Details for Luke-Acts: A Pentecostal Perspective

This paper provides an investigation of the Lukan material, his continuation of salvation history, and critiques the contemporary Pentecostal use of the same. 

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  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Unit code: BIB351
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 15
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Units with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.


BIB102 – Introduction to the New Testament

The following courses are prerequisites:

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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This paper provides an investigation of the Lukan material, his continuation of salvation history, and critiques the contemporary Pentecostal use of the same.


Students should be able to:

  1. Analyse the schematic character of Luke’s presentation of apostolic history
  2. Examine the theological motivations in Luke’s record and critically evaluate the historical character and value, with reference to the text of Acts and contemporary Pentecostal interpretation
  3. Explainthe major critical issues confronted in the modern study of Acts
  4. Demonstrate critical engagement with both the primary biblical materials and secondary literature from a range of perspectives
  5. Assess and apply the implicationsof the Lukan records of the apostolic church for contemporary ministry 

Subject Content

  1. The Lukan literary genre and the framework of Luke’s theological message
  2. Exegetical study and application of selected passages
  3. Content, themes and important historical and critical issues of the Book of Acts
  4. Critique of contemporary Pentecostal’s use of Luke with alternate theological perspectives
  5. Application to contemporary ministry 

This course may be offered in the following formats

Lectures, group discussion, online engagement

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

 Book Review (25%, 1250 words); Contemporary Presentation (30 mins, 1750 words); Exegetical Essay (50%, 3000 words).

Prescribed Text

Karl A. Kuhn, The Kingdom of God According to Luke and Acts: A Social, Literary and Theological Introduction.

Representative References

Bird, M.F. “The Unity of Luke-Acts in Recent Discussion” in Journal for the Study of the New Testament. 29.1 (2007): 425-448.

Bock, Darrell. A Theology of Luke and Acts: God's Promised Program, Realized for All Nations. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012.

Borgman, P.C. The Way According to Luke:  Hearing the Whole Story of Luke-Acts.  Grand Rapids:  Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006.

Evans, C.A & Sanders, J.A. Luke and Scripture: The Function of Sacred Tradition in Luke-Acts, Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Pub, 2001.

Forbes, Greg & Scott D. Harrower. Raised from Obscurity: A Narratival and Theological Study of the Characterisation of Women in Luke-Acts. Eugene, Or.: Pickwick Publications, 2015.

Gonzalez, Justo L. The Story Luke Tells: Luke's Unique Witness to the Gospel. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015.

Green, Joel B. Conversion in LUke-Acts: Divine Action, Human Cognition, and the People of God. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2015.

Heen, E.M. “Radical Patronage in Luke-Acts.”  Currents in Theology and Mission. 33 no 6 D 2006: 445-458.

Hur, J. Dynamic Reading of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts. London, UK: T. & T. Clark Pub, 2004.

Johnson, Luke Timothy. Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church: The Challenge of Luke-Acts to Contemporary Christians. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2011.

Longman III, T. & Garland, D.E., eds.  Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Volume 10 Luke-Acts.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 2007.

Mittelstadt, M.W. The Spirit and Suffering in Luke-Acts:  Implications for a Pentecostal Pneumatology.  London:  T & T Clark Publishers, 2004.

Parsons, Mikeal C. Acts. PNTC. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008.

Parsons, Mikeal, C. Luke. PNTC. Grand rapids: Baker, 2015.

Roberts G.B. The Acts of the Apostles. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003.

Rowe, C.K. “History, Hermeneutics and the Unity of Luke-Acts.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament. 28: 2 (Dec 2005): 131-157.

Shillington, V.G. An Introduction to the Study of Luke-Acts.  London:  T & T Clark, 2007.

Squires, J.T. The Plan of God in Luke-Acts, Society for the New Testament Studies Monograph Series. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Wilson, S.G. The Gentiles and the Gentile Mission in Luke-Acts. Society for the New Testament Studies Monograph Series. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Woods, E.J. The ‘Finger of God’ and Pneumatology in Luke-Acts.  Sheffield:  Sheffield Academic Press, 2001.



Biblical Interpretation

Catholic Biblical Quarterly

European Journal of Theology


Journal for the Study of the New Testament

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Journal of Pentecostal Theology

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