In 2022, intensive units covering the Gospel of Luke and Genesis will be offered at St James’ Institute, taught in-person by TCTS faculty.

Sydney’s Anglican community will be able to access the world-renowned scholarship of Trinity College Theological School (TCTS) in Melbourne, when the school offers face-to-face intensive units at the St James’ Institute – a ministry of St James’ Church, King Street.

Contact Trinity College Theological School for more information:

Who are these units for?

These intensives are designed for both clergy and laity, either for credit or audit. Those interested in enrolling should contact

Introducing the Gospel of Luke: 'An orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us'

One-day seminar

Saturday 12 February 2022

The Gospel of Luke provides a distinctive portrait of Jesus. The Gospel includes accounts that are unique to Luke and yet are among the best-known stories in the Gospels, stories like the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. This day-long study will focus on introductory issues related to the Gospel of Luke, including authorship, date of composition, its relation to the other Gospels, main themes and interests, its distinctive Passion Narrative, and how it relates to Luke’s sequel – the Acts of the Apostles. Special attention will be paid to how the Lectionary presents the Gospel of Luke in Year C. 

Taught by the Revd Canon Dr Robert Derrenbacker

*This one-day seminar is the first day of the one-week intensive ‘The Gospel of Luke: “Proclaim the Year of the Lord’s Favour”’ and is designed for those who do not wish to enrol in the full intensive.

BN3300T/9300T The Gospel of Luke: 'Proclaim the Year of the Lord’s Favour'

One-week intensive
12–17 February 2022

This one-week intensive will work through the Gospel of Luke, with particular attention to how Luke develops his particular interests and themes. These will include food and table-fellowship, wealth and poverty, prayer, the Holy Spirit, geography, women and female characters, universal membership in the Kingdom of God, and the appropriation of Old Testament motifs. Special focus will be paid to reading Luke in comparison to other Gospels (especially Mark), Luke’s distinctive portrait of Jesus and his first followers, and how Luke’s Gospel has meaning for Christian readers interested in social justice today. 

Taught by the Revd Canon Dr Robert Derrenbacker

Abraham: An introduction to the politics and promises of the book of Genesis 

One-day seminar*
Saturday 2 July 2022

God’s promises to Abraham include land possession, a great nation, and blessing to all nations – theological themes that extend through the Bible to the New Testament. But what about the dispossessed? And those outside that “great” nation, including the refugee? Is there any place for blessing from other nations as well as to them? Probing the drama and detail of the Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar stories, this session will consider the theology of Genesis within the context of ancient Israel’s history and its intersection with contemporary Christian concerns. 

Taught by Dr Rachelle Gilmour

*This one-day seminar is the first day of the one-week intensive ‘Book of Genesis: Politics and Promises’ and is designed for those who do not wish to enrol in the full intensive.

BA3100T/9100T Book of Genesis: Politics and Promises 

One-week intensive
2–7 July 2022


This one-week intensive will look at when and why the narratives of Israel’s beginnings in the book of Genesis were written through a careful study of its texts and narrative artistry. Through the stories of their ancestors, ancient Israel and Judah negotiated issues of national identity, land possession and dispossession, exiles, and refugees. In doing so, theological themes related to God’s sovereignty, divine presence and transcendence, election, the politics of gender, reconciliation, and hospitality to the stranger were formulated and debated, developing as the community went from kingdom to exile to life in the land under foreign imperial rule.  

Taught by Dr Rachelle Gilmour