From: Edgar M. Krentz (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Apr 08 1998 - 19:20:26 EDT
>How do you define a hapax legomenon?
>I have always worked with the following definitions, both of
>which seem to be current in NT scholarship:
> 1. A word which occurs only once in the New Testament
> 2. A word that occurs only once in a given document (say,
> Matthew), hence "this word is a hapax in Matthew" etc.
> - And one might add to this that one often has talk about
> hapaxes in Luke-Acts
>Now, my problem is that I am working through a book at the moment
>that seems to be working with another definition, but a definition
>that I do not understand. The book is Kim Paffenroth, *The Story of
>Jesus According to L* (JSNTSup, 147; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic
>Press, 1997). p. 70 describes hapax legomena as "words that occur
>nowhere else in Luke-Acts" (which would fit in with definition 2
>above) but p. 73 goes on to discuss "hapax legomena that occur in
>more than one L pericope", listing words like BRECW (Luke 7.38, 44;
>17.29) and GAMOS (Luke 12.36; 14.8), concluding about such words, "Of
>the thirteen hapax legomena that occur in more than one L pericope .
>. ." (p.78).
Sounds like peas and carrots be defined as beans. Or, seriously, the last
definition is non-sense, literally, since hapax by definition occurs only
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