Rev 5:9 - EGORASAS TWi QEWi (hHMAS)
d.roe at t-online.de
Wed Nov 17 18:01:52 EST 1999
"(5:8) the four beasts and four and twenty elders ... (5:9) ... sung a
new song, saying, Thou ... hast redeemed *US* to God ..."
Metzger concedes that the weight of textual evidence for Revelation 5:9
supports a reading meaning that the 24 elders sing that *they* have been
redeemed to God, because the overwhelming majority of mss read either
EGORASAS TWi QEWi hHMAS or hHMAS EGORASAS TWi QEWi. A reading not
supported by external principles of analysis, EGORASAS TWi QEWi, is
favored apparently for reasons of internal textual constancy, with an
object of EK PASHS FULHS KAI FLWSSHS KAI LAOU KAI EQNOUS.
Would a reading with hHMAS EGORASAS TWi QEWi (or EGORASAS TWi QEWi
hHMAS) necessarily indicate that the 24 elders *and* the four beasts
have been redeemed? Or, could it (also?) be interpreted to mean that
only the 24 elders have been redeemed?
D. W. Roe
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