Hebrews – BIBL 163

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An intensive exegetical study of Hebrews. The course includes an investigation of the doctrines of Christ, especially His mediatorship and priesthood and the use of the Old Testament in this book. A verse-by-verse exposition will follow a brief study of authorship, background, destination and purpose.




Hebrews is one of the more important books in the New Testament. This is due to a number of reasons: (1) it presents more “unsettled problems,” (2) it makes a more extensive use of the Jewish Scriptures than any other New Testament document, (3) it is the major work on Jesus’ High Priestly ministry, (4) there are widespread interest and historical debates over its severe warnings texts, (5) it has a skillful construction and scholarly appeal, and (6) it has as its message a “word of encouragement” (13:22). Hebrews is, therefore, one of the most crucial New Testament books, which will be to the benefit of the student to master.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the relevant issues surrounding the authorship of Hebrews.
  2. Trace the various arguments throughout the book of Hebrews.
  3. Explain the major theological themes presented in the book of Hebrews.
  4. Identify how the author of Hebrews uses the Old Testament.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words in length. Each thread must contain at least 2 citations (1 from the Bible), and each reply must have at least 1 citation.

Reflection Questions (8)

The student will complete a set of questions for each module/week. There will be 4 questions from each chapter of Hebrews. These will be provided in Blackboard.

Essays (2)

Each essay must contain at least 3 pages and be in current Turabian format. A cover page and bibliography must be included in addition to the 3-page minimum. Each essay must include at least 3 citations in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.

Exams (2)

The student will complete a mid-term and final in this course. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.