Jun 2, 2009 David Lang

Didn't Know You Had It? Greek Parsing

Last night, someone on our forums asked the following question:

Is there a way to do a search on the inflected form of a Greek word and come up with a list of all the different English words used to translate it? Searching on a Strong's number in a tagged text returns a list of all the English terms used to translate the Greek root form of the word. I'm wondering if it's possible to do that kind of a thing with each inflected word in the GNT?

It certainly is possible, using a tool you may not even have realized you have: Greek Parsing. Included with the Library Introductory Level or above, Greek Parsing is a Reference Tool which lists every word in the King James Bible along with its corresponding Strong's number, Greek inflected form, Greek lexical form, and full parsing information. If you open the tool in its own window, you can search it by any of these fields. So to see all the ways an inflected form like gegonen is translated, simply search the inflected form field.

Inflected Search of Greek Parsing Tool

The default view for the Greek Parsing tool is to show hits in the full context of the tool, but you can use the Show pop-up menu to choose a different amount of context. Here I've chosen Add Titles, which shows only the hit paragraphs along with the article titles (which in this tool are the actual verse references). Here we see the variety of ways gegonen is translated in the first chapter of John.

You can even search multiple fields at once to perform incredibly powerful searches. For example, if you search the Lexical Greek field for agapao and the Parsing field for Imperative, you can find all the commands to love. Be sure to specify that the hits must appear in the same paragraph to ensure that both criteria apply to the same word.

Multi Field Search of Greek Parsing

Finally, you can display the Greek Parsing tool in a parallel pane of a Search window. That way, even if you don't have a fully tagged Greek New Testament, you can still get the parsing information for any word in the text.

Greek Parsing in Parallel with the Bible Text

If you haven't played with the Greek Parsing tool yet, you're missing out on an incredibly powerful resource.

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Archived Comments

Ron Bailey

June 02, 2009 2:15 PM

Do I have this automatically if I have Accordance Primary 8.1 DVD?

Alan Kurschner

June 02, 2009 4:26 PM

I am not receiving updates on my google reader for this blog. Just wondering if anyone else has the same problem?


Rick Bennett

June 02, 2009 4:35 PM

I just tested it in Google Reader, and it works perfect.

Make sure you are subscribing to the correct feed address. If you click on the RSS icon on the right hand side of the page under the blog post titleit should direct you to Google Reader (or your default reader). You can also click the RSS icon in your browser's address bar, or copy / paste the following into Google: http://www.accordancebible.com/common/rss2/?channel=blog


June 02, 2009 8:10 PM

Only the King James?

Rick Bennett

June 04, 2009 11:57 AM


This resource is designed to work alongside the KJV, but as David has shown in the screenshot above, you can display the ESV in parallel and still get some use out of it.

If you haven't seen it, we also offer the New Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament in the Zondervan packages. This was written according to the critical Greek text (UBS/NA27), and contains references to the G/K numbering system.

Sam DeSocio

June 14, 2009 10:02 AM

Id love some clarification on what package are what. I  purchased what I thought was the scholar package when I entered seminary 4 years ago, and have since upgraded but I don't have the greek parsing. Id love some info on how the packages have changed.