Where’d My Strong’s Concordance Go?

Many pastors and Bible students who have grown up using Strong’s numbering system for Hebrew and Greek are slow to switch to something unfamiliar like reverse interlinears. We believe that reverse interlinears are a far better technology and superior to the Strong’s system, but we understand that not everyone is ready to completely abandon Strong’s just yet. That’s why we’ve tried to retain our Strong’s functionality as new versions have come out.

James Strong is best known for his Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible in which every Hebrew and Greek word was given a number, all of the references where each word occurred were listed, and brief definitions were given for each word. Strong’s numbering system made it easy for people who couldn’t read Hebrew or Greek to look up words.

Last month we got a call from a customer who has been wanting to upgrade from version 2 of our software to version 3 for a couple of years now. The only thing holding him back was that he thought he’d lose his Strong’s Concordance. After we explained to him that all of his favorite Strong’s resources and reports would still work in version 3, he was overjoyed and quickly upgraded. This post is for anyone out there who might be in the same boat.

Resources and Reports

Sometimes there can be confusion regarding what is a resource or book that can be found in My Library and what is a report or part of the software’s functionality. So let’s start by setting the record straight.

Resources

There are several Strong’s lexicons or dictionaries:

Other lexicons like the Dictionaries of Biblical Languages w/ Semantic Domains include Strong’s numbers and will work as well.

There are a few Bibles with built-in Strong’s numbering both inline and interlinear.

The ESV and NRSV NT reverse interlinears also have Strong’s numbers.

Reports

Version 2 had an Englishman’s Concordance report that produced results like you’d find in Strong’s Concordance. Version 3 has a similar report under a different name.

  • Version 2: Englishman’s Concordance
  • Version 3: Search Analysis by Strong’s

Clarification: You can actually still run the Englishman’s Concordance report in version 3. See Where’d My Strong’s Concordance Go? Part 2 for the details.

Finding the Strong’s Report in Version 3

So where do you find Strong’s Concordance in version 3? If you’re looking for Strong’s Concordance in My Library, you won’t find it because it’s not a book or resource. It’s a report. Concordances (as resources) don’t make a lot of sense in Bible software because you can generate a concordance on any word or phrase by simply running a search.

To get the Strong’s Concordance report in version 2, you’d use the Englishman’s Concordance. The same basic content is still available in version 3. Here’s one way you access it:

1. Do a Bible Speed Search or a regular Bible Search using the KJV or the NASB (or another Bible with Strong’s numbering) on a word like marriage.

2. In the search results window, click “Search Analysis by Strong’s” in the top right hand column at the bottom of “Other Tools.” You’ll see this report.

This will show you all of the underlying Hebrew or Greek words for the English word you searched on. You can arrange the results by root word or by reference. You can also do the reverse of this. See the follow-up post for details.

For more on Strong’s, see:

For more on reverse interlinears, see:

See Where’d My Strong’s Concordance Go? Part 2 for more on using Strong’s in Logos Bible Software 3.

Comments

  1. Paul R. says:

    Thanks for the valuable info above.
    Do you know of an reverse interlinear that uses the KJV?

  2. Paul, we don’t yet have a KJV reverse interlinear available, but I’ve heard talks about creating one.

  3. Paul Golder says:

    Any plans to add Strong’s to the HCSB?

  4. James Sheets says:

    Will Logos be implimenting the more recent GK numbers in its resources?

  5. Not that I’m aware of. My guess would be that we’d do a reverse interlinear with HCSB before we’d added Strong’s numbers.

  6. Paul Golder says:

    That would be awesome if the big “Z” would loose their grip and we could have the NIV with GK. One can only dream….

  7. Raven Grace says:

    I’ve noticed that the English words in certain bibles have a Strong’s Number invisibly associated with them. How do I change the double-click behavior, so that, when I promote the Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon under KeyLink Options for English, it opens based on the associated Strong’s Number, instead of the first Strong’s entry containing the English word?
    I’ve seen some amazing scripting examples for changing hidden settings and behaviors, but I’m uncertain which commands to use.

  8. You might get some help in our new user forums.

  9. Lawrence Woodworth says:

    why not just do the first search just like strong’s? Verse with the search word and at the end the Strong’s number
    I Cor 8:10 For it any “man” see thee ——–(Strong’s number). That way you can check all the Greek words for “man”

  10. Bob Brown says:

    I am in the process of building a database application (a Lexicon) for my pastor who studies in the original languages. I am trying to find a way to bring related words together through a numbering system such as Strongs. If you have a better system I am open to suggestions. I need the system in a file with the numbers in one column and the Greek/Hebrew words in a second column, such as an Excel spreadsheet or an ODBC accessible file. At this point we are very early in the design phase of the project so it’s likely that I will be able to modify the application to make use of the data. Since the Lexicon is only one part of the application I’m building I may also need a means of searching topically. If you can provide any assistance or suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.