Gospel of Luke (P/G)

Field: New Testament
Unit Code(s): BN9300T (Class based) or BN9309T (Online) 
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate (Elective)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: One unit in New Testament
Content: This unit offers an advanced study of the Gospel of Luke. Through exegesis of the special material in Luke as well as consideration of Lukan redaction of Synoptic material, it will explore themes such as salvation, Christology, poverty and ethnicity. It will analyse secondary readings that take various approaches to the study of Luke, to develop students’ research skills and hermeneutical sophistication. Some attention will be given to the Acts of the Apostles (the sequel to Luke’s Gospel) in the course of discussing the author’s use of ancient historiographical and biographical techniques to portray the incipient Christian movement within the Roman Empire and in relation to Judaism. Students are encouraged to work with the Greek text of Luke to the extent they are able.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound grasp of the overall contents, structure, theology, and rhetoric of the Gospel of Luke
  • determine the likely sources of Luke’s Gospel and their redaction, thus demonstrating an ability to work with Luke as a Synoptic Gospel
  • critically exegete and interpret passages in the Gospel of Luke utilising sophisticated mature exegetical skills
  • critically apply a range of hermeneutical methods for the interpretation of the Gospel of Luke demonstrating awareness of the aims and emphases of these methods
  • critically assess and utilise secondary sources for articulating the theology of the Gospel of Luke
  • engage with contemporary debates in the interpretation of the Gospel of Luke.
  • 2,500-word exegetical essay (40%)
  • 2,500-word thematic essay (45%)
  • Journal (face-to-face) or tutorial reflection (online), equivalent to 1,000 words (15%)
Recommended Reading:

*recommended for purchase

Bartholomew, C.G., J.B. Green & A.C. Thiselton, ed. Reading Luke: Interpretation, Reflection, Formation. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.

Bovon, F. Luke 1. Luke 2. Luke 3. 3 vols. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2002–2013.

*Byrne, B. The Hospitality of God: A Reading of Luke’s Gospel. Collegeville: Liturgical, 2000.

*Carroll, J.T. Luke: A Commentary. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2012.

Fitzmyer, J.A. The Gospel According to Luke. 2 vols. Anchor Bible 28 & 28A. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1981-85.

Green, J.B. Luke. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.

*Johnson, L.T. The Gospel of Luke. Sacra Pagina 3. Collegeville: Michael Glazier (Liturgical), 1991.

Levine, A.-J. with M. Blickenstaff, ed. A Feminist Companion to Luke. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002.

Lieu, J. The Gospel of Luke. Epworth Commentaries. Peterborough: Epworth, 1997.

Nolland, J. Luke 1–9:20. Luke 9:21–18:34. Luke 18:35–24:53. 3 vols. Word Biblical Commentary 35A–35C. Dallas: Word Books, 1989–1993.

Talbert, C.H. Reading Luke. 2nd ed. Reading the New Testament. Macon, GA.: Smyth & Helwys, 2002.

Tannehill, R.C. Luke. Abingdon New Testament Commentaries. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996.

Thompson, R. P. and T. E. Phillips, ed. Literary Studies in Luke–Acts: Essays in Honor of Joseph B. Tyson. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998.