SC 403 The New Testament: Reading Luke and Acts

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Module Level

Level 8

Time Allowance

4 hours on campus lectures during the weekend residentials (divided between 2 weekends) 6 hours live on-line lectures on Wednesday evening, 6 hours of self-directed learning, Assignment – 15 hours, Private Study – 24 hours.


The New Testament: Reading Luke and Acts

Module Aims

To read the Gospel of Luke and sections of the Acts of the Apostle with attention to its power as story to engage, confront and shape readers, so as to access its fundamental narrative and theological character, with sensitivity to the cultural contexts of its origin and those of contemporary readers.

Indicative Syllabus:

Ten lectures each with a passage of scripture

  • The Gospel and its Sequel: Luke and Acts – History and/or Biography?
  • A contrasted portrait of Jesus – rejected prophet and yet Lord.
  • Luke in its Roman imperial context
  • Luke’s Strong Women
  • Parables and Teaching, Prayer and Relationship
  • Luke and Outsiders: Crossing Boundaries
  • Baptism: From Paul to Luke
  • Luke’s Strong Women
  • Passion and Death: Redefining Success
  • Jesus, Prayer and God
  • Resurrection, New Life and Mission
  • Twenty-First Century questions to First Century Gospels

Learning Outcomes

  • • appreciate the complexity of Luke’s Jesus and the inherent Christology
  • • recognize the various conflicts that drive the plot and inform the theology of Luke
  • • be able to situate Luke’s Gospel within its first century contexts
  • • be able to apply the reading for contemporary audiences


  • Harrington, Wilfrid J. Reading Luke for the First Time. Boston: Paulist, 2015.
  • Green, Joel B. The Theology of the Gospel of Luke. Cambridge: University, 1995.