May 13, 2014 David Lang

Keys to a Magic Portal

I'll never forget the first time I was shown a Strong's Exhaustive Concordance. It was a high school Bible study in which the teacher decided to expose us to the use of a concordance as a Bible study tool. After he showed us how to look up an English word, he pointed out the little number beside each occurrence of the word. He then showed us how to look up these numbers in the dictionary at the back of the concordance to learn more about the Greek or Hebrew word being translated. I seem to recall him discussing the two Greek words for "love" in John 21 and how the Hebrew word for "spirit" could also be translated as "wind" or "breath." I could see that flipping back and forth in this massive tome and trying to keep those arcane numbers in your head would be a little tedious, but it all seemed like a magic portal to a deeper understanding of the Bible.

Today, in Accordance, we have access to English Bibles tagged with Key numbers, cross-highlighting with tagged Greek and Hebrew texts, instant parsing of any word you mouse over, and triple-clicking to open a Greek or Hebrew dictionary. That magic portal to the original languages of Scripture has been flung wide open and absolutely anyone can enter.

Of course, walking through a magic portal can be risky if you don't know where you're going (consider Edmund in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe). So this week, we're offering discounts on resources designed to guide you in your Greek and Hebrew word studies.

Watch Dr. J's latest Podcast on Key Numbers to see the magic in action.

Save up to 28% on Original Language Helps

This sale ends at 11:59 pm EDT on May 19th and cannot be combined with other discounts.

English Word Studies

The following Word Study Dictionaries will help you understand key Biblical concepts and the Greek and Hebrew words used to express them.

Renn-Bible Words

Expository Dictionary of Bible Words (Stephen Renn)

The Expository Dictionary of Bible Words contains a handy and thorough alphabetical guide to the English translation of the Hebrew and Greek words used in both Testaments — plus much more. There are thousands of articles, all arranged alphabetically by English word and coded to Strong’s numbering system for ease of use.

This module is included in the Bible Study Collection, and the Essential Collection and up.

Regular Price: $29.99
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Bible Words

New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words

Whether you’re a pastor, a student, or simply a lover of the Bible, Encyclopedia of Bible Words helps you get more out of God’s Word by revealing the original meanings of biblical texts. The reader-friendly, narrative style makes it easy to explore the Hebrew and Greek words that lie behind the English. With this volume, you’ll discover significant shades of meaning and nuances that bring depth to your understanding of Scripture.

Regular Price: $24.99
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Theological Lexicons

These Theological Lexicons go beyond simple definitions to explore the theological significance of Greek and Hebrew words.


New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, Abridged (Greek)

NIDNTT is recognized as a major reference work and is widely acclaimed as an important tool for understanding the theology and message of the Bible. This abridgment of Colin Brown’s original four-volume work is arranged with its entries in Greek alphabet order, which makes it easy to find the discussion of a particular word. All Greek words are transliterated into English and linked with their Goodrick/Kohlenberger numbers.

Regular Price: $39.99
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Theological Dictionary of the NT (Little Kittel) (Greek)

Focusing on the theological meaning of each word, the TDNT as revised and abridged by Geoffrey W. Bromiley contains the best of the original. It includes English keywords for each entry, tables of English and Greek keywords, and a listing of the relevant volume and page numbers from the unabridged work at the end of each article or section.

Regular Price: $69.99
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TDNT Complete

Theological Dictionary of NT, Complete (Big Kittel) (Greek)

This monumental 10-volume reference work, known commonly as “Big Kittel,” is considered by many scholars to be the best New Testament Dictionary ever compiled. Mediating between ordinary lexicography and the specific task of exposition, TDNT treats more that 2,300 theologically significant New Testament words, including the more important prepositions and numbers as well as many proper names from the Old Testament.

Regular Price: $249.99
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New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (Hebrew)

Consisting of 5 volumes edited by Willem VanGemeren, NIDOTTE is indispensable for helping pastors, students, scholars, and serious laypersons grasp the full riches of the Bible. Thousands of entries deepen your understanding of the context and meanings of words and concepts in the Old Testament, and their relationship to words in the New Testament.

Regular Price: $169.99
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Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (Hebrew)

TWOT includes discussions of every Hebrew word of theological significance in the Old Testament, plus brief definitions of all other words found in the BDB Hebrew Lexicon. Featuring more than 1,400 articles written by 43 Old Testament scholars, and edited by R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer, Jr., and Bruce K. Waltke, this book has proven to be a longtime favorite of Bible students.

Regular Price: $69.99
Sale price: $49.99 – save over 28%

With a little guidance from trusted resources like these, your study of the Greek and Hebrew words behind your English Bible really can open up a whole new world of Biblical insight.

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