Revelation 21:9: the use of "one" (_eij_)

From: Georg S. Adamsen (
Date: Wed Mar 27 1996 - 09:21:51 EST

I am writing on a chapter in my dissertation about Revelation. During
my analysis of Revelation 21:9 I wonder whether _eis_ (_eij_), the
cardinal 'one', could possibly mean anything but 'one' (of the seven
angels ...). Exactly the same phrase occurs in 17:1. John also uses
the phrase _alloj aggeloj_ in chapters 8 and 14. I therefore wonder
whether _eij_ here might mean anything than another of the seven
angels compared to the one in 17:1? Is it possible at all to suggest
that it is the same angel? In 22:8 John refers to 'the angel who
showed me these things' which could refer to the previous section
(21:9ff) or the previsious sections (17:1ff).

Any suggestions appreciated, and, if used in my dissertation, will be
duly referenced. Thank you.

Georg S. Adamsen, Denmark

Georg S. Adamsen
Doctoral student at the Lutheran School of Theology
   (Menighedsfakultet), Oslo, Norway 
Bodcvej 62 - DK-8200 Arhus N
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