This unit engages deeply with the Gospel of Luke and the questions it raises for life and faith today. Exegeting Luke within its historical social, political and economic contexts is a key focus. Students will develop exegetical skills by deploying a range of tools and approaches to selected passages. Particular attention will be paid to Luke’s literary style and major themes (power, privilege and conflict; riches poverty and economic relations; food, hospitality and meal-based fellowship; women; the Holy Spirit; salvation, suffering and sacrifice). This unit encourages students to consider implications for individual and corporate discipleship within a range of contemporary contexts.

Unit code: BN3099S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Stirling College

Show when this unit is running

Learning outcomes


Use appropriate exegetical tools and approaches to discuss and interpret selected passages from Luke’s Gospel


Articulate a broad understanding of social, political and economic dynamics in early first century Palestine and the late first century Graeco-Roman world


Give an informed account of Luke’s distinctive perspectives and major themes, and of major debates concerning Lukan authorship, sources, early audiences, and the relationship between Luke and Acts


Critically discuss possible implications of Luke’s Gospel for individual and corporate discipleship today

Unit sequence

18 points in Field B (Biblical Studies) including 18 points in NT BN1/8001 (in-class) or BN1/8701 (online) Interpreting the New Testament (or equivalent)


Lectures, seminars, class discussion, set readings, online forums

Indicative Bibliography

  • Byrne, Brendan. The Hospitality of God: A Reading of Luke’s Gospel. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2000.
  • Chen, Diane G. *Luke. Eugene: Cascade, 2017.
  • Fitzmyer, Joseph A. The Gospel According to Luke I-IX. NY: Doubleday, 1979.
  • Green, Joel B. *The Gospel of Luke. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.
  • Green, Joel B, and Lee Martin McDonald, eds. The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social and Historical Contexts. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013.
  • Levine, Amy-Jill, and Ben Witherington. The Gospel of Luke. New Cambridge Bible Commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Marshall, I Howard. The Gospel of Luke: A Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978.
  • Neyrey, Jerome, and Eric Clark Stewart (eds). The Social World of the New Testament: Insights and Models Peabody: Hendrickson, 2008.
  • Schottroff, Luise. The Parables of Jesus. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006.
  • Snodgrass, Klyne R. Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Blog (weekly forum posts – best 6)

500 20.0
Critical Review

Critical Review

1000 20.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay

2000 40.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar Paper

1500 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 29 Aug, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-03 15:39:33 +1000