Accordance Blog
Apr 7, 2020 Accordance Bible Software

Holy Week: Reflection and Renewal

Holy Week

There are multiple sales events listed below. The ending date for each one is listed along with the other details for the specific sale.

 

Through May 4, 2020...
Make the Jump to Accordance 13 for only $24.90

13_Starter

This offer and pricing is good for ALL including:

  • New Users
  • Those Giving Accordance as a Gift
  • Those Upgrading from Accordance Lite
  • Those Upgrading from ANY Previous Version of Accordance
  • This offer is not retroactive and cannot be applied to previous purchases.

Any upgrade or new Basic Starter for only $24.90

Learn More

This offer is good through Monday, May 4, 2020 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


30% Off Eisenbrauns Publisher Specials
Good through May 4, 2020

Qumran Aramaic_120

Dictionary of Qumran Aramaic (Cook)

The Aramaic texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls are among the most important discoveries for the history of Aramaic and for the background of early Judaism and Christianity. They constitute a “missing link” between Biblical Aramaic and the later Aramaic of the targums and midrashic literature.

Now, for the first time, there is a comprehensive dictionary of all the Aramaic texts from the 11 Qumran caves, from a noted specialist in Qumran Aramaic.

Regular Price $49.90
Sale Price $34.90

Buy Now

waltke hebrew

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax

The 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. Extensive discussion and explanation of grammatical points help to sort out points blurred in introductory books. More than 3,500 Biblical Hebrew examples illustrate the points of grammar under discussion.

Regular Price $49.90
Sale Price $34.90

Buy Now

Futato Hebrew_120

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.

Regular Price $49.90
Sale Price $34.90

Buy Now

Manual of Ugaritic_120

A Manual of Ugaritic: Linguistic Studies inAncient West Semitic (Bordreuil, Pardee)

Pierre Bordreuil and Dennis Pardee are two of the best-known scholars doing research on the language and texts of the ancient city of Ugarit (modern Tell Ras Shamra). This grammar was first published in French in 2004 in two volumes; and it is now available in a corrected and updated version, in one volume, with significant enhancements.

Regular Price $49.90
Sale Price $34.90

Buy Now

Anderson-Forbes Grammar_120

Biblical Hebrew Grammar Visualized (Andersen, Forbes)

In Biblical Hebrew Grammar Visualized, Andersen and Forbes approach the grammar of Biblical Hebrew from the perspective of corpus linguistics. Their pictorial representations of the clauses making up the biblical texts show the grammatical functions (subject, object, and so on) and semantic roles (surrogate, time interval, and so on) of clausal constituents, as well as the grammatical relations that bind the constituents into coherent structures.

Regular Price $65.90
Sale Price $45.90

Buy Now

Tov-TCULXX_120

The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research (Tov)

This handbook provides a practical guide for the student and scholar alike who wishes to use the Septuagint (LXX) in the text-critical analysis of the Hebrew Bible. It does not serve as another theoretical introduction to the LXX, but it provides all the practical background information needed for the integration of the LXX in biblical studies.

Regular Price $42.90
Sale Price $29.90

Buy Now

Special pricing on these Eisenbrauns products is good through Monday, May 4, 2020 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Zondervan_042020

2-Week Publisher Offerings from Zondervan
Good through April 20, 2020

Save big on some of Zondervan's most popular commentaries and more:

  • Word Biblical Commentary (Save 52%)
  • NIV Application Commentary (Save 46%)
  • EBC Revised  and EBC (Save up to 45%)
  • Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the OT/NT (Save 46%)
  • Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (Save 48%)
  • Plus...8 New Volumes of the Counterpoints Series

See this blog for full details and savings.

Special pricing on Zondervan products is good through Monday, April 20, 2020 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Offerings from Jewish Publication Society
Reflection and Renewal Resources
Good through April 13, 2020

jps torah

JPS Torah Commentary (5 Volumes)

Regular Price $199
Sale Price $129

Buy Now

JPS Jonah_120

JPS Bible Commentary: Jonah

Regular Price $39.90
Sale Price $27.90

Buy Now

JPS Haftarot_120

JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot

Regular Price $39.90
Sale Price $27.90

Buy Now

JPS Haggadah_120

JPS Commentary on the Haggadah: Historical Introduction, Translation, and Commentary

Regular Price $39.90
Sale Price $27.90

Buy Now

JPS 4 Megillot_120

JPS Bible Commentary: The Megillot (4 Volumes) (The Song of Songs, Ruth, Ecclesiastes, Esther)

Regular Price $169
Sale Price $119

Buy Now

JPS 5-Commentary Set

JPS Commentary Set (12 Volumes)

Regular Price $399
Sale Price $249

Buy Now

Special pricing on JPS products is good through Monday, April 13, 2020 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Tags: No tags.

 

Apr 7, 2020 Accordance Bible Software

Zondervan Specials April 2020

Zondervan_042020

2-Week Publisher Offerings from Zondervan
Good through April 20, 2020

Sale prices of the products featured below are good through Monday, April 20, 2020 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


New Release #3 of Zondervan's Counterpoints Series –– 8 New Volumes

We are excited to announce the release of 8 new volumes of the popular Counterpoints Series from Zondervan. A total of 35 volumes are now available. Each of the 35 volumes are available individually or as a part of one of the three release bundles.

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.

See this summary article for more information on this series and a list of all individual titles.

Note: The individual volumes are not sale priced during this sale. However, use coupon code 3Views to get 10% off the purchase of three or more individual Counterpoints modules when purchased at the same time.

Views-Trinity_120

8 Volumes of the Zondervan Counterpoints Series (Release 3)

Regular Price $149
Sale Price $107

Buy Now

Views-Eternal Security

11 Volumes of the Zondervan Counterpoints Series (Release 2)

Regular Price $199
Sale Price $148

Buy Now

Views-Divorce-sm

16 Volumes of the Zondervan Counterpoints Series (Release 1)

Regular Price $299
Sale Price $223

Buy Now

Bundle Oval_120

Zondervan Counterpoints Series (35 Volumes)

Get all 35 volumes!!

Regular Price $639
Sale Price $477

Buy Now


More Zondervan Specials

WBC-Psalms-3

Word Biblical Commentary Old Testament (36 Volumes)

Regular Price $999
Sale Price $479

Buy Now

WBC-2Corinthians_120

Word Biblical Commentary New Testament (25 Volumes)

Regular Price $749
Sale Price $359

Buy Now

WBC_vols

Word Biblical Commentary Set (61 Volumes)

Regular Price $1,499
Sale Price $719

Buy Now

NIVAC-Psa v1_120

NIV Application Commentary Old Testament (22 Volumes)

Regular Price $639
Sale Price $329

Buy Now

NIVAC-Rom_120

NIV Application Commentary New Testament (20 Volumes)

Regular Price $499
Sale Price $269

Buy Now

EBC-R-sm

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

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

Regular Price $459
Sale Price $264

Buy Now

ebc

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.

Regular Price $399
Sale Price $219

Buy Now

ZECOT-Jonah_120

Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the OT/NT (14 Volumes)

The Zondervan Exegetical Commentary is a modern commentary series designed to help pastors and Bible teachers understand the biblical text in its original environment.

Old Testament volumes:

  • Ruth: The King is Coming (Daniel I. Block) (2015)
  • Obadiah: The Kingship Belongs to YHWH (Daniel I. Block) (2013)
  • Jonah: God’s Scandalous Mercy (Kevin J. Youngblood) (2013)

New Testament volumes:

  • Matthew by Grant R. Osborne (2010)
  • Mark by Mark L. Strauss (2014)
  • Luke by David E. Garland (2012)
  • John by Edward W. Klink III (2016)
  • Acts by Eckhard J. Schnabel (2012)
  • Galatians by Thomas R. Schreiner (2010)
  • Ephesians by Clinton R. Arnold (2010)
  • Colossians & Philemon by David W. Pao (2012)
  • 1-2 Thessalonians by Gary S. Shogren (2012)
  • James by Craig L. Blomberg and Mariam J. Kamell (2009)
  • 1, 2, 3 John by Karen H. Jobes (2014)

Regular Price $509
Sale Price $274

Buy Now

zeb_set.sm

Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible

The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible has been a classic Bible study resource for more than thirty years. Now thoroughly revised, this new five-volume edition provides up-to-date entries based on the latest scholarship. Beautiful full-color pictures supplement the text, which includes new articles in addition to thorough updates and improvements of existing topics. Different viewpoints of scholarship permit a well-rounded perspective on significant issues relating to doctrines, themes, and biblical interpretation.

Regular Price $259
Sale Price $134

Buy Now

Tags: No tags.

 

Apr 7, 2020 Accordance Bible Software

Eisenbrauns Publisher Specials

Eisenbrauns

Save 30% on Select Eisenbrauns Products
through Monday, May 4, 2020

Sale prices listed below are good through Monday, May 4, 2020 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Qumran Aramaic_120

Dictionary of Qumran Aramaic (Cook)

The Aramaic texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls are among the most important discoveries for the history of Aramaic and for the background of early Judaism and Christianity. They constitute a “missing link” between Biblical Aramaic and the later Aramaic of the targums and midrashic literature.

Now, for the first time, there is a comprehensive dictionary of all the Aramaic texts from the 11 Qumran caves, from a noted specialist in Qumran Aramaic.

Regular Price $49.90
Sale Price $34.90

Buy Now

waltke hebrew

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax

The 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. Extensive discussion and explanation of grammatical points help to sort out points blurred in introductory books. More than 3,500 Biblical Hebrew examples illustrate the points of grammar under discussion.

Regular Price $49.90
Sale Price $34.90

Buy Now

Futato Hebrew_120

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.

Regular Price $49.90
Sale Price $34.90

Buy Now

Manual of Ugaritic_120

A Manual of Ugaritic: Linguistic Studies inAncient West Semitic (Bordreuil, Pardee)

Pierre Bordreuil and Dennis Pardee are two of the best-known scholars doing research on the language and texts of the ancient city of Ugarit (modern Tell Ras Shamra). This grammar was first published in French in 2004 in two volumes; and it is now available in a corrected and updated version, in one volume, with significant enhancements.

Regular Price $49.90
Sale Price $34.90

Buy Now

Anderson-Forbes Grammar_120

Biblical Hebrew Grammar Visualized (Andersen, Forbes)

In Biblical Hebrew Grammar Visualized, Andersen and Forbes approach the grammar of Biblical Hebrew from the perspective of corpus linguistics. Their pictorial representations of the clauses making up the biblical texts show the grammatical functions (subject, object, and so on) and semantic roles (surrogate, time interval, and so on) of clausal constituents, as well as the grammatical relations that bind the constituents into coherent structures.

Regular Price $65.90
Sale Price $45.90

Buy Now

Tov-TCULXX_120

The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research (Tov)

This handbook provides a practical guide for the student and scholar alike who wishes to use the Septuagint (LXX) in the text-critical analysis of the Hebrew Bible. It does not serve as another theoretical introduction to the LXX, but it provides all the practical background information needed for the integration of the LXX in biblical studies.

Regular Price $42.90
Sale Price $29.90

Buy Now

Tags: No tags.

 

Apr 6, 2020 Richard Mansfield

One Day Only: eAcademy, April 14

 

eAcademy 2020.04.14 temp banner

We had such an incredible turnout for our March eAcademy that we're offering a special one-day eAcademy event to be held on April 14!

TITLE/THEME: “Power Searching and Extra-biblical Resources in Accordance!”

This Accordance eAcademy will offer live, web-based teaching on many extra-biblical resources found in Accordance including what they are and how to use them!  We’re also presenting training on how to study more effectively in Accordance using “Power Searches” to find what you are looking for more efficiently!

EVENT: Live web-based Accordance eAcademy event!

DATE: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

LOCATION: Live Webinars; all you need is internet access. (Attend from Home or Anywhere You are!)

COST: FREE!

SPECIALS: Affordable and Deeply Discounted Accordance Specialty Starters
for 1st timers, or Academic Purchase Programs for students.  Plus, savings on all of the recommended titles from the presenters.

TOPICS COVERED:

  • Find What You are Looking For --“Power Searching” in Accordance!

  • Targums? Talmud? What are the Hebrew resources in Accordance?

  • Using Accordance with the Church Fathers!

For more information, a list of presenters, and descriptions of topics, and to register, please see our April 2020 eAcademy page.

Registration is free, but space is limited, so sign up today!

 

Mar 31, 2020 Accordance Bible Software

Spectacular Spring Savings

Spring Savings

Sale prices good through Monday, April 6, 2020 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts. This Kregel sale has been extended through Monday, May 4, 2020 (11:59 PM EDT).


Kregel is Here 4 You with a 40% Off Publisher's Special!

KEL-Psalms_120

Kregel Exegetical Library (7 Volumes)

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

Volumes included in this module:

  • Exodus by Duane Garrett
    (Reg Price $42.90; Sale Price $25.90)
  • Judges and Ruth by Robert B. Chisholm Jr.
    (Reg Price $42.90; Sale Price $25.90)
  • 1-2 Chronicles by Eugene H. Merrill
    (Reg Price $42.90; Sale Price $25.90)
  • Psalms (3 Volumes) by Allen P. Ross
    (Reg Price $144; Sale Price $86.90)
  • Book of the Twelve by Michael Shepherd
    (Reg Price $38.90; Sale Price $23.40)

Regular Price $299
Sale Price $179 (Save 40%)

Buy Now

Learn More

HOTE-Pentateuch_120

Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis (6 Volumes)

The Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis series is designed to provide important background material for the interpretation of the Old Testament. The series provides a step-by-step approach that moves the reader from interpretation to communication. All explanations include examples in order to develop a students or pastors skills for accurate interpretation and convicting communication of God’s Word.

These volumes are included in this bundle:

Regular Price $124
Sale Price $74.90 (Save 40%)

Buy Now

Learn More

HNTE-Pauline_120

Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis (3 Volumes)

The Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis series is designed to provide important background material for the interpretation of the New Testament. The series provides a step-by-step approach that moves the reader from interpretation to communication. All explanations include examples in order to develop a students or pastors skills for accurate interpretation and convicting communication of God’s Word.

These volumes are included in this bundle:

Regular Price $69.90
Sale Price $41.90 (Save 40%)

Buy Now

Learn More

Chafer-cover-sm

Systematic Theology by Lewis S. Chafer

Includes the complete original 8-volume series. Chafer published his 8volume Systematic Theology in 1947, the culmination of 10 years of work. It was the first premillennial and dispensational systematic theology, and it soon became an influential, accessible, and widely accepted exposition of this school of teaching.

Regular Price $139
Sale Price $83.90 (Save 40%)

Buy Now

NT Authors_120

What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings

What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About is a fresh approach to understanding what is really important in the New Testament. This introductory survey concentrates on the most important themes of each book and letter in the New Testament. By asking what Matthew (or any other New Testament author) really cared about when he wrote, we discover what to pay attention to when we read, and why it makes a difference to us today.

Regular Price $24.90
Sale Price $14.90 (Save 40%)

Buy Now

Revisiting NT Corruption_120

Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament: Manuscript, Patristic, and Apocryphal Evidence

Bart Ehrman’s book The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture has received much attention since its publication nearly 2 decades ago. This book Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament is the first book to present essays which form a sound, scholarly, and powerful but collegial rejoinder to Ehrman’s thesis. It presents five essays in support of the authenticity and integrity of the Christian canon--and argues against both Ehrman’s methodology and his conclusions. Written by students mentored by editor Daniel Wallace.

Regular Price $23.90
Sale Price $14.90 (Save 38%)

Buy Now

Decker-Koine_120

Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers

Koine Greek Reader goes where other readers do not by providing graded readings from the New Testament, Septuagint, Apostolic Fathers, and early creeds. Its many features include four helpful vocabulary lists, numerous references to other resources, assorted translation helps, a review of basic grammar and syntax, and an introduction to BDAG.

Regular Price $24.90
Sale Price $14.90 (Save 40%)

Buy Now

AF Reader_120

A Reader's Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers

A tool that allows students of biblical Greek to read the writings of early Church fathers.

The apostolic fathers (late first century to mid second century) are early and important links to apostolic Christianity, although there is vigorous debate regarding their connection with the normative teachings of the primitive church.

This new reference work, designed to be used alongside Michael Holmes's third edition of the Apostolic Fathers, makes these vital writings more accessible by providing students with contextually sensitive glosses of words that occur fewer than thirty times in the New Testament.

Regular Price $34.90
Sale Price $19.90 (Save 43%)

Buy Now

Discovering LXX_120

Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader (Jobes)

Quick access to Septuagint vocabulary and syntax for students with two years of biblical Greek.

Interest in the Septuagint today continues to grow stronger. Despite that interest, students have lacked a guidebook to the text similar to the readers and handbooks that exist for the Greek New Testament. Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader fills that need. Created by an expert on the Septuagint, this groundbreaking resource draws on Jobes's experience as an educator in order to help upper–level college, seminary, and graduate students cultivate skill in reading the Greek Old Testament.

Regular Price $34.90
Sale Price $19.90 (Save 43%)

Buy Now

Readers GNT Lexicon_120

A New Reader's Lexicon of the Greek New Testament

Improving on earlier lexical works, A New Reader's Lexicon of the Greek New Testament incorporates all words that occur fewer than fifty times in the New Testament. In canonical order, it catalogs a word's frequency in each book, in each author's writings, and in the entire New Testament. References to rare or noteworthy word usages are included, allowing the reader to quickly identify words of special significance.

Regular Price $34.90
Sale Price $19.90 (Save 43%)

Buy Now

Comfort MSS Commentary_120

A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Text of the New Testament

Unlike any other commentary, this volume contains commentary on actual manuscripts rather than a single version of the Greek New Testament. There are nearly 6,000 existing manuscripts, and just as many textual variants, with thousands of manuscripts having been discovered since the time of the King James Version. This commentary is filled with notes on significant textual variants between these manuscripts.

Regular Price $34.90
Sale Price $19.90 (Save 43%)

Buy Now


Tags: No tags.

 

Mar 23, 2020 Richard Mansfield

Yes! We Are Open!

 

open for business

The worldwide COVID-19 crisis we all find ourselves in is unprecedented in our lifetime. In the midst of all the uncertainty, we just wanted to reassure you that we at Accordance are here and open for business. Having offices in central Florida (right in the hurricane zone) for over 25 years has taught us how to prepare and carry on during emergency situations.

So please don’t hesitate to call (407-339-5855), email, or chat (top right of page) with us just as you normally would. Our awesome customer service, sales, and support teams are ready to help you in any way we can. And rest assured, we are continuing to work with publishers to bring you the lowest prices possible on content for your Accordance Library, especially for those of you that might be under “stay-at-home” or “shelter-in-place” protocols.

And if you didn’t see it the other day, please check out “7 Strategies for Accordance Users during the COVID-19 Crisis.” Let us hear from you! If you find yourself with extra time, how are you spending it? How has Accordance been helpful to you during this time?

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.
Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!

(Psalm 27:13-14, NKJV)

 

Mar 16, 2020 Richard Mansfield

7 Strategies for Accordance Users during the COVID-19 Crisis

COVID-19

To the church at Ephesus, St. Paul wrote,

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
(Ephesians 5:15–16 NIV)

Perhaps if he were in our context today, Paul might also tell us to make the most of every opportunity because of the contagions that are surrounding us!

Due to Covid-19, our lives and social interactions with others are starting to come to a crawl if not an all-out standstill. While none of us asked for this kind of interruption in our lives, that doesn't mean we can’t put our extra time isolated from each other and in our homes to good use. And I don’t mean binge-watching Netflix or putting in extra hours playing on the Xbox.

Over a month ago, we received a note from an Accordance user in China where the coronavirus first began to get worldwide attention. He wrote the following:

My reliance on Accordance has just increased a whole new level with the outbreak of the virus in China. I am currently at home with my family, stockpiled food and not going outdoors. Sitting with Accordance in this current situation is a true blessing.

Anyone who knows me knows that I was an Accordance user long before I worked for the company. I’ve always been grateful for my digital library that can be accessed anywhere and at any time. That got me thinking this past weekend of all the ways we can make use of the “extra” time that none of us asked for.

Although I’m primarily focusing on ways that Accordance users can benefit from our software during this time, I’m not writing this as a sale piece. These are some suggestions for what we can do to make use of our time, primarily involving Accordance (since this is the Accordance blog), but a few other ideas, too. And we welcome your ideas in the comments.

So what can you do with your extra time? Here are a few ideas.

1. Pray.

Many of us often give the excuse that we don’t have enough time to pray, although we ought to be too busy not to pray, as the saying goes. Now many of us will have that additional time. We may have a list of sick friends and family that will keep growing over the coming days. We will pray for them as well as our own protection. We will pray for the doctors and scientists working on a vaccine and that one can be found as quickly as possible. We will pray for the medical staff taking care of those who are sick right now. We will pray for our clergy as they minister to their parishioners and congregants in this challenging time.

We can also pray the prayers given to believers by the Holy Spirit: the Psalms. This is the original prayer book, first to the Jews and then used by the Church. Pray through one psalm a day or find a plan for praying through the entire book in a week as many monks do. When we pray the Psalms, we should personalize the words to our own situations. Often someone will ask, “How do I personalize the imprecatory psalms? Normally, you can make the enemies of Israel into your own struggle or sin. In our current situation, we can pray that God will “break the teeth” (Psalm 3:7) of the coronavirus!

2. Read/Study the Bible.

There is so much that can be done here. We have lots of different reading plans in Accordance for reading through the Scriptures. Read through the Bible in a different translation or in an original language text if you’ve had studies in Greek or Hebrew. Spend more time in reflection of what you’ve read. Write your thoughts down in Accordance Notes or keep a separate handwritten journal. Work your way through a book of the Bible with a commentary or other reference book. If you’ve never read the Intertestamental writings, use the time to explore those. Even if you don’t consider them as canon, they were written by believers (like other books in your library that you read!) and are crucial for understanding the social context of the New Testament.

3. Learn or Brush Up a Biblical Language.

Many who study original languages in seminary gradually lose those skills over time. This is the perfect time to work through a Hebrew or Greek grammar. Or translate one or more verses a day, exploring in detail those portions that prove difficult. I often hear people who have never studied biblical languages say they would like to learn them. Learning Greek or Hebrew on one’s own is not easy, and I don’t normally recommend doing it outside a classroom setting, but many have learned on their own in the past, so it’s certainly possible.

When I was in seminary, I learned about a professor from a previous generation, who studied his New Testament Greek while in a prison camp. I can’t remember his name, and I can’t remember whether this was a WWII or Korean prison camp, but I’ll try to find out and update this post. Anyway, he had been carrying a Greek New Testament and A. T. Robertson’s big Greek grammar in his backpack. For whatever reason, his captors let him keep these two books. He later said that part of what kept him sane during his captivity was looking up every reference in Robertson’s grammar in his New Testament. Now, being confined for extra time to our homes is not anywhere near the difficulty of being in a prison camp, but that’s not to say that we can’t take on a large study project such as what I’ve described here to keep us focused.

4. Read that Book, Commentary, Journal You’ve Been Putting Off.

If you’re like me, between print and digital, you’ve probably got more books to read than you can realistically get to in your life. Sometimes I buy books thinking I’ll get to them later. Well, now it’s later, and you may finally have the time!

I would also like to point out that we often read reference works like commentaries incorrectly. When I was in college, I was asked to teach a Sunday School class, and this prompted me to purchase my first commentary. It was Judges and Ruth by Arthur E. Cundall and Leon Morris in the Tyndale series. Although I was only teaching Judges, I read both sections of the commentary from beginning to end, and found it quite rewarding! Later, when I went to seminary, I discovered that most people (unfortunately) don’t read commentaries this way. We often consult commentaries a section at a time. But doing so misses out on thematic arcs that are present in books of the Bible as wells as overarching points that a commentator is trying to make. Put your commentary and the biblical text side by side and study both books from beginning to end. Don’t skip the introduction in the commentary either because it sets the stage for everything coming afterwards.

And let me say that the above applies to more than just commentaries. Often journals have themes for individual issues. And if monographs are consulted only as reference, the reader is really missing out. Once I even heard of someone who had read the "Little Kittel" an article at a time devotionally and had eventually worked the entire way through the volume!

5. Transfer All Those Marginal Notes from Your Print Bible to Accordance.

I’ve done this before and found the process quite rewarding. For years, I prized wide-margin print Bibles for writing notes directly adjacent to the biblical text. But realistically, this is very limited because there’s only so much space in the widest margin of a Bible. Fortunately, Accordance provides virtually unlimited “margins” through the use of User Notes. And I’ve actually taken print Bibles and begun the process of retyping previously handwritten notes from a print Bible into Accordance User Notes. The process itself is quite rewarding because it allows re-reflection upon thoughts and insights that seemed important at one time. I’ve even discovered in some cases that I didn’t want to transfer a particular note to Accordance because perhaps I had changed my mind or what I once thought was important now seemed trivial.

6. Take Your Accordance Skills to the Next Level.

How many times have I heard, “I’m pretty sure I’m not using Accordance to its full potential.” If you find that you have some extra time over the next few weeks, check out our webinar schedule, watch some of the videos we’ve posted online, and work systematically through the new Tutorial system in Accordance 13. We’ve designed Accordance with the goal of making your study of the Scriptures more productive. The better you know the program, the better you will be able to engage in serious study of the Bible.

7. Spend Time with Your Loved Ones.

All this extra time to study the Bible will be wasted if you keep it to yourself. If others are present in your household, spend time in discussion instead of just watching the television together. Go on walks and say hello to your neighbors, even if you have to practice social distancing. If you live alone or far away from loved ones, call them on the phone or through video-chat—not just to check on them but to have the meaningful conversations we often had more of in the past before quick texts and social media memes became the norm.


I've often found that I can hear God's voice most clear in the times when I've slowed down--whether by purpose or circumstance. There are lots of opportunities for us to listen for Him now.

2020 will certainly be a year we will remember for the rest of our lives, but it doesn’t have to all be negative. We didn’t ask for this situation, but we can certainly do our best to make the most of the circumstances in which we’ve found ourselves, knowing that Someone greater is still in control.

The LORD is king,
He is robed in grandeur;
the LORD is robed,
He is girded with strength.
The world stands firm;
it cannot be shaken.

(Psalm 93:1, JPS)

What about you? What are your plans for extra time that you may now have? Leave your ideas in the comments—regardless of whether they have anything to do with Accordance or not!

 

Mar 13, 2020 Richard Mansfield

Register NOW for the Spring 2020 Accordance eAcademy

 

eAcademy 2020 banner

Last year we held our first-ever Accordance eAcademy. This was a series of online workshops—different from our regular weekly webinars—that featured a variety of presenters, including biblical studies authority, Craig Evans. This first eAcademy was so well-received that we’ve decided to make it a regular event. And we’re not even talking once a year, but multiple times throughout the year. And here’s the best part: our next eAcademy on March 24 & 25 is free! That’s right—there is no entrance fee this time around!

This year’s theme is “Students of the Word” and students is being used in the sense of anyone who studies the Scriptures. Our Spring eAcademy will feature guest speakers Dr. Roy Brown and Dr. H. Wayne House. With our guest presenters and others leading workshops, we have over eight sessions on a variety of topics covering all levels of Accordance proficiency. Attendees will have the ability to ask questions and get answers in real time from the presenters in these live presentations.

Want to see the full roster of speakers and subjects? Head over to our Accordance eAcademy 2020 webpage, and sign up for the sessions you want to attend. Remember registration is free, but space is limited. There are no overlapping sessions this time, so sign up for any and all of the workshops while there's still space!

eAcademy Register Now

 

Mar 4, 2020 Richard Mansfield

Accordance 13 Now Available in the App Store for macOS!

We’re pleased to announce that Accordance 13 is now available in the macOS App Store.

Now, to be clear, we still believe the best way to obtain Accordance 13 is to download it from our website. However, each year, thousands of new users discover Accordance because we include a special App Store version, too. And we recognize that some macOS users prefer to get most, if not all, of their apps through the App Store for security purposes. Having apps available from one source allows for quick setup on a new computer and updates in the background. App Store apps are also “sandboxed” from other applications.

Accordance 13 MAS

If you’re already using Accordance 13, this release of the App Store version doesn’t impact you. However, if you’re an Accordance App Store user and have been waiting patiently for version 13, now is the time to upgrade!

If you or someone you know is considering Accordance and prefers App Store installs, please help spread the word that version 13 is now available. New users will essentially download a copy of Accordance 13 Lite from the App Store, and we also offer in-app purchases to the full version of Accordance 13 Starter as well.

The release of v. 13 in the App Store is so new, we don’t have review yet, so if you use this version, please add your reviews so that others can download with confidence!

 

Feb 17, 2020 Richard Mansfield

NEW! A Continental Commentary (20 volumes)

Continental Commentary - 3D We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of A Continental Commentary (20 volumes) from Fortress Press for the Accordance Library.

This series consists of 19 volumes on the biblical text (16 Old Testament and 3 New Testament) and one volume serving as an extended excursus on the theology of the Psalms. A Continental Commentary stands out as a series that offers English translations of European (primarily French and German) commentators in English. However, Jacob Milgrom, who wrote the Leviticus volume is an Israeli American.

Volumes in A Continental Commentary are fairly technical, assuming a working knowledge of biblical languages; however, any highly-motivated reader with limited biblical language experience should be able to make use of them. The format of the volumes can roughly be compared to that of the Word Biblical Commentary with variations of the following structure in most volumes: bibliographies by section, author translations with extensive translation notes, analysis of passages, interpretation, summary, and history of influence.

Continental Commentary - win

Tap/click the image above for a larger view of A Continental Commentary in Accordance 13 for Windows.

Kraus Theology of the Psalms - iPad

Tap/click the image above for a larger view of Kraus' Theology of the Psalms in Accordance on the iPad.

A Continental Commentary boasts a wide variety of well-known (mostly) European scholarship. I’ve listed the volumes below along with links to reviews in Accordance journals.

  • Genesis 1-11 (Claus Westermann)

  • Genesis 12-36 (Claus Westermann)

  • Genesis 37-50 (Claus Westermann)

  • Leviticus (Jacob Milgrom)

Review by Robert B. Chisholm Jr., Bibliotheca Sacra

Review by Richard P. Belcher, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

  • Ruth (André LaCocque)

Review by N. Blake Hearson, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

  • 1 & 2 Kings (Volkmar Fritz)

Review by Claude F. Mariottini, Review & Expositor

  • Psalms 1-59 (Hans-Joachim Kraus)

  • Psalms 60-150 (Hans-Joachim Kraus)

  • Theology of the Psalms (Hans-Joachim Kraus)

  • Qoheleth (Norbert Lohfink)

Review by William D. Barrick, Master’s Seminary Journal

  • The Song of Songs (Othmar Keel)

Review by Bill T. Arnold, Ashland Theological Journal

Review by G. Lloyd Carr, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Summary by Mark Biddle, Review & Expositor

  • Isaiah 1-22 (Hans Wildberger)

  • Isaiah 13-27 (Hans Wildberger)

Review by John N. Oswalt, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

  • Isaiah 28-39 (Hans Wildberger)

  • Obadiah & Jonah (Hans Walter Wolff)

  • Micah (Hans Walter Wolff)

  • Haggai (Hans Walter Wolff)

  • Matthew 1-7 (Ulrich Luz)

  • Galatians (Dieter Lührmann)

Review by Moisés Silva, Westminster Theological Journal

  • The Revelation of John (Jürgen Roloff)

Currently, A Continental Commentary is only available as a set of 20 volumes. Introductory pricing is available for a limited time.

A Continental Commentary (20 Volumes)
List Price $895
Regular Price $599

Buy Now