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Feb 22, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Gary Springer (Scholarly Video Endorsement)

Before there was a native Windows version of Accordance, we offered the Mac version of Accordance through a Mac emulator. Gary Springer, an instructor and administrator of the Torah Resource Institute in Tacoma, Washington, has been using Accordance since those days! Hear Gary in his own words as describes how important Accordance is to him personally and professionally: “Accordance is the anchor for where I go to dig into the text, understand what the words are actually telling me—the language—and seek to apply that not only in my life but the life of my family and the students that I teach.”

 

Feb 21, 2017 Richard Mansfield

NEW! IVP Pocket Reference (15 volumes)

IVP Pocket Reference Series (15 volumes)

Pocket Greek iPhone Have you ever been guilty of not paying attention in class? You’re sitting in New Testament Greek, and the professor says something about emphatic negation subjunctives. Wait…what? Two minutes spent thinking about lunch and suddenly you’re behind in the class discussion!

Whether you’re a student, pastor, or even a professor (we won’t tell!), the kinds of situations like the one described above require quick access to reference tools provided like the IVP Pocket Reference Series. It doesn’t matter who you are—at some point, you need a quick definition for a biblical, theological or original language term.

Or sometimes, you need an overview of a particular topic. Need to brush up on the classic arguments for God? There’s a handbook for that. What about a theological movement or era of church history? Absolutely! In fact, if you need a refresher on 2,000 years of church history, you could brush up over the weekend.

Accordance users have had access to some of the IVP Pocket Reference Series for a while, but only now have we offered the entire 15-volume set. Every title is available individually or in a bundle of all 15 titles. 11 of these titles are pocket dictionaries containing succinct definitions over the following topics: Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion, Biblical Studies, Church History, North American Denominations, Ethics, Biblical Hebrew Terms, Biblical Greek Terms, Liturgy & Worship, New Religious Movements, Reformed Tradition, and Theological Terms. All together, these 11 volumes provide concise definitions for over 6,600 terms, right at your fingertips.

The other four volumes serve as concise overviews or handbooks for History of Theology, Christian Apologetics, Church History, and World Religions.

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These types of resources should not be mistaken as tools for in-depth study of any subject, but they are indispensable for quick reference or as a first stop for basic understanding before pursuing a subject more in-depth. I’ve used the pocket dictionaries many times over for finding a concise definition for use in teaching settings, especially if I’m using presentation software to supplement my lesson. Pastors and teachers in the church or the classroom will be able to use these resources to take often-difficult concepts and simplify them as understandable starting points of discussion.

Moreover, these titles are the perfect resources to have at the ready on your iPhone or iPad. Find the exact information in you need quickly and efficiently, no matter where you are!

Pocket Dictionaries Group Tip (1): Create a Research Group with the 11 Pocket Dictionaries. Search all these resources at once when you need to find a definition for a term of concept.

Tip (2): In Accordance Mobile, edit the order of your resources to place the IVP Pocket Reference Series near the top of its category. This way you can access these titles swiftly when you need quick information on a subject.

 


New IVP Bundles -- Biblical Information at Your Fingertips

This week, we’re delighted to present two terrific new IVP Bible and Theology bundles that are great resources to find specific biblical information quickly! The Pocket Reference series is decribed above, and the Foundations series is detailed below.

Sale prices listed below are good through February 27, 2017 (11:59 pm EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


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Eight New Pocket Titles! $9.90 Each

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IVP Foundations Bundle (9 volumes)

In addition to our previously-available IVP Pocket Reference titles, Accordance users have also long benefitted from our IVP Essential Reference Library. We are now rearranging our IVP bundles and replacing the Essential Reference Library with the new IVP Foundation Bundle, which consists of 9 volumes. If you already had the IVP Essential Reference Library or any individual titles in it, our Custom Upgrade ensures that you won’t pay for the same title twice when upgrading to the IVP Foundations Bundle.

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Old Testament Essentials: Creation, Conquest, Exile and Return

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Feb 19, 2017 David Sanford

Was Proverbs 31:10-31 Written for Women?

Only heaven knows how many articles, lectures, sermons, books, seminars, women’s Bible studies, and retreats have extolled the virtues of the Wonder Woman described in the last page of the book of Proverbs.

So, was Proverbs 31 originally written for women to read and study? The answer seems obvious. Yes. Of course. Who else would it have been written for?

A review of various volumes in my Accordance 12 Library offers two unexpected answers.

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The first surprise? This particular passage of Scripture doesn’t always appear at the end of Proverbs. Sometimes it appears six or eight chapters earlier.

The second surprise? Like the rest of Proverbs, it was originally written as a challenge to young men of standing within an ancient patriarchal kingdom.

Granted, it may be tempting for some younger men today to read Proverbs 31:10-31 rather flippantly — “Wow, if only I had a wife like this” — without stopping to notice what this passage says about the other main character, the Good Husband.

First, the Good Husband recognizes the true value of his wife as a person (31:10). He sees her as priceless. “She is far more precious than jewels.”

Second, the Good Husband believes in the great potential of his wife (31:11). He encourages her to be productive and fulfilled both in and out of the home. “The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain” (see also 31:12-25).

Third, the Good Husband realizes the importance of listening to and learning from the wisdom of his wife (31:26). “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue,” and her faithfulness is obvious to all within her large and prosperous household (31:27-28a).

Finally, the Good Husband praises the virtues and accomplishments of his wife (31:28b-29). He doesn’t flatter her, but praises his wife for her fear of God (31:30) and her successful endeavors (31:31). “Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”

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Feb 17, 2017 Timothy Jenney

Research & Research Analytics (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #152)

Research is Accordance's fastest, most comprehensive search of mutiple resources. It replaced the older Search All in Accordance 11. Now, in Accordance 12, it features its own set of Research Analytics. Research + Research Assistant is a powerful combination that allows us to dig deeper into our search results than ever before. It identifies relevant passages and resources quickly and easily. It’s like having our very own research assistant, available to do our bidding whenever and wherever we are.  [Accordance 12: Intermediate]

For related videos see the following:

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

 

Feb 15, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

H. Wayne House (Scholarly Video Endorsement)

Dr. Hershel Wayne House, a widely-published scholar and research professor at Faith Evangelical Seminary, is a long-time Accordance user. He says: “Accordance is the premier software for doing biblical research, in my opinion. There are a lot of great programs out there. Software is so important today. I can now do in a matter of seconds what could have taken me months to do at other points in my life… When you’re really going to study the Bible…the text itself, Accordance is at the top of the ladder… I tell every one of my students: you must have Accordance!”

 

Feb 13, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

The Bible in Feminist Perspective

Two new Accordance titles, published a century apart, offer perspectives on the Bible from a woman’s point of view that will be of interest to all.

Womens Commentary_120 Women's Bible Commentary (Third Edition)

This is a modern classic of biblical scholarship, written by some of the top feminist scholars in the field today. This 20th anniversary edition features brand-new or thoroughly revised essays to reflect newer thinking in feminist interpretation and hermeneutics.

The concluding page of commentary on Proverbs does a great job of showcasing the strengths of this volume.

Most women regard the “woman of substance” as a mixed blessing. Aspects of her depiction reinforce the values and customs of a patriarchal culture. The poet objectifies her, describing her as something to be found and purchased. She has a “price” higher than that of other expensive items, perhaps a reference to the value of her dowry or a bride-price paid by the groom to the bride’s family (31:10). And she is desirable for the “loot”—the imported delicacies, real estate, money, and status—she brings her husband (31:11–12). Moreover, she embodies not one woman but the desired aspects of many. The idealized portrait assumes, among other things, that the woman is heterosexual, married, and a mother. It is no wonder, then, that while some women say they know a “woman of substance,” far more consider her a “superwoman” — another unrealistic and dehumanizing depiction of women created to entice and promote the values of men.

Yet coupled with Proverbs 1–9 and its praise of personified wisdom, this celebration of a woman and her everyday enterprises — her so-called “women’s work” — envelops a book intended for men about living wisely in the everyday. Her attributes, commitments, and skills are its frame. What is more, because the woman is identified with wisdom and “fear of YHWH,” “women’s work” is set apart and named as the beginning, indeed the standard, of faithfulness. Whether bartering in the [p. 242] marketplaces, weaving, trading, feeding and clothing others, planting vineyards, mixing wine, or burning the midnight oil, the labor of women is here elevated, theologically legitimated, and claimed as the preferable means of moral and theological instruction of the whole community. It is nothing less than “God talk.”

Proverbs thus leaves us with another captivating and complex portrait of wisdom as a woman — one that would be reclaimed, repainted, and renamed by sages for generations to come.

Christine Roy Yoder, Proverbs, Women’s Bible Commentary; ed. Carol A. Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe, and Jacqueline E. Lapsley; 3rd ed. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012), 241-242.

Two closing essays look beyond the New Testament itself and provide much-needed correctives to traditional and very limited understandings of women and women’s roles within the Church during the first few centuries of the Common Era. Indeed,

Interpreting all the available evidence from Christian tradition throughout the Mediterranean world in which women are prophets, apostles, leaders, ascetics, martyrs, and scholars uncovers rich and varied pictures of women and men…

Deirdre Good, Beyond the Canon, Women’s Bible Commentary; ed. Carol A. Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe, and Jacqueline E. Lapsley; 3rd ed. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012), 639.

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Womans Bible_120 The Woman's Bible of 1895 and 1898

Written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a committee of 26 other suffragists, this book rejected many old cultural and religious teachings about women, starting with traditional understandings of Genesis 1 and 2. While never accepted by Bible scholars, the two-part commentary became an instant best-seller, much to the dismay of other leading suffragists. Its influence, however, continues to this day.

The closing paragraphs on the book of Proverbs do a good job of showcasing the style of this volume by authors other than Stanton.

Solomon’s idea of a wise woman, a good mother, a prudent wife, a saving housekeeper and a successful merchant, will be found in the foregoing texts, which every woman who reads should have printed, framed and hung up at her family altar. As Solomon had a thousand women in his household, he had great opportunity for the study of the characteristics of the sex, though one would naturally suppose that wise women, even in his day, preferred a larger sphere of action than within his palace walls. Solomon’s opinion of the sex in general is plainly expressed in the foregoing texts.

Solomon is supposed to have written his Song when he was young, Proverbs in middle life, and Ecclesiastes when he was old. He gave admirable rules for wisdom and virtue to all classes, to men, to women and to children, but failed to practice the lessons which he taught.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Part II. Joshua to Revelation, The Woman’s Bible; Accordance electronic ed. (Altamonte Springs: OakTree Software, 1898), paragraph 1891.

In an appendix, Stanton, who wrote the opening chapters of this controversial volume, and many other sections, concludes by reiterating her chief complaints about Christianity.

The real difficulty in woman’s case is that the whole foundation of the Christian religion rests on her temptation and man’s fall, hence the necessity of a Redeemer and a plan of salvation. As the chief cause of this dire calamity, woman’s degradation and subordination were made a necessity. If, however, we accept the Darwinian theory, that the race has been a gradual growth from the lower to a higher form of life, and that the story of the fall is a myth, we can exonerate the snake, emancipate the woman, and reconstruct a more rational religion for the nineteenth century, and thus escape all the perplexities of the Jewish mythology as of no more importance than those of the Greek, Persian and Egyptian.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Part II. Joshua to Revelation, The Woman’s Bible; Accordance electronic ed. (Altamonte Springs: OakTree Software, 1898), paragraph 2756.

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Feb 13, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Modern Issues with Marilyn McEntyre

McEntyre_Marilyn Marilyn McEntyre, Professor of Medical Humanities at UC Berkeley, has been described as caring “about connecting spirituality, politics, food, healthcare, care for the earth and its creatures, care for language and public discourse.”

McEntyre’s down-to-earth writing continues to win accolades. Her book What’s in a Phrase? won the 2015 Christianity Today Book Award in Spirituality. In her newest book, Word by Word, McEntyre invites men and women alike to remember the biblical and literary contexts of specific words, and make each a focus for prayer and meditation.

McEntyre offers comfort, solace, encouragement, strength, joy and peace to those who are losing a loved one in A Long Letting Go. She also offers comfort to individuals who face death in A Faithful Farewell, which is written in the first person with depth, brevity and grace.

Accordance’s fifth new book by Marilyn McEntyre, Caring for Words in a World of Lies, began as a lectureship at Princeton Theological Seminary in a presidential election year, was expanded into its present form, and then was published during the next presidential election year. After its sober opening essay, the remaining chapters revel in grace and reveal a deep love of right words rightly spoken, written, read, shared, and repeated yet again.

If you like one title by Marilyn McEntyre, odds are you will want all of them.

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Feb 12, 2017 David Sanford

How to Apply God's Word as You Read It

If anyone loves to study God's Word, it’s me. As a result, I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to serve as the executive editor of several Bibles published by Tyndale House, Zondervan, and Thomas Nelson.

Then again, my greatest delight still comes from reading Scripture. As you can imagine, I don’t read it passively. Instead, years ago I discovered three questions that transformed my Bible reading experience. I’m so thankful that Accordance Bible Software has given me the opportunity to share them with you. I hope they transform your Bible reading experience, as well.

To begin, I open up Accordance, type in the reference for my current Bible reading, click on the reference for each verse, click on User Notes, click on Edit User Note, and type my response to one of the three questions.

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The three questions are:

What Truths does this passage teach—and do I Affirm them?

What Commands does the Lord give us—and do I Obey them?

What Examples does Scripture present—and do I Heed them?

Truths to Affirm

Insight. Remarkably, you and I can read verse after verse in the Bible without ever stopping to ask, “Do I believe this?"

Samples. In Genesis chapter 1, verse 27, Scripture says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (ESV). In response to this verse I can affirm, “I believe every person is created in the image of God.” I also can affirm, “I believe I am created in the image of God.”

In 1 John 1:9 (ESV) we read, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” In response I can affirm: “I believe God forgives me when I confess my sins.”

Caveat. Not all truths are created equal. Scripture accurately records outright lies (e.g., Genesis 3:6), straightforward historical facts (2:14), insights about how life works (1:30), and divinely revealed truths (4:7). The Bible itself places the most value on the latter.

Commands to Obey

Insight. Incredibly, you and I can listen to Scripture, nod our heads, stand up, walk out the door, and never once stop to wonder, “What would God have me do in this situation?”

Samples. In Exodus 20:12—and again in Leviticus 19:3, Deuteronomy 5:16, Matthew 15:4, Mark 7:10, Luke 18:20, and Ephesians 6:2—God commands us to “Honor your father and mother.” In response I can ask: "How can I honor my parents in coming days?"

In 2 Peter 3:14 (ESV) we read, “Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.” In response I can ask: “How can I be more at peace with God today?"

Caveat. Not all commands are created equal. Some commands are perpetual (e.g., Exodus 20:12), other commands have clearly expired (12:3), and still others are for someone else—not for you and me (3:5).

Examples to Heed

Insight. It’s not enough to know the great stories about Noah and Sarah, Joshua and Deborah, Ruth and Absalom, Elijah and Esther, Daniel and Mary, Nicodemus and Cornelius, John Mark and Timothy. True, the biblical narratives are intriguing. But what lessons can we learn from each character’s faith and failings, victories and vices?

Experience truly is the best teacher—especially the experiences of others who have gone before us. So every time we read from God’s Word, we should seek to import lessons from the lives of both biblical scoundrels (1 Corinthians 10:1-13) and heroes of the faith (Hebrews 11:4-40).

Samples. In Leviticus 8:4 (ESV) we read, “And Moses did as the Lord commanded him, and the congregation was assembled at the entrance of the tent of meeting.” In response I can say, “Like Moses, I will do what the Lord commands.”

In 1 Peter 2:21 (ESV) we read: “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” In response I can say, “Like Jesus Christ, I am willing to suffer for doing right."

Caveat. Not all examples are created equal. Some examples are positive (e.g., Leviticus 8:4), some are negative (24:11), and some no longer apply today (10:19).

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Feb 9, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Improvements in Accordance 12.0.4 and Recent Updates

Accordance 12 Update Even before I worked for the company, I appreciated the Accordance developers’ practice of adding features to the program in the way of free updates. While most software companies require payment for new features, Accordance gets better with each incremental update, most of which are absolutely free! This is certainly true ofupdates to Accordance 12 since its release in November.

Paper and Stacks were two of the big new features in v. 12, and they continue to get attention through updates and new functionality. Look, for example, at all the recent improvements to the Paper feature in Accordance:

  • Non-hierarchical “text item” has been added for simple text purposes.
  • Option-dragging a Paper item now duplicates it.
  • Drag and drop of Paper items now have more destination choices.
  • Paper item justification now applies to all parts of an item.
  • Arrow keys now change the selected Paper item and can move its hierarchy.
  • Shift-Enter now makes a sub-item below the selected item

New features were added to Stacks in December.

In January, a new “Copy as Instant Details” feature was added, which is easier than holding the shift key to freeze Instant Details long enough to click on the copy button in the Instant Details window. In yesterday’s release, a preference was added so that tool panes would not be recycled when opened from the Info Pane (this was something I had requested).

As you can see, Accordance continues to improve, even in interim updates. Make certain you keep your Preferences set to automatically check for updates. Mine is set to “Daily,” but there are other options, too. If you have Accordance 12.0 through 12.0.3 and haven't done so already, you can get Accordance 12.0.4 for free by running “Check for App Update” on the Accordance menu on the Mac or the Utilities menu in Windows.

To see everything new since November, see our “New Features Since 12.0” page.

 

Feb 8, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Nancy Dawson (Accordance Author Profile)

We’re delighted to feature this video with Nancy S. Dawson. Dr. Dawson is a former science professor at Western Kentucky University and Texas A&M. She also is the author of Accordance’s popular new Genealogies of the Bible. She says: “There is a framework that Scripture is laid upon. That framework is God’s people… I was very interested in understanding those kinship groups, clans, tribal affiliations… I brought scientific rigor to this, and I hope it will be meaningful to you” as an Accordance user. After all, “God’s family is where he places himself.” For more information, please see our related blog post, Family Connections.