Bezan Text of Acts  -     By: Jenny Read-Heimerdinger
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Bezan Text of Acts

Continuum International / 2003 / Hardcover

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From the Preface: This study of the text of Acts was initially presented as part of a doctoral thesis at the University of Wales in 1994 and had as its aim the exploration of the ways which the approach of discourse analysis could contribute to evaluating variant readings of New Testament MSS. The research was based on a comparison of Acts in the main textual traditions. In its updated form, a sharper focus has been given to the text of Codex Bezae but, although some modifications have been carried out (intentionally and by the author, the original author, textual critics please note!)the earlier analyses remain substantially the same.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 392
Vendor: Continuum International
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 082646212X
ISBN-13: 9780826462121

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The Bezan ('Western') text of Acts is traditionally dismissed as the work of an enthusiastic and fanciful scribe who embellished the original text represented by the Alexandran manuscripts. This study compares the language of Codex Bezae with that of Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, using the approach of discourse analysis to re-assess how variant readings have arisen. It emerges that the language patterns of the Alexandrian text are variable and the focus of its message historical. In contrast, the Bezan text displays an exceptional degree of lingusitic consistency and a coherence of purpose which is essentially theological, with a marked interest in a Jewish point of view. The conclusion is that Bezan is the earlier of the two texts.

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