There are two original languages the Bible was written in -
Understanding and translating specific Hebrew and Greek words of the Bible is very important. It provides deeper meaning to the teachings of the Bible.
- The Old Testament was written in Hebrew
- The New Testament in Greek
For an example -
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The word “world” translated from the original Greek Bible is -
kosmos – it means the inhabitants of the earth
There are other Greek words for world -
oikoumene, katachthonios, aion
By knowing exactly what the meaning is of the word being used, one can know exactly what the meaning is of a particular scripture.
To be able to do this, we recommend the use of the following:
The Hendrickson Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible.
It has the Hebrew and Greek text with the English translations. It also gives the Strong’s Concordance numbers above each Hebrew and Greek word that can be referenced.
The Strong’s exhaustive Hebrew, Greek Concordance and Dictionary of the Bible.
With this book, words can be looked up alphabetically or by the number taken from the Hendrickson Interlinear Bible. When reading the meaning of the word, additional references may appear which give more depth to the meaning.
Other material available on the internet, include the following:
- An Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible
- Other websites
Using Bible Dictionaries will also help to understand the historical, social, geographical and circumstantial background of a Scripture.