It seem like only yesterday--okay, technically, it was Monday--when we expanded the previously-titled New Testament Images Bundle to the Greek MSS Images by adding the LXX from Sinaiticus and 1 & 2 Clement from Alexandrinus.
With the ink seemingly still wet on the virtual vellum, we've turned around and added more content to the Greek MSS Images bundle at no additional charge. Now this set also includes the The Epistle of Barnabas and The Shepherd of Hermas from Sinaiticus. Moreover, external image links have been added to 1 & 2 Clement from Alexandrinus and the Greek New Testament from Codex Vaticanus.
For those who have purchased our Orthodox Greek New Testament Set, we have added an Introduction to the GNT-Family 35. This introduction offers background and explanation of distinctives of this particular Greek New Testament.
Finally, we have a major update to our in-house Outlines of the Bible Books. This title has long been a favorite of Accordance users for gaining a quick overview of the biblical material. The new update is a fairly massive overhaul that is more accurate, more focused and adds new sections and more consistent naming. The immediate benefit of the updated outlines will be seen in more detailed pericope headings at the top of the Info Pane.
All of this new and updated material comes in free upgrades to those who have already purchased these titles. Be certain to check both Easy Install and Content Updates to make certain you have everything up to date in your Accordance Library
If you're a preacher or teacher, your work is only half done when you've finished exegeting a passage. Next you face the daunting task of organizing what you've discovered into a meaningful sermon or lesson. Unfortunately, most commentaries focus on helping with the task of exegesis, but do little to help with the challenge of communication. The Exploring Commentary Series by John Phillips is different: it focuses on presenting the books it covers in a way that can be easily communicated with others.
First, Phillips organizes his commentaries around extensive alliterative outlines of each book. If your congregation expects you to alliterate every point and subpoint of your sermon, Phillips' outlines alone will be an enormous help. Here's an example of how Phillips outlines the book of Mark:
Even if you're not a big fan of such extensive use of alliteration, you'll likely find that Phillips' outlines help you divide a passage up into individual sermons or lessons, present the passage in a way your listeners can understand, and avoid getting side-tracked by minor points and rabbit trails.
In addition to his gift for outlining the books he covers, Phillips also has an engaging narrative style. He weaves helpful background information together with interesting stories and illustrations in a way that draws the reader into the text rather than taking the reader's focus off of the text.
For example, when commenting on Romans 1:20, Phillips quotes Longfellow to illustrate the power of nature to reveal God. He then follows it up with a quote by F. W. Boreham discussing the self-deception of the man who claims that "he does not need a church in order to worship. He finds God in nature." Boreham's point is that such a man finds God only in nature's beauty and must conveniently ignore its cruelty—a point which Phillips then goes on to illustrate with a poem by Robert Louis Stephenson. Phillips finally draws this discussion to a close in a way that clearly reinforces the message of Romans 1:20.
Phillips' commentaries read like the kinds of sermons and Bible lessons we would all like to hear. Preachers and teachers would do well to soak in the richness of Phillips' narrative style.
Phillips' Commentary consists of twenty-seven volumes covering Genesis, Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, Daniel, the Minor Prophets, and every book of the New Testament except Jude. It lists for $650.00, but you can pick it up for just $169.99 from now through April 3.
If you're looking for a commentary that can help you organize your material, craft better sermons and lessons, and illustrate them with engaging stories, you'll find Phillips Commentary to be an indispensable resource.