TH5603 - Book of Hebrews


Book of Hebrews


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
190 hours of generated study time. 190 hours

Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

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:


Introductory Issues

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)

  • To build upon Certificate-level modules students have already taken in hermeneutical theory and practice, thereby enhancing their existing exegetical and hermeneutical skills.
  • To provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the New Testament letter to the Hebrews, with a special focus on the exegesis and theology of the text.
  • To introduce important scholarly literature and key interpretative issues in the letter to the Hebrews.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to relate theologically the letter to the Hebrews to the wider literature of the Old and New Testaments.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

  1. Understand and be able to discuss the historical and religious background to the letter to the Hebrews.
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the text of Hebrews and an awareness of key critical issues.
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the genre, themes and theological aspects of Hebrews in contemporary academic debate and discussion.
  4. Be able to apply a range of additional, advanced exegetical skills to the study of Hebrews and the wider biblical literature as a whole.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
14000 word written assignment100%1-4Coursework


Reassessment: as assessment

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.

Donna Orr


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