In 1996 Edgar Krentz (now Emeritus Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) wrote that acCordance was the benchmark with which all other Bible study programs on the Macintosh were to be measured. An amazing pronouncement for a program that was only version 1.1 at the time! Krentz reasoning was that AcCordance 1.1 was “Fast, accurate, well documented, and easy to use, distinguished by rich search options and superior results”(Currents in Theology and Mission, 23 no 3 Je 1996, p 216). Through the past 17 years Accordance has maintained and increased the functionality of which Edgar Krentz wrote? It, appears that modern reviewers may believe so. ( For a detailed modern review of the Macintosh program on the see the words on the word blog’s write up on the product athttp://abramkj.com/2012/09/11/my-accordance-10-review-all-six-parts-plus-bealecarson-module-review/ and check out Rick Mansfield‘s review at http://thislamp.com/posts/2012/8/20/accordance-bible-software-v-10-modern-look-with-more-power.html )
In his introduction to the Biblia Hebraica Lenigradensia Aron Dotan writes “To justify the appearance of a new edition…, it should have some novel features, otherwise one might question the reason for yet another edition” (Biblia Hebraica Leningradensia Aron Dotan Hendrickson Publishers April 2001)
The above is equal true of commercial available search of retrieval software such as Biblical research software such as the newly released Accordance for Windows. Being that the windows market already has a number of Biblical/literature research software available one might question the need for yet another one. For example, currently Logos5 and BibleWorks9 are the leading providers of advanced Biblical literature, linguistic, and morphological research software for the windows operating system. So, what novel features, abilities, or advantages does Accordance for Windows provide? And, How does it compare with the current leaders on Windows?
Let’s find out…
Let’s be clear that Biblical research software in general has evolved into something more than simple database search and retrieval programs. None the less the ability to run Boolean and more complex queries across textual databases remains a key feature if not the main feature of Biblical and literature research software and hence a hallmark which to compare and contrast products.
Here, are but a few of the more common types of searches I may make mention of in my review of Accordance:
- the basic Boolean searches and operators
- Wildcard searches
- Character and string searches
- Trigram Searches
- Proximity searches
- Regular expression searches (case sensitive)
- Morphological searches
- Syntax searches (relational database searching)
- Graphic queries (Not, actually a type of search but rather a method of searching)