This is the second part of a two-part review. For part one, wherein I praise Accordance and the ZECNT each on their own merit, follow this link. In this part, I will fuse the two and demonstrate how nice it is to have ZECNT (and commentaries in general) within the Accordance platform specifically.
Why ZECNT in Accordance?
This is taken verbatim from their website post, “Why Buy Commentaries in Accordance?“:
- Accordance offers steep discounts off the retail price—up to 70% off the print value of some of the most popular commentaries in publication today!
- Commentaries are fully searchable and will scroll in sync with your preferred Bible in a parallel pane.
- Commentaries are fully integrated with the Accordance interface and can easily amplify to other modules such as our 3-D Atlas and Timeline.
- Take your commentaries with you anywhere by downloading our free mobile app.
They’re right, but let me show you what they mean. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words!
Below I have the ZECNT module open all by itself. It is incredibly easy to navigate and find what you’re looking for, more so than in a print edition where you need to flip through many pages to find what you want:
In the next shot, I have my tagged Greek New Testament opened in the middle, with the ZECNT in a parallel pane to the left and the ESV to the right. As I scroll in one, the others scroll right along with it. This allows you to keep the text of Scripture front and center, as opposed to the view in the previous screenshot where I’m only searching the commentary itself. Both approaches are helpful, depending on what you’re doing.
Or you can search the entire commentary set using the search bar. You can use this feature to search by a variety of criteria as seen in the screenshot:
Notice how, if you have the “instant details” box open, all you have to do is hover over a reference and it will display the text of that reference or the footnote indicated:
Below I’ve “right clicked” the place name, “Jerusalem” and selected “look up” and “maps.” Look at the instant and helpful results (and don’t even get me started on how fun the maps are, which cost extra by the way!)
Below I’ve simply triple-clicked “Jerusalem” and it opened to the resource I have set at default for this action, my “Photo Guide.” This is another add-on you can purchase (though it is available in certain collections as well), but it has a healthy archive of photos from all over the Holy Land as well as copious notes and biblical references in each entry. I can click on each picture to enlarge and examine in more detail (see the next photo for enlargement).
But if I triple click the Greek word within the commentary, rather than the English “Jerusalem”, it opens up that entry in my default Greek Lexicon, BDAG.
Notice how in triple clicking, it opens the entry in a new “tab”, but keeps your old tabs as well. This makes things very easy to organize without having a half dozen books open on your desk!
Here I right clicked “exile” in the ZECNT and selected “Look Up” and “Timeline.” It opened up the Accordance interactive, color-coded and customizable Timeline (another add-on) in a separate pane so I can see more about the historical context of Israel’s exile(s). I could also select “Babylon” and do this with the map to see the route(s) and destination(s) of the exile(s).
This next shot showcases a pretty incredible, time-saving feature. It is called “Search All”. I right clicked “Transfiguration” in the ZECNT commentary and selected the “Search All: Tools” option (see left column). Accordance then performed a quick search of all the resources in my library where “Transfiguration” occurs and listed them out for me (see center column). From these, I can click on any to quickly scan what it has to offer me by way of help (see right column).
Highlights can be made and synced across devices, as can user notes on the biblical text. So for us bibliophiles, Accordance can approximate a print book in that you can highlight and take notes and they will be synced across your devices via dropbox.
So you see, those are some of the many ways ZECNT is integrated into the whole Accordance experience. You could do some of the things I’ve shown without Accordance ZECNT, but you’d need loads of tools and loads of extra time, and maybe even an administrative assistant to save you the legwork!
And finally, it can all fit in the palm of your hand on your iPhone, or if you prefer a bit larger yet still mobile, on your iPad. And if you love printed Bibles like I do, this is no either-or scenario…its both-and!
So “Why ZECNT in Accordance?” I hope the answer to that question is now more or less obvious. But if its not, allow me to summarize: Accordance allows incredible fluidity of use, ease of organization, speed, integration, and portability to whatever resources you might want– in this case, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.
Again, for “Part 1” of this review, click here.
You can see a list of all available commentary modules here.