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Mobile Ed: NT319 Book Study: The Gospel of Luke in a Gentile Context (10 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: NT319 Book Study: The Gospel of Luke in a Gentile Context (10 hour course)

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Lexham Press 2016

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Overview

Dr. Craig Evans examines how Luke transformed the Jesus story into something that Gentiles in his time could appreciate. Luke wanted his readers to know that his account was based on early sources—credible eyewitness testimony that he himself had accessed for the composition of this Gospel. Remember, this was a Jewish story, one about Jesus the Jew, fulfiller of the Jewish Scriptures, and was part of the history of the people of Israel. So, what relevance did it have for Gentiles? Luke wanted the Gentiles to know that this Jewish Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, was their Savior too. And that is still true today—He’s our savior also. Luke’s other emphases—election, the unity of the church, proper use of wealth, and what constitutes true righteousness—remain valid for the church today as well.

Course Outline

Introduction

  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Introduction to the Gospel of Luke

  • Early Textual Witnesses
  • Who Wrote the Gospel of Luke?
  • Structure and Themes
  • Luke’s Incipit

Unit 2: Infancy Narrative Themes

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Annunciation
  • Son of God
  • The Canticles of Israel
  • Samuel and the Temple Typology

Unit 3: Good News and Controversy

  • Preaching in Nazareth: Part 1
  • Preaching in Nazareth: Part 2
  • Preaching in Nazareth: Part 3
  • The Calling of Peter
  • Jesus Heals and Forgives the Paralytic
  • The Calling of Levi
  • Sabbath Controversies

Unit 4: Teaching and Compassion

  • Twelve Disciples and Many Prayers
  • Sermon on the Plain: Blessings and Woes
  • Sermon on the Plain: Love for Enemies
  • Healing the Centurion’s Servant
  • Jesus Raises the Widow’s Son
  • The Sinful Woman: Part 1
  • The Sinful Woman: Part 2

Unit 5: Parables and Power

  • Parable of the Sower and the Soils
  • Jesus’ Relationships and Power
  • Casting Out a Legion
  • Healing a Woman and Raising a Child

Unit 6: Jesus and the Twelve

  • The Ministry of Jesus Is Multiplied
  • Feeding the Five Thousand
  • Peter’s Confession of Christ
  • The Transfiguration
  • Disciples and Children

Unit 7: Discipleship

  • Jesus Sets His Face to Go to Jerusalem
  • Samaritans and Would-Be Followers
  • The Purpose of Luke’s Central Section
  • Fall of Satan
  • Inheriting Eternal Life
  • The Good Samaritan
  • Martha and Mary, Bread and Word
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Asking and Receiving

Unit 8: Judgments, Warnings, and Exhortations

  • Jesus and Beelzebul
  • The Sign of Jonah
  • Woes against the Scholars
  • Parable of the Rich Fool
  • Jesus the Shepherd
  • Eschatological Warnings
  • The Need for Repentance
  • Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
  • Healing on the Sabbath

Unit 9: God’s Kingdom and the Lost

  • Narrow versus Broad Door
  • Destiny Approaching: Jesus and Jerusalem
  • Who Will Attend the Heavenly Banquet?
  • Parable of the Banquet
  • Parables of the Lost
  • Parable of the Lost Son: Part 1
  • Parable of the Lost Son: Part 2

Unit 10: Wealth, Poverty, and Spiritual Reality

  • Parable of the Shrewd Manager
  • Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus
  • Attitude of Service and Thanksgiving
  • Overcoming Indifference and Self-Righteousness
  • The Rich Ruler
  • Jesus and Zacchaeus

Unit 11: Ministry in Jerusalem

  • Parable of the Pounds
  • Jesus’ Triumphal Entry
  • Jesus Cleanses the Temple
  • Jesus’ Authority Questioned
  • Parable of the Wicked Tenants
  • Is the Christ the Son of David?
  • More Eschatological Warnings

Unit 12: Last Supper and Betrayal

  • The Lord’s Supper
  • Who Is the Greatest?
  • Jesus Predicts Simon’s Denial
  • Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
  • Jesus before the High Priest
  • Jesus Condemned to Death

Unit 13: Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

  • The Cross
  • The Death of Jesus
  • Jesus Is Buried
  • Easter Morning
  • Three on the Road to Emmaus
  • The Risen Jesus Teaches His Disciples

Conclusion

  • A Gospel for Today

About the Instructor

Craig A. Evans is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His books include Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies, a commentary on Mark in the Word Biblical Commentary, Jesus and the Ossuaries, and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies. He recently served on the advisory board of the Gospel of Judas project for the National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs such as Dateline, as well as in various documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.

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This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.