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.
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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.
These Theological Lexicons go beyond simple definitions to explore the theological significance of Greek and Hebrew words.
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.
Some time ago, the television ads for a brand of spaghetti sauce used the tag line, "It's in There!" The ads would typically revolve around an Italian father or mother chastising someone for cooking spaghetti sauce from a jar, and they would begin listing the ingredients of a true homemade sauce. Each ingredient would then be answered with something like, "Look, Pop, it's in there!"
When it comes to Accordance, the "It's in There!" slogan could easily be applied to the Search menu at the top of the screen. Everything you need to fill in an Accordance search entry field can be found right there in that menu.
Need to choose from a list of Words, Key Numbers, Lexical Forms, or Inflected Forms? Open the Search menu and you'll find "It's in There!"
Want a list of every available Search command, like AND, OR, NOT, and WITHIN? Open the Search menu and go to the Enter Command submenu. "It's in There!"
How about a list of every available symbol that can be used to modify a search, such as the asterisk wildcard or the plus sign for root searches? Even if you can't remember all those symbols, you can just go to the Enter Symbol submenu of the Search menu. You'll find whatever symbol you need is "in there!"
And of course, we would never make you memorize arcane abbreviations for Greek and Hebrew grammatical tags. Just go to the Enter Tag submenu of the Search menu and choose the appropriate part of speech (Noun, Verb, etc.). In the dialog box that opens, choose the grammatical characteristics you want and click OK. The appropriate tag will be inserted into your search entry box. Even when it's time to do complex Greek and Hebrew searches, just look to the Search menu and you'll find "It's in There!"
Whenever you need to perform a search, and you're not quite sure how to construct it, try looking to the Search menu and experimenting with some of the options you find "in there." You'll soon find yourself becoming a power user, just because you knew where to look.
Remember: the Search menu—"It's in There!"
How often do you hold down the option key when using Accordance? Holding down this simple modifier key can open up a host of powerful features you may not have known were available to you. In this series of posts, we've seen how you can option-click the close icon of any pane, tab, or zone to close all the other panes, tabs, or zones; option-click any verse to "bookmark" it; and option-click the Search button of the Resource palette to search for selected inflected forms rather than lexical forms. In this post, I want to show how you can hold down the option key to search for Key numbers.
When working with an English Bible tagged with Key numbers, you can select any word and click the Search button of the Resource palette to search for that particular word. For example, if I select the word "grace" in Ephesians 2:8 and click the Search button of the Resource palette, a new search tab will open and find every occurrence of the English word "grace." But what if I want to find every occurrence of the Greek word which is translated "grace" here? To do that, simply select the word "grace" in Ephesians 2:8 and option-click the Search button of the Resource palette. (Depending on your settings, this may bring up a menu, in which case you would also select the Search item.)
Holding the option key down tells Accordance to search not for the selected English word (the default) but for the Key number with which that word has been tagged. Since the Key number represents a specific Greek word, this is an easy way to search for a Greek word and see all the ways it has been translated.
Now, what if I want to search for that Greek word in a resource which does not include Strong's numbers. For example, I might like to search the Greek Septuagint for the Greek word translated "grace" in Ephesians 2:8, or I might like to look that word up in BDAG, a high-end lexicon which does not include Strong's numbers. Once again, all I need to do is select the English word "grace" in a Bible with Strong's numbers, then hold down the option key while selecting LXX1 or BDAG from the Resource palette. The option-key tells Accordance not to search for the English word, but for the Greek word the Strong's number represents. This enables me to go right from my English Bible to any Greek text or tool.
This option-key trick even works with Search All. If I select a word in a Bible with Strong's numbers, then select [All Texts] from the Search menu of the Resource palette, I can instantly see where the Greek word translated grace is used in Josephus, Philo, the Pseudepigrapha, the Apocryphal Gospels, the Apostolic Fathers, and more!
All this without typing a single letter of Greek! That's the power of this particular option-key secret.