It’s time for another Look Inside blog! Today we are looking at Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (MED), which is a word study dictionary covering the entire Bible.
Here are three tips for using MED in our app to enrich your personal Bible study!
ONE: RESOURCE GUIDE
We talk about the Resource Guide all the time because it is incredibly helpful when studying the Bible in our app. Have you ever been reading a passage of scripture and had a question about a person, place, or topic? Now you can get answers without even leaving the passage.
Open your favorite Bible translation in the main window. I’ve picked out the ESV! Then, tap the split window handle and drag it to a width or height that you prefer. As you scroll through the Bible text, the Resource Guide keeps up with you and searches through all the books in your library for related content. If you scroll down through the Resource Guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.”
Tap on the person, place, or topic that you want to learn more about. I chose the topic “Fellowship” because my church is currently working through Acts. Scripture tells us that the early church what devoted to fellowship… but what does that mean?
You’ll see that Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary has the words “Article to Fellowship” underneath the book cover. Tap on the book cover and the app will take you directly to the article. You can scroll and read the entire article without having to leave your Bible text! I was able to follow along as we read this passage in church, while also gaining deeper insights. It’s honestly so convenient.
If there are scripture references in the article that you would like to read, tap the verse and it will appear in a pop-up window. You can also tap the top right hand corner of the pop-up window to change which window you read the scripture in—main or split! It looks like this:
TWO: LOOKUP FEATURES
Maybe you aren’t sure where to find a certain topic in God’s Word, but you want to know more! You can search any topic in our Lookup Feature and resources like MED will show up, ready to give you the information you’re looking for. Here’s how:
For iPhone or iPad users, open the Resource Guide in the split window. Then tap the gear icon, followed by the “lookup” option in iOS. You can type “Fellowship” and tap “search”. This will bring up Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary article on Fellowship as we’ve seen before.
If you like reading your Bible “full screen”, try the integrated look-up feature. Tap and hold a word in the Bible text and an option menu bar will pop up. From here you get an array of option—one of them being Lookup!
If you tap the “Lookup” button you’ll get “hits” from your resources on just that specific word. Like before, just tap the book cover and you can read the article in the pop-up window, or choose to open it in the Main or Split window.
THREE: INTEGRATES WITH STRONG’S TAGGED BIBLES
If you have a Bible Tagged with Strong’s, Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary is a great addition to your library. Since I have the English Standard Version (ESV) with Strong’s, I pulled it up in my main window and tapped “fellowship”. This brings up the Strong’s article and definition for κοινωνία (koinōnia).
From there I tapped “look up κοινωνία (koinōnia).” This brought up Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary that I can tap and read the article on κοινωνία (koinōnia) in a window of my choosing.
How do you use the Mounce Expository Dictionary in your personal Bible Study? What are some insights you have learned by using Mounce’s Expository Dictionary?