Re: Rev. 5:10 "He made them" or He made us"
- "David Robert Palmer" wrote,
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Dr. Robinson theorised that this was antiphonal singing between the
four beasts and the 24 elders.
It is interesting that David Robert Palmer appeals to theology (that
the elders will certainly reign with Christ) in trying to make sense
of the Byz reading here. I don't think this is necessarily helpful.
Whatever the reason for it being in the text, the clash of persons
certainly explains why this was later corrected by translators to
uniformly read either in the 3rd person (as attested in Ethiopic mss)
or the first person (as attested in Latin and Armenian mss). As
Robinson points out, this is the sort of 'harder reading' that begs
for alteration of one sort or the other.
Another example of this sort of thing occurs in Zechariah 12:10,
which reads, "They shall look on *me* whom they have pierced, and
shall mourn for *him*." Interestingly enough, the Hebrew text there
appears to have experienced the same sort of correction as has the
Greek text in Revelation. C. H. H. Wright says of this, "The reading
YLA `unto me,' is that of all the old versions and of the great
majority of the mss, and must be regarded as the original. The
reading `unto him' WYLU is doubtless a correction, as de Rossi has
abundantly shown, and a most natural one, too, on account of the