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Mar 26, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

New Releases from Oxford and Pillar NTC

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Brace yourselves. This is another one of those newsletters for which we hope you’re sitting down! We have a bevy of big-name, new-to-Accordance titles from Oxford University Press—many of which have been much requested over the years—all at introductory discounted pricing. Plus, we have an update to Pillar NT Commentary and savings of over 50% on the complete set. As soon as you’ve had a chance to process all the incredible content below, head on over to the Accordance Store. We’ll be waiting for you!

Sale prices listed below are good through Monday, April 1, 2019 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Pillar's Publisher Sale Event!

Like any other commentary series, Pillar New Testament Commentary has specific aims. Designed both for serious students and for general readers of the Bible, the PNTC volumes seek above all to make clear the meaning of the text of Scripture as we have it. The scholars writing these volumes interact with the most important, informed contemporary debate yet avoid undue technical detail. Their ideal is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, scholarship and pastoral sensitivity, with an eye alert both to biblical theology and to the contemporary relevance of the Bible.

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Pillar New Testament Commentary (15 Volumes)

Updated with the newly-released Letters to Timothy and Titus.

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New Offerings from Oxford University Press

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Oxford Bible Commentary

  • The only non-denominational single-volume Bible commentary available.
  • A definitive commentary on the whole Bible, including the Apocrypha and some non-biblical Jewish and Christian writings from the biblical period.
  • Written by a team of over seventy internationally respected scholars from various religious backgrounds.
  • Written with a sharp awareness of new biblical scholarship that brings the Oxford Bible Commentary right up to date.

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Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • The Oxford Companion to the Bible provides an authoritative one-volume reference to the people, places, events, books, institutions, religious belief, and secular influence of the Bible.
  • An essential volume for every home and library, the first place to turn for information on the central book of Western culture.
  • Includes full-color maps, providing an accurate, detailed portrait of the biblical world.

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Oxford Dictionary of the Bible (2nd Edition)

  • Over 2,000 authoritative, accessible, and up-to-date entries.
  • Clear and concise information about the important places, people, themes, and doctrines of the Bible.
  • Wide-ranging coverage: from earthquakes and mice to martyrs and art.
  • Valuable supplementary material including detailed maps, a chronology, a bibliography, and more.
  • Recommended web links - accessed and updated via the Dictionary of the Bible companion website.

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The Oxford Guide to People & Places of the Bible

Offering a wealth of reliable information, The Oxford Guide to People & Places of the Bible provides more than 300 articles that cover everyone from Adam and Eve to Jesus Christ and everywhere from the Garden of Eden to Golgotha and Gethsemane. Readers will find fascinating, informative entries on virtually every major figure who walked across the biblical stage.

The Oxford Guide to People & Places of the Bible is the first place to turn to find factual information on the people and places of Holy Scripture. Written by an international team of noted biblical experts, it is an essential addition to any family library as well as a useful, reliable resource for scholars and students.

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How to Read the Bible: History, Prophecy, Literature–Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference and What It Means for Faith Today

More people read the Bible than any other book and, as Steven McKenzie shows in this provocative volume, most of us misread it. McKenzie argues that to comprehend the Bible we must grasp the intentions of the biblical authors themselves—what sort of texts they thought they were writing and how they would have been understood by their contemporaries. McKenzie examines several genres that are typically misunderstood, offering careful readings of specific texts to show how the confusion arises, and how knowing the genre produces a correct reading.

For anyone who takes reading the Bible seriously and who wants to get it right, this book will be both heartening and enlightening.

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The Catholic Study Bible (Third Edition)

This landmark resource, the first fully-based on the authoritative NABRE translation, contains the trustworthy study notes, expanded essays, and informational sidebars which have guided and informed students and general readers for 25 years. In this new edition, one-third of the Reading Guide materials are new, and all of the other Guides have been reviewed and revised by their original authors.

The extensive Reading Guide, the focal point of this volume, leads the reader through the Scriptures, book by book. References and background information guide the reader to a fuller understanding of the Bible. New to this edition is a more extensive treatment of the biblical background, including history and archaeology.

Perfect for both higher education and clergy, Bible study and general readers, The Catholic Study Bible is an essential resource for both experienced students and first-time readers.

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Mar 22, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Translating & Teaching: James Davis' Accordance 25 Story

In the mid-90s, I first heard of Accordance when Dr. Roy Brown visited a church I was attending. We were introduced by our mutual friend, the late Dr. Arthur Farstad.

I really started using Accordance on a daily basis when I was working on the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Roy trained me to develop modules of the draft translation for use in developing the translation. During this project I realized the value and power in studying the Bible using Accordance, and I was hooked on it from that time forward.

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A portion of the members of the HCSB translation team. From left to right: Frances Mosher, Frank Carmical, Ed Blum, and James Davis.

I also used Accordance teaching seminary classes in Greek grammar. I was always amazed at the speed of the program and how fast I could do searches and look things up in class. Also, Accordance really projects well when teaching Hebrew and Greek lessons.

Over the years I have used the program in my ministry, personal study, and now am using it to develop graphical resources for the company. It is not an understatement to say that Accordance has revolutionized the way I study the Bible.


James F. Davis is the editor of Picture the New Testament: A PhotoCommentary as well as the Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide series.

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Mar 19, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

NEW Works and Reformation Studies That Save Time and Money

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Do you ever avoid teaching certain sections of the Bible containing biblical names that may be hard to pronounce? Well, we've got some help for you this week! Our new release, That's Easy for You to Say allows you to hear pronunciations of biblical names and places. Plus, we have a new commentary and book of illustrations just for teachers, too! And if you're a fan of Reformation studies, don't miss our hand-picked titles of essential works for your Accordance Library. Finally, don't forget there is only 1 week left to introduce your friends and colleagues to Accordance with our $25 Basic Starter Collection. This is not a deal to be missed!

Sale prices on all products listed below are good through Monday, March 25, 2019 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


New Introductory Specials

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The Teacher's Bible Commentary: A Concise, Thorough Interpretation of the Entire Bible Designed Especially for Sunday School Teachers

The Teacher’s Bible Commentary is the first book of its kind ever prepared with the direct help of Sunday School teachers. This is one of several features that make this a distinctive work. It seeks to answer the actual questions that lay readers have about the meaning of the Bible.

For each section there is first a brief summary of the main content or purpose of the passage. This enables the reader to grasp the meaning of the whole passage quickly. Usually following this is a discussion of special points—problems in the meaning of particular words, concepts, events, customs, and so forth. Finally, for many passages, there is an application to Christian living today.

The Teacher's Bible Commentary has been one of the widely used reference tools for Sunday School Teachers for almost 50 years. From the ideal stage, the commentary was designed to meet the week-to-week needs of men and women who have the awesome responsibility of leading others in the study of God's word.

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My Favorite Illustrations (Herschel Hobbs)

This book is about word pictures. Usually we refer to them as illustrations—those stories, anecdotes, and concise statements that bring vitality to speeches, sermons, lessons, and other verbal presentations. Most persons who speak or write are constantly on the lookout for illustrations. They know the value of an appropriate illustration and season their works with them.

This book has been developed from Dr. Hobbs's contribution as a writer. For over twenty-two years he has authored Studying Adult Life and Work Lessons, a Bible study commentary based on the Life and Work Curriculum Series.

The popularity of the commentary is a tribute to Dr. Hobbs’s appealing style of writing and his outstanding skills in biblical exposition. He has the ability to take profound truth of Scripture and translate it into terms with which we all can identify and resonate.

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That's Easy for You to Say: Your Quick Guide to Pronouncing Bible Names

That's Easy for You to Say includes the acceptable pronunciation of every proper name in every major English translation of the Bible. Guidelines are based on Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic speech and the most widely accepted modern English usage. You can hear the pronunciation of each word contained in That's Easy for You to Say while you study right within in Accordance!

In addition to helping you pronounce over 7000 words, That's Easy for You to Say gives the meaning of Bible names for which the meaning is known—a tremendous resource for any preacher or teacher of God's Word.

With That's Easy for You to Say you can approach your next sermon, devotion, or Bible Study with the confidence that you can pronounce all of the Bible names in the text with which you're dealing.

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Reformed Expository Commentary (27 Volumes)

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Reformation Commentary on Scripture (9 Volumes)

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Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible Notes

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Atlas of the European Reformations

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Annotated Luther (5 Volumes)

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Luther's Works (Volumes 31-54)

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Introduction to the Old Testament

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Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology (Achtemeier)

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Mar 18, 2019 Timothy Jenney

Why Buy Bible Software (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #182)

 

 

Why do millions of people use Bible software every day? They have discovered its many advantages! Join Dr. J as he reviews the reasons so many people have chosen Bible software to assist them in their own study of the Bible.


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Mar 18, 2019 Richard Mansfield

Three New Teaching Tools from B&H

Teachers (and preachers, for that matter) will definitely want to take a look at this week’s new Accordance releases from B&H. We have a commentary, illustration resource, and a guide to pronouncing names and places. All three are available for introductory pricing for a limited time.

That’s Easy for You to Say: Your Quick Guide to Pronouncing Bible Names

This incredibly valuable resource from W. Murray Severance offers pronunciation for over 7,000 names in the Bible, including place names and names of God. Each name includes a phonetic spelling as well as an icon that lets you hear the pronunciation. Some entries have more than one suggested means of saying the name.

Will everyone agree with the pronunciations in this guide? Of course not. Disagreement was anticipated as stated in the introduction:

No two scholars in any field agree 100 percent. In fact, no two persons agree totally on any subject. Differences of opinion are a clear indication of individuality. People don’t think alike, speak alike, look alike, or do anything else exactly alike. The author of this guide recognizes that distinctiveness. He realizes that all of those seeking to pronounce biblical names or terms will not agree with the conclusions set forth in this book. It is a guide, not the final authority. Usage is! Britishers spell the same word differently from Americans. Southerners pronounce words unlike Westerners. Heritage, environment, era, and other factors influence the pronunciation of words in any language.

Most of these are Americanized pronunciations, but whether or not you agree with each particular entry, you will find the resource of tremendous value.

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Tip: In Preferences: Amplify, change your English Triple-Click Default to That’s Easy for You to Say. Then links to any applicable entries will appear under the Topics section.

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The Teacher’s Bible Commentary

Herschel H. Hobbs, Clyde T. Francisco, Landrum P. Leavell, Wayne E. Ward—growing up Southern Baptist, these were names I regularly saw in Sunday School literature, January Bible studies, and yearly doctrinal studies. These names appear among the 25 writers who contribute to The Teacher’s Bible Commentary, described as “a concise, thorough interpretation of the entire Bible designed especially for Sunday School teachers.”

When first released, The Teacher’s Bible Commentary was the first book of its kind ever prepared with the direct help of Sunday School teachers. This is one of several features that make this a distinctive work. It seeks to answer the actual questions that lay readers have about the meaning of the Bible.

For each section there is first a brief summary of the main content or purpose of the passage. This enables the reader to grasp the meaning of the whole passage quickly. Usually following this is a discussion of special points—problems in the meaning of particular words, concepts, events, customs, and so forth. Finally, for many passages, there is an application to Christian living today.

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Whether the contributors to this work are names that are familiar or ones you’re just discovering, The Teacher’s Bible Commentary will prove to be a valuable resource for helping communicate the message of the Bible to your sphere of influence.

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My Favorite Illustrations

As mentioned above, Hershel H. Hobbs was a familiar name during my early Baptist years. He was an incredibly prolific writer, especially when it came to adult Bible study curriculum. He wrote his own commentary on the passages covered in the Baptist adult Sunday School literature, resulting in an additional (and extremely popular) resource to supplement the regular teaching guide. Many valued his quarterly commentary on the Bible so much that they didn’t even bother with the regular adult teachers guide and simply read Hobbs’ comments.

Every good teacher is known for providing memorable illustrations for whatever point is being made—this is a biblical principle if ever there was one! Herschel Hobbs was no exception. His commentary on Sunday School lessons were always rich with examples and illustrations of biblical principles. Back in a day before computers, many Sunday School teachers would save Hobbs' illustrations on index cards and organize them by topic or Scripture reference.

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First published in 1990, My Favorite Illustrations collects the best of Herschel Hobbs’ teaching illustrations (anecdotes, quotations, and poems) from his many years of commenting on the Bible. Many works of these kind don’t age well, but as I read through a number of the entries in My Favorite Illustrations, I found them to have a familiar ring but with relevance to many events and situations in today’s world. Regardless of one’s faith tradition, this title will become an essential resource for anyone communicating biblical truth.

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Mar 14, 2019 David Lang

25 Reasons We’re Still Going Strong: Motivation

Accordance 25 image no background When Accordance 1.0 was released 25 years ago, there were seemingly dozens of Bible software programs to choose from. Today, only a small handful are still in operation. So how has Accordance managed to keep going strong after all these years?

In this series of posts, I'll consider 25 reasons I think we've managed to defy the odds. In this post, I'll cover the first five reasons, which all have to do with the motivations that drive us.

Motivational Reasons

1. We're passionate about the Bible. We believe the Bible is the most important book you can study, and we're passionate about helping people do that. The more we see your excitement after you discover something amazing in the Scriptures, the more motivated we are to keep doing what we do.

2. We value original language study. While many seminaries are scaling back their Greek and Hebrew study requirements, we still believe original language study is important not just for scholars, but for pastors and ministry professionals as well. Of course, we also recognize that it's increasingly hard to do in our fast-paced and frantic world. We get to design tools that make language study faster, easier, and more enjoyable.

3. We value effective teaching. Accordance has always been first and foremost a Bible study program. But ever since Accordance 1.0, we have also focused on making it a powerful Bible teaching program.

Most of our staff, and most of our customers, are active in teaching the Bible in some way, so we provide lots of visual resources to illustrate the world of the Bible, analytics to demonstrate various aspects of the biblical text, presentation features which enable you to present right from within Accordance, resource links which let you point other Accordance users to relevant texts or tools. The list goes on, but you get the point.

4. We take pride in our work. It's something of an inside company joke that seemingly every Accordance employee is a perfectionist. "That's good enough" is just not a phrase you hear much around here. From our programmers to our module developers to our office staff and various support personnel, we are to a man (and woman) committed to delivering an exceptional product with exceptional service. It sounds like a marketing cliché, but it's really just my own personal observation of how everyone on our staff seems to operate.

5. We value our customers. Again, it sounds like a cliché, but I've seen again and again how every member of the Accordance team truly cares about making our customers happy.

Last year when another Bible software company closed its doors and we had an influx of new users switching to Accordance, our programming team went to great lengths to add new features that would ease their transition.

As I was writing this blog post, a user on our forums pointed out some garbled text in a commentary. In less than an hour, our module development team investigated the problem, fixed it, and released an update! No less than three Accordance employees responded to that thread.

And don't even get me started on the lengths our sales staff will go to make sure customers are happy with their purchases.


That's 5 motivational reasons why Accordance is still going strong after 25 years. In my next post, we'll look at reasons related to our business and development philosophy.

 

David Lang is Vice President of Development for Accordance Bible Software.

 

Mar 12, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Get or Upgrade to Accordance for $25!

$25 Starter Special

All year long, we're celebrating 25 years of Accordance Bible Software! It's no secret that Accordance has always had a very low entry point for getting the full Accordance "engine" along with a solid beginner's Bible Study Library. This week, though, we're going to a lower price than we've ever gone before by slashing the cost of the Accordance 12 Basic Starter Collection to only $25!

That's $25 for a Collection that normally costs $59.90 for content valued at $199!

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And the Basic Starter Collection is $25 across the board, regardless of whether you are a new user, user of an older version, or user of our free Accordance Lite. Not only are we offering the Basic Starter at this never-before-seen price point, we also have five- and ten-bundle packs so that your entire class, Bible study group, circle of friends, or extended family can start using Accordance!

Want more information? We've got your covered!


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It's the perfect time to get the perfect price on the perfect gift to upgrade or introduce others to Accordance 12.

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This special $25 Starter Offer is good through Monday, March 25, 2019 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

 

Mar 11, 2019 Timothy Jenney

Upgrade from Accordance Lite (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #181)

 

 

Enjoying Accordance Lite? We’d like to invite you to upgrade to Accordance’s Basic Starter Collection, our least expensive collection. Its rich array of modern Bible study resources form a well-rounded library suitable for personal study. The Collection also includes the full version of Accordance, Accordance Desktop Desktop for Windows and macOS computers. It has many more features than Accordance Lite. Add speed and power to your Bible study today!

NOTE: The $25 special price for the Accordance 12 Basic Starter Collection is only available from March 12 - 25, 2019.


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Mar 11, 2019 Timothy Jenney

Upgrade from Accordance Mobile (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #180)

 

 

Enjoying Accordance Mobile? We’d like to invite you to upgrade to Accordance’s Basic Starter Collection, our least expensive collection. Its rich array of modern Bible study resources form a well-rounded library suitable for personal study. The Collection also includes Accordance Desktop for Windows and macOS computers, which has many more features than Accordance Mobile. Add speed and power to your Bible study today!

NOTE: The $25 special price for the Accordance 12 Basic Starter Collection is only available from March 12 - 25, 2019.

 

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Mar 8, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Flexibility & Capability: John Galle's Accordance 25 Story

John Galle The primary reason I became a Macintosh user: Accordance. In 1998, I was living outside the continental United States in the Navy, and my daughter started college in Indiana. I was using a Windows computer and tried to upgrade it to do e-mail; it was a disaster.


About that time I wrote to Dave Powlison, a professor I had while at Westminster Theological Seminary. Dave told me he was using Accordance on his Macintosh.


I’ve never regretted using Accordance. Sales and support people have always been friendly and  responsive. Great bargains at times. What I appreciate the most: Accordance does everything I need and doesn’t get in the way of my study. I can read the ESV and have either the Hebrew or Greek open; word searches are easy; resources abound, and the program is much more capable than I am. I am constantly learning about the next thing Accordance can do. The Podcasts also make is easy to continue learning.


Currently, I am working my way through the Minor Prophets and with the Hebrew text and NIV, ESV and Reformation Study Bibles open, I have a good grasp of the big picture. Flexibility and capability: two great strengths of Accordance!

John A. Galle
Chaplain, US Veterans Affairs


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