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.


BS8001Cand BS8002C or equivalent


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


  • one 1,000-word report (essay plan and bibliography) 10%
  • one 6,000-word essay 90%
  • one 2,000-word tutorial paper 20%
  • one 2,500-word exegetical essay 40%
  • one 2,500-word essay 40%
  • one 2,500-word tutorial paper 20%
  • one 4,500-word essay 80%


  • 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 the New Testament Studies 548. Bloomsbury: T. & T. Clark, 2016.
  • Hendrickx, Herman. The Third Gospel for the Third World. 7 vols. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1996–2001.
  • Johnson, Luke T. The Acts of the Apostles. Sacra Pagina 5. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.
  • Johnson, Luke T., and Daniel J. Harrington. The Gospel of Luke. Sacra Pagina 3. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.
  • Keener, Craig S. Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Volume 1: Introduction and 1:1-2:47. Grand Rapids, MN: Baker Academic, 2012. 
  • Parsons, Mikael C. Luke: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007.
  • Penner, Todd C., and Caroline Vander Stichele, eds. Contextualizing Acts: Lukan Narrative and Greco-Roman Discourse. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2003.
  • Spencer, Patrick. Rhetorical Texture and Narrative Trajectories of the Lukan Galilean Ministry Speeches: Hermeneutical Appropriation by Authorial Readers of Luke-Acts. London: T. & T. Clark, 2007.
  • Tannehill, Robert C. The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts: A Literary Interpretation. 2 vols. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986–90.