Learn how to study the Bible using the Strong Numbers and the First Occurrence Principle

We would like to share with you some basic knowledge of the Bible and how to apply the First Occurrence Principle to interpret the Bible.

As you may know, the Bible contains two parts, the Old Testament, and the New Testament. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew. The New Testament was written in Greek. For people who want to know what the Bible says in its original languages, they must need to learn those two languages first.

Or do they? Well, it happened that an American Bible scholar, named James Strong (1822-1894), and a team of nearly 100 others, in an age when there were no computers, came up with a way to assign a number to each and every word in the OT and NT. This number system is called Strong Numbers. Each of the more than 8000 words in the Hebrew OT, and more than 5000 words in the Greek NT are arranged in a systematic manner with a number. The words are arranged in an alphabetical way then associated with a sequential number.

The Old Testament numbers have an H in front. The New Testament numbers start with a “G”. You can imagine these two strands of numbers, one strand for the OT, and one strand for the NT, formed like a DNA double helix. Continue reading “Learn how to study the Bible using the Strong Numbers and the First Occurrence Principle”