[B-Greek] Textual question (WAS: Rev 13:18)

Mark Goodacre Goodacre at gmail.com
Wed Jul 7 08:15:08 EDT 2004

On Wed, 7 Jul 2004 12:35:16 +0100, J. Ted Blakley <jtb1 at st-andrews.ac.uk> wrote:

> So when I see in the NA a chi, xi, final sigma what I really should be
> reading is a chi, xi, digamma/stigma.
> ... Why didn't the NA put in a digamma instead of a final sigma? (Although I
> did notice that the NA puts an acute accent after the three letters, perhaps
> this is to signify that the final sigma is really a digamma?)
> ... Or am I to understand that the symbol I have come to know as the final
> sigma had two functions signalled by context, i.e., at the end of the word
> this symbol was used to represent a sigma and at the end of a number it was
> used to represent a digamma/stigma?

I think the final sigma is an error in NA27.  In NA 26 in exactly the
same place we have correctly chi, xi, *stigma*.  I put this to the
TC-List in Nov 2002 but unfortunately their archives are no longer
functioning.  But then Larry Hurtado agreed with the observation and
Jans Krans pointed out that NA 25 and earlier also had the error.

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