Reviews by Jonathan Borland
November 20, 2016  | 10:54 PM   |    Okay (3)
[The 3 stars is only because I have not yet purchased the Romans volume, although I do own all the other volumes so far released in Accordance. This review is primarily in response to
Pedro Guardiola Campuzano's posted review.]

I used to think that the digital version of a work should always be cheaper than its digital counterpart. However, Accordance module pricing often has more to do with the price publishers set than it does with Accordance. Also, some (most?) publishers do not give ...
[The 3 stars is only because I have not yet purchased the Romans volume, although I do own all the other volumes so far released in Accordance. This review is primarily in response to
Pedro Guardiola Campuzano's posted review.]

I used to think that the digital version of a work should always be cheaper than its digital counterpart. However, Accordance module pricing often has more to do with the price publishers set than it does with Accordance. Also, some (most?) publishers do not give Accordance a text that is already tagged and hyperlinked, meaning that Accordance must do all this itself, and staff who do text preparation do not work gratis.

It is also debatable whether the print edition is more valuable than the Accordance module. While some, myself included, might prefer turning pages of actual books, I also find it convenient to have BDF and BDAG (and other important texts and resources) with me on my phone to access literally whenever and wherever I want. Also, often the indexes of books are limited. With Accordance's search options, a book's printed indexes are rendered obsolete. One may now search for a specific Greek manuscript referenced anywhere in an NIGTC work, or for a specific Greek word used anywhere within, or immediately view 5 or more Scripture references in parentheses, none of which are possible by owning just the printed work.

If the price of a module seems high, my advice is to wait until a special price is offered, sometimes as an upgrade. Christmastime is coming. Often publishers are more willing to pass along special pricing during this season.
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November 20, 2016  | 10:20 PM   |    Good (4)
Accordance's long-awaited release of the BDF Grammar now brings the two most standard reference works (along the BDAG Lexicon) to the fingertips of users. The text of BDF is fully tagged, meaning that users can enter search parameters specifically for titles, section number, English content, Scripture reference, Greek content, Hebrew content, transliteration, page numbers, and even manuscripts mentioned in the Grammar. A sufficient number of hyperlinks is included, meaning that simply hovering ...
Accordance's long-awaited release of the BDF Grammar now brings the two most standard reference works (along the BDAG Lexicon) to the fingertips of users. The text of BDF is fully tagged, meaning that users can enter search parameters specifically for titles, section number, English content, Scripture reference, Greek content, Hebrew content, transliteration, page numbers, and even manuscripts mentioned in the Grammar. A sufficient number of hyperlinks is included, meaning that simply hovering over any hyperlink such as an abbreviation, a reference to another section of the Grammar, or a biblical citation allows the reader, via the instant details window, to view the full title of the publication, the referenced section elsewhere in the Grammar, the referenced verse in Greek or Hebrew or English (whichever the user has set in the Preferences menu), etc. This alone saves an immense amount of time in flipping pages of various books/editions or even reading and then typing a reference in another window so the verse or referenced section might pop up. It is hoped (and has been hinted at by Accordance staff in the user forums) that hyperlinks to other sources also available in Accordance, such as A. T. Robertson's Grammar, will be added in the future. To users who already own both reference works in print, but especially to those who do not, the benefits mentioned above of owning BDF as an Accordance module far outweigh its cost. The user is immediately rewarded in heightened research productivity and facility.
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June 26, 2016  |  6:53 AM   |    Good (4)
The Chinese Union Version (Chin. 和合本, heheben) is now fully searchable by Strong's numbers in Accordance. This is a wonderful and much anticipated development for all Chinese or Chinese-ministry related users. Used by itself or in parallel with any Strong's-tagged original language text, the Chinese Union Version with Strong's Numbers module (CUVS) allows all the powerful searches that have been available for many years with the KJV in English.

I'll demonstrate a simple search that renders ...
The Chinese Union Version (Chin. 和合本, heheben) is now fully searchable by Strong's numbers in Accordance. This is a wonderful and much anticipated development for all Chinese or Chinese-ministry related users. Used by itself or in parallel with any Strong's-tagged original language text, the Chinese Union Version with Strong's Numbers module (CUVS) allows all the powerful searches that have been available for many years with the KJV in English.

I'll demonstrate a simple search that renders results instantaneously. In the CUVS NT the term gospel (Chin. 福音, fuyin) occurs 136 times, but how many of these render the Greek verb form (Greek εὐαγγελίζομαι, euangelizomai)? Before this module was released, one could get results by using the KJV with Strong's in one zone with the command "[KEY G2097]" and the Chinese Union Version in another zone with the command "[CONTENTS KJVS] <and> 福音". In the CUV zone the results highlight "福音" (gospel) in red and show all 42 hits in 38 verses.

Now with this new CUVS module one may do this command (i.e., "[KEY G2097] <and> 福音") directly from the Chinese Union Bible text. This process saves a great deal of screen space and time. The results are identical.

One unintended consequence of the way the text is coded, however, is that only the final character of the keyed Chinese word is highlighted in the results of a search. For example, searching for all instances of Greek euangelizomai with the command "[KEY G2097]" highlights only 音 (sound) in Luke 2:10; 3:18; 4:18; 9:6; 20:1, etc. (instead of, e.g., 福音 [gospel]). It is also not very consistent in what part of the expression is highlighted. For example, 传 (spread) is highlighted in Matt 11:5; Luke 4:43; Acts 8:12, etc. (instead of, e.g., (福)音 [gospel] as above). Sometimes, more than one word is highlighted, such as (好信)息 (good news) and (报)给 (give) in Luke 1:19 and (报)给 (give) and (信)息 (news) in Luke 2:10, even though only one occurrence of the Greek verb occurs in those verses. (This might explain the discrepancy of 55 hits with this search in the KJV with Strong's / GNT-Textus Receptus with Strong's as opposed to the 57 hits with the CUV with Strong's. Nevertheless, it is an amazing time saver to have at least one character of the rendering highlighted when doing any amount of searching.

One further improvement in this CUV with Strong's module over the CUV (without Strong's) is that this text includes all the parenthetical notes and textual comments! For example, at Matt 6:13 after 救我们脱离凶恶 (deliver us from evil) this new module includes the note (as in printed editions): "(或作:脱离恶者)" (or: deliver from the evil one). At the end of the same verse the note is present: "(有古卷没有因为……阿们等字)" (There are ancient manuscripts that do not have the words 'For' ... 'Amen'). In contrast, the CUV without Strong's merely has an asterisk at both places with no accompanying Notes file with this information.

All in all, this module is a must have for all Accordance users of the Chinese Union Version. It performs seamlessly with original language texts and offers all the complex search capabilities that English language users have been used to for years. It is hoped that some of the tagging might be improved in the future, but for the few searches I tried in comparison with other Strong's-tagged texts, I found it reasonably accurate.

Many thanks to Accordance developers for answering the calls of many users in the East who have been dreaming about having this module in Accordance for so many years!
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