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Did you know you don't need to go to seminary to learn the Greek???
Okay... you probably do need to go to seminary to learn the Greek...
BUT What if I told you there was a Bible that can help you learn Greek words? Would you be interested?
Have you ever wanted to see some words in the original Greek so that you could get a better hold of a passage? This is the Bible for you!
Quick story, and then I will get on with the review.
Two weeks ago I stumbled upon this Bible at an Ollie's in Scranton (if you are ever looking for "good stuff cheap", Ollie's is the place to go). It was appealing to me, but I decided to hide it and buy it next time because I didn't want to spend money that day.
I went back today to find that my hiding place wasn't good enough! NO! IT'S GONE!
It was the only one there that I've ever seen, and I just lost my chance of buying it. I frantically started digging through their unorganized book shelves in the religious section, hoping that somehow, someway the Bible would appear to me.
After about ten minutes of searching... Behold! The Bible was found hidden behind other white books causing it to blend in. I made sure to check out with it today so I wouldn't lose my opportunity next time, and I am so glad I brought it home.
This Bible is AWESOME. If you're like me, and like to dive a little deeper than the surface of a verse you will also love this Bible. It helps you do just that.
Why key words are so important-
Maybe you are wondering, "Why's this Bible so great? Why are key words so important to study."
Have you ever heard or even spoken a sentence that could mean two things. Here's a good example that many English teachers in high-school would use.
We saw her duck.
This could mean any of the following:
We looked at a duck that belonged to her.
We looked at her quickly squat down to avoid something.
We use a saw to cut her duck.
I know that sounds ridiculous, but you get the point. Some words in English can have multiple meanings. This is the same for many languages. For example, my girlfriend's mom told me there are multiple ways to say "pig" in Spanish. It depends on where the origin of that Spanish is from, what kind of pig you are speaking of, and the context of the sentence.
In saying all of that, don't you think it'd be important to really understand a verse in the Bible that may be confusing or understood multiple ways?
Here's an example of how our English may be misleading at times:
I stood upon the deck.
I stood above the deck.
I stood among the deck.
Here are three prepositions that at times can be used in a sentence and the sentence will mean the same thing, but there are other times that they cannot. What if I wasn't standing directly on the deck? Then the word upon could be misleading. Among would make more sense. See the difference?
Some words have a much more specific meaning, while other words have a much broader meaning. I could say someone is prideful, but you can be prideful in many ways. If I said they were boastful, now you have a more specific version of prideful. See the difference? I could also say someone is proud, and that could mean two things. May I mean they are satisfied; maybe I mean they are arrogant. The word proud, without seeing the context, can be misleading.
This is why this Bible is so handy!
Instead of just assuming we know what the scriptures mean, we can read the word in Greek with a definition. Assuming what the Bible says is very ignorant; the right response is to study and to work at understanding God's word. We don't want to put words into God's mouth.
I don't think God ever meant to be confusing, but that also doesn't mean we shouldn't have to put work into our studies. I don't think God wants us to read a verse, assume we understand it, and then move on. God gave us a great book of His word to study and to learn from.
2 Timothy 2:15(NKJV) Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
God wants us to read His word with discernment. This Bible will help you do just that. If you are looking for a way to dig deeper into God's word, check this Bible out! It is really fascinating to read some of the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic words that are in this Word Study Bible. Here is an example of one of the words from John 3:16.