A Biblical concordance is a reference tool that provides an alphabetic listing of Biblical words along with their Biblical references. This allows one to study the various uses of words throughout scripture.
Some concordances are organized according to the original Biblical languages (e.g., Hebrew and Greek). Other concordances are organized according to receptor languages (e.g., English), although these often include information about the Greek and Hebrew that stands behind the translations.
Strong's Concordance, produced by James Strong and colleagues, is the most popular and useful Biblical concordance. The Strongest Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible includes:
Strong's follows the English translation of King James Version.
"Strong's numbers" - Strong's is famous for its numbering system. In Strong's, each root word in the original Biblical languages is assigned a number (know as "Strong's numbers"). These numbers are included alongside the English words listed in the concordance. In other words, each English listing in the concordance is supplied with a "Strong's number" that corresponds to the original word from which the English was translated. These numbers serve the following functions:
Thus, although its usefulness is obviously limited (e.g., definitions of Hebrew and Greek words are necessarily simplistic and limited), Strong's is a great word study tool for those who do not know the original Biblical languages.
Online: Several Bible study websites allow one to quickly and easily search the Bible for specific words or phrases. BibleGateway has over 180 translations in over 70 languages (including the original Biblical languages).
Bible software: Various Bible softwares (e.g., BibleWorks, Logos, Accordance) allow one to search the Bible for specific words or phrases in either the original languages or various translations. Select Rolfing Library computers are programmed with BibleWorks.
Strongest Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible by James Strong, John R. Kohlenberger, and James A. Swanson (Grand Rapid, MI: Zondervan, 2001), 871.
Concordance to the Greek New Testament by William Fiddian Moulton, Alfred Shenington Geden, and Harold Keeling Moulton (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2002), 432-433.
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