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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.

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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.

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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
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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.


Jan 13, 2014 David Lang

It's In There! (The Search Menu, That Is!)

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!"

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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!"


Jun 11, 2012 David Lang

Option Key Secrets: Searching for Key Numbers

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.