Has anyone seen or come up with a list of Strong's numbers which are subdivided according the various meanings that each word can have. It seems to me that most projects just accept Strong's numbers as they are. An obvious limitation of the system is that he was merely referring readers to a word in a dictionary, rather than too a meaning of a word.
In my opinion, for a reasonably sober-minded intermediate student that is okay, but for a beginning student that allows a large margin for inexperienced "creativity". Also, now that we are in the age of reproducing information with ease, assigning a whole dictionary entry for one of Strong's numbers is burdensome - because a person using the program/site has to look at a full dictionary listing each time.
I do admire Strong's decision to not make a judgement on behalf of the reader as to which meaning a particular word should have in any given passage, and by extension saying that a words doesn't necessarily have only one meaning, but can mean slightly (or substantially) different things for different people in different ages and at different times, but for a reader who is looking to be guided as to which meaning to choose, it would be good to have the option to direct a reader to a particular meaning.
Another side issue is that in some cases, the wider the coverage of the dictionary, the wider the range of meanings and in other cases, the meaning in the dictionary is (to a reasonable degree) interpretative to fit the context of the text. The smoothing of a meaning into a text, is of course one of the lexicographer's arts. And there are other examples where a single meaning / explanation for everything fits rather roughly, so it is up to the user of the lexicon to use their best instincts. That all being said, it is probably possible to assign one meaning to a particular passage, or a choice of two or three meanings according to various preferred interpretations, rather than just assigning the whole of the set of the meanings that a Strong's number.
Despite all the uncertainties and different possibilities, it is probably somethings worth having as possibility to use.
What I want to ask is that has anyone or any group listed Strong's numbers with sub-divisions? Thanks
BA (Greek & Modern Greek), BTh, MA (Egyptology)
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