Word Count for Each Chapter in the Bible

I recently sat down to work on a Bible reading plan for the coming year. There are many great plans out there but I want to outline a custom plan, for various reasons. I also want the length of daily readings to be fairly consistent, hence my interest in the word count for each chapter. Surprisingly, this information seems rather difficult to locate. I found word counts for books and interesting counts/stats for the Old Testament. Interesting stuff but not what I want. At the first link, comments from 2019 suggest others have had similar difficulty finding this information.

I also found that trying to understand methodologies for counting “words” is mind numbing. Fortunately, I don’t really care how “words” are counted, or about differences in original languages, translations, or anything else that may be relevant for other applications. Relative numbers are all I really need for developing a balanced plan.

Before getting too deep into a rabbit hole, I remembered a spreadsheet I put together a few years ago. I don’t know where I got all the data but it has every verse for five different public domain Bible translations (ASV, BBE, KJV, WEB, and YLT). Adding a few columns to calculate the word count, then a pivot table for totaling by chapter didn’t take very long. The formula I used to calculate the word count for each verse is here. The table below has the word count for each chapter (based on 66 books) and can be exported as a CSV.

Hopefully others will find this helpful. Merry Christmas!

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Accessing Your Logos Library in Zotero

A post on Logos and Zotero library integration.

Update 3/1/2024 – The spreadsheet template referenced in this post has been updated. The new version is 1.2.0 and can be downloaded here. Updates to the instructions below are forthcoming. The most significant change is the suggestion to use the “Data > From Text/CSV” in Excel, then selecting “65001: Unicode (UTF-8)” to handle Unicode characters in the Logos export (thank you, John Duffy). Other updates include a fix to cutoff date handling, improved language mapping, and the inclusion of the “AbbreviatedTitle” field from Logos. Lastly, the URL imported to Zotero is now a functional web URL, rather than a mock URL. The final step to use Zutilo find/replace is now optional and only needs to be done if you prefer L4 links (thank you, Tommy Thunheim for testing and helping refine these).

The term “killer app” has it’s origin in the 1980’s. A PC Magazine article from 1989 memorializes how this term was once perceived. Around the time that article hit the press, I was preparing to take my first Keyboarding class and I’m old enough to remember every technological development the article discusses. It’s amusing to consider the opinions expressed by the author. In his mind “killer app” embodied ideas that were dependent on hardware advances like the PC, the hard disk, CD-ROM, and scanners. The word “internet” doesn’t appear anywhere in the magazine but the author’s mention of ISDN oddly seems to envisage today’s interconnected world.

If you consider developments in communications infrastructure and devices like smartphones, I suppose the author wasn’t too far off. Nevertheless, today I tend to think of a “killer app” as something less associated with wealth accumulation than utility and more associated with software-empowered tasks than hardware-empowered Operating Systems and software. Regarding software and utility, Logos and Zotero are two apps I find indispensable and the latter, which is freely available, is undoubtedly transforming my workflow. For me, it is a “killer app” and the prospect of bridging it with Logos is very appealing.

I was introduced to Zotero only a few months ago by my friend Adam who’s in Seminary. It’s not a new application but I’m not in academia where it seems to be most popular. As I continue to develop and refine my workflow for personal research (he also introduced me to Obsidian, another potential game-changer), accessing my Logos library in Zotero is a must. This post outlines my goals for accomplishing this, some of the challenges that exist, and how I overcome them. As always, I welcome feedback, ideas, and corrections.

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Collections of Patristic Texts on archive.org

Back in 2009, the blogger/YouTuber “Turretinfan” posted a handy list of the Ancient Christian Writers volumes (68 in total). Nine of the volumes have links to archive.org where they are freely available. I periodically visit Turretinfan’s blog but don’t recall ever seeing this list before today. Unfortunately, he is not maintaining the list, as is evident from comments in 2014, 2015, and 2018.

Thinking there must have been volumes added in the last 14 years, I decided to search. Out of habit, I use Google Books more than the Internet Archive (for texts), though my habit is quickly shifting towards the latter. It’s possible (or probable) that I’m late to the party and posting something most of the rest of the world already knows but stumbling on “Collections” on archive.org today made my day.

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