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Acts 12:4 and 12:6 Alaph, or no Alaph?
This may be like "straining out a gnat", <!-- sWink --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/wink1.gif" alt="Wink" title="Wink" /><!-- sWink --> but, in the UBS text, the word for "soldiers" is spelled one way (without Alaph) in Acts:12:4, and another way (with Alaph) in Acts 12:6. The Eastern manuscripts that I have seen all have the word spelled the same way (with Alaph) in both verses...while both the UBS and ADD MSS 14473 (Jacobite), has it spelled the two different ways.

So, are the Eastern Peshitta Manuscripts correct here? Or is the UBS and 14473 correct?

The Khabouris, 1199 (Ashael Grant), the Mingana, and the 1886 printed edition, all copies of the Eastern Peshitta text, have the Alaph in the word in verse 4 as well as in verse 6.

Also, I am wondering if this is a mistake in verse 4 (without the Alaph) in the UBS and 14473 text, because I think this word "soldiers" is always seen in the other verses with an Alaph at the head of the word.

Any help with this is appreciated.

P.S. I sure wish we could put the Estrangela font in this forum.



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Acts 12:4 and 12:6 Alaph, or no Alaph? - by Thirdwoe - 03-09-2014, 08:12 AM

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