Details for Hebrews, 1 Peter and the NT use of the OT
One of the biggest questions for students of the Bible is in regards to the way(s) in which New Testament texts interact with the Old. The books of Hebrews and 1 Peter, rich in OT symbolism and imagery, provide us with a clear glimpse into how the early church continued the story of Israel in the light of Jesus. This unit applies insights from rhetorical criticism and sociology in order to examine the ways in which the early Christians constructed their symbolic universe and self-identity. By examining the thorough (and sometimes provocative) use of the Jewish story in Hebrews and 1 Peter, you will be able to identify the ways in which the Christian story is in both continuity and discontinuity with the OT.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Unit code: BIB354
- Credit points: 10
- Total workload hours per week: 10
- Number of timetabled hours per week: 3 *
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit Hebrews, 1 Peter and the NT use of the OT is part of the subject area Biblical Studies and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
This unit applies insights from rhetorical criticism and sociology to examine the roles that intertextuality, symbolic universe, rhetoric and pseudonymity play in community formation and maintenance.
- Pseudonymity in Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity
- Examination of the rhetoric, structure and theology of Hebrews and 1 Peter
- Hermeneutical principles in exegeting sample texts
- Petrine Pneumatology
- Hermeneutics and contemporary reading communities
- A critique of Pentecostalism’s use of the OT
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, guided discussion, guided exegesis, web
Major Essay (50%, 2500 words); Forum Postings (20%, 2500 words); Exam (30%)
DeSilva, D.A. Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle ‘to the Hebrews’. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.
- Achtemeier, P.J. 1 Peter. Hermeneia, Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996.
- Attridge, H.W. Hebrews. Hermeneia, Minneapolis: Fortress, 1989.
- Chester, A. and Martin, R.P. The Theology of the Letters of James, Peter, and Jude. Cambridge: CUP, 1994.
- Craddock, F.B. ‘The Letter to the Hebrews’. The N.I.B. vol. XII. Nashville: Abingdon, 1998.
- Davids, P.H. The First Epistle of Peter. NICNT, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990.
- DeSilva, D.A. Perseverance in Gratitude. Grand Rapids:Eerdmans, 2000.
- Hughes, G. Hebrews and Hermeneutics: The Epistle to the Hebrews as a New Testament Example of Biblical Interpretation. Cambridge:CUP, 1979.
- Lindars, B. The Theology of the Letter to the Hebrews. Cambridge:CUP, 1991.