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Strong’s Concordance reveals multiple meanings of Biblical Hebrew words. This is how to unlock Bible meaning with Key 1 to master Biblical Hebrew.
Value of Strong’s Concordance
Strong’s Concordance reveals multiple meanings and divulges its value as an indispensable Bible tool. This is the reason The Explanation uses Strong’s concordance. Strong’s proves nothing. But, Strong’s illustrates this principle visually, quickly, and forcibly.
For Bible study, this helps you deepen your understanding of the role Biblical Hebrew plays as the original language of the Bible. The idea behind this course is to help students dig deeper into the native language of the Bible withOUT getting into the vocabulary, grammar, conjugation and syntax of the language. Don’t get bogged down in language, rather, unlock Bible meaning.
Strong’s Concordance—An indispensable tool to demonstrate Key 1
- It gathers words with the same or similar Hebrew structure
- For the King James Version of the Bible it groups all the various word translations together
- Following KJV you will see other signs, here are their meanings.
- Sign: * means the word is in the RSV (Revised Standard Version 1946)
- Sign: + ARSV (American RSV 1960)
- Other translations use other words that are not necessarily bad translations. They can add other shades of color to the deeper meaning.
- Just be careful of translations that are trying to enhance meanings by choosing flowery words or modern concepts that get away from a relationship to the root.
- Be careful of specific translations by religious groups for their own use. They have a tendency to interpret scripture in function of their internal doctrine. We all have a tendency to present things from our point of view. Including the King James version as an organ of the Church of England.
- Strong’s Concordance reveals multiple meanings of Biblical Hebrew words.
Strong published his concordance in 1890. It is not perfect, but I think it is the simplest and most widespread tool available. That is why I’ve made it freely available at UnlockBibleMeaning.com, It is also the quickest and easiest Bible study tool to master. There are many other concordances and lexicons giving far more detail and insight into grammar, but I believe they are beyond our fundamental goal, to unlock Bible meaning.
Give up the ghost
This example of Strong’s Concordance reveals multiple meanings for the word ghost and how it’s useful for us. At UnlockBibleMeaning.com search for the word ghost.
Genesis 25:8 recounts Abraham’s death with the KJV translation ghost, H1478 with alternate translations die, perish and the origin of גָּוַע gava, as breathe.
In the New Testament, the meanings behind ghost are very revealing. Mark 15:37 uses ἐκπνέω ekpneō, G1606, and Matthew 27:50, πνεῦμα pneuma, G4151, two different Greek words for the same event, Christ’s death. However, they are related by expire and breath, corresponding perfectly with the Biblical Hebrew H1478, gava, to breathe.
Matthew 28:19 and many other verses refer to the Holy Ghost also G4151 with multiple translations including life, spirit (ual), and mind. Note that both these Greek words used by Matthew and Mark derive from G4154, meaning to breathe hard that is breeze.
I don’t want to get ahead of the game. Other keys to unlock Bible meaning will help us understand, but you can see the relationship between expiring for the last time, a last breath, perishing, and the spirit returning to God Who gave it. There’s also an intricate relationship with God’s Holy Spirit and the mind, but that’s another story related in the book Origin of Humankind.
Think about this
We’re looking for the Theological Meaning as discussed in the last lesson. We want the Author’s meaning, not ours. The Author’s doctrine, not ours. The Author’s Godview, not ours.
You cannot understand God through one word, one doctrine, one concept. Unfortunately, there are those who only want to talk about God’s Name (one word), or one doctrine (nature of the Holy Spirit, baptism for a certain group, 144,000, and so many others), or one concept (monotheism and the Father and the Son). Often they will zero in on one aspect of a sliver of God’s Word.
The fact that Strong’s Concordance reveals multiple meanings for the vast majority of Biblical Hebrew words should make us wary of simplistic explanations. Please be careful of what I said there. I said be careful of simplistic, not simplicity.
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Strong’s Concordance reveals multiple meanings, for a single word means it is not simplistic. It means that each word has various shades. Remember, Strong and Sam Kneller did NOT give those shades of color to each Biblical Hebrew word. The approximate 50 translators, including the Biblical Hebrew scholars of the King James Version, revealed those colors.
Flip through Strong’s numbers and realize how many translations per word there are. This is the reason for many other scholars undertaking the arduous task of translating the Bible. They find the other translations lacking in some way.
Strong simply grouped all the shades of each word together on the same pallet. Sam is showing you how to use the pallet of colors to paint the proper picture. And the first step is to point out Key 1. Strong’s Concordance reveals multiple meanings for each Biblical Hebrew word.
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Does Strong’s Concordance say the image of God can be obliterated in man?
Thanks for the question. Strong is a Bible Study tool, as such, it helps us study the Bible even if it’s not perfect. Frankly, I haven’t studied what it says in this domain. What’s important is what God’s Word says, not Strong, or anyone else, for that matter. God created humans in His image (Gen. 1:26-27), hence, we automatically have His image through neshama which He blew into the first human (Genesis 2:7). Humans have free will to develop OR destroy the image of God within themselves. Ultimately, if they develop God’s image they will join Him (Rev. 21:27). If they destroy God’s image they will be obliterated from the Book of Life (Rev. 21:27).