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Bible Word Studies

Welcome to the Bible word studies research guide.

Greek Manuscripts

Helpful Websites

Instructions for Conducting a New Testament Word Study

Important Initial Question

  • Which translation of the Bible are you using?

NIV Method:

  1. Find the verse and word in an NIV Bible, such as the NIV study Bible.
  2. Look up the word/verse in the Strongest NIV Exhaustive Concordance (REF 220.2 G626e).
  3. Find the G-K (Goodrick-Kohlenberger) number on the right side of the word/verse.
  4. Look up the number in the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (REF 487.3 K652t). This will give you a longer definition and etymology.

Other Versions:

If you have a translation other than an NIV (many students use the KJV or NASB), use one of the other concordances, such as the The strongest Strong's exhaustive concordance of the Bible (REF 220.52033 St88) [KJV], or The strongest NASB exhaustive concordance  (REF 220.520443 N48). There are several others on the shelf, all of which use the Strong's numerical system.  Be sure to choose one that uses the appropriate translation.

  1. Look up the word and find the Strong's number on the right.
  2. Now you have to convert that number to a G-K (Goodrick-Kohlenberger) number. One place to do this is at the back of The strongest NIV exhaustive concordance (REF 220.520813 G626 2004).
  3. There are 4 tables at the back: choose one for Strong's to G-K. The other two tables go from G-K to Strong's, so you won't need those. Once you have the G-K number, follow step #4 above.

Interlinear Translations

Bible Dictionaries


Find your word in the appropriate concordance for the translation you are using.

(Regular Strongest Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible is KJV.)

Greek Grammar and Syntax


NT Word Dictionaries