This unit explores key questions related to the study of the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. It pays particular attention to the content of Lukan Literature, its literary forms, as well as important exegetical methods for its study including historical, religious, cultural and social contexts. Luke-Acts will be considered as a significant example of the relationship between ancient historiography and early Christian theology for understanding of the New Testament. Students will engage with theological themes of Christology, soteriology, discipleship, and mission and will touch upon Lukan issues of inclusion, social justice, gender and holiness. Critical and practical implications of these themes for life and ministry will be considered.

Unit code: BN3744B

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the cultural, historical, political and social context of Luke-Acts


Explain major Lukan theological themes and their contribution to New Testament Theology.


Recognise and describe various literary forms used in composition of Lukan Literature


Apply exegetical skills to selected texts from Luke-Acts


Critically apply theological ideas found in Luke-Acts to contemporary life, ministry or social contexts

Unit sequence

36 points BN


The course will facilitate student learning and achieving LOs in face-to-face or online environments through a set of appropriate learning activities, e.g. engagement with a variety of visual aids, diverse forms of group work and presentations, tutorials, discussions, online forums, blended approaches, individual reflections, etc.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bock, Darrell L. A Theology of Luke and Acts: God’s Promised Program, Realized for All Nations. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012.
  • Gaventa, Beverly Roberts. The Acts of the Apostles. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2003.
  • Green, J. B. (ed.) Methods for Luke. Methods in Biblical Interpretation. Cambridge: CUP, 2010.
  • Green, J. B. The Theology of the Gospel of Luke. Cambridge: CUP, 1995.
  • Jervell, J. The Theology of the Acts of the Apostles. Cambridge: CUP, 1996.
  • Johnson, Luke Timothy. Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church: The Challenge of Luke-Acts to Contemporary Christians. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 2011.
  • Longenecker, Bruce W. The Lost Letters of Pergamum: A Story from the New Testament World. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2002.
  • Malina, Bruce J. & John J. Pilch. Social-Science Commentary on the Book of Acts. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2008.
  • Marshall, I.H. Luke: Historian and Theologian. Exeter: Paternoster Press, 1984.
  • Neyrey, J. H. (ed.) The Social World of Luke-Acts. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1990.
  • Shillington, V. George. An Introduction to the Study of Luke-Acts. London: T&T Clark, 2006.
  • Tannehill, Robert C. Luke. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1996.
  • Spencer, F. Scott. The Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008
  • Winter, Bruce W. and Gill, David W. J. (eds.) The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting. 5 vols. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993.
  • Witherington, B., III (ed) History, Literature and Society in the Book of Acts. Cambridge: CUP, 1995.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Paper (2500 words)

0 50.0
Book Review

Book Review (1000 words)

0 20.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation (1500 words)

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 18 Oct, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-03-06 08:37:45 +1100