I was listening to lectures on Revelation by D. A. Carson, and he was commenting on the textual variant in Rev. 1:5, λύσαντι "free" vs. λούσαντι "wash." Carson suggested that the textual difference was because they were pronounced the same, and that the textual variant came about from transcribing oral dictation.
Or if the scribes were Anglophone Erasmians.
Louis L Sorenson wrote:If the scribe wrote υ for ου (misspelling the word and omitting the omicron), it would be haplography (dropping a written character from the text), and not a pronunciation issue. That could be another explanation of the textual variants.
Releasing us from our sins.Rev 1:5 wrote:λύσαντι ἡμᾶς ἐκ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν ἐν τῷ αἵματι αὐτοῦ
Washing us from our sins.Rev 1:5 wrote:λούσαντι ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν ἐν τῷ αἵματι αὐτοῦ
Romans 6:8 wrote:ἐλευθερωθέντες δὲ ἀπὸ τῆς ἁμαρτίας
Luke 11:4 wrote:Καὶ ἄφες ἡμῖν τὰς ἁμαρτίας ἡμῶν
Acts 16:33 wrote:αὐτοὺς ... ἔλουσεν ἀπὸ τῶν πληγῶν
Hebrews 10:22 wrote:ἐρραντισμένοι (alt. ῥεραντισμένοι) τὰς καρδίας ἀπὸ συνειδήσεως πονηρᾶς, καὶ λελουμένοι (alt. λελουσμένοι) τὸ σῶμα ὕδατι καθαρῷ
Stephen Hughes wrote:Evidence for the alternatives is early. It seems to be two different text types (manuscript traditions), not just a once off pronunciation issue (giving rise to TR);Releasing us from our sins.Rev 1:5 wrote:λύσαντι ἡμᾶς ἐκ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν ἐν τῷ αἵματι αὐτοῦWashing us from our sins.Rev 1:5 wrote:λούσαντι ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν ἐν τῷ αἵματι αὐτοῦ
The difference in preposition suggests reworking not just mishearing.
Stephen Hughes wrote:Does anyone have an idea why in the λούσαντι variant we have "washing us from our sins" rather than "washing our sins from us"?
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