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mnaah
05-30-2008, 03:07 AM
g'day all,

I'm trying to work out a method of quickly identifying words which are unique to a given book or author - in my case Ezekiel. While I could possibily spend hours going through the vocab trainer with an Ezekiel filter on recording all the words which have the same number of x/x, this is something I want to avoid if at all possible. Is there a way of using another feature? I read here something about the word list manager for hapaxes in the gospels, but I'm look for unique vocab rather than one offs (and thus, the more 'powerful' result is the word repeatedly used in Ezekiel but not elsewhere, or only afterwards).

As a follow on, it would be good to see if there are words which Ezekiel introduced which were then taken up by later OT authors, but that's another puzzle.

Thanks for any suggestions.

dan
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Ben Spackman
05-30-2008, 05:56 PM
Actually, this isn't tough at all.

Open the Word List Manager (WLM)

Click "load or generate word list"

Select WTM as your version (assuming you want unique roots, not forms)
Click "Load Words from bible version."
Make sure "Keep greek accents and vowel points" is checked.
In the verse range box, type (without quotes) "eze !gen-mal"

Hit "create list"

Lift jaw off floor :eek:

You can create fairly complex limits like that. Check the help section for the word list manager (#27) then the subeading "Complex Verse Ranges - Boolean Range Operators".

MGVH
05-31-2008, 02:28 AM
Thanks, Ben, for pointing out how to accomplish this. It is rather amazing.

I have done a screen capture video showing how to follow Ben's steps, but I have extended it with a particular application I think many of you will appreciate.


First, I want to find all the words in the Greek / LXX of Isaiah that show up only in Isaiah and no where else in the LXX.
Then I ask the question: How many of these words that are unique to Isaiah show up in the New Testament? I.e., if a word shows up in the New Testament and only in Isaiah in the LXX, is it possible that the NT author had the Isaiah text in mind?
Using the Word List Manager, it is very easy to generate this list of words, and it produces some interesting and notable results.

Go to my blog post for the link to the video (http://bibleandtech.blogspot.com/2008/05/bibleworks7-word-list-manager-potential.html)!

mnaah
06-02-2008, 03:15 AM
thanks for the replies - i've got my list. I also made a verse range with Ezekiel and later books using the verse list manager and then ran the WLM again to find words which Ezekiel may have introduced...only brought in another 5 words surprisingly...but I'll look through all the results. Thanks for the screen capture - i'll have a look at it at home on a quicker connection.

dan
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