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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ἦλθε B P74 אrell || εὐθέωϛ ἐπέπεσεν D, statim cecidit d P38vid r vgCT;
Hier.— ἐπ’ αὐτούϛ B P74 אDD, super eos d rell || ἐπ’ αὐτοῖϛ D*.
In contrast to the simple verb in B03, D05 records the coming of the
Holy Spirit as an immediate event and with the compound verb ἐπιπίπτω
(cf. 8:16.39 vl; 10:44 B03 [πίπτω, D05]; 11:15 B03 [πίπτω, D05]). The
difference in the verb accounts for the different case of the 3rd person
plural pronoun, with the accusative reflecting the movement of the Spirit
towards the disciples, and the dative the position of the Spirit on them.
(ἐλάλουν) τε B P74 אrell | δέ D 440 (loquebatur d).
The result of the Spirit baptism is presented by B03 as an additional
event (τε, cf. 19:1.2 above), and as a separate development in D05 (δέ).
[B] 19:8-22 Paul in Ephesus
There are four episodes, the first and the last forming a framework by
means of an introduction and conclusion that track Paul’s itinerary. The
middle two episodes look in some detail at what happens while Paul is in
Ephesus, taking up the themes of evil spirits and magic.
[B-A] 19:8-10 Summary of Paul’s two-year stay
[a] 19:8 Paul in the synagogue
[b] 19:9a The negative reaction of some Jews
[b'] 19:9b Paul’s response
[a'] 19:10 Summary
[B-B] 19:11-17 Exorcisms
[a] 19:11-12 The miracles of God
[b] 19:13 The Jewish exorcists
[c] 19:14a The sons of Sceva
[d] 19:14b Exorcism of the demon-possessed man
[e] 19:15 The response of the evil spirit
[d'] 19:16 The attack on the exorcists
[c'] 19:17a Knowledge of the event spreads
[b'] 19:17b Fear falls on all
[a'] 19:17c The name of the Lord Jesus is glorified
[B-B'] 19:18-20 The renunciation of magic
[a] 19:18 The confessions of believers
[b] 19:19a The burning of the books
[b'] 19:19b Their price
[a'] 19:20 The strengthening of faith