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The Bezan ('Western') textual content of Acts is normally disregarded because the paintings of an enthusiastic and fanciful scribe who decorated the unique textual content represented by means of the Alexandran manuscripts. This learn compares the language of Codex Bezae with that of Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, utilizing the strategy of discourse research to re-assess how variation readings have arisen. It emerges that the language styles of the Alexandrian textual content are variable and the point of interest of its message old. against this, the Bezan textual content screens an excellent measure of lingusitic consistency and a coherence of goal that's basically theological, with a marked curiosity in a Jewish perspective. the belief is that Bezan is the sooner of the 2 texts.

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The Bezan Text of Acts: A Contribution of Discourse Analysis to Textual Criticism

The Bezan ('Western') textual content of Acts is ordinarily pushed aside because the paintings of an enthusiastic and fanciful scribe who adorned the unique textual content represented by means of the Alexandran manuscripts. This learn compares the language of Codex Bezae with that of Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, utilizing the strategy of discourse research to re-assess how version readings have arisen.

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18. For information on pre-Rabbinic methods of Jewish exegesis, the following works have been referred to: B. G. Beattie and MJ. McNamara, The Aramaic Bible: Targums in their Historical Context (JSOTSup, 166; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1994); M. Fishbane, Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987); I. L. Kugel, In Potiphar 's House: The Interpretative Life of Biblical Texts (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994); M. Tardieu, Les Regies de I 'Interpretation (Paris: Cerf, 1987).

The essay by B. ), History, Literature and Society in the Book of Acts, pp. 325-47, provides a recent survey of some of the literature. Detailed evidence for the cohesive nature of the language of Acts regularly features in the volume of essays by D. Marguerat, La premiere histoire du christianisme (Les Actes desApotres) (Lectio Divina, 180; Paris: Cerf; Geneva: Labor et Fides, 1999). -E. Boismard and A. Lamouille who claim that both the Western and the Alexandrian forms of the text of Acts are made up of successive layers of writing and represent considerable rearranging of the chronology and the character roles found in the supposed sources.

The Manuscripts of Acts 21 For both those tasks it will be important to consider each text as standing in its own right, in which the variant readings are viewed not as separate and random entities but as parts of larger units of variation. Such a perspective will allow each of the two texts to speak for itself and to reveal its own distinctive message. V. Differences in the Overall Message A consequence of treating variant readings as belonging to larger units is that, in the linguistic analyses, they will be considered in the context within which they are found.

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