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The Message of Acts in Codex Bezae: A Comparison with the Alexandrian Tradition; Volume 2: Acts 6:1-12:25: From Judea and Samaria to the Church in Antioch
Rius-Camps, Josep and Jenny Read-Heimerdinger

New York: T&T Clark, 2006 pp. xiii + 400. $130.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 302
Edited by Mark Goodacre


Description: A comparison of the message of Acts transmitted by Codez Bezae with that of the more familiar Alexandrian text, represented by Codex Vaticanus. For each section of Acts, there is a side by side translation of the Bezan and Alexandrian manuscripts, followed by a critical apparatus and, finally, a commentary that explores the differences in the message of the two texts. It is concluded that the Bezan text, with its interest in internal Jewish affairs and its focus on the struggles of the early disciples to free themselves from their traditional Jewish expectations and to achieve, despite their mistakes, a more accurate understanding of their master's teaching, is the earlier of the two texts.

Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, New Testament Apocrypha, Acts, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism

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Review by Jacob M. Caldwell
Published 11/11/2007
Citation: Jacob M. Caldwell, review of Josep Rius-Camps and Jenny Read-Heimerdinger, The Message of Acts in Codex Bezae: A Comparison with the Alexandrian Tradition; Volume 2: Acts 6:1-12:25: From Judea and Samaria to the Church in Antioch, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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