Concordances of the Bible

It is often useful or even necessary for scholars, preachers, and others to locate a given text in the Scripture, that is, to know in which book of the Bible it occurs, and in what chapter and verse it will be found. Or there may be question of ascertaining the instances in which a given word or phrase occurs. These purposes are served by a concordance, which is an alphabetic list of the words in the Bible, an indication (by book, chapter, and verse) as to where each word occurs, and a short passage including the given word. Thus, by recalling one word of a passage, it is possible to locate the passage quickly. There are complete and abridged concordances of the Hebrew Old Testament, the Greek New Testament, as also of many versions. For the Authorized Version there are four well-known Concordances composed respectively by Cruden, Strong, Walker, and Young. There is a complete concordance to the American Revised Version (called the American Standard Bible) by Hazard. For the Catholic Bible (Douay Version), we have a "Concordance of the Proper Names in the Holy Scriptures," by Williams, Saint Louis, 1923, and a "Verbal Concordance to the New Testament" by Thompson, London, 1928. The word "concordance" is sometimes, but incorrectly, used for a collection of Scripture texts arranged according to subject matter. Such are Vaughan's "Divine Armory" and Williams's "Textual Concordance" (New Testament).

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