“I always use the most updated version of Accordance. What I like? Fair pricing. Fairly simple to use with a little help from support. You can buy what you need and want. Better yet? While working on my Ph.D., it has helped tons! I have the Greek and Latin and Hebrew text in front of me all the time. The parsing is an excellent feature, especially since my primary goal is not to teach these languages, but to use them. I don't have to constantly review what I'm supposed to have memorized many, many years ago."
—Floyd Schneider, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Moody Bible Institute/Spokane, Washington
Construct Searches are a unique, Accordance-exclusive graphical interface for complex searches. Once we understand the concept, they are actually easier to use than regular searches! In podcast, Dr. J introduces this feature for those interested in searching Bibles and texts, including Greek and Hebrew grammatically-tagged texts. [Accordance 11.2: Intermediate]
See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!
Bible devotions are a great way to start the day. Some offer a nice reflective thought to orient one’s thoughts toward more spiritual matters in light of the day’s necessary routines. Sometimes, though, many devotional titles tend to fall a bit on the “lite” side. That is, while their content may be doctrinally sound, they might just leave the reader wishing for a bit more theological depth.
If you would like to take your devotions to the next level, consider joining J. D. Watson to explore a Hebrew or Greek word each day. In two volumes from AMG--A Word for the Day: Key Words from the New Testament and A Hebrew Word for the Day: Key Words from the Old Testament--Watson presents, for each day of the year, a brief word study on an original language term and then offers an application to help that particular Hebrew or Greek word become real for practical living. To aid reinforcement, related verses are listed for the reader's personal study.
Click/tap the image above to see a larger view of
A Hebrew Word for the Day: Key Words from the Old Testament
Hebrew and Greek words are transliterated making these resources available to anyone, even if you’ve never formally studied biblical languages. In most entries, the Strong’s number is referenced, hyperlinked to either AMG’s The Complete Word Study: Old Testament or The Complete Word Study: New Testament. If neither of these dictionaries are in your personal Accordance Library, you can use the Amplify function to launch the dictionary of your choice.
Click/tap the image above to see a larger view of
A Word for the Day: Key Words from the New Testament
Entries are meant to be read in order as later entries often build upon previous ones. While each title can be used as a standalone reference, either can be made the default Daily Reading in Accordance Preferences: Reading/Research. With either title as the default, clicking on the Daily Reading icon in the Accordance toolbar will launch the entry for the current date in one column with all related scripture references in a second one.
Entries go beyond surface-level discussion by addressing cultural meaning, biblical context and theological importance. Moreover, Watson regularly challenges the reader to reflect on his or her faith commitments in regard to the theme of particular entries. With the Accordance 11 note-taking features, users can take the next step by recording their personal responses and reflections to the word of the day entries.
Best of all, these two titles are extremely affordable. Both A Word for the Day: Key Words from the New Testament and A Hebrew Word for the Day: Key Words from the Old Testament lists for $12.90 each. That’s less than $26for 732 (Leap Year entries included!) devotionals with real depth and lasting impact.
Accordance users will want to know that Watson strongly prefers the King James Version over modern translations.
A Hebrew Word for the Day:
A Word for the Day:
When I took my Greek and Hebrew courses at seminary in the nineties, I went through lots of paper. I kept a notebook for the exercises at the end of every chapter, and I also painstakingly worked out my translations by hand in the more advanced classes. I believe I still have all that work packed away in a box somewhere. It’s too bad I can’t easily access it for review whenever I want.
Of course, people have different ways of studying. I certainly don’t discount the value of being disciplined to write things out by hand, especially practice writing Hebrew and Greek characters. Having said that, however, I am also glad that I have other options because of the power of Accordance.
One of the new features in Accordance 11 is the ability to take notes anywhere. Perhaps you’ve already enjoyed the freedom of adding your own notes to commentaries or theologies in addition to the biblical text. Have you ever thought about how this can be applied in Greek and Hebrew grammars?
There are actually two benefits for using biblical language grammars in Accordance. Some of printed grammars that still sit on my shelf are filled with my notes in the margins that came from the insights of my instructors. And yet margins are ultimately limited. Some of my notes went into notebooks, but that actually put these comments in two separate places. In Accordance you can take notes anywhere; so if your instructor is elaborating on a specific point in the grammar, you can click on the little pencil icon to the right of the text in Accordance and add your instructor’s comments or your own reflections.
More importantly, you can answer the exercises that are at the end of chapters in most grammars. Again, click on the pencil icon to the right of the text and add your answers to the questions and problems in the excercises. You can add your answers to the header above the entire exercise or each numbered exercise individually—whichever way works best for you.
And here’s a tip: copy the question or the text to be translated into your notes and add your answers underneath. This will be especially helpful if you need to export your work out of Accordance to turn in for a homework assignment.
This ability to add your own content to grammars currently works in Accordance 11 on Windows and Macintosh; it will eventually be added to Accordance Mobile. In the meantime, if you want to go with the tablet experience, consider using a Windows tablet that offers the best of both worlds (see our post with tips for using Accordance on Windows tablets for ideas on how to make this experience even better).
Not all Bible studies begin with a passage. Some start with a simple question, “What does the Bible say about ______?” Investigations of this kind are called “topical studies” and may well be the most popular kind of Bible study. Topical sermons are certainly a favorite among preachers. In this podcast Dr. J shows us how to study a topic using Accordance—and how to transform that study into three simple kinds of topical sermons.
Download Dr. J's Topical Study Template for Microsoft Word!
Go to our Lighting the Lamp page to see even more podcasts on how to use Accordance Bible Software.
Accordance users already familiar with quality Carta Jerusalem titles such as The Sacred Bridge will be pleased to see two new inscription-related titles added to the Accordance Library: The Raging Torrent and Echoes from the Past.
The Raging Torrent (translated and annotated by Mordechai Cogan) collects Assyrian and Babylonian historical inscriptions relating to Israel and its neighbors in biblical times. These inscriptions, composed in cuneiform script between the 9th and 6th centuries BCE, cast new light on many events mentioned in the Bible in greater detail (such as the conquest of Galilee by Tiglath-pileser, the fall of Samaria under Sargon II, or Sennacherib's campaign to Judah). The biblical text and the cuneiform inscriptions present the contrasting viewpoints of opponents at war, of conqueror, and conquered.
The inscriptions are presented here in a new English translation, and each is supplemented by an introduction describing the general background and by extensive explanatory notes and bibliographic references. The translations and annotations, by Prof. Mordechai Cogan of the Hebrew University, are accompanied by many helpful maps and illustrations. Bible students and scholars alike will benefit from the historical insight this work provides.
The Raging Torrent has been carefully analyzed by our developers and content has been tagged to allow for very specific research. Users can search this title by the follow fields: Titles, Texts, English Content, Hebrew Content, Arabic Content, Greek Content, Transliteration, Scripture, Bibliography, Image Captions and Page Numbers.
For even more information regarding this title, see this review by David Vanderhooft of Boston College.
The Raging Torrent
Echoes from the Past is a collection of inscriptions from the biblical period, in Hebrew and closely-related languages (Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite). It includes historical records and dedicatory inscriptions graven on stone, letters and administrative documents written on ostraca and papyri, weights and measures, and more. Each inscription is shown in photograph and facsimile, and the original text is presented alongside a vocalized Hebrew version and an English translation. A short introduction provides information on the inscription’s provenance and history, and the inscription’s content is discussed in detailed notes expounding its paleographic and linguistic features and its historical context and relation to the Bible; the notes are accompanied by a comprehensive bibliography.
Of particular note are inscriptions such as the inscription of the Meshaʿ Stela, the Siloam Inscription, and the Book of Balaam son of Beor, that feature events and people mentioned in the biblical texts; while many lesser-known texts give us valuable insight on the lives and mores of ordinary people in biblical times. This collection will thus be of great interest to anyone interested in the world of the Bible, whether from a linguistic, an epigraphic, a historical, an archeological, or a religious perspective.
Echoes from the Past was first published in Hebrew in 1992 as The Handbook of Hebrew Inscriptions (אסופת כתובות עבריות), and in 2005 in revised form as HaKetav VeHaMiḵtav (הכתב והמכתב), by Prof. Shmuel Aḥituv of the Ben-Gurion University, a leading Bible scholar and laureate of the 2015 Israel prize. The English translation, published in 2008, was made by Prof. Anson Rainey of Tel-Aviv University, a world-renowned authority on Semitic linguistics and historical geography of the biblical period.
Echoes from the Past has been carefully analyzed by our developers and content has been tagged to allow for very specific research. Users can search this title by the follow fields: Titles, Glossary Entries, Inscriptions Text, Inscriptions Translation, English Content, Hebrew Content, Arabic Content, Syriac Content, Greek Content, Transliteration, Scripture, Bibliography, Image Captions, and Page Numbers.
For even more information, see this review by Matthieu Richelle.
Echoes from the Past
Word studies are one of the core techniques for Bible study. In this podcast, Dr. J provides a simple, step-by-step process for discovering a word’s meaning: Identify, Investigate, and Evaluate. First, he shows us how to identify the original language word behind every word in a Bible translation. He then explains how everyone—those who read Hebrew and Greek and those who do not—can use Accordance to find the range of meaning(s) for every word in the Bible's original languages. Finally, the podcast explains how to pinpoint the precise meaning of a word as it is used in a specific verse.
We have a number of free Accordance Training Seminars coming up in January and February in Minnesota.
Friday, January 30, 2015
1 PM - 5 PM (Workshop)
Special Focus on Greek and Hebrew
Bethlehem College & Seminary
720 13th Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Eden Prairie, MN
Saturday, January 31, 2015
9 AM - 6 PM
Eden Prairie Assembly
16591 Duck Lake Trail
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Friday, February 6, 2015
9 AM - 6 PM
Fourth Baptist Church
900 Forestview Lane N.
Plymouth, MN 55441
Although the cost for these seminars is free, we do ask that you register ahead of time by emailing [email protected]
One more thing... Are you going to the Desiring God Conference, February 2-4? If so, come see us at Booth #34!