Anyone can use a Strong's Tagged Bible 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 Bible App.
If you have not already done so, you can find links in this article to download your Strong's Bible to your various devices.
We will be using the ESV with Strong's in our iPad app as an example, but these steps will work with any Strong's Bible on any supported device.
Strong's Tagged Words
The first feature is the most straightforward. As soon as you tap a word in the Strong's Bible, you will see the original Greek or Hebrew word in a pop-up window.
As you'll see in 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.
Show Strong's Numbers in Text
There is a setting in the Olive Tree Bible App that allows you to show or hide Strong's numbers in the Bible text.
Here are the steps you can follow to turn this setting on or off:
- Tap the Settings icon on the toolbar (gear icon).
- Tap Advanced Settings.
- Tap Display.
- Turn the Show Strong's Numbers switch off (or on).
Olive Tree Enhanced Strong's Dictionary
When you tap on a word that does have a Greek or Hebrew word, the Enhanced Strong's Dictionary appears. The dictionary 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 more complete idea of what the word meant in the original language.
Search and Lookup
When you have a Strong's pop up open on the screen like in the image below, you will see the option at the bottom of the pop-up that says “Search for [Strong's 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 or Hebrew dictionaries that you have downloaded in the app.
There are many helpful dictionaries available that are written 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
If you have any more questions, please submit a request to our Customer Support team here. They are happy to help!