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13 - Acts 3:13

Acts 3:13 (segment 8)

Acts 3:13 (segment 8)
28/01/20 11:35

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GC suggests multiple emergence of c from a, while the attestation of a is perfectly coherent and includes a sufficiently broad range of A-related witnesses. The attestation of a at words 8 and 12 is basically the same, including the entire Syriac tradition and the majority of Sahidic manuscripts.[1]

TP: The Byzantine text (a) does not repeat θεός before Ισαάκ and Ιακώβ. As the subject is repeated, not only in the quoted LXX passages Ex 3:6 and 15, but also in the Byzantine text of Acts 7:32, the fuller form here is probably a secondary adaptation.[2]

Variant b repeats θεός twice without the article, just as in Ex 3:6 and 15. It remains unclear, however, whether the source is a or c.


[1]      049 and 1501 are the only witnesses for c at 8 and a at 12.

[2]      Pervo (102) thinks that the longer form “cannot be attributed to assimilation to the LXX of Exod 3:6 or to the Gospels (Luke 20:37||Mark 12:26)”. Although it is true that Acts 3:13/8 and 12 were probably not consciously aligned with one of these passages, a reminiscence of the longer, more weighty expression can, however, explain its intrusion here very well. Pervo qualifies his statement by pointing to Acts 7:32, where the longer form is the MT. A strong argument for the short form here is that it is in fact supported by the majority against the fuller parallel.

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