‘St Luke the Evangelist’ Frans Hals (1582-1666)

Course Description

Unlike the Gospels of Mathew, Mark, and John, scholars unanimously acknowledge that the Gospel of Luke was written by a Gentile believer in the first century Christian Church. As a non-Jew coming into the Church Luke has a vested interest to show how Jesus, though a Jew himself, came to save both Jews and Gentiles alike.

In this beautiful course you will discover how Jesus’ mission was to bring all nations into the Kingdom of God. Beginning with the infancy narratives of John the Baptist and Jesus, Luke traces how salvation first came to the Jews, and then through Jesus’ mission, which he entrusted to the Apostles to continue, to the Gentile nations as well.

Although Luke’s Gospel is clearly written as an ‘orderly account’ and drawn from ‘eyewitnesses,’ it is not merely an historical narrative of the sayings and events of Jesus of Nazareth. As we will see, like the other Gospel writers Luke is a master of his craft. With great skill he shows, not only the universal call to salvation in Jesus Christ, but also the great joy that this call brings. Luke is unique in his presentation of the super-abundant joy that Jesus brings. Luke’s account is also unique in showing how Jesus has come for the outcast and for the sinner, for women and for the oppressed.

Come and join us as we discover the uniqueness of Luke’s Gospel in his presentation of Jesus as the universal Saviour of all peoples.

Course Objectives

  1. To discover the uniqueness of Luke’s Gospel in presenting Jesus as the universal Saviour of all peoples.
  2. To see how Luke sets the stage for the themes that run throughout his Gospel in the opening scenes of the infancy narratives of John the Baptist and Jesus.
  3. To grasp Luke’s skill in drawing from the Old Testament in his presentation of Jesus.
  4. To see how Luke presents the process of conversion to Jesus, especially in Luke’s portrayal of the disciples’ motives and actions, and to recognize this process in one’s own life.

Course Duration

6 Weeks: 12 Hours (i.e., two hours, one night a week).

Recommended Reading

Texts Recommended for Purchase by Course Participants:

Byrne, Brendan. The Hospitality of God: A Reading of Luke’s Gospel. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2000.

Gray, Timothy C. Mission of the Messiah: On the Gospel of Luke. Steubenville, Ohio: Emmaus Road Publishing, 1998.

Popular Reading Level:

Hahn, Scott and Curtis Mitch. The Ignatius Catholic Bible Study: The New Testament. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010.

_________. The Ignatius Catholic Bible Study: The Gospel of Luke. Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2001, 2nd ed. 2011.

LaVerdiere, Eugene. Dining in the Kingdom of God: the Origins of the Eucharist According to Luke. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1994.

_________. The Annunciation to Mary: A Story of Faith, Luke 1:26-38. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2004.

Thematic Works for this Course:

Achtemeier, Paul J. Inspiration and Authority: Nature and Function of Christian Scripture. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 1999.

Béchard, Dean P. ed. and trans. The Scripture Documents: An Anthology of Official Catholic Teachings. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2002.

Bruce, F.F. The New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable? Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1981.

Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church. Homebush: St Pauls, 1994.

_________. The Historicity of the Gospels: Instruction of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 1964.

_________. The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church: Address of His Holiness John Paul II and Document of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Boston: St Paul Books and Media, 1993.

_________. Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, New Revised Edition, vol. 1. Edited by Austin Flannery. New York: Costello Publishing Company, 1996.

Dauphinais, Michael and Matthew Levering. Holy People, Holy Land: A Theological Introduction to the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2005.

Farkasfalvy, Denis. Inspiration and Interpretation: A Theological Introduction to Sacred Scripture. Washington DC. The Catholic University of America Press, 2010.

Geisler, Norman L. and William C. Roach. Defending Inerrancy: Affirming the Accuracy of Scripture for a New Generation. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2011.

Hahn, Scott. A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God’s Covenant Love in Scripture. Michigan: Servant Publications, 1998.

_________. A Pocket Guide to the Bible. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Division, 2008.

_________. Scripture Matters: Essays on Reading the Bible from the Heart of the Church. Steubenville, Ohio: Emmaus Road, 2003.

Shea, Mark P. Making Senses out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did. San Diego: Basilica Press, 1999.

Sri, Edward. The Bible Compass: A Catholic’s Guide to Navigating the Scriptures. West Chester, PA: Ascension Press, 2009.

Stravinskas, Peter M.J. The Catholic Church and the Bible. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996.

Vanhoozer, Kevin J. (ed.) Theological Interpretation of the New Testament: A Book-by-Book Survey. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2005, 2008.

_________. (ed.) Theological Interpretation of the Old Testament: A Book-by-Book Survey. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2005, 2008.

Scholarly Reading Level:

Brown, Raymond E. The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in Matthew and Luke. New York: Image Books, 1979.

Fitzmyer, Joseph. The Gospel According to Luke: I-IX. (Anchor Bible Commentary Series, vol. 28). Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday, 1982.

_________. The Gospel According to Luke: X-XXIV. (Anchor Bible Commentary Series, vol. 28A). Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday, 1985.

Green, Joel B. The Gospel of Luke (NICNT). Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997.

Johnson, Luke T. and Daniel J. Harrington. The Gospel of Luke. (Sacra Pagina Series, vol. 3). Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2006.

LaVerdiere, Eugene. Luke. Dublin: Veritas Publications, 1980.

Marshall, Howard I. Commentary on Luke (NIGTC). Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1978.

Thompson, Richard P. and Thomas E. Phillips. Literary Studies in Luke-Acts: Essays in Honor of Joseph B. Tyson. Macon: GA: Mercer University Press, 1988.

Scholarly Journal Article:

Hahn, Scott W. “Christ, Kingdom and Creation: Davidic Christology and Ecclesiology in Luke-Acts.” Letter & Spirit 3 (2007): 113-138.