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The Assumed Authorial Unity of Luke and Acts: A Reassessment of the Evidence
Walters, Patricia

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 pp. xv + 238. $99.00

Series Information
Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, 145


Description: 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 newly designed 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.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Acts, Literature

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Review by Joel B. Green
Published 12/26/2009
Citation: Joel B. Green, review of Patricia Walters, The Assumed Authorial Unity of Luke and Acts: A Reassessment of the Evidence, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


Review by Richard I. Pervo
Published 12/26/2009
Citation: Richard I. Pervo, review of Patricia Walters, The Assumed Authorial Unity of Luke and Acts: A Reassessment of the Evidence, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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