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What is a concordance? And do I need one? I do not have one and I am wondering if I need one because am on a reading program via Bible.com, that reads the Bible in One year. I am actually a few days behind, but right now we are reading Job and alternating with Matthew. Sometimes the the site mentions a concordance.
My daily bible, The Voice, has in its appendix a topical study of the bible, which to my mind is very similar to tagging. The Voice says that you “don’t need a concordance” which is why they do not have one, and their topic index is helpful but of course like most people, if you don’t have it, you immediately want it. Whether I would use it, is another thing.
My other daily, seek, find Bible has neither, just a mini dictionary in the back. It is in the English Standard Version (ESV). I never refer to it. It’s a nice thick paperback bible; the cover is green unlike the ones found at the ChristianBook site above. I typically keep it in the car for impromptu reading matter; it is far better than listening to endless commercials on the radio punctuated by a song or two when you arrive early at your destination.
The dictionary defines a concordance as simply an alphabetical index of the principal Nouns in a book. Would verbs have much value ? WHile Nouns are the thing , verbs, those action things, could be useful, but it seems that a concordance does not have that.
So I return to the initial problem. Do I need a concordance? Maybe next time at a book store I should look at one again, and see if I am inspired.