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How To Do A Word Study Without Knowing Hebrew Or Greek: Home

Learn how to use print and online resources to do a word study.

Word studies are a good way to gain a deeper understanding of Scripture. By looking at a particular word in its original context(s) and language, one can see the various nuances and meaning that aren't necessarily apparent in a given English translation. In the Stamps Theological Library, there are specific tools to use for word studies.

(from the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament)

Many of the print resources (dictionaries, wordbooks, etc.) that are used for word studies are arranged alphabetically by either Hebrew or Greek, which obviously is only useful to those who have studied those languages. However, there are resources that are arranged alphabetically by English words (or contain English glossaries), by transliterated words, and/or by numbering systems. There are two major numbering systems currently in use: 1) Strong's numbers, and 2) G/K numbers ('G/K' stands for the two creators of this system, E.W. Goodrick / J.R. Kohlenberger). When used in coordination with concordances, in-depth word studies are possible for those who haven't studied Biblical languages.

This guide will take you through a three-step process for studying Hebrew and/or Greek words. When you're ready to move on to the next step, simply click the next tab (the tabs are near the top of this guide).

  1. Choosing a Concordance
  2. Finding Terms, etc.
  3. Looking up Terms in Resources
  4. Other Online Resources

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If you'd like to have this guide handy while you're in Stamps Library, you can either print this guide (by clicking on the 'Print Guide' link at the top of the guide), or you can print the PDF file below.