Monday, September 29, 2008

Here's a little Monday morning nerdery for you

In the King James Version of the Bible, the verse with the highest frequency of the word "the" is Ezekiel 48:21:
And the residue shall be for the prince, on the one side and on the other of the holy oblation, and of the possession of the city, over against the five and twenty thousand of the oblation toward the east border, and westward over against the five and twenty thousand toward the west border, over against the portions for the prince: and it shall be the holy oblation; and the sanctuary of the house shall be in the midst thereof.
Total: 18 instances of "the"

(I'm sure that everyone already knew that, as it's probably the first thing they teach you in Bible school, but it's a fun fact nevertheless.)

Incidentally, when Nicole and I are in Portland next week, we plan on stopping by Oblation in the Pearl. Although I don't think we'll need to bring any residue for the prince. Just cash or plastic.

4 Talked Back:

At October 1, 2008 at 10:35:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

Nope, we don't learn interesting facts like that, which is kind of too bad.

Ironically (because, yes, I'm just enough of a nerd to check), there are only 6 occasions of the Hebrew definite article (meaning "the") in that verse. So apparently the KJV translators just really felt like they needed a lot of "the's" to smoothe things out.


At October 1, 2008 at 11:36:00 PM CDT, Blogger stan said...

That is Category Five Awesome!


At October 1, 2008 at 11:37:00 PM CDT, Blogger Nicole said...

You are both such total nerds . . .

And I love you both for it!


At October 3, 2008 at 8:49:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jim said...

is this a hint, what are you going to buy at the store?????

I can play nerd too -- in Hebrew, "the" becomes part of its noun, one word -- it a prefix and its spelling changes depending upon the noun.


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