Saturday, November 8, 2014

10,007 Hard words in the Bible?

Updated: This article was written over a year ago, Quran.com has changed significantly. You can verify the numbers using the old link for quran.com http://legacy.quran.com

Making its way into the Christian vs. Muslim debate circles is an interesting chart that depicts the Bible as showing more hard words than the Quran. Is this MEME an accurate representation of the number of hard words [sic]?


Now for the Bible KJV (search per http://www.biblegateway.com)

Fire= 515 Results
Burn= 606 Results
Hell= 54 Results
Punish=
72 Results ‎
Torture= 1 Result

Total =515+606+54+72+1=1248

Fear= 501 Results ‎
Terror= 44 Results ‎
Horrify=0 Results
Terrify= 4Results ‎

Total=501+44+0+4=549

Anger= 229 Results ‎
Despise= 113 Results ‎
Detest= 7 Results
Hate= 179 Results
Contempt= 15 Results ‎
Scorn= 41 Results ‎
Slave= 2 Results
Wrath= 197 Results ‎

Total=229+113+7+179+15+41+2+197=783

Attack= 0 Results
Battle= 171 Results ‎
Fight= 111 Results
Force= 42 Results
War= 346 Results
Invade= 7 Results ‎
Oppress= 110 Results
Raid= 0 Results
Violence= 56 Results ‎

Total= 0+171+111+42+346+7+110+0+56=843

Destroy= 433 Results
Murder=37 Results ‎
Kill= 208 Results
Slay= 142 Results

Total=433+37+208+142=820

Total of hard words [sic]

Total=1248+549+783+843+820=4243

Forgive= 95 Results
Hope= 133 Results
Mercy= 262 Results
Reward= 103 Results

Total=95+133+262+103=593



So in essence, it is most difficult to distinguish where the data for this meme comes from. As you see according to the results (check for yourself to verify), only 4,423 hard words for the KJV Bible, not 10,007. Granted there are supposedly over 31,000+ (31,102) verses of the KJV Bible over the 6346 verses within the Quran. The KJV has 24,756 more verses than the Quran. That would be 490.1% more verses in the KJV than in the Quran. (perhaps a new chart may follow later). Another way to think of this is the KJV has 4.901 times more verses than the Quran. So this taken into account, the Quran would have more significance of the hard words in correlation. With a multiplication factor of 4.901. Granted some of these terms may not reflect a negative connotation, but just for the sake of verifying the meme I chose to keep in accordance to just the words.

Lets verify the Original meme for correct representation of its claims. Data is derived from the results from a search using Quran.com PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WAS WRITTEN USING THE NOW LEGACY VERSION OF QURAN.COM. HERE IS THE LINK TO VERIFY THE NUMBERS: http://legacy.quran.com


Fire= Results 272 for fire
Burn=Results 75 for burn
Hell=Results 223 for hell‎
Punish=Results 563 for punish‎
Torture=Results 10 for torture

Total =272+75+223+563+10=1143

Fear= Results 380 for fear‎
Terror= Results 32 for terror‎
Horrify= Results 35 for horrify
Terrify= Results 6 for terrify‎

Total=380+32+35+6=453

Anger= Results 27 for Anger‎
Despise= Results 18 for Despise‎
Detest= Results 20 for detest
Hate= Results 43 for hate
Contempt= Results 16 for contempt‎
Scorn= Results 25 for scorn‎
Slave= Results 160 for slave
Wrath= Results 70 for wrath‎

Total=27+18+20+43+16+25+160+70=379

Attack= Results 21 for attack
Battle= Results 38 for battle‎
Fight= Results 94 for fight‎
Force= Results 82 for force
War= Results 236 for war
Invade= Results 43 for invade‎
Oppress= Results 62 for oppress
Raid= Results 4 for raid
Violence= Results 33 for violence‎

Total=21+38+94+82+236+43+62+4+33=613

Destroy= Results 129 for destroy
Murder=Results 11 for murder‎
Kill= Results 102 for kill
Slay= Results 46 for slay

Total=129+11+102+46=288

Total of hard words [sic]
Total=1143+453+379+613+288=2876

Forgive= Results 237 for forgive
Hope= Results 61 for hope
Mercy= Results 343 for mercy
Reward= Results 271 for reward

Total=237+61+343+271=912

So the Quran has 2,876 hard words, not so much 1143 words using a search of terms in Quran.com, again where is the data for the meme claiming 10,007 hard words?


Here is a chart just for Hard Words in the Quran verses the KJV NT. The Number of Quran verses = 6346, for the KJV New Testament there are a total number of 7957 which is close to the number of verses in the Quran.


Data for the KJV NT verses (Using e-sword program)



Keyword       
Fire=79
Burn=8
Hell=23
Punish=1
Torture=0
Total=111

Fear=78
Terror=3
Horrify=0
Terrify=1
Total= 82

Anger=5
Despise=13
Detest=0
Hate=16
Contempt=0
Scorn=3
Slave= 0
Wrath=45
Total=82

Attack=0
Battle=5
Fight=10
Force=4
War=15
Invade=0
Oppress=0
Raid=0
Violence=8
Total=42

Destroy=31
Murder=5
Kill=44
Slay=7
Total= 87

HardWords=404


KJV verse count
Source:
http://amazingbibletimeline.com/bible_questions/q10_bible_facts_statistics/