NE567: HEBREWS (ENGLISH TEXT). Jim Davis.
DESCRIPTION: This course is devoted to an extended investigation of the English text of the Letter to the Hebrews. Special attention will be paid to the historical and sociological background of Hebrews, the genre, structure, and style of the letter as well as its theology.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: At its heart, Hebrews is a practical pastoral exhortation designed to bring the Old Testament into dialogue with developing theological reflection on the New Testament kerygma. The letter deals with discouragement, doubt, and the deep pressure that can dissuade disciples from continuing to follow Christ in any age. In response, Hebrews offers a message of perseverance, persistent hope, personal faith, and patient endurance.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students completing this course will have demonstrated (1) knowledge of the structure, style and theology of Hebrews; (2) understanding of the historical and cultural background in which the letter may have been composed; (3) appreciation for the distinct theological emphases of the letter; and (4) ability to explain the meaning of major passages from Hebrews as a word to its original audience and as a word that continues to speak as Scripture in canonical context to the Christian community today.
COURSE FORMAT: Class will meet for thirty hours over two week from June 19-30. Meetings will consist of lecture, large and small group discussion, student research, and multimedia presentation.
NRSV, TNIV or CEB Bible
Karen H. Jobes, Letters to the Church: A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. ISBN: 9780310267386. Retail: $30.
Luke Timothy Johnson, Hebrews. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2006. ISBN: 9780664221188. Retail: $32.
Donald A. Hagner, Encountering the Book of Hebrews. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002. ISBN: 9780801025808 Retail: $20.
Kenneth Schenk, Understanding the Book of Hebrews: The Story Behind the Sermon. Louisville: Westminster & John Knox, 2003. ISBN: 9780664224288. Retail: $25.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
1. Attendance at each class session is required and is worth up to 10% of your final grade. Each absence will subtract 1% from your grade. Absence for illness or other good reason is allowed.
2. Reading assignments will be given each week. You will be asked to keep a log of assignments completed. Completion of the reading will be worth 10% of your grade.
3. Weekly Quizzes will be given on each of the two Friday sessions and will be worth 40% of your final grade.
4. A Research Paper of 8 to 10 pages length will be assigned and due on September 14th and will be worth 40% of your final grade.
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: MDiv. Elective; MA: NTBK.
FINAL EXAMINATION: No.