages so that non-lectionary preachers may make use of its contents. The Feasting on the Gospels set incorporates the Gospel passages that aren't included in the lectionary reading cycle and the Daily Feast is a daily devotional with excerpts from the regular FotW series as well as new material.

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Jewish Studies

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Jewish Study Bible Notes

The JSB presents the center of gravity of the Scriptures where Jews experience it--in Torah. It offers readers the fruits of various schools of Jewish traditions of biblical exegesis (rabbinic, medieval, mystical, etc.) and provides them with a wealth of ancillary materials that aid in bringing the ancient text to life. The nearly forty contributors to the work represent the cream of Jewish biblical scholarship from the world over.

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JPS Commentary Set (12 Volumes)

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

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

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Rabbinics Bundle (Release 3)

This package of Rabbinics study material can be added to any Accordance Collection. It contains all the Mishnaic, Talmudic, and Tannaitic modules currently available in Accordance. This package price represents a substantial discount over purchasing individual modules.

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This comprehensive and authoritative volume is the first reference work devoted exclusively to Second Temple Judaism. A striking and innovative project, it combines the best features of a survey and a reference work:

  • 13 major essays synthesizing significant aspects of Judaism in the period between Alexander the Great and the Bar Kokhba Revolt
  • 520 alphabetical entries, many with cross-references and all with select bibliographies
  • 130 illustrations, including photos, drawings, and plans
  • 24 maps
  • 270 authors from 20 countries

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.

Endorsement:
"For those who are interested in this particular subject area, this is a must-have resource." Robb Brunansky, Accordance User

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Nov 26, 2018 Timothy Jenney

Accordance 12.3 Overview (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #176)

 

 

Accordance 12.3 is a massive free update for owners of Accordance 12. It introduces a new feature, Text Browser, a host of improvements to other features, and a lot of under-the-hood tweaks and fixes. Join Dr. J as he surveys the most important of these advances.

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Nov 20, 2018 Richard Mansfield

Reviews on Recent Releases

Last week, we released a bevy of new titles for the Accordance Library. Today's the last day to get introductory pricing; and if you’re still undecided, here is some of the buzz around the web.

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Wes Allen: “Accordance Bible—Picture the New Testament”

“Picture the NT does something I thought impossible—it makes spending time on biblical genealogies interesting.”

Abram K-J: "Accordance’s Picture the NT: A PhotoCommentary of the New Testament"

"While you can search Accordance’s existing photo resources by Scripture reference already, this is their first graphics tool that is designed to specifically open parallel to your Bible, verse by verse. It’s organized, in other words, by canonical reference."


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Joel Watts: “REVIEW: @ACCORDANCEBIBLE’S “PSEUDO-CLEMENTINE HOMILIES (TAGGED GREEK, ENGLISH, AND NOTES)” #SBLAAR18”

“...for those studying early Christian history — for those studying views of Scripture… and indeed, those struggling with their own views...having this module is a necessity. Having it in Accordance makes it easy to read and to ponder in both English and the original Greek.”


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Joel Watts: “REVIEW: @ACCORDANCEBIBLE’S “DISCOVERING THE SEPTUAGINT: A GUIDED READER” #SBLAAR18”

“I knew soon or later a good electronic copy would come out that would allow me to experience the Reader in all of its glory, including taggings and easy look up. Behold, my patience has paid off.”

Brian Davidson: “Accordance Edition of Discovering the LXX”

"DLXX is a fantastic personal guide. It’s also ideal for anyone who has started down that path and turned back because of the strange sights and sounds found in Rahlfs’ big blue abyss."

Abram K-J: “Now Available in Accordance: Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader (Jobes)”

"Accordance takes an already good (and long-awaited) resource and significantly enhances its usability for readers of the Septuagint."


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Joel Watts: “REVIEW: @ACCORDANCEBIBLE’S LXX GÖTTINGEN: BIG 19 BUNDLE (34 BOOKS PLUS APPARATUS) #SBLAAR18”

"The Göttingen Septuagint on Accordance includes everything in the print edition — except the huge amount of space one needs to have it. Further, because it is highlighted/tagged and included the apparatus, serious — and the sometimes serious— students of the Church’s first bible can easily find what they need."

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Nov 20, 2018 Accordance Bible Software

Major Android Update to 1.3

While half our development staff are rushed off their feet at SBL, our Android team has been putting the finishing touches to the next release. Accordance Mobile for Android is now posted to the Google Play and Amazon AppStore and is also available for direct download.

We'll post more about this significant update, but here's a list of features and changes:

What's New

  • Support for all modules up to 12.2 (except for Quran).
  • A Quick Preferences dialog for quickly adjusting common settings and the new Night Mode option.
  • Expanded details in Instant Details (similar to the CMD toggle on desktop):
  • A spinning progress indicator is visible when fetching expanded instant details in the background.
  • Added a preference option to disable the expanded details (for slower devices).
  • A more immersive Reading Mode with fullscreen display and a thinner pane divider.
  • Amplify by Lexeme on Key Number texts in Instant Details.
  • A direct link to the Accordance Store from the app menu.
  • An internal web viewer.

Changes

  • See the current section title in reading mode for Tool modules.
  • A larger Instant Details panel to show more content.
  • See download progress in Easy Install.
  • Pinch-zoom in the internal image viewer.
  • Added a 'Search' option to the text selection popup bar.
  • Redesigned the top toolbar to always show a search box and determine which menu items to show based on available space.
  • Changed split-pane mode to use the previous orientation when returning to split-pane instead of always defaulting to vertical split.
  • Text selectors can now be dragged past one another seamlessly, reversing the direction of the selection (previously the start selector was prevented from being dragged beyond the end selector and vice versa).
  • Changed Flex Search option to persist instantly when toggled, even if a search is not run.
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Nov 7, 2018 Richard Mansfield

A Closer Look at Picture the New Testament (Accordance Exclusive)

 

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For the past decade or more, whenever I taught or preached the Bible, I incorporated visual images into Keynote or PowerPoint slides to illustrate what I was teaching. My method for finding appropriate images depended heavily on Accordance. Yes, I could always search the web, but with Accordance I was guaranteed to find images related to my passage or topic, and I knew that my license to use the software included permission to use any images in teaching or preaching contexts.

Up until this week, I would have used three steps to finding images in Accordance, usually in this order. First, I would use the Add Parallel button in an Accordance Search pane to place a highly visual commentary—usually the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary—side by side with my passage. This was always my first step because I was looking for images to specifically illustrate my passage. I often added the Bible Art module in parallel, too, in case a fine art image looked particularly striking. If this first step didn’t result in finding an appropriate image, in my second step, I would search for Scripture references and topics in a User Group made up of Accordance’s incredible PhotoGuides and PhotoMuseum. If I still didn’t find something at this point, my third step consisted of an image search in Accordance’s Research feature. The image search scans the captions of all graphic-rich resources.

My method described above always went in that order because I was moving from the easiest kind of image “hunt” to the more difficult as well as from the specific to going broad. As nice as the ZIBBCOT and ZIBBCNT were as resources for images to illustrate what I was teaching, I always wished there was a more direct way to access the PhotoGuide and PhotoMuseum. I wished that I could rearranged the content of these resources and place them in parallel with the Bible, so I could view the images and descriptions in a verse-by-verse context. I needed a photo commentary. Now, there’s a way to do just that.

Yesterday, we released Picture the NT: A PhotoCommentary on the New Testament. An Accordance exclusive, this commentary draws from our rich database of images found nowhere else. You can use Picture the NT for your own study, of course; but your Accordance license also allows you to use images in teaching and preaching settings (if you wish to use an image in a book you're writing or other commercial endeavor, you have to contact the copyright holder for that particular image).

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Click/tap the image above for a much larger view of Picture the NT in Accordance 12

You may have seen some of the photographs in Picture the NT before in our other exclusive Accordance image-rich titles, but there are also never-before-published images in this title. In fact, you’ll even see some of my photos from my trip to Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) earlier this year.

Picture the NT can be used by itself with full access to its own table of contents or in parallel to a biblical text. As an example of how to use the latter, let’s say you’re teaching from Acts 8, and you want to graphically illustrate the content of v. 1:

“And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.” (ESV).

I added bold text above to the words for which Picture the NT provides images. There is a photo of a life-size mosaic of the Apostle Paul (Saul) that I took at Chora Church earlier this year. For the mention of Jerusalem, there is a photograph of the modern city and another of a scale model depicting Jerusalem in New Testament times. The section on Judah features a map of the region and a recent photo of the hill country of Judah. For illustrating Samaria, you can choose from another map and three photos of the archaeological remains of a Samaritan village, including the remains of an ancient synagogue. For illustrating the apostles, you find a fresco of Jesus and the Apostles from the catacomb of St. Domatilla in Rome.

Check out Dr. J's Lighting the Lamp podcast covering Picture the NT!

Picture the NT is not just a bunch of photos organized by Bible verse. Dr. James F. Davis and others have provided commentary explaining the context of each verse as it relates to the provided images. Currently, Picture the NT covers all four Gospels, Acts, and 1-2 Peter. Once completed, it will contain over 1,000 distinct photographs. If you purchase today, upgrades will be free until all 27 books of the New Testament are covered.

Picture the New Testament
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Special Introductory pricing listed above is good through Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (11:59 PM EST). Cannot be combined with any other discounts.