Details for The General Epistles

Hebrews and 1 and 2 Peter provide some of the richest teaching on the nature of Christ, faith, and practical Christian living of any of the NT epistles. In fact, Hebrews was seen to be so valuable that it was given a place in the NT even though they didn't know who wrote it! In 1 and 2 Peter we have insights to life as a Christian from one of Jesus' own disciples. Put together, these 3 epistles offer a treasure chest of wisdom, theology, and practical teaching for the Christian in the 21st Century.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB354
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Adam White


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering The General Epistles

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Unit Content


Students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of passages in the General Epistles (Letters/Sermons) and make application to modern Pentecostalism;
  2. Explain the General Epistle’s implied Author’s concern for, and correction of an erring church in the light of Pentecostalism;
  3. Discriminate between the primary biblical materials and secondary literature from a range of perspectives;
  4. Engage the socio-historical background relevant to these Letters/Sermons of the General Epistles, as well as the letters’ respective structures, themes, theology/ies and style.

Subject Content

  1. Pseudonymity in Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity
  2. Examination of the rhetoric, structure and theology of Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter/Jude
  3. Hermeneutical principles in exegeting sample texts
  4. Hermeneutics and contemporary reading communities
  5. A critique of Pentecostal use of the Old Testament

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Contemporary Presentation (25%)
  • Exegetical paper with contemporary application (50%)
  • Exam (25%)

Prescribed Text

  • David A. DeSilva, Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistles ‘to the Hebrews’. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000.
  • K.H. Jobes, 1 Peter (Baker Exegetical). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005.

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