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September 11, 2019  |  2:40 AM   |    Good (4)
I've only just recently begun using Keener's "Miracles," but I purchased it just in time to prepare a teaching on the early history of supernatural healing and demonic exorcism. What I can say is that this 2-volume work is packed full of information. I was impressed to see Keener's copious citations throughout the work, as I jumped here and there to prepare my teaching.

Though I can't give a full or thorough review yet, I can generally suggest that this is an information-packed resource on the ...
I've only just recently begun using Keener's "Miracles," but I purchased it just in time to prepare a teaching on the early history of supernatural healing and demonic exorcism. What I can say is that this 2-volume work is packed full of information. I was impressed to see Keener's copious citations throughout the work, as I jumped here and there to prepare my teaching.

Though I can't give a full or thorough review yet, I can generally suggest that this is an information-packed resource on the subject of miracles--not only from within the Bible, but from numerous cultures, geographies, and times. In that way, it was a huge blessing. I only deduct one star because it seems awful expensive to me for a 2-volume work.
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August 15, 2019  |  2:03 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
I'm brand new to this grammar, but I've seen it advertised on Amazon frequently, and I know that it is very popular. What I can say after having it here in Accordance for about 2 weeks is that, to my complete surprise, this Practico Van-Pelt grammar was the *only* one of my 5-7 Hebrew grammars that pulled up results in the Research Tab when searching for "qamats" (and seven other potential various spellings of this word). I wanted to do some studying on the vowels, and was shocked that no o ...
I'm brand new to this grammar, but I've seen it advertised on Amazon frequently, and I know that it is very popular. What I can say after having it here in Accordance for about 2 weeks is that, to my complete surprise, this Practico Van-Pelt grammar was the *only* one of my 5-7 Hebrew grammars that pulled up results in the Research Tab when searching for "qamats" (and seven other potential various spellings of this word). I wanted to do some studying on the vowels, and was shocked that no other grammar found hits for this vowel, but at least Practico Van-Pelt did; and I enjoyed some basic review on this vowel. So I'm grateful to have it.
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July 7, 2019  |  4:08 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
Grateful for a recent commentary series that covers newer discoveries. I have a decent-sized library in Accordance, and this was one of only two commentaries that found hits in the Research Tab for "Khirbet Qeiyafa"--an archaeological site excavated first in 2007.

I see that most of the volumes in this commentary were written roughly 2007-2011. That is far more recent that many of the free or public domain commentaries I have in other Bible software's, which of course, found no hits for ...
Grateful for a recent commentary series that covers newer discoveries. I have a decent-sized library in Accordance, and this was one of only two commentaries that found hits in the Research Tab for "Khirbet Qeiyafa"--an archaeological site excavated first in 2007.

I see that most of the volumes in this commentary were written roughly 2007-2011. That is far more recent that many of the free or public domain commentaries I have in other Bible software's, which of course, found no hits for "Khirbet Qeiyafa."

I'm brand new to this Cornerstone Commentary, and can't comment beyond this, but just wanted to show my appreciation that it found a hit for a relatively recent discovery.
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July 7, 2019  |  3:22 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
Simply phenomenal. All I can say is that this lives up to any hype given to it. I purchased this roughly 6-10 months ago, and have barely scratched the surface of the vast information in it, and have already found several "treasures" within it.

The layout is simple and intuitive--a table of contents with every year listed from 1975 to 2016, with subheadings for each issue of the journal within those years. But I appreciate most that BAR pulls up in many searches I conduct in the Research Tab, ...
Simply phenomenal. All I can say is that this lives up to any hype given to it. I purchased this roughly 6-10 months ago, and have barely scratched the surface of the vast information in it, and have already found several "treasures" within it.

The layout is simple and intuitive--a table of contents with every year listed from 1975 to 2016, with subheadings for each issue of the journal within those years. But I appreciate most that BAR pulls up in many searches I conduct in the Research Tab, and that is how I've ended up reading it most of the time.

I was completely unfamiliar with this publication before noticing it as a new Accordance user, but have fallen in love with it. Obviously, there are a variety of viewpoints presented, but even on that note, BAR has many "feedback" articles, and entertains debates between scholars in many of the articles, so that you get multiple views. In other words, not just a one-way bias.

The photos and images I've enjoyed in this in the few months I've had it are probably worth the cost all by themselves. If you like archaeology, the Bible, and beautiful images, you will enjoy this.
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June 20, 2019  | 11:39 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
I have tagged targum modules in both BibleWorks and Accordance, but I find the latter to be superior because it has fuller morphological detail for verbs than BibleWorks does.

For example, the second word in Gen 1:1 in Targum Onkelos is ‎ בְרָא and BibleWorks only gives "verb peal" for the morphology. Accordance gives "Verb peal 3rd masculine singular." If someone is trying to learn the Aramaic of the targums, Accordance would strike me as superior.

As far as the definition gloss provided, ...
I have tagged targum modules in both BibleWorks and Accordance, but I find the latter to be superior because it has fuller morphological detail for verbs than BibleWorks does.

For example, the second word in Gen 1:1 in Targum Onkelos is ‎ בְרָא and BibleWorks only gives "verb peal" for the morphology. Accordance gives "Verb peal 3rd masculine singular." If someone is trying to learn the Aramaic of the targums, Accordance would strike me as superior.

As far as the definition gloss provided, BibleWorks provides a lot more content than Accordance, but with potential meanings for the word *in general* based on the CAL Lexicon, and not specific to the context at hand. In my opinion, that is nice information to have, but it would probably be found in the Hebrew / Aramaic lexicons in Accordance anyway, which can easily be accessed through "Live Click" or the "Research Tab," etc.

All that to say, I wrote this review to point out that with Accordance' targums modules, you will get superior morphological detail for verbs when compared to BibleWorks.
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May 23, 2019  |  6:45 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
This is a great tool for those wanting to hear the Hebrew Bible read with an authentic Israeli accent. These files are broken down verse by verse, making them easy to use.
May 22, 2019  |  9:41 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
This is a great, and rather extensive bundle of "classic" resources for the price (especially when on sale). I already enjoyed some of these authors (e.g. Clarke, Lightfoot, Calvin, and the Catena Aurea) in another Bible software which I use regularly, but where possible, I'm trying to grow the Accordance library, which boasts of some superior features (thanks Accordance!).

I didn't even know they were available for Accordance until doing a random search in the store for some of the authors. ...
This is a great, and rather extensive bundle of "classic" resources for the price (especially when on sale). I already enjoyed some of these authors (e.g. Clarke, Lightfoot, Calvin, and the Catena Aurea) in another Bible software which I use regularly, but where possible, I'm trying to grow the Accordance library, which boasts of some superior features (thanks Accordance!).

I didn't even know they were available for Accordance until doing a random search in the store for some of the authors. Bottom line, I'm glad to have them in Accordance now, and given that I find such commentaries valuable (not to mention the potential added benefit of other resources), I recommend the purchase.
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April 24, 2019  | 11:04 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
One of the primary incentives for me buying Accordance in the first place. I already have all these rabbinic texts and more in other platforms, but none that have such a powerful and broad search capabilities as Accordance--especially when it comes to looking up Hebrew / Aramaic words across multiple resources (which can now be done as of Accordance v. 12 in the wonderful Research Tab).

Also, the tagged Mishnah is unique here compared to my other sources for rabbinic texts, and I highly ...
One of the primary incentives for me buying Accordance in the first place. I already have all these rabbinic texts and more in other platforms, but none that have such a powerful and broad search capabilities as Accordance--especially when it comes to looking up Hebrew / Aramaic words across multiple resources (which can now be done as of Accordance v. 12 in the wonderful Research Tab).

Also, the tagged Mishnah is unique here compared to my other sources for rabbinic texts, and I highly appreciate the tagging. (As others have noted, it would be nice to have tagging in the other texts (Talmud, Tosefta, etc.), but that would understandably be quite a job).

At any rate, look for a sale on the rabbinic resources. To be fair, these texts are available elsewhere, but again, my appreciation for them in Accordance is primarily being able to cross-search words in the original languages among numerous texts.
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April 24, 2019  | 10:58 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
When on sale this set of 8 dictionaries is an unbeatable price compared to other Bible software platforms, and perhaps even purchasing it in print. (Of course, nothing beats the portability and searchability of electronic resources.)

I originally bought two of the volumes individually for another Bible software platform, but when this went on sale in Accordance, the price for all 8 volumes was hard to resist.

Though called "dictionaries," I actually use this set more as a commentary, locating ...
When on sale this set of 8 dictionaries is an unbeatable price compared to other Bible software platforms, and perhaps even purchasing it in print. (Of course, nothing beats the portability and searchability of electronic resources.)

I originally bought two of the volumes individually for another Bible software platform, but when this went on sale in Accordance, the price for all 8 volumes was hard to resist.

Though called "dictionaries," I actually use this set more as a commentary, locating content based on searches for words, phrases, or verses in the Research Tab. I am impressed by the breadth of the scholarship that these volumes cover. I almost always get hits somewhere in these volumes when I do searches in the Research Tab.

When I was once asked for a good resource to provide ancient context to Scripture, I recommended this as one of several great resources.
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April 24, 2019  | 10:50 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
Phenomenal, and worth every penny (especially on sale). I always prefer electronic products, but love it even more when the electronic version is actually cheaper than what can be found even used on sites like Amazon. Such was the case when I purchased this.

This is practically a one-of-a-kind work, providing English translations for many of the classic rabbinic commentators (meforshim). Be aware that the Miqraot Gedolot doesn't provide exhaustive comments on every verse, but rather excerpts. ...
Phenomenal, and worth every penny (especially on sale). I always prefer electronic products, but love it even more when the electronic version is actually cheaper than what can be found even used on sites like Amazon. Such was the case when I purchased this.

This is practically a one-of-a-kind work, providing English translations for many of the classic rabbinic commentators (meforshim). Be aware that the Miqraot Gedolot doesn't provide exhaustive comments on every verse, but rather excerpts. Nevertheless, I don't know of any other work that gives the English reader such a great selection of rabbinic commentaries on the Torah--again, specifically in English.

Michael Carasik's translation is easy to read, and though there is always room for dispute when it comes to translating rabbinic concepts, I have no complaints. I love this work, and would like to see more like it.
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April 24, 2019  | 10:45 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
Great product. Glad to have such Jewish resources.
April 24, 2019  | 10:41 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
I have Josephus' tagged texts in both BibleWorks and Accordance, and Accordance seems to have better tagging in the Greek text than BibleWorks does.

For instance, I was comparing a particular verse in Josephus' book of Wars, and I noticed that Accordance had Greek glosses for all of the words in a particular passage, while the BibleWorks' version was missing 3-5 words (i.e. there were no glosses for them). This also seems to be the case when comparing some other tagged texts between Accordance ...
I have Josephus' tagged texts in both BibleWorks and Accordance, and Accordance seems to have better tagging in the Greek text than BibleWorks does.

For instance, I was comparing a particular verse in Josephus' book of Wars, and I noticed that Accordance had Greek glosses for all of the words in a particular passage, while the BibleWorks' version was missing 3-5 words (i.e. there were no glosses for them). This also seems to be the case when comparing some other tagged texts between Accordance and BibleWorks.
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April 24, 2019  | 10:33 PM   |    Good (4)
A must have for Jewish study of the Apostolic Writings ("NT"). Dr. Stern provides real scholarship as a Jewish believer living in Jerusalem for many years. His knowledge of, and ability to corroborate other Jewish texts to provide context and clarity to many things in the "NT" is impressive. It seems that this work has become a standard, or rather, required reading for those interested in the original Jewish message of the apostles' writings.

The work is a verse-by-verse commentary, although ...
A must have for Jewish study of the Apostolic Writings ("NT"). Dr. Stern provides real scholarship as a Jewish believer living in Jerusalem for many years. His knowledge of, and ability to corroborate other Jewish texts to provide context and clarity to many things in the "NT" is impressive. It seems that this work has become a standard, or rather, required reading for those interested in the original Jewish message of the apostles' writings.

The work is a verse-by-verse commentary, although there isn't content for a great many verses. I deduct one star for that alone. In book form, it is about the size of a thick Bible, which gives you an idea of the total amount of content within it.

Nevertheless, I am impressed and greatly appreciative of Dr. Stern's insights in the "Jewish New Testament Commentary," and I highly recommend it. I would, however, like to see the price lowered a bit.
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April 24, 2019  | 10:15 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
A must have for those seeking a Jewish understanding of the Apostolic Writings ("NT"). Written by a team of Jewish scholars, this work helps elucidate the Jewishness of the "NT" by, among other things, providing correlations to similar ideas in other ancient Jewish sources, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, pseudepigrapha, apocryphal writings, Josephus, Philo, Talmud, and later rabbinic writings.

As a result, confusing or misunderstood passages come to better light in their original Jewish ...
A must have for those seeking a Jewish understanding of the Apostolic Writings ("NT"). Written by a team of Jewish scholars, this work helps elucidate the Jewishness of the "NT" by, among other things, providing correlations to similar ideas in other ancient Jewish sources, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, pseudepigrapha, apocryphal writings, Josephus, Philo, Talmud, and later rabbinic writings.

As a result, confusing or misunderstood passages come to better light in their original Jewish understanding through this work. The numerous essays also speak on various things from a Jewish mindset, in addition to the substantial verse-by-verse commentary.

I also own the first edition of "The Jewish Annotated New Testament," and I am glad to own and use both editions now. The second edition adds quite a bit to the first, both in essays, and in verse-by-verse commentary. In my opinion, it is worth having both editions, because the first edition contains some material that is not present in the second.
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