Details for Luke-Acts

Luke-Acts is the two-volume work which tracks the movement from the ministry of Jesus through to the early church (and beyond!). Obviously this text is therefore of great significance in the New Testament (even if just in regards to the size of the combined volumes), and has been used by Pentecostals for over a century in our quest for recovering a truly biblical faith. This unit examines the narrative of Luke-Acts in a way that holds together the historical and theological foci, and seeks to equip you with a solid reading strategy for approaching these remarkable texts.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB351
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: John Griffiths


The following courses are prerequisites or corequisites:

Awards offering Luke-Acts

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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This unit provides an investigation of the Lukan material, his continuation of salvation history, and critiques the contemporary Pentecostal use of the same.


  1. Analyse passages in the Lucan material and make application to modern Pentecostalism;
  2. Evaluate Luke’s concern for, and assurance of the implied audience, particularly in the light of Pentecostalism;
  3. Discriminate between the primary biblical materials and secondary literature from a range of perspectives;
  4. Engage the socio-historical background relevant to Luke’s historiography, as well as the work’s respective structures, themes, theology/ies and style.

Subject Content

  • Identification of Luke’s genre as Greek Historiography
  • Occasion and purpose as reconstructed from Luke’s prologue and its propleptic function
  • Luke’s rhetorical strategy
  • Narrative world and placing characters within the story
  • Exegesis of individual texts utilising a redemptive movement hermeneutic
  • Examination of Luke’s pneumatology
  • Critique of contemporary Pentecostals' use of Luke
  • Application to ministry

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Reading Responses (20%) 
  • Contemporary Presentation (30%) 
  • Major Exegesis (50%) 

Prescribed Text

  • David M. Parker Reading Luke-Acts Now and Then Sydney: 2011.

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