Saturday, February 4, 2012

Matthew 1:6 - David

This is a straightforward contest between "David" and "David the king," where David is mentioned the second time in the verse. The Byzantine reading "David the king" constitutes a case of scribal conformation; a natural desire to consistently repeat the names in the genealogy led an early copyist to repeat David's title as well. The Byzantine reading here is supported by the Vulgate (although some copies of the Vulgate diverge). Support for the reading "David" (without "the king") is represented by Papyrus-1 (from the 200s), and by Aleph, B, 1, 1582, 700, the medieval uncial S, and by the Sinaitic Syriac, the Curetonian Syriac, the Peshitta, and the early Sahidic version.

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