Bible Study Tools
English Bible VersionsThe Bible has been through a lot of changes over the years. In 1525, William Tyndale started with the English version of the New Testament. This part of the Bible was written in Greek and had to be translated. He worked on the Old Testament, but did not finish because he was executed in 1536.
After he was killed, there were other Bibles that came out:
Also note that with the Geneva Bible, it was the initial publication that included chapters, verses and italicized words.
Around 1604, there were some Englishmen that had a problem with some of the versions of the Bible. At that time, King James I was on the throne. So he ordered another version of the Bible that included his name on it. It took scholars (seven of them) at least six years to translate everything. All of the work was subject to review and correction.
The Old Testament consisted of Masoretic texts and the New Testament consisted of the Byzantine Greek text. In 1611, The King James Version of the Bible finally came to light and was published. Afterwards, this version went through four revisions in the years, 1629, 1638, 1762 and 1769.
Even to this day, it is the most popular and the most used Bible among God’s people. Even though it is the version that has been circulated the most, there have been additional translations throughout the years.
The King James Version of the Bible had been the most widely used translation. The majority of Protestant churches were using it. During the years when the English language changed, trying to understand what was read was becoming a daunting task. The Old English language did not sit well with a lot of people.
So because of the frustration and with understanding the King James Version because of the language barrier, from 1952 to 1982, there have been numerous versions of the Bible. Some of them include:
Having different versions and translations of the Bible was probably the best thing that could happen for a lot of people. It’s very important that people not only read the Bible, but they are able to understand it as well. Only the Holy Spirit can open your eyes to what God has said in His Holy Word.
You will need to find the best Bible translation for you. Many of these versions have an online Bible concordance that you can use.
Using a Bible Concordance
Christians are encouraged to study the Bible in order to strengthen their faith and their walk with God. Some people struggle with this advice because the Bible seems so difficult for them to understand. The Strong's Concordance has long been used by people who have a longing to better understand the Bible. The Bible is rich in history and life lessons, but sometimes the language used can make it difficult to understand.
Using The Strong's Concordance for the King James Version of the Bible can make it easier to understand the Bible by helping the user understand key words and phrases and also by putting things into their historical context. Understanding the words becomes easier because both the Hebrew Dictionary and Greek Dictionary are a part of The Strong's Concordance.
Understanding the meaning of a particular word can bring a much deeper understanding of the Bible. Many of the things that were common parts of everyday life in Biblical times are absolutely unheard of today. So when they read about a scenario that mentions these now obscure items the true meaning is lost. Understanding what these ancient everyday items are restores that meaning and brings the Bible to life.
Another great use for a concordance is in helping you find a verse of scripture you have forgotten. Let's say you remember that Jesus said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me…", but don't remember where you read that or what that passage was referring to. You can choose a word you remember like either "suffer" or "children" and find out where that passage is found and read it in context. This comes in handy when preparing a Sunday school lesson or studying one. Each version of the Bible has its own concordance and you should be sure to use the correct one in order to be able to find the appropriate verse.
You can also search key words when you are trying to understand what the Bible says about a particular topic. Taking the example of children, you would look up the word "child" or "children" and find every instance in the Bible that these words are used. This can be very helpful for gaining insight into how the Bible teaches us to raise children or how to pray or thousands of other questions you may have.
Studying the Bible can be difficult, but using a concordance can make it a lot easier. Bible stories come to life and scripture passages have greater meaning when you understand the language of the Bible and know how to find what you are looking for.
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