Saturday, March 8, 2008

Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible, Robert Young

Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible, Robert Young

One would be hard pressed to find a tool more effective and beneficial to studying the word of God than a concordance. As mentioned in the review of Strong's Concordance, Young's Concordance groups words by the Hebrew and Greek language rather than the English (as does Strong's Concordance). This grouping shows how the same term is used in various other contexts. If students of the Scriptures would learn to use the principle of checking the same word in other contexts, it would eliminate many errors. For each Greek and Hebrew term the transliteration and the original script is given plus a definition. There are over 300 thousand words referenced in this concordance.

Robert Young (1822-1888) was a publisher who was proficient in various ancient languages. He was privately taught and served as an apprentice to the printing business. He also published a respectable translation of the Scriptures known as Young's Literal Translation. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and was a member of the Free Church (Presbyterian). His primary interest was in the field of Old Testament and language studies. One writer went on to describe Young's accomplishments as:

Young was celebrated as an editor and translator of Jewish and Biblical writings in various languages, especially in Hebrew, Samaritan, Aramaic, Syriac, Arabic, and Gujarati, thus and in other ways contributing to the apparatus for textual criticism. He was also active in the region of comparative linguistics and in Semitic philology. (The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, p. 490).

My wife prefers to use Young's Analytical Concordance while I prefer to use Strong's Exhaustive Concordance. So, we have both volumes, and I find having both very beneficial to cross-reference.
Work Cited:

"Young, Robert," The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, Vol. 13, 1964, p. 490.

Originally printed in West Virginia Christian, Vol. 7, No. 12, December 2000, p. 8. Reprinted by permission.

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