The Book of Hebrews: How to Find God in your Time of Crisis (PhD/MA)


Fall 2021
Wed 10:00 - 11:50am

Mystery, controversy, deep theology and extreme challenge, but most of all it’s a guide to spirituality in a time of crisis! 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 perceive a coherent overview the Hebrews message/content.
  • The student will understand Hebrews in its social, historical, literary and religious Jewish Hellenistic context
  • The student will be familiar with key works and critical issues 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 practice core academic skills including composing and presenting research and response papers
  • The student will train and prepare for teaching by presenting a teaching unit to the class and by developing a syllabus for an undergraduate course in Hebrews.