ISBN: 978-2-87457-142-8
REF. LCA35_01

Une ville, un village ou un lieu désert ? Étude sur les lieux variants en Lc 9,10

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by Beatrice BONANNO and Régis BURNET, in PINCHARD L. and HAELEWYCK J.-C. (eds.), Traditions et Traductions des textes bibliques. Études de critique textuelle et d’exégèse en l’honneur de Prof. Christian-Bernard Amphoux à l’occasion de son 80e anniversaire (Langues et cultures anciennes, 35), Brussels, 2023.

Is the place in which Luke situates the multiplication of the loaves a desert or a city? A textual analysis adopting the reasoned eclectic method, suggested by Christian-Bernard Amphoux, avoids a rationale using the lectio difficilior argument a bit too quickly. This method suggests to prefer the reading ἰδίαν εἰς πόλιν καλουμένην Βηθσαϊδά . Indeed, not only does the εἰς not necessarily mean that Jesus stopped in the middle of a city, likewise the use of the adjective ἐρῆμος does not connote an arid and desolate area, but simply a region somewhat less inhabited than others, as confirmed by archaeological evidence.

Keywords: text criticism, Luke 9:10, Bethesda