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? Taking an in-depth look at Luke 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. As we engage with all this and more in Luke’s narrative, 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: BN9050P

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate and explain the genre, dating and setting of Luke’s gospel;


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


Critically assess the main theological themes of Luke’s Gospel 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


Design a sermon or educational resources based upon themes in Luke’s gospel

Unit sequence

Earliest Christianity or equivalent NT Introduction


Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, and online forums.

Indicative Bibliography

  • 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)
  • Green, Joel (ed.) Methods for Luke (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • Johnson, Luke Timothy. The Gospel of Luke, Sacra Pagina, (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1991)
  • 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)
  • Smith, Dennis E., and Hal Taussig, eds. Meals in the Early Christian World: Social Formation, Experimentation, and Conflict at the Table (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
  • Sugirtharajah, R. S (ed.) Voices from the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the Third World. ( Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis Books, 2006)
  • 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 (%)
Document Study

Document Study (500 -600 words)

600 10.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay (2500 Words)

2500 30.0

Thematic essay or learning resource 4000-4500 words

4500 50.0

Participation in class or online forum

400 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 27 Jul, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-07-27 08:58:51 +1000