Genitive in Rev 7:4-8

From: Juan Stam (
Date: Mon Jan 10 2000 - 22:17:51 EST

Greetings! I have a question about the Greek of Rev 7:4-8. Recently Aune &
Beale have both insist5ed that "of of (EK) the tribes of Israel" etc must be
partitive, so that the 144,000 and each of the groups of 12,000 should be
seen over against the larger group of which they are a part. How much force
does this argument from EK with the genitive carry in this passage? Could
it also mean "12,000 members of Judah" etc (wtih no intended contrast to the
resto f that tribe), or "12,000 for Judah", representing Judah, 12,000
Judahites. If it is partitive, it would be important the determine what
larger group the author is thinking of, of which they are a part.

A similar problem arises with 14:4: if the 144,000 are "firstfruits", must
we infer from that a larger gorup as the full harvest?

Thanks in advance for your opinions,

Juan Stam, Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica

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