What’s a biblical concordance? Put merely, a concordance is an index—normally, alphabetical—that provides the placement and utilization of phrases within the e-book.
In its easiest type, you may use a biblical concordance, for example, if you wish to discover all of the passages within the Bible that include the phrase ‘love.’ Most Bibles include within the again an abridged index of necessary phrases. However the Bible was initially written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, as a substitute of English; and easily discovering all of the situations of the English phrase ‘love’ will not be serving to you perceive the basis which means of the translated phrase, or how that root which means might need completely different nuances in separate passages.
So, correct biblical concordances—used as a method of learning Scripture—present a definition for a particular phrase in its authentic language together with a contextualized itemizing for every occasion of that phrase: an index and a dictionary of the basis phrases being translated into English.
So as to hyperlink the original-language phrase to the corresponding English phrase, concordances use a system that applies a quantity to every original-language phrase. Why is that this necessary? In Greek, there may be a couple of phrase for the English phrase ‘love,’ every of which have differing connotations which may have an effect on how we perceive sure passages. Numbering methods, like Sturdy’s and Goodrick/Kohlenberger, assign a unique quantity to every completely different original-language phrase.
For instance: The Greek phrase for “loved” in John 3:16 (“for God so loved…”) is agapaō, which implies “to love, value, esteem, feel, or manifest generous concern for, be faithful towards; to delight in, to set store upon.” The G/Ok quantity for agapaō is 26; the Sturdy’s is 25.
The Greek phrase for “loved” in John 11:36 (“See how he loved him!”) is phileō, which means to “regard with affection, have affection for; to like, be fond of, delight in a thing.” The G/Ok quantity for phileō is 5797; the Sturdy’s is 5368.
When conducting a phrase examine of a biblical passage, a concordance person can comply with this numbering system to simply discover the Greek or Hebrew phrase and the total definition of that phrase. And the methods correspond to different assets that make use of the identical numbers, so they provide any pupil of Scripture a fast and straightforward path to uncovering the unique meanings of the textual content.
To be taught extra about how you can conduct your personal phrase research of the Bible, try our video collection, Bible Phrase Examine Made Straightforward: A Conversations with Dr. Invoice Mounce.