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Sep 23, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

FREE UPDATE! Anchor Yale Bible Commentary - Judges 1-12

We just added Judges 1-12 as a free update to all who bought or upgraded to the OT set a few weeks ago, so we decided to offer the same amazing prices for one more week. Watch for the notice next Tuesday.

The critically acclaimed Anchor Yale Bible Commentary now includes

  • Joshua 1-12 by Thomas B. Dozeman (2015)
  • Judges 1-12 by Jack M. Sasson (2014)
  • Ruth by Jeremy Schipper (2016)
  • Revelation by Craig R. Koester (2015)

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Sep 23, 2016 David Sanford

Personal Libraries—Past, Present, and Future

[Editor’s Note: We recently welcomed David to our marketing team, and asked him to plunge right in writing a few blog posts as a newbie. This is the second in that series.]Bookshelf

Until age 52, I enjoyed a house full of bookshelves and untold thousands of books. This was true despite living in a variety of homes over the years. Before moving to home #11, though, a wild and almost exuberant question unexpectedly slipped from behind the curtains and took center stage in my mind.

Even today, I hesitate to write the question, let alone publish it: “Do I really want to keep lugging all of these books with me wherever I go for the next 52 years?”

This was no small question! Of course, the answer was obvious. Especially for someone who has spent his entire adult life in the book publishing world. First, as the conceptual designer and executive editor for study and specialty Bibles published by Zondervan, Tyndale, Nelson, and others. Second, as the author, co-author, editor, or executive editor for a number of Bible-related books. Third, as the editor of 100+ books. Fourth, as the literary agent for 300+ books. Fifth, as a contributor to or endorser of dozens of books. Sixth, as a judge for several regional and national book awards. Seventh, as an avid reader who writes notes in his favorite books and can’t stand to part with any.

Still, I was haunted: “Do I really want to keep lugging a ton of books wherever I go for the next 52 years?”

In the end, I gave away more than 95% of my personal library. Many of the books now reside at Africa College of Theology in Rwanda. Many more reside in other libraries, in the offices of pastors and youth pastors, and in the homes of many friends and family.

Fast-forward to a few days ago. I installed Accordance 11 and now have more books than ever--instantly accessible, instantly searchable, instantly informing me more accurately and thoroughly than any huge stack of printed books ever could.

This, I realized, is the amazing library I will take with me, wherever I go, for the rest of my life!


 

Sep 21, 2016 Helen Brown

Accordance 11.2.4 Released

Yes, it's just bug fixes, but for those Mac users who are upgrading now to macOS Sierra (10.12), it's very important. There was a crash when loading pictures in the beta version of that system which has not been fixed, so our developers provided a workaround. Everything else is working smoothly in Sierra.

Please see New Features Since 11 and Bug Fixes Since 11 for details of the fixes.

Use Check for App Update in your Utilities menu (Windows) or Accordance menu (Mac). If the item isn't there, you have the App Store version and will need to wait a little for the update.

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Sep 20, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

Sale: Harvest of NEW & Fruitful Resources

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Abundant Savings including 50% Off Introductory Special

Good books are like good seed yielding an abundant harvest that all may enjoy. This week's picks are a wholesome crop of popular, useful, and practical resources that have proven to be fruitful in ministry and biblical studies. An example is the 50% off Introductory Special for the Cornerstone Commentary from Tyndale with notable contributors such as Alan Ross, Philip Comfort, Tremper Longman III, Eugene H. Merrill, and more. What a great NEW work to gather into your library! We are also offering the incomparable Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible and Feasting on the Word Commentary, both of which were recently released and have been well received and appreciated. So enjoy this week's selections and save abundantly!

Special sale prices on the products listed below cannot be combined with other discounts and will end September 26, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EDT).


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Cornerstone Commentary:
OT & NT (20 Vols.)

The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary is an accessible, exegetical commentary based on the New Living Translation and focused on illuminating the meaning of the Bible. Covering the entire Bible in 12 Old Testament and 8 New Testament volumes, it provides up-to-date, evangelical scholarship. Each volume is designed to equip you with exegetical and theological knowledge, and to enable you to understand and apply God's Word. The message of each passage is clearly presented with an overview of other issues surrounding the text.

NOTE: The page numbers are being added to this title, and will be included in a free future update.

Crossgrade is available for this commentary series.

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An Abundant Yield of Fruitful Resources
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Feasting_12_120 Feasting on the Word Series: Complete 22-Volume Set

The Feasting on the Word Commentary aids clergy in developing and preparing sermons throughout the year in conjunction with the three-year lectionary cycle. While the twelve volumes of the series follow the pattern of the Revised Common Lectionary, each volume contains an index of biblical passages so that non-lectionary preachers may make use of its contents.

The free 2.0 update adds the Additional Essays on the lections that are not covered in the Feasting on the Word print volumes.

This set also includes the 7-volume Feasting on the Gospels, the Daily Feast meditations, as well as a compiled set of Scripture readings.

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POSB_set Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible:
Commentary and Outlines (44 Vols.)

The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible (POSB) provides preachers and teachers with everything they need to prepare their messages. The authors have placed verse-by-verse outlines alongside Scripture, followed by in-depth research. Expanded commentary includes material from hundreds of sources, as well as practical applications for each passage. Discussion boxes provide suggestions and information for deeper study. For pastors who are short on time, but don't want to cut corners on the quality of preparation, this is an excellent resource!

NOTE: This product does NOT currently contain Psalms Volume 3 (which has just been published). It will be included in a free future update once it is released.

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NT For Everyone For Everyone: The Complete New Testament Collection (18 Vols.)

N. T. "Tom" Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text.

Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion, with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today.

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OT For Everyone For Everyone: The Complete Old Testament Collection (17 Vols.)

John Goldingay, an internationally respected Old Testament scholar, authors this ambitious series, covering the entire Hebrew Bible, addressing the texts in such a way that even the most challenging passages are explained simply and concisely. Perfect for daily devotions, Sunday school prep, or brief visits with the Bible, the Old Testament for Everyone series is an excellent resource for the modern lay reader.

The free 2.0 update adds the promised two volumes for Lamentations/Ezekiel and Daniel/Twelve Prophets.

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BP-Trees, Plants, Flowers_120 Pictorial Library of Bible Lands:
Trees, Plants, and Flowers of the Holy Land

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Trees, Plants, and Flowers of the Holy Land is both beautiful and informative and includes more than 1,550 high-resolution photographs of fruit trees, field crops, wild herbs, forest trees and shrubs, plants by rivers and marshes, plants of the wilderness, thorns and thistles, drugs and spices, incense and perfume, and flowers of the field.

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BP-Cultural Images Pictorial Library of Bible Lands:
Cultural Images of the Holy Land

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The Cultural Images of the Holy Land includes more than 1,050 high-resolution images. Photographs are included of harvests, fauna, shepherds, sheep shearing, pottery making, Samaritan Passover, Jewish holidays, Christian holidays, weddings, scribes, and Bedouin tents.

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Sep 19, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

UPDATE: Feasting Commentary Expanded

Feasting on the Word cover with drop shadowWe are happy to announce a free update to the Feasting on the Word Commentary series. The update adds 143 Additional Essays on the lections that are not covered in the Feasting on the Word print volumes, integrated into each year as appropriate. We are confident that this Accordance version of the Commentary is now the most complete and accurate available.

To get the latest update, Check for Content Updates.

For more information, see an earlier blog post about this series.

 

Feasting on the Word, the Gospels, and Devotionals
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Sep 19, 2016 David Sanford

New Cornerstone Commentary

[Editor’s Note: We just welcomed David to our marketing team, and asked him to plunge right in with a blog post as a newbie.]

Cornerstone_Gen Today I installed Accordance 11 Essential Collection, and the complete Cornerstone Biblical Commentary by Philip W. Comfort, General Editor (Tyndale House Publishers). This acclaimed 20-volume set, based on the New Living Translation, retails in print for $666.80, but is available from Accordance Bible Software for only $199 (introductory price, regularly $399).

As a brand-new Accordance user, I decided to see what Cornerstone has to say about Scripture passages featuring Jewish women in three very different conditions: esteemed, scandalized, and abhorred.

First, George M. Schwab (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) writes about the esteemed (virtuous) woman, who is misunderstood by many contemporary Bible readers. After the full text of Proverbs 31:10-31, Schwab presents 45 detailed Notes. Each Note addresses a specific word or phrase in this famous passage, which I already had studied at length, but now understand in important new ways.

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Best of all? Schwab’s Commentary. It is not enough to know a plethora of fascinating facts. Schwab offers substantive meaning to each aspect of this acrostic poem, including its different placement within the Septuagint and Masoretic manuscript traditions. This latter discussion finally answers two burning questions I have had for years. This within 20 minutes of downloading. Amazing!

Second, Grant Osborne (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) writes about the scandalized (adulterous) woman, who is dragged before Jesus as he teaches in the Temple early one morning. After the full text of John 7:55 – John 8:11, Osborne presents a single very detailed and lengthy Note about this excursus. It is not enough to know that most ancient Greek manuscripts do not include this riveting narrative. Osborne lays out the evidence and convincingly offers two important conclusions.

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In his Commentary, Osborne begins by asking and answering the pressing question: How does one teach or preach on a text that very well may be true, but almost certainly is not canonical? He then unpacks the narrative’s setting, context, and timing (the woman probably was detained overnight, which only intensifies her plight).

Osborne goes on to analyze the motives and misstatements of her accusers, describes what Jesus does and suggests why he does so, and summarizes a range of scholarly theories about what he writes in the dust. Osborne concludes by unpacking what Jesus means (and does not mean) when he speaks to the woman herself in this passage’s last two verses.

Third, Allison A. Trites (D. Phil., Oxford University) writes about the abhorred (deformed) woman, who was perpetually doubled over, suffering excruciating pain for 18 years. After the full text for Luke 13:10-17, Trites presents three detailed Notes. Each Note helps the reader see this particular passage within the broader scope of the four gospels.

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Then Trites offers his Commentary. The first and larger paragraph sheds light on the five distinct features of this narrative, which appears only in Luke’s gospel. By the end, I could almost see Jesus touching the poor woman’s back, healing her, bringing her to an upright position, and honoring her before all who were present. If I had not been inspired and deeply moved by this biblical passage before, I certainly am now.

So far, I have read what this 20-volume set says about only 40 of the 31,180 verses from Genesis to Revelation in the NLT. Then again, I am hooked and plan to use it frequently from here on out. My writing, teaching, and preaching will never be the same.

Again, the complete 20-volume Cornerstone Biblical Commentary retails in print for $666.80, but is available from Accordance for only $199 through Monday, Sept. 26, 11:59 PM (EDT).

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The above introductory special is good through Monday, September 26, 2016 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


 

Sep 16, 2016 David Lang

Accordance Mobile 2.4 is Here!

Accordance Mobile 2.4 is now available from the App Store! This release adds support for Dynamic Interlinears, Liturgical Devotionals, and much more.

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Here are some highlights of the Accordance 2.4 update:

  • Dynamic Interlinear
  • Devotional Support for Liturgical Tools
  • Enhanced Picture Views
  • Hypertext Settings for Tools
  • Download and Store Improvements
  • Performance Enhancements
  • Bug Fixes

For more information, be certain to check out the New Features in Accordance Mobile 2.4 webpage and a list of updates other features in v. 2.x.

If you've not discovered Accordance Mobile yet, click on the icon below to download your free copy. Fill out the registration form after downloading and receive a free Accordance Mobile Starter Collection.

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Sep 13, 2016 David Lang

Resources You'll Only Find in Accordance

Squared Accordance 11 logo Here at Accordance, we love to talk about the unique things the Accordance application can do: powerful search features like the INFER command, the unparalleled flexibility of the Atlas, the graphical elegance of the Construct window, etc. We don't often focus on the resources that are unique to Accordance: that is, the books and databases you can only get from us.

One reason for that is that in the early days of Bible software, many Bible programs competed on the basis of the books they included rather than on the features they offered. Users who wanted a particular commentary might have to buy Program A in order to get it, but then they would have to do without a popular Bible dictionary, because it was exclusively available for Program B. In such an environment, the "best" Bible programs were not the ones with the best interface or search engine, but the ones who could negotiate and secure the most licenses from book publishers.

While all that was going on, Accordance was quietly pioneering unique features and powerful capabilities that had never before been seen in Bible software. We therefore naturally preferred to talk about our software engine rather than the books we had licensed. Ironically, because we started out exclusively on the Mac, we were able to license resources from a wide variety of publishers who had licensed their resources exclusively to one program or another on the Windows side. Consequently, we were able to offer that commentary you could only get with Windows Program A and that dictionary you could only get with Windows Program B.

Thankfully, book publishers now tend to license their books to multiple Bible software developers, so users are more free to pick the program which best meets their needs rather than the one with the particular books they need.

Nevertheless, there are still some resources which are exclusive to Accordance, either because we created them ourselves, or because we have cultivated relationships with publishers who for whatever reason have not yet licensed their books for use with any other Bible software.

Why should you care about these resources which are "exclusive" to Accordance? Simply because they are some of the coolest resources we offer. Look through the list below and you'll find resources with stunning visuals, cutting-edge scholarship, unique perspectives, and even one that takes advantage of a special feature of the Accordance application.

This week only, we're offering amazing deals on all these Accordance "exclusives." Get them, and you'll be amazed at how they can help you in your study of the Bible. Oh, and your friends will be amazed when you show them one more way that the grass really is greener on the Accordance side!

For even more information, see this Sale Announcement.

 

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Bible Lands PhotoGuide Version 4

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Bible Times PhotoMuseum

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100 Archaeological Sites and Biblical Landscapes in Israel

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Insightful Studies in the Hebrew Bible

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The Commentators' Bible (4 Volumes)

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The Torah: A Modern Commentary

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The Bible's Many Voices (Carasik)

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Carta! A Masterpiece of Biblical Scholarship, Art, and Information

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Carta "Understanding" Series (6 volumes)

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The Sacred Bridge (Second Emended and Enhanced Edition)

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Echoes from the Past: Hebrew and Cognate Inscriptions from the Biblical Period

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The Raging Torrent: Historical Inscriptions from Assyria and Babylonia Relating to Ancient Israel

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Getting into the Text with Highly Esteemed Works and Scholars!

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Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible (3rd Edition) (Tov)

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

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Sep 3, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

Zondervan 6 at 60% Off Sale!

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Accordance provides great tools that help you to connect to the important truths of the Bible in your preaching, in your individual Bible study, and in your daily living. For a limited time, we are offering unheard-of pricing on six popular Zondervan titles. Now through Friday, September 16, 2016, we are partnering with Zondervan to bring to you incredible savings on a selection of bestselling reference resources in Accordance! For this limited time, you can get these reference tools at over 60% off! Don’t miss these great deals. Take advantage of them while there is time; you will be glad you did.

The incredible special prices listed below are good through Friday, September 16, 2016 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

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NIV Application Commentary - New Testament (20 volumes)

This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our present-day context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully into our lives today.

Many commentaries focus only on linguistic or cultural data, ignoring any thought of personal application, or at the very least leaving the “What does this mean in today’s world and to me” questions to the reader. On the other hand, there are some popular-level commentaries that are so focused on application that they ignore the historical context of the biblical writings and deliver little more than devotional thoughts. The NIV Application Commentary is designed to bring both of these pursuits together in one series of books.

The 20 volumes contained in this product cover the entire New Testament.

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NIDOTTE

New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (5 volumes)

Consisting of 5 volumes edited by Willem VanGemeren, NIDOTTE is indispensable for helping pastors, students, scholars, and serious laypersons grasp the full riches of the Bible. Thousands of entries deepen your understanding of the context and meanings of words and concepts in the Old Testament and their relationship to words in the New Testament.

The dictionary contains four distinct parts:

  1. The Guide to Old Testament Theology and Exegesis
  2. Some three thousand lexical and topical entries
  3. An integrative cross-reference system
  4. Extensive and useful indexes.

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NIDNTTE

New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (5 volumes)

A standard and widely-used reference work for nearly 40 years, the NIDNTT has been thoroughly revised and updated to aid today’s pastors, students, scholars, and teachers in their study of the New Testament.

The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis offers a wealth of background and information on the meaning of Greek words in the New Testament as well as related usage in classical Greek sources, the Septuagint, Jewish literature, and more.

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ZEB

Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (5 volumes)

Perhaps you are a longtime user of the now classic Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible. Did you know it has been thoroughly revised and improved?

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.

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Zondervan Atlas

Zondervan Atlas of the Bible

Here is another fantastic update to an established reference work. This major revision of the Gold Medallion Award-winning Zondervan NIV Atlas of the Bible is a visual feast that will help you experience the geography and history of Scripture with unprecedented clarity.

Throughout the Atlas, innovative graphics, chronological charts, and over one hundred specially selected images help illuminate the geographical and historical context of biblical events. The atlas has two primary sections. The first covers the general region of the Middle East to give context to the next section, a thorough exploration of biblical geography from Eden to the Seven Churches of Revelation.

The Zondervan Atlas of the Bible is destined to become a favorite guide to biblical geography for students of the Bible. This accessible and complete resource will assist you as you enter into the world of the Bible as never before.

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Mounce Expository

Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words

The Vine’s of the 21st century!

Edited by William Mounce, author of the best-selling biblical Greek textbook, this volume draws on world-class contemporary scholarship to set a new standard in biblical word studies. No knowledge of Greek or Hebrew is required. Perfect for busy pastors and anyone who wants to better understand God’s Word.

What makes Mounce’s superior to Vine’s?

  • The most accurate, in-depth definitions based on the best of modern evangelical scholarship
  • Both Greek and Hebrew words are found under each English entry (Vine’s separates them)
  • Employs both Strong’s and G/K numbering

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Sep 2, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

Goldingay Update

OT For Everyone The Old Testament For Everyone (17 Volumes) (Goldingay) is now truly 17 volumes. We just added Lamentations-Ezekiel (vol. 16) and Daniel-Malachi (vol. 17) which completes the set.

Please see this blog post for fuller details on this remarkable commentary.

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