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J. B. Smith's Concordance Dec 16, 2004
Twenty-five years ago a preacher recommended J. B. Smith to me and to this day I feel it is the best Bible tool I have ever purchased. This book allows you to instantly see in chart form how the KJV translated each Greek word. Tonight my pastor in an off hand comment on Rev 19:10 said, "John sure fell down a lot in the book of Revelations." So I looked up the Greek word, Strong's #4098, saw immediately that the KJV renders this word "fall" 69 times, "fall down" 19 times, "light" once and "fail" once. I also thought it was interesting that this word appears 19 times each in Matthew and Mark and 23 times in Revelation. At just a glance I can see that the KJV uses "light" in Rev 7:16.
Over the years I have given this book as a gift to many of my preacher friends. If you still use the KJV and try to study Greek words, you should not be without this book. You do not need to be proficient in Greek. It is keyed to Strong's. And while you can get many Greek tools in digital form, none of them gives you the ease of Smith's. You could use Englishman's or a Strong's Concordance to find that the KJV renders #1096 as "ordain" one time--if you do not mind wading through all 677 occurrences! Oryou can turn to Smith's and find this one occurrence in Acts 1:22 in a matter of seconds.
If I were sent to a desert island with only three books, Smith's would be one of them.
Invaluable Bible Study Reference Tool! Aug 13, 2001
For years I have used an old edition of J.B. Smith's Greek-English Concordance and have found it to be an essential component for my study of God's Word. I am surprised that this reference tool is not more widely known and used in the study of the Bible. I have been searching for a reprint edition of Smith's Concordance for use in the library at the Christian Bible School where I work (Word of Life Bible Institute). This Concordance provides a key component in my study of key words in a Bible passage. It is the only study tool that I know of that allows an English-reader to quickly examine the complete usage of a Greek word in the New Testament. The Concordance give an exhaustive, summary analysis in chart form of every word in the N.T. Thus, when I wish (1) to see all places in the N.T. where a Greek word is used and (2) to know all the English words which translate that Greek word, I go to J.B. Smith's Concordance. Normally this is my first step in a Bible word study. Once this information is gained I am able to use other Bible Study tools to obtain a more in-depth study of the Greek word. A Quick example: Lets say I want to study the KJV Bible word "transformed" (Rom. 12:2). First I look up the English word "transformed" in the index to obtain a reference number to the Greek word. I then turn to the Greek word (English phonics provided). Here I find that my target Greek word is used three times in the N.T. Now I "discover" that the Greek word also is translated as "transfigured" when referring to Christ's transfiguration. So I learn that the "transformation" Paul desired for his readers is to be like the "transfiguration" of my Lord Jesus. This is a great Bible study tool!