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Tuesday, November 27, 2007  

Casting NETS and devouring Swete's

Last Wednesday I mentioned that our success at the annual meetings of ETS and SBL was driven by a host of new products being released for the first time. One of those was the New English Translation of the Septuagint (NETS), which we are proud to make available in conjunction with its publication in print. It's not often we get to release an electronic edition of a text at the same time as the print edition, but Oxford University Press graciously enabled us to do it.

NETS is important because it is the first English translation of the Septuagint since that of Sir Lancelot Charles Lee Brenton in the mid-1800's. As such, NETS benefits from advancements in Greek lexicography and a broader textual base than was available to nineteenth-century translators like Brenton.

The SBL conference saw a steady stream of NETS editors and translators stopping by the booth to see our implementation of their work. Without exception, they were excited to see their translation on computer and impressed with its integration with the tagged Septuagint and other translations.

In addition to NETS, those interested in Septuagint studies also benefited from the release of Swete's edition of the Septuagint, complete with textual apparatus. Fully grammatically tagged, this older alternative to Rahlf's edition currently includes the Pentateuch, and will continually be expanded until complete. Whenever we publish a work-in-progress like this, any future updates to the module are included in the purchase price, so early adopters are never penalized.

I have to confess that, as a non-scholar, I sometimes wonder how much appeal specialized texts like these will actually have. Then I get to SBL and see the excitement which these resources actually generate. For those interested in Septuagint studies or textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, the NETS translation and Swete's edition are exciting additions to the Accordance product line.

Monday, November 26, 2007  

Holiday Sale on Accordance Bible Software

The holiday season is upon us once again, and we're once again offering substantial savings on a wide range of Accordance products. Now through December 31, enjoy the following savings:

Primary Collections: Choose one for a great starting point.

Library 7 CD-ROM 
The Accordance Library CD-ROM offers three different collections of English Bibles, commentaries, and other study aids. The Library CD-ROM is by far the best way to begin building a large library of resources. 

Scholar’s Collection CD-ROM 
The starting point for Greek and Hebrew studies, the Scholar’s Collection Core Bundle gives you grammatically tagged Greek and Hebrew texts, English Bibles, and Greek and Hebrew lexicons. (normally $249) .... sale $229 

Catholic Collection 2 CD-ROM 
The Catholic Collection CD-ROM comes in two levels with Catholic Bibles, study aids and Church documents. 

Jewish Collection 4 CD-ROM 
The Jewish Collection CD-ROM offers the Hebrew Bible with translations and other study tools, and also comes in two levels. 

Video Training DVD 
Become an Accordance power user with more than five hours of video instruction! ($29) .... sale $24

Money Saving Bundles 

Specials on New Releases

Specials on Zondervan Bible Study Suite for Macintosh

Sale ends December 31st.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007  

Wide Open at SBL

Sorry for the lack of blogging lately. I've been in sunny southern California for nearly two weeks, conducting a series of training seminars and exhibiting Accordance at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).

I've written about ETS/SBL in the past, and talked about the energy and excitement which always surrounds the Accordance booth. This year at SBL, things were wide open, both literally and figuratively.

In the past, our booth has been laid out in a straight line: thirty feet wide but only ten feet deep. It's hard to imagine a triple-booth feeling cramped, but with all the activity, the booth has always been crowded. This year we decided to experiment with a twenty by twenty foot square booth at the end of an aisle, and it really opened things up. This new arrangement gave us plenty of room for demos, sales, installations, and the who's who of biblical scholarship which annually stops by to chat and see what's new.

The booth was staffed with three people handling sales and no less than eight doing demos. I knew from previous shows that we needed the three sales stations, but I wondered if having eight people doing demos would be overkill. It wasn't. Even though overall traffic in the exhibit hall seemed to be down from last year, we were continually busy in the Accordance booth.

All the activity in the booth helped to attract attention from those walking by. So did the four 30-inch Apple Cinema Displays we had. These were graciously provided to us by Apple under an equipment loan program for developers. Apple knows that Accordance helps sells Macs, so they generously made us look good, and we made every effort to make Apple look good.

The success of this year's shows was driven by a host of new products which were being unveiled for the first time. The biggest of these was the Dead Sea Scrolls Biblical Manuscripts, which we've been working on for several years. I'll feature some of the other new releases in upcoming blog posts. In the meantime, enjoy a safe, happy, and only mildly gluttonous Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 08, 2007  

Dead Sea Scrolls in San Diego

David is now on his way to San Diego for the first of our training seminars. (There's still room in Santa Barbara on Saturday.) While the cat's away...

Most of the Accordance team members will be joining him in the next week as we do another seminar on Tuesday in San Diego, staff our booth (# 320) at the Evangelical Theological Society meeting from Wednesday through Friday, and gear up for the big one: AAR/SBL (American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature) annual meetings Nov. 16 through 20th (booth # 1017).

Not only is San Diego currently hosting the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition, but we are delighted to announce that we will release the Dead Sea Scrolls Biblical Manuscripts for Accordance at the SBL meeting. After years of promises and peeks, everyone can now access these important manuscripts in Accordance.

We'll keep our other new modules under wraps until the shows, so please come and see us if you are anywhere in the area, and you can be the first on the block with the latest Accordance goodies.

Thursday, November 01, 2007  

MacArthur New Testament Commentary Now Available

I am very pleased to announce that John MacArthur's New Testament Commentary is now available for Accordance. The Accordance edition contains all twenty-six volumes which are currently available, and covers Matthew (4 volumes), John 1-11, Acts (2 volumes), Romans (2 volumes), 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter and Jude, 1-3 John, and Revelation (2 volumes).

MacArthur's commentary reads like a series of well-crafted sermons. Passages are broken down and dealt with systematically, often with alliterative titles. MacArthur illustrates his points and observations with an absolute wealth of stories, hymn lyrics, poetry, and literary allusions. The impression I get is that the busy pastor could take a section of MacArthur's commentary and lean on it for his own sermon outline, key points, and engaging illustrations. Not that I'm encouraging pastoral plagiarism! ;-) My point is simply that this commentary strikes me as a resource tailor-made for a pastoral audience.

Retailing for more than $600 in print, the Accordance edition of MacArthur's Commentary is just $299. And for the month of November, we're offering it at an introductory special price of just $249.