From: Stephen C. Carlson (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Aug 18 1998 - 02:28:25 EDT
Some of the names, EPSILON, UPSILON, OMIKRON, and WMEGA, originated in the
Byzantine period when different vowel sounds became merged (although AI >
E may have already occurred in some places when the NT was still being
written). Other names are older and adopted from a Semitic model; compare
Gk. ALFA and Heb. )LP ['aleph].
Rev 1:8 is a good example: EGW EIMI TO ALFA KAI TO W.... The modern trans-
lation of "I am the Alpha and the Omega" uses the newer name for the letter.
-- Stephen C. Carlson mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Synoptic Problem Home Page http://www.mindspring.com/~scarlson/synopt/ "Poetry speaks of aspirations, and songs chant the words." Shujing 2.35
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