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Nov 7, 2018 Richard Mansfield

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov 7, 2018 Richard Mansfield

Picture the New Testament (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #175)



Ever try to imagine what biblical times were like? Where Jesus walked around Galilee? Or how Paul traveled during his missionary journeys?  Accordance is pleased to introduce its newest visual resource, Picture the New Testament. The initial release covers the four Gospels, Acts, and 1-2 Peter. When it is complete, it will span the entire New Testament and include more than a thousand images. Organized canonically, this resource scrolls with our Bibles, offering photos, maps, and other visual illustrations to illuminate every passage. Articles include photos that illustrate the people, places, or objects mentioned in the passage; basic information about the topic; and hyperlinks to Accordance’s other visual resources (for more information and more photos!). This resource is perfect for the Bible study leader, pastor, or person for whom seeing something is every bit as important as reading about it.

Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!


Dec 9, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Make Time for the New Timeline!

In all the excitement over the major new features (Stacks, Papers, upgraded Analytics and more) in Accordance 12, you may have overlooked some of the other improvements such as the completely upgraded Timeline. Accordance users have long benefitted from the unique features of the fully customizable Accordance Timeline such as the ability to narrow the view to display regions, people, events, and books; choose between different chronology and dating schemes; and to customize the Timeline to include individuals and events not already in place.

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Click/tap the image above for a view of the newly-updated Accordance Timeline

With the release of Accordance 12, the Timeline received a major overhaul. The first change longtime users will notice is the completely overhauled design. The Timeline has been updated with a modern look that will not only benefit personal study but will look stunning when using this resource in teaching and preaching settings.

New persons and events have been added to the timeline incorporating information from the time beyond the New Testament. Follow the rise and fall of the Roman Empire as well as exploring events in the early centuries of the church. The limits of the Timeline have been expanded, too. Now the timeline reaches all the way to AD 2500, so prognosticate away if you’re so inclined!

Of course, the perfect companion to the Accordance Timeline is the Bible Times PhotoMuseum 2, released earlier this year (check out David Lang’s recent post, “PhotoMuseum 2: Must-Have Timeline Companion”). Double click on persons or events in the Timeline to open detailed articles offering background and archeological information on subjects. The PhotoMuseum has been expanded and now contains over 1,000 high-res photos—many of which you won’t find in any other collection, anywhere!

If you haven’t purchased the Accordance Timeline or upgraded to the Bible Times PhotoMuseum 2, what are you waiting for? These titles can be purchased individually or at greater value in one of our many Graphics Collections.


Mar 23, 2016 David Lang

Webinar: Using the Accordance Timeline

The Accordance Timeline allows you to explore the historical context of a person or event in the Bible. In this webinar, recorded on March 10, 2016, David Lang demonstrates how to navigate the Timeline, customize it to show the information you need, and even add your own timeline items.

Taking part in our free Accordance Webinars is easy. Check out our Webinars page for more information or to sign up. See you online!