The Gospel of Luke: Proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God

Prof. Blajer Piotr

II semestre

Requirements. Students who wish to take the course are required to possess a good knowledge of Biblical Greek, as well as the ability to offer an idiomatic translation of the Greek text into a modern language. At least a general knowledge of narrative method is required. Students who are unfamiliar with the method should consult one of the manuals on the narrative criticism.

Goal and methodology. The course aims to familiarize the students with Jesus’ teaching in its narrative context. The methodology used in this course is the narrative criticism.

Having narrated the scene of Jesus’ meeting with the sinful woman in the house of a Pharisee (7:36-50), Luke continues to depict the next stage of Jesus’ activity in Galilee (8:1-56). It begins with a short yet typical summary, which contains an important mention of Jesus wandering through towns and villages. An entourage closely follows him and among them there some women who constantly accompany him (8:1-3). This stage of Jesus’ activity in Galilee Luke has clearly divided into two parts:
1) Jesus’ teaching on listening to the word of God (vv. 4-21);
2) the four miracles of Jesus – the calming of the storm at sea (vv. 22-25), the healing of the Gerasene demoniac (vv. 26-39), the healing of Jairus’s daughter (vv. 40-42.49-56), the healing of the woman with a hemorrhage (vv. 43-48).
Thus Luke 8 propels the narrative forward with its twin focus on Jesus’ proclamation of the good news and on the consequence of one’s response to the good news. This entire section is the culmination of Jesus’ activity in Galilee. The teacher continues the formation of his disciples, and through the four miracles he reveals God’s power against anything threatening the safety, health and life of man.

Oral exam. The student may instead opt to write a paper of approximately twenty-five pages; bibliography excluded. Those who wish to write a paper must communicated their preference in advance. A specific and more detailed bibliography that pertains to their pericope of choice will be provided.

Students are encouraged to choose one of the best commentaries in their own language. These may be accompanied by:

  • G.C. Bottini, Introduzione all’opera di Luca. Analecta. 35. Jerusalem 1992
  • F. Bovon, Luke the Theologian: Fifty-Five Years of Research (1950-2005). Waco TX, 2006
  • F. Bovon, Das Evangelium nach Lukas. EKKNT III. Neukirchen 1989-2009
  • J.A. Fitzmyer, The Gospel according to Luke. AB 28-28A. New York NY, 1981-85
  • D.L. Bock, Luke 1:1—9:50, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids MI, 1994
  • J.B. Green, The Gospel of Luke. Grand Rapids MI, 1997
  • J. Nolland, Luke. WBC 35. Dallas TX, 1993
  • M.C. Parsons, Luke. Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament. Grand Rapids MI, 2015

The rest of the bibliography, articles and monographs will be presented at the beginning of the course.