Mystery, controversy, deep theology and extreme challenge! The Book of Hebrews is one of the least known books in the New Testament but has so much to offer every student. All will benefit from the exploration of its meaning for today in discipleship, community and ministry, and ultimately Hebrews carves a path straight into the presence of God. The core of this course is an exegetical and interpretative study of the Book of Hebrews in English translation. This class involves an acquaintance with structure, content, message, context and other interpretive issues of Hebrews as well.
- The student will know the Hebrews teaching on how to draw closer to God and its use in preaching, teaching and Bible Study.
- The student will understand Hebrews in its social, historical, literary and religious Jewish Hellenistic context
- The student will be familiar with critical views concerning introductory questions (i.e. authorship, date, settings, etc.) and identify the features in the text that illuminate the options
- The student will be spiritually challenged by message of Hebrews.
- The student will appreciate the distinctive content and theology of the text and goal(s) of the author.
- The student will enter into partnership with Jesus in his heavenly calling.
- The student will review the manuscript of the NCCS Commentary on the Book of Hebrews, and read other studies on Hebrews.
- The student will research and write a paper on an aspect of Hebrews in the area of their specialization.
- The student will utilize their research and the course resources to develop a strategy for the re-presentation of a passage, theme or issue in Hebrews in the area of their specialization in a contemporary context.