NT622 - The Epistle to the Hebrews (English Text)
2,280 Standard Tuition Fee
This unit may not be taken if Hebrews has been taken in unit NT628/NT638.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
A. Know and understand
1. The Epistle to the Hebrews: authorship, date, destination.
2. The themes and theology of Hebrews.
3. The English text of Hebrews.
4. The nature and methods of New Testament exegesis.
5. A selection of historic and contemporary interpretations and uses of Hebrews.
B. Be able to
1. Use sources such as biblical and theological dictionaries, commentaries and on-line resources.
2. Recognise literary form, genre, structure and rhetorical conventions.
3. Compare and contrast translations.
4. Evaluate matters relating to authorship, date and purpose.
5. Utilize the historical, social and cultural contexts.
6. Assign passages to their literary and canonical contexts.
7. Establish the meaning of significant words and phrases in the context of the epistle.
8. Trace inter-textual references and allusions.
9. Discuss the main themes, arguments and theological teachings.
10. Exegete the English text of Hebrews.
11. Discuss interpretations of Hebrews.
C. Be in a position to
1. Exegete the text of Hebrews for personal understanding and for use in ministry contexts.
2. Integrate perspectives from Hebrews into biblical interpretation and Christian thinking.
3. Apply the teaching of Hebrews to situations and issues in contemporary Christianity and society.
4. Evaluate interpretations of Hebrews.
Candidates are required to learn and employ exegetical methods of modern critical scholarship.
Candidates may not take any unit in which they repeat material completed in another unit.
1. An introduction to Hebrews, including questions of authorship, date, destination.
2. The theology of the epistle, including such themes as the old and new covenants, sacrifice, perfection, apostasy, the use of the Old Testament, Christology, cross and ascension, and eschatology.
3. Exegesis of the English text of Hebrews 1–13.
Hagner, D. A., Encountering the Book of Hebrews (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002).
Schenck, K. L., Understanding the Book of Hebrews (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2003).
Isaacs, M. E., Sacred Space: An Approach to the Theology of the Epistle to the Hebrews (Sheffield: SAP, 1992).
Lane, W. L., Hebrews: A Call to Commitment (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1985).
Attridge, H., The Epistle to the Hebrews .(Philadelphia: Fortress, 1989).
de Silva, D. A., Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio–Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle “to the Hebrews” (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000).
Guthrie, G. H., Hebrews (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998).
Johnson, L. T., Hebrews: A Commentary (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2006).
Koester, C. R., Hebrews (New York: Doubleday, 2001).
Lane, W. L., Hebrews (2 Vols; Dallas, TX: Word, 1991).
Pfitzner, V. C., Hebrews (Nashville: Abingdon, 1997).
Witherington, B., III. Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2007).