The Gospel of Luke: A Bible Study Course

Campion Hall, University of Oxford

The Gospel of Luke: A Bible Study Course

Campion Hall, University of Oxford

Join Oxford professor Fr. Nicholas King, S.J., in a lively 12-lecture course designed to evince the extraordinary artistry of Luke’s narrative—now available on both CD and MP3.

You will begin this course with the “Infancy Narratives”—in which Luke helpfully instructs us how to read his gospel. Fr. King, S.J., a celebrated translator of the Greek Bible, underscores the distinctive features of Luke’s gospel. Sometimes called “the gospel of the poor,” Luke’s gospel is known for its praise of the lowly, its meditations on forgiveness, its preoccupation with women, and its sisterhood with Acts of the Apostles.

Luke was a cosmopolitan—a man who, in the words of Fr. King, “was at home in the great cities of the ancient world.” Holding that

Join Oxford professor Fr. Nicholas King, S.J., in a lively 12-lecture course designed to evince the extraordinary artistry of Luke’s narrative—now available on both CD and MP3.

You will begin this course with the “Infancy Narratives”—in which Luke helpfully instructs us how to read his gospel. Fr. King, S.J., a celebrated translator of the Greek Bible, underscores the distinctive features of Luke’s gospel. Sometimes called “the gospel of the poor,” Luke’s gospel is known for its praise of the lowly, its meditations on forgiveness, its preoccupation with women, and its sisterhood with Acts of the Apostles.

Luke was a cosmopolitan—a man who, in the words of Fr. King, “was at home in the great cities of the ancient world.” Holding that in mind, Fr. King invites you to reflect on Luke’s idea of “hospitality” and on the “Lucan Journey” in the context of our lives today.

The Gospel of Luke: A Bible Study Course mines the riches of Luke’s gospel. It has often been noted that the Gospel of Luke is only a fraction of the author’s project; he wrote a second volume, Acts of the Apostles. Fr. King puts forward a theory of the relationship between the two writings, as well as theories on an array of topics:

  • Luke’s attention to women,

  • The distinction between forgiveness and repentance, and

  • The question of Luke’s wealthy audience.

Fr. King’s close reading of the gospel according to Luke distills time-honored lessons for a modern audience with grace and cogency.

$119.95

  • Luke’s Picture Gallery: Rules for Reading the Third Gospel
  • “Special Luke”
  • Luke-Acts: A Two-Volume Project
  • Luke and Women
  • Luke: The Gospel of Repentance and Forgiveness
  • Hospitality in Luke
  • The Lucan Journey: Jerusalem and the Temple
  • Who Did Luke Think Jesus Was?
  • Luke: The Gospel of the Holy Spirit
  • Luke: The Gospel of Prayer
  • Luke: The Gentle Evangelist
  • Luke’s Audience: The Wealthy and Marginals

Fr. Nicholas King, S.J., is currently Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Heythrop College, University of London. Previously, he was Chair of the Catholic Biblical Association and Visiting Professor at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, where he taught New Testament and Koine Greek. For 12 years, he was a lecturer in the same subjects at Oxford University. Prior to coming to Oxford, he taught in South Africa, where he served as a District Observer for its first democratic elections. He has published a new translation of the New Testament (published by Kevin Mayhew in 2008), and more recently a translation of the entire Greek Bible (available from the same publisher). He studied Classics at Oxford University at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is the Provincial’s Delegate for Formation for the Jesuits in Britain.

Praise for Nicholas King

Nick King combines outstanding scholarship with wide teaching and pastoral experience in different contexts. His work reflects all that is best in contemporary biblical study, and his remarkable translation of the Bible arises from that lifetime of service.”
– Christopher Rowland, University of Oxford 

“Fr Nicholas King is an experienced teacher of the New Testament, having been lecturing and guiding study of the New Testament at Oxford University for many years. Like his own translation of the New Testament, his teaching is always lively and original, the product not only of scholarship but also of prayer and devotional reflection. As well as being a scholar, he is also valuable as a spiritual director. 
– Dom Henry Wansbrough, O.S.B., University of Oxford

 “Father Nicholas King, best known and admired for his fresh translation of the entire Greek Bible, has been an inspiring and much-loved teacher of biblical studies and Greek in South Africa, Oxford and most recently Boston. I warmly recommend his wisdom, spiritual insight and seasoned expertise in introducing the New Testament.”
– Professor Markus Bockmuehl, Keble College, Oxford

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