This unit will offer an in-depth exegetical study of Luke’s gospel placing it in the historical and literary culture of the late first century CE. We will examine themes of inclusion and exclusion in the gospel, tracing who is included/excluded through the lenses of gender norms (both ancient and modern), ethnicity, religious identity and hospitality (the social conventions of Graeco-Roman meal culture). Attention will be given to Luke’s theology as it relates to salvation, prophecy, atonement, resurrection, eschatology and justice and how this theology speaks to the contemporary church and world.

Unit code: BN9050P (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate and explain the genre, dating and setting of Luke’s gospel;


Differentiate the various theories relating to gospel sources and how they impact the interpretation of Luke’s Gospel


Critically assess the main theological themes of Luke’s Gospel such as salvation, prophecy, atonement, resurrection, eschatology and justice


Critically assess the main theological themes of Luke’s Gospel such as salvation, prophecy, atonement, resurrection, eschatology and justice


Design a sermon or educational resources based upon themes in Luke’s gospel

Unit sequence

Earliest Christianity or equivalent NT Introduction


Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, and online forums.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Byrne, Brendan S.J. The Hospitality of God: A Reading of Luke’s Gospel (Collegeville, Mn: Liturgical Press, 2000)
  • Carroll, John T. Luke: A Commentary (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2012)
  • Green, Joel (ed.) Methods for Luke (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • Johnson, Luke Timothy. The Gospel of Luke, Sacra Pagina, (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1991)
  • Levine, Amy-Jill (ed), A Feminist Companion to Luke (London: Sheffield Academic, 2002).
  • Neyrey, Jerome (ed). The Social World of Luke-Acts: Models for Interpretation.
  • Parsons, Mikeal, Luke: Paideia Commentary (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015)
  • Smith, Dennis E., and Hal Taussig, eds. Meals in the Early Christian World: Social Formation, Experimentation, and Conflict at the Table (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
  • Sugirtharajah, R. S (ed.) Voices from the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the Third World. ( Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis Books, 2006)
  • Tannehill, Robert, The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts : A Literary Interpretation (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1990)
  • Wilson, Brittany E. Unmanly Men: Refigurations of Masculinity in Luke-Acts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Document Study

Document Study (500 words)

0 10.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay (1500 Words)

0 30.0

Major Assignment: Essay OR Learning Resource (4000 word equivalent)

0 50.0

In class or online forums

0 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 14 Oct, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-03-08 09:37:52 +1100