Hebrews – NBST 621

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.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

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 warning 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 letter’s political, religious, and cultural context.
  2. Examine select issues regarding the interpretation of Hebrews.
  3. Discuss issues related to difficult letters in the letter.
  4. Apply some of the book’s truths to daily life.
  5. Analyze the Epistle’s major theological themes.

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 (5)

There will be 5 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words 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. Assertions should be supported with citations in current Turabian format. Acceptable sources include textbooks, scholarly sources/articles, and online sources approved by the instructor (the textbook, the Bible, etc.).

Book Critique

The student will write a 5–10-page book critique in current Turabian format that focuses on a critical review of Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews.

Research Paper

The student will write a 10–15-page research-oriented paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a topic related to the letter to the Hebrews. The paper must include at least 7 references in addition to the class textbooks and the Bible.

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes. Exams 1 and 2 will contain 30 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour and 15-minute time limit. Exams 3 and 4 will contain 30 multiple-choice, true/false, multiple-answer, and short answer questions, and have a 1-hour and 15-minute time limit.