The Lukan Narrative


Dr Rosemary Canavan

This unit will explore the distinctive contribution which the Lukan Narrative makes to the New Testament by reading Luke-Acts as a two-part series of the story of Jesus and the story of the Church. The unit will focus on key passages, drawing parallels and examining the development of themes. Theological reflection will address how the narrative functions as a coherent whole to provide insights to the Church today.


  • second level: BS1001C and BS1002C or equivalent
  • third level: two Biblical Studies units at second level


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


second level
  • one 1,500-word tutorial paper 30%
  • one 2,000-word exegetical essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 20%
third level
  • one 1,500-word tutorial paper 30%
  • one 2,500-word exegetical essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 20%


  • Byrne, Brendan. The Hospitality of God: A Reading of Luke’s Gospel. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2000.
  • Dicken, Frank, and Julia Snyder, eds. Characters and Characterization in Luke-Acts. Library of New Testament Studies 548. Bloomsbury: T. & T. Clark, 2016.
  • Johnson, Luke T. The Acts of the Apostles. Sacra Pagina 5. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992. 
  • ———. The Gospel of Luke. Sacra Pagina 3. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.
  • Marguerat, Daniel, and Yvan Bourquin. How to Read Bible Stories: An Introduction to Narrative Criticism. London: SCM, 1999.
  • Parsons, Mikael C. Luke: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007.
  • Tannehill, Robert C. The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts: A Literary Interpretation. 2 vols. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986–90.
  • Trainor, Michael. About Earth’s Child: An Ecological Listening to the Gospel of Luke. The Earth Bible Commentary 2. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2012.
  • Vinson, Richard B. Luke. Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2008.