I'm reviewing a commentary right now that says the Hebrew text of Obadiah has "291 words," a figure which is based on Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament's statistics.
When I do an asterisk search in Obadiah to get its number for words in Accordance (using a Hebrew text), I see "388 hits," which then in the Analytics shows as "388 total words" (with 167 different forms).
I know that Accordance is counting prefixes separately, because the word list in Analytics includes prefixed prepositions and the article as separate "words":
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I also know that Accordance is not counting suffixes, because they appear in black (as opposed to red, in which my hits appear) in my Obadiah text.
The count in TLOT is "based on the graphic units" in the Hebrew text ("words separated by spaces or maqqēp"). In other words, unlike Accordance, TLOT counts prefixed prepositions and the article together with the word they precede.
1. Is everything above correct?
2. Is there a way to get a word count in Accordance (say, Hebrew Obadiah) such that prefixed prepositions, etc. are not counted as separate words? I.e., to approximate the kind of criteria TLOT uses?
Either way, I think I would probably go with Accordance over TLOT on this way of counting "words" in Hebrew, although I would guess that what constitutes a Hebrew "word" has probably served as the content of some dissertation somewhere....