Word Counts of Septuagint Editions

Psalms, Codex Vaticanus

Psalms, Codex Vaticanus

Over on the Twitter yesterday, Cillian O’Hoogan looped me in on a conversation about word counts in the Septuagint.

My employer, Faithlife (aka Logos Bible Software) has both Rahlfs’ edition of the LXX and H.B. Swete’s edition of the LXX available, so I dusted off some code I wrote awhile back to do this sort of counting, and came up with numbers for both Swete’s edition and Rahlfs’ edition.

Then I popped them on Google docs as spreadsheets for all to see. Here you go:

  • Rahlfs’ LXX: Counts by book for chapters, verses, words, and letters.
  • Swete’s LXX: Counts by book for chapters, verses, words, and letters.

Enjoy. If you use the data in a publication, please let me know. I may be able to give more details about citation or sources if you need them.

If you really get into this stuff, note this paper I presented at BibleTech 2009 about Stylometry and the Septuagint.

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