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Jan 22, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Decker Koine and New Exegetical Releases

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Need to round out the selection of biblical reference tools in your personal Accordance Library? With two new releases and priority picks of important biblical works, we can definitely make that happen! Hot off the virtual Accordance press, we have Rod Decker's Koine Greek Reader. This is an excellent companion for his grammar, which is also on sale. And not to be missed, you will want to check out the Handbooks for Old and New Testament Exegesis series from Kregel Academic. These volumes, along with Decker's Reader are available at introductory discounts for a limited time. If you don't have the other essential biblical reference works we've added to this week's sale, savings of up to 50% off the regular price will make these must-have additions to your Accordance Library.

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts. Sale prices on all products end Monday, January 28, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST.


Rodney Decker Tribute to Rod Decker

Described in one tribute as “author, seminary professor, and internationally-known New Testament scholar,” Rodney J. Decker’s passing at age 61 came much too soon for all of us. His Greek classes were a favorite at Baptist Bible Seminary in Pennsylvania, but even now, he continues to impact students of New Testament and the greater body of Koine Greek through his posthumously-published textbooks. Rod (as we knew him) was a passionate Accordance user and frequent contributor in our user forums. We are excited to release his Koine Greek Reader for Accordance as a companion to his already-released grammar.

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Koine Greek Reader (Decker)

Koine Greek Reader goes where other readers do not by providing graded readings from the New Testament, Septuagint, Apostolic Fathers, and early creeds. Its many features include four helpful vocabulary lists, numerous references to other resources, assorted translation helps, a review of basic grammar and syntax, and an introduction to BDAG. Professors looking for a new textbook will find that Koine Greek Reader integrates the full range of materials needed by intermediate students.

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Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook

Reading Koine Greek covers not only New Testament Greek but also the wider range of Bible-related Greek (LXX, Apostolic Fathers, and other texts). The workbook is integrated into the textbook, enabling students to encounter real examples as they learn each new concept.

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A New Reader's Lexicon of the Greek New Testament

Improving on earlier lexical works, A New Reader's Lexicon of the Greek New Testament incorporates all words that occur fewer than fifty times in the New Testament. In canonical order, it catalogs a word's frequency in each book, in each author's writings, and in the entire New Testament. References to rare or noteworthy word usages are included, allowing the reader to quickly identify words of special significance.

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A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Text of the New Testament

Unlike any other commentary, this volume contains commentary on actual manuscripts rather than a single version of the Greek New Testament. There are nearly 6,000 existing manuscripts, and just as many textual variants, with thousands of manuscripts having been discovered since the time of the King James Version. This commentary is filled with notes on significant textual variants between these manuscripts.

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Kregel Exegetical Handbooks

An appreciation for the rich diversity of literary genres in Scripture is one of the positive features of evangelical scholarship in recent decades. No longer are the same principles or methods of interpretation applied across the board to every text without regard for differences in genre. Such an approach can lead to confusion, misunderstanding, and even wrong interpretations or applications. Careful attention to differences in genre is a critical component of a correct understanding of God's Word.

The Handbooks for Old Testament and New Testament Exegesis series offer students basic skills for exegeting and proclaiming the different genres of the scriptures. Because there is no one-size-fits-all approach to interpreting Scripture, these series features multiple volumes covering the major genres in the Old & New Testaments. The volumes are written by seasoned scholar-teachers who possess extensive knowledge of their disciplines, lucid writing abilities, and the conviction that the church and the world today desperately need to hear the message of the Bible. These handbooks are designed to serve a twofold purpose: to present the reader with a better understanding of the different biblical genres (principles) and provide strategies for preaching and teaching these genres (methods).

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Exegetical Studies with Handbooks, Guides, and Dictionaries

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SIL Exegetical Summary Series (31 Volumes)

The books in this series present a summary of how scholars have interpreted the Greek or Hebrew text. This series will help students and translators who have beginning to advanced exegetical skills to produce a meaningful translation.

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Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (9 Volumes)

The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) closes the gap between the Greek text and the available lexical and grammatical tools, providing all the necessary information for greater understanding of the text. The series makes interpreting any given New Testament book easier, especially for those who are hard pressed for time but want to preach or teach with accuracy and authority.

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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (6 Volumes)

The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is a six-volume state-of-the-art dictionary of the Bible, six years in the making, offering the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of biblical subjects and topics.

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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (4 Volumes) (Fully Revised)

This set contains over 9,000 topics and 3,500 cross-references, including an article on every name of a person or place mentioned in the Bible. It also examines major Bible doctrines and gives opposing articles on controversial topics to ensure a rounded explanation and description.

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IVP Bible Dictionary Series (8 Volumes)

Individual title included:

  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch
  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books
  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
  • Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd Edition)
  • Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
  • Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
  • Dictionary of New Testament Background

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Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament (3 Volumes)

The English translation of the three-volume Exegetisches Wörterbuch zum Neuen Testament, this monumental work by an ecumenical group of scholars is first of all a complete English dictionary of New Testament Greek. Going beyond that, however EDNT also serves as a guide to the usage of every New Testament word in its various contexts, and it makes a significant contribution to New Testament exegesis and theology.

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Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (Little Kittel)

One of the most widely respected theological dictionaries put into one-volume, abridged form - “Little Kittel.” Abridged from the nine-volume work of this name edited by Kittel and Friedrich, this 1985 abridged and updated edition by Geoffrey W. Bromiley includes the best of the original massive scholarship. Focusing on the theological meaning of each word, the abridgment contains English keywords for each entry, tables of English and Greek keywords, and a listing of the relevant volume and page numbers from the unabridged work at the end of each article or section.

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Jan 21, 2019 Richard Mansfield

New! Handbooks for Old & New Testament Exegesis (Kregel)

Today we are releasing two new series from Kregel Academic for the Accordance Bible Software Library: Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis (6 volumes) and Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis (3 volumes). This series is complete with the exception of a remaining volume on the Gospels and Acts to be released at a future date. Accordance users may purchase these volumes in OT and NT sets, as well as individual volumes.

These volumes grew out of the conviction that the same exegetical tools for one part of the Bible cannot always be applied to the whole. Often the literary genre of a particular book has been ignored, and this neglect has led to misunderstanding and even error.

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The Old Testament volumes are divided among the following genres: Pentateuch, Historical, Psalms, Wisdom, Prophetic, and Apocalyptic. As stated in the series preface, each volume is built around the same six-chapter structure as follows:

  1. The Nature of the Genres

  2. Viewing the Whole

  3. Preparing for Interpretation

  4. Interpreting the Text

  5. Proclaiming the Text

  6. Putting It All Together

Likewise, the currently completed volumes of the New Testament series are divided by the themes of Pauline letter, General letters, and Revelation and Apocalyptic. The New Testament volumes feature the following common elements:

  1. The nature of the literary genre (including important subgenres)

  2. The background of the books (historical setting)

  3. The major themes of the books

  4. Preparing to interpret the books (textual criticism, translation)

  5. Interpreting passages in the context of their genre

  6. Communicating passages in the context of their genre

  7. From exegesis to exposition (two step-by-step examples)

  8. A list of selected resources and a glossary of technical terms

Both series are designed with seminary and graduate-level students in mind who have completed at least one year of the respective Hebrew or Greek language classes. However, all use of original language content in the series is accompanied by English translations. Thus, both series are accessible even by those who have not had the opportunity to study biblical languages.

If you have journals in your Accordance Library, you may want to get more in-depth opinions of a couple of volumes in the series at the links below.

Interpreting the Historical Books by Robert Chisholm Jr.

Interpreting the Psalms by Mark Futato

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Jan 21, 2019 Richard Mansfield

New! Decker's Koine Greek Reader

Koine Greek Reader with Koine (from the Greek κοινός) refers to the style of ancient Greek in the late Hellenistic period. Koine is most often associated with the kind of Greek language found in the New Testament, but it also can characterize a wider body of literature including the Septuagint (LXX) and Early Church writings, among others.

A little over three years ago, we released Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook by Rod Decker (see also our "Closer Look" at this title). This had been a posthumous release after Decker’s untimely passing a year or so earlier. Rod Decker was not only a beloved Greek professor and New Testament scholar, he was also a passionate Accordance user. His grammar, Reading Koine Greek, a resource enhanced with audio in Accordance, remains a favorite tool among Accordance users for learning and reviewing New Testament Greek.

Now, as a companion to Reading Koine Greek, we are thrilled to release Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers for the Accordance Bible Software Library. The latter category of selections includes content from the Apostolic Fathers and early creeds of the church (Nicene, Nicene-Constantinopolitan, Chalcedonian, and Apostles).

Click/tap any of the images below for a larger view of the Koine Greek Reader.

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Reading Koine Greek assumes at least one year of New Testament Greek study. Although not designed necessarily for advanced students, I would agree with Decker’s statement in the introduction that those with much mastery of Koine Greek “might find it useful for casual reading.” This resource can be used for personal study or in the classroom over two semesters. With 23 separate readings in all, the New Testament portion could be use by itself in one semester with the remaining readings studied in a second semester.

To give you a feel for what each section covers, here is an outline of chapter 7, which features a study of 1 Peter 5:1-14.

Grammar Review: Infinitives
In addition to a grammar lesson, each review also includes a “Recommended Reading” section of content from popular Greek grammars. When a grammar referred to here is available in Accordance, it is hyperlinked for quick access.

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Forms Review: Infinitive Endings
Forms are always arranged in a chart for quick review or even printing/exporting for later study.

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Vocabulary Notes

Vocabulary to Learn (25-49x)
Previous words found in this passage
Additional New Vocabulary to Learn
Vocabulary for Reference (24x or fewer)
If you’re familiar with a “Reader’s Greek New Testament,” the list of words here function much the same as the list of words immediately below the text in these kinds of resources.

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1 Peter 5
This section includes the Greek text itself, preceded by a brief introduction. The text is presented verse by verse. Underneath each verse the reader will find explanations similar in nature to those found in some of our Greek exegetical resources.

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Supplemental Reading: 2 Peter 1:1-11 with HCSB
An additional reading appears here with the Greek text in one column and the HCSB (several different translations are used throughout the reader) in the other column.

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Notes
That is, the footnotes for the section.

With the amount of content as described above, I can easily see how this book could be used for a year’s study in the classroom. There are also eight appendices of further helps for learning and maintaining one’s mastery of Koine Greek.

For sake of greater context, some Accordance users may want to place a selection in the Koine Greek Reader in parallel with a complete original language text, even though the Greek text for each selection is included in the Reader itself. To facilitate this kind of use, the Koine Greek Reader will appear in your Accordance Library under two entries: “Decker’s Koine Reader (NT & LXX)” and “Decker’s Koine Reader (Apostolic).” The content of the two modules is completely identical. For parallel use, open your Greek text first, and then add the appropriate Koine Greek Reader in a parallel pane.

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For a limited time, Rod Decker’s Koine Greek Reader is available to Accordance users with discounted introductory pricing.

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Jan 15, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Begin Another Fantastic Year with up to 50% Off!

Fantastic 2019

2019 is shaping up to be another Fantastic Year for Accordance users! This week, we have great deals on Practical Series for EVERYONE! Need some preaching help for getting your point across? Check out the incredible P&R Preaching & Application Bundle! Want to explore Christological themes in the Bible? Take a look at the amazing Gospel According to the Old Testament Series and the awe-inspiring Christ-Centered Expositional Commentary! Have a question about difficult issues in the Scriptures? Get all the facts from multiple points of view with the extraordinary Perspectives Series Bundle! All of these series provide concrete answers to the questions being asked about the Bible and faith in our world today.

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts. Sale prices on all products end Monday, January 21, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST.


P&R Bundle P&R Preaching and Application Bundle

This bundle contains 5 volumes published by P&R Publishing Company. These works concentrate on preaching and application.

  • Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the BibleGetting the Message presents solid principles and clear examples of biblical interpretation. Doriani summarizes the main principles for interpretation in a single, easily remembered acronym: CAPTOR.
  • The Heart Is the Target: Preaching Practical Application from Every Text – God's Word is powerful, and when preached clearly and applied pertinently it can change lives. Yet preaching does not always have this impact. When it is concerned merely with teaching information, it can leave congregations unmoved, and when it sacrifices substance for relevance, it shortchanges the power of the text. For preaching to truly change lives, biblical faithfulness and insightful application must work together—a powerful combination.
  • Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures – Challenging modern preachers to expound the Bible like Peter and Paul, Him We Proclaim makes the hermeneutical and historical case for a return to apostolic preaching—preaching that is Christ-centered, redemptive-historical, missiologically communicated, and grounded in grace. But moving beyond theory, this book provides examples of how this method applies to all Old and New Testament genres—history; law; psalm; prophecy; doctrine and exhortation.
  • Let the Reader Understand: A Guide to Interpreting and Applying the Bible – Convinced that God wants us to understand his Word in all its literary genres, Dan McCartney and Charles Clayton have provided a thorough, readable introduction to biblical interpretation, now updated in this second edition to address postmodern approaches.
  • Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application - Ideal for pastors and professors, this book explains how to apply Scripture to daily life. It identifies four categories of application and shows how they function in doctrinal passages.

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From the Foreword: "The Gospel According to the Old Testament Series is committed to the proposition that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is a unified revelation of God, and that its thematic unity is found in Christ. The individual books of the Old Testament exhibit diverse genres, styles, and individual theologies, but tying them all together is the constant foreshadowing of, and pointing forward to, Christ. Believing in the fundamentally Christocentric nature of the Old Testament, as well as the New Testament, we offer this series of studies in the Old Testament with the following aims:

  • to lay out the pervasiveness of the revelation of Christ in the Old Testament
  • to promote a Christ-centered reading of the Old Testament
  • to encourage Christ-centered preaching and teaching from the Old Testament

To this end, the volumes in this series are written for pastors and laypeople, not scholars."

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Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this commentary series takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible.

Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition.

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The multi-volume Perspectives series brings together leading scholars to debate some of the most challenging issues in biblical studies, theology, and pastoral ministry.

Each volume of this series presents a point-counterpoint exchange concerning a given topic. The general format is a chapter presented by a prominent person concerning each topic with a brief response by the other contributors.

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Jan 11, 2019 Ryan Mudge

Writing Seminary Exegesis Papers with Accordance

One of the most important tasks for a seminary student to learn is to learn how to exegete the Bible, especially in the original Greek and Hebrew. Few things are more important for those in training for ministry than to know how to rightly interpret the Scriptures. I had the responsibility of writing an exegetical paper on 2 Corinthians 5:11-15 for my Greek Exegesis class this past semester.

Part of what made the task a joy instead of a burden was using Accordance for researching and writing the paper. I couldn’t imagine doing this work without having such a powerful tool at my side (or I should say on my desk!). For the paper I had to provide my own Greek translation of the verses, identify and explain important Greek words, include helpful information from Bible dictionaries and commentaries, and then finally explain the meaning of the passage as a whole.

One of my initial steps was to read through the passage and surrounding context, multiple times in both the original Greek, but also multiple English translations. This gives the feel of the passage as well as the essential literary context. Of course, with Accordance I could look at multiple versions of the Bible at once, and hovering over a word would cross-highlight that word in my tagged texts. I also had immediate lexical information with the Instant Details window at the bottom of my screen.

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Next I wanted to create other Workspaces for different aspects of my paper. My second Workspace was for the purpose of looking directly at the Greek text, especially for text-critical and lexical work. Alongside the UBS5 Greek text, I opened in parallel the ESV Bible, UBS Apparatus, Omanson’s Textual Guide, and the Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament. This allowed me to take a quick look at any relevant text critical issues with the apparatus and textual guide, as well as a basic help in translation with the Greek NT Key. They all scrolled in parallel with my Greek text, and included hyperlinks for abbreviations.

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Hovering over the abbreviations in any of these tools gave me definitions of the terms in the Instant Details, which was incredibly helpful for understanding the UBS5 apparatus.

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In the separate zone to the right, I had my trustworthy Greek lexicons, including BDAG and NIDNTTE. These are essential tools for finding the semantic range of a word. Triple-clicking on a Greek word opened BDAG, and I also had Accordance set (in my Amplify Preferences) to search for the verse reference along with the word in my lexicon. This allowed me to use the Hit arrows at the bottom of the pane to have instant access to the most likely use of this word in the verse I was studying. What a huge time saver while doing lexical studies!

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Using Accordance’s lightning fast searching, I was able to see how Paul uses particular words or word groups in his writings, such as φανερόω in this case.

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Next, after doing the important grammatical work and forming my own interpretation of the text, I needed to consult commentaries to gather additional information and other interpretative factors. I created one more workspace for this role, which would include both background and exegetical commentaries.

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The left side of my workspace included the IVP-NT Background Commentary and the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary for key historical and cultural background information. The right side included my important exegetical commentaries, with all their tabs tiedto the ESV, so they would follow along as I went verse-by-verse.

Mudge - Bibliography

Finally, as I started to write the paper in my word processor, I had the benefit of copying and pasting from Accordance. Not only could I directly transfer the Greek text itself, but I could also quickly quote from my commentaries and dictionaries. In my Accordance Preferences under Bibliography, I set the Format to "Turabian Footnote" and checked "Insert Citation as Footnote." This meant that as I was writing my paper and quoting from various resources, the footnotes automatically were added at the bottom of the page. What a huge time saver for this busy seminary student!

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I can’t imagine doing all this work without having Accordance. It provided me with the essential grammatical, historical, and theological tools, but more importantly allowed me to do my own research. All of this was added to writing my paper in the most efficient and accurate way possible. Not only that, but Accordance helped make writing a joy! I’m already looking forward to using Accordance to write a Hebrew exegesis paper next semester!


Ryan Mudge is the Asia Representative for Accordance, serving and assisting Accordance users and schools throughout Asia.

 

Dec 31, 2018 Timothy Jenney

Build a Bible Study Library (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #177)

 

 

Interested in studying the Bible? Serious students of the Bible know the value of a good Bible Study library. This podcast lists the basic resources every such library should have—and explains the use of each. Accordance’s Basic Starter Collection, available for Macs, Windows, iOS and Android, offers all of these resources in  a single, affordable package. Its digital format is also portable, allowing us to study at home, at the office, even at the local coffee shop!

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Dec 26, 2018 Richard Mansfield

Three New Devotional Titles for 2019

The beginning of a new year brings about resolutions and resolve; and often for people of biblical faith, that means new commitments to read through the Bible or spend a certain amount of time daily or weekly in reflection on the Bible or one’s faith. For years, Accordance Bible Software has incorporated a Daily Reading feature into its software. In Accordance 12 for Windows and macOS, going to Preferences: Reading/Research allows you to choose a default devotional or Scripture reading plan for personal use. These same titles are also found in the Devotionals section of your personal Accordance Library. When using Accordance Mobile, you’ll find these works in your Devotionals folder.

Daily Reading If you’ve never used Accordance for reading plans or devotional readings, you may not even realize the titles you already have. In Accordance 12, clicking on the Daily Readings icon in the toolbar launches a new workspace with the Daily Reading title on the left and all mentioned Scripture passages on the right.

Of course, some of the titles that fall into the Devotional category are dated and some are not. The ones that are not dated do not work with the Daily Reading feature in Accordance, but you can work through them on your own pace.

If you’re wanting to start off 2019 with a new plan, you might want to choose one you already own, but you may also want to consider one of the new titles described below.

Devotions on the Hebrew Bible

Devotions on the Hebrew Bible-nb In 2014, we released Devotions on the Greek New Testament. As part of the same series, we are pleased to present Devotions on the Hebrew Bible: 52 Reflections to Inspire and Instruct. Similar in layout to the previously-released volume on the Greek New Testament, Devotions on the Hebrew Bible begins with a verse or phrase from a verse of the Old Testament in both Hebrew as well as a popular translation.

The series is designed for both those proficient in Hebrew as well as those who have already learned the language or are wanting to recover it. Every book in the Hebrew Bible is represented in reflections written by Evangelical authors from diverse backgrounds. As described by the publisher,

Miles Van Pelt, for example, shows that a careful analysis of a grammatical particle in Judges 3:9 elucidates the agent of Israel’s deliverance. Indeed, it is Yahweh who saves! Tremper Longman III explains the role of poetical parallelism in Psalm 1 and highlights how clearly the psalmist invites the reader to introspection, compelling the reader to follow the path of righteousness. And Bo Lim reminds the reader of the biblical precedent for expressing lament. He highlights the poetic artistry of the book of Lamentations, noting its beautiful acrostic, and confirms that both grief and hope provide the rhythm of faith and worship.

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Devotions on the Hebrew Bible is not a dated devotional, but it is designed with the idea of one reading per week. However, you can feel free to go at a slower or faster pace of your choosing.

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Devotions on the Greek New Testament, Volume 2

Devotions on the Greek NT v.2-nb Accordance users have benefitted from the previous volume on the Greek New Testament in this series. Devotions on the Greek New Testament, Volume Two: 52 Reflections to Inspire & Instruct builds on its predecessor, delivering 52 devotions on every book of the New Testament by over 25 Evangelical scholars from international and diverse backgrounds.

If you have previously worked your way through volume one, this new installment will be an easy choice for 2019. As stated in the preface,

The main point of each devotion in Devotions on the Greek New Testament, Volume Two comes from a careful reading of the passage in the Greek New Testament, not from an English translation. The authors use a variety of exegetical approaches in their devotions—including grammatical, lexical, rhetorical, sociohistorical, and linguistic—and each devotion closes with a practical application or spiritual reflection.

Like its predecessor, as well as the companion volume on the Hebrew Bible, Devotions on the Greek New Testament, vol. 2 is undated, though it is generally designed to be a weekly reflection. Regardless, you can work through it at your own pace as you are able.

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In addition to the 52 reflections, this title also includes as subject and Scripture index as well as a “Greek Word, Phrase, and Idiom Index.”

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Orthodox Study Bible Two-Year Reading Plan

Orthodox Study Bible Plans to read through the Bible in one year abound, both in print and electronically. However, many begin these plans without finishing them because the entire Bible, even divided into 365 sections, proves to be too much. Recently, we released an addition of a two-year plan included with (and designed for) the Orthodox Study Bible that divides the Bible into smaller portions and will hopefully result in a greater success rate for completion than similar one-year plans. [This reading plan was recently added free to the Orthodox Study Bible product. Check Easy Install if you already own the Orthodox Study Bible.]

Two years is also a better idea for the Orthodox Study Bible because the Orthodox canon has more Old Testament books than Protestant or even Catholic Bibles. Regardless of your view of canon, if you’ve never read a Bible with an “expanded” Old Testament (sometimes referred to as the Apocrypha or Deuterocanon) or one translated from the Septuagint instead of the Hebrew Bible, you may be interested in this plan.

OSB Reading Plan

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The two-year reading plan for the Orthodox Study Bible alternates Old Testament Readings on one day and a selection from Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament on other days. Reading the passages alone will take less than 20 minutes on average; however, if you choose to read the accompanying commentary in the Orthodox Study Bible, you may need to set aside a bit more time.

OSB Text Settings The Orthodox Study Bible comes with its own Bible translation that uses the St. Athanasius Academy Septuagint for the Old Testament and the New King James Version for the New Testament. You will want to make certain that the Scripture hyperlinks in the Orthodox Study Bible reading guide default to this translation, titled “English Orthodox Bible (SAAS + NKJV)” in Accordance. To select this version as the default in Accordance 12, open the reading plan and access the Action menu (that little gear icon, ⚙️, at the top of the reading plan pane); and under the Hypertext section, choose the English Orthodox Bible as your primary hypertext. Make certain to click the Save as Default button when you close the dialog box. In Accordance Mobile for iOS, open the reading plan, and from the text settings icon (AA), click on “All Display Settings,” and select the English Orthodox Bible as your primary hypertext.

The two-year plan for the Orthodox Study Bible is a dated plan that comes in two modules (one for each year). A few weeks ago, the plan was released as a free update to the Orthodox Study Bible for those who had purchased it previously.

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Dec 14, 2018 Timothy Jenney

Let It Snow (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #178)

 

 

Looking for snow this Christmas? Why not search for it in the Bible!? In this light-hearted topical study, Dr. J searches for snow in the Bible and Bible study resources. Discover where it snows in Israel and how often. Learn how the Bible’s authors used images of snow in their writing. See photographs of snow on the mountains of Israel. Pull up a chair next to the fireplace, get yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy this special seasonal study.

Check out more episodes of the Lighting the Lamp Podcast!

 

Dec 7, 2018 Richard Mansfield

ICYMI: Recent Updates to Accordance for Android, iOS, Windows & macOS!

In all the excitement of conferences, family get-togethers, and special sales in November, you may have not noticed the free updates released to Accordance Bible Software on all of our various platforms. Here are a few highlights that you may have missed.

AM Android 1.3 Accordance Mobile for Android, v. 1.3

Have you looked at the Android version of Accordance lately? It’s coming along quite speedily for being less than a year old. Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in 1.3:

  • Support for all modules up to 12.2 (except for Quran).
  • A Quick Preferences dialog for quickly adjusting common settings and the new Night Mode option.
  • Expanded details in Instant Details (similar to the CMD/CTRL toggle on desktop):
  • A spinning progress indicator is visible when fetching expanded instant details in the background.
  • Added a preference option to disable the expanded details (for slower devices).
  • A more immersive Reading Mode with fullscreen display and a thinner pane divider.
  • Amplify by Lexeme on Key Number texts in Instant Details.
  • A direct link to the Accordance Store from the app menu.
  • An internal web viewer.
  • Numerous bug fixes and cosmetic changes.

By the way, we’re so keen on our Android version of Accordance that we held a drawing and gave away three 8" Amazon Fire HD tablets at the ETS and SBL conferences. Congratulations to our winners: Ayun Kim, Ann Brock, and Robert Durough.

If you downloaded Accordance Mobile for Android from the Google Play Store or the Amazon App Store and have your device set for automatic updates, the new version should already been installed by the time you read this.


Accordance Mobile for iOS v. 2.7.3

The update to Accordance Mobile for iOS wasn’t as big as the other two updates, but you will still want to make certain you’re running the most up-to-date version. This somewhat-minor update delivers improvements to scrolling, text layout (especially Hebrew), and support for newer iPhone models.

2.7.3 ios

Like Android devices, if you have your iPhone or iPad set to update apps automatically, Accordance Mobile for iOS should already be up to date on your device. If not, go to the App Store and look for it in the update section.


Accordance v. 12.3 for Windows & macOS

This release was probably the biggest update since the initial launch of Accordance 12 two years ago. We released all these new features (yes, features—not just updates) for free, and people keep saying we should have released all this in the next paid update. Well, one of the benefits of being an Accordance user is not having to wait for the next paid update to get improvements to our software. Here are some of the updates in Accordance 12.3 grouped by subject:

Text Browser:

  • The new Text Browser tab displays multiple translations of the same verse from a verse reference selection in a Text or Tool tab.
  • The Text Browser can be linked to another Text tab (Search, Reference List, or Context) to show the top verse in all available translations, or in a predefined group of translations.
  • A new Web & Text Browser preference pane has been added.
  • The contents of the Text Browser tab can be printed and saved as a text file.
12.3 Text browser

Papers & Stacks:

  • Papers and Stacks can be synced between Windows, Macintosh, and iOS devices.
  • The Library supports the creation of sub-folders within the Paper and Stack subgroups.
  • In the Set Paper Display Dialog Box, an option for [None] has been added to hide the item marker for that particular hierarchical level.
  • A Word Count menu item has been added as the first item in the Pane Task Action Menu.
  • New and existing Paper tabs can be set to open at a specified Zoom level.
  • Links can be added to Papers from multiple sources (Resource, Web, File, Scripture).
  • When copying text from an Accordance Text or Tool, the bibliographic information is included when pasted into a Paper tab.
  • Items can now be added to a Stack from the Web Browser tab and from the Research tab.

Search:

  • AnySyntax has been added as a new search item in the Construct tab.

Research:

  • The Research tab has a new selector button for viewing Text results in a Text Browser or workspace.
  • Hebrew Literal search is now an option in the Research tab.
  • Reading/Research preferences have been updated to set new Research tabs to either Flex/Exact or Literal/Grammatical searches.
  • The title in the Research tab now shows the number of hits in the number of verses.

Web Browser:

  • Zoom buttons have been added to the web browser.
  • Scripture references detected on web pages will be displayed in Instant Details and highlighted in red to distinguish them from normal links.
  • Clicking a Scripture reference in the Web Browser opens the verse in a Text tab.
  • The default home page can be set in the Web & Text Browser preferences.
  • The default texts for scripture references displayed in the web browser can be selected in the Web & Text Browser preferences.

Citations:

  • Added a preference to split non-contiguous verses when using Copy as Citation.
  • Added an radio button in the Citation preferences specifying whether the entire citation should be enclosed in markers, or just the text title alone.

User Bibles:

  • Import of any UTF16 file is now supported.
  • Language groups such as Chinese, Russian, and "enhanced" Latin Unicode remain as Unicode Bible texts.

Localization:

  • If the localization is changed, any default item (such as highlight style name and route layer) not changed by the user will be updated.

Additional Enhancements:

  • User Note icons have been updated.
  • New Safe Mode options have been added.
  • An Accordance Exchange link has been added to the Help menu.
  • Updated help files.
  • Bug fixes.

Update to the newest version of Accordance 12 (we’re actually now at 12.3.1—a just-released bug fix) by running App Update from the Accordance menu in macOS and the Utilities menu in Windows.

 

Can you imagine all these new releases? And to think it’s not even Christmas yet!

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Dec 3, 2018 Richard Mansfield

NEW! The Biblical Illustrator (56 Volumes)

Users have long requested the classic 56-volume Biblical Illustrator for Accordance. Well, now the wait is over, and we’re pleased to announce the release of the entire series, covering both Old and New Testament, complete in one Accordance module for ease of use and searching, available immediately.

What is The Biblical Illustrator? Well, imagine having a book of quotations, commentary, and Bible factbook all in one series. Imagine having a stellar lineup of contributors such as J. B. Lightfoot, Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, John Wesley, B. F. Westcott, and scores of other well-known biblical commenters from history. Imagine a series edited by Joseph Exell, the editor of the Pulpit Commentary series (which is actually shorter than this series!). If you can put all of those components together, you would have The Biblical Illustrator.

Biblical Illustrator - macOS

The subtitle of The Biblical Illustrator says it all: “Anecdotes, Similes, Emblems, Illustrations, Expository, Scientific, Geographical, Historical, and Homiletic, Gathered from a Wide Range of Home and Foreign Literature, on the Verses of the Bible.” If you haven’t already guessed it, The Biblical Illustrator lives up to his name by delivering a treasure trove of content to preachers and teachers of the Bible for communicating the message of Scripture. This is the kind of resource you’ll want to put near the top of your Commentary folder in your Accordance Library so that it is always available in the Accordance Info Pane!

The Biblical Illustrator was designed not only for preachers and teachers but also for personal study. Another goal for the reader was simply an economic one: with so many excerpts available in The Biblical Illustrator, there was less need to purchase countless volumes of other titles for study. For the modern reader, The Biblical Illustrator this goal translates to “the best of the best” of the era from when it was written, saving one the hassle of having to plow through content in a myriad of other resources that may not be quite as relevant today.

The Biblical Illustrator works best in Accordance when used in parallel with a biblical text. Although it’s not a traditional commentary, it is set up like one. This allows you to quickly access its riches directly from the content you’re teaching, preaching, or studying. When set in a Zone in Accordance by itself, you can search for content by a variety of specific fields that our developers have carefully matched to the content of the Biblical Illustrator. Want to find quotes by a particular contributor? Use the Authors field to find all content by Charles Hodge, Adam Clark, St. Augustine, and others.

The Biblical Illustrator is no longer in print today, but when it was, it filled over 34,000 pages in 56 volumes. Having it in Accordance means you don’t have to find a used copy or travel to a library. In fact, we can even make corrections to errors in the original copy if anyone reports one. Although this series was written a century ago, it’s probably most accessible now in a digital form.

 

The Biblical Illustrator
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