"Lamb" (αρνιον) is clearly throughout Revelation a symbolic reference to Jesus:Catherine Brown wrote:How do you know for sure that the lamb refers to jesus and not a follower of his, one of his lambkins?Stephen Hughes wrote:Revelations 22:33 (part) wrote:καὶ οἱ δοῦλοι αὐτοῦ λατρεύσουσιν αὐτῷ,
In short, the situation is that because we know that the lamb refers to Jesus,
Why didnt the writer use the masculine lamb instead of the neuter?
Isn't that an assumption based on theology and your personal understanding and not on the actual greek?
I don't believe this is the case at all but explaning that will have me delve into theology, which I'm not going to do
ἀρνίου in SBLGNT
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As for the word itself:
ἀρνίον, ου, τό dim. of ἀρήν, but no longer felt to be such in NT times. (Lysias et al.; pap since III B.C., e.g. BGU 377, 2; 7; PStras 24, 7f; PGen 68, 7; LXX [rare]; Philo, Leg. ad Gai. 362; Jos., Ant. 3, 221; 226; Just., D. 72, 2f; Mel., P. 63, 454 [both Jer 11:19]) a sheep of any age, sheep, lamb, in our lit. only in imagery: in Rv a designation of Christ 5:6, 8, 12f; 6:1, 16; 7:9f, 14, 17; 12:11; 13:8; 14:1, 4, 10; 15:3; 17:14; 19:7, 9; 21:9, 14, 22f, 27; 22:1, 3; cp. the parody figure 13:11. τὰ ἀ. (as πρόβατα elsewh.) of the Christian community J 21:15. As a type of weakness 2 Cl 5:2ff. Cp. Boll 45, 6; FSpitta, Streitfragen d. Gesch. Jesu 1907, 174; HWindisch, D. messian. Krieg 1909, 70; ELohmeyer, Hdb., exc. on Rv 5:6; THoltz, D. Christologie der Apokalypse, diss. Halle ’59.—B. 159. DELG s.v. ἀρήν. M-M. TW.
Arndt, W., Danker, F. W., & Bauer, W. (2000). A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and other early Christian literature. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.