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 interpreting the deeper meaning of these events.

Unit Code: BN3011Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the distinctive theology of Luke-Acts


Exhibit an appreciation of the context in which this theology arose and the ways in which it addresses the challenges faced by Luke’s community


Exegete selected texts making use of appropriate methodologies


Assess the complex nature of the relationship of the synoptic gospels by identifying by the exegesis of specific passages


Identify the material unique to Luke’s Gospel and critically appraise of the ways in which these materials have been incorporated into Luke-Acts

Unit sequence

BA1020, BN1020 plus 30 points in Biblical Studies at second level.


Lectures and discussion


Description Weight (%)

2500 word essay


2500 word essay


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-22 11:41:09 +1100