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Re: Number of Unique Words per Book

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  • scottallenrauch
    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
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      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
      >
      > This article may be of help:
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      > Epistles to Timothy and Titus
      > _http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14727b.htm_
      > (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14727b.htm)
      >
      > MB
      >
      >
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      > In a message dated 10/29/2010 12:12:14 Central Daylight Time,
      > ScottAllenRauch@... writes:
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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 more found nowhere but in 2 Timothy, twenty-eight more nowhere but in
      > Titus, …."
      >
      > 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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