Luke-Acts accounts for almost a third of the New Testament, making it one of the most significant contributions from a single author. From the outset, Luke’s Gospel is framed as a response to many other accounts (Lk 1.1-4), but what’s important for the writer of the third gospel when it comes to putting together a new narrative about Jesus and the early Christian movement? Taking an in-depth look at Luke-Acts in its historical context and in light of literary and cultural traditions of its time, we will explore themes such as inclusion and exclusion, hospitality, wealth, identity, ethnicity, disability, and gender (attending to both ancient and modern norms), noting how these intersect with Luke’s theology and purpose. Attention will be given to how Luke’s theology relates to his use of prophecy, account of justice, salvation, and end-time hope, and how this theology speaks to the contemporary church and world.

Unit code: BN2050P

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Explain the genre, dating, and setting of both Luke and Acts respectively;


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


Describe the main theological themes of Luke-Acts such as salvation, prophecy, atonement, resurrection, eschatology, and justice


Apply a variety of exegetical tools in order to analyze and exegete a passage with a critical awareness of methodology


Construct an essay or educational resources based upon a theme in Luke-Acts

Unit sequence

NT Introduction


Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, and online forums.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bock, Darrell, *A Theology of Luke and Acts" (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012)
  • 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)
  • Jennings, Willie, Acts: A Theological Commentary (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2017).
  • 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).
  • Skinner, Matthew, Acts: Catching Up with the Spirit (Nashville: Abingdton Press, 2020).
  • Sugirtharajah, R. S (ed.) Voices from the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the Third World. ( Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis Books, 2016).
  • 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 (%)

Variant 1

Document Study - Primary text document study

A document study is bit like a book review in that it summarises the main themes of Luke-Acts and offers a structure or outline of the texts based on your own close reading. Students can choose to focus on either Luke's Gospel OR the Acts of the Apostles. (500 - 600 words equivalent)

500 15.0
Exegetical Essay - Exegesis of a passage

Exegetical Essay

1500 35.0
Essay - Thematic Essay

An essay that traces a one theme across the entirety of Luke-Acts.

2500 50.0

Variant 2

Document Study - Primary Text Document Study

A document study is bitlike a book review in that it summarisest he main themes of Luke-Acts and offers a structure or outline of the texts based on your own close reading. Students can choose to focus on either Luke'sGospel OR the Acts of the Apostles. (500 - 600wordsequivalent)

500 15.0
Exegetical Essay - Exegesis of a Passage 1500 35.0
Learning Resource - Learning Resource

A learning resource gives the student the option of producing a Bible study of thematic study related to Luke-Acts based on research. The study should be accompanied by a bibliography, a rationale for approach and goals, as well as footnotes where appropriate.

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 8 Jul, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-07-08 15:41:34 +1000