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What is a Bible Concordance?

The term ‘concordance’ is usually applied to literary and linguistic studies, but it is an extremely useful tool which enables people to access a piece of text non-sequentially or to study the ways in which it uses language.A� A concordance is a�?a citation of parallel passages, and specifically an alphabetic arrangementA�of the words contained in a book with citations of the passages in which they occur.”A�- Encyclopedia Britannica, 11 ed.

A concordance’s function is basically to bring together, in other words, to ‘concord’ passages of text which show the use of a word. It searches for instances of a word or phrase and comes up with each case of it.A� A concordance will show each instance of each word together in the context from which it came.

So a concordance is a bit like a computer; it will find things for you, but it will not do the thinking, you have to do that. What it will do is to get you on the right track when, in this case, it comes to deeper analysis of a piece of text.

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Posted in Bible Study Tips, by Steve Bugler, 8 years, 10 months ago at 12:00 pm.

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