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Biblical Studies (Divinity): Instructions for Word Study

Steps for New Testament Word Study

Steps for New Testament Word Study

New Testament


Two numbering systems are used to identify the Hebrew and Greek words from which English translations have been derived and can be helpful in utilizing the textual analysis tools. The Strong's numbers [S] are keyed to the King James Version and the Goodrick/Kohlenberger numbers [GK] are keyed to the New International Version.


1. Find the number matching the ENGLISH word you're researching:


S = Look up the word in The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
[Ref. BS425 .S8 1984] Note the Strong’s number


GK = Look up the word in The NIV Exhaustive Concordance [Ref. BS425 .G62 1990]. Note the G/K number.


2. Find other Bible verses using the same GREEK term:


S = Look in The Englishman’s Greek Concordance [Ref. BS2302 .W495 1979]. Arranged numerically by Strong's number.


GK = Look in The Greek-English Concordance to the New Testament [Ref. BS2302 .K657 1997]. Arranged numerically by G/K number.


3. Brief definitions of the term can be found in A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature [Ref. PA881 .B38 2000].

An index to the 1979 edition [Ref. PA881 .B38 1979] is arranged by scripture verse and can be helpful in locating the page in the main work.

4. Lengthy articles in English on the Greek word can be found in:


Theological Dictionary of the New Testament [Kittel] [Ref. BS2312 .K5813 1964].

S = Volume 10, page 61+ has an index to the set by Strong’s number


GK = No index by G/K number.


New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology

[Ref. BS2312 .N48 1986b]. Arranged in English by broad terms. Volume 4 includes scripture and detailed word indexes which assist in locating specific terms.


Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament [Ref. BS2312 .E913 1990]. Use the index of English words in volume 3 to locate articles.

Steps for Word Study

Steps for  Old Testament Word Study

Old Testament


Two numbering systems are used to identify the Hebrew and Greek words from which English translations have been derived and can be helpful in utilizing the textual analysis tools. The Strong's numbers [S] are keyed to the King James Version and the Goodrick/Kohlenberger numbers [GK] are keyed to the New International Version.

1. Find the number matching the ENGLISH word you're researching:


S = Look up the word in The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
[Ref. BS425 .S8 1984] Note the Strong’s number.


GK = Look up the word in The NIV Exhaustive Concordance [Ref. BS425 .G62 1990]. Note the G/K number.


2. Find other Bible verses using the same HEBREW term:


S = Look in the New Englishman’s Hebrew Concordance [Ref. BS1125 .W662 1984]. Arranged numerically by Strong's number.

GK = Look in The Hebrew English Concordance to the Old Testament [Ref. BS1121 .K65 1998]. Arranged numerically by G/K number.


3. Brief definitions of the term can be found in The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon [Ref. PJ4833 .B76 1996].

S = Look in the back under the Strong’s number to locate the correct page

GK = No index by G/K number.


4. Lengthy articles in English on the Hebrew word can be found in:


Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament [Ref. BS440 .T49 1980].


S = Use the Strong’s number in the index at the back of volume 2 to locate the entry number of the article.


GK = No index by G/K number

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New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis [Ref. BS440 .N438 1997].


S = Use the Table of Conversion in vol. 5 to locate the entry by Strong’s number


GK = Volumes 1-4 are arranged by the G/K number.


Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament [Ref. BS440 .B5713 1974]. This is an ongoing set, without an index, arranged by the Hebrew alphabet so you must know Hebrew to find the article.


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