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. Assess different critical methodologies used in the study of Luke-Acts.
2. Explain how cultural, historical, political, and social contexts of the first century CE shape interpretation of Lukan Literature.
3. Examine major Lukan theological themes, and evaluate their contribution to New Testament theology.
4. Appraise various literary forms that contribute to understanding of Lukan texts.
5. Analyse selected texts from Luke-acts using appropriate methodologies of biblical exegesis.
6. Integrate theological ideas in Lukan Literature into practical application to contemporary life, ministry or social contexts.