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Luke: Danger, Discernment, Discernment

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, and by exploring their histories of interpretation.  Particular attention will be paid to Luke’s literary style; distinctive Christological, pneumatological and missiological perspectives; major theological themes (power, privilege and conflict; riches poverty and economic relations; food, hospitality and meal-based fellowship; women; the Holy Spirit; salvation, suffering and sacrifice). The unit will encourage students to consider implications for individual and corporate discipleship within their own and other contemporary contexts. 


Lecturer: Deborah Storie
Offered: Refer to Timetable

Undergraduate: Level 2 or 3
Postgraduate: Level 9 elective

Discipline: Biblical Studies 

Prerequisites:
Second Level: BA1/8001S (in-class) or BA1/8701S (online) Introducing the Hebrew Bible (or equivalent)
Third Level: 54 points in Field B including 36 points in Hebrew Bible

Postgraduate: BA1/8001S (in-class) or BA1/8701S (online) Introducing the Hebrew Bible (or equivalent)


Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

Undergraduate:

  1. Use appropriate exegetical tools and approaches to critically evaluate and interpret selected passages from Luke’s Gospel 
  2. Articulate a broad understanding of social, political and economic dynamics in early first century Palestine and the late first century Graeco-Roman world 
  3. Give ainformed 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 
  4. Critically discuss possible implications of Luke’s Gospel for individual and corporate discipleship today 

Postgraduate:

  1. Use appropriate exegetical tools and approaches to critically analyse and interpret selected passages from Luke’s Gospel. 
  2. Communicate a broad and critically informed understanding of social, political and economic dynamics in early first century Palestine and the late first century Graeco-Roman world. 
  3. Give a critically informed account of Luke’s literary style, distinctive perspectives and major themesand of major debates concerning Lukan authorship, early audiences and sources, and the relationship between Luke and Acts. 
  4. Engage critically with scholarly literature pertaining to Luke. 
  5. Demonstrate hermeneutic sensitivity to the inter-relationships between the purpose and ideology of Luke’s Gospel and readers’ own contexts, commitments and conclusions. 
  6. Discuss possible implications of Luke’s Gospel for individual and corporate discipleship in a range of contemporary contexts. 

Assessments:

Undergraduate
Blog (500 words) 20%
Seminar Paper (Level 2: 1000 words, Level 3: 1500) 20%
Critical Review (1000 words) 20%
Exegetical Essay (2000 words) 40%

Postgraduate
Blog (1000 words) 20%
Seminar Paper (2000 words) 20%
Critical Review (1000 words) 20%
Exegetical Essay (4000 words) 40%


Select Bibliography:

*Recommended reading

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 LukeNew 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.