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Hapax Legomena
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Refers to words that occur only once in a literary corpus. In the Old Testament, the books of Job and Isaiah are known for containing many hapax legomena (e.g., קוט‎, qwt; in Job 8:14). In the New Testament, 1 Peter uses many terms that occur in no other New Testament books (e.g., ἀγαθοποιός, agathopoios; in 1 Pet 2:14).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Hapax Legomena
Hapax Legomena Refers to words that occur only once in a literary corpus. In the Old Testament, the books of Job and Isaiah are known for containing many hapax legomena (e.g., קוט‎, qwt; in Job 8:14). In the New Testament, 1 Peter uses many terms that occur in no other New Testament books (e.g., ἀγαθοποιός,
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Hapax Legomena
HAPAX LEGOMENA. Words (other than proper names) which occur only once in the Bible. This originally Greek term, which means “once said,” was first used by Alexandrian grammarians in the 3d century b.c.e. to mark unique terms in classic Greek works.Rare biblical words have attracted attention for centuries,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hapax Legomenon
Hapax Legomenon häʹpox l’ə-goʹmə-non [Gk. hápax legómenon—‘once read’]. A word (or expression) that occurs only once in a certain writing or collection of writings (in biblical studies, usually either the Hebrew OT or Greek NT).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hapax Legomenon
Hapax LegomenonA term that is found only one time in a certain body of literature (e.g., a Hebrew term found only once in the OT; Gk. hápax legómenon. “once read”).
Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship
legomena
legomena. A *Greek term meaning “things that are said.” In Greek religion the sacred words spoken in *cult, such as the hieros logos, “sacred story,” loosely corresponding to the term mythos.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Hapax Legomenon
hapax legomenon hah’pahks-luh-gohm’uh-non (ἅπαξ λεγόμενον, “once said”). Pl. hapax legomena. This phrase is used with reference to words that occurs only once in a specific document or in a larger body of literature. Because surviving Greek literature is extensive, relatively few words in the NT are
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HAPAX LEGOMENA
HAPAX LEGOMENA hah´pahks-luh-gohm´uh-nuh [ἃπαξ λεγόμενα hapax legomena]. A Greek term meaning “once said.” This is applied to words in the biblical text, other than proper names, which occur only once. This term emerged when biblical texts were translated from Hebrew in order to denote problematic