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Much of the research of the last twenty years has been devoted to the question whether the Western Text is a recension or whether we are only dealing with a great number of variant readings from various dates and places. This question probably arose from two important works on Acts by Ropes and Clark. Ropes almost completely rejected the Western Text while Clark completely accepted it. From this it seemed that one was obliged to consider the Western Text as an entity which had to be taken or rejected as a whole. Ropes was not quite clear in his ideas about the origin of the Western Text in Acts. He does not offer a choice between "a recension" and "an accumulation of micellaneous variants. The eclectic method for Acts propagated by Williams, Dupont and Kilpatrick seems to be the right procedure to restore the original text.

Keywords: Acts; Clark; Ropes; Western Text



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