Revelation 1:8, Alpha

David&Karen Beaulieu DKKC at attbi.com
Wed Jan 8 16:33:17 EST 2003


Dear B-greekers,
Thanks for the responses.  I believe I'm starting to get the picture!  Your
comments have led me to a few, interesting articles on-line.  The book Carl
Conrad recommended looks to be interesting reading as well.
Thanks again.
           Karen W. Beaulieu

>
>
> > Thanks, Trevor.  I guess I never really connected a specific picture to
each
> > letter.  Is any of the original sense of the pictures retained in the
single
> > letters now in Greek, or at the time of the NT writing?   When the Lord
used
> > "ALPHA" would the further sense of "ox" or "leader" have been conveyed,
or
> > would it have been more of a symbolic capturing of a simple (or surface)
"A
> > to Z" type of metaphor?
>
> Rather the latter.  John's readers would no more have thought of ox or
leader
> than you do of the Greek words "alpha-beta" when you hear or read the
English
> word "alphabet" or you think of the meaning "in fashion" when you ask for
your
> dessert "a la mode..."  That, of course, is not to deny the richness of
the
> imagery expressed in Revelation, but that richness is derived in the
metaphor's
> placement conceptually and contextually.
>
> N.E. Barry Hofstetter
>
> Fecisti nos ad te et inquietum est cor nostrum, donec requiescat in te...
>     -- Augustine, Confessions 1:1
>
> http://home.earthlink.net/~nebarry
>
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