In a recent blog post, guest blogger Dr. Andy Naselli discussed the concept of conscience, stating that the Greek word for conscience appears 30 times in the New Testament. How can we locate those 30 occurrences and execute the examination of them as Dr. Naselli instructed? If we know one of the instances we can easily perform a lemma search straight from the Bible using the Context (right-click) menu.
Let’s say, however, we don’t know any place in the New Testament where the word conscience occurs, but we want to study this concept. Where do we start?
- Choose Guides | Bible Word Study
- Type the English word conscience in the Word box (A)
- Press the Enter key to generate the report
- Expand the Greek Words section which reveals a Translation ring showing all the Greek words translated conscience in the New Testament (Please note, in this example I’m using the ESV. Your ring may be slightly different depending on the Bible you’re using.) (B)
- Click the English word conscience in the center of the ring, which generates a list of the occurrences of this English word grouped by the Greek word; notice the most common Greek word for conscience at the top of the list (C)
- Click the Greek lemma at the top of the list which opens a Bible Word Study report for this word (D)
- Expand the Translation section in the Bible Word Study report for the Greek word (E)
- Click the Greek lemma in the center of the ring, (F) which generates a list of the all occurrences of this Greek word regardless of how it’s translated in English (G)
Now with this list of 30 occurrences of the Greek word translated conscience, you can easily follow Dr. Naselli’s instructions in his blog!