The great part about Strong's Tagged Bibles is that anyone can use them to learn more about the original languages of the Bible. Here we have a tutorial for you about how to use the basic features of a Strong's Bible in the Olive Tree app.
The first feature is the most straightforward. As soon as you tap a word in the Strong's Bible, you will see the Greek or Hebrew word that is behind it in a pop-up window.
As you'll see on the image above, black words do not have a Strong's number. This means that the word isn’t explicitly in the Greek or Hebrew text. The word was added by the translators in order to help the sentence make sense in English.
The Enhanced Strong’s Dictionary is what appears when you tap a word that does have a Greek or Hebrew word behind it. The dictionary is a handy tool because it shows you all the ways the word gets translated throughout the Bible and how common each translation of the word is in the Bible text. This can give you a fuller idea of what the word meant in the original language.
When you have a Strong's pop up on the screen, like in the image below, you'll see the option at the bottom of the pop-up that says “Search for g5457” (or some other number). Searching for the Strong's number will pull up every place in the Bible where that particular Greek or Hebrew word is used. This feature will show you the breadth of ways a single Greek or Hebrew word is translated into English. Here is an example of how this works:
The Look Up feature (see the circled option below) allows you to look up a word in any other Greek/Hebrew dictionaries that you might have downloaded in the app. See the pictures below for an example.
There are a lot of helpful dictionaries out there by scholars who have already done the work of a detailed word study. They may also include information about where the word came from and how it was used in books outside the Bible. Here are a few you might find helpful:
- Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
- Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
- Easton's Bible Dictionary
We hope the Strong's Bible proves helpful in your Bible study. If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail our Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org