## Number of Unique Words per Book

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• Hello, I am reading a book written in 1900 wherein the author, Benjamin Wisner Bacon, states there are seventy-four words found only in 1 Timothy, forty-six
Message 1 of 3 , Oct 29 9:50 AM
Hello,

I am reading a book written in 1900 wherein the author, Benjamin Wisner Bacon, states there are "seventy-four words found only in 1 Timothy, forty-six more found nowhere but in 2 Timothy, twenty-eight more nowhere but in Titus, â¦."

This _seems_ like a disproportionate number of unique words, but I have no intelligent reason for saying so.

Can someone direct me to a study wherein a count of unique words per book is documented? A tabulation like the following seems reasonable to me:

-------------------------------------------------
Book Number Number of Words Found
Name of Words * Nowhere Else in the NT *
-------------------------------------------------
Romans ??? ???
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* Word counts exclude names of individuals.
-------------------------------------------------

I frequently come across statements like Wisner's, and I think it would be helpful if readers were also told something like, "In contrast, the seven undisputed books of Paul average only one unique word per xxx words. Thus, 1 Timothy has xx times the number of unique words that one would expect from Paul's other writings."

Thank you,
Scott
Message 2 of 3 , Oct 30 12:08 AM
Scott
This article may be  of  help:

Epistles to Timothy and Titus

MB

In a message dated 10/29/2010 12:12:14 Central Daylight Time, ScottAllenRauch@... writes:

Hello,

I am reading a book written in 1900 wherein the author, Benjamin Wisner Bacon, states there are "seventy-four words found only in 1 Timothy, forty-six more found nowhere but in 2 Timothy, twenty-eight more nowhere but in Titus, â€¦."

This _seems_ like a disproportionate number of unique words, but I have no intelligent reason for saying so.

Can someone direct me to a study wherein a count of unique words per book is documented? A tabulation like the following seems reasonable to me:

-------------------------------------------------
Book Number Number of Words Found
Name of Words * Nowhere Else in the NT *
-------------------------------------------------
Romans ??? ???
-------------------------------------------------
* Word counts exclude names of individuals.
-------------------------------------------------

I frequently come across statements like Wisner's, and I think it would be helpful if readers were also told something like, "In contrast, the seven undisputed books of Paul average only one unique word per xxx words. Thus, 1 Timothy has xx times the number of unique words that one would expect from Paul's other writings."

Thank you,
Scott

• MB, I can t thank you enough! Excellent article! Perfect! By using actual data from the NT, Septuagint, and Shakespeare(!) it showed I didn t have any
Message 3 of 3 , Nov 1, 2010
MB,

I can't thank you enough! Excellent article! Perfect! By using actual data from the NT, Septuagint, and Shakespeare(!) it showed I didn't have any intelligent reason for my _feeling_.

Scott

--- In textualcriticism@yahoogroups.com, talmidim@... wrote:
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> Scott
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> Epistles to Timothy and Titus
>
> MB
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> In a message dated 10/29/2010 12:12:14 Central Daylight Time,
> ScottAllenRauch@... writes:
>
>
>
>
> Hello,
>
> I am reading a book written in 1900 wherein the author, Benjamin Wisner
> Bacon, states there are "seventy-four words found only in 1 Timothy,
> forty-six more found nowhere but in 2 Timothy, twenty-eight more nowhere but in
> Titus, Ã¢â¬Â¦."
>
> This _seems_ like a disproportionate number of unique words, but I have no
> intelligent reason for saying so.
>
> Can someone direct me to a study wherein a count of unique words per book
> is documented? A tabulation like the following seems reasonable to me:
>
> -------------------------------------------------
> Book Number Number of Words Found
> Name of Words * Nowhere Else in the NT *
> -------------------------------------------------
> Romans ??? ???
> -------------------------------------------------
> * Word counts exclude names of individuals.
> -------------------------------------------------
>
> I frequently come across statements like Wisner's, and I think it would be
> helpful if readers were also told something like, "In contrast, the seven
> undisputed books of Paul average only one unique word per xxx words. Thus,
> 1 Timothy has xx times the number of unique words that one would expect
> from Paul's other writings."
>
> Thank you,
> Scott
>
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