It is so helpful to know that for those of us who
did not excel with our Greek and Hebrew that there are many good
reference works that explain the major words for us. Here are two
very good works that deal with both the Hebrew and the Greek.
The Holman work splits the book in half and
separates the studies. There are 200 Hebrew and 200 Greek words
defined - one page each. They are clear and plainly explained.
Renn’s work is much more extensive. One of the
benefits in this book is whenever an English word has both Hebrew
and Greek equivalents, they are dealt with at the same time
showing all the different meanings and nuances. There is a note
section that “explain[s] how the theme, concept, or doctrine
shaped by the Hebrew terminology is fulfilled in the Greek
vocabulary of the New Testament, especially in relation to the
consummation of God’s plan of salvation.” Hendrickson Publishers
also includes the entire work on CD Rom for even faster reference
and the ability to cut and paste into your sermon, teaching notes,
or documents. There are many more works on this CD, such as
commentaries and dictionaries. The price is also very good
compared to many reference works that cost more than $40.
Both books work from the English word, which helps
those of us who are rusty in Hebrew and Greek, and they are keyed
to Strong’s revised numbering system. For example, if you look up
the word “know” you will find the Hebrew usage; but you will also
find the two major Greek words and how they differ. If you have
never seen the difference you need to look this one up – quickly!
— Dennis Bennett,