MST Presents: Raised from Obscurity

A Narratival and Theological Study of the Characterisation of Women in Luke-Acts

Discover more about the role of women in the early church through the Luke-Acts narratives! Join us on Wednesday 22 July as MST’s own Head of Biblical Studies, Greg Forbes, presents this ground-breaking new book he has co-authored with fellow Lukan scholar and theology lecturer, Scott Harrower.

Raised from Obscurity examines Luke’s characterisation of women in the early church throughout the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. It also assesses how this characterization affects the flow of the narrative, and how this impacts the reader.

Come along to a special seminar to hear an introduction and overview to this historic publication. There will also be an opportunity to ask the authors questions and enjoy a delicious supper together.

Raised from Obscurity will be available for purchase on the night for the special price of $30 (RRP $55). Greg and Scott will also be available for discussion and to sign personal copies of the book.

Wednesday 22 July
MST Chapel

Please feel free to invite friends to this special event – anyone is welcome to attend.

About the Authors

Greg Forbes
Greg ForbesGreek, Hermeneutics and New Testament Lecturer at Melbourne School of Theology

BTh (Australian College of Theology)
PhD (Deakin University)

Greg has had close ties with MST since he commenced undergraduate studies at the college in 1986. After completing a BTh in 1991, he has since completed an MTh on Revelation 20 and was awarded a PhD from Deakin University for a thesis on the parables in Luke.

Greg’s particular study interests lie in historical Jesus research, and Greek grammar as it relates to exegesis. Greg is married to Anne-Maree and they have three sons.

    Scott Harrower
    Scott HarrowerTheology and Church History Lecturer, Ridley College (Melbourne)

    Dip. Sp. (Salamanca)
    B.Sc. (Deakin)
    M.Div., Grad. Dip., M.Th. (ACT)
    Ph.D. (Trinity International University)

    Scott is a globally engaged scholar and pastor with significant publications and more on the way. He is passionate about engaging students in the history and development of Christian thought and practice and keen to see them formed as godly followers of Christ and effective ministers of the gospel. Scott is collaborative, a fine communicator and a strong student mentor.

    Scott is married to Kate and they have three kids, Dante, Grace and Angela.


      “The only way to get to the realities of women among the followers of Jesus and in the earliest churches is methodological patience. We must probe the evidence from all angles—social realities, archaeological studies, exegetical examinations, and theological perspectives."

      "What Forbes and Harrower offer in Raised from Obscurity is a profound literary propositional analysis in its many dimensions. This book will become a necessary beginning for all future studies of women in Luke-Acts and will challenge more than a few who are intent on suppressing the voices of women. In this book women in Luke-Acts witness to Jesus with clarity and power.”

      Scot McKnight - Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary, Lombard, IL

      “In Raised from Obscurity Forbes and Harrower provide a sensitive narrative and theological reading of women in Luke-Acts. They show Luke’s mosaic of women both in the ministry of Jesus and in the early church, raising awareness and possibilities for women of faith today. This is a book that will resource scholars, pastors, and preachers from across the theological spectrum.”

      Sarah Harris- NT Lecturer, Carey Baptist College, Auckland, NZ