This unit will explore the distinctive contribution which the Lukan Narrative makes to the New Testament by reading Luke-Acts as a two-part series of the story of Jesus and the story of the Church. The unit will focus on key passages, drawing parallels and examining the development of themes. Theological reflection will address how the narrative functions as a coherent whole to provide insights to the Church today.

Unit code: BN3160C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Summarise the factors which support the common authorship of the Third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles and the narrative unity of these two texts.


Evaluate the distinctiveness of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament.


Critically examine passages from the Gospel of Luke and/or the Acts of the Apostles using appropriate methods.


Reflect theologically on the key themes in the Gospel of Luke and/or the Acts of the Apostles and their relevance to the life of the church today.


Investigate and articulate scholarly debate on interpretive issues in the Gospel of Luke and/or the Acts of the Apostles.

Unit sequence

Two Biblical Studies units at second level


Each three-hour class comprises 2 hours of interactive lecture and discussion and 1 hour of structured group discussion and interpretation focused on a particular text and readings.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Byrne, Brendan. The Hospitality of God: A Reading of Luke’s Gospel. Strathfield: St Paul’s Publications, 2000.
  • Dicken, Frank, and Julia Snyder, eds. Characters and Characterization in Luke-Acts. Bloomsbury: T. & T. Clark, 2016.
  • Johnson, Luke T. The Acts of the Apostles. Sacra Pagina 5. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1991.
  • ———. The Gospel of Luke. Sacra Pagina 3. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1991.
  • Marguerat, Daniel, and Yvan Bourquin. How to Read Bible Stories: An Introduction to Narrative Criticism. London: SCM Press, 1999.
  • Parsons, Mikeal C. Luke: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2007.
  • Tannehill, Robert C. The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts: A Literary Interpretation. 2 vols. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986–1990.
  • Trainor, Michael. About Earth's Child: An Ecological Listening to the Gospel of Luke. The Earth Bible Commentary 2. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012.
  • Vinson, Richard B. Luke. Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary. Macon: Smyth & Helwys, 2008.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written Examination

1-hour written examination

0 20.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

1,500-word tutorial paper

0 25.0
Exegetical Essay

2,500-word exegetical essay

0 55.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-03-04 12:03:49 +1100