Terminology Tuesday: Homophony

Homophony is defined as a copyist error where the copyist writes a word with a different meaning for another word when both words have the exact same pronunciation. The word comes from the Greek word homophōnía dating back to 1770-80 AD. An example of this would be writing the letter “T” and confusing it with the beverage “Tea”. So in the case of the Bible manuscripts, an error like that in copying would create a textual variant which could be responsible for a seemingly contradiction in the text, which did not appear in the original autograph.

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Brian Mason