Bible Word Study

This guide will walk you through the process of doing a word study for your Principles of Biblical Interpretation or Bible Study Methods class.

Welcome to the Bible Word Study Guide!

This guide will help you use concordances and on-line tools to study both an Old Testament or New Testament word. 

If you would like contextual information or elaboration on a particular term try using Bible Commentaries.

If at any time you would like further assistance please contact the library.

Hints and Problem Solving

  1. Always write down the number associated with your word and whether that number is the Strong's Number, the Goodrick/Kohlenberger, or the numbering system in the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament.
  2. If you are having a hard time finding your word, make sure that you are using the correct concordance for your Bible translation of choice and that you have written down the correct number and the correct numbering system. 

Below is a list of the books you will use and thier numbering systems.  Conversion chart information is also included:

Organized by Strong's number

  1. The Complete Word Study Dictionary : New Testament (REF 225.3 Z72)

Organized by G-K number

  1. The NIV Theological Dictionary of New Testament Words (REF 225.3 N641)
  2. New International Dictionary of OT Theology and Exegesis 5 vols. (REF 221.3 N42v)

Conversion Tables

    1. Zondervan NIV Exhaustive Concordance pages 1607-1647 (REF 220.2 G626e 1999)
  • Old Testment words
    1. New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis vol. 5, pages 761-834 (REF 221.3 N42v v. 5)
    2. Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament vol. 3, pages 1469-83 (REF 221. T342l 1997)
    3. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament pages 1087-1124 (REF 221.44 T342 1980)
  • New Testament words
    1. The NIV Theological Dictionary of New Testament Words pages 1514-1544 (REF 225.3 N641 2000)
    2. Theological Lexicon of the New Testament  vol. 3, pages 693-94 (REF 225.48 Sp47t 1994 v. 3)
    3. Theological Dictionary of the New Testament vol. 10, pages 61-84 (REF 225.48 K65t v. 10)