I. Introductory Information
1. Course Title 2023 SP - BIBL 594 - Special Topics: Luke & Acts
2. Professor Dr. Bob Welch
3. Credit hours 5 ECTS
4. Time 17th April – 21 April 2022
UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT:
II. Course Description
Luke-Acts is a pastoral narrative documenting the origin and advancement of the early church. As a story of the emerging people of God, Luke charts the triumphs and tragedies of the first Christians and thereby provides a historical context for our NT. This study will examine the fate of the gospel message from its Jewish origins to Rome. Attention will be given to Lukan theology, his literary artistry, the role of Acts as part of the canon, and its significance for contemporary Christians. Students will be encouraged to utilize these conventions for personal and vocational application. In recent years, exciting developments concerning Luke as a historian and theologian have produced startling opportunities for fresh scholarship, particularly among Pentecostals.
III. Course Objectives
At the end of the course students will:
1. Assess the various purposes proposed for the penning of Luke-Acts.
2. Articulate and evaluate the various structural and literary proposals of the Lukan story.
3. Evaluate the history of interpretation and current trends of Lukan scholarship.
4. Identify and analyze various themes/motifs of Luke-Acts.
5. Evaluate the specific contributions of Pentecostal scholars concerning hermeneutics, select passages, and theologies of Luke-Acts.
6. Demonstrate confidence and precision for teaching and preaching Luke-Acts based upon newly developed and sharpened analytical skills.
IV. Course Outline
Monday Introduction to hermeneutical issues, and to Luke’s doctrine of the
Holy Spirit. Exposition of Luke’s infancy and inauguration narratives (Luke 1-4).
Tuesday Exposition of Jesus’ Spirit-anointed prophetic and theological ministry with exposition of textual readings of manuscripts, e.g. Codex Bezae, within Luke.
Wednesday Exposition of the origin and Acts of the Post-Easter Spirit-baptized
prophetic community (Acts 1.1-6.7).
Thursday Exposition of the Acts of the charismatic prophets (Stephen, Philip,
Barnabas, Agabus, Peter and Paul) and textual readings (Codex Bezae).
Friday Theological synthesis of Luke’s charismatic theology.
V. COURSE REQUIREMENTS
A. Required Texts
1. Menzies, William W. and Robert P. Spirit and Power: Foundations of Pentecostal Experience. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Pub. House, 2000.
2. Stronstad, Roger. The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1984.
B. Recommended Reading
3. Mittelstadt, Martin, Reading Luke-Acts in the Pentecostal Tradition. Cleveland, TN.: CPT Press, 2010.
C. Course Assessments
1. Pre-course required readings + Journal 20%
2. Class attendance and active participation in class discussions 20%
3. Class presentation 20%
4. Research Paper 4-5000 words 40%
The Course requires ___ Hours of actual time :-
1. Pre-Course Required Reading + Journal see below 40 Hours
2. Seminar 25 Hours
3. Preparation of Presentation and Handout 20 Hours
4. Research paper 50 Hours
1. Reading and Analysis + Journal Article (3-5 page report): Due – Beginning of Class.
It is imperative that you gain a grasp of Luke-Acts as a two volume work. Imagine for a moment that Acts is the sequel or the Third Gospel is the prequel!
• Read Luke-Acts. This should be done in one sitting before any other secondary readings. After the first reading of Luke-Acts reflect upon its purpose(s) and theme(s). How do the two volumes function as a whole? Write down any other observations/insights that come from this reading.
• Read Acts (for the second time) and take note of plot development, characterization of major and minor figures, and flow of the narrative. Where is the narrative going? Begin to consider preliminary didactic purpose(s) that might be gleaned from the Lukan story?
Journal Article: Examples are in Bibliography, or from ETS library. [One example: Menzies, Robert. "The Distinctive Character of Luke's Pneumatology" Paraclete 1991, 17-30.]
VII. In-class Presentation
Students choose from the following list of topics and present in class (about 45-60 minutes)
o Give a thumbnail sketch of the major issues to guide and inform Pentecostal reading of Luke-Acts
o Which single issue strikes you as most significant in your reading and experience of Luke-Acts? You may think in terms of what angle has been most emphasized in your church(es)? If you are not in a Pentecostal environment, what category do you believe your tradition most emphasizes?
o Whether you are Pentecostal or otherwise, discuss the single issue you think carries the most weight in your personal life? And what issue requires the most attention in the church at large? Why and Why?
Students are allowed to focus on specific issues in their topics. They should provide a one/two-page summary of the presentation (Handout) and hand it to the professor before the course starts)
VIII. FINAL PAPER. The student will write a major paper on one of the following options:
a) Discuss the debate about the hermeneutics of historical and textual narrative in contemporary biblical scholarship. Briefly summarize and contrast two main positions in this debate and come to a conclusion about which position leads to the better interpretation of Luke-Acts.
b) Discuss Luke’s inauguration narrative (Lk. 3,4). This is programmatic and shows that Jesus’ entire ministry, and not just its inauguration, is Spirit-anointed, Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, and Spirit-empowered. Notice how Luke reinforces the programmatic function of the inauguration narrative by reporting about the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ life on the principle of inclusion (n.b. Lk. 3-4; Lk 24/Acts 2,3).
c) Write a critical evaluation of a commentary on Acts 2:1-21, which is written by a non-Pentecostal. Analyze not only what is written about the pouring forth of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, but also what has been ignored by the commentator, which is often just as important to observe.
d) Compare and contrast the charismatic (i.e., Spirit-filled, Spirit empowered and Spirit-led) ministries of both Peter and Paul. Note that this is to be a study of Luke’s data and is not a study of the data in the Pauline and Petrine epistles.
This major paper will be 4-5000 words (approx.. 12-15 pages) in length. It will follow the style guidelines of ETS. This paper is due ___TBA__________. This assignment is worth 40% of the final grade.
94-100 % = A
90-93 % = A-
88-89 % = B+
83-86 % = B
80-82 % = B –
70-79 % = C
Below 80 % = F
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Marshall, I. Howard. The Gospel of Luke. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1978.
Read-Heimerdinger, Jenny. Luke in His Own Words: A Study of the Language of Luke–Acts in Greek. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022.
Read-Heimerdinger, Jenny, and Josep Rius-Camps. Luke’s Demonstration to Theophilus: The Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles According to Codex Bezae. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013.
Rius-Camps, Josep, and Jenny Read-Heimerdinger. The Message of Acts in Codex Bezae: A Comparison with the Alexandrian Tradition. A&C Black, 2004.
———. The Message of Acts in Codex Bezae (Vol 2): A Comparison with the Alexandrian Tradition, Volume 2. A&C Black, 2006.
_____. The Message of Acts in Codex Bezae (Vol 3).: A Comparison with the Alexandrian Tradition: Acts 13.1-18.23. T&T Clark, 2007.
_____. The Message of Acts in Codex Bezae (Vol 4): A Comparison with the Alexandrian Tradition, Volume 4 Acts 18.24-28.31: Rome. A&C Black, 2009.
Welch, Bob. The Acts of the Holy Spirit in Codex Bezae. Halle, Belgium: PeaceLiterature, 2022.
_________.“Paul’s Struggle with the Spirit” in The Pentescope December 2021. Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium: Dimitrov Research Center at Continental Theological Seminary, 2021.
__________.“Tracing St. Luke’s Pneumatology through Bezae.” Pages 135-146 in Reading St. Luke’s Text and Theology: A Pentecostal Voice – “Essays in Honour of Roger Stronstad on his 75th Birthday”. Edited by Riku P. Tuppurainen. Abbotsford, BC, Canada. (October 16 2019).
__________.“Pneumatological Emphases of Codex Bezae's Luke-Acts: An Examination of Readings from a late 4th Century Greek-Latin Bilingual Manuscript” in Society of Pentecostal Studies, 46th Annual Meeting 2017. St Louis, MO: SPS, 2017.
__________.“Repetitive Prophetical and Interpretative Formulations in Luke’s Gospel of Codex Bezae: An Analysis of Readings in D.” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wales, Bangor. Bangor: UWB, 2015.
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- Teacher: Bob Welch