This past semester I taught a course on the Letter to the Hebrews. I was a bit intimidated and often felt overmatched because I had not given Hebrews much sustained attention in the past. I took a Greek exegesis course on Hebrews in seminary, but we focused far more on Greek constructions to the neglect of its content and theology.
But I think the class was a success and I’m satisfied with the course’s structure. It was certainly an education for me!
We used James Thompson’s and David DeSilva’s excellent commentaries as course texts. Their discussions complemented each other quite well and they proved to be reliable guides for graduate-level seminary students. I also used a number of readings from The Epistle to the Hebrews and Christian Theology.
Students wrote three major essays on Hebrews’ Christology, Hebrews’ conception of Judaism, and the theological challenges posed by the warnings passages. On the latter topic, I asked students to engage the essays by Thomas Schreiner (SBJT 2 : 32-62.) and Scot McKnight (TrinJ 13NS : 21-59), in addition to the presentations of Thompson and DeSilva.