Epistle to the Hebrews

Unit Overview
Why did God command the killing of animals and apparently random food laws? Do modern priests need a turban and a temple to properly lead God’s people in worship? Is the whole Old Testament outdated and irrelevant for Christians? Hebrews is arguably the New Testament key to understanding the Old Testament. It also has much to teach us about preaching, pastoral care, faith, and enduring when Christian beliefs are despised by the wider world. Moreover, it gives us unprecedented insights into Jesus, his death on the cross, and what he’s been up to for the last two thousand years — insights you won’t find anywhere else.

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Unit Details

Mode On-campus
Workload One semester, 12 credit points.
Status Elective
Unit Code NT012
Prerequisites Completion of NT001 and NT002, or NT003
Exclusions NT024 (English)/NT025 (Greek) if Hebrews has been taken
Teacher Andrew Malone

Unit Content

  • An introduction to Hebrews, including questions of authorship, date, destination.
  • 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.
  • Exegesis of the English text of Hebrews 1–13 (or select passages in Greek).

Study Expectations
In this unit, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages related to this unit. For online students, these usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Students are to allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this introductory unit.


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