Coordinator, Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Professor of Ancient Scripture
Offices: 2015 HRCB (Kennedy Center); 365-F JSB
Phone: 801-422-3359
Twitter: @EricDHuntsman

Greek 411R - Luke-Acts

Fall 2007 Syllabus

Course Description:

This term Greek 411R will study the writings attributed to the figure Luke, namely the Third Gospel and the Book of Acts. Although Matthew is divided into more chapters, Luke’s account of the ministry of Jesus Christ is the longest of the four canonical gospels in actual length. Together with Acts, which is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke, the books written by Luke comprise roughly one quarter of our current New Testament. Luke’s gospel is a major source for our understanding of Jesus’ ministry and the progress of the early Church. More importantly, it provides a carefully crafted account of our Lord’s life and mission "to save that which is lost" (Luke 19:10) that includes many well-know and much-beloved episodes. Together with the Book of Acts, the Gospel of Luke provides a singular presentation of what Conzelmann first dubbed Heilsgeschichte or "salvation history."

We shall begin our study by first exploring the nature of the received text—including its language, transmission, and generic form—and shall then discuss some of the major themes of the gospel, particularly those issues and constituencies—such as women, Gentiles, the poor—that are central to Luke’s gospel and the piece of apologetic historiography known as "The Acts of the Apostles," even though it is actually only some of the acts of some of the apostles. The bulk of the semester will be engaged in translating and studying the Lucan corpus. Unless otherwise noted, all primary readings will be done in Greek.



Th18 - F19 Oct; late Sat 20 Oct
(Testing Center, check for hours).

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Recent Lectures

September 12: “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus,” Time Out for Women, Denver

August 18-21 “Worship: Encountering and Being Transformed by God,” BYU Education Week

August 17 “LDS Christology and the Gospel of John,” BYU Education Week

August 5-11 Aspen Grove Family Camp

April 22: “Grateful for Grace: Appreciating the Saving and Transforming Power of Jesus Christ,” YSA 18th Stake Fireside

April 30: Womens Conference 2015 "Wells of Trust Fanning Flames of Faith"

May 8–9:   “The Search for the ‘Real’ Jesus of Nazareth: The Jesus of Faith, History, and Revelation,” Miller-Eccles Study Group, Fullerton and La Cañada, California

Upcoming Lectures

September 24 Second John A. Widtsoe Symposium, “Religion in the Public Square,” 7:00-9:00, tutor Center Ballroom, USC, Los Angeles (with the following link:

October 9 “The Footsteps of Jesus: Remembering His Miracles,” Cruise Lady Learn Our Religion Series, 7:00, 9118 S Redwood, West Jordan

November 8: “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus,” Time Out for Women, St. George

November 14: “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus,” Time Out for Women, Portland