DescriptionThis 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.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Describe cultural, historical, political, and social context of Luke-Acts
2. Identify major Lukan theological themes
3. Explain various literary forms used in composition of Lukan Literature.
4. Apply exegetical skills to selected passages from Luke-Acts
5. Apply theological ideas found in Luke-Acts to contemporary life, ministry or social contexts.