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: BN9160C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


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


Produce critical biblical research in the Gospel of Luke.

Unit sequence

BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


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.
  • Keener, Craig S. Acts: An Exegetical Commentary. Vol. 1. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.
  • Hendrickx, Herman. The Third Gospel for the Third World. 7 vols. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1996–2001.
  • 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.
  • Parsons, Mikeal C. Luke: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2007.
  • Penner, Todd C., and Caroline Vander Stichele, eds. Contextualizing Acts: Lukan Narrative and Greco-Roman Discourse. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2003.
  • Spencer, Patrick. Rhetorical Texture and Narrative Trajectories of the Lukan Galilean Ministry Speeches: Hermeneutical Appropriation by Authorial Readers of Luke-Acts. London: T. & T. Clark, 2007.
  • Tannehill, Robert C. The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts: A Literary Interpretation. 2 vols. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986–1990.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Option 1: 1,000-word Report (essay plan and bibliography) 10% Week 6 outcome 6 6,000-word essay 90% Week 14 outcomes 1-6

or Option 2: 2,000-word tutorial paper 20% Week 6 outcomes 1-5 2,500-word exegetical essay 40% Week 10 outcomes 1-6 2,500-word essay 40% Week 16 outcomes 1-6

or Option 3: 2,500-word tutorial paper 20% Week 6 outcomes 1-5 4,500-word essay 80% Week 16 outcomes 1-6

7000 100.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:48 +1000