Elective unit                          (Min. No. 8)

2nd semester Thursday morning


Luke-Acts takes the reader from the annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist through to the ministry of Paul in Rome. In the decades after the death of Jesus the early Christian movement spread to the heart of the empire, and the acceptance of Gentiles into the community of believers was a source of debate. This unit will undertake the study of the origin, nature and distinctive theology of Luke-Acts, illustrated by means of an exegetical and thematic study of selected texts from the Gospel and Acts. Attention will be paid to the ways in which Luke makes use of the historiographical techniques of the period and the role played by the speeches in Luke-Acts as a means of interpreting the deeper meaning of these events.

Two foundational units in Biblical Studies or equivalent

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the distinctive theology of Luke-Acts
  2. exhibit an appreciation of the context in which this theology arose
  3. engage in an exegesis of various texts making use of appropriate methodologies
  4. assess the complex nature of the relationship of the synoptic gospels by the exegesis of specific passages
  5. evaluate the significance of the material that is unique to Luke
  6. apply appropriate skills in contemporary critical methods of biblical interpretation.

2000 word exegetical paper (40%); 4000 word essay (60%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY * = set texts recommended for purchase

Bovon, François. Luke 1. Luke 2. Luke 3. 3 vols. Hermeneia. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2002–2013.

*Byrne, Brendan. The Hospitality of God. Strathfield, NSW: St Pauls, 2000.

Fitzmyer, Joseph A. The Gospel According to Luke. 2 vols. New York: Doubleday, 1981 & 1985.

Green, Joel B. The Gospel of Luke. NICNT. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdman’s Publishing Company, 1997.

Johnson, Luke T. The Acts of the Apostles. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press. 1992.

———.The Gospel of Luke. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.

Mullins, Michael. The Gospel of Luke: A Commentary. Dublin: Columba Press, 2010.

Nolland, John. Luke. 3 vols. WBC. Dallas, TX: Word Books, 1989-1993.

Pervo, Richard I. Profit with Delight: The Literary Genre of Acts of the Apostles. Philadelphia, PA :Fortress Press, 1987.

Tannehill, Robert C. The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts. Vol. 1 Luke. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress, 1986.

———. The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts. Vol. 2 Acts. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1990.

Witherington, Ben. The Acts of the Apostles. A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.