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An Eclectic Study Of The Book Of Acts

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This chapter is concerned with how editors and readers may deal with the morass of variants found in a full apparatus criticus of Acts. It covers the language of the first century, mainly Hellenistic usage and Semitisms, including the use of diminutive forms. The chapter includes authors style, his use of periphrastic tenses and his repetitive style, and then to certain distinctive grammatical and syntactical uses, including his practice with proper names. It also covers the palaeographical considerations, especially homoioteleuton. The chapter discusses orthographical features, concentrating on the augment with verbs with initial diphthong. It also focuses on the assimilation of Old Testament citations in the New Testament to the wording found in the Septuagint. The chapter deals with a small and random selection of variants. It looks at some variants where Alexandrian witnesses are allied with the Byzantine text-type in certain, set expressions.

Keywords: Acts; apparatus criticus; Byzantine text-type; homoioteleuton; New Testament; orthographical features; Septuagint; variants



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