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The Assumed Authorial Unity of Luke and Acts
A Reassessment of the Evidence

Part of Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series

  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521509749

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  • For nearly nineteen hundred years, few have questioned the single authorship of Luke and Acts. A careful reassessment of the internal and external evidence, however, reveals this assumption to be built on a shakier foundation than was previously thought. Patricia Walters's innovative study offers a statistical analysis of Luke and Acts, pointing to the existence of highly significant differences in their prose style. In particular, a comprehensive survey and re-examination of the two books' least contested authorial stratum - their seams and summaries - brings to light ancient prose compositional patterns that distinguish Luke and Acts beyond a reasonable doubt. Walters's application of statistical analysis is unique in biblical scholarship, and will provide impetus for using similar methods in other areas of the field. This book will therefore be of great interest to academic researchers and students of early Christianity, classical literature and rhetoric, and New Testament studies.

    • Challenges the virtually unquestioned assumption that Luke and Acts have a unitary author
    • Carefully identifies a comprehensive list of seams and summaries in Luke and Acts
    • Applies statistical methods in a way unique to biblical scholarship
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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521509749
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 222 x 147 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Background and methodology
    2. Authorial data: seams and summaries
    3. Authorial criteria: Greek prose compositional conventions
    4. Authorial unity: analysis results and probabilities
    5. Final considerations and future directions.

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    Patricia Walters, Rockford College, Illinois

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