How to Read and Understand the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles

Saint Mary's Seminary & University

How to Read and Understand the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles

Saint Mary's Seminary & University

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The most prolific New Testament writer, the evangelist Luke left behind thousands of verses that can be daunting to navigate. Now, you can study Luke–Acts in depth with award-winning New Testament professor William Burton, O.F.M., as your guide.

The Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles are two parts of a single triumphant work. Together, they proclaim the gospel message and narrate the gripping story of the Church’s early days.

Using the metaphor of a double helix, Fr. Burton asks you to imagine Luke’s gospel and

Audio Sample:

The most prolific New Testament writer, the evangelist Luke left behind thousands of verses that can be daunting to navigate. Now, you can study Luke–Acts in depth with award-winning New Testament professor William Burton, O.F.M., as your guide.

The Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles are two parts of a single triumphant work. Together, they proclaim the gospel message and narrate the gripping story of the Church’s early days.

Using the metaphor of a double helix, Fr. Burton asks you to imagine Luke’s gospel and Acts as a single account with many parallels or rungs connecting the two sides of the twisted ladder. He sets the scene by painting a vivid picture of the context out of which this two-volume work emerged: from a community of early Christians with a fraught history. The Gospel according to Luke and Acts of the Apostles bear powerful witness to that history.

You will glean fascinating insights from Fr. Burton as you plot the spread of Christianity from its roots among the Jewish followers of Jesus in Israel “to the ends of the earth.” Fr. Burton effortlessly navigates this complex period in Christian history, holding up the texts of Luke and Acts like windows for you to peer through.

Perfect for your next Bible study, or for enjoying during your commute, this brilliant audio course will forever change the way you think about Luke–Acts.

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  • Contexts for Understanding Luke’s Gospel and Acts
  • The Historical Context
  • Linguistic and Critical Methods for Understanding Luke–Acts
  • The Gentile Context for Luke and Acts
  • Sources for the Gospel of Luke
  • Luke Among the Synoptics
  • The Unique Motivation of Luke
  • Purpose and Style of Luke
  • Continuing the Parables of Luke
  • The Importance of Table Fellowship in Luke-Acts
  • Acts as “The Rest of the Story”
  • The Image of the Prophet in Luke–Acts
  • Prayer and Persecution
  • The Image of “The Righteous One” in Luke–Acts
  • Conclusion: What Does It Mean for Us?

Fr. William L. Burton, O.F.M., SSL, STD, is a celebrated teacher and biblical studies expert. He received a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome, a Master of Divinity and an M.A. in Theology from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, a Doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and a Master in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University, Chicago.

A Professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Fr. Burton is a Franciscan priest and member of the provincial council of the Sacred Heart Province. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in biblical studies at Quincy University and undergraduate courses at DePaul University.

Fr. William Burton has also guided and taught hundreds of students and pilgrims throughout the Holy Land, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, and Italy. He has published many articles in The Bible Today and elsewhere, and has recorded Bible-study DVDs for Paraclete Press and Franciscan Media: The Biblicist Series: An Introduction to the Bible and Demystifying the Book of Revelation.

Praise for William Burton

“Fr. Bill Burton's knowledge of Greek, Roman, and Jewish cultures, the very cultures in which Jesus lived and the New Testament was written, provides fresh and novel insights into our understanding of the sacred texts. For years, Bible Study participants have delighted in his accessible, eye-opening, and lively presentations!” – Albert Haase, O.F.M., bestselling author

“Fr. William Burton, O.F.M., is a talented and engaging teacher whose erudition and skill at bringing the Sacred Scriptures to life for his hearers is second to none. His lively delivery and obvious devotion to the Word of God make his presentations accessible and enjoyable for everyone, at whatever level of scholarship they may have attained.” – David J. Poirier, SA, Pastor, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Archdiocese of Vancouver

“Father Burton is an excellent Scripture professor at our seminary; our students always find him engaging and insightful. I have also witnessed his teaching expertise as he delivers parish missions, and everyone walks away engaged and excited about the Word of God. I highly encourage those interested in learning more about the Bible to sit back and enjoy his knowledge of the Scriptures.”
– Msgr. David L. Toups, President, St. Vincent dePaul Regional

“Fr. Bill Burton has proven himself to be a careful biblical interpreter and a skilled teacher. This program on the Synoptic Gospels will give evidence of this to all those fortunate enough to benefit from it. It will be a fine addition to anyone’s library of biblical courses.”
– Dianne Bergant, Catholic Theological Union

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