• Hardcover: 2187 pages   ($27 – $40)
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing (June 29, 2009)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931018494
  • Compilers: C.W. Lyons and Thomas Deliduka
  • Forward by Scott Hahn

So how would you use this book? What is it for? Suppose you wanted to know where in the Gospels does Jesus use the word “bless”? All the entries are listed in alphabetical order, and the various forms of a word are also listed, for example: bless, blessed, blessing.  After finding the word bless, the uses of the word are listed in order of the book of the Bible (Genesis first, Revelations last). So there is one listing for the Gospel and that is for Luke, chapter 6, verse 28.  This is formatted in the book like this:  Lk 6:28 those who hate you, B those who curse you  (The capitalized letter indicates the location of the word within the verse.)

Who is a concordance for?  This book is for people that are serious about Bible study. If you want to find a bible verse quickly, search engines on the Internet can find something real quick, but you are at the mercy of how the search algorithms/ logic works, when it presents the answers to you. The results from an online search may only show the top 10 results (verses). A concordance will show everything. The whole purpose and usefulness of a concordance is that it concretely demonstrates the concept of the “Content and Unity” of Sacred Scripture. Are you serious about Bible study? Why? Why not?

A few notes: This is a simple concordance and NOT an analytical concordance.  If you want word analysis, my advice is to get a good study Bible.  This book is comprehensive and huge, it is about 1000 pages longer than the version of the Bible it is for.  Lastly, the most important note: if you purchase a concordance, you must get a version that is for the specific translation of the Bible you use.