This module will provide students with a thorough introduction to the genre, text, themes and theological aspects of the letter to the Hebrews. It focuses especially on the exegetical treatment of the text, together with a consideration of the theology of the epistle and its wider theological relation to the Old and New Testaments. The list of topics covered in the lectures is as follows:
An Introductory Exegetical Exercise on Hebrews (1:1-1:14)
Christology of the Letter to the Hebrews
Mankind’s Authority Restored in Christ (2:4-2:18)
Divine Faithfulness and Human Failure (3:1-4:16)
Priesthood and Promise (5:1-6:20)
Melchizedek and Mediation (7:1-7:28)
The Christ and the New Covenant (8:1-10:18)
Representation and Responsibility (10:19-12:13)
Appeal to the Fainthearted (12:14-13:17)
Allen, D. L. (2010). Hebrews. New American Commentary. Nashville, Tenn.: B&H Publishing Group.
DeSilva, D. A. (2000). Perseverance in gratitude : a socio-rhetorical commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans.
Ellingworth, P. (1993). The Epistle to the Hebrews : a commentary on the Greek text. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, Mich.
Guthrie, G. H. (1998). Hebrews. Hebrews. NIV Application. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Heen, E. M., Krey, P. D., & Oden, T. C. (2005). Hebrews. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.
Lane, W. L. (1991). Hebrews. Word Biblical Commentary. Dallas, Tex.: Word Books.
O'Brien, P, (2009) Hebrews, Pillar Commentary Series. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
Trotter, A. H. (1997). Interpreting the Epistle to the Hebrews. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.