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.
There are several Strong’s lexicons or dictionaries:
- Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon 2.0
- The New Strong’s Dictionary of Hebrew and Greek Words
- The New Strong’s Guide to Bible Words
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.
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:
- How to study the original languages of the Bible using Strong’s numbers
- "New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update" and Strong’s Numbers
- Viewing Strong’s Numbers (2:21, 2.4MB)
For more on reverse interlinears, see:
- ESV English-Hebrew Reverse Interlinear of the Old Testament
- ESV English-Greek Reverse Interlinear of the New Testament
- Better Bible Study Through Reverse Interlinear Bibles—OT (13:16, 12.8MB)
- Better Bible Study Through Reverse Interlinear Bibles—NT (14:21, 21.2MB)
- Getting started with Reverse Interlinears
- Explaining each line of the Reverse Interlinear
- Explaining symbols used in Reverse Interlinears
- Bullet points in Reverse Interlinears
See Where’d My Strong’s Concordance Go? Part 2 for more on using Strong’s in Logos Bible Software 3.