I hate to be a sour note in a rather happy place, but I am stuck in frustration trying to use Accordance.
I devoted the whole friday (until 4am this morning) to learn Accordance. I watched many of Dr. J podcasts and re-watched some of the webinars. Got really excited to sink my teeth using Accordance. Opened Accordance and decided to put into practice what I have learnt.
Open a Bible in Genesis 1. Great. started reading. Great. So far so good. To put into practice what I learned I chose to check out the word "God".
First thing I did was to command+click and waited few seconds to get Instant Display shows me the entry about God from the IVP New Bible Dictionary. Good that is what I want.
Now I want to open the IVP New Bible Dictionary but cannot find any way to select from the Instant Display to open the New Bible Dictionary to read more. Bummer.
Wait, what about triple clicking the word... Ok. did it. But wait... not the IVP New Bible Dictionary but the Hebrew Dictionary. Not what I wanted. Next...
I select the word God again and right click. Good, I see a Look Up option and the Dictionary is there. Click on that but it does not open on the New Bible Dictionary but on a hebrew dictionary. Again, not what I want.
So far I cannot get to y information.
But wait, I remember something about Amplify from the book in the Library. Great. Open Library, look for the IVP New Bible Dictionary and while the word God is highlighted, click on Amplify next to the IVP New Bible Dictionary. Awesome, it opens. But when it opens it does not show what I saw in the Instant Display but an article about the Authority of God. Not what I wanted. Bummer.
I know that what I am looking for and what the Instant Display showed me is there because if I go to the IVP New Bible Dictionary index I find it. But I don't want to have to open each and every book manually to find the information I am looking for. That is why we use Bible Study software for, right? To help us quickly and efficiently find the relevant information.
The Instant Display tells me the info is there. it is prove that Accordance can find it. And i want to keep reading what Accordance told me it has for me. But why is so hard to get to it? What am I doing wrong?
Then, I thought, what if I just open the IVP New Bible Dictionary and search within the book for the information? So, I enter the word God and lo and behold, the article about the Authority of God and not what the Instant Display show me nor what I am looking for. I tried Flex, I tried Exact, article and paragraph. No luck.
Sure, I could go to the index and see what is there or keep clicking in every hit until I find what I am looking for, and in some situation that is the best way to go, but if the Instant Display can do what I need why can't the rest of the software can?
Am I doing something wrong? Or Am I expecting Accordance to do something that it does not? Is my approach wrong?
Then I decided to try something else. So I selected the word God again, right click again, and well, under lookup there isn't anything that will get me to the New Bible Dictionary. Then I saw workspaces listed and a workspace called "English Study". Clicked on it. Pretty neat trick I though... maybe I can get a Passage Guide alternative.
On the Bible I see all the words God in red, and on the commentary I see that it opened to genesis 1:1. I see some English Bible dictionaries opened on the right.
I check Easton and what it has is something about the Decrees of God. Not what I am looking for spite the fact that Easton has an specific entry for God. Not what it is showing, though. Bummer.
Then I checked on Eerdman and finally I see a proper result for what I am searching.
I do not want to offend or get into an Accordance vs. Logos, I know from reading old threads that mentioning or comparing Accordance to Logo can upset some people, but I am sorry, it is what I am coming from and I am use to. I cannot avoid comparing what I was able to do with what I can and cannot do now. The fact is that I did the same thing in Logos 5 and less than 2 seconds I was done and with the potentials to go even deeper right away. Even when I opened just the New Bible Dictionary or any dictionary and search for God within the book I got the Dictionary article for God right away and not the Authority of God which is what Accordance gives me.
I have heard so many great things about Accordance and they have been nothing but great with. I really want to give Accordance a fair chance, but I am getting so frustrated that I am getting close to deleting the program from my computer and consider it money and time lost.
To me it seems that what Accordance does is to just look for words and verse references. On the bibles that's fine because is what we are looking for. But on reference material it has to be a way to get to the right information. If a dictionary has an article on God that is what I want first and not the one about the Authority of God. I asked for God and not for the Authority of God. If I want that, I just search for that. Accordance can be lighting fast but if I have to manually search for the information the same way I did with printed books, what good is then to have a powerful and fast search engine?
What am I doing wrong? What is the best way to do these type of searches? I mean, Instant Display does it. How can I just open what the Instant Display shows me?