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#1 chasisaac



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Posted 20 July 2005 - 11:11 AM

Ok this deserves a Grrrr

I tossed the message from old email list that told me how to find all the hapax in Jude (or any other book)

Can someone help.


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Posted 20 July 2005 - 12:44 PM

I think this is what you're after :-):

On Aug 5, 2004, at 9:17 AM, Charles Isaac wrote:

> I would like to do a search to find just the HAPAX words in NT. How
> would I do such a search?


Just use the slick new Count command that was added in 6.0. Here's how you would put it together:

1. Click the Search for Words radio button.
2. Type an asterisk (*) to indicate that you want to find any word 3. Type an 'at' symbol (@). The 'at' symbol basically connects a word with some other criteria.
4. Select COUNT from the Enter Command submenu of the Search menu (or use the keyboard shortcut shift-command-u) 5. Replace the selected question mark with a "1".

Your search argument should now look like this:

*@ [COUNT 1]

This indicates that you want to find any word which appears only one time in your search range.

Once you've performed the search, click the Details button and look at the Analysis tab of the Details window. This will give you a list of all the hapax in the New Testament.

The Graph is also interesting. It appears that Acts 28 contains the most frequent use of hapax legomena, which makes sense when you consider all the unusual place names listed there.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 12:55 PM


Try the following:

*@ [COUNT 1]

This will find every word which only appears once in the current search range. To find hapax, therefore, it's best to leave the search range set to All Text. If you set the range to Jude, you'll find every word which only appears once in the book of Jude, but many of those words might appear elsewhere in the Bible, and so would not be true hapax.

If you just want to see the hapax in Jude, combine the COUNT command with the Range command, like this:

*@ [COUNT 1] <AND> [Range Jude]

This search finds every word which only appears once across the Search range (which I'm suggesting you leave set to [All Text]), and which also appears in Jude. Thus, this search finds true hapax, but narrows the search results to those found in the book of Jude.

Hope this helps.
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Posted 20 July 2005 - 02:43 PM

Actually you just need to enter:
no asterisk for this particular command.

The comments about the Range versus the Range command are correct.
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