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How to study the original languages of the Bible using Strong’s numbers

Please note: Logos Bible Software 3 includes new Reverse Interlinear Bibles that provide word-for-word (or in some cases word-for-phrase) alignment between the English translation and the original Greek or Hebrew. This alignment offers significant advantages over numbering systems such as Strong's. See the online videos Better Bible Study Through Reverse Interlinear Bibles - New Testament or Old Testament for more information on reverse interlinears.

There are two English Bibles in the Logos collections that come coded with information about Greek and Hebrew, the languages in which the Bible was originally written. If you have not studied these languages but you would like to see information about the Greek and Hebrew words used in a passage you can do it very easily with the Libronix Digital Library System.

The two English Bibles with original languages information are:

The New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update
King James Version

In these texts each English word has been aligned with a “Strong’s number”. Strong’s numbers have been used for many years in print dictionaries and lexicons to help those who don’t know Greek or Hebrew find word definitions. Instead of looking for a difficult to decipher foreign word, one simply looked up a number associated with that word. In Libronix we have used Strong’s numbers to connect English to the original languages of the Bible automatically.

View Strong’s numbers

You can see the Strong’s numbers in line with the English text of the Bible:

  1. Open The New American Standard Bible from My Library.
  2. Go to View | Inline Strong’s Numbers and you will see the numbers appear in the English text next to the appropriate English word (this menu item only appears when you a resource that supports it open).

Each one of these numbers represents the Greek or Hebrew word that was translated by the English word or words. It’s easy to jump from the Strong’s number to the definition of the original language word behind the English. Simply click on the number and a dictionary will open to the dictionary entry for that word. You can do this in the Old or New Testament. Libronix is already configured to link to a dictionary.

Pop-up Windows

You can also configure your system so that the definition of the original languages word appears in a pop-up window when you hover your mouse over an English word.

  1. Go to Tools | Options | KeyLink.
  2. In this dialog select the Data Type Greek Strong’s Number.
  3. Click on Display on the left.
  4. In the drop-down list called When the Mouse Hovers Over… (at the bottom of that dialog) chose the option Preview KeyLink in Tip Window.
  5. Click Close.

Now pass your cursor over a word in the New Testament and the definition of the Greek word behind the English appears in a pop-up window. To configure this for the Old Testament follow the same steps but use the Data Type Hebrew Strong’s Number.

Configure dictionary

Many of the original languages dictionaries and lexicons available in Libronix are coded with Strong’s numbers. This means that you can control which dictionary is used to look up a word when you activate a number. Follow these steps to configure your preferred Strong’s number resources.

1. Go to Tools | Options | KeyLink and choose one of the Strong’s Numbers data types (Hebrew or Greek).
2. In the bottom box labeled Default Order of Resources and Actions select the dictionary you want to use.
3. Now click the Promote button on the left and the title of the resource you have selected will appear in the top box called Resource or Action to Use First.
4. Click Close.

Now when you pass the cursor over a word in the biblical text you will see the entry for that word in the dictionary you selected in the pop-up window.