## RE: [Synoptic-L] RE: Cities, Sepphoris and Tiberias

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• ... The differences in this ratio between John, Luke and Mark are probably not statistically significant. But I think one needs to look at Matthew s difference
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At 05:16 PM 6/7/2012, David Inglis wrote:
>Apologies to both Bob and Mark. Now, Bob, you provided the following numbers:
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>kwvmh, (village, small town)
>9x in Luke
>3x in Mark & John
>2x in Mat
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>povlin (city, town; inhabitants [of a city])
>16x in Luke
>12x in Matt
>6x in John
>5x in Mark
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>Whether cities, towns or villages, Luke mentions them far more than
>the other gospel authors.
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>Bob, that's not how I read these numbers. First, it's the frequency
>with which the words are used that matters, not the
>absolute numbers (i.e. the longer the gospel, then the more times
>you would expect to see any particular word). So, to
>see more uses of kwvmh or povlin in Lk than in Mt or Mk is to be
>expected. However, I contend that what really matters
>is the ratio of povlin to kwvmh, and for this ratio we have:
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>Matt: 12/2 = 6
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>John: 6/3 = 2
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>Luke: 16/9 = 1.78
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>Mark: 5/3 = 1.67
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>So, Mark and Luke each use povlin around 70% more often than kwvmh,
>while in Matt the ratio is 6:1. On this basis,
>surely it's Matt that has the city/urban bias?

The differences in this ratio between John, Luke and Mark are
probably not statistically significant. But I think one needs to look
at Matthew's difference by considering more factors.

Bob

>David Inglis, Lafayette, CA, 94549, USA
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