Is Kecharitomene a Hapax Legomenon?


What about Sirach 18:17?

Everywhere is stated that Greek scholars say Kecharitomene is a Hapax Legomenon. But I need references to these scholars.



Strong’s Concordance - 5487. charitoó :

ἐχαρίτωσεν — 1 Occ.
κεχαριτωμένη — 1 Occ.


Here’s a place you could start: the Biblia Clerus website

Go to Luke. The passage you want is listed as The Birth of Jesus Foretold (Luke 1:26-38). The Greek word you are looking for occurs in v. 28, here translated as “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.”

If that doesn’t give you the answer you want, here’s another possibility – Luke Timothy Johnson’s commentary on Luke in the Sacra Pagina series. Chapter 3, titled The Prophecy of Jesus’ Birth (pp. 36-40), is the one that covers Luke 1:26-38. I haven’t read the book myself, and I certainly don’t want to guarantee that it will answer your question for you. But I think it’s worth a try.


It depends on what you mean by that. If you mean “it appears only once in that inflection”, then yeah – sure. If, on the other hand, you mean “the root word itself, without considering prefixes, suffixes, and inflection”, then no – it appears elsewhere, as Vico has demonstrated (and as you point out with the reference to Sirach).


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