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Does anyone know of any recent Biblical scholars who advocate for a position that separates Luke and Acts (from an interpretive point of view)?

edit: Many scholars view Luke and Acts as an intentionally-planned sequence, moving from the third gospel to Acts. Martin Dibelius views them as separate works based on his belief that Luke has different audiences in view. Is anybody aware of any newer scholars who support this (or a similar) view that Luke and Acts should be taken as truly separate works?

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I'm not sure I understand the question. Could you elaborate? – Bruce Alderman Feb 1 '12 at 15:06
I edited it; hopefully that helps. – swasheck Feb 1 '12 at 15:42
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No. You'd have to ignore Acts 1:1 which states first that it is a sequel to a prior account and secondly names Theophilus as the intended audience. That is the same person named in Luke 1:3.

Acts 1:1 The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,

Luk 1:1-4 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, Luk 1:3 it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; Luk 1:4 so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.

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While I agree with you and will upvote your answer, there are real people out there who want to take them on their own. – swasheck Feb 1 '12 at 20:06
What they would have to do is either ignore the prologs or explain Acts 1:1 as someone writing in the name of Luke. – Frank Luke Feb 1 '12 at 22:00

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