Re: [Synoptic-L] Number of words in the gospels (Luke)
- Dr Peter M. Head wrote:
>In light of Dr. Heads postings, my figures need correcting.
> It might be possible that the increase is due to changing opinions on what
> Westcott and Hort called the Western non-interpolations, i.e. 22.19f; 24.3,
> 6, 12, 36, 40, 51, 52.
> But the situation is complicated by the presence of several full verses in
> double brackets in NA 26=27 (i.e. 22.43f; 23.34). Are we confident that the
> counts for N-A 25 and 26 exclude this material in square brackets?
This morning, as I pulled out my NA26 to count the double-bracketed
words in Luke 22:43-44, I discovered something alarming. The GRAMCORD
(ver 1.2) text of Luke 22:44 mistakenly omits *katabainontes*. Of
course, this sort of error wrecks any attempt to count the words in
NA26. In order to double-check the entire GRAMCORD text of the synoptic
gospels, I downloaded the text of NA26 from the Biola Open Bible
webpage, and wrote a macro to check for parity between the Biola text
and the GRAMCORD text. I discovered that Matthew and Mark are
faithfully preserved, but that seven words are missing from the GRAMCORD
text of Luke. In addition to the word missing from Luke 22:44 (noted
above), the first six words of the Magnificat (Luke 1:47) are also
missing. Hopefully, GRAMCORD has corrected, or will correct, this
I am now confident that I have the correct figures for NA25 and NA26.
Excluding words enclosed by double brackets, the figures for NA25 are:
The figures for NA26 are:
My thanks to Dr. Head for calling attention to the double brackets. My
apologies for having posted errant figures.
John C. Poirier