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The Early Text of Acts

Christopher Tuckett

in The Early Text of the New Testament

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199566365
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740985 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566365.003.0010
The Early Text of Acts

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Prior to the great fourth-century uncials, seven manuscripts of Acts survive: six papyri and one parchment fragment. All are fragmentary and only cover a small amount of the text: hence any discussion of their text form must be hedged with caution. Each text is here examined in detail. The fragments show some variety: at least one (P38) shows strong affinities with a ‘Western’ form of the text (although in an apparently fairly ‘free’ form), whilst the parchment fragment 0189 shows very close agreement with the text of B. There seems little evidence at this stage to correct the detailed wording of the text, perhaps reflecting an early period in the canonization process when the sense, rather than the detailed wording, was the most important factor.

Keywords: Acts; text of Acts; manuscripts; textual transmission; papyri; Western text; textual transmission; canonization

Chapter.  8629 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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