Letters to the Church

Letters to the Church

Taught by Karen H. Jobes

In the Letters to the Church course, respected New Testament scholar Karen Jobes introduces the cultural and theological background of Hebrews and the general epistles. Coming from an evangelical perspective, Jobes addresses issues of historical relevance as well as how these books connect with Christian faith and practice today.

Course Details

  • 16 Units (including midterm and final)

  • Self-paced

  • 5.5 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • Letters to the Church

Course Description

The Letters to the Church course introduces the cultural and theological background of Hebrews and the general epistles (James through Jude). Taught from an evangelical perspective by respected New Testament scholar Karen Jobes, the course addresses issues of historical relevance as well as connecting these ancient Scriptural books to Christian faith and practice today.

Letters to the Church covers historical background for each book focusing on authorship, genre, date, and content, as well as an exploration of the major themes in each book.

By completing this course, you’ll gain

  • familiarity with the historical background and authorship of each general epistle
  • insight into how to apply the messages of each book today
  • a broad grasp of the themes and content of each book
  • confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and personalized review sessions that include award-winning memory building tools

Meet Your Instructors

Karen H. Jobes

Ph.D., Westminister Theological Seminary

Karen H. Jobes is the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College and Graduate school in Wheaton, Illinois. The author of several works, she is also involed in Bible translation. She and her husband, Forrest, are members of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, an EPC church in Warrenville, Illinois.

Course Outline

  • Introducing Hebrews: The Book of Better Things

  • Famous Last Words: Divine Revelation in Hebrews

  • The Son is Our Great High Priest: The Christology of Hebrews

  • “How Shall We Escape?” The Soteriology of Hebrews

  • Introducing the Letter from James: Prophet and Sage of the Kingdom of God

  • A Christian Letter? Christology in James

  • The “Royal Law”: Christian Wisdom and Ethics in James

  • Jude: Jesus’ Brother Warns the Church

  • “The True Grace of God”: Introducing 1 Peter

  • “Christ Has Left You an Example”: The Christology of 1 Peter

  • Foreigners and Resident Aliens: The Imatatio Christi in Peter’s Ethics

  • 2 Peter: An Apostle’s Last Words to the Church

  • 1 John: Reassurance for Christians in Confusing Times

  • 2 and 3 John: Notes of Grace and Truth


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Earn a Certificate of Achievement

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