Two Lukes Two

As described briefly in the previous post, there are at least two ancient versions of St. Luke’s Gospel that emerge from the fog of the early decades of Christianity into the light of the mid-second century side by side.  This post will describe three of the most interesting variations between these two versions of St. Luke’s Gospel and what they reveal about their respective texts.  These two versions of St. Luke’s Gospel are accompanied by two different versions of the Acts of the Apostles which differ from each other by roughly 8-10 percent.  The vast majority of these variations in Acts are merely the result of more elaborate descriptive language in the various narratives.  At least some of the variants…