Luke-Acts takes the reader from the annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist through to the ministry of Paul in Rome. In the decades after the death of Jesus the early Christian movement spread to the heart of the empire, and the acceptance of Gentiles into the community of believers was a source of debate. This unit will undertake the study of the origin, nature and distinctive theology of Luke-Acts, illustrated by means of an exegetical and thematic study of selected texts from the Gospel and Acts. Attention will be paid to the ways in which Luke makes use of the historiographical techniques of the period and the role played by the speeches in Luke-Acts as a means interpreting the deeper meaning of these events.

Unit code: BN2011Y (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the distinctive theology of Luke-Acts


Describe the context in which this theology arose


Exegete selected texts making use of appropriate methodologies


Show an awareness of the complex nature of the relationship of the synoptic gospels by the exegesis of specific passages


Identify and evaluate the significance of the material that is unique to Luke

Unit sequence

BA1000Y and BN1000Y or equivalent


Lectures, readings, focus texts assigned to each week for group work, class discussions


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

2500 word essay

2500 60.0

2000 word essay

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2020-09-15 16:48:38 +1000