Strong’s Exhausting Creationists

Paul Braterman drew to my attention a blog post on Naturalis Historia about the influence of young-earth creationism on the Blue Letter Bible’s version of Strong’s Concordance. Look at this one in particular:


The actual Strong’s Concordance suggests that the term refers to the hippopotamus. The notion that it refers to a dinosaur is something that has been proposed very recently by the modern movement known as young-earth creationism, which holds bizarre views that are a hodge podge of scientific terms and pseudoscientific and unbiblical nonsense, which clearly did not exist or did not have influence in the late nineteenth century when James Strong made his concordance. Other older resources on the site, such as the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, deal with the matter in a better manner.

It is disappointing that a widely-used resource such as the Blue Letter Bible would engage in such distortion not only of the Bible, but even of the Strong’s Concordance. Of course, this isn’t the first time that young-earth creationists have distorted or edited the words of Christians from the past in order to promote their deceptions. But I am still disappointed when I encounter falsehood being promoted in such underhanded and deceitful ways.

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  • Yup, the Biblehub version says

    The hippopotamus or Nile- horse

  • David Evans

    ” He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens” (Job 40.21)
    I wonder which trees growing in fen country are big enough to shade a Brachiosaurus (23 feet tall at the hips, 80 feet long).

  • Darach Conneely

    I don’t think that is meant as Strong’s concordance, what they have is a number of resources (included Gesenius) on a page for each Strong’s number.

    The Diplodocus quote is listed as an ‘Outline of biblical Usage’. I have found this lexicon on a number of bible study websites and free bible downloads (BibleStudyTools, Step Bible, e-sword). It seems to be based on an abbreviated Brown Driver Briggs (BDB) lexicon, Blue Letter Bible is unusual in not describing it as BDB or Brown Driver Briggs. As far as I can tell it originated with Larry Pierce’s Online Bible one of the earliest free bible programs. The OLB Lexicon is the same as the Blue Letter entry. According to the Online Bible faqs page:
    Who authored the definitions in the OLB lexicon?
    Larry Pierce wrote them based on Brown Driver Briggs and Thayers. We compared them with several other lexicons also. In doing the lexicons we found the newer lexicons were less accurate than the older ones.

    Larry Pierce is a creationist who has written articles for Answers in Genesis, he seems to have felt free to modify mistakes he saw in the lexicons he used. Because the module is non commercial and sounds like a well respected bible Lexicon, it has spread like Japanese knot weed around free online bible resouces.

    Bio at the end of his article:
    Larry Pierce is a retired computer programmer who greatly enjoys ancient history. This passion led him to spend five years translating The Annals of the World from Latin to English. He is also the creator of a sophisticated and powerful Bible program, The Online Bible.

    • smijer

      Didn’t BLB start off using Strong’s definitions instead of “Outline of Biblical Usage” modified from BDB? When did that change? I used to like BLB especially because of its format and the ease with which you could look at concordance entries without losing your place.