I was reading Daniel Wallace's very helpful blog entry on the synoptic problem at bible.org and i saw this:
"Mark’s brevity can be measured in terms of verses or words:
MATTHEW MARK LUKE
VERSES 1068 661 1149
WORDS 18,293 11,025 19,376
So I thought - let's use accordance to check this...
So I got my GNT-T and put in
* <AND> [RANGE Mark]
And I got 11312 hits. Puzzled me for a second, then I thought, ah! the longer ending of Mark must be included....and it was. As is clear the longer ending begins part of the way through a verse (16:8).
I saw that the longer ending was bracketed (albeit in double brackets) so I ignored the bracketed words in the additional criteria section, and redid the search.
The number dropped to 11232 and [υἱοῦ θεοῦ] in 1:1 was clearly excluded in the search (so it worked) but the longer ending was included.
I noticed too that if I did this with John, there was no way to exclude the John 7:53ff interpolation (though it's a little easier to exclude it using verse ranges here).
Is there a way to do this? Seems unfortunate to have to include those sections if you don't want to. Can it be included in the "bracketed words" part.
Interestingly if I search for * <AND> [RANGE Mark 1-16:7] I get 11011 hits. then if I search * <AND> [RANGE Mark 16:8] <WITHIN 18 Words> [FIELD BEGIN] I get 19 hits (because FIELD BEGIN is counted as a hit, so it is actually 18 words, but that adds up to 11029 words (with bracketed words excluded) which is close to Dr Wallace's but not exactly the same. I guess he might be using a different text... (The numbers for Luke and Matthew are also different out of interest - the number of verses in Matthew differs by 2, Luke and Mark are the same - if the longer ending is not counted).
Thanks for any thoughts on this....
Edited by Ken Simpson, 13 August 2013 - 09:15 PM.