Kevin W. Woodruff cierpke at utc.campuscw.net
Thu Jul 29 21:47:36 EDT 1999

You mean "hapax legomenon."

Literally this means in Greek "being said once"  It is a word that only
occurs once in a body of literature, usually the Bible. The word translated
"'baskets" in Matt 13:48 is aNew Testament Greek  hapax legomenon,  as is
the term for "jars" in Matt 25:4. It occurs only here. Some words are true
hapaxes, meaning the only occur in only one place in the whole of Greek
literature. The word that is used in the Lord's prayer as the "daily" in the
phrase "daily bread" is a near hapax in the fact that it only occurs in Matt
6:11 and in Luke 11:3 and it occurs no where else in the whole breadth of
Greek literature, although it has been rumored that a it was found in some

Hope this helps


At 05:32 PM 07/29/1999, you wrote:
>I would like to find the meaning of this Koine Greek language principle. 
>Any help is welcomed.
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