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Jun 15, 2018 Richard Mansfield

Update! Accordance 12.2.7 Arrives with BibleWorks-Friendly Features


Accordance 12.2.7 (Windows/Mac) delivers all-new features with BibleWorks users in mind, but we believe all Accordance users will appreciate them, too! Accordance Bible Software will now import BibleWorks notes, and the new Live Click feature will completely change the way you study the Bible!

Every feature shown in this fast-paced video is brand new to Accordance Bible Software. You may need to pause the video at times to take in the examples shown. In the coming weeks, we will go into much greater detail on each new feature in our Lighting the Lamp Podcast videos.

BibleWorks users, be certain to check out our BibleWorks Crossover Packages. Accordance Bible Software goes wherever you do because it runs on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. You can customize Accordance to your interests and specialities with an ever-growing library of add-on titles.

And we’re not done. We have MORE BibleWorks-friendly features still to come in future Accordance 12 updates.


Jun 11, 2018 Accordance Bible Software

Refresh Your Perspectives on Biblical Truths

Refresh Perspectives

When we think of our core beliefs, do we believe them because that’s what we were told by our parents, our pastor, or a well-liked teacher? Or have we developed our beliefs because we’ve studied the issues ourselves? Our beliefs—our faith itself—becomes real when we’ve wrestled with an issue, when we’ve examined the Scriptures and been willing to weigh differing points of view. That’s the approach of the Perspectives series, new this week for the Accordance Library. This multivolume work brings together leading scholars to debate some of the most challenging issues in biblical studies, theology, and pastoral ministry. Save with introductory pricing on the Perspectives Series and other theological titles to Refresh Your Perspectives on numerous biblical issues.

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts. The special offer on all products will end on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.

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B&H Academic "Perspectives" Series
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The multi-volume Perspectives series brings together leading scholars to debate some of the most challenging issues in biblical studies, theology, and pastoral ministry–from tithing to Christian worship, and from the doctrine of God to family ministry. The topics and perspectives of these contemporary issues are covered in a variety of open and honest biblical interpretative viewpoints. Discover what leading voices in the contemporary church are saying!

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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.

"This series in InterVarsity Press, New Studies in Biblical Theology, edited by D.A. Carson, offers a wealth of serious theological engagement and biblical faithfulness, and displays some of the best biblical theology in this generation. I secure and seek quickly to read every volume that comes out in this series." – R. Albert Mohler, Preaching, Spring 2017

Note: This product does not contain Volumes 11 or 39. Volumes included: 1-10, 12-38, 40-44.

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NACS Set NAC Studies in Bible & Theology (11 Volumes) 54% Off

The New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology (NACSBT) series for pastors, advanced Bible students, and other deeply committed laypersons addresses a range of compelling questions. Users will find this an excellent extension of the long-respected New American Commentary.

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The New American Commentary series is an exceptionally acclaimed resource for ministers and Bible students who want to understand and expound the Scriptures.

Notable features in each volume include:

  • Commentary based on the New International Version (NIV).
  • Sound scholarly methodology reflecting capable research in the original languages.
  • Interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book and Scripture as a whole.
  • Readable and applicable exposition.

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Boice Expositional Commentary (27 Volumes)

The Boice Commentary series combines careful scholarship and clear communication in a verse-by-verse and section by section reading of various biblical texts. This module contains 27 volumes covering 17 books of the Old Testament and 9 books of the New Testament with an additional, unique volume covering the Sermon on the Mount.

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Understanding the Bible Commentary (OT & NT) (36 Volumes)

The Understanding the Bible Series was previously published as the New International Biblical Commentary.

Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers.

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G. K. Beale Bundle of Three (3) Works

  • A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New
  • Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis and Interpretation
  • Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

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IVP Bible Dictionary Series (8 Volumes)

Individual titles included:

  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch
  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books
  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
  • Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd Edition)
  • Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
  • Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
  • Dictionary of New Testament Background

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IVP Theology Bundle (11 Volumes)

Contents include:

  • New Dictionary of Theology
  • Global Dictionary of Theology
  • The Theology of the Book of Isaiah (Goldingay)
  • The Indelible Image (Witherington) (2 Volumes)
  • A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology (Kapic)
  • Two works by N. T. Wright: Evil and the Justice of God, Justification: God's Plan & Paul's Vision
  • Four  (4) works by Roger Olson: The Story of Christian Theology, Arminian Theology, The Journey of Modern Theology, Mosaic of Christian Belief

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Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion (2 Volumes Translated by Ford Lewis Battles)

This is the definitive English-language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church. Under Dr. McNeill’s personal supervision labored a whole corps of expert Latinists and Calvin scholars. All previous editions – in Latin, French, German, and English – have been collated; references and notes have been verified, corrected, and expanded; and new bibliographies have been added.

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Jun 11, 2018 Richard Mansfield

New! Perspectives Series from B&H (14 volumes)

New for the Accordance Library, the 14-volume Perspectives series from B&H Publishing brings together leading scholars to debate some of the most challenging issues in biblical studies, theology, and pastoral ministry.

Click/tap on images below for a larger view of sample Perspectives content.

If you’re familiar with similar series, such as Counterpoints from Zondervan or Spectrum from IVP, then you already know the format. A debatable subject—usually doctrinal—or a difficult question is addressed by panel of experts on the subject. None of these experts exactly agree with one another, which is why these books are so interesting. Rather, each contributor represents a particular viewpoint or conviction.

On a theological subject like election, it’s very easy to narrow the debate to two sides: Calvinism vs. Arminianism. However, a discussion such as this one is much more interesting when it’s addressed from five different positions as in Perspectives on Election: Five Views. Or consider whether Christian worship is as simple as traditional vs. contemporary, or is the discussion nuanced enough to support multiple approaches?

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While the Perspectives series tackles a number of theological subjects such as the relationship between Israel and the church, election, and the atonement, a greater number of practical issues related to Christian living are covered, perhaps to a greater extent than the two other series mentioned above. Practical subjects include titles on Family ministry, tithing, the spiritual formation of children, and children’s education among others. Perhaps this greater emphasis on pragmatic issues is a reflection of the Perspectives series coming from a denominational publisher as opposed to similar series from other publishers.

Although the Perspectives series is published by B&H, a subsidiary of Lifeway, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, contributors are not limited strictly to Baptist thought. The writers in the series come from a variety of backgrounds, both inside and outside Baptist life--including other denominations--perhaps more reflective of the Evangelical world at large. Perspectives on Spirit Baptism may reflect the most diverse views of any title in the series. That particular title is the only installment including a non-Protestant author (the late Catholic author, Ralph Del Colle). Contributions from a greater Catholic or even Orthodox Christian presence may have been outside the goals set forth for the series, but readers should know going in that the perspectives—as varied as they are—are primarily Protestant.

Perspectives Family Ministry - iMac Personally, I’ve always enjoyed the friendly back and forth of these kinds of titles. Now and then, we have to ask ourselves why we believe what we believe. Do our core beliefs originate with our parents, because an influential teacher or pastor told us so, or have we taken the time to study the issues for ourselves? Have we been willing to hear other viewpoints? Have we looked at an issue from another perspective? The willingness to hear other sides on weighty issues will stretch us, and that’s healthy. If you’re up to the challenge, consider adding the Perspectives series to your Accordance Library.

The Perspectives series can be purchased in a 14-volume set or individually by title. A crossgrade from customers having already purchased the series on another Bible software platform is also available.

Use coupon code 3BHP for a 10% discount on 3+ individual volumes purchased in the same order.

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Jun 4, 2018 Accordance Bible Software

BibleWorks Crossover Packages

Accordance Bible Software runs natively on Windows, Macintosh, Android, and iOS.BW Crossover

We were saddened to hear late last week that BibleWorks will cease commercial operations on June 15. BibleWorks and Accordance were both launched in the early 1990s, and our companies have worked together on a number of projects over the years. We highly respect the ethical standards of BibleWorks, and consider the staff of BibleWorks our friends. Although there are many differences between BibleWorks and Accordance, both platforms have maintained a “Bible-focused” philosophy and approach in their respective software.

We were glad to hear that, for the sake of BibleWorks users, there will be an ongoing effort to ensure that the software remains viable in the future, even though it will no longer be available for purchase. Obviously, some BibleWorks users will simply want to continue using their software indefinitely. We certainly understand that.

However, many BibleWorks customers began contacting us last week as they weighed their options regarding Bible software for their personal and professional use. In response we have decided to put together a few special “Crossover” Packages specifically for BibleWorks users who wish to try out Accordance.

We want to make it clear up front that the BibleWorks Crossover Packages for Accordance are approximate representations in Accordance of many titles in the BibleWorks toolset. BibleWorks contains some titles not yet available in Accordance, just as there are many Accordance titles not available in BibleWorks. Nevertheless, these Crossover Packages are designed to offer as many of the equivalent tools as possible. Our goal is to keep BibleWorks users from missing a step in their study and work as they transition to Accordance.

We realize that BibleWorks users have already invested significant funds into their software, so we have worked diligently to craft several tiered packages at extreme discounts—enough to cover all applicable publisher royalties and the cost of processing orders. We have different tiers because we realize that many BibleWorks users never used all the resources available to them and might prefer to start with a basic package.

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Accordance 12 BibleWorks Crossover Basic Package for BW versions 8-10: $149

This package is offered to owners of BibleWorks 8-10 who are purchasing Accordance for the first time. The Basic package allows you to search and compare the grammatically tagged Biblical texts along with many English translations and tools including our interactive Atlas and Timeline.

Basic Package for BW Verions 8-10
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Crossover Price $149

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Please complete and email the Crossgrade form before placing your order.

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Accordance 12 BibleWorks Crossover Advanced add-on for BW versions 8-9: $149

Add-on to Crossover Basic Package.

This add-on to the Crossover Basic Package brings the user to the level of original language studies enjoyed by BibleWorks 8-9 users. It adds the tagged NA28 Greek New Testament, Rahlfs' LXX, Peshitta, Targums, and Vulgate as well as texts and translations of Apostolic Fathers (Baker edition), Josephus, Philo, and Pseudepigrapha. It also adds the NIV 2011, NKJV with Strong's, NLT-SE, and the Septuagint lexicon.

Advanced Add-on for BW Versions 8-9
List Value $1382
Crossover Price $149

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Accordance 12 BibleWorks Crossover Advanced add-on for BW version 10: $189

Add-on to Crossover Basic Package.

In addition to the modules in the Advanced add-on for versions 8-9, the version 10 package adds the Greek and Hebrew audio files and other newly added texts.

Advanced Add-on for BW Version 10
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Crossover Price $189

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We will miss the camaraderie of BibleWorks representatives at conferences throughout the year, and we certainly wish all of them well as they move on to new ministry opportunities and areas of service. Moreover, we would be honored if any BibleWorks users might consider Accordance for their future Bible software needs, and we hope our new BibleWorks Crossover Packages for Accordance can help make the transition as smooth as possible.


Jun 1, 2018 David Lang

Webinar: Preparing a Lesson with Accordance



In this previously recorded webinar, David Lang demonstrates how to prepare a Bible lesson using Accordance Bible Software.

Each week, we offer a number of free hour-long webinars on a variety of subject related to using Accordance Bible Software. Join in on a live demonstration regardless of whether you just want to check us out, or if you’re a new user wanting to get up to speed, or even if you’ve been using Accordance for a long time and want to take your Accordance skills to the next level.

Be certain check out upcoming webinars regularly on our webinar schedule page.


May 29, 2018 Richard Mansfield

NEW! New Studies in Biblical Theology (42 volumes)

We are pleased to release 42 volumes of the ongoing New Studies in Biblical Theology series from InterVarsity Press. Edited by D. A. Carson, these titles are now available for the Accordance Bible Software Library as a bundle or by individual title.

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Biblical vs Systematic Theology

What’s the difference between biblical theology and systematic theology? The IVP Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms is a good source for finding descriptions that distinguish between the two. I’ve added a screenshot above for you to read the full definitions of both disciplines. The definition for systematic theology has a key phrase: “an organized system of thought.” The definition for biblical theology describes it as a summary of “a biblical text or of a biblical author without imposing any modern categories of thought on the text.”

Think of it another way: systematic theology begins with just that—a system, and biblical thought is then organized according to that system. Biblical theology begins with describing what the Bible says without concern for systematic categories. Biblical theology can be referred to with subsets such as Old Testament Theology, New Testament Theology, Pauline Theology, Johannine Theology, or theology of Proverbs or Isaiah or Psalms, for instance. Biblical theology will often focus on specific topics or themes: the Holy Spirit in Ezekiel, grace in Deuteronomy, or eschatology in Mark. There’s an effort to make systematic theology avoid discrepancies or seeming contradictions. Biblical theology can sometimes be a bit more “messy.” There’s not as much interest for everything in biblical theology to fit into nice and neat categories. Biblical theology simply lets the data fall where it may.

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As mentioned earlier, the New Studies in Biblical Theology series (NSBT) is ongoing. The series began in the mid-90s and volumes are still being published. As stated in the series preface,

Contributions to the series focus on one or more of three areas: 1. the nature and status of biblical theology, including its relations with other disciplines (e.g.historical theology, exegesis, systematic theology, historical criticism, narrative theology); 2. the articulation and exposition of the structure of thought of a particular biblical writer or corpus; and 3. the delineation of a biblical theme across all or part of the biblical corpora.

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The volumes in the NSBT series are for those serious about studying biblical themes, but by design, they avoid being overly-technical. Biblical languages are transliterated, so previous study of Hebrew and/or Greek is not required but may be helpful at times.

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If you’ve been trying to come up with a list for your summer reading, the NSBT series is a great place to start. Purchase the volumes that interest you most, or add the entire series to your personal Accordance Library and read through them systematically—even if they aren’t systematic in their approach to theology!

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May 28, 2018 Timothy Jenney

Hebrew Text Criticism: A Case Study (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #165)



Hebrew text criticism requires working with texts in multiple languages. Fortunately, Accordance Bible Software and its extensive original language resources makes that task easier. Join Dr. J in this episode as he tackles the age-old problem of Deut 32:34-45. Does it prophesy a Day of Judgment, as the Samaritans argue? Or is it a more general promise that God will avenge his people, as found in the Massoretic text? The textual variants in these verses make all the difference.

Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp podcast!


May 25, 2018 Richard Mansfield

Updates to Accordance on Windows/Android/Mac + Privacy Policy

Accordance 12 Update

Accordance Mobile for Android v. 1.1.1

The big release came a couple of weeks ago with v. 1.1, which brought Instant Details, hyperlinks, and images to our Android version of Accordance. Version 1.1.1 offers a few bug fixes.

You can update through the Google Play Store or the Amazon Appstore for Android.

For more information see our Accordance Mobile for Android page.

Accordance 12.2.6 (Windows/Macintosh)

This newest Accordance release brought several bug fixes and improvements. None of these changes are major, but there are quite a few of them spread out across the interface. If you’re interested in perusing the list of changes, be certain to check out our New Features Since 12.0 page.

Updating to the newest version of Accordance 12 is easy! In the Windows version of Accordance, go to the Utilitiesmenu and choose Check for App Update. On the Mac, go to the Accordancemenu, and choose Check for App Update.

Accordance Privacy Policy

Accordance has always taken the privacy and protection of your personal information very seriously. In keeping with the requirements of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we have updated our Privacy Policy. Be certain to check our Online Privacy and Security page, and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


May 21, 2018 Abram Kielsmeier-Jones

Webinar: Accordance Sermon Preparation in Action



Join Pastor Abram Kielsmeier-Jones, in this previously-recorded webinar, as he walks you through the entire sermon process using Accordance from initial brainstorming to final preaching draft.

To take part in our multiple free webinar offerings throughout the week, please see our Accordance Webinars page. And to watch other previously-recorded sessions, check out our Webinar Archives.


May 18, 2018 Richard Mansfield

Upcoming Shows & Seminars in Chicago, Illinois & Sydney, Australia

This month, we've got both hemispheres covered with upcoming shows and seminars in both Chicago, Illinois and Sydney, Australia! And even better, the Training Seminars are all FREE!

NJ Training Seminar

Moody Pastors' Conference

Chicago, Illinois
May 21-24, 2018
Moody Bible Institute
820 N. LaSalle Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60610

You do not have to attend the conference to attend the training seminar.

Free Accordance Training

Chicago, Illinois
Friday, May 25, 2018
9 AM to 1 PM

Moody Bible Institute
820 N. LaSalle Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60610
Building: George Sweeting Center / Room: 218
Program Title: Accordance 12 — Basics and Surprises!

Please register for the seminar at [email protected]

Sydney, Australia

NSW, Australia, Sydney
Saturday 26 May 2018
9 AM to 1 PM

Summer Hill Anglican Church
Corner of Smith and Henson Street
Upper Meeting Room, Church Hall
Introduction and Basic Accordance Usage

Please register for the seminar at [email protected]


For other upcoming events, see our Seminars and Shows page.