Course Summary

The New Testament epistles of Hebrews, James, Peter, and Jude, with concentration on exegesis and application

The course is organized in three units: (1) Hebrews, (2) James and Jude, and (3) 1 and 2 Peter. 3 semester hours of graduate credit.


• Discuss the intended audience, purpose of writing, and setting for each composition.

Recognize key theological concepts of the compositions and how the writer applied them.

• Analyze the meaning of each literary work for both original and later audiences.

Credit.  Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on three multiple choice examinations and two research papers, with each valued at 20% of the final grade. A sample exam problem is given below.

The specific occasion that called forth the letter to Jude was (A) a disagreement between two women at Jerusalem, (B) a list of questions presented to Paul from the Romans, (C) a man who was attempting to take over the Ephesian church, (D) a threat to spiritual health by evil teachers.


Textbook-type resources are available as e-books and accessed from the Electronic Collection on the Course Menu.  Resources for research papers may be found in the several library collections—Select Library, the NU online Library, and the EBSCO electronic books and journals.