The goal of this course is to acquire a greater knowledge of the Gospel of Luke and to become familiar with a variety of literary, historical-critical, and theological approaches to the book. We situate Luke within the emerging traditions about Jesus (both canonical and non-canonical). Students also compare Luke to ancient Greco-Roman and Jewish "biographies" of holy teachers and wonderworkers. Special attention is given to important Lukan themes, including: Luke's emphasis on the women in the Jesus movement; attitudes toward wealth; and the relationship of Jesus to Jewish institutions.

Prerequisite: NT 101 or equivalent.