How many words in the Hebrew and Greek Text?

Old Testament There are 419, 687 words in the Hebrew Old Testament text. Of those 419,687 words 8,679 are unique, however with knowledge of just 641 Hebrew words you will have over 80% recognition of Hebrew vocabulary.

New Testament William D Mounce writes the following about the Greek words in the New Testament:

There are 5,437 different words in the New Testament. They occur a total of 138,162 times. But there are only 319 words (5.8% of the total number) that occur 50 times or more . . . These 319 words account for 110,425 word occurrences, or 79.92% of the total word count, almost four out of five.[1]

David M. Steimle writes this about the Greek New Testament,

NT has only 138,162 words drawn from 5,437 words.[2]

Each book of the New Testament has some unique Greek words that the Holy Spirit used in order to teach important truths, but the book of Hebrews has the largest number at 154.[3]

We thank our God that the New Testament was written mainly in the Greek language because of the wide range of words the Holy Spirit could use to teach us truth.

1. William D. Mounce. Basics of Biblical Greek. Zondervan Publishing. 1993. p 17.
2. David M. Steimle. Preliminary Biblical Studies. Books-A-Million. p. 351.
3. Paul Ellingworth. New International Greek Testament Commentary. The Paternoster Press. 1993.

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