When it comes to “Word Study” as it relates to the Bible, I consider myself a lightweight. But what I lack in expert opinion I hope to make up for by simply opening each of the word study tools we offer and telling you what they can do for you. Trust me, it won’t be too technical!
My Word Study “go-to” book is the Amplified Bible. I always have a copy of it installed on my current device, along with my preferred English translation. I don’t normally use the Amplified for devotional reading but it is great for comparing with another translation and the place I start when I want to understand a verse better, even before I consult a commentary.
The Amplified uses a unique system of brackets, parantheses and italics to define and expand key words and phrases right in the Bible text. For example, John 3:3 in the Amplified says: “Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.” The key words here are expanded in such a way that you come away with a fuller understanding of what Jesus was saying to Nicodemus without having to consult a dictionary.
If you’d like to look at the meaning behind any word in the Bible, then you need to move to more advanced word study tools such as the Strong’s Concordance. The Strong’s Concordance is a unique reference book created by James Strong over 100 years ago. He went through the Scriptures and created a list of every word in the Bible, including a list of every occurrence of every word, and the Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek word from which it was translated in each case. Then he assigned a number to every original language word, so that people like me (and possibly you?) with no language experience could quickly find the word in his Hebrew and Greek dictionaries. Most of the word study tools Laridian offers make use of Strong’s numbering system.
Laridian offers two versions of Strong’s Concordance: KJV Exhaustive Concordance (KJVEC) and the NAS Exhaustive Concordance (NASEC). In both cases, the included Bible text is embedded with Strong’s numbers and accompanied by two separate dictionaries: a Greek Dictionary and a Hebrew Dictionary. To use either concordance in the program, you open the Bible text embedded with Strong’s numbers and one of the dictionaries. Then click (or tap) on the Strong’s number and the definition will appear in the dictionary window.
Continuing with our example above from John 3:3, if you chose the Strong’s number for “again” (G509), you would get an expansion of the definition found in the Amplified: from above, again, from the beginning (very first), the top. The Concordances also include the original Greek or Hebrew word and it’s transliteration and in the case of the NASEC, the number of times the word is used that way throughout the Bible.
We also offer The New Strong’s Dictionary of Greek and Hebrew Words from Thomas Nelson. This book can act as a replacement for the original Strong’s definitions that are included with the KJV Exhaustive Concordance. The New Strong’s has enhanced the original Greek definitions with information from Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and enhanced the original Hebrew definitions with information from Brown, Driver and Briggs Lexicon of the Old Testament.
The next level of Word Study tools from Laridian are Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, AMG Complete Word Study Dictionary of the Old Testament and New Testament and the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. These titles again use Strong’s numbering system to lead you to the definitions. Once you get there, you’ll find they expand quite a bit on the definitions you’d find in the previously mentioned concordances with discussion of where and how a word is used in various passages. This can be helpful in truly understanding a word in context, but be prepared to enjoy some word etymology (or as I like to call it, grammar stuff).
One more Word Study tool worth mentioning is Robertson’s Word Pictures of the New Testament. I especially like Robertson’s because it is a verse by verse discussion of the words in the New Testament so you can use it like a commentary in the program. Robertson doesn’t cover every word in the New Testament but he does focus on the key words in each verse and provide a thorough discussion of their meaning.
Laridian Word Study Titles:
- The Amplified Bible: Palm OS | Windows Mobile | iPhone | Windows PC – $14.99
- KJV Exhaustive Concordance: Palm OS | Windows Mobile | iPhone | Windows PC – $14.99
- NAS Exhaustive Concordance: Palm OS | Windows Mobile | iPhone | Windows PC – $29.99
- The New Strong’s Dictionary of Greek and Hebrew Words: Palm OS | Windows Mobile | iPhone | Windows PC – $19.99
- Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words: Palm OS | Windows Mobile | iPhone | Windows PC – $14.99
- Complete Word Study Dictionaries: Windows Mobile | iPhone | Windows PC – $39.99
- Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament: Windows Mobile | iPhone | Windows PC $29.99
- Robertson’s Word Pictures in the New Testament: Palm OS | Windows Mobile | iPhone | Windows PC – $39.99