Transposed Rho and Delta Letter?

Kevin W. Woodruff cierpke at
Wed Mar 20 09:48:04 EST 2002

 Do you know of any cases, in theSeptuagint, the New Testament or any
classical sources, in which the letters delta and rho were exchanged because
of scribal error, due to their graphic similarity (in block letters). This
would probably happen in a
proper name, which would not have meant anything to the copyist. In Hebrew
it happens a lot with the letters daleth and resh, who's ancient forms look
just like a delta and a rho written backwards, and who's modern forms are
also very similar. For example in the OT the names "Reuel" and "Deuel", or
the nation of "Dodanim" in Genesis 10 spelled "Rodanim" (Rhodes?) in 1 Chr. 1.

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