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Biblical Study Break: The Gospel of Luke the Physician
- Course Dates: Mon 2 November 2015, 1:00 pm to Thu 5 November 2015, 2:00 pm
“Luke creates a symbolic universe which orders history in such a way as to provide a past, present and future for his Christian contemporaries. He links them with their predecessors and successors in a meaningful totality” (Philip Esler).
Luke’s Gospel places the story of Jesus within a grand narrative of Christian origins rooted in the Jewish scriptures.
In this study week we shall explore the structure and wider themes of the Gospel within its canonical framework as a foundation document that both records and shapes the emergence of Christianity. What does Luke’s dedication to Theophilus tell us about his social location? How did he know so much about the Jewish scriptures? Where did he get his “eyewitness” material and how was it shaped by the process of transmission? Why does Luke choose to begin his Gospel with the well-known Christmas stories? What kind of hero is Luke’s Jesus, and what is his impact on his opponents, his helpers, his supporters, and those whom he saves? How does Luke understand the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection? And why did Luke, alone of the evangelists, choose to continue his narrative with the story of the church?
This promises to be illuminating and stimulating preparation for those following the lectionary year of the Gospel of Luke.