Josep Rius-Camps - Jenny Read-Heimerdinger, «The Variant Readings of the Western Text of the Acts of the Aspostles (XXV) (Acts 18:24–19:40).», Vol. 26 (2013) 127-163
In the text of Acts according to Codex Bezae, a fourth and final part of the book begins at 18.24. It is Paul’s ultimate goal of Rome that separates it from the earlier missionary phases and confers unity on the remainder of the book. In this opening section (Section I), his activity will be centred for three years in Ephesus, the main city of Asia, where he will meet with some success despite hostility from some of the Jews. In his dealings with the Gentiles, opposition will also be encountered because of the threat posed by his teachings to the trade of the city. The Bezan narrator indicates plainly that Paul’s travel to Ephesus should have been the initial stage of his journey to the imperial capital. Additional references in Codex Bezae to the directions given to Paul by the Holy Spirit make clear that his visit had been prepared for by the work of Apollos; however, it was contrary to his own intentions, which were rather to go back to Jerusalem. The struggle against the divine leading is seen as Paul terminates his stay in Asia once he has carefully prepared for his return to Jerusalem.
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[dd] 19:3b The disciples’ response
[e] 19:4 His explanation about John the Baptist
[d'] 19:5 The baptism of the disciples
[c'] 19:6a The Holy Spirit falls on them
[b'] 19:6b Manifestations of the Spirit
[a'] 19:7 The number twelve
Codex Bezae D05 Codex Vaticanus B03
[Aa] 18:24a A certain Jew called Apollo- 18:24a A certain Jew, Apollos by
nius, who was by race Alexandrian, name and Alexandrian by race, a
a learned man, arrived at Ephesus. learned man, arrived at Ephesus,
[b] 24b Being powerful in the Scriptures 24b being powerful in the Scriptures.
25 – he had received information in 25 This man had received informa-
his homeland about the word of the tion about the way of the Lord and,
Lord – and, burning in the spirit, he burning in the spirit, he was speak-
was holding forth and teaching ac- ing and teaching accurately the
curately the things about Jesus, al- things about Jesus, although he only
though he only understood the bap- understood the baptism of John.
tism of John.
[c] 26a He began speaking with bold- 26a He also began speaking with
ness in the synagogue. boldness in the synagogue.
[d] 26b And when Aquila and Priscilla 26b When Priscilla and Aquila heard
heard him, they took him aside and him, they took him aside and ex-
explained to him more accurately plained to him more accurately the
the Way. way of God.
[a'] 27a In Ephesus, certain Corinthi- 27a Since he wanted to cross over
ans who were staying there and who into Achaia,
heard him, urged him to cross over
with them into their country.
[d'] 27b As he consented, the Ephesians 27b the brethren by way of encour-
wrote to the Corinthian disciples so agement wrote to the disciples to
that they would welcome the man. welcome him.
[c'] 27c He, during his stay in Achaia, 27c When he arrived there, he gave
was of great support in the churches. much support to those who had come
to belief through grace.
[b'] 28 (Indeed, he vigorously refuted 28 (Indeed, he vigorously refuted the
the arguments of the Jews, debat- arguments of the Jews, proving pub-
ing publicly and proving through licly through the Scriptures that the
the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ was Jesus.)