Frequency of each binyan (grammatical conjugation) in the OT?

2018-06-20 01:18:39

I'm wondering how frequently each of the binyanim (grammatical conjugations) occur in the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)?

I would be happy with either quantities or percentages. So either of the following approaches to the list would be fine:

Qal appears 123,456 times, Niphal appears 78,901 times, . . .

23% of all verbs appearing in the OT are Qal, 45% are Niphal, . . .

Please include the Qal, Niphal, Piel, Pual, Hiphil, Hophal, and Hithpael in your list.

Ideally I'd like you to cite your source so I have some confidence in the figures.

I would prefer statistics for the Leningrad Codex, but if it's easier to answer using another source, that's fine, just let me know what manuscript(s) you're using.

From: B. Waltke and M. O'Connor, An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax (Eisenbrauns, 1990), § 21.2.3e, p. 361:

+-------------+------+------------+------+

| Occurrences | Roots used* |

| # % | #

  • From: B. Waltke and M. O'Connor, An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax (Eisenbrauns, 1990), § 21.2.3e, p. 361:

    +-------------+------+------------+------+

    | Occurrences | Roots used* |

    | # % | # % |

    +----------+-------------+------+------------+------+

    | Qal | 49180 | 68.8 | 1115 | 71.2 |

    | Niphal | 4140 | 5.8 | 435 | 27.8 |

    | Piel | 6450 | 9.0 | 415 | 26.5 |

    | Pual | 460 | 0.6 | 190 | 12.1 |

    | Hithpael | 830 | 1.2 | 175 | 11.2 |

    | Hiphil | 9370 | 13.1 | 505 | 32.2 |

    | Hophal | 400 | 0.6 | 100 | 6.4 |

    | Other | 680 | 0.9 | 130 | 8.3 |

    +----------+-------------+------+------------+------+

    | Total | 71510 | | 1565 | |

    +----------+-------------+------+------------+------+

    *The number 1,565 represents the total number of verbal roots used in

    2018-06-20 03:59:17