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Jun 24, 2019 David Lang

Picture More of the New Testament

Picture the NT 3D cover Last November, we released Picture the New Testament: A PhotoCommentary. If you're not familiar with it, it acts as a visual commentary, showing ancient artifacts, artwork, maps, and locations which illustrate some aspect of the biblical text. The initial release included the four Gospels, Acts, and 1–2 Peter. Those who bought the initial release were pleasantly surprised over the weekend with a free update which added the Pauline epistles (Romans-Philemon).

Picture the NT now covers 88% of the New Testament, and work on the remaining 12% is already well underway. That too will be a free update for those who have already purchased Picture the NT. On the other hand, the purchase price will likely go up once the entire New Testament is finished, so you'll save money if you buy now.

In some ways, illustrating the Epistles is much harder than illustrating the Gospels and Acts. After all, the narrative books often discuss people, places, and things which are easily illustrated. The epistles, on the other hand, discuss theological concepts, abstract ideas, and ancient customs. How do you illustrate the idea that the gospel is “folly” to Greeks (1 Corinthians 1:23), that there was a “dividing wall of hostility” between Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 2:14), or that some “grieve without hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13)?

Here is how those three concepts are illustrated in the new update to Picture the NT:

Folly to Greeks:

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Dividing Wall of Hostility:

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Grieving Without Hope:

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This is obviously just a sample of what you'll find. There is so much cool stuff in this new update to Picture the NT that you're sure to discover powerful illustrations for your sermons and lessons, and helpful insights for your personal study. If you already own Picture the NT, be sure to download the new update. If you don't already own it, what are you waiting for?

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Jun 21, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Absolutely Stellar! Abram K-J’s Accordance 25 Story

Abram K-J My first contact with Accordance was in August 2012, when I reached out to them with a request to review Accordance 9 for my then relatively new blog. Unbeknownst to me, they were putting the finishing touches on Accordance 10, so I soon found myself downloading the Original Languages collection in the re-designed Accordance 10.

After an easy installation and setup (I can still see the dining room table where I sat), I was really impressed with what I called the “absolutely stellar” interface. I reviewed the app in a six-part (!) series.

Since then I’ve been using Accordance nearly every day. I’ve used it for personal devotions, seminary papers, weekly sermons, Sunday school, small group Bible study, theological inquiry, and much more. I moved from reviewer to customer almost right away. And since 2015 I’ve led a variety of online Webinars each month, sharing with other users my own excitement about the software and showing them how to put it to use.

Happy 25 years, Accordance! Here’s to (at least) 25 more.


Abram Kielsmeier-Jones is Pastor of Union Congregational Church in Magnolia, Massachusetts.

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Jun 20, 2019 David Lang

25 Reasons We’re Still Going Strong: Business Strategies

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’m considering 25 reasons I think we’ve managed to defy the odds. In previous posts, I covered 5 motivational reasons for our continued success, 6 reasons related to our development philosophy, and 5 aspects of our approach to software design. In this post, I’ll cover five business strategies which have contributed to Accordance’s longevity.

Business Strategies

17. We Established Key Partnerships. In one sense, every publisher whose books we license for use with Accordance is a key partnership contributing to Accordance's success. Still, in the larger panoply of partnerships, there are a few key relationships which have played an outsize role in establishing Accordance as an industry leader.

The GRAMCORD Institute. This strategic partnership goes back to the very beginning of Accordance. The GRAMCORD Institute (TGI) was a pioneer in the development of a Greek New Testament which was “tagged” with grammatical information, enabling mainframe and DOS PC users to perform sophisticated searches for various grammatical constructions. Unfortunately, TGI offered no Mac interface for searching their tagged Greek New Testament. Since it is one of the few events in Accordance's history which was before my time, I'm sketchy on the details of how our partnership with GRAMCORD was formed, but basically, we agreed to develop a Mac Bible program (Accordance) that would search the GRAMCORD Greek New Testament (and eventually other tagged Greek and Hebrew texts). GRAMCORD would provide the grammatically-tagged texts, along with other Bibles which TGI had licensed from various publishers, and would—in the beginning at least—be Accordance's main distributor.

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This partnership benefitted TGI by giving it a Mac product to sell without having to develop the program itself. It benefitted Accordance by giving us credibility with publishers and a ready market among academic users.

Doubleday. Several years ago I wrote a blog post about our efforts to license Anchor Bible Dictionary, at that time published by Doubleday. We actually developed a prototype module “on spec” before we signed a contract. That, of course, was risky because we were investing in the development of a product we might not ultimately be able to sell. Furthermore, since Anchor had a wide variety of hypertext links, images, tables, transliteration, etc., we had to do programming to support all those features. In the end, Doubleday was impressed with our work and ultimately licensed Anchor to us. This was a major coup for a fledgling company, and our relationship with Doubleday soon opened doors to licensing agreements with other publishers. What's more, the programming we did to support Anchor enabled us to support a wide variety of other modules.

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18. We Invested in Scholarly Projects. When you establish a reputation for developing Bible software capable of high-level scholarly research, you end up with top scholars and institutions coming to you for help with some of their own projects. That's how many of the cool features and databases available in Accordance got started. Very early on, we were approached by Dr. Martin Abegg about publishing a tagged version of the Dead Sea Scrolls! Other tagged original language texts followed, developed in cooperation with other renowned scholars. Then came powerful databases, such as Emmanuel Tov's MT/LXX Parallel, which compares how the Greek Septuagint translates the Hebrew Bible, and the Textual Apparatus of the Greek New Testament by the Center for New Testament Textual Criticism. Many of these texts and databases were eventually made available to other Bible software programs, but it was Accordance which worked directly with the scholars to develop them.

Our investment in these projects had a number of important benefits. First, we helped make these cutting edge texts and databases available not only to scholars, but also to a much wider audience. The challenges posed by these projects also drove us to create powerful new features of benefit to any Accordance user. Finally, our participation often made possible applications which the scholars hadn't originally envisioned, thereby opening up new possibilities for research.

19. We Avoided Trading Control for Cash. Over the years, we've had various people and companies offer to invest in Accordance, but we have politely declined their offers. While we could certainly have benefitted from an infusion of cash at times, we've seen far too many Bible software developers lose their way as they began making decisions aimed at pleasing their investors rather than their end users. At Accordance, the investment made by you, our users, is the only one we care about.

HP TouchPad (WebOS) 20. We Avoided Jumping on Bandwagons. In my second post in this series, I wrote about how we have been careful not to embrace every new technology touted by the computer industry as the “next big thing.” Too many of those technologies would fail to catch on and get abandoned, costing the companies which adopted them a lot of time, effort, and money. On a smaller scale, the Bible software industry has had its share of “next big things” as well, and we've been around long enough to see other companies chase those “next big things” to their own detriment. The danger of chasing the next big thing is that you may suddenly stop doing your thing—the thing which gave you a competitive advantage and earned you the customers you have. We have always tried to make sure we don't lose sight of our own priorities even as we evaluate whether or not to pursue some new trend or development.

21. We Created Our Own Resources. Some of Accordance's best-selling and most useful resources are the ones we created ourselves. Products like the interactive Bible Atlas and Timeline, along with resources like the PhotoGuide, PhotoMuseum, and Picture the NT are all the product of our own research and development. That has meant a big up front investment, but it has resulted in products that we can tailor to the needs of our users in ways we simply can't do with licensed materials.


Those are 5 business strategies which have enabled Accordance to keep going strong after 25 years. In my next post, we’ll look at 4 reasons you, our users, have helped make Accordance successful.

 

Jun 18, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Stay Active with Great Reads and Remarkable Resources

Stay Active

“Stay active!” we’re often told. Active minds and bodies produce healthy minds and bodies. And the same can be true of biblical studies. When we stay active studying the Bible, biblical languages, and theological subjects, we not only increase our understanding of the Scriptures, we can discover new ways to exercise our faith and stay spiritually active! This week, we have some great reads and remarkable resources for your Accordance Library. Don’t miss upgrades and sale prices on the one-of-a-kind Hermeneia series, a new title on the role of the Old Testament Law in the Christian life, plus many other discounted titles to help you stay active in mind and spirit!

Sale on the Specialty Starters is good through Monday, July 1, 2019 (11:59 PM EDT). Unless otherwise noted, the special pricings on other prices listed below are good through Monday, June 24, 2019 (11:59 PM EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


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OT Law New! Old Testament Law for Christians: Original Context and Enduring Application

This is a highly recommented and widely endorsed work. The Old Testament law is foundational for our understanding of the Bible, but for many it remains some of the Old Testament's most foreign and exotic material. This book by a leading evangelical expert in biblical law helps readers understand Old Testament law, how it functioned in the Old Testament, and how it is (and is not) instructive for contemporary Christians.

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Works that inspire, energize, and convict. Walter Brueggemann is surely one of the most influential Bible interpreters of our time. He is the author of over one hundred books and numerous scholarly articles.

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Jun 17, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

NEW! Old Testament Law for Christians by Roy E. Gane

OT Law Christians have struggled to find a place for the Old Testament Law since the days of the Early Church. Acts 15 records the church’s conflict with whether or not to circumcise gentile converts as prescribed in the Law. In the second century, Marcion of Sinope was proclaimed a heretic for his extreme views of the Old Testament. Over the centuries, Christians have had no issue with laws such as “Do not steal” (Ex 20:15), but how does one approach a prohibition against mixing different materials in clothing (Lev 19:19)? And how should we handle all the laws concerning sacrifice and service in the Tabernacle, food laws, and commands relating to marriage?

Adventist scholar Roy E. Gane has earned a reputation for being an expert on Old Testament Law. In his book, Old Testament Law for Christians: Original Context and Enduing Application (2017, Baker Academic and available beginning today for Accordance Bible Software), Gane sets out to provide understanding, clarity and application of Old Testament Law for today’s Christians. Rather than allowing the Old Testament to remain an obscure, rarely-consulted part of the canon, Gane wants to show how its values can be incorporated into the everyday faith of believers.

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Old Testament Law for Christiansis is divided into four parts.

  • Part 1, “Getting into Old Testament Law” (chaps. 1–3), introduces the relevance, nature, and purpose of OT law.

  • Part 2, “Literature and Background of Old Testament Law” (chaps. 4–6), identifies locations of laws in the OT and law concepts in other genres, explains how OT law communicates values through its literary genre, and describes ancient historical contexts that shed light on OT laws.

  • Part 3, “Applying Old Testament Laws” (chaps. 7–10), exposes issues involved in direct and indirect application of OT laws to modern Christian life, reviews and critiques methods for applying OT laws, synthesizes a Progressive Moral Wisdom approach, and illustrates this approach through a case study.

  • Part 4, “Values in Old Testament Law” (chaps. 11–16), explicates moral values in the Ten Commandments and in social-justice laws, grapples with serious theodicy problems raised by some OT laws, and addresses questions regarding ongoing observance of several OT laws.

Roy Gane suggests a model for approaching Old Testament Law that he calls “Progressive Moral Wisdom.” It includes five components:

  1. Analyze the Law by itself.

  2. Analyze the Law within the System of Old Testament Laws

  3. Further Analyze the Law within the context of its ancient life situation.

  4. Analyze the Law within the process of redemption.

  5. Relate findings regarding the function of the Law to modern life.

The book concludes with a reflection on the value of obedience to God’s will, followed by a select bibliography that guides the reader to further resources, some with additional helpful bibliographies. An extremely detailed  index is available for readers to use the book as a topical resource for exploring how to understand and apply specific Old Testament laws. Gane uses the English Standard Version as his base translation.

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Jun 14, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Meet Mark Allison (Getting to Know Accordance)

Getting to Know Accordance

This summer, in honor of our 25th anniversary, we are sharing a bit more about who we are. Each week you will meet an Accordance employee, learn about that individual's favorite works, and read a brief personal message. We hope you find these enjoyable and beneficial.

Meet Mark Allison

Mark Allison Bio

Mark Allison has been an Accordance Text Developer for more than 10 years and an Accordance user since 2002. He’s also in charge of the Help documentation and takes care of error correction reports that users submit.

Mark learned basic programming on a Processor Technologies SOL-20 computer in 1979. He says he started using Macintosh computers in 1990 “before they were cool.”

In addition to Mark’s computer skills, he also holds an undergraduate degree in Missiology (Toccoa Falls College), as well as MA degrees in Anthropology (University of Georgia) and Theological Studies (Liberty University). He and his wife, Lu, have four kids—Sophia, Lydia, Evangeline, and Levi. They currently live in Flowery Branch, Georgia. He also serves as the director of Covenant Life School of Ministry, a 3-year leadership school for lay leaders.

A Love for Libraries—Physical & Digital

My parents were missionaries in the Middle East until I was about 10 years old. We left Beirut when the fighting started in 1972, and our family ended up at Toccoa Falls College, where my father taught for the next 35 years.

We lived on campus, and some of my fondest memories were spending long summer days in the school library, poring over what seemed like an infinite variety of books. I’ve spent a lot of time in libraries over the years, and they’ve always been a source of wonder to me.

That may be one of the reasons that I love working with Accordance. It still amazes me that I can have a well-stocked seminary library on my iPhone. I remember my parents having to pack our belongings as we travelled to and from the Middle East. We had to be very frugal with our packing, and not all my father’s books made the trip.

That’s not a problem any more, and that’s why the Theological Journal Library is one of my favorite resources. I've used it heavily over the years. If these journals were printed volumes, they would be dog-eared by now.

The Theological Journal Library

TJL The advantage of having the Theological Journal Library available in an electronic format is clear. Digital media has many advantages over print, but sometimes there are things you can do with a digital format that you simply can’t do with the printed page.

Think about it. Many of these journals are only to be found in the largest seminary libraries. Tracing the thread of scholarly conversation from one printed volume to another would be difficult at best, even with a yearly index; but searching the Accordance module is done with lightning speed, even on an iPad or iPhone.

Imagine the shelf space that would be required to hold the volumes of more than 30 different journals. Bibliotheca Sacra alone includes 169 volumes, beginning with volume 1 in 1844! In short, having this module gives me more research flexibility than even the best libraries can provide. I can't imagine doing research without it.

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Jun 13, 2019 Helen Brown

Advanced Hebrew in Accordance (Webinar Archive)

 

 

In this previously recorded webinar, Helen Brown focused on Psalm 1:1-3 and used the text to demonstrate the structure of a tagged text, how to garner more information on the words and build powerful searches. She went on to demonstrate both the Holmstedt and ETCBC (WIVU) syntax databases and how to view and search them.

For more information on free Accordance webinars, including a list of upcoming sessions, please visit our webinars page.

 

Jun 7, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Meet Rick Mansfield (Getting to Know Accordance)

 

Getting to Know Accordance

This summer, in honor of our 25th anniversary, we are sharing a bit more about who we are. Each week you will meet an Accordance employee, learn about that individual's favorite works, and read a brief personal message. We hope you find these enjoyable and beneficial.

Meet Rick Mansfield

Rick Mansfield Bio

Rick Mansfield is Accordance's Technology Evangelist. He has been using Accordance since 1998 and came on with the company fulltime in 2014. Rick has MDiv and ThM degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. This past year, Rick, along with his wife, Kathy, and their hound, Lucy Mae, moved back to Louisiana where all three originally called home. Despite their Baptist heritage (for which they are very grateful), Rick and Kathy recently became catechumens at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Two Defining Encounters with the Bible

My first Bible teacher was my mother. Some of my earliest memories are sitting in her lap, in her rocking chair, while she read Bible stories to me. In those early years, I had two books of Bible stories. Not only did I love the stories, but I also enjoyed spending hours studying the pictures that were on every page. This first encounter with the Bible's message would be defining for my entire life.

Although church life has been central to my experience as far back as I can remember, I admit that I was not an overly-pious teenager. Sometime around the 10th or 11th grade, I found myself at home in bed for an entire week with mononucleosis. I never knew how I caught it; no one I knew had it. There wasn't a lot to do while lying sick in bed. We only had three channels on television, and it was all soap operas and game shows in those days. With nothing else to do, I looked over at my Bible, which usually only got touched if I remembered to take it to church on Sunday. I wiped the dust off of it and began reading.

For whatever reason, I began reading in Matthew's Gospel. If I had started at Genesis, I'm not certain if my teenage attention span would have survived Leviticus. I'd heard the Bible all my life—from my mother's lap to Sunday School lessons and pastors' sermons. But I'd never really read it and kept reading before. I'd never read a Bible passage in a larger context!

Now, I've never been one to look at circumstances like getting sick and say without doubt, "God made me sick so he could get my attention!" I just can't say anything like that with certainty. But I definitely believe in a God who seeks us out and will redeem the difficult times in our lives for his glory. I read Matthew, Mark, and Luke and a good bit of John's Gospel that week while I was sick. I'd love to say that I was a different person the very next week when I went back to school, but the process worked a bit more gradually than that. When I went back to doing the kinds of often-ill-advised things teenagers do, I was startled that Bible verses I had read would pop into my thoughts. My encounter with the Bible's message that week began a process of change in my life that still continues manifesting itself to this day.

My life verse is Ezra 7:10, which I'll quote from the NASB since that's the version I originally memorized it in many years ago: "For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel." I've often said that I feel closest to God when studying the Bible and most in his will when teaching its message to others.

The Orthodox Study Bible

Orthodox Study Bible The Orthodox Study Bible. I use it for the daily lectionary readings, but I’ve also been using the two-year reading plan that comes with the Accordance edition of the OSB. Although I’ve read the Bible many times, I realized a while back that I’d never read an Old Testament based on the Septuagint (LXX), and I’d never read all the extra books in the LXX not found in most Protestant Bibles. The two-year plan in the Accordance edition of the OSB is perfect for slowly reading through the entire Bible. I also appreciate the notes in the OSB that are packed with Orthodox thought and practice as well as many quotations from the Church Fathers. Let me also add that the OSB may be of interest to non-Orthodox readers because its included Old Testament translation, the St. Athanasius Academy Septuagint, is the most readable LXX translation I’ve ever used. For non-Orthodox, the OSB would be worth purchasing just to get this translation.

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Jun 6, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Much Better than Print Lexicons! Matt Christian’s Accordance 25 Story

Matt Christian Being in Seminary, I often saw others using programs to help with translation and exegetical work. I would bring print lexicons to class (yes the big huge ones) and spend half my time thumbing through them to find particular glosses, while others would simply pull up several lexicons at once. It soon became apparent that I needed to rethink things a bit!

When I began to work on my Master’s thesis, I started looking into Accordance. I had a few professors suggest it and after simple research, I decided that Accordance was for me. Since they focused more on biblical texts than sheer number of books they could cram into the platform, I quickly realized that I could preform complex searches and have everything I needed as a student at my fingertips.

I talk about Accordance so much, one of my professors has asked me to demo the program to his first year Hebrew students! Thank you Accordance for all that you do, from the amazing staff to the abundance of resources that do exactly what I need. I have never even purchased any other software and am very pleased with Accordance.


Matt Christian is a student at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina where he uses Accordance in his Masters thesis work on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Jun 3, 2019 Accordance Bible Software

Meet David Lang (Getting to Know Accordance)

Getting to Know Accordance

This summer, in honor of our 25th anniversary, we are sharing a bit more about who we are. Each week you will meet an Accordance employee, learn about that individual's favorite works and read a brief personal message. We hope you find these enjoyable and beneficial.

Meet David Lang

David Lang Bio

David Lang is Accordance’s Vice President of Development, and has been with the company since 1995. He has authored or co-authored Accordance’s Bible Lands PhotoGuide and Bible Times PhotoMuseum, as well as the book Macs in the Ministry and six volumes of Northland Church’s Journey to Spiritual Maturity series. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children: David, Caleb, Bethany, Alexa, and Josiah.

A Rocky Start to Studying the Bible

I didn’t have much exposure to the Bible as a child, so when I started studying the Bible as a teenager, I had a bit of a rocky start. I had started the books of Genesis and Matthew, but didn’t get all the way through them. Then one day, I decided to read Ecclesiastes.

The reason I chose Ecclesiastes is that I had always loved the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by the Byrds, and I learned from Kevin Bacon’s speech in the movie Footloose that the lyrics had come from Ecclesiastes. (Paul sat at the feet of Gamaliel. I learned the Scriptures from rock bands and Hollywood!) So I turned to Ecclesiastes in a King James Bible and read, “all is vanity and vexation of spirit.” I remember thinking, “I think I know what that means, and it isn’t very inspiring!”

Still, Ecclesiastes is a short book, and I managed to make it all the way through it. So I went on to the next book: “Song of Songs.” I have vivid memories of reading for a while, and then slamming my Bible shut and thinking, “I must have the dirtiest mind in the world, because there’s no way the Bible can be saying what I think it’s saying!”
In those first faltering attempts to study the Bible, I very quickly learned that it isn’t always—or even often—what you expect. When you study the Bible, expect to be surprised, and always be willing to adjust your preconceived notions about “what the Bible says.”

Gospel According to the Old Testament

GAOT In spite of my rocky start, I love studying and teaching through the books of the Old Testament, and one resource I’ve found particularly helpful is The Gospel According to the Old Testament (GAOT) series. When I was teaching through the book of Judges, the volume on Judges (Right in Their Own Eyes) was extremely helpful, offering insight into important themes, literary connections within the book, etc. While not a commentary per se, it ended up being as helpful to me as any commentary I’ve ever used. I’ve since used the volumes on Ruth (Famine to Fullness) and David (After God’s Heart) as I’ve taught through Ruth and 1 Samuel. There’s even a volume on Ecclesiastes!

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