Jews of New Testament times used ‘Beelzebul’ as a name for Satan, the prince of demons.
Tools and resources you need to do a word study on the Greek verb to end, complete or fulfill, teleó
Tools and resources you need to do a word study on the Greek word for reward, misthos.
Tools and resources you need to do a word study on the Greek word for worthy, axios.
In biblical terms, the word “fear” does not usually focus on feelings of terror or fright. “Fear” is a motivating emotion. We use “fear” to determine what we will do in any given situation.
Metaphors about sheep and their shepherd have a rich background in the Old Testament that continues in the New Testament. Without a shepherd, sheep can easily end up hungry, lost and the victim of predators.
Some see faith as a settled issue, something we no longer have to think about once we pray the sinners prayer. Others see faith as a journey with trials and troubles along the way. The goal is to grow and persevere. Which approach we take influences how we interpret the Bible. (I take the second approach.)
After gathering an idea of the word’s meaning from your own study, it’s a good time to check the conclusions of other scholars and reference works. Here are some free online places to look.
You’re probably aware that many classic commentaries are free online, but did you know many modern commentaries (written after 1970) are also online?
Even if you don’t know biblical Greek or Hebrew, you can do a lot with the original languages, if you understand some basic grammar and have a few good tools.