Re: [revelation-list] Alpha and Omega
- Ariel asked
>Do you know why John uses in Rev 1,8 the GreekAune gives some very helpful background in his much earlier article 'The
>alphabet (I am the Alpha and Omega) and not the
>Hebrew one? Why doesn`t he say "Aleph and Tau", as we
>would wait from a Semitic author, or emet (Aleph,
>Mem, Tau) as the later tradition used to refer to God?
Apocalypse of John and Graeco Roman Magic' which I think would answer your
Sadly, as with many of his other early articles, this valuable stuff does
not appear to have found its rightful place in the commentary.
- Hi Ariel
I found some explanations in Aune on 1:8, 21:6, 22:13 in the paper copy. He
comments also on 'beginning and end', used in parallel. He says this is
drawn from Hellenistic religious and philosophical traditions. The comment
on 21:6 is quite extensive (vol 3 p 1127) quoting Plato alluding to an
Orphic poem on the Derveni papyrus c 350 BC - Zeus as beginning, middle and
end. In the comment on 1:8, Aune discusses the Hebrew 'emet, truth, in this
context and describes the magical nature of the 7 Greek vowels abbreviated
by A and O (vol 1 p 56-57) including some fanciful transliterations: ieou
e(stin) A (kai) O. meaning Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, and IAO as a
substitute for YHWH.
I trust you can find these on the electronic copy by verse.
You ask why the writer would not use the Hebrew letters? Surely in a Greek
ms, Hebrew letters would be out of focus.
A singer in the choir at the parish church in Patmos who gave us a tour of
the cave of the apocalypse was proud to say that here God spoke outside the
Holy Land and in Greek!
+ + + Victoria, B.C., Canada + + +
Catch the foxes for us,
the little foxes that make havoc of the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in flower. (Song 2.15)