Review: The Interpretation Series on @AccordanceBible

Right now, you can get the entire series with a huge discount.

Accordance graced me with an early preview copy of the Interpretation Series (Westminster John Knox) for use on my Accordance 12 program (review to follow). I have some of the series in print — I was given my first volume by a United Methodist preacher in Madison, WV — and on another platform. However, with this bundle, I get the entire set including the bible studies as well as the topic studies, both new to me.

If you are unfamiliar with this series, the first thing you’ll wonder about is where has the commentary gone. Maybe that isn’t fair; however, this commentary is geared to the exegete who intends to deliver something without heady academic jargon but is readily useful for the audience. It is a commentary without reading like a commentary. Rather than hyper-analyzing the original languages or social science context (both valid and needful in some areas), the Interpretation series focuses on the text as if it is part of the story. For instance, in Mark 5.1-20, Lamar Williamson, Jr., creates a narrative about the text that dives into the essential parts about Mark’s pericope. He does address the almost disjointed parts of the story, brings to light what is unique and noteworthy, and then offers various interpretations as well as the interpretation’s gestalt. This is one of the features many of us have come to like about the Interpretation Series.

The larger volumes (Interpretation Bible Studies) lead the reader some place else. According to the series’ preface,

IBS was developed out of three primary convictions. First, the Bible is the church’s scripture and stands in a unique place of authority in Christian understanding. Second, good scholarship helps readers understand the truths of the Bible and sharpens their perception of God speaking through the Bible. Third, deep knowledge of the Bible bears fruit in one’s ethical and spiritual life.

Each IBS volume has ten brief units of key passages from a book of the Bible. By moving through these units, readers capture the sweep of the whole biblical book. Each unit includes study helps, such as maps, photos, definitions of key terms, questions for reflection, and suggestions for resources for further study. In the back of each volume is a Leader’s Guide that offers helpful suggestions on how to use IBS.

Once again, for clarity’s sake, I turn to Mark (written by Richard I. Deibert). In the section on Mark 5.1-20, Deibert (who does refer to Williamson in a neatly hyperlinked fashion), speaks to the student, most likely in a bible study class, that has chosen to go deeper than the usually lighter fare offered in Sunday School. Here, the narrative of Mark is interweaved with Deibert’s somewhat poetic flair and passages from the Old Testament. The narrative flows, referring to Mark in a way that keeps Mark’s Gospel separate, but stands with it.

Finally, Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church provides something of a sourcebook for those of us interested in particular theological topics. This series is not fully developed yet, but according to the publishers,

The Bible as used in the Christian community is not only a collection of books but also itself a book that has a unity and coherence important to its meaning. Some volumes in this new series will deal with this canonical wholeness and seek to provide a wider context for the interpretation of individual books as well as a comprehensive theological perspective that reading single books does not provide.

Other volumes in the series will examine particular texts, like the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Sermon on the Mount, texts that have played such an important role in the faith and life of the Christian community that they constitute orienting foci for the understanding and use of Scripture.

A further concern of the series will be to consider important and often difficult topics, addressed at many different places in the books of the canon, that are of recurrent interest and concern to the church in its dependence on Scripture for faith and life. So the series will include volumes dealing with such topics as eschatology, women, wealth, and violence.

I also note Ronald P. Byars, who writes the volume on the Sacraments, pointedly refers to Mainliners with some rather forceful words that Evangelicals can appreciate. He writes as a pastor and a theologian, a welcomed recovery of the better years of the American pastor. Further, his references to the Churches of the Reformation, the Revised Common Lectionary, and other fruits of American Mainline denominations is another highpoint of this particular volume. He is writing to congregations and denominations in transition – to recover what separates us as Christians and as Protestants. He makes use of all of our canons.

I like the feel of these volumes. I like what Bayers does with the Eucharist. He supplies Scripture, liturgy, and history in giving something to preachers that they are unlikely to have received elsewhere — a chance to recover Protestant theology of something besides the right word to use in describing salvation. The first section, for instance, of the Lord’s Supper goes deep into the phrase “Do This.” He connects it to the grand sweep of Scripture. He explores how the Synoptics differ on the institution of the Eucharist. He even explores our word choices. Finally, he connects the Christian practice with the Jewish forebearer.

Throughout the many volumes are hyperlinked references, verses, and other resources. You will also find a scholarship taken from the lectern and placed behind the pulpit, something desperately needed by all too many.

I am eclectic mix of liberal and conservative; mainline and evangelical; high church and charismatic. I preach and I teach. And I judge those who do. I find something in the volumes to satisfy my various mixes, some things that challenge me, and some things that cause me to look anew at a passage.. As one who uses his Macbook Pro, iMac, and iPad to do research and write sermons, having these volumes on Accordance is near-miracle.

 

See that? I can access every book, individually, without the individual volumes taking up line-item space in my library

Why is that important (to me?) – because it helps in searching, saving time and energy. I like this feature a lot, actually, have have come to rely on it as a way to look at what different authors may say about the same concept.

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Rightfully so, these volumes are individual.

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Inside the Orthodox Study Bible on @AccordanceBible

It is a good and proper thing to have a study bible that is set within the Great Tradition. That’s why I like the Orthodox Study Bible — because it acknowledges that Scripture is primarily the book of the Church. By the way, this is big ‘O’ and not just orthodoxy (ecumenical creeds, etc…).

Anyway, where is me working through 3 Maccabees:

Orthodox Study Bible

And:

orthodox study bible II

Also, Wisdom of Solomon with an Icon for me to pay attention too:

Orthodox Study Bible, Wisdom of Solomon

And, a picture of it in iOS:

I usually read the NETS for my main LXX translation. It is my go-to translation. In the Orthodox Study Bible, however, the SAAS translation is made available. This translation, unlike the NETS, is liturgical in design. It is readable.

…included with every copy of the OSB is the St. Athanasius Academy Septuagint, a new English version of the LXX created specifically to accompany the Old Testament annotations of the OSB. The SAAS began with the New King James Version as its base, but changes were made at any point where the LXX differed from the Hebrew text. Moreover, brand new translations were created for the additional books (often referred to as Apocrypha or Deuterocanon) not found in the NKJV. The translation of these additional Old Testament books use the NKJV style and vocabulary as a template to maintain a consistent look and feel throughout the OSB.

Make sure you get a copy shortly, while introductory pricing is still around.

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In the email: The Orthodox Study Bible on @AccordanceBible

Special Introductory Pricing…

From Accordance:

We are pleased to announce the release of the Orthodox Study Bible Notes for the Accordance Library! This unique study Bible, offering insights and commentary from the early centuries of Christianity, will be of interest not only to Eastern Orthodox Christians but also to anyone interested in church history.

The content of the OSB–including annotations, introductions, and articles–is written at a vocabulary level of a high school graduate to communicate “the treasures of the Orthodox biblical tradition with clergy and laypeople desirous of understanding their Christian beliefs and making them accessible to others” (Introduction). The notes and commentary emphasize the major themes of the Christian faith, giving special attention to the following:

  1. The Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  2. The Incarnation: The Divine Son of God becoming Man
  3. The Centrality of the Church, the “dwelling place of God in the Spirit” (Eph 2:22)
  4. The Virtues: God’s call to His people to live righteous and holy lives in Christ

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6 Free Accordance Webinars This Week

Abram here with a short post on some free webinars Accordance Bible Software is offering this week. Joel has reviewed the software here, here, and here.

I’ve attended a few Accordance webinars, and they’re always informative and well-done. I also teach a couple webinars now, which is a lot of fun. I’m leading one on Friday:

Setting Up Workspaces with Abram K-J
Friday, August 21, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Abram will gear this session toward the basic-level Accordance user. The webinar is interactive throughout, offering users a chance to see how to set up, customize, and save a Workspace in Accordance.

Here is what I’ll cover:

  1. Terminology: Panes, Tabs, Zones, Workspaces
  2. Setting Up a Simple Workspace: Bible, Commentary, User Notes
  3. Setting Up a More Robust Workspace: Multiple Bible Texts, Multiple Commentaries, and Tools
  4. Creating Different Workspaces for Different Tasks
  5. Multiplying the Power of Workspaces: Sessions
  6. Additional Q and A

See all of this week’s free webinars here.

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Review of @AccordanceBible and @IVPAcademic’s “Ancient Christian Doctrine (5 Vol)

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I am consistently amazed at the quality and speed of Accordance Bible Software as well as their offering to the Christian theological community. One of the latest additions is the Ancient Christian Doctrine 5 volume set, published by IVP-Academic. I have received this module for an unbiased review.

Introduction:

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As a followup to the ]] series, InterVarsity Press issued a series on what many consider the most important creed formulated by Church councils – the Niceno-Constantinopolitan. (Compared to the Nicene Creed of 325, it includes major additions developed after the serious Arian controversies in the 4th century.) For the editors, this Creed is a binding tool of ecumenicalism which is shared by Catholic, Orthodox and most Protestants alike, so it is only natural that any series on ancient Christian doctrine meant to educate about orthodox doctrines focus on this creed. Indeed, one cannot help but to read these pages and come to a complete understanding of what it means to be a Christian.

Review (Book):

In the chapters, the reader finds a consistent voice supported by mainstream theologians of the period, from the close of canon to the 8th century. One of the benefits is that the Editor uses only those writers who can be interpreted in the orthodox light, and only their orthodox writings. While this is acceptable if the intent is to issue a commentary on the creed, the reader may want to obtain other books for a history of the development of the Creed of 381. As for me, I have found this style more than sufficient in understanding the importance of each precept of the Creed.

Each chapter opens with the the stanza in Greek, Latin, and English with the phrase to be supported in bold. The Editor then goes on to give a historical context of the particular phrase. This is followed by an overview which essentially is a summary, complete with references to the Fathers, of the commentary to follow. This overview is creedal in of itself in that it is short sentences from the various writers which you are about to read.

The chapters themselves are made up of short passages by various authors including those who ended their Christian life less orthodox than one would like to believe, such as Tatian and Tertullian. The translation of these texts range from old texts modified slightly to new texts, never before translated, but done so for this work with a dynamic equivalency. The fact that this series uses never before translated works makes it a valuable resource to have.

I have several reflections for the book material itself. This series has set on my bookshelf for several years, allowing me to it for doctrinal clarification on matters of the Creed — something that has become more useful and habitual as I became more Creedal.

Review (Software):

I am running Accordance of my mid-2012 MacBook Pro with a 500Gb SSD and 8GB of RAM. What was once breakneck speed for Accordance (with the HD and 4GB of RAM) is now near light speed. I’m not sure Accordance could get any faster or smoother — unless, somehow, they designed a way to attach Accordance to my brain and let me control it merely by thought or muscle memory.

Having the Ancient Christian Doctrine complete set on Accordance not only clears up my shelf space, but allows me to have it everywhere I go. You know the drill, I imagine. At some point, you will be faced with a question about the Creed and what it meant. Because of IVP-Academic, you can easily discover how the Church Fathers used it. Because of Accordance, you can employ this tool even if you are far away from home, in a deep dark holler in Appalachia or some other mission field.

Ancient Christian Doctrine (Accordance) in the library
Ancient Christian Doctrine in the Library

Ancient Christian Doctrine (Accordance) peek
A peek inside Ancient Christian Doctrine on Accordance

Ancient Christian Doctrine (Accordance) table of contents for all 5 volumes
One of the coolest features of Accordance is that it has taken the Ancient Christian Doctrine 5 volume set and treated it like it is one volume. This, personally, saves me time because I don’t have to call up each volume when looking for something. They are all there.
One of the best features of Accordance is that it has taken the Ancient Christian Doctrine 5 volume set and treated it like it is one volume. This, personally, saves me time because I don’t have to call up each volume when looking for something. They are all there. To be sure, Accordance hasn’t merged the volumes, as they each are able to be cited as individual works (as they are in print) with page numbers for the printed works. However, having them in one grouping allows me to quickly examine via one module what I am looking for.

This module includes all five print volumes:

  • Volume 1 – We Believe in One God (Edited by Gerald L. Bray)
  • Volume 2 – We Believe in One Lord Jesus Christ (Edited by John Anthony Mcguckin)
  • Volume 3 – We Believe in the Crucified and Risen Lord (Edited by Mark J. Edwards)
  • Volume 4 – We Believe in the Holy Spirit (Edited by Joel C. Elowsky)
  • Volume 5 – We Believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church (Edited by Angelo DiBerardino)

My one complaint is the copying feature. While the Creed segments are identical to the way they are placed in the book (you are essentially looking at a digitized copy of the book), copying parts of the Creed (such as I wanted to only copy the Greek part) is a bit cumbersome as it is like copying the entire table in a document rather than a single column.

Conclusion:

I have read every line of these 5 volumes of the Ancient Christian Doctrine set. I have read them on Accordance and have learned more than I can share. I have used it on my iPhone, iPad, and of course, on my MacBook Pro. I am not only assured by the material therein, but I am fortunate enough to have access to it everywhere I can take at least my iPhone (with or without internet). Not only that, but it makes using them in electronic mediums (such as the blog or research) a lot smoother. The Ancient Christian Doctrine 5 Volume Set on Accordance Bible Software is a needed and essential resource to understanding the Creed and how it applies to our doctrinal life as Christians. Having it easily accessible insures that we have no excuse, now, to ever be without it.

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Review, @AccordanceBible “A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New”

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Accordance Bible has recently released Beale’s A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New (Baker Academic, 2011) via their software platform. As many of you may know, G.K. Beale is a (the?) premier evangelical theologian and scholar whose scholarship transcends sectarian boundaries. Those of us who already have his previous work will know his dedication to the Scriptures. I will focus this reviews on two areas. I will briefly review the book itself and then focus on its value on the Accordance platform.

The Book:

A New Testament Biblical Theology is just that. Beale, a “biblical theologian” focuses on a canonical approach to Scripture, thus setting the New Testament as a fulfillment of the Old Testament. Unlike many, Beale does not data mine the Old Testament for preconceived presuppositions about the validity of Jesus but rather sees the Old Testament as part of the continuing story of how God works to bring about the New Creation, which happens in the New Testament. Indeed, Beale sees a stronger unity between the two portions of Scripture than our words “Old” and “New” should allow. Here, he stands with the great theologians of the past and against those who suppose Christians need only the New Testament…only the Gospels…only the words in red.

The book is divided into 10 parts, with 28 chapters between them. He begins by setting the course for biblical theology, moving into what it means to have a “already but not yet” eschatological view, arriving then to begin to tackle the tough topics of sin, salvation, and the new life in the Spirit. His final parts deal with the Church, the Church and Israel, and the individual within the corporate body of the Church. Throughout the entire book, the unity of the Text shines forth without issues plaguing most biblical theologies. There is no forceful fitting of problem texts, only a great code of interconnected circles that would make Frye proud. It will be tough for some — mainliners in particular — given the heavy use of Scripture and the high view of it; however, Christians should take note of Beale’s work and seek to use it.

I want to, only because it seems to be the only topic covered in most churches these days, examine Beale’s chapter 26, “Christian Living as the Beginning of Transformed New-Creational Life: The Role of the Law and Marriage.” Beale begins by dismantling the “tripartite classification of the law” (i.e., ceremonial, civil, and moral) as authentic to the Law itself. Rather, as he allows, it is helpful (“generally”) but not something inherent in the Text itself. He then tackles the notion of how the Law transferred to the Church, explaining the three philosophical viewpoints. In his view, only those aspects of the Law not fulfilled in Christ (i.e., the ceremonial) carried over, meaning that the moral codes are still intact. This is not surprising given Beale’s connection to the Westminster Confession (something he cites numerous times throughout the work). This is important as he uses this (based on biblical theology) to argue for marriage as defined by the Law, i.e., man and woman — although Beale does not broach the topic of SSM but argues for a view of marriage based on the moral codes. This doesn’t mean that marriage is not transformed, only that it is not made something completely separated from the Law — it is transformed by taking on new aspects.

He concludes

It is true that marriage is for the purposes of fulfillment in love (physically, spiritually, and emotionally), for propagation, and for sanctification. When problems arise in the marriage relationship, husbands and wives need to remember that there is an ultimate redemptive-historical purpose for marriage that transcends their own human relationship.

This view of “sanctification” as an act of marriage, I believe, is important in understanding the monogamy of marriage. This, of course, is not the place to discuss this. Let me simply point out that Beale, while being Reformed, can be approached by Wesleyans and others who have a sound understanding of sanctification.

In total, Beale is a biblical theologian in every sense possible. While many will disagree with him, his thought process is consistent and based squarely in the Reformation principles of biblical exegesis.

With Accordance:

Having A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New on Accordance creates an interconnected environment. Not only are the verses and passages hyperlinked (which, unless you have Scripture memorized, you will need so that you aren’t wasting time looking them up), but throughout the book you will find hyperlinks to various outside works and (something that helps me) hyperlinks between abbreviations and what they stand for. This is something lacking on other electronic editions. Also, without hours wasted on indexing, upon installation I am able to immediately search the book for various words — English, Greek, Hebrew, and transliterated words (among other search features).

I have included several pictures (and comments) from my MacBook Pro version:

beale english search
There is no mention of inerrant, only inspired. Having the word like pop up like this is very helpful as it allowed me to get other ideas of something I need to search for.
beale OT in the New
I like that the module includes the page numbers — so that I can easily cite them. Unlike some platforms, there is no guessing as to what page I am on in Accordance.
beale OT in the New hyperlink
You can see the hyperlink there. I do not have the Westminster Confession on Accordance, yet.
beale transliteration search
I swear, I discover new features every time I use it. The search for transliterated words is a huge thing. Better? It helps me narrow down what I am looking for without repeated guesses on how to transliterate the word. If you are wondering why Westminster is highlighted, it is because I searched for that just before.

As you can see, the Accordance platform offers you a way to use the book easily and as part of your overall library. You can make notes as well as copy and paste selections (with citation) to aid in your research. Rather than reading the book, you get to explore it, test it, and employ it with just a few mouse clicks.

Conclusion:

There is a certain nostalgia for the printed book, but when I need to use a book — for research, for study, for help — I turn to electronic editions. What is helpful is when I can use a software platform without the downtime of installing, indexing, and then finding the best way to search it. I have that with Accordance. The fact that I have one of the best books on biblical theology, only adds to my satisfaction levels.

Beale’s  A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New is a masterpiece of biblical theology, folding in the historic confessions, sound evangelical scholarship, and a rich tradition of Reformed theology. I can read it, use it, and use it in my studies with Accordance.

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In the (e)mail from @AccordanceBible, @ivpacademic’s “Ancient Christian Doctrine (5 Volumes)”

NA28 on AccordanceThanks to H at Accordance for this!

From the Accordance Website:

This exciting five-volume series follows up on the acclaimed Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture to provide patristic commentary on the Nicene Creed. The series renders primary Greek, Latin, Coptic and Syriac source material from the church fathers in lucid English translation (some here for the first time) and gives readers unparalleled insight into the history and substance of what the early church believed.

Including biographical sketches, a timeline of ancient Christian sources, indexes, bibliographies and keys to original language sources as well as the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed in Greek, Latin and English (ICET version), this series illuminates key theological essentials in the light of classic and consensual Christian faith and makes an excellent resource for preaching and teaching.

This module includes the following five volumes:

  • Volume 1 – We Believe in One God (Edited by Gerald L. Bray)
  • Volume 2 – We Believe in One Lord Jesus Christ (Edited by John Anthony Mcguckin)
  • Volume 3 – We Believe in the Crucified and Risen Lord (Edited by Mark J. Edwards)
  • Volume 4 – We Believe in the Holy Spirit (Edited by Joel C. Elowsky)
  • Volume 5 – We Believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church (Edited by Angelo DiBerardino)

You may also be interested in the 29-volume Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ACCS Complete) and the 3-volume Ancient Christian Devotional (Ancient Devotional).

BTW, as of today, there is a 20% discount storewide.

This is what it looks like on my Mac:

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This is what it looks like on my iPad with 2.0 Accordance App:

  

  

I mean… how awesome is that!

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Review, @AccordanceBible 11 (and Original Languages Collection)

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Introduction

Preachers and students of the bible once made tedious use of concordances, church libraries, and multi-volume editions of well worded reference sets as they slowly prepared sermons, researched topics, and wrote their own books. It was almost impossible to own everything a real student of Scripture needed. It was more than impossible to have your library with you, wherever you went. With the introduction to the information age, the bible and bible study has taken a new form. Rather than heavy books, stacked library shelves, and hidden resources wasting many hours that could be devoted to actual research, the computer promised new ways to insure bible study was quick and relatively painless. After all, digital pages rarely leave students with papercuts.

Let me give you some technical details before I proceed. I run Accordance 11 on my (late 2012) Mac, with 8Gb of ram. I have several current bible study software programs, but this post will try to avoid comparisons. I run the Accordance iOS app via my iPad 3 and iPhone 5c. I have spent considerable time learning and testing Accordance 11, which was given to me free of charge for an honest review.

Features:

Smoothness:

Straight out of the box it downloaded and installed quick, easy, and without pain to my Mac. Rather than the titles needing to be indexed, each title is pre-indexed — meaning there is no lag time in using a freshly purchased, or updated, module. Indeed, Accordance beats nearly every program I have in operation speed, agility, and resource management. Those are big words for “It fits like a glove” with my Mac. This is extremely important for me, because it means my Mac and I will be able to use Accordance 11 for sometime without having to worry about excess loads causing damage to my machine. Start-up, close-down, and moment to moment operation happens without crashes, glitches, or lags. Even native Apple apps sometimes do not meet this goal.

Software Updates

Like any software program, updates are required. Accordance updates are the easiest of all of the bible programs I own. I am not sure of what happens behind the scenes, but if there is an update, it tells me when I open up the program. The downloads are quick. The installation is even faster. Once they are installed, there is nothing else to do. Simply, there is no requirement of the program to index the new updates. There is no load placed on your machine.

Internal Features

I’m not going to review every feature of Accordance 11, but highlight those that matter to me. You can find the full list here.

One of the features I really like is the way you can categorize your resources. This comes in handy when, say, I want to organize my Greek sources or, in the future, my Wesleyan resources. If I want to create a category removing all devotional material, without removing them from my library, I can do that so that I no longer have to worry about having them searched. I can create a category, say for Wesleyan modules/tools, and search only that category. I can, perhaps, discover that Outler improperly named the third leg “Experience” when he should have named it “Assurance.”

Speaking of searches, Accordance 11 has 2 types of search available to us. The first is flex. It allows you to take a shot in the dark. It is like google, but for the bible. What I mean is this: you ever think you know what you want to search for, but do not know how it is phrased? Sometimes, searches require you to make an accurate guess. I rarely ever get this to work for me because I am always hearing things differently. I mean, if you read Scripture in a variety of translations, you will eventually mesh this together. Flex search prevents that and allows you to look for close connections to what you are searching. It also changes numbers and senses so you aren’t stuck with “search for plane” (when you mean “search on the planes”).

The second type is the exact search. When they say fast, they mean fast. Granted, my library is (for now) small, but the search feature seems almost instantaneous. Added to this, you can modify the exact search to look for tags, syntax, and other varieties. This is not the flex search, as it is really geared to the original languages.

A related feature is the topic search. Thank of Nave’s, but better and faster. A lot faster. Sort of like a highway in Montana. You type in a topic — say, baptism. You will get verses associated with baptism (ranging from dipping to baptism). If there isn’t a topic exactly like you want, there are usually others provided that come close to it. Accordance bills this as perfect for topical preachers. That’s fair, but it is also helpful for students who want to follow a thought around Scripture while working on their dissertation. This feature is actually new in Accordance 11.

A new feature, important for several reasons, is the Research Tool (formerly Search All). The first reason is because it allows you to maximize your library. Second, it shows you just how fast Accordance 11 is (albeit, this may not be your primary reason for using this tool, much like buying a Corvette is not simply because the leather seats look cool). I searched several words (sex, suicide, Jesus) and quicker than I’ve just typed this sentence, I had my entire library combed through, with the results presented to me in prompt fashion. Again, the speed in which this happened is astounding.

This is what it looks like:

Accordance 11 Research toolThe Research Tool makes something like journals beneficial, efficient, and usable. You can see the results, scrolling through them, almost immediately. This is greatly helpful in cutting down the time wasted in exploring every resource individually to find what you want.

Original Languages Collection

The Original Languages Collection is designed to provide a better-than-entry level package enabling novices, students, and seasoned learners the ability to learn, relearn, and maintain the ability to study Scripture in its original languages.

A huge draw for me here is the New English Translation of the Septuagint (which only a few of the bigger bible software systems have available). Unlike other programs, the NETS is divided into two different modules (sold together), allowing the user to focus either on the introductory material or the text of the Septuagint itself. The introductory material is important to the NETS and to the study of the LXX.

Other modules include the basic English translations such as the King James, the English Standard Version, and the New English Translation. Like the NETS mentioned above, the NET includes copious notes, highly prized among textual studies students. Added to this are commentaries such as the IVP New Bible Commentary and the Eerdmans Dictionary. Included as well are German, Italian, and Spanish bibles.

But, that’s not really the goal of the Original Languages Collection. While the focus seems to be on the Greek side of Scripture,  the collection includes several Hebrew modules as well:

HMT-W4
BHS Guide
BHS Latin Key
BDB
Concise DCH
Jenni-Westermann
Hebrew Strong’s
KM Hebrew Dictionary
Waltke Hebrew

Not only are several modules directed to the LXX in the original Greek but there are numerous modules aimed at the Greek New Testament, including lexicons, dictionaries, and critical texts. One of my favorites is the Louw and Nida Semantic Domains set.

Also include are resources aimed at bringing all parts of Scripture together, such as Gospels parallels and a tool designed to show how the NT uses the OT.

The entire package is $299.00 before any applicable discounts (if there are any) with the print value topping $2000.00. Not only is the cost nice, especially for students, but so is not having to use the space these books in print would occupy. Added to these factors, the tools included herein come in quite handy if you are going to engage in serious study of Scripture in its original languages, not to mention how Scripture uses and reuses itself (or, perhaps, how one author would reuse another author).

Discounts

There are numerous types of discounts available to the purchaser. You can find them and the process here. My only issue with the discounts program is that the price, once the discount is approved, is does not show up on the product page. The discounted price is available only in the cart. This is more of a convenience thing, really. There are also payment plans available.

Conclusion

Accordance 11 gives me, in an affordable way, the ability to have my library at my fingertips. While it is expansive, it does not overload my Mac. Rather, it acts very much like a native Apple app (if not better in many instances). I cannot express this enough, really. The speed, efficiency, and resource management Accordance 11 offers is, by far, the best in the business. Added to this is a non-taxing learning curve, Accordance 11 is ideal for anyone seeking to engage Scripture and biblical studies in the 21st century while building a library that is expansive, manageable, and always present.

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