[B-Greek] Computer analyses of Greek words (NT and OT, and extra-biblical if possible)

James Tauber jtauber at jtauber.com
Thu May 22 10:05:36 EDT 2008

It was the desire to do this back in 1993 that led to me starting  
working on MorphGNT.

Most of my analysis ever since has been along the lines you describe  
except that around 1998, I switched from Perl to Python :-)

A lot of the counts I've provided over the years on this list were  
achieved just with MorphGNT + grep + awk + sort + uniq

In fact, as I discussed at my BibleTech talk earlier this year, my  
1994 book "Index to the Greek New Testament" was really just a typeset  
version of the results of a single-line command (using just awk and  

The point is, of course, that it's the data that is important. With  
richly annotated data, you can do amazing analyses with very little  


On May 22, 2008, at 9:49 AM, Mike Marchywka wrote:
> I have found that the general text processing tools on linux or  
> cygwin are incredibly
> flexible and routinely use them for ad-hoc analysis of  English  
> documents.
> I have never used unicode/wide-character or other character sets but  
> I would
> definitely suggest looking into these options if you have not  
> already ruled them out.
> ( http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=unicode+grep+cygwin )
> You can handle many tense/grammar issues with "Regular expressions" or
> related concepts.
> You can write a few lines of PERL to generate a complete table of  
> contents and
> making special purpose versions isn't very difficult.
> If you google terms like "grep" or "perl" you can get some idea what  
> I am talking about
> and you have the benefit of learning how to use more general purpose  
> tools.
> Then, if want to take this approach, you can install cygwin on any  
> windows system and
> play around until you get some comfort with the approach.

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