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Epistle to the Hebrews

NT422/NT622 The Epistle to the Hebrews (English Text)
NT432/NT632 (Greek Text)

WORKLOAD: one semester, 4 credit points
STATUS:
elective
PREREQUISITES / CO-REQUISITES: NT302/502
EXCLUSIONS: NT428/438/628/638 if Hebrews has been taken
WHEN: occasional
WHO: Andrew Malone

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 Is the whole Old Testament outdated and irrelevant for Christians?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.

Content

  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 (or select passages in Greek).

References

Students in both languages will benefit from having access to and working through at least two of the commentaries by Cockerill (NICNT, 2012), Allen (NAC, 2010) and O’Brien (PNTC, 2010). Greek students will need to augment their collection, perhaps best with Lane (WBC, 1991).

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